by carl wilson

Get Reviewed, Get Remembered, Get Lonely

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As mentioned, I have several reviews in today's Globe and Mail summer CD roundup: Camera Obscura, the Not Alone compilation for Doctors Without Borders, Harris Newman's Triple Burner (Newman is in Toronto on Tuesday with Japanese guitarist Tetuzi Akiyama and local hero Eric Chenaux, at the Tranzac), the Black Ox Orkestar, and a terrific double live jazz disc by Quebec's Francois Carrier.

I have to hunker down and get some work done tonight, but I wish I could attend the Jamaica to Toronto reunion concert at Harbourfront at 9:30 pm, which along with the compilation of the same name unearths vital local lost history, or rather history savagely trashed by the racism of Canada in that era (as opposed to the somewhat differently arranged racism we've got now). The coverage, in today's Globe by my colleague Guy Dixon, as well as on the CBC Arts site and from Now's Tim Perlich, is all well worth reading.

I'd also like to mention that Trampoline Hall's Misha Glouberman is hosting the Dresden Dolls' variety show at the Bloor Cinema this evening, featuring "dada-surrealist" videos from their fans and some scaled-down version of their, well, goth-emo-camembert-cabaret-picture-show music.

The really tough part about working tonight, though, will be to tear myself away from my advance copy of The Mountain Goats' Get Lonely . Or else perhaps it will be easier to shut it off than to listen to it. An exquisite but extraordinarily intense album. Few upbeat moments. I think it should be the album finally to reconcile fans of the cassette-era Mountain Goats to John Darnielle's current period, as these seem much more a polished version of the early style: They are predominantly lost-love songs, elliptical tales but not just chapters in a continuous narrative. In fact, it could almost be called a mature rewrite of or sequel to the officially-unreleased Hail and Farewell Gothenburg (copies of which circulate privately with John's blessing, but not on the web). It's not so much a breakup album as an in-the-void-of-separation album, threaded with an image of monstrousness, of having been rendered radically alien by loneliness - but, in the manner of The Sunset Tree, with a tone of calm remembrance, perhaps years after the fact, rather than reeking of trapped-in-the-moment panic or claustrophobia. Despite that, it's a particularly difficult album to grapple with at this point in my life: I either can lock the doors, kill the lights, and sit in a corner listening to it on repeat for a week, or I can ration and discipline and treat it like radioactive material to be scrutinized only through layers of leaded glass. Neither of which, honestly, is a very keen critical-listening mode. Further reflections will follow. Meanwhile, here is the track list:

1. Wild Sage
2. New Monster Avenue
3. Half Dead
4. Get Lonely
5. Maybe Sprout Wings
6. Moon Over Goldsboro
7. In The Hidden Places
8. Song For Lonely Giants
9. Woke Up New
10. If You See Light
11. Cobra Tattoo
12. In Corolla

It officially emerges blinking into the light on Aug. 22.

Meanwhile back over at Said the Gramophone, Dan's invented a whole new form of music-blogging: The MP3-plus-homemade-video-blog. Note for the perplexed: Play the files in Quicktime.

| Posted by zoilus on Saturday, July 15 at 5:11 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (2)



"Woke Up New" is my new favourite Mountain Goats song I obtained it as part of the sampler for the Pitchfork Music Festival. Darnielle describes in stark detail some of the hard things about changing one's routine when a S.O. leaves.

Also, I will being seeing Mr. Darnielle live at said festival next weekend. Hooray!

Posted by Mason on July 23, 2006 9:25 PM



The Jamaica to Toronto concert was amazing in every sense of the word. i had the privilege of teching the radio broadcast portion of the show, so I had the option of listening to both the direct stage feed from my headphones and the front of house speakers. Everything sounded incredible and the overall vibe of the whole scene was memorable. I'm a bit disappointed that CIUT didn't get the press release out about the live-to-air soon enough. Many people like yourself were unbel to attend and could have tuned in, and I think a number of people did, but unfortunately the broadcast was unmentioned in all the press about the show. Perhaps I can arrange a copy of it for you?

Posted by Steve Birek on July 17, 2006 10:40 AM




Zoilus by Carl Wilson