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Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

Ibi Dreams Of Pavement

Pavement, Broken Social Scene and Band Of Horses play Toronto Islands 2010

Photo By Marcus Roth/Paolo Proserpio Marcus Roth/Paolo ProserpioI should start setting aside Tuesday posts for concert announcements – every Monday brings an absolute deluge of them, yesterday through to this morning being no exception. But even on a day filled with big announcements, there was this.

Toronto Island Concert isn’t the catchiest name – apparently calling it the Olympic Island Festival is now verboten? – but it really doesn’t matter what you brand a show that features Pavement, Broken Social Scene and Band Of Horses because everyone with a lick of sense will simply call it “awesome”. The show is only the third North American date officially confirmed for the reformed indie rock legends, after Sasquatch in May and the four-night stand in New York’s Central Park in September, though word is they’re also headlining this year’s Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago, probably in mid-July. I tend to vacillate between indifference and great love for Pavement, depending on my mood. Right now it’s all love, and I would say that even with more acts to be added to the bill, this has already more than made up for last year’s canceled BSS/Explosions In The Sky event.

The show will go June 19, which is a bit ill-timed as it falls on the last day of NXNE but really, there’s no choice to be made. This must happen. Tickets will be $49.50 (plus $1.50 facility fee and $6.50 ferry admission) and go on sale next Friday, January 22 though a pre-sale through Arts & Crafts’ online store starts January 18 and also gets you a $5 credit towards their merch. So why wouldn’t you.

Pavement have a best-of in Quarantine The Past and series of vinyl reissues coming March 9. Broken Social Scene’s new record is supposed to arrive in May. Band Of Horses’ third album has a title of Night Rainbows and is due out sometime this year. Pavement drummer Bob Nastanovich talks to The Courier-Journal about the impending reunion tour and basically confirms the Pitchfork Festival appearance.

MP3: Pavement – “Gold Soundz”
MP3: Pavement – “Rattled By The Rush”
MP3: Broken Social Scene presents Brendan Canning – “Hit The Wall”
MP3: Broken Social Scene presents Kevin Drew – “TBTF”
MP3: Band Of Horses – “No One’s Gonna Love You”
MP3: Band Of Horses – “Is There A Ghost”
MP3: Band Of Horses – “The Great Salt Lake”
MP3: Band Of Horses – “The Funeral”

And everything else that came out yesterday, in chronological order:

Mumford & Sons’ February 15 show has been moved from the El Mocambo to Lee’s Palace due to overwhelming demand for bluegrass-ish music. Sigh No More gets a North American release on March 15.

Norwegian ambassadors of chillax, the Kings Of Convenience, will be at the Phoenix on February 18 in support of last year’s Declaration Of Dependence. Tickets are $21.50. The Independent has a feature on the duo.

MP3: Kings Of Convenience – “Boat Behind”
Video: Kings Of Convenience – “Boat Behind”

Born Ruffians have set a date at the Phoenix for March 14. Their new record Say It will be out sometime.

Well it looks like I won’t be going a half decade without seeing Spoon – in addition to headlining Stubb’s on the first night of SxSW, they’ve announced a full North American tour – they’ll be at the Sound Academy on March 29 with Deerhunter and The Strange Boys. Tickets are $24.50 for general admission, $33.50 for VIP balcony spots. Apparently this is what it will take to get me back to the Sound Academy. Transference is out next Tuesday and is streaming in its entirety right now at NPR. Deerhunter made an entire album available for free download last December.

MP3: Spoon – “The Underdog”
MP3: Deerhunter – “Rainwater Cassette Exchange”
MP3: The Strange Boys – “Heard You Wanna Beat Me Up”
Stream: Spoon / Transference

Beach House will finally make up their canceled appearance at last year’s Olympic Island show on their Spring North American tour – it brings them to the Opera House on March 30 with Bachelorette, tickets $14. Their new album Teen Dream is out January 26.

MP3: Beach House – “Norway”

Almost as exciting – or maybe even moreso – as the Pavement announcement was that of the April 1 date at Lee’s Palace for the amazing double bill of Shearwater and Wye Oak, part of a North American tour. Shearwater’s epic The Golden Archipelago is out February 23 and Wye Oak are still supporting last year’s excellent The Knot.

MP3: Shearwater – “Castaways”
MP3: Wye Oak – “Take It In”

The Black Lips are setting up for a two-night stand at the Horseshoe on March 27 and 28, tickets for each night are $15.50. I seem to recall hearing tales of anarchy the last time they played there – no reason to believe this time will be any different. Demon Claws and Box Elders support.

MP3: The Black Lips – “Lock & Key” (live at Amoeba)

Already posted but now official – The xx and jj at the Phoenix on April 4, admission $20. jj’s No 3 is out March 9, Creative Review has a look at the recently unveiled video sculpture for their debut album.

MP3: The xx – “Basic Space”
MP3: jj – “Ecstasy”

The Low Anthem will bring their Oh My God, Charlie Darwin to the Church Of The Redeemer on April 10.

MP3: The Low Anthem – “Charlie Darwin”
MP3: The Low Anthem – “To Ohio”

The Wedding Present have announced the dates for their tour commemorating the 21st anniversary of Bizarro and that includes an April 14 date at the Horseshoe.

