Thursday, February 18, 2010

Julie Doiron Joins Lou Reed, Elvis Costello at Olympics Neil Young Tribute

"Borrowed" From Spinner:
When Julie Doiron walks onstage at Vancouver's Queen Elizabeth Theatre tonight to perform as part of Hal Willner's Neil Young Project -- arguably the most anticipated musical event of the Cultural Olympiad -- her mom back home in the Maritimes is going to be bursting at the seams.

"My mom is very excited," Doiron tells Spinner. "Everyone she talks to about it is saying it's a huge thing and a really big deal, and anytime something big happens, your parents get very excited."

While the Juno Award-winning singer-songwriter, who currently resides in Sackville, New Brunswick, is honoured to be involved in the Cultural Olympiad, she admits she's only just starting to wrap her mind around the opportunity. "I haven't thought about it very much because I've been on tour since early January," she says. "Lately, with my mom telling me what a big deal it is to be chosen to play the Olympics, I've started to give it some more thought."

As for her plan of attack for the star-studded tribute tonight and her subsequent shows next week in celebration of the Games, Doiron says: "I have to show up and do what I normally do: my best show ever."

Music producer Hal Willner has orchestrated an impressive lineup for the two-night tribute to the iconic Young: Doiron will perform alongside legendary artists such as Lou Reed and Elvis Costello, and an all-star band led by members of Broken Social Scene. There's been no word on whether Young himself will attend, which has only served to fuel buzz around the event.

Doiron is hoping to take advantage of the high-profile exposure that tonight's tribute and the Games in general afford -- something that has surely crossed the mind of the 400-plus performers participating in the cultural component of the 2010 Winter Olympics.

"If we are going to be playing in front of an international crowd of people who are just going to be there hanging out, it would be great if I could win over some people who normally wouldn't have heard of me," she says. "That's a wonderful opportunity."

Gordon Lightfoot 1938 - [not] 2010

Around 2:00 pm EST There was this:

Canadian singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot has died

National Post (blog) - Peter J. Thompson - ‎4 hours ago‎
Ontario-born singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot has died, according to sources close to the singer. Lightfoot was in the middle of a North American tour: He ...
Lightfoot later in the day was quoted thusly:
"I was driving to T.O. to see my dentist, listening to the radio and heard that I died."

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Who's in Toronto watching The Antlers tonight?

If you wait until June you can see them w/ The National too!!!

"Borrowed" from Pitchfork.

The Antlers to Tour With the National
Brooklyn indie kingpins the National have already announced that they'll play a run of North American dates this spring. But if you go to some of those shows, the National won't be the only emotionally-wracked Brooklyn indie band belting out big choruses onstage. The Antlers will open several June shows.
Before their dates with the National, though, the Antlers still have a ton of shows to play. They're currently touring North America with Editors. After that, they're scheduled for a European tour, then a headlining North American trip with Phantogram opening. Then it's back to Europe. Check below for all the Antlers' dates.

The Antlers:
02-16 Toronto, Ontario - Phoenix Concert Theatre
02-17 Montreal, Quebec - Il Motore
6-08 Toronto, Ontario - Massey Hall ^
06-09 Toronto, Ontario - Massey Hall ^

^ with the National

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Drummers: Heart of the Band...Or Butt of the Joke?

"Borrowed" from WYNC.

The drum kit has its fair share of esteemed idols: Neil Peart of Rush, Dave Grohl of Nirvana, ?uestlove of the Roots and many more. Yet drummers have always had a reputation for being unreliable and misanthropic. On today’s Soundcheck Smackdown, we debate whether the skin-bashers of the world deserve all that bashing. Guests include Janet Weiss, former drummer of Sleater-Kinney and currently of Quasi and Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks; and Will Layman, an NPR contributor and jazz critic for
More about Janet Weiss
Blog: John Schaefer on drummers

Monday, February 08, 2010

This is new: Bikini Kill Blog

New Bikini Kill Blog:

Please add your Bikini Kill story to this blog! It can be totally off the top of your head and doesn’t need to be fancy. Maybe it’s your reaction to a song we wrote, something weird that happened at one of our shows, a personal anecdote or just WHATEVER. Feel free to send images too!
Send yr story to and we will post it or just leave a comment somewhere on the site. Thanks!

I am also trying to collect videos of our shows so if you have one you wanna send me please do!
Kathleen Hanna
51 MacDougal Street #227
NYC NY 10012

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Milli Vanilli Biopic Coming

"Borrowed" from CHARTattack"
Milli Vanilli

by Kate Harper (CHARTattack)

We're all for the idea of a Milli Vanilli movie being made, but we think if it's done the actors need to lip-synch the entire thing, just, you know, to be authentic.

After all, former Milli Vanilli frontman Fabrice Morvan recently gave an interview in which he seemed to be saying lip-synching is more accepted in society now, so we really feel there's really no reason the upcoming as-yet-untitled Milli Vanilli biopic shouldn't be entirely over-dubbed.

Morvan is acting as a consultant on the picture, so he can give the best recommendations about how to do it.

"It's not about being authentic anymore, it's about entertaining," Morvan told USA Today.

Of course, lip-synching is widely used in music videos, and artists like Britney Spears have been called out for not actually singing at concerts. That said, lip-synching on record isn't... um... really accepted. At all.

In case you're unfamiliar, Milli Vanilli, who also included Rob Pilatus, were notorious in the '80s and early '90s after it was discovered they weren't actually singing on their albums and had used studio stand-ins instead.

Their Girl You Know It's True album went six times platinum and won a Grammy Award, but that trophy was revoked after the lip-synching scandal broke. Their manager, Frank Farian, had hired them to front the band, but they refused to record another album unless he let them actually sing. He said no, and told everyone the truth.

Pilatus died of a drug overdose in 1998.

Monday, February 01, 2010

Lovecats, Lions and Kings

Here is your three song mix for 01/02/10

01 Hot Rats - "Love Cats" fr. Turn Ons (Fat Possum)
02 Chavez- "Lions" fr. Ride the Fader (Matador)
03 Scout Niblett - "Kings" fr. The Calcination of Scout Niblett (Drag City)

ThreeTracker01 by )))Surgery(((

Turn Ons is available now
Ride the Fader is a personal favourite and available by request
The Calcination of Scout Niblett will be in very soon.