by carl wilson

Not-So-Great White North

Everyone's abuzz about the Live8 Canada concert. Toronto, not Ottawa, and maybe in Downsview, and maybe, I'm hearing but don't quote me, free. Which would make sense, since it's about awareness and political pressure rather than fundraising. With Billy Talent, The Barenaked Ladies, Jann Arden and Our Lady Peace so far named as possible headliners, I may be raising my own awareness right up to the level of oblivious. If you thought the other countries' Live8 bills were too damn white, well, Official Canada can always do whiter!

Just as north, just as white, but much much greater: Check out the porny new Paris-Hilton-night-vision Gentleman Reg video, directed by Kevin Drew of Broken Social Scene. (You may not want to watch it at work.)

A couple of quick Thursday Reading picks from the weeklies: Tabassum Siddiqui's piece in eye (look down after the NXNE recap) is a nice slice-of-life look at the forces that shuttered the humble 360 in downtown Toronto. Stuart Berman talks to Sleater-Kinney, whom I'll be seeing and reviewing this weekend. Denise Benson discovers Dragonette, who share a marquee next week with NOW cover girls Hunter Valentine. Haven't heard either, but I'm curious. Emiliana Torrini, the Icelandic-Italian siren I plan to go see tomorrow night, is listening to the Slits (Ari Up coming to Toronto in July!), Pete Miser and Lifesavas. And Jason Richards really likes the new Mathematics and Lyrics Born albums.

My apologies for the slap-and-dash nature of this post.

News | Posted by zoilus on Thursday, June 16 at 02:35 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (3)



Hello everyone,

Nutria, the new band that formed after The Possibilities broke up in January 2004, has finished a new album and is aiming on releasing it in late spring 2005. The Possibilities broke up after finishing their 'last album' at Tom Lewis' 3rd Ear Studios in Athens Ga. Though the band is not in existence due to the recording process, the album is finished and needs a home. The band's previous album, Way Out, released on Parasol Records in the US and Ulftone in Europe, received great press and touring with road horses such as The High Strung, The Capitol Years, The Radar Bros, The Silos, Jack Logan, The Dashboard Saviors, Alex Chilton, Jason and The Scorchers, REM, The Minus 5, The Glands, and many others, gained the group a lot of good response on the road. During this time, the Possibilities also recorded and performed the Monkey Paw album with Jack Logan on Backburner Records. Having their song 'You Don't Mean It', from The Possibilities self-titled 1999 release on Backburner Records, covered by Peter Buck and Scott McCaughey of The Minus 5 brought about attention from the critics as the Minus 5 put their version of the song on their Hollywood Records release, and performed the song on The Conan OBrian Show and the Chris Isaak Show.

Nutria, however, has wrapped up a new album of brand new, post-The Possibilities songs, and is looking for a label that focuses on the type of power-pop indie rock that the group of veteran musicians have developed. Songs from both group's completed albums can be found on the internet at

For Nutria's home page, check out

and for mp3's, video and info and search The Possibilities and/or Nutria for pictures and mp3's of The Possibilities for pictures and press

If you are interested in copies of either or both of the new albums, please send a mailing address that would be suitable to receive cd's at.

thank you for your time.

Bob Spires

Posted by b spires on June 18, 2005 10:33 PM



If yr going to the Torinni show, say "hi" to Hunter Eves - she'll be there.

Posted by BF Mowat on June 17, 2005 10:01 AM



Hey don't apologize for the 'slap-and-dash' nature of today's post .... hey most of my posts are 'slap-and-dash'! :-)

Emiliana Torrini...I'm thinking of checking her out as well...did you check out her live session she did for KEXP a couple of days should be able to access it through their streaming archive(by date and time).

Posted by mike on June 16, 2005 05:18 PM




Zoilus by Carl Wilson