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Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

Forgive Me

Ida Maria and Ladyhawke finally come to Toronto thanks to… I can't say it

Photo via last.fmLastFMYou must understand how it pains me to say this, but at long last two of the artists whom I’ve been waiting to come to Toronto for most of this year – Norwegian firebrand Ida Maria and New Zealand ’80s acolyte Ladyhawke – have finally set a date… and I have Perez Hilton to thank. The two are the marquee acts of the first Perez Hilton Presents tour and as much as I hate to think he and I have anything in common besides rudimentary MS Paint skills, in this case, we’ve got some of the same taste in music.

Both Maria’s Fortress ‘Round My Heart and Ladyhawke’s self-titled debut are irresistibly catchy, the former by means of giddy, boozy energy and the latter with big, retro synth-pop hooks. I should have seen both at SxSW back in March but visa issues kept Ida Maria from making any of her scheduled appearances (save Hilton’s party) and while Ladyhawke’s set wasn’t the most dynamic show, just hearing those songs live was plenty to get excited about.

So despite the name that will surely be posted in big, neon letters above the marquee (figuratively speaking), I will trek out to the Opera House on September 17 to see Ida Maria and Ladyhawke along with Frankmusik, another act apparently with the PH seal of approval, and hope that wonderfully sugary pop wipes out the bad taste of the tour sponsor. Whether you’re able to do the same is between you and your conscience. Full dates at The Music Slut.

MP3: Ladyhawke – “My Delirium”
Video: Ida Maria – “I Like You So Much Better When You’re Naked”
Video: Ida Maria – “Oh My God”
Video: Ida Maria – “Stella”
Video: Ladyhawke – “Paris Is Burning”
Video: Ladyhawke – “My Delirium”
Video: Ladyhawke – “Dusk Till Dawn”
Video: Ladyhawke – “Back Of The Van”

The Verve reunion that went so triumphantly last year? Exclaim and The Guardian report that it’s – wait for it – history.

BBC talks to Mani Mounfield of The Stone Roses on the occasion of the band’s 20th anniversary, which will include a multitude of reissues of their debut album at all price points as of today. The Guardian, meanwhile, has gotten some video footage of the band in the studio recording “Fool’s Gold”.

QRO talks to Aleks Campesinos! of Los Campesinos! about her impending departure from the band and subsequent reclamation of her surname.

NME has some info on Sigh No More, the debut album from Mumford & Sons, finally ready for an October 5 release in the UK.

The Boston Globe talks to Bat For Lashes’ Natasha Khan.

The Telegraph is the latest media outlet to catch onto the ’80s revival trend in pop music, talking to La Roux’s Elly Jackson about the movement.

Also mentioned in that piece is Little Boots, with whom The Telegraph has a separate feature interview. She’s at Wrongbar on September 14.

The Quietus talks to The Big Pink. There’s a new video from A Brief History Of Love, out September 22, and they’ll be at Lee’s Palace on November 29.

Video: The Big Pink – “Dominos”

Ambient/post-rock outfit Sian Alice Group have a date at the Drake Underground on October 16 as part of a massive Fall tour in support of their new album Troubled, Shaken, Etc..

Video: Sian Alice Group – “Close To The Ground”

Shonen Knife will be at the Horseshoe on October 18, tickets $15.50. Their new album Super Group is out August 25.

MP3: Shonen Knife – “Super Group”
Video: Shonen Knife – “Super Group”

Stereogum has premiered the next video from Yo La Tengo’s Popular Songs, out September 8. They’re at the Opera House on October 3.

Video: Yo La Tengo – “Avalon Or Someone Very Similar”

Sweet Oblivion has an interview with School Of Seven Bells, who have a date at Lee’s Palace on October 15.

Paste gets to know Chairlift.

Bradley’s Almanac is sharing MP3s of a Telekinesis show in Cambridge, MA from earlier this year.

Decider talks to Kim Deal of The Breeders and Pixies, the former of whom are at Lee’s Palace this Saturday and the latter at V Fest on August 29.

I didn’t realize that Magnet was slowly putting their back issue feature content online. This is fantastic news, as they’ve had some terrific stories over the years including this one about the Minneapolis scene of the ’80s, focusing on The Replacements and Husker Du. As I recall, the interviews with the three members of Husker Du were particularly fascinating reading. I’ll be looking through my back issues of Magnet to see what other goodies might have found their way online.

And while looking back to the past, a request from a friend – back on November 20, 1999, Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros played a ridiculously good show at the Warehouse in Toronto at which he and I were in attendance. Apparently this show was webcast with state-of-the-art 1999 webcasting technology, possibly also broadcast via radio, and apparently bootlegs exist. My question to any and all out there reading – do you have a copy of this, and if so, can you share? Please and thank you? Thanks.

By : Frank Yang at 8:34 am
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  1. dave says:

    hey frank, that strummer show is listed here on db.etree.org: http://db.etree.org/lookup_show.php?shows_key=197751&show_users=true

    shoot an email to those on the list and maybe they’ll hook you up.

  2. Lucas says:

    Neil Young is doing a brief set at Yonge Dundas Square on September 14th as part of TIFF.

  3. Corey says:

    Funny you should mention the Mescaleros show in ’99. After Wilco played the Phoenix that same night a friend and I were talking to Tweedy outside and he mentioned that the band (Wilco) we heading off to the Joe Strummer show.

  4. giselle says:

    so disappointed that there’s no vancouver date for ida maria/ladyhawke – ida obviously has a thing about vancouver having already cancelled her support slot with glasvegas earlier this year – i’m going to monolith so our paths should cross then (finally)

  5. Joe says:

    Frank,

    I’ve got that Strummer show in my archive. I can pass along a copy to you tomorrow night @ the D’Urbs show.

    I have it in nerdish old .shn format, but I reckon you’d prefer MP3?

  6. Frank Yang says:

    Joe – very cool, thanks! I knew what to do with SHN files once upon a time, but no longer… so yeah – MP3s of as high a quality as can be wrung out of them would be greatly appreciated!

  7. stalevar says:

    who knows the pre-sale password for Ida Maria at Livenation?

  8. John says:

    Frank, were you able to get preshow tickets for Wilco?No luck for the third time…I’m starting to feel like the Jays in the AL East

  9. Frank Yang says:

    John – no I didn’t. I actually had a decent single ticket claimed but after hitting checkout, it just hung for about 25 minutes before I gave up and shut it down. will try again on Friday, I guess.

  10. mligon says:

    Coincidentally, I’d caught a bit of the Strummer documentary “The Future Is Unwritten” a few nights ago which motivated me to put on my Joe and The Mescaleros’ album “Global A Go Go” (a CD which I actually had got Mr. Strummer (R.I.P.) to sign when he did an instore at HMV at the time of the record’s release). Strummer’s death, what a loss.