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Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008

Now We Are Six


Illustrations by E.H. Shepard

I’ve been waiting approximately a year to use this title and this image for a post, so consider me happy.

The occasion is today marking the sixth anniversary of this blog. If it were a small child, it would be in first grade. I’m so proud. And looking back at my “blogiversary” posts from the last couple years I realize that I still have nothing in particular to say on the matter. Whereas once I’d prognosticate about the future of the site, now I’m just whatever. It’s what I do, and at the pace that I do it. A pace that’s slowed a bit recently, I know, but much to the benefit of my state of mind so let’s hope that quality is compensating for quantity.

And I’ll take the opportunity to thank all of you for visiting and continuing to visit and making this whole endeavour worthwhile. Without you readers there’s really no point, though I confess that I do sometimes secretly yearn for the day when my traffic drops to zero and I can close up shop with a completely clear conscience. But don’t think you’d be doing me a favour by leaving – if I suddenly found myself with that much free time on my hands I’d probably take up a far less wholesome hobby like arson or bingo.

So cheers to you, cheers to me. Cheers all around. Yay.

Also in a retrospective mood is Portastatic, the side project of Mac McCaughan which has obviously been too long-lived and too fruitful to really call a side project anymore. With nine proper albums released under the banner – that’s actually more than Superchunk has released – Portastatic has encompassed everything from instrumental film scores to full-band rock outs to Tropicalia to bedroom recording experiments and the new double-disc compilation Some Small History, out September 9, covers all those bases in the form of b-sides, rarities, outtakes and a whack of covers. A lot of the stuff is kinda sketchbook-y, but there’s a lot of worthwhile material contained therein for fans and a pretty blistering take on Ryan Adams’ “Oh My Sweet Carolina”. Check out the title track from the collection below:

MP3: Portastatic – “Some Small History”

And speaking of the ‘Chunk, they’re not dead – they just played Bumbershoot in Seattle this weekend – but they’re far from an ongoing proposition. Spin lists four reasons why the band still matters after all these years, even seven years on from their last album, and The Stranger has a chat with drummer/comedian Jon Wurster.

Thanks to For The Records for digging up the lineup for the free, Toronto International Film Festival closing gala at Yonge-Dundas Square on the eve of the 13th, which will feature performances from Esthero, The Midway State and Cadence Weapon.

Speaking of TIFF, I had a lovely Labour Day standing in line to claim my tickets for this year and then to find a substitution for the single film that I wasn’t able to get – a total of five hours standing out in the sun, good times all around. But I eventually came away with tickets for It Might Get Loud, the doc on the history of the electric guitar, Gigantic, with Zooey Deschanel, Good, with Viggo Mortensen, RockNRolla, the new Guy Ritchie film, and The Other Man, with Liam Neeson and Laura Linney. A more mainstream batch of films than I usually end up with at the festival but should still be a good lot. I had expected to end up selling off at least a couple pairs of tickets but I may very well be able to make all of these screenings. How novel.

And a final cinematic note, RIP Don LaFontaine, king of the movie trailer voiceover. More tributes at Ain’t It Cool News.

By : Frank Yang at 8:28 am
Category: Uncategorized
RSS Feed for this post18 Responses.
  1. PG says:

    6 years wow! Congrats Frank! Kudos on a consistently engaging and interesting morning read-Toronto is lucky to have you here.

  2. Lauren says:

    seconded. and thanks for being the rarity and telling it like it is… i may not always agree with you, but i always respect your opinions. kudos to you, frank!

  3. wendy says:

    All Hail the Ironman™!

  4. kevin says:

    Happy birthday Chromewaves. You have turned me onto loads of music and other pop culture ephemera. thanks,
    kevin. st.john’s, newfoundland

  5. Joel says:

    Congrats and keep up the great work! 6 years is a long time, especially in the blog world.

  6. erin says:

    all hail frank!

  7. Chuck says:

    Here’s your second "thanks for another year of posting awesomeness" comment by a dude from St. John’s.

  8. rajiv. says:

    Chuck you beat me by ten minutes.

    Consider this your third (ahem copy paste) ""thanks for another year of posting awesomeness" comment by a dude from St. John’s".

    xo

  9. Karl says:

    Congrats!

    And you’re <i>huge</i> in St. John’s! Who knew?

  10. Frank says:

    loved in newfoundland, shunned in labrador. go figure.

    thanks, everyone.

  11. mike says:

    Your current publishing on average of 5(sometimes 6) days a week is still a hefty accomplishment after 6 years. If this were the Olympics, I’d be calling for a drug test(how do you physically do it?), but the reality is that your love of music really drives you to keep up the blog. The effort is appreciated. See you on the concert rounds.

  12. juepucta says:

    Impressive. Congrats, man.

    -G.

  13. Liz says:

    Congratulations – I am a big fan of your blog & hope you’ll be at it for at least another 6 years! Sis boom ba, man.

  14. Sasha says:

    Frank, if you decide you can’t make it to It Might Get Loud, I’d be happy to take the tix off your hand. Feel free to contact me if it comes to that. Otherwise, enjust the fest, and congrats on 6 years of fine work…

  15. uwmryan says:

    Congrats on 6 years! Always impressed by your daily content.

    Ryan

  16. Bruce says:

    Wow, six years – to carry on the Olympic analogy, that makes you a champion in the, um, sexathlon. (Sorry.)

    But really, for my part, thanks for the insights and all the timely scoops on events. Not to mention the expansion of my musical pantheon, and for that I’m grateful.

    And don’t sweat Labrador – they’re too busy breeding dogs there to pay attention.

  17. Satisfied75 says:

    one of the very best music blogs. congrats (again!) on another great year.

  18. Jake says:

    Happy Birthday, Chromewaves. Still one of my everyday reads.