Friday, May 2nd, 2008
Galaxy Of The Lost
Illustration by Johnnie Cluney
Tomorrow is Free Comic Book Day – the happiest day of the year where comic shops give free comic books to good boys and girls all around the world. To mark the occasion – or perhaps it’s just coincidence – Daytrotter has posted a three-song session with Lightspeed Champion, whose secret identity Dev Hynes is an avowed comic book nut. He’s also currently running a contest in which fans are invited to remix “Everyone I Know Is Listening to Crunk” or shoot a video for it with a prize of €2000. Speaking as someone who has to get to the currency exchange in the next couple weeks, that’s not nothing. Lightspeed Champion is coming to town with a full band on June 11 for a show at at Lee’s Palace.
And other comic-related happenings… Iron Man, which is getting absurdly good reviews – especially for a Hollywood Summer blockbuster – opens today. Of course, going to see comic book movies on opening night is too geek for words – that’s why I’m going tomorrow. And I fully expect to see this new trailer for The Incredible Hulk before it. I actually watched them film a couple of the scenes in the trailer at the University of Toronto campus. It still boggles my mind how little they dressed up Yonge St in trying to pass it off as Harlem. Because no one would notice The Apollo Theatre isn’t actually beside Sam The Record Man.
Trailer: The Incredible Hulk
And some bits and pieces to crawl into the weekend.
Video: Aimee Mann – “31 Today”
Filter has a rather remarkable feature on Husker Du, interviewing all three members (separately, of course) about the band’s rise and fall. And more in the present, Drowned In Sound interviews Bob Mould.
Check out the video for Spiritualized’s “Soul On Fire”, the first single from Songs In A & E. Pitchfork has details on all the myriad formats that you can pick the record up in when it’s released on June 3. You may recall that Spiritualized albums have always come in elaborate packaging, though I don’t think they’ll ever top the medication blister-pack of Ladies & Gentlemen. That was brilliant. Wired has an interview with J Spaceman about his fixation with fire and they will be at day one of V Fest, September 6 at the Toronto Islands.
Beth Orton will be at the Danforth Music Hall on July 8.