Quasi have set a February 23 release date for their new record American Gong and are hitting the road to promote – look for them April 18 at the Horseshoe. And I could be wrong on this, but I think this is their first time back in town since 2001. That’s almost as long as, um, Pavement!

MP3: Quasi – “Repulsion”

Shout Out Louds are crossing the Atlantic this Spring to support new album Work, out February 23. They’ll be in Toronto at the Mod Club on May 8 and have just released a new video.

MP3: Shout Out Louds – “Walls”
Video: Shout Out Louds – “Fall Hard”

And to close with something completely different – if you aren’t following my Twitter feed and didn’t hear the collective cry of fear/rage yesterday afternoon from the geek nation, it was announced that Spider-Man 4 – which as early as yesterday morning appeared to have confirmed John Malkovich as the Vulture – will instead be a complete reboot, jettisoning Tobey Maguire in the lead role and Sam Raimi in the director’s chair, and bring in a whole new cast while heading back to a high school setting for Peter Parker. I didn’t think it’d be possible to make a worse film than Spider-Man 3 but it seems they’ve found a way.

By : Frank Yang at 8:26 am
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  1. Scott says:

    Pavement announcement made my Tuesday.

    Spider-Man announcement almost derails it. Dumb. Dumb, dumb, dumb. I was so hoping for the Malkovich Vulture… I mean, I guess we might still get that – but it won’t be Raimi. Dumb.

    But Pavement… so there’s that. [smirk]

  2. Paul says:

    Frank have you seen this VIP Balcony at the Sound Acadmey? Just wondering if it’s worth it or if it makes this awful venue a bit more tolerable.

  3. Frank Yang says:

    I haven’t been in the VIP balcony – I haven’t been to the Docks in almost four years – but I would imagine it’s better than the floors? I recall one of the main problems with the Docks’ layout was that it was long and narrow, and the stage relatively low. Which meant if you weren’t in the first couple hundred people up front, your line of sight was pretty crap. But I cannot speak from experience.

  4. stalevar says:

    Laura Marling is sold out – this was expected.
    Vampire Weekend have sold out the Sound Academy at $30 a ticket – are they that popular?

  5. Frank Yang says:

    Laura Marling took longer than I’d expected. The Drake is small!
    Vampire Weekend makes me sad.

  6. Jason (the2scoops) says:

    My Sound Academy experience usually involves cutting through the bars along the sides and lingering near the front. I’ve known friends who had VIP balcony and came down to the floor after the opening set. I’ve ventured out for a couple of shows and it wasn’t the pit of despair the Docks were.

    Yesterday was an embarassment of riches in terms of concert announcements. Spoon luring me out to the Sound Academy, and no sooner do I book off NXNE week from work then the BSS/Pavement gig come along. Sooo good.

    Joel Plaskett’s supposed to announce a Toronto stop for the Thrush Hermit reunion tour on Wednesday. Maple Music was selling a nice package of a tour t-shirt & ticket for $30 – $40.

    With the reboot of Spider-Man for the Twilight set, I wonder if they”ll try to align it with the Avengers/Iron Man films?

  7. Jason (the2scoops) says:

    PS are they selling Woodpigeon tickets in advance of the Drake show anywhere?

  8. Frank Yang says:

    don’t know about Woodpigeon advance tix – I don’t even know who’s promoting. I’ll ask.

  9. Bruce says:

    The Island lineup sounds amazing. A worthy replacement for the Virgin Festival that once was, and more like going back to the pre-Virgin days of the BSS love-ins.

    I can’t think of anything that would make the Docks/Sound Academy more tolerable, short of the removal of those godforsaken “security” barriers down the middle of the hall. They seemed to be responsible for most of the traffic problems. Otherwise, that room + a crowd = misery. Anyone know if they’ve stopped with the barriers?

    That Spider-Man news is ridiculous. This sounds like a job for Joel Schumacher.

  10. Josh says:

    Wow – spring concert season is shaping up nicely.

    Any word about on sale dates for The xx @ The Phoenix? Shockingly, rootmeansquare.ca is offline (and no update on SS or RT ‘s sites yet) – Will be much more bearable than The Kool Haus (plus they are headlining…)

    Bonus points if you know when Shearwater is on sale, although that is much (much) less likely to sell out (although it deserves to…)

  11. Frank Yang says:

    RMS and ATG have joined forces voltron-style and all their concert listings are now at the ATG site:
    http://www.atgconcerts.com

    XX goes on sale on Thursday.

    no official annoucement about the Shearwater show, I’ll let you know when that’s out.

  12. Frank Yang says:

    no advance woodpigeon tix – walk up only.

  13. Bruce says:

    By the way, whatever happened to RMS and ATG merging and re-branding with a new name suggested by a contest entrant who would come away with tickets to all their shows for a year? (Yeah, I took a shot at it, so what?)

  14. Frank Yang says:

    Shearwater is $12, on sale Friday

    Bruce – they’re now “Collective Concerts”. Don’t know what happened with the contest, if someone submitted that or what.

  15. FrostBiteBoy says:

    Damn! I thought my “Syncopated Scenes” name was unbeatable!

  16. Michelle says:

    Thanks for the jj xx and beach house. You’ve made me very happy.