A short, One-Act play entitled: "How Alex Kapranos Accidentally Cock-Blocked Himself; A Cautionary Tale."
Scene: A Basement billiard room in the Franz Ferdinand Glasgow mansion
Alex Kapranos (timidly): Guys, I think I'm ready to ask Eleanor out, finally.
Rest of Franz Ferdinand (spitting out beer and dropping pool cues): Eleanor Freidburger!? Are you daft, man?? She lives in Brooklyn, and we're way over 'ere in Glasgow. It'd never work, mate. Not to mention that weirdo brother of hers! That bloke’s a few sheep shy of a herd, after all! Have you heard the new Fiery Furnaces record?
Alex (chalking his pool cue nervously): I know, i know, but I think maybe I can win the old girl over anyway. I just need a... a good opening line! You know, to sweep her off her feet! Her brother’ll never have to know.
The Franz (sarcastically): yeah... well, you work on that, Alex. See ya...
The band exits. Alex takes another swig of the beer bottle he'd been nursing, sits down on a nearby La-Z-Boy, and sighs heavily
Alex (now alone): Okay. Think Alex, think! Just one or two good lines... By Jove! I've got it. Where's the bloody telephone??? Ah, here it is!
Alex leaps up and reaches for his antique, rotary Mickey Mouse telephone and slowly dials the long-distance number
Eleanor Freidburger (sleepy): Hello?
(Alex clears throat)
Alex Kapranos (with feeling): “Eleanor, put those boots back on.
Kick the heels into the Brooklyn dirt.
I know it isn't dignified to run,
But if you run,
You can run to the Coney Island roller coaster.
Ride to the highest point and leap across the filthy water;
Leap until the Gulf Stream's brought you down...”
Alex: Eleanor?? Well, what do you say... Oh, nevermind. You're probably just too busy anyway...
Eleanor Freidburger: No, no, Alex! Wait. Actually, that sounds great! I'll be there in November with the band, right after the release of our fifth Fiery Furnaces LP Widow City (TMT Review) via Thrill Jockey! Oh, Alex, I'm so happy! I can't wait to see you! Isn’t that convenient???
Eleanor: Alex? What's wrong, sweetheart??
Alex: Wait... you're not going to bring Matthew with you, are you???
Upcoming UK Dates (much to the chagrin of Alex Kapranos):
British Sea Power Tour, Release EP And LP With No Mention of Pirates, Actual Sea Power Of Any Kind, Or Historical Events Older Than Five Minutes In This News Story And A Woman Nearly Spills A Cup of Coffee On Me
I’m not one to believe in karma (Okay, I’m already lying; you don’t get $500 in parking tickets for helping old ladies cross the street), but in the last five minutes:
- A young woman in a business suit spilled a cup full of steaming hot coffee just inches from my leg, laptop, and this news story.
- A homeless man sitting next to the Staples, from which I am currently accessing the internet, started smoking a cigarette.
- A pair of Germans sitting next to me gently pulled a scrap of paper that had fallen out of my pocket and into the coffee water on the ground and offered it to me hopefully.
The signs of mojo a-workin’ are everywhere. Take, for example, British Sea Power. If they can keep it together, that just gives me all kinds of warm, fuzzy hope for the rest of us.
A new EP (Krankenhaus?), a new CD (Do You Like Rock Music?). WOW.
Krankenhaus? digitally out now, on CD November 20:
# Stardeath and White Dwarfs
## CMJ Show w/ Pela, 1990s, Tiny Masters of Today, Stardeath and White Dwarfs, The Grey Race
### Wild Beasts
@ The Vanguard, Tracy is Hot and the Clap
* Revenge of Shinobi.
#### Wild Beasts, Micky P, Kerr, Jonjo Feather, A Love Supreme
& Wild Beasts, The Witch and the Robot, Fear of Mountains
##### White Mischief Event 'From The Earth To The Moon'
Do you still need black wristbands to play a Martin? Does that aggressive stance work for fingerpicking? Will there be sweat?
All those questions will be answered October 27 and 28 when Metallica perform acoustic sets at the 21st Annual Bridge School Benefit Concert at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA.
Metallica is not known for its sensitive side. The band is known for its dark side. And for its annoying side -- Lars. Nevertheless, for a good cause, even the guys who scared little kids with that creepy old guy in the "Enter Sandman" video will unplug to help out. It's for the kids.
Other performers include:
Advance tickets are $150.00 and $75.00 for reserved seating and $39.50 for general admission, plus applicable service charges.
The Bridge School is an institute for children with disabilities both physical and verbal. Neil Young began organizing a concert to benefit the school after its instructors cured him of a high, mournful whine.
Did you know that scissors were probably invented in Egypt by real
live Egyptians a real long time ago?
Did you know that different types of scissors exist? Here are a few examples:
Tin snips are scissors used for cutting tin.
