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Sloan's "rooftop" gig last week
- Subject: Sloan's "rooftop" gig last week
- From: Andrew Rodenhiser
- Date: Tue, 21 May 1996 13:01:29 AST
>From Chart Magazine's website, I didn't note the URL but
www.synapse.ca/chart/ rings a bell.
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SLOAN SERENADES FROM A TORONTO BALCONY
Chart Music Editor Liisa Ladouceur checked out a free outdoor
Sloan concert a few hours ago. Here's what went down:
Several hundred fans came out this afternoon to slow down
Toronto traffic and check out Sloan play a CFNY-sponsored
gig at the modern rock radio station's new studio at 204
Yonge St. For fans, it was a 40-minute sneak preview of the
new album, One Chord to Another, which has a stripped down
feeling to the production. The guys did play "Penpals" from
Twice Removed, but the rest of the 35 minute set consisted
entirely of new material, and was very similar to the band's
recent Music West show. No longs chats took place between
songs; instead, the band offered a couple of "thank you's."
CFNY's concert wasn't quite a rooftop affair, but more of a
second storey serenade. The glass-windowed studio is located
on the ground level of the Eaton Centre complex; just above
is a second floor balcony the band played on, facing into
the street and waving to passing cars. Further back are the
higher levels of the builiding.
Amongst the people hanging out was city mayor Barb Hall
amidst the scads of teenage girls with brightly coloured
hair. The docile but receptive crowd clapped between songs
and cheered for an encore. Some fans were slightly
disappointed that the band didn't play any previous hits,
and one chyck sighed saying, "I wish they'd play something
I knew." But if they'd played something popular there might
have been a rush.
On the whole, the fireworks and music were fun. And the band
got to do more than play a gig and do some interviews while
in town; they also just shot a video for an upcoming track
off of Chord, "The Good in Everyone."
IN OTHER NEWS
Liz Phair has been working on her upcoming third album on a home
studio in her new Chicago apartment. In the mean time she's been
testing out songs in a variety of places. Several were debuted in
Austin at SXSW a few months ago, including "Oh My God," "Ride,"
"Kiss the Buddha" and "Rocket Boy," the latter being used on the
soundtrack to Bernardo Bertolucci's coming-of-sexual-age film
Stealing Beauty starring Liv Tyler (daughter of Steven) and
Jeremy Irons. (The song will be the first single off the
soon-to-be-released collection, alongside ethereal tunes by Mazzy
Star, Cocteau Twins, and Portishead, as well as classics by Nina
Simone and Billie Holiday.) And just last Sunday (May 12), Liz
dropped by the set of MTV's Squirt TV to play a medley of "Oh My
God" and "That's the Way I Like It." Now Phair is in L.A. this
week to film a video for "Rocket Boy" with director Jon Mentz.
Phair's label Matador has given a tentative date of fall '96 for
the release. (SOURCE: Addicted To Noise)