Wednesday, August 6th, 2008
Photo by Christy Bush
Let’s ease back into things with some concert announcements. As mentioned before, Magnetic Morning is the long-brewing side project for Interpol drummer Sam Fogarino and Swervedriver frontman Adam Franklin. The collaboration has already yielded a self-titled EP and is currently in the studio working on a full-length for release this Winter or thereabouts.
There’s obviously potential in the pairing – Fogarino’s drums have generally been my favourite part of Interpol’s sound and Franklin has already proved himself both within Swervedriver and without – but those approaching the project expecting it to sound much like one or the other will be surprised. Based on the EP, at least, the duo are using this vehicle to explore their gentler side as it eschews the intensity their day jobs for something more janglesome and gently psychedelic. The songwriting may not be the strongest that either artist has ever been involved with – the best song is a Kinks cover – but for creating a consistent, textured and wholly enveloping mood, it’s pretty successful. I’m not completely sold but am definitely interested in hearing more.
Post-recording, they’re hitting the road this Fall and that jaunt will include an October 23 stop at the Horseshoe, tickets $11.50 in advance.
MySpace: Magnetic Morning
Lymbyc Systym are coming back to town for a show at the El Mocambo on September 11 with Austin’s This Will Destroy You, with whom they’re releasing a split album entitled Field Studies later this Fall. Tickets for that are $7.
Okay, puzzle this one out. Originally announced for September 17 at the Horseshoe was the double-bill of The French Kicks and The Whigs. All well and good. Then I get an email that said The Broken West would also be at the Horseshoe on September 17 with the French Kicks, in support of their new album Now Or Heaven, out September 9. What a bill, right? But wait – the tour dates on The Whigs’ MySpace now show the band as being in Costa Mesa, California on that date opening up for Tokyo Police Club. So, instead, it looks like French Kicks and Broken West at the ‘Shoe on September 17, no Whigs anytime and Tokyo Police Club at the Air Canada Centre on September 30 opening up for Weezer. Got that?
In advance of the release of their Some Are Lakes on October 7, Land Of Talk have a date at Lee’s Palace on September 27. Tickets are $10.
And because they need no reason at all to set up shop for a couple nights, The Sadies will take over the Horseshoe on the eves of October 3 and 4. Tickets to either show are $15.
Also on October 4, New York electronic duo Ratatat will be at the Phoenix delivering their new record LP3, tickets $15. And that’s a live show so if you’ve got Nuit Blanche plans that night (or Sadies plans or Laura Marling plans) you can do both! Or three! But not all four.
Crystal Castles will be at Circa on October 24.
David Byrne will bring the songs of himself and Brian Eno – but contrary to earlier reports, not Eno himself – to Massey Hall on October 29. Their project is Everything That Happens Will Happen Today and an MP3 is available at the website in exchange for your email address.
Some bits from bands coming to town very soon – You Ain’t No Picasso asks Richard Edwards of Margot & The Nuclear So And Sos about some various first times. Margot are at the Horseshoe tonight, congrats to Diana and Matt who won the passes to the show.
JAM recounts the (recent) life and times of Spiritualized, who are at day one of V Fest on September 6. They also have a new video from Songs In A & E. Vice has an interview with video director Jake Chapman.
Video: Lykke Li – “Breaking It Up”
Video: Duffy – “Stepping Stone”