Back to Our Regularly Scheduled Boredom
Now that everyone is over the Supreme Court ruling, it's time to go back to being bored and writing about randomness in hopes of putting together a significant entry.
Most importantly, I do have to say a few things about the rumoured upcoming Of Montreal show. I've been getting rather antsy that nothing has been said about it yet, and going to the Kork Agency website only to see two other potential venues listed on the same date got me incredibly worried. I went ahead and emailed Erik to get the low-down on the situation. Basically Little Brothers is being flaky. First an indie promoter wanted to do it. Then Little Brothers said they would do it themselves. Now it's back in the hands of the indie promoter. Erik says, in short, that it won't happen in Columbus.
It's things like this that make me absolutely hate the scene here. It's bad enough we can't get good shows here. It's worse to find out that one of the reasons is the fact that one of our best venues can't get its act together in time to secure a show. So here I sit, feeling completely helpless. I guess we'll just have to see Of Montreal (and probably a lot of other incredibly good bands) another time.
In other news...
The secret is out, and the name of the new Franz Ferdinand album is... nothing! The band has decided not to name any of their albums. They will all have the same Franz Ferdinand logo but with different colour schemes to separate the albums from each other. If I'm not mistaken, this isn't the first band to do this. I have been buying records for a long time, and I'm pretty sure that the band Chicago did something very similar. I think they named every album Chicago and numbered them. I could be wrong though. Anyway, it's an interesting concept. I'm sure they'll get scrutinized for it, but then, that's generally what happens when someone decides to be different.
A new album is also in the works for Belle and Sebastian. Pay no attention to the rather ridiculous story Tiny Mixtapes has to go through just to say that they're making a new album.
Maybe the Smashing Pumpkins reunion will come to fruition after all. Drummer Jimmy Chamberlain has announced that he's in on it, and encourages other former members to do the same.
The success of Crazy Frog, the first ringtone to ever make it to number one on the UK charts, has caused even more controversy. Apparently people have been buying the ringtone without realizing that it's part of a subscription plan which texts them every week to offer a new ringtone and charges them for the text. The lawsuits being filed against Jamster, the company who provides the ringtone, suggest that calling the service a "club" was misleading and that customers thought they were buying just one ringtone. I still think the fact that a cell phone ringtone has become so popular is ridiculous. Isn't the ability to have different ringtones supposed to help you discern your phone from others? Now everyone in the UK has the same ringtone and no one can tell whose phone is whose. Stupid.
Wired Magazine has a very interesting interview with Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett, creators of the pseudo-band Gorillaz.
Oh my gosh! Say it ain't so. Avril Lavigne is engaged to Sum 41 frontman Deryck Whibley. A match made in pop-punk heaven. I hope Whibley knows that Lavigne really wanted to be a country singer...
I love it went pretentious jerks get their egos bruised. Did you know that Noel Gallagher thought Spinal Tap was a real band? He even went to see them and got mad and left when he found out they were fake. Harry Shearer, a former member of Spinal Tap is surprised, and who wouldn't be? I mean, after all, this is Noel Gallagher, the man who knows all and isn't afraid to admit it.
Fluxblog says that Sleater-Kinney's recent live show was a disaster. I'm glad someone understands.
One man is dead and three are injured following a stabbing in a mosh pit at a Corrosion of Conformity show. Reason number 3526 why moshing is absolutely stupid.
Well, Columbus kids, while we're mourning the loss of the Of Montreal show, we can at least get a taste of some live music by watching this video of an acoustic performance, courtesy of You Ain't No Picasso. By the way, happy belated birthday, Matt.
Upcoming Columbus Shows
7.07 - Reel Big Fish - Newport Music Hall
7.14 - Blowfly - Little Brothers
7.16 - Pete Yorn - Newport Music Hall
7.19 - Dressy Bessy - Little Brothers
7.20 - Howie Day - Promowest Pavilion
7.20 - Luna Halo w/ Modena Vox - Skully's Music Diner
7.22 - Tegan and Sara - Newport Music Hall
8.11 - Ben Folds w/ Ben Lee and Rufus Wainwright - Promowest Pavilion
8.20 - Pretty Girls Make Graves - Little Brothers
8.23 - Thunderbirds Are Now! - Little Brothers
8.30 - Xiu Xiu w/ Das Yellow Swans and Nedelle - Little Brothers
8.31 - Coldplay w/ Rilo Kiley - Germain Ampitheater
9.10 - The White Stripes w/ The Greenhornes - Ohio State Theater
9.14 - Sufjan Stevens - Southgate House (Newport, KY)
9.24 - The Rolling Stones w/ Beck - Germain Ampitheater
from the regnyouth archives
Beastie Boys - Ill Communication
Moby - Hotel
Spoon - Gimme Fiction