Wednesday, February 27, 2008

I trust I can rely on your discretion

I almost didn't tell you about this development, in the hopes of scoring the most supa-fantastic seats, but that whiny little white-robed jerk who hangs out on my right shoulder has shamed me into it. Besides I can't imagine I am the only person who regularly reads ChartAttack or Pitchfork.

Like 90% of North America, I am still anxiously awaiting the Vancouver and Seattle dates, but there's a very good chance that I will be panting to get to the Molson Amphitheatre in Toronto on August 15.

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Poor Steve Lamke, guitarist of the Constantines, has broken his hand, causing the band to withdraw as the special surprise act for Chart's Canadian Music Week gig. I'm sending bone-healing vibes your way, Steve. Here's hoping you will be all better for the Cons' SXSW gig in mid-March.

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Also in Canadian music news, Born Ruffians have released their first full length album. This is great news for anyone who is a fan of their frenetic, yelpy, howly offerings, and if you like your music more varied, I understand they mellow things out a bit more on the album.

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I am smoking hot on predicting the direction of Canada Reads. Yet again. This morning at breakfast I told the Resident Offspring that Mavis Gallant's From the Fifteenth District would be the first book voted off. Just ask her if you think I'm greening you.

I'm sticking with my prediction that Not Wanted on the Voyage will be the ultimate winner, but I am also starting to get rather curious about Brown Girl in the Ring. Apparently it features zombies.

Here's the layout so far:

Not Wanted on the Voyage - Timothy Findlay (Bad Tempered's predicted winner)
Brown Girl in the Ring - Nalo Hopkinson (BTZ's predicted runner-up)
Icefields - Thomas Wharton
King Leary -Paul Quarrington
From the Fifteenth District - Mavis Gallant

Stayed tuned for daily developments.

21 comments:

Karen said...

Nope, the Icefields is going to take the big prize.

mellowlee said...

I just re-read Not Wanted On The Voyage a few months ago, and enjoyed it even more than the first time.
Can't wait to get my hands on that Born Ruffians CD :O)

Deb said...

Are you also aware that MG is touring again, this time with a band? I just scored seats today (I think ours are out in the parking lot, up against the fence somewhere...damn presales).

Just thought I'd pass it along as I know you're one of his other girlfriends. Alana and I were doing a giddy dance last night on Facebook.

And I don't have that white robed guy....I refused to tell anyone in Vcr about the shows and actually encouraged Fiona to tell people it was for Aug. 8, 2010. That guy in red speaks loudly to me. Actually he yells in my ear at times.

Allison said...

You are so in the know!

I wasn't aware of the Born Ruffians new album - I must go and search that out! Yelps and handclaps - whoo and hoo(as you say).

Stephanie said...

OMG YAY! See you in Toronto hopefully!

Kathleen said...

Barb - you need to schedule that trip with Peter and Ulli's trip they are planning to eastern Canada this summer. A thought anyway...

Barbara Bruederlin said...

You figure, Karen? I haven't read The Icefields, so I am going by others' reactions. Well have to see though.

I should reread it, Mel, it's been years since I first read it.
I'm definitely looking for the Born Ruffians cd, as I missed picking up their EP at the concert.

I have heard, Deb and congrats on scoring tickets. His acoustic shows the last couple of years have been great, but I do miss the energy of his band shows.
So far there are no Calgary dates, and I'm not chasing him to Edmonton.

Born Ruffians are a fun band, aren't they, Al? Lots of good energy there.
I'm not so much in the know, I just browse the music zines.

Maybe, Stephanie! It would be great to see you, but Vancouver or Seattle are still our top choices for Radiohead chasing.

Well, we're not sure if we are actually going to TO, Kathy, Vancouver or Seattle would be closer. Also, Peter and Ulli are going to eastern Canada, but Toronto is central Canada, there's still a whole lot of geography betwixt them. Not sure if Thom and the boys would be willing to change their tour dates to accommodate me, either.

Gifted Typist said...

Is it possible to look more forward to the review than the concert?

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I may die of ecstasy from the concert and never get a chance to write a review, Gifted Typist, but if I survive, I will try to do you proud.

Teddy said...

I think we'll be in To for Cirque. Something else for us to toss on the agenda. Excellent.

Teddy said...

I for one am looking forward to Brown Girl being cut loose tomorrow. With appologies to all zombies present. Not (merely) for the pretention of one named "celebs", but particularly because Gem-n-i (or however the hell she spells it) tried to bring to light "Scientific evidence" that zombies do actually really exist, and that it's a religion.

Go sacrifice a cow.

I'm sort of liking Icefields, myself. Although Findlay's is my sentimental choice.

Stephanie said...

I'm also still holding out for Vancouver, and maybe I'll have to renew my passport, I didn't know about Seattle...

Beth said...

The Atlanta Radiohead show sold out in no time, so I have yet to score tix. I'm going to hit the ticket brokers.

BeckEye said...

So, you're excited to see Rush then? :)

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Looks like you got your wish, Teddy - well played.
I hope you can score tickets, I'm still Jonesing for Vancouver or Seattle myself.

Get your passport renewed, Stephanie, you may need to try Japan in August.

That's a damned shame, Beth. Those bloody Radiohead fans, always spoiling our plans.

You bet, Beckeye, that Geddy Lee is a real draw. I understand Rod Stewart is rocking the hip replacement crowd as well.

justacoolcat said...

I love me some Toronto; looks like a great show.

I'm not the biggest Kayne fan, but than new song Flashing Lights is sticky.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

It's going to be hot and stinky in Toronto come August, JustA.

I'm not a big Kanye fan either, but I hear that Radiohead band is pretty decent.

kelly said...

would you really travel to Vancouver or Seattle to see a concert? I'll have to download a song to see who they are

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Absolutely, Kelly! Check back to my March 2007 archives for lots of songs, if you are curious.

Todd said...

I am assuming the excitement is over Radiohead, and not Kanye West. ;)

Barbara Bruederlin said...

You know me too well, Todd!