by carl wilson

Local and Immediate News


Frog Eyes and Sunset Rubdown are off the bill for the show tonight at the Opera House. Islands, Cadence Weapon and Busdriver are still playing, but this makes much less of a megashow. The reason is bizarrely fucked: These two Canadian bands are somehow not being readmitted to Canada after their dates south of the border. They are being detained by the U.S. government for causes yet unknown. Is that actually legal?

If you want a refund you are advised to return to "your point of purchase." I am mostly heartbroken that the kids who come out for all the buzzy bands are missing their opportunity to be converted to the church of my beloved Frog Eyes. But I am still going out of professional obligation (personally I'd rather be seeing Charlie McAlister). (Update: Nah, I'm not going. I will go see Charlie McAlister.) For other options see the gig guide - and also tonight you could check out Backalley Jukebox, the queer indie-music video smorgasbord.

Also note Dave Morris's piece on former Coltrane sideman Rashied Ali (playing tomorrow afternoon), which is online at the eye site but wasn't in the weekly's print version.

One more thing: Aaron points us to MuchMusic's newest VJ, Hannah Simone, whose background is surprisingly pointy-headed, which is okay by them because she is a babe (see above). But beyond all the UN posts and Lloyd Axworthy-book-research, the thing I'm most struck by is that she comes to Much via campus-community radio (CKLN in Toronto). When was the last time that happened? Ever? Also - her bio tells us her sign, her ethnicity (Indian-German-Italian-Greek-Cypriot!), her preferred music (no surprise to see M.I.A. in there), her globe-hopping path (London-Calgary-Saudia Arabia-Cyprus-India-Vancouver!), her fave-rave social issues, but I wonder where her family sits culturally. Has Much ever had a Muslim VJ? Anyway, the betting pool on how long it takes her to be snapped up by Newsworld is now officially open.

| Posted by zoilus on Friday, May 19 at 2:53 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (6)



well, *i'm* glad they stayed in the US, even if the circumstances were absurd: their show last night in NYC was amazing. too bad half the indie kids cleared between sunset rubdown and frog eyes, because the frog eyes set was the real revelation. holy shit.

Posted by bryan on May 23, 2006 9:14 AM



According to this post from an impromptu concert in Cleveland, there were too many border crossings planned in their schedule, and they were forced to choose sides.

Posted by J on May 21, 2006 6:28 PM



Frog Eyes threatens their freedom. ahaha

Posted by knitgirl on May 20, 2006 11:13 AM



Why don't we send Hannah to the US and demand the release of Frog Eyes and Sunset Rubdown?

Posted by dy276750 on May 20, 2006 7:54 AM



At least they're just being detained, and not sent to some secret Eastern European prison...

Posted by matthew on May 20, 2006 1:07 AM



detained by the US government?
what the f**k for? Soooo annoying they are!

Posted by knitgirl on May 19, 2006 2:58 PM




Zoilus by Carl Wilson