Monday, May 21, 2007

Victoria Was My Queen

Music news for this Victoria Day:

Vinny Favale, CBS Vice-President of Late Night Programming for Late Show with David Letterman, and huge Elvis Costello fan, has a great interview with the man himself(Elvis, that is). Watch the video. It's sort of funny what he(Elvis) says about blogs/bloggers:
"...'blog' might be the ugliest word in the English language...I think the only word uglier than that is the word to describe the people who write on them..."

Taking over Ohbijou's cancelled opening slot for Hawksley Workman at Harbourfront Centre on June 4 will be The Stills.

I swear I thought I heard a Jenn Grant song in the background of a recent Ford television commercial. Or someone that sounded a lot like her. Can anyone confirm this? Jenn plays C'est What on June 9 as part of NXNE then Horseshoe Tavern on June 15 with A Northern Chorus, Tanya Davis, and Bellewoods. Guelph and Hamilton dates on June 13 & 14 respectively. Check out her MySpace for all her tour dates.

A handful of dates have popped up for pop eccentrics Ween. I haven't listened to them in a long time, although I admit I am only vaguely familiar with them. No Toronto date but they do stop in Montreal for a show at Metropolis on June 9 or if you're in for a road trip will be in Albany, NY at The Palace Theater on July 12 and Rochester, NY at Water Street Music Hall on July 13. I was always loved their song "Freedom of '76". Check out an early clip of the band performing the song on The Jane Pratt Show in 1993:

YouTube: Ween - "Freedom of '76" [live on The Jane Pratt Show (1993)]
YouTube: Ween - "Freedom of '76" (music video)

Via Highroad Touring, Edie Brickell and New Bohemians come to Toronto for a show at The Mod Club Theatre on July 12, doors 7:30 pm. According to Rolling Stone back in March, it's been 12 to 14 years since she's toured. My Bloody Valentine, I have hope for you yet. Well not really. Update: I stand corrected. I should have looked closer; that Rolling Stone link was from March 2004...Edie Brickell did come to Toronto that year. And sure to please some, influential(so I've read) 90's indie rock band Slint come to Toronto for a show at Phoenix on July 16.

Boston radio station WBUR spoke with Michael and Margo Timmins of The Cowboy Junkies. They also performed a few songs live. Listen to the interview and live session over at NPR[via Largehearted Boy]. The band is scheduled for a Toronto show at Courthouse on July 3, although ticket info still TBA.

Brooklyn's Joan Wasser AKA Joan as Policewoman is at the Horseshoe Tavern on July 28[via Billions]. Not familiar with her solo material but I really liked her violin playing when she was part of 90's alt-rock band The Dambuilders.

Dancing In The Moonlight has Feist's recent live session on BBC Radio 1(broadcast May 14, 2007) for download[mp3]. Two songs, "So Sorry", "Limit To Your Love".

Junkmedia spoke with EBTG's Tracey Thorn who recently released her second solo album(after many, many years) entitled "Out Of The Woods". She does mention Feist as one of the artists she's currently enjoying.

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