If the blooming cherry blossom trees in High Park didn't get you in the mood to throw onto your iPod the "Lost In Translation" soundstrack and listen to My Bloody Valentine well then why not the real thing? The big news this week(via Pitchfork) is that My Bloody Valentine have confirmed more North American tour dates which include a Toronto date at Ricoh Coliseum on September 25. Tickets are $47.50, onsale this Friday at 12 pm at Ticketmaster.ca. Is Rotate This or Soundscapes getting a ticket allotment? I don't know. There's been some discussion about whether Ricoh Coliseum's too big of a venue for MBV. Granted I'm sure MBV have gained more and more fans over the years. It's quite possible that MBV won't sell out Ricoh but I'd rather that I have a realistic chance of snagging some tickets rather than the venue be a smaller one and risk not getting any tickets at all. MBV coming to Toronto - best concert news of the year so far. It makes the wait for Portishead(who should hopefully be touring North America next year) that much easier to bear.
Coming up next month with NXNE, there's already a partial list of confirmed bands including Young and Sexy(maybe I'll finally getting around to seeing them). I've been sampling some of the MySpace samples of the different bands and it seems like a stronger more interesting set of artists this year. It should be a good one. There's also a partial list of confirmed films for this year's film component to NXNE.
A few (relatively) recognizable names to look forward to at this year's NXNE are Toronto's The Diableros who'll be at the Silver Dollar on June 13 as part of the Magnificent Sevens showcase while Montreal's The Luyas will be at the same venue on June 14 as part of the Pop Montreal showcase.
I know Chromewaves already mentioned the following info earlier this week, but just another heads up that TV On The Radio hit the Kool Haus on July 2, and Calexico are at The Mod Club on July 6.
I might possibly expand on this further, but I just want to mention that the just released The Last Shadow Puppets disc "The Age Of The Understatement" notably featuring the string arrangements of Owen Pallett conducting the London Metropolitan Orchestra, is bloody fantastic.
Video: The Last Shadow Puppets - "Meeting Place" (live @ Avatar Studios in New York City on March 4, 2008)