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A year and change ago SOTC emerituses (emereti?) Rob Harvilla and Zach Baron said it seemed at least a bit likely, and now it’s really happening: The Afghan Whigs, the Cincinnati chroniclers of suffering for love while swaddling one’s self in soul to help ease the pain a bit, will be getting back together for concerts in 2012. Yes! (My brain has pretty much been a series of exclamation points since I first heard the news this morning.) Next fall they’ll play the All Tomorrow’s Parties-masterminded I’ll Be Your Mirror Festival in Asbury Park, which will take place down the shore from September 21 through 23; the lineup beyond the Whigs hasn’t been set yet, although lead singer Greg Dulli is apparently putting it together. First, though, the band will play their first show in 13 years when they headline the I’ll Be Your Mirror festival in London; that takes place at the Alexandra Palace from May 25 through May 27, and oh boy does it have a doozy of a roster so far—it includes the teased-in-this-space Codeine reunion as well as sets by Mudhoney and Slayer. Just look at this flyer!
Mostly I’m excited that I don’t have to wait until its 20th anniversary in 2013 to write my “Gentlemen Is Really The Best Album Of The 1990s” treatise, which I have been sitting on for, oh, about 18 years now. While I get into the properly wallowing state of mind in order to put that together right, please enjoy some videos:
“Gentlemen” on The Jon Stewart Show
“Debonair” on Late Night With Conan O’Brien
“Miles Iz Ded”
“66” (Live in Germany)