Archive for August, 2007

Tony Wilson, RIP

By Gerard on Friday, August 10th, 2007

Factory Records founder Tony Wilson passed away this evening following a long battle with kidney cancer. 

Wilson will be eulogized far and wide in the days ahead, rightfully so, and rather than add to the pile, we'll instead link to the following bit of youtubage.

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Suffice to say, when it comes to newsreaders turned label dudes, Wilson's Factory was a much better label than Chuck Scarborough's.

NY Tabloid Blind Item Of The Week

By Gerard on Friday, August 10th, 2007

From the New York Daily News' Ben Widdicombe, August 8:

"Which troubled, hard-partying Lollapalooza performer cleared out a bathroom over the weekend in Chicago and then smoked what our spy-in-the-stall swears was a crack pipe?"

I cannot fathom what constructive purpose this kind of journalism serves. And secondly, I can't see how anyone who knows the man would characterize James McNew as "troubled". 

Fair’s Fair, Folks : We Demand That Pitchfork Allow Blaine Thurier To Review ‘Challengers’

By Gerard on Wednesday, August 8th, 2007

The critic-turned-rocker-thing is well documented (Gay Dad, Chrissie Hynde, Metal Mike Saunders, Lester Bangs, Ira Kaplan, Neil Tennant) but rocker-turned-critic-reviewing-their-own-album for Pitchfork? That's a much, much smaller pantheon.

OK, I know it isn't really the same Eric Harvey. But give me some credit for actually remembering Gay Dad in 2007. 

Yo La Tengo – Tonight On Sirius Satellite

By Patrick on Wednesday, August 8th, 2007

(not a Sirius approved receiver)

Yo La Tengo will be performing tonight (Wednesday, August Eighth) at 9 PM Eastern on Sirius' 'Left Of Center.'

Re-broadcasts will air on the following dates :

Aug 10, 11 AM Eastern
Aug 22, 9 PM Eastern

Confusion In The Marketplace

By Gerard on Monday, August 6th, 2007

Ira Kaplan writes,

In case you were ever confused about the difference between our band and Bon Jovi (which would only be natural since we're both from New Jersey), we're the ones who are litigious.

Label management will refrain from uploading any phone camera video of yesterday's Lollapalooza set in Chicago (a great one, by the way), but this recent You Tube clip of "Mr. Tough" will have to suffice :

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Lee Hazelwood, 1929-2007

By Gerard on Monday, August 6th, 2007

Songwriter and producer extraordinair Lee Hazelwood passed away this weekend in Henderson, NV following a long battle with cancer.

A full obit can be found at New York Night Train.

Hazelwood's manager has requested that those wishing to honor Lee's memory do so by making a donation to the Salvation Army

The New Pornographers Return To Europe : Our Kinda Town!

By Gerard on Thursday, August 2nd, 2007

(live at last Sunday's Rogers Picnic, photo swiped from's Flickr page)

We're counting down the days (17 or 18 depending on your time zone) 'til the release of 'Challengers', but there's no harm in planning ahead. The New Pornographers will be visiting the following global hotspots this autumn :

Sunday, September 30 – La Maroquinerie, Paris (tickets)
Thursday, October 4 – Koko, London  (tickets)

Dates in Berlin and Oslo will be announced very soon. 

Mark Ibold’s Legacy Besmirched

By Gerard on Wednesday, August 1st, 2007

As luck would have it, one day after former Matador warehouse workhorse Mark Ibold was profiled by New York Magazine, the following item appeared over at Badminton Stamps (link swiped from Baseball Think Factory)

For their "21st century" encore, Sonic Youth was joined by their new touring member, bassist Mark Ibold. You may remember the lovable Ibold from his days with Pavement. Sonic Youth and Pavement. Very impressive. In fact, it may even be the coolest the two band turn known to man. While Ron Wood's tenure in The Faces and The Rolling Stones is impressive, for straight indie cred Jerry Harrison's membership in The Modern Lovers and The Talking Heads has long been considered untouchable. In fact, some have claimed his record was as unbreakable as the baseball home run records of yore. And like the imminent crumbling of the round trip titles held by Ruth and Aaron, there can be only one explanation for Ibold's triumphant challenge to Harrison's glory: steroids. That's right; Mark Ibold, the chubby charmster himself, is doping. We all know how tempting, and accessible, steroids are to bassists just a wee bit past their youthful glory days. These musical warriors thirst for greatness, a thirst that can only be quenched with the succor of sweet, sweet 'roid juice. Plus there's no better way to bulk up your rock and roll credibility than by shooting drugs into your ass.

Ahem. Having loitered in the dressing rooms of both Sonic Youth and Pavement on more than one occasion, I can vouch for Mr. Ibold's All Natural status.  But as far as "coolest two band turn known to man" is concerned, where's the love for the Dustdevils? Free Kitten? Wall Drug?  Much the way Barry Bonds' detractors manage to gloss over his days as arguably the game's best all-around player while a svelte member of the Pittsburgh Pirates, I truly believe Mark is getting a similar raw deal in this instance.