CHAVEZ? Great. Curious about what they're up to? Fabulous.
Now you can stop emailing me about it cos Matt, Clay, James,
and Scotty are ready to take your call. Sort of. Actually,
they're ready to take your questions. So if you've got anything
you'd like to know (preferably about Chavez), email me, I'll
compile the questions and hand them over to Matt or whoever
next time they're in the office. Then we'll post the answers
on the website... I will say this: the rockers are indeed
working on some new songs and getting their act together for
their first show in ages. Prepare youself: August 1, here
in New York at the Bowery Ballroom (new venue on Bowery and
Delancy) with CAT POWER.
Coming in September: the U.S. debut from BURGER/INK,
Las Vegas (licensed from EMI Germany), a collaborative
work from electronic wizards Joerg Burger (Bionaut, The Modernist,
B. Movement) and Mike Ink (Spex's 1996 Artist of the
Year)....you may or may not have heard some of their previous
works on the Digitrax International, Profan or Eat-Raw labels,
but you really ought to.
On July 21, we'll have a new LIZ PHAIR
page up, with the lowdown on the new record, whitechocolatespaceegg...
the cover of which was completed days ago and is pictured
for your pleasure. Details on a few pre-release happenings
will be posted here in the oncoming weeks.
New: BASSHOLES interview
from Noises from the Garage.
The bio for the new CAT POWER album, Moon
Meanwhile, off site:
live show on the Rolling Stone website.
GUITAR WOLF Seeks Lusty Geisha Ladies
- interview from Tokion magazine
first single from the upcoming LIZ PHAIR full-length
is now officially "Polyester Bride." An as-of-yet unmade video
should be making its way to your TV screen late July/early August....A
Liz Phair b-side "Freak Of Nature" will appear (non-exclusively)
on the Q101 local sampler Local 101, on sale July 21
in the greater Chicago area. Proceeds will benefit a variety
of drunk-driving charities (though, if you ask me, drunk drivers
should be paying us!)...lastly: "Uncle Alvarez," from
whitechocolatespaceegg will also be on a (cough, wheeze)
Starbucks sampler of Lilith Fair artists.
Exciting upcoming releases that we'll tell you more about
later: new full-lengths from BELLE AND SEBASTIAN and
FUCK are on the way in September. The upcoming CAT
POWER record, also due in September, now has a name, Moon
Pix. And, come later in fall, YO LA TENGO and JAD
FAIR will have a collaborative album out. (!)
Matador Europe has licensed MODEST MOUSE recordings
from the Up Records
label of Seattle, WA. Modest Mouse's critically acclaimed
The Lonesome Crowded West will be released in Europe
by Matador some time in October (date TBA). The album will
be followed by a compilation album of older Modest Mouse recordings.
See the nice Modest
Mouse fan page.
SCHRAMMS' fourth album, Dizzy Spell, will be coming
out any day now on Checkered Past Records. Fortunate New Yorkers
may attend the record release party this Friday, June 19,
at Mercury Lounge (with Paul K and the Prayers).
long as we're talking about other labels: Chris Brokaw of
COME appears on the PULLMAN "Turnstyles & Junkpiles"
CD (Thrill Jockey), alongside Chicago luminaries Bundy K.
Brown, Curtis Harvey, and Doug McCombs. A great record....in
other COME news: Brokaw and the rest of the band star
in Radiation, a new movie by Suki Hawley and Michael Galinsky
(Half-Cocked). Stereolab, Come, Will Oldham, and El Inquilino
Communista, are also in the film, which is loosly based on
Galinsky's experiences on tour with Sleepyhead and Laptop.
Radiation is currently in postproduction and should be finished
later this summer. Not sure how easy it'll be to see this
film but we'll keep you posted as to the wheres and whens.
Here's a web
page for the so-inclined. Enjoy.
SEALS' "How Did I Know" can be heard in the film A Day
at the Beach (Lyle says wait for the video)... also on the
sountrack: Lloyd Cole, Great Gaines, and the Chrome Cranks...
all Lyle's favorites.
New links: The bio from Robert Pollard's
soon-to-be realease second solo album, Waved
Out, is now in the house. Also: Interview
with Janet Weiss of Sleater-Kinney from Drummer Girl online
zine. And an interview
with Ira Kaplan from Yo La Tengo on one of several non-Drummer
thanks to our readers for pointing out a major oversight in
last week's update (below).
Ira did it!
understand that you people at matador wouldn't want
one of your artists to be caught in a politically damaging
criminal scandal, but the spin you put on the San
Francisco post office-robbery story is slightly
off the mark. Isn't it much more probable that the hooded
thieves weren't merely Yo La Tengo imitators but in
fact YLT themselves? You've listed several clues linking
the band to the crimes, but i've got a piece of evidence
that, i think, removes all doubt. I point you to a recent
interview with Ira Kaplan conducted by the Brown Daily
Here is the incriminating part:
Herald: What do you think has been the most important/influential
technological innovation in music since, say 1900?
IK: The self adhesive stamp.
Herald: Oh yeah, that is a good one.
IK: The only thing I don't like about them is that they
only do it for some of them. When the Alfred Hitchcock
stamp comes out, that's not self-adhesive but you're
going to have to get it anyway. I get tired of that
flower and the flag. I don't understand why they're
all not self-adhesive. Who with that option says 'nah,
I'll lick them, I'd prefer to lick the stamp.' Maybe
Case closed, I say. Apparently
Ira's stamp fetish has led him to swing across the thin
blue line which separates the public from anarchy, and
i guess it's up to me to turn him in and restore peace
of mind to the good people of San Francisco. Of course,
I may be willing to forsake the $25,000 reward in favor
of a genuine yo la tengo t-shirt...
Gabe, now we know why the rotary can opener suddenly "disappeared"
from the office.
CONGRATULATIONS go to Dave Phillips, soon to be proud owner
of the one remaining Controversial Negro box set sitting
under my desk.
Here's my entry in the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion "Paint
Your Mini-Fridge" Contest. Please let me know if I've
won. We're all gearing up for this summer's Liz Phair
bus defacement contest once whitechocolatespaceegg is
released and were wondering if welding objects onto
buses is OK or if we have to stick with spray paint/wall
paper/paper mache. Please let me know.
P.S. As you can see from the pictures, I chose to depict
the Blues Explosion apearing Madonna-like (no, not THAT
one...) over troubled seas. I hope the religious themes
to the site: track listings
for all them Lyres reissues, an interview with Judah
Bauer from $6.99/lb zine.