Today in Music: Since You’ve Been Gone

Minus the Bear on the Yeti Stage
photo by Chona Kasinger

Welcome back from your long weekend. Whether you trekked out to Sasquatch, gathered with family and friends around the barbecue, or solemnly remembered those who have served, we’re happy to have you back, and I’m here to help you get back on track. A few things have happened while you’ve been gone.

Those of you back from Sasquatch have stories aplenty to share, I’m sure. Already a few amateur vid have hit the ‘tube, including these, which will either remind you of good times or help you fill in those missing gaps. For those of you not at the two-day fest, they’ll help you pretend you were:Strong wind and dancing hippy chicks couldn’t keep crowds away from Northwest acts like The Dandy Warhols, Neko Case, The Long Winters, or Minus the Bear, here performing “Absinthe Party At The Fly Honey Warehouse”:
Many ‘Squatchers learned what KEXPers already know: that Ghostland Observatory rules the school. Check out this quality clip of “Move With Your Lover”:

The main attraction for many concertgoers who traveled great distances, besides Arcade Fire and Beastie Boys, was Bjork. This video mix of several songs proves that Icelandic princess didn’t disappoint:

If your inner Squatch still isn’t satisfied, check out more coverage from Ear Candy and Reverb, who in conjunction with The Village Voice, brings you live songs from The Black Angels, Spoon, Viva Voce, Beastie Boys, and more. For pics, check out Pitchfork’s photo gallery.

While some of you were out there, the rest of us were back home staying on top of the news. Here’s what you may have missed:

  • The Joy Division biopic Control took high honors at Cannes, garnering the Best European Film award, though not all reviewers were fond of it. You can go back to Friday’s “Today in Music” to watch the trailer.
  • According to Aversion, guitarist Erik (Howk) Lashes is moving back to Alaska for rehabilitation after his unfortunate spinal injury. We wish Erik the best and a speedy recovery.
  • Making the rounds this morning is a new New Pornographers song from the the upcoming album The Challengers due August 21 on Matador.
  • The New Pornographers – My Rights Versus Yours (MP3)

  • Also, spreading quickly over the blogosphere is another fantastic set from La Blogotheque, this time from Sufjan Stevens performing “The Lakes of Canada” on the rooftop of Cincinnati’s Memorial Hall during the MusicNOW festival. And if you like this, be sure to check out Austin’s Sound Team performing “Handful of Billions” in the middle of a parade.
  • In Vancouver, The Police kicked off their first tour in over 20 years on Sunday with an exclusive session for about 4,000 lucky fans. Check out the mind-blowing setlist, including the rarely performed “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic,” on Billboard. The next night, Sting and the crew played a similar set for 20,000! If you wish you were there, relive it with this great concert review over at Jam.
  • Scottish band The View continue their stream of bad luck as frontman Kyle Falconer was hospitalized with a case of blood poisoning as a result of an infected blister. You can read more about the beleaguered band over at Spin.
  • While the Three Imaginary Girls are still trying to decide if the Lily Allen/Debbie Harry duet of “Heart of Glass” on Friday’s Today Show is “awesome or terrible” (I’m going with the latter, but the soccer moms seem to like it), you can decide for yourself:
  • Apparently, it never gets old: Babyshambles‘ Pete Doherty didn’t show up to his scheduled DJ debut at London’s Gatecrasher Festival on Sunday, for which fans reportedly paid up to $80. At this point, you’ve gotta know, “buyer, beware.”
  • Yesterday, I Guess I’m Floating put up this Colin Meloy b-side:
  • Colin Meloy – Oh No [Lavender Diamond cover] (MP3)

  • Sadly, today is the ten year anniversary of Jeff Buckley‘s premature demise. For a touching memorial, turn to I Am Fuel, You Are Friends and to Say Anything Syndrome, who hosts this live acoustic song recorded in Japan:
  • Jeff Buckley – Lover, You Should Have Come Over [live] (MP3)

  • Today is also Tuesday, which means new music. Largehearted Boy‘s list of new releases is shorter than usual because of the holiday-shortened week, but that shouldn’t keep you holding out on Cary Brothers, Richard Thompson, Robert Pollard, Piano Magic, and the surprisingly good Perry Farrel project Satellite Party.
  • Satellite Party – Wish Upon a Dog Star (MP3)

    Cary Brothers – Who You Are (MP3)

    Richard Thompson – Needle and Thread (MP3)

    Piano Magic – The Last Engineer (MP3)

    R. Kelly – Freaky In The Club (MP3) — yeah, that’s right!

    Feel free to drop me a line if hear any great news or music during this mercifully short workweek:

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    One Comment

    1. Posted May 29, 2007 at 4:33 pm | Permalink
      I psoted a small review of this festival on my website. I think that this review pretty much sums up everything that there was going on though.
      This was quite a fetstival to remember

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