Thursday, November 24, 2005
this charming man standing here in a bizarre love triangle?

The NME reports that Peter Hook (New Order), Andy Rourke (The Smiths), and Mani (Stone Roses/Primal Scream) have started a band together, and are looking for a singer. Now, those of you familiar with these three fine musicians are no doubt asking yourself the following question: "But Quinn, don't they all play bass?" And you, sir or madaam, would be correct. Now, your next question is probably: "But Quinn, doesn't this have car wreck written all over it?" And you, sir or madaam, would probably be correct again. This is not the Andy Rourke news I was hoping for... as the Andy Rourke news I'm hoping for is that he joined up with Johnny Marr and Mike Joyce, and they are looking for a singer... named Morrissey. It'll be a cold day in Hell, I know... but a boy can dream.

In other news that is either awesome or terrible... or so terrible it's awesome, Chartattack reports that Tom Green will make his triumphant return to Hip Hop. Look for his guest spot on a remix of Ma$e's "Welcome Back" real soon.... but don't call it a comeback, he's been here for years. You've gotta admit, the one liner of "I lay more chicks than Mother Goose," from "Check the OR," is ridiculously sweet.

The lists just don't stop. First Information Leafblower did the Top 40 American bands of 2005, then Matthew over at I (Heart) Music did the Top 33 Canuck outfits of the year, and now Take Your Medicine presents the Top 47 UK acts of the OhFive. And yes, you're reading that correctly, the mighty pop princesses in Girls Aloud have taken the crown. Everyone is going to call blasphemy, because they're two spots ahead of the untouchable Radiohead, but let's be real here. Thom and Co. put out one piece of music this year ("I Want None of This), and it wasn't even that great. They also played a grand total of three shows (Thom solo, Johnny w/Thom and an orchaestra twice)... by contrast, Girls Aloud, are probably the most consistent singles band of the last couple of years (ok, the new one kinda sucks, but "Biology" was aces and "the Show" is tremendous). Before someone insinuates it, no, I'm not saying Girls Aloud are better than Radiohead... but they definitely had a better year than Radiohead.

Rob has his November Mixtape up, which is probably (no, not probably, it is) the most exciting thing about this whole post.

Finally, is it just me, or the Organ show set for tomorrow, really terribly hyped?

now playing: Neutral Milk Hotel - Bucket (Drone Version)


I don't know, Girls Aloud has had their share of duds... "I'll Stand By You" and "Long Hot Summer" anyone?

By Anonymous simon, at 3:51 p.m.  

I can understand why Girls Aloud finished ahead of Radiohead...NME fawning over them every time Thom Yorke sneezed notwithstanding, Radiohead didn't do anything in 2005. I'm more shocked by the fact they beat out Bloc Party, Franz and Arctic Monkeys.

And Tom Green did a show or two here in Ottawa back in sold out pretty quickly, I think.

By Anonymous matthew, at 4:31 p.m.  

Peter Hook et al. should just get Sting to sing and play another bass.

By Blogger Graham, at 5:57 p.m.  

Members of Radiohead were in the new Harry Potter film.

Jonny wore silver lipstick.

By Anonymous rachel, at 8:40 p.m.  

...damn, the infamous Graham stole my thunder... (hell, if he collaborated with Rod Stewart and Bryan Adams...)

Question: can anyone think of a "superact" band that came close to the greatness of their acts-of-origin?

By Blogger Aleksandra, at 5:02 p.m.  

new pornographers - mass romantic was supposed to be a supergroup one off.

By Anonymous j, at 5:47 p.m.  

Wu-Tang Clan.


By Blogger Graham, at 7:57 p.m.  

New Pornographers and BSS are both "supergroups" greater than the sum of their parts...

though its arguable about how "super" some of the pre_NP projects were.

By Blogger Quinn, at 11:26 p.m.  

So is this Hook/Rourke/Mani band going to be called Tres?

By Blogger mountmccabe, at 12:40 p.m.  

i'm embarrassed to admit it, but the new solo jenny lewis that just leaked is scary good.

By Blogger Graham, at 10:03 p.m.  

so i hear... especially, apparently, the song with M.Ward (yay!) and Ben Gibbard (meh).

i may have to check it out.

By Blogger Quinn, at 12:00 p.m.  

Conor (omigod!!!lol!!111tehemo) Oberst is also on that track.

-Graham (at the university)

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:04 p.m.  

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2/13 White Buffalo @ the Media Club
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fire in the disco
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