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Relevant To Your Interests #011

June 18, 2009
  • A lot of people creamed their jeans this week at the news that Modest Mouse will play their only east coast show this year at the Halifax Forum on August 17th. Tickets are $30 and it’s all ages. No official word yet on openers or whether Johnny Marr will be around (though, people who know about things like this seem to think not).
  • Related: Go here to listen to “Autumn Beds,” the title track from a Modest Mouse limited edition 7″ which comes out on Tuesday.
  • Some friends of ours are organizing a series of free, outdoor, all ages shows at the Saint John skatepark. The first show is happening from noon to 7pm on July 11th, and the lineup includes Halo, Hospital Grade, and Porkchop Sandwiches. The skatepark is next to Harbour Station under the overpass.
  • North By NorthEast kicked off in Toronto last night. If you’re not in Toronto, you can still get in on a bunch of shows and conference goings-on via live streams on the NxNE website. That’s pretty cool!
  • The folks at the Polaris Music Prize announced the long list for this year’s award. Highlights include Japandroids, Fucked Up, Elliott Brood, Joel Plaskett, and a bunch of others. Conspicuously absent: Julie Doiron and Dog Day. Hmm. The short list will be revealed on July 7th, and the award winner will be announced on September 21st.
  • In 2007, The White Stripes played shows in every province and territory in Canada, including one at a bowling alley in Moncton. The whole thing is being made into a film titled Under Great White Northern Lights, and while there’s no information on when a DVD will be available, there is a screening scheduled as part of the Toronto International Film Festival at the end of September.
  • Dinosaur Jr. will headline this year’s Pop Montreal festival, running from September 30th to October 4th. The band also recently recorded a live session for Daytrotter which is free for the downloadin’ and streamin’. AND, here’s the video for “Over It,” the first single from the new album Farm which is officially out on Tuesday.
  • Are you and your band doing enough to promote yourselves? Exclaim has a checklist for you.
  • Our neighbours at The Coast have some video highlights from the second annual Totally Wicked Music Festival hosted at the Khyber Ballroom last Saturday night.

    We had to leave a little early (about the time the beer ran out), but, holy shit, we saw a lot of bands on Saturday night at the Totally Wicked music festival: a night of 18 bands created just for the night, playing one song each, which also meant marathon set-ups in the Khyber Ballroom. Clarinets and twosomes ruled, as did band names: Peeler, Pregnancy Towel, Step 8, Craigness, Sounds Like a City and Cat, A Tonic, etc.

    See if you can spot some familiar faces:


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