Tuesday, October 26, 2004

The Superimposed Man

  • John Peel: photo from http://www0.bbc.co.uk/radio4/presenters/peel_biog.shtmlJohn Peel passed away. My initial introduction to Mr. Peel was through The Smiths "Hatful of Hollow" which contained several John Peel session tracks. Curiosity got the best of me, and through flea market finds I've picked up Peel Sessions vinyl E.P.'s from the likes of Yeah Yeah Noh(featuring the awesome song "The Superimposed Man") and The June Brides as well as the Gang of Four Peel Sessions on CD. I never got around to listening to his radio show, even with the advent of the Internet, but his name was such a familiar one in the lexicon of indie and alternative music. The list of artists that he's championed and featured on his show is like a music lover's wet dream. He had wonderful taste in music. I could only assume that his "Peel Sessions" were a precursor to radio segments in Canada like "In Session" on CBC Radio 3, or the numerous live-in-studio sessions on radio stations around the world. He will be missed.

  • MTV likes our Canadian bands. Check out MTV's CMJ Music Marathon Recap: 10 Bands Who Live Up To The Hype. [Link from controller.controller's site]

  • Franz Ferdinand's debut CD will be rereleased as an expanded edition with b-sides on November 23, 2004. The bonus disc will include a new recording of album track "This Fire" as well as four tracks previously unavailable in North America. From Billboard.

  • It appears that the reason Death Cab for Cutie cancelled their European tour is that Ben has a benign cyst on his leg which requires surgery after the U.S. tour ends and that it'll take him three weeks to recover. Apparently, it's not life threatening, so let's all be thankful for that. Get well soon, Ben.

  • Apparently the "vegemighty news of a worldwide nature" about The Organ that Mint Records hinted at a couple of weeks back is that the band's debut album "Grab That Gun" has been licensed to the Australian label, Popfrenzy. The Organ's in good company as Popfrenzy is also distributing CD's in Australia by such artists as The Clientele, Pretty Girls Make Graves, and Camera Obscura. Oh, that was the big news. Whoopee....but in all seriousness, I hope the girls make some waves down under. :-)

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