by carl wilson

Gobble Gobble

Running out the door to cover the Paul McCartney show tonight (goddam these early evening Toronto shows!) but wanted to pop in and say Happy Thanksgiving a la Canadienne to you. Had a grand time at the New Pornographers/Destroyer show last night (missed all but a moment of the Immaculate Machines, so can't say much about that) - if you like either band, catching this tour is worthwhile because I very much doubt you will ever see them assembled at full eightfold strength again, with both Neko and Dan in tow, except perhaps if you live in Vancouver. The encore performance of Testament to Youth in Verse was the glowing moment - I felt the audience collectively hold its breath during the "the bells ring no no no no no no no no no no no no no ..." coda. Because of the Gorgeousness.

Meanwhile there's renewed action over at Aaron's place, where he is saying things I agree with about Tangiers as a distinctively Torontonian band (although I worry that fashion is going to work against them on this album, as it will be seen as too 2002-2003 in its garage tendencies) and things I am shocked and appalled by about Franz Ferdinand being today's Beatles. (And the Fiery Furnaces being a "very serious band" - er, a very very serious band that writes operettas about pirate ships and does duets with their grandmother!?) And then he goes on to make a list of the world's greatest bands I can't begin to make sense out of, unless "great" means "frequently mentioned". We'll fight more later. Meanwhile, enjoy your turkey - and I'll be at the Macca show enjoying that turkey. (Hey, I think he's today's Beatle!)

News | Posted by zoilus on Monday, October 10 at 4:25 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (6)

 

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Posted by joestoe on November 4, 2005 5:01 PM

 

 

on the subject of the (possibly) serious Fiery Furnaces (it's all the Englishy-ness that confuses), their new website is awfully Arcade Fire, I notice.

Posted by spitzer on October 11, 2005 10:10 PM

 

 

I love anyone who can call someone a turkey with a straight face. Classic.

Posted by Jay on October 11, 2005 4:55 AM

 

 

I don't know how this plays into the debate, but until yesterday I thought Tangiers were from Victoria.

Posted by Sean on October 11, 2005 4:42 AM

 

 

No question that Tangiers' internal collapse and slow reconstitution (which is basically the story behind the lack of support for Never Bring You Pleasure, as I understand it) killed the momentum that was behind Hot New Spirits. I hope you're right that the garage thing has some guts in it, altho i think most of what's interesting about Tangiers isn't especially garagey, except for its intensity. But at this late date I hope they can garner attention for something other than being "Toronto's Strokes," a label that never hung so neatly on them anyway.

Posted by zoilus on October 10, 2005 9:44 PM

 

 

I somewhat disagree in that garage seems to have gained a new legitimacy in Toronto of late, with people flocking to whatever band from the Great Lakes region that the newly lionized Dan Burke is peddling at the Silver Dollar. And I've noticed a lot more eclectic bills combining old-timey garagers with avant-garde acts. And the same thing is happening in Montreal despite their lack of Burke... a mystery.

That said, Tangiers is a band deserving of the highest praise. They have tremedous style, energy, and originality, and they are yet to write a non-catchy song. It bothers me that their last album seemed under many people's radar. But they are partly to blame, having failed to self-promote, and playing only very sporadically. Maybe they are cultivating a mystique?

Just my opinion though.

Posted by marco on October 10, 2005 9:10 PM

 

 

 

Zoilus by Carl Wilson