Saturday, June 03, 2006

Honey From The Tombs

Amy Millan - NOWOk so I lied on my last post about getting my Vancouver/west coast/Sasquatch Festival trip writeup up by this morning. Perhaps tomorrow. Or not. Eventually. Looking ahead concert-wise:

Amy Millan will be at Harbourfront Centre's CIBC Stage for an afternoon performance on Aug 26th[via Arts & Crafts]. The Harbourfront website has also posted a more detailed listing of its summer concert season. It doesn't list the Amy Millan show although her show falls within the Indie Unlimited festival which takes place from August 25 to 27. And I'm assuming that Amy's show will be a free show. Yippee! If you haven't already, check out the cover story on Amy in this week's NOW.

There's also been some more additions to Harbourfront's summer concert lineups since I lasted checked. Cadence Weapon will be performing a late night gig(actually around 11 pm) at Harbourfront's Brigantine Room on July 8th as part of Harbourfront's Bud Light: Beats, Breaks & Culture festival. During the Sobeys Hot & Spicy Food Festival which runs from August 11 to August 13, UK world music electronic artists State of Bengal will perform on August 12th at 9:30 pm while Toronto-based pop orchestra Hyzoloists will be performing an afternoon show at around 3 pm on August 13th. Check the entire Harbourfront summer festival lineup as there's a bunch of artists whom I'm not familiar with.

BTW, check out some streaming audio tracks as well as tour dates for Hylozoists over at their MySpace site.

Chromewaves posted yesterday his interesting artist/band picks for Toronto's NXNE festival which takes place from June 8 to 10. Well that saves me a lot of work since I was sort of planning to do a similar post next week, but I'll probably still post some of my own picks. This year's festival will also hold a special event at Toronto's Yonge-Dundas Square, the NXNE Indie Music Market, which will take place from 12 pm to 8 pm on Saturday June 10th. Check out the list of NXNE artists who will be there for you to meet, greet, and buy some merch from. Some artists will also be performing.

According to Chromewaves over at Stille Post, Wolf Parade along with special guests Frog Eyes will be in Toronto for an early show(6 pm) at the Phoenix on Saturday August 5th, tickets $15, onsale June 10th.

Garage-pop, brother-sister duo, Eux Autres have posted their tour dates for their upcoming North American tour. I've already mentioned that the band are scheduled for a show at Toronto's Rancho Relaxo on June 16th, as well as how excited I am to get to see them live. They'll also be in Hamilton, ON at The Casbah on June 15th, in Montreal, QC at L'Escogriffe on June 17th and Buffalo, NY at Soundlab on June 19th. According to their recent news update at their website, the band's debut album "Hell is Eux Autres" which is being rereleased through Grenadine Records will be out some time next week.

Looking ahead to Canada Day, Cuff The Duke will be performing a free show at Mel Lastman Square and will hitting the stage at around 9:15 pm. [via City of Toronto website].

So Junior Boys' new song "Like A Child" has been streaming at their MySpace site for several weeks now. But Yer Mam! has an mp3 of it for download so go get it. Junior Boys' second album "So This Is Goodbye" will be released through Domino Records sometime in August.

Another massive news update over at Matador Records, but of particular interest is that Yo La Tengo will be releasing a new CD/double LP(the cheekily titled "I Am Not Afraid Of You and I Will Beat Your Ass") on September 12(September 4th in places other than North America)[via Aversion]. Check out the cover art over at Matador Records. The label has also graciously made available a demo(mp3) of one of Yo La Tengo's new songs:

MP3: Yo La Tengo - "Beanbag Chair"(demo)

Also labelmates, Spoon now have a music video for "The Two Sides Of Monsieur Valentine":

MOV: Spoon - "The Two Sides Of Monsieur Valentine"

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