lovers: THE JON SPENCER BLUES EXPLOSION has granted
us a total of 8 unreleased or rare tracks for our burgeoning
MP3 page. Maybe you saw "Wait
a Minute" up there before...if not, too bad because a new
one, "Confused (Dickinson)," has taken its place. Each week
starting now we'll post a new JSBX track, continuing thru
the first week in May.
Adding to the excitement: A contest of sorts. Maybe you've
see the band's new video, "Magical Colors." If not, the
site is now equipped with 2 Quicktime versions: an original,
pre-MTV version and the edit....anyway, the first, say, 127
people who can answer the question below get a page of little
Japanese JSBX stickers. (They're like Hot Wheels stickers
but without the Hot