Monday, November 06, 2006
i wanna destroy you

According to the Red Room's website, Robyn Hitchcock is playing there on November 26th. The date, however, doesn't appear to be listed anywhere else (his official site, myspace, booking agent), so I have no idea if it's actually happening. One would assume that if it is, odds are the Venus 3 - who are a bit like a annotated version of the Minus 5 - will be in tow as his backing band. If anyone can confirm/deny that this is taking place it would be much appreciated. (thanks to apl for the headsup regardless)

The Weather are playing the Marine Club on Thursday (the 9th) with Dylan Thomas (a dude from E. Van, not the dead poet resurrected) and the Noble Firs.

If you want a dose of Torontopia, the Bicycles are at Pat's on November 18th with Henri Faberge and the Adorables. Locals, the Screaming Eagles, open the show. That's enough saccharine pop to rot any of your teeth that were spared after Halloween.

Here is a query to people who read this... I've sort of shied away from doing any sorts of proper reviews of CDs, and have always just written about things that I'm really excited about (as far as records go). I started this way because no one was sending me stuff and asking me to listen to it, and also because I was writing reviews for other people (and I still do). It was nice to have a place to write where I didn't really shit on anything (mostly). Thing is, I've started to gather quite a few promotional CDs, and I sort of feel like it might be a nice gesture to people who've sent them to write about some of them. I still probably wouldn't review anything I thought was terrible. On the other hand, I'd probably spill some virtual ink on things that I thought were pretty good, but not necessarily blowing my mind. That being said, I know the blogs I tend to read regularly don't review discs all that often (between PFork/Stylus/etc and print mags I get my fill of reviews). Thoughts?

Happy voting day to our American friends. Other than "not Republican," I don't really have any specific preferences, except for "not Lieberman." At any rate, I bet the Daily Show will be killer tomorrow.

now playing: Idlewild - You Just Have To Be Who You Are

10 Comments:

Now I'm a wee bit biased, but I'd rather you just wrote reviews for other things...

By Anonymous Jordie, at 1:31 AM  

Yeah. Streethawk. Come on, guy. Have there been ANY new album reviews there in the past two weeks?

If you want to give a nod to good promo stuff here, maybe you could write about the band in question (story-style, with an overview of their back catalogue) rather than focusing on their new album.

By Blogger luisairene, at 6:04 AM  

You could always steal Frank's Sunday Cleaning concept. I always found that fairly innocuous, and those reviews were never that long.

By Anonymous Shea, at 7:58 AM  

"Thing is, I've started to gather quite a few promotional CDs, and I sort of feel like it might be a nice gesture to people who've sent them to write about some of them. "

- You don't owe any promoter anything. Just because someone sends you a CD, doesn't mean that they're entitled to promotion via your blog.

My 2 cents.

By Anonymous vanmega, at 9:27 AM  

Jordie/Luisa: I have reviewed an album I was sent for SHawk, but I'm really hesitant to make the site the Quinn Omori show... and 2 of the articles on the main page already have my name on them... and I wrote another one. Hint: that means you should write more.

Rob: Definitely not for the sake of promoters, but there've been a couple of bands who've gone out of their way to contact me directly and send something. And while I haven't been absolutely amped on some of the releases, quite a few of them get at least a thumbs up. They're good discs, just not something I'd normally write about.

Shea: that's sort of what I was leaning towards.

By Blogger Quinn, at 10:53 AM  

if artists are going to put things out for public consumption and make a point of directing those things into the hands of those that write/review them, they've got to expect that some people will not like what they do.

if they can't handle that, they should make their art for their own personal enjoyment.

keep writing whatever you feel like is my vote

By Anonymous g, at 12:05 PM  

i always wanna hear about great new music - anything less is pretty much a waste of my time. there's so much crap out there the absolute must-hears are what i should know about (i'd like you to inform me about) and then i can decide from there.

By Blogger Stefan, at 2:04 PM  

i never really thought about it, but i guess most of the blogs i read on a regular basis don't really review albums in any strict, formatted way. (if i want reviews i could go to pfork/stylus/cmg/tinymixtapes/etc.) i think you should continue writing about albums that actually interest and excite you as you have in the past.

also: the bicylces rule!!!!

By Blogger Graham, at 3:57 PM  

To add to what Graham/Stefan said... Writers who review bands just for the sake of having blog content come off as nothing but falsely excited. That's what distinguishes a must-read blog (such as this) from the toss-aways: geniune enthusiasm. It's frustrating as a reader to go through a 300-word post about an album or group that, in the end, the writer feels is "just okay", or "has some potential". Who cares? Don't most bands have SOME merit? I'd rather read about the groups that really grab you, because chances are they'll grab me too.

As for writing more... fine, fine. It occurs to me that I promised a live review and never delivered, so I will make up for this somehow. I could do the Blow's new album, maybe?

By Blogger luisairene, at 4:13 PM  

Id like to see some CD reviews. This blog has got me interested in a lot of great music I probably wouldnt have checked out otherwise.

By Blogger Peter, at 4:45 PM  

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