Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Beastie Boys' MCA Diagnosed With Cancer & Cancel Tour Dates / Music News / Concert Announcements

Ad-Rock & MCA of Beastie Boys

So the big news, and not of the good variety(although there is a bright light) is that Beastie Boys' Adam 'MCA' Yauch has been diagnosed with a cancer in his throat, supposedly treatable and apparently he's supposed to have surgery next week, but it means that all their upcoming tour dates for the moment have been cancelled including their headlining slot at Montreal's Osheaga Music & Arts Festival on August 2. MCA with Ad-Rock(Adam Horowitz) by his side filmed a short video clip making the announcement about the cancelled tour dates and his current health status and posted it on YouTube. MCA seems to be in good spirits and is totally optimistic, even chuckling during the video. Even more funny was that, MCA apparently hadn't told Ad-Rock the reason he'd asked him to come down to the studio(where they filmed the video), Ad-Rock in his t-shirt and his bed-head responding that he'd been on his couch watching TV. :) My thoughts and prayers are with you MCA:

YouTube: Beastie Boys' Adam "MCA" Yauch and Adam "Ad-Rock" Horowitz - "Yauch Announcement" [his health and cancelled tour dates]

NME reports that Saint Etienne will be releasing expanded 2-disc versions of their albums "So Tough" and "Sound of Water", the first disc of each being the original album and the second disc being an "...extra disc of session tracks, B-sides and extensive sleeve-notes." Check out the NME link for the tracklisting of each. Fortunately I'd seen them live at the Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona in June. It seems like they haven't played Toronto in ages.

Kicking off a cool online music sessions series entitled "Uncovered" over at Playboy.com are Dinosaur Jr. doing an acoustic version of The Cure's 'Just Like Heaven'. Future session will feature other interesting acoustic covers including Murray Lightburn of The Dears performing a cover of Emily Haines' 'Doctor Blind'. To preview upcoming sessions, click here. Dinosaur Jr. bring it amplified to the Phoenix on September 30.

A lot of concert announcments(via Against The Grain & rootmeansquare respectively):

Brendan Benson will play The Mod Club on August 24, tickets $13.50 in advance and $15 at the door. His new album "My Old, Familiar Friend" is out August 18.

Yes they are still around, Living Colour are sure to bring out the nostalgia hounds when they play Lee's Palace on October 3. Wouldn't it piss some off if they didn't play 'Cult of Personality'? Tickets are $29.50 in advance and $35 at the door, either way a hefty price. As Reuters reported earlier this month, the band are readying a new album, their first in 6 years.

The Slackers bring their rude-boy sound to Lee's Palace on October 9, tickets $17.50 in advance and $20 at the door.

Australian indie guitar-drums duo An Horse return to Toronto for a show on at The Drake Underground on September 11, tickets $10. They'll also play the Rifflandia Music Festival in Victoria, BC which takes place Sept. 24 to 27[via chartattack].

Having just played the El Mo recently, Japandroids have already lined up another Toronto show for September 19 at the Horseshoe with Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band and Metz, tickets $10. Hour.ca speaks with the band.

Seminal Brazilian Tropicalia band Os Mutantes will be playing The Opera House on October 2, tickets $25. 19 + show. The band'll be celebrating a long-awaited new disc(their first in 35 years) entitled "Haith" to be released through ANTI- on September 8.

The following day(Oct 3) at the same venue, Yo La Tengo will be playing, tickets $25. Their new album "Popular Songs" is out September 8 on Matador Records. An mp3 of a song from the album is available below(it was also NPR's "Song Of The Day" on July 17):

MP3: Yo La Tengo - "Periodically Double Or Triple"

Already reported by Chromewaves, but what the heck I'll post it again - The Twilight Sad, BrakesBrakesBrakes and We Were Promised Jetpacks hit the El Mocambo on October 10, tickets $12.

They must love the Phoenix Concert Theatre as Peter, Bjorn and John seemed to have played it umpteenth times and will do so again on November 11, tickets $20.

Amy Millan returns with her sophomore full-length, "Masters Of The Burial", on September 8 and will play a CD release show at The Mod Club on October 14 with openers Bahamas. She'll being playing a free show down at Harbourfront Centre this Saturday July 25 as part of the Canadian Voices festival with opener Gentleman Reg.

The most recent Wilco mailing list update that some Fall show announcments should be made later this week. Also, look out for Jeff Tweedy on the next cover of Spin Magazine with accompanying cover story. Wilco played just over the border a few nights ago at Artpark in Lewiston, NY. The Buffalo News has a review of the show.

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