Pinking shears are scissors with a serrated edge for cutting fabric
without frayin' the edges. Wow.
Trauma shears are scissors used in emergency response situations.
Poultry shears are scissors that cut poultry.
How 'bout those skizzer facts! Now onto some facts about sisters!
I lied, I don't have any fun facts about sisters, as I never had one,
but I'm sure she'd probably like Scissor Sisters. Plus, she'd be super stoked about their new DVD that's coming out on November 12. She'd love the name of it too, 'cause it's called Hurrah - A Year Of Ta-Dah.
I can't keep writing this story after writing that.
You love Wire. I love Wire. You probably have all three of the recently repressed, 180 gram collector's-edition LPs of the untouchable trilogy that was originally released in the late '70s but now available at their online store. I know I do. And like me, you might even wear your Pink Flag Enamel Badge in public as much as possible.
Or maybe you don't. In any event, we both know that Read & Burn 01 and 02 are so intensely good you want to shit your pants just thinking about putting them on again. So good, in fact, that anticipation for new material of the same caliber spoiled opinions of their otherwise stunning full-length, Send, with reviews usually consisting of cranky fans pouting about the presence of too many tracks already released on the Read & Burn series and a distressing lack of new facemelters.
Well, pout no more, dear reader: Read & Burn 03 is, according to pinkflag.com, "finished, mastered, designed and in production for a November 12th UK release." Not only this, but they've even gone so far as to defuse any reservations you might have about purchasing it immediately following its release, responding to the complaints about Send with a hypersensitive assurance that "none of the tracks will be included on the next full-length Wire album."
The EP will consist of 4 tracks spread over 25 minutes, meaning either a bunch of six-minute tracks or our first really long Wire tune -- either way, I'm getting myself all worked up here, so it's time to go consummate all this pent up exhilaration by putting Read & Burn 01 + 02 on at full volume and slam-dancing with my furniture.
Read & Burn 03 tracklisting:
Do you know how to speak Japanese? Can you learn it? Because if you do or can, then you could be translating Boredoms/V∞redoms news for TMT!
You see, every time there's news about Boredoms, it's a pain in the ass to even report it. Why? Everything is in Japanese! I know, I know... the Westernization of Earth is a little behind schedule, but I assure you: with some increased focus on free trade, liberating, and teaching non-white kids English one by fucking one, we'll one day live in a beautiful world where your favorite beer will be available in every bar, where sites like freetranslation.com will become an internet dinosaur, where any geographic variation will be smoothed out with a good ol' Rowenta iron.
Until that glorious day comes, we'll just have to settle for less-than-perfect (imperfect) news stories about Boredoms. Not that what I'm writing isn't gold or anything. Come to think of it, you should probably be thanking me for my research skills, because boy do I have news for you: Boredoms are releasing a new CD+DVD set December 19! Titled Live at Sunflancisco, the live document will be released on Commmons, the same label that released Super Roots 9 (TMT Review) earlier this year.
AND THERE IS MORE. Yoshimi of Boredoms seems to have written the soundtrack to a documentary. It's called Yunnan Colorfree, and according to Commmons, it will be released November 21. Or, as freetranslation.com put it: "The truck listing of the documentary film "cloud south COLORFREE" the original sound truck 'YUNNAN COLORFREE' that YOSHIMI of BOREDOMS manages music arrived. ! !"
Doesn't that kind of read like a Pitchfork review?
Oh, no I didn't!
Yunnan Colorfree tracklisting:
Overcomplicated Logistics Deter Even the Most Determined Nada Surf Fans from Deciding to Attend a Show Nearest Them
I know, I'm one of them. What started as a simple discovery of the latest Nada Surf tour ended with intense analysis of the group's past material and speculation of the probability of material soon to be released. Equations came into play with factors such as: talent of Nada Surf's three members, individually; the sum of that talent as a cohesive effort as the group Nada Surf; the probability of that total cohesive talent being expressed as a masterpiece that may or may not be the upcoming release; and material that said talented individuals will tour in support of after the late October/early November East Coast shows are played.
Now, when it comes to weighing amazing past material blindly against the possibility of ass-kicking material yet to come (but not entirely blind, as you can preview a track off the forthcoming album here), well I don't take those kind of risks. I can't take that gamble. But maybe you are a risk taker. Maybe you love danger. Maybe you're willing to predict that the fifth studio album by Nada Surf is going to blow your mind, and you want to buy that ticket and take that ride. Well please, do so, and allow me provide you with some guiding light. Imagine this, a touch-tone menu, and my voice, the soothing calm of a matter-of-fact and omniscient, rock 'n' roll directory operator.
Commence imaginative activity:
- If you loved the 2005 release The Weight Is a Gift and would like to see Nada Surf tour predominately with this material from now to November 2 -- or, if you're a shallow power-pop fan who gets turned on at the possibility of hearing "Popular" played live, press 1.
- If you're stoked for the upcoming release of Lucky and would like to see Nada Surf tour predominately in support of this material in the opening months of 2008, press 2.
- If you KNOW Lucky is going to kick ass and you're hella stoked for the early 2008 tour, press 3.
- If you don't know shit about the Lucky release, press 4.
- If you choose to abstain from decision making at this time, press 5.
#1- Tourdates for the Fall of 2007 are as follows, with tickets on sale now:
#5- Huh uh, I don't think so. I know I listed this as an option, but it's not. You pick from 1-3 and you pick now.
Rivers Cuomo to Release Demos, Prepares to Erase Past Seven Years from Existence Using Harvard Degree
Remember back in 7th grade when your friend first played Weezer's Blue Album over at his house? Somewhere between the inexplicable freshness of the chord progression of "My Name is Jonas" to the orgasm-inducing breakdown of "Only in Dreams," it occurs to you: I've discovered music. My 7th grade was in the year 2000. Six years after Weezer's debut CD hit the market, five years after Windows 95 came with the "Buddy Holly" video, three years after the gloriously bitter Pinkerton hit shelves, and two years after Weezer ceased to exist. Oh, and one year... uh... eh... since I started puberty.
The story of Weezer since that day in 2000 has been one mostly of disillusionment and disenchantment. Since reforming, Weezer have slowly become too important to ignore, yet too disappointing to support. Kind of like The Simpsons or the war in Iraq. (Did I just compare Weezer with Iraq? Yikes.) Which is exactly why this newest piece of news should be exciting.
According to his MySpace account, Rivers Cuomo plans to release a new CD. Best yet, the word "Weezer" will not be printed in trademark "century gothic" font across the cover. Here's a fragment of his post:
I've compiled a CD of my favorite demos from the years 1992 to 2007 and Geffen Records has agreed to put it out this December, on the eleventh. I hope you enjoy it. I may also be able to put out more demo CDs in the near future.
Releasing ancient demos pulled from the crypt isn't exactly new for Rivers. Tracks spanning beyond Weezer's existence have been posted on previous incarnations of his website, as well as the official Weezer site. But if Rivers' song catalog is any indication, plenty of "new" material exists for the new CD. Here's pulling for the triumphant release of "I Will Poor On Their Car Seats" at last!
The Real Slim Cuomo also mentions the planned eventual release of some sort of book that will undoubtedly include some crazy credentials in the About the Author leaf. Something along the lines of Rivers Cuomo, BA, Harvard University, Ph.D, Vipassana Meditation, Fk.D, Asian Girls, Fvt.Band, KISS, A/S/L, oldenuf/yes/yurmouth. Cuomo mentions doing research for the book, so unless he has taken a literal interpretation of finding himself, chances are its more than autobiographical.
For now though it seems that it will join the live DVD that never was in a lead vault where they've kept all of the good Weezer material from the past decade. I think my suave might be locked inside there, too.
I have it from a reliable source that the recent Smashing Pumpkins "reunion" shows have been attended not by nostalgia-addled 30 & 40-somethings looking to relive the experiences of Lollapalooza '94 and of trying to decide whether or not going goth would be a good stylistic route (but ultimately deciding it was too weird), but by younger people who are as familiar, if not more so, with the group's more recent recorded output than they are with "Rhinoceros" or "Rocket."
If this is true, then it could be possible that, like Billy C. and the Wu-Tang Clan, Dinosaur Jr may also be for the children. The attendees of the band's upcoming fall tour, which starts November 20 in Millvale, PA, could look more like they belong on a college campus instead of a Mike Watt convention (where everyone claims to have "drove up from Pedro"). That, plus the addition of new tunes from the band's 2007 LP, Beyond (Fat Possum), would be a refreshing change from the usual reunion shows.
* Shonen Knife, Juilet Dagger
Get it? Twins.
10. Winning London (2001)
The prequel to losing weight.
9. Holiday In The Sun (2001)
And then Weezer covered their song -- Rivers Cuomo, how ironic!
8. How The West Was Fun (1994)
It wasn't. Ever.
7. Our Lips Are Sealed (2000)
The twins' own "Stop Snitchin" campaign.
6. It Takes Two (1995)
They were actually triplets before Kirstie Alley had one for lunch.
5. When In Rome (2002)
Snort blow like the Romans do.
4. To Grandmother's House We Go (1992)
"Over the river and through the woods..."? Like they'd walk. Good thing Land Rovers have four-wheel drive.
3. Passport To Paris (1999)
Where even Mary-Kate looked fat.
2. Double, Double, Toil and Trouble (1993)
Fire burn and crack rock bubble.
1. Switching Goal (1999)
Not to be confused with the 2001 porno, Switching Poles.
"Brother For Sale" or "The Con"? You decide: