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Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Send Our Love Down The Well
With the announcement of this, let us take a moment to remember the Northern Lights. If Zoilus is right about a Canadian concert, we'd like to see the show consist solely of a Lights reunion. Seriously.

In alphabetical order:

Bryan Adams, Carroll Baker, Veronique Beliveau, Salome Bey, Liona Boyd, John Candy, Robert Charlebois, Tom Cochrane, Bruce Cockburn, Burton Cummings, Dalbello, Gordon Deppe, Claude Dubois, Robin Duke, Don Gerrard, Brian Good, Corey Hart, Ronnie Hawkins, Dan Hill, Mark Holmes, Tommy Hunter, Paul Hyde, Martha Johnson, Marc Jordan, Eugene Levy, Gordon Lightfoot, Baron Longfellow, Richard Manuel, Murray McLauchlan, Frank Mills, Geddy Lee, Kim Mitchell, Joni Mitchell, Anne Murray, Bruce Murray, Aldo Nova, Catherine O’Hara, Oscar Peterson, Colina Phillips, Carole Pope, Mike Reno, Lorraine Segato, Paul Shaffer, Graham Shaw, Leroy Sibbles, Jane Siberry, Liberty Silver, Wayne St. John, Ian Thomas, Sylvia Tyson, Sharon Lee Williams, Neil Young, Zappacosta

Monday, May 30, 2005

The Woods
Found on our voice mail. Minus the hyperlinks.

"Hey Wherry, it's Sarah. I just wanted to let you know - and you can write about this on your blog if you'd like - that the Most Serene Republic kids are, like, the nicest people... in the world. They're totally super nerds. But I just had my big interview with them and they showed up for the interview and they'd packed us a picnic. Like how cute is that? And they served tea on china. It was really... I think it was one of the best experiences I've ever had since I started my job. So I just wanted to share that. You're probably still in London, you are still in London, and I'm sure that you need some brightening of your day. So there you go. OK. That's all. Bye."

We were in London. Ontario. Not England. Trying to pull wisdom from the mouths of teenage hockey players. Not much luck. (In case it's not obvious yet, there's been a slight - but good - adjustment to the career path.) Anyway. We're back now. With some catching up to do. And some new fun to introduce. Free fun. For everybody. More soon...

Friday, May 20, 2005

It's More Than A Game
Chromewaves is like the Canadian music blogosphere's No Hype Zone. Our own Bill O'Reilly. Only less evil. Bless his heart. His latest straight talk, this time on The Most Serene Republic:

Well after a second go-around, I've made up my mind: They don't do it for me. What was novel the first time seemed more contrived the second time around - they seemed to be trying a little too hard to be zany...The Can-indie musical collectives to which they'll inevitably be compared (Broken Social, Arcade Fire) possess an emotional core to their songs that I didn't detect with Serene Republic. They seemed more about being goofing around and having a good time, which is fine - there's absolutely a place for just fun music, but class clowns eventually have to decide if they want to be Jim Carrey or Pauly Shore.

Zing.

We haven't actually seen or heard these kids yet. (Liss has, and quite liked them.) But we're strangely heartened by dissenting voices. It's all part of a healthy democracy. Or some such nonsense.
On X
MuchMusic has some Britney concert on right now. She sang Everytime but her piano lip-synced. WTF.

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Pro Tools
The Star is now podcasting John Sakamoto's Anti-Hit List here.

While media columnist Antonia Zerbisias blogs about her music collection here.
Maybe It Was All Those Late Afternoons
One can only count so many blue cars...

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ORIGINAL DISHWALLA BASSIST SCOT ALEXANDER DEPARTS BAND

FRIENDS FILL IN INCLUDING TONIC’S DAN LAVERY AND LOW MILLIONS JORGEN CARLSSON

Santa Barbara rock band Dishwalla has announced that their longtime bass player Scot Alexander will be leaving the band to spend more time with his family in Idaho.  Alexander, a founding member, most recently performed on their current album Dishwalla.   “We will miss Scot tremendously but understand and respect his decision,” says frontman JR Richards. “We wish him all the best in his future endeavors.”

In the meantime Dishwalla, have recruited some friends to take over bass duties for their 2005 US tour.  Tonic’s Dan Lavery, Jorgen Carlsson from Low Millions and Los Angeles studio musician David Sutton will all take turns filling in until a permanent replacement is found.


Stream the new album here. You know you kinda want to.

Monday, May 16, 2005

A Personal History
The Piano Man mystery. If this doesn't turn out to be a hoax, expect him to guest on the next Radiohead album.

(Further Reading)

Sunday, May 15, 2005

Is On His Side
Hurry back Dave. John Mayer needs you.
You Rhyme Like Snoopie Dog
You can't stop Shawn Desman. You can only hope to contain him. Dude is ground-breaking. See here. Some of our favourite parts (and take careful note of how artfully he mentions the Junos in the first quote):

"While people loved the album, which was nominated for a Juno, they didn't know who I was, whether I was black or a white going black. I didn't have a clear image."

"It's time to show a little skin. On my first tour, the girls would yell, 'Take off your shirt!' and I'm like, 'I don't want to do that 'cause you won't like what you see.' Now, I'm totally comfortable with that."

"Nobody wants to put up with me. I'm either not around enough or so busy I can't pay her enough attention. I'm really career focussed right now. It's not fair to be with someone now, as much as I would love to have a girlfriend."
Everyone Knows That You're Insane
Anybody else think that Simple Plan's Untitled and the Backstreet Boys' Unexplained could have come from the same album? It's like everything has come full circle...

Like. Woah. Are we blowing your mind yet?

Friday, May 13, 2005

Must Win Game
Jason Collett's album, Idols Of Exile, arrived today. In a special wooden case (and smelling freshly sawed). Rest assured we'll have it up on Ebay soon enough (kidding, kidding...).

Howie Beck produced. Kevin Drew, Brendan Canning, Andrew Whiteman, Charles Spearin, Leslie Feist, Andrew Cash, Chris Brown, Bob Egan, Julie Penner, Evan Cranley, Amy Milan, James Shaw and Emily Haines guest. We don't know why anyone ever gets excited about track listings, but here you go:

Fire
Hangover Days
Brownie Hawkeye
We All Lose One Another
Parry Sound
I'll Bring The Sun
Tinsel And Sawdust
Feral Republic
Pavement Puddle Stars
Almost Summer
Pink Night
These Are The Days

Full review to come. Probably.
Like The Name Says
We still can't tell you about who we talked to this week. Sorry. They've got our signature. We think we lose the rights to our left foot if we so much as speaketh their name before May 28.

But on a completely unrelated note... Coldplay were at the Kool Haus on Wednesday for one of those exclusive club gig thingies. And everybody totally lurves them right now. Especially the muscled frat boy to our left who nearly cried during The Scientist. Liss figured it was the closest he's ever come to a homosexual experience. (Is this Liss' blog now? - Ed. Erm. Yeah. Kinda.)

Other, less squirmy, love from Rayner here, Considine here and Radwanski here.

Anyway. The people that we talked to this week, whoever they were, predicted that people would be really nice to them for about another year and then they would be viewed as roughly equal to Satan. We thinks they likely be on to something. Whoever they are.

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Gemstones
Wanna know why Al Gore invented the Internet? So we could read what the Daily Yomiuri has to say about Canadian indie rock, of course.

(Still looking tickets to this weekend's big Osaka show? Buy now and save your spot for a mere 5,000 yen, yo!)
Ew
From a press release received this afternoon.

Move Over Michael, Here Comes The King of Popera!

As the buzz grows around the fusion of pop and opera called "popera," so it does around rising international singing sensation, Krassimir. A rare non-castrato male soprano (all his vitals are intact), Krassimir possesses a soaring, 4-octave vocal range, sings in 5 different languages and is a bonified Bulgarian-born hearthrob...
(Emphasis ours, obvs.)

Er. Rare? Er. What?

(Wikipedia explains here. Surely Carl or Alex or J.D. can explain further. Likely without using the term "balls.")

Monday, May 9, 2005

By Request
We can't really tell you where we were at 11am this morning or what it was we were doing wherever we were, but we will tell you this, Chris Martin has the second nicest eyes in rock n' roll* (falling just shy of The Undisputed Champion).

There. We said it. Can't take it back now, can we?


*limited to rock stars we've actually looked in the eye(s).
Speed Of Sound
Nellie McKay, who once was nice enough to sign Miss Pop's copy of Get Away From Me while Newman looked on and judged, will appear alongside Mandy Moore, Amanda Peet and Michelle Williams in a movie called Safety Glass. She plays a girl named Sue. Then, because she's good like that, she'll release her sophomore record, featuring a duet with Cyndi Lauper. For serious.
Accomplishment
So last week we finally finished that thing we were doing. Cheers to our host with mostest, he of unlimited patience and noble spirit. The sum total of our particular contributions:

Nothing at All: Maestro Fresh Wes
Having an Average Weekend: Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet
Secret Heart: Ron Sexsmith
Theme to Hockey Night in Canada: Dolores Claman
10lbs: The Super Friendz
Anciens Combattants: Rhume
Your Latest News From The Front
Feist to play Winnipeg folk fest
Philly Inquirer gives her three and a half stars
And Feist wins Bismark Invite

Also, Nelly Furtado uses her latest letter of truth to claim months-old love of Feist. To wit: "Oh!!! Did I mention Feist?...I love that album.,.I loved it so much a couple of months ago that I actually accidentally rear-ended an empty parked car in a parking lot....listening to Feist's beautiful voice..I should not be telling you this....So do not listen to Feist while driving, or do it at a low volume, anyway..Do not worry..no one was hurt, and I did not run away..I waited in the cold for the owner...yep it's true..haha!!!"
Lone Lingering Thought After Seeing Ryan Adams In Concert Last Week
Like the stoner who dreamed of an all-foyer mansion, we dream that one day there will be such a thing as the all-encore concert.

(More, better reviews here and maybe here.)

Tuesday, May 3, 2005

Guiding Light
Paul Anka, Johnny Nash & George Hamilton IV - Teen Commandments

Our latest contribution to this, which, mercifully for our host, should be culminating soonish. This is the anthem. Get your gosh darn hands up. Please. And thank you.

Monday, May 2, 2005

Catharsis
"We couldn't be more grateful for the support we receive from all our fans around the world. We feel a responsibility to get great music to our fans. Unfortunately, we believe that we can't accomplish that effectively with the current Warner Music."

We were wrong about Linkin Park guys.

They aren't a bunch of self-important humorless wanks; young men beating off to the idea of their own self-satisfied intelligence ("This song needs more Japanese flute!"). No, no. These young men are artists. Idealists. Heroes. Inspirations. Selfless innovators who refuse to let the phony rules of this captailistic society prevent them from doing the only thing they've ever wanted to do - reach people, touch people, brings us all closer together.

We must join them. And together we will succeed where so many have failed. We will strike a blow for real art. We will take back our music. We will topple the millionaires, eat the rich and so forth. This is about dreams. And people. And principles. And, uh... err...

"A source familiar with the discussions said the public spat was a ploy by the band's managers, The Firm, to renegotiate their contract and extract a $60 million advance ahead of the IPO. The source said the band also asked for 50 percent of profits.

"Calling the $60 million figure inaccurate, the group's managers said Warner offered a $15 million advance for five records but no marketing and promotion guarantees. It declined to give more details on the deal."

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