Survivor: Touring With Courtney Love
Attention, thrill-seekers. Think you’re up to the Courtney Love challenge? The controversy-courting Buddhist diva took out a full-page ad in the Village Voice last week announcing she’s looking for willing women for her summer tour. Apart from the explicit “no boys” rule, the key requirements are “must play bass or guitar (really play) and look like a Goddess.”
Appearance seems to be more important than chops, since applicants are asked to send an NTSC video cassette to PO Box C238, New York, NY 10011, USA. Winona Ryder gets our vote. She could use the work, not to mention the easy access to Versace gowns.
Neko Case’s new pornography
The results of Playboy.com’s Sexiest Babe of Indie Rock poll are in and New Pornographer Neko Case smoked the competition – including Chan Marshall (aka Cat Power) and Sahara Hotnights – grabbing 32 per cent of the e-mail vote.
As the winner, Case has been asked to pose for a nude pictorial, but she’s neither accepted nor declined the offer, coyly telling Playboy.com, “I certainly need time to think about it. It would be a lot of fun, but I’m also a little bit shy.” This from the woman banned from the Grand Ole Opry for flouting the country music mecca’s strict “no flashing” rule.
African Canadian Music Conference, May 1-3
With artists like Glenn Lewis and Nick Holder blowing up big, the time is right for a serious discussion about black music in Canada.
Clearly, the organizers of last weekend’s African Canadian Music Conference agreed, scheduling panels, discussions and scholarly papers on everything from jazz in Canada to the burgeoning Canadian gospel scene.
The fact that only a handful of people turned up suggests that holding the conference in the hinterlands of York University was a calamitous idea. And the lack of a genuine crowd-drawing act over the entire weekend meant those involved were largely preaching to the converted.