I'm going to end up on Jerry Springer
God help me, I'm turning into an indulgent, I'll-give-my-kid-anything parent. Pass me a folding chair, I'm heading straight to the Springer show. I've actually spent the last couple of days trying to figure out how Eva and I can get to the Belle and Sebastian/New Pornographers show in Toronto.
Belle and Sebastian AND the New Pornographers!
What a dream concert - that's bigger than the Weakerthans/Constantines show we saw in March!
A year ago I hadn't heard of Belle and Sebastian, the Scottish indie collective, and now I am mad for them. I didn't expect to like their music; it's boy-girl vocals (which I am just now starting to get into), and lilting melodies, albeit with some pretty dark subtexts. And Stuart Murdoch, the song-writer, main boy vocalist, and all-round wunderkid behind B&S has the sweetest voice this side of heaven. Although the NME refers to it as a "gay choir-boy yodel", I have to protest that he does not yodel. Jury's still out on the gay part.
They don't make it to North America all that often and only to the big-assed cities in Canada (you know who you are, you centres of the universe).
I have written about the New Pornographers before, about what an amazing voice Neko Case has and how gorgeous and sexy she is, and what insanely catchy songs Carl Newman writes, even though the NME (again! those bastards) refer to him as a trout-faced, cardigan-wearing, supply teacher.
They are quite simply one of the best bands today.
Eva was quite bummed out that they weren't coming to Alberta at all and is convinced that Stuart Murdoch personally hates her. We actually looked into flights and making a side trip to London to visit Jerry's mom to justify our madness, and then found that they had changed the venue to a +19 show (as was the Vancouver show).
The insanity got to the point where I discovered that the Seattle show was all ages and started looking into flights before Eva (dear sweet sensible Eva) said "Mom, let's just stop the insanity now. It was a nice fantasy, but it's getting out of hand."
So to honour my great kid, I have written a song for her from Stuart Murdoch, sung to the tune of Lord Antony:
Eva, we're not playing in Alberta
cause you're all homophobic there
and you called me vaguely gay
And we're only going to play +19s
so you still can't go
even if you fly
because I hate you
but keep buying my records
because I like to eat food
even though I'm quite skinny
So maybe in five years
you can come see us
when you're 19
and visiting Glastonbury