On one hand it does make perfect sense that Spiritualized could be playing Toronto Islands on August 6(as Pitchfork reports and the band's own MySpace indicate) since they're playing dates in Montreal, QC and Buffalo, NY in the days preceding that. But then August 6 is a Wednesday night and Spiritualized are already scheduled to be at the Virgin Festival at Toronto Islands on September 6. I could understand this[the Aug 6 date] being a typo, but if it is, how could you on your own MySpace? The band's new album "A & E" is out in North America this coming May 27, and a day earlier in the UK.
Go to the band's MySpace Blog for a link to an iTunes download of a live version of 'Soul on fire' recorded at the Acoustic Mainline show at the Union Chapel last year.
The NXNE Facebook page has preliminary list of hot acts to look out for at this year's festival taking place June 12-15. Most of the acts on the list I'd already heard about but there's a few I hadn't heard about participating at this year's NXNE like Sloan, Ladyhawk, and Great Lake Swimmers - in what capacity I'm not sure, but we'll see. It's been a week since I dropped in on the NXNE media conference at the Mill St. Brew Pub in the Distillery District. The actual media announcements were actually quite brief, but there was free beer(well two beer tickets) and food. Some of the details for the upcoming festival you can read here - aside from the music, I more excited for the different events that'll be happening during the festival like the shows at Yonge-Dundas Square[including a set from Ted Leo and The Pharmacists on June 13!], and the promise of "2 weeks of free outdoor shows in parks and public spaces spread all over downtown". If the weather cooperates, things like these should make it feel much more like a festival atmosphere. Not "SXSW, eat your heart out", but at least a step in the right direction.