Wednesday, April 1st, 2009
Body Of Song
Daytrotter sessions up with Bob Mould and Stephen Malkmus
Johnnie CluneyThe reasons for which Daytrotter is wonderful are myriad and self-evident, but they outdid themselves just a little this week with a couple of sessions from a couple of artists for whom the title “legendary” is an understatement (assuming you run in the circles which I assume most who read this site do), both for their most famous works with their original bands and for their substantive solo careers.
First on Monday came a three-song set from ex-Pavement leader Stephen Malkmus. With no new work due out in the near term, he recorded a grab bag of stuff with a song from his last record Real Emotional Trash, one from his second solo effort Pig Lib and a James Gang cover.
And yesterday, they welcomed Bob Mould to the studio (okay, they welcomed him some time ago but only posted the results yesterday). He showcased four tracks from his forthcoming album Life And Times, out April 17, in solo acoustic form. And if that’s not enough, Minnesota Public Radio is also streaming a radio session with the former Minneapolis resident.
Pitchfork has video footage of a songwriting workshop Okkervil River frontman Will Sheff gave to some kids at Austin non-profit centre Bat Cave. The band will release a new single for “Pop Lie”, taken from last year’s The Stand-Ins, on April 21 and the a-side is available to download.
Pitchfork talks to The National’s Aaron Dessner about the upcoming Dark Was The Night benefit show at Radio City Music Hall in New York City and about how things are coming with the next National album. They play the Kool Haus on May 21.
There’s more details on how Metric will be celebrating the release of Fantasies next week – there’ll be an in-store/signing at the HMV on Yonge St on April 9 at 5:30, the gig at the Mod Club with Holy Fuck as support on the 14th has been confirmed, tickets $25 for those who’ve sleuthed out the password on their website, and there’s a secret show happening sometime this week that if you don’t know about it, you aren’t hanging out with the right people.
And the Osheaga Festival, taking place in Montreal on August 1 and 2, has announced the first names of their lineup for this year. While the headliners – Coldplay and Beastie Boys – do collectively nothing for me, the undercard of Elbow, Lykke Li, Decemberists and Arctic Monkeys have my attention. They’ll need to pad things out a bit more to get me out there, but it’s definitely on my radar and it’d be nice to have something to do for the August long weekend.
And if you think this post feels kind of slapped together, congratulations! You’re right. It was.