Thurs, September 13, 103 Church
Yet another missed opportunity for a music-industry malcontent to wipe out a hefty chunk of the business, Wednesday's jammed shindig hosted by BMG Music Publishing in the swank (though soon to be vacant) offices of music broker Ron Proulx saw piles of musicians -- Love Inc., Melanie Doane, Colin Cripps, John Critchley, Wild Strawberry Roberta Carter Harrison, Black Europeans among others -- rubbing shoulders with those who book our clubs, sign our bands and hype our jaded journos.
So how come the unspoken but widely understood rule that you get free drinks and food in exchange for being a captive audience was crucially violated?
Singer/songwriter Duncan Sheik was completely drowned out by the din during his performance, arousing a flash of fiery Aries temper in emcee Jaymz Bee, who halted the show to admonish the crowd for its rude behaviour and forcefully plead for silence. It wouldn't be the last time.
Gratis quesadillas aside, it's hard not to talk to a roomful of people you know by name. If nothing else, we now know there's a dark side to the usually chipper Mr. Bee -- a sobering thought indeed.
Low Self Esteem Girl party, Sat, September 16
The chatter at the casual cast party to celebrate Low Self Esteem Girl's Toronto International Film Festival breakthrough was all about the run-in that director (and New Pornographers keyboardist) Blaine Thurier had with American Movie star Mark Borchardt.
Evidently, the notorious Coven director was so taken with the Vancouver cartoonist's digital video debut feature, he collared Thurier after the screening to tell him he believes they share a "psychic connection."
At that, New Pornographers front man Carl Newman surmised, "That doesn't sound like such a good thing. I mean, he's in a good film, but I'm not so sure he can direct one. And the idea of being psychically linked with Mark Borchardt is just plain scary." Neither Borchardt nor his Menomonee Falls sidekick Mike Schank could be reached for comment.
New goth on the block?
Bumping into local musicians on the film festival circuit is a given, but nothing could have prepared us for the bomb casually dropped by Toronto violin maestro Hugh Marsh at Zola recently.
Come October, Marsh is off to Los Angeles to rehearse for an upcoming tour with king goth Peter Murphy. Yeah, that Peter Murphy, the self-same former singer of Bauhaus. Marsh will accompany Murphy and former Porno for Pyros guitarist Peter DiStefano on a five-week "very stripped-down, kind of acoustic" North American jaunt (Canadian dates tba) later this year.
How it all came together may be even weirder. Marsh explains that he briefly met Murphy in Turkey, Murphy's adopted home, while touring there last November. Nothing came of it, but "about three weeks later I got called to go to L.A. to work on this other project that pairs film composers with pop-star people like Cibo Matto, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Peter Murphy.
"Three weeks after Turkey, unbeknownst to either of us, Peter walks into a studio in L.A. to record one of these sessions with me." Faster than you can say "Bela Lugosi's Dead," Marsh was conscripted.
Asked whether the tour requires any kind of dress code, the soft-spoken fiddler chuckles, "Nah. I think I can get away with wearing black. It'll be interesting."
Even when she isn't trying, Madonna ruffles feathers. The video for the title track of her new disc, Music, drew "a whole whack of complaints," according to MuchMusic spokesperson Sarah Crawford.
Crawford places the actual number at around 20, which, amazingly, rivals Marilyn Manson's Beautiful People.
In response to your cards and letters, Crawford says Much staffers reviewed the clip and decided that those bitching might have a point -- it may be too racy for daytime viewing. As a result, Music now broadcasts only after 9 pm.
"The complaints all seemed to focus on one scene where Madonna and her gal pals head to a strip club," Crawford says. "Most people don't have a problem with the video or the scene per se. They just think it should be aired at times when adults are viewing." The public has spoken, and Music is now day-parted.