by carl wilson

I Hate to Say It, but... D'ohh!

So much to talk about. First things first: If you've posted a comment in the past week or so, you might notice it's vanished. Somebody in the Zoilusian Central Nervous System had a Homer Simpsonesque moment and pushed the big red button. He sends his apologies from the pit of hounds! (No, seriously, he does; his name is Bill and he is my web-design guru guy.) We're working to reconstruct them. This was a casualty of Bill's tireless work to delete comment spam on Zoilus; with the new redesign in (mid?) September, we'll have a better security system in place! We really value your comments and contributions.

Please note in the live guide that Wed.'s Percy Sledge gig in Toronto has, damn damn damn, been cancelled. Let's hope it gets re-skedded. True love travels on a gravel road.

Amazing find over on Said the Gramophone (where, by the way, Zoilus will be guestposting next week): Possibly the best charidee single of ever, though that's not saying much of anything: Do They Know It's Hallowe'en, orchestrated by Nicholas Diamonds (ex-Unicorns, now Islands), and featuring corny indie fuxx such as members of the Arcade Fire, Beck, Sonic Youth, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Sloan, Peaches, Feist, Devendra Banhart, Wolf Parade, Postal Service, Buck 65, Sparks, Elvira, Gino Washington, Roky Erickson, Tagaq and even David Cross.

Speaking of David Cross, he also appears in the new New Pornographers video for Use It, directed by the NPs' own Blaine Thurier, which I caught previewed on MuchMusic last night. It's at least as good, in the same rough-hewn way, as the All For Swinging You Around clip and the FUBAR-based Your Daddy Don't Know video (a 1982 hit by the band Toronto, by the way). ... Cross is one of several figures who use the NPs as human marionettes throughout the clip, each of them unable to move of their own volition. This motif of menacing black-clad figures physically manipulating band members into performing is something this clip shares with the Mountain Goats' video, which suggests not-so-subtle themes of corny-indie-fuxx ambivalence about being "put into the position" of having to do a video, alienation from inner self as a performer, etc. Thoughts on this theme may be submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for a PhD. from Zoilus U. Also note Carl Newman is wearing a Chris Ware WFMU t-shirt.

In the news: Bob Moog dies, of a brain tumour at 71; Steve Earle has married for the sixth or seventh! time (counting is complicated by the fact that he married one ex-wife twice), to the fine singer, songwriter and foxxx Allison Moorer; Mos Def has reportedly also married, and in Toronto!; Kanye West also kickin' up T-dot dust (and his album doesn't suck) (both those last via Del); there will be a Spike (of Buffy fame) TV movie but, sadly, tragically, criminally, no Ripper series; and a breakthrough deal on downloading that might finally bring some sanity to this whole overblown mess... which, frankly, sounds too good to be true. It's no accident this has happened in the U.K., not the U.S., where shit counts.

News | Posted by zoilus on Monday, August 22 at 06:18 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (1)

 

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Your site is realy very interesting.

Posted by Gaane on September 17, 2005 03:20 AM

 

 

 

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