Saturday, April 17, 2004

Weekend Reading (Also: Listening)
The website of Michael Deeds - a music writer for the Idaho Statesman (courtesy of RCD).
Robert Everett-Green's Exclaim tour experience doesn't include Canada. Much to his chagrin.
Carl Wilson mourns the death of Canadian rockabilly/honky-tonk barroom idol Ray Condo. And details the latest adventures of Toronto promoter Dan Burke.
Tangmonkey has the new Hanson single.
Those craving "something more spiritually meaty" are turning on to Christian New Wave.
Neil Sedaka's been reduced to celebrating his song's inclusion as a Clay Aiken b-side.
Adisa Banjoko sees a race war in hip-hop.
Alexis Petridis searches for the roots of rock n' roll.
And some magazine (Esquire? Maclean's?) is eventually going to write an incredible feature about this. Or, rather, this. Note that the first story, the one most websites are running, doesn't used the dreaded "g" word. Before all is said and done, me thinks this might raise a lot of complicated issues - so long as some publication is willing to invest the time and energy. Hopefully tongues are bitten now only because so many facts remain unclear.

Otherwise, scattered around the apartment/computer are new records from Hayden, Fiery Furnaces, Gomez, Diana Krall, Magnetic Fields, and Loretta Lynn... life is grand (and this case, all of the above did come for free)...

The Globe's Mike Doherty catches up with The Pixies in Winnipeg. The Star's Ben Rayner did the same in Friday editions.
Meanwhile, The Star's Ashante Infantry was in Indianapolis, checking up on another comeback - this time, Prince.

How funny is it that Danger Mouse references legal-downloading service iTunes in his playlist for the Sunday New York Times?
Kelefa Sanneh discusses Codeine Rapper Lil' Flip. But still manages to slip in this:
"Critics sometimes complain that hip-hop is stuck in a sex-and-crime-and-violence rut, which is a bit like complaining that R & B is stuck in a love rut."
And Frank Rich sees a Lawrence of Arabia sequel in Iraq.

The Toronto Star begins to chip away at the Mike Danton story. Rosie DiManno reviews the FBI version of events. While two reporters are dispatched to find some people who knew him when.

In Saturday's Globe (little behind on my reading), Ottawa columnist Jane Taber seems to repeat the myth that Alice Cooper once bit the head off of a chicken. Or maybe she's confusing him with Ozzy Osbourne. Either way, the urban legend of Alice Cooper's disregard for animal life was long ago debunked, as seen here.

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