Monday, October 18, 2004

Cabin Essence

Brian Wilson: photo from Grierson @ The Black Table ponders whether Brian Wilson's "Smile" is all it is cracked up to be. For a moment, I actually thought this was some unearthed, remastered version of the original recordings. Then, I was listening to the audio samples and realized that this was a modern-day rerecorded version. The songs are pleasant and all with moments of genius, but the album as a whole still does not have the same emotional resonance as "Pet Sounds". The fact that "Smile" is a rerecorded version makes me wince at the very thought.

chartattack has the obligatory news of Luna deciding to call it quits, but also mentions that Dean Wareham also recently recorded a pair of songs with actress Maggie Cheung for a new movie called Clean.

Paperbag Records group Memphis will be playing a record release party @ The Rivoli in Toronto on October 29th. [from 20hz]

Ben Folds and Joe Jackson will join William Shatner to perform a cover of Pulp's "Common People" on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno this Friday October 22nd.

So The Toronto Star site is now making people register in order to access on-line news stories. grrrrr!

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