Sorry for the lack of posts lately - 'real life' took over lately. I'll leave it at that. Don't you ever have those times [good or bad] when blogging is just the furthest thing from your mind? But I'm ready to start out fresh this week so here goes:
I'm all for supporting indie record stores but sometimes the big stores like HMV have decent sales - The Constantines' "Tournament of Hearts" is currently selling at HMV for the featured price of $7.99 so I couldn't pass that up today. Jenn Grant's new album "Echoes" is selling for $10 at HMV - I might just pick that up tomorrow. The Constantines team up for a co-headlining gig with The Weakerthans at the Phoenix on March 31 and April 1. Jenn Grant plays an early show at The Mod Club on February 21 and then will return for Canadian Music Week for a midnight set at the Reverb on March 14. Jenn talks about her new album with chartattack. Jenn's song "Make It Home Tonight" (from her first album "Orchestra For The Moon") was featured in the closing scene of this episode of "Flashpoint".
On a tangent from that last Jenn Grant info bit, there is a preliminary schedule for Canadian Music Week now up. Take a gander and start piecing together your own personal club-hopping schedule.
The CMW schedule does interestingly note that Sloan will perform during the festival at The Mod Club on March 12 & 13.
The Airborne Toxic Event gig on March 4 which was originally going to be at the El Mocambo has been moved to The Mod Club according to Ticketmaster.ca.
Whippersnapper Gallery will host Chain and The Gang(feat. Ian Svenonius of Weird War, Nation of Ulysses, The Make-Up), The Hive Dwellers(feat. Calvin Johnson) and Toronto's own Tropics on Friday April 24, tickets $11 in advance. Via Stille Post.
Kings of Leon are returning to Toronto sooner than later and this time have upgraded from the Kool Haus(the venue of their last show) to Air Canada Centre. I suspect it might be a concert-bowl setting rather than the whole arena but that's just my guess. The guys will be at the ACC on April 21 with tickets onsale February 13.
Detroit garage rockers The Von Bondies will tear it up live I suspect at Criminal Records for an instore on February 13 at 5 pm. Via Narratives. They play a proper show at the Horseshoe that night.
Ladytron and The Faint play an all-ages gig at the Phoenix on April 6, tickets $28.50 in advance.
Neil Halstead plays The Drake Hotel on March 21, tickets $20.
From The Jam's gig at Lee's Palace on March 27 has been cancelled - refunds available at point of purchase.
Bandstand Busking currently features UK singer songwriter Emmy The Great in live busking style video performance. I'm starting to see why she's such a hit at least among the internet crowd - her vocals do possess a lovely timbre and combined with her simple guitar strums her songs are quite charming.
IRS Records was more that just R.E.M.'s early record label and hope to remind many they had other bands - "...starting February 10, Capitol/EMI will begin releasing the digital debuts of more than 100 tracks and albums that have previously been out-of-print...". Via Magnet Magazine.
Chartattack spoke with Lily Allen whose new album "It's Not Me, It's You" is out in Canada tomorrow. The new album is streaming over at her MySpace. I think her show at the Phoenix on April 22 is just about sold out (if it isn't already) - no worries for me at least, as I jumped on it and got my ticket last Friday (as well as my tickets for Franz Ferdinand and Bat For Lashes just to be safe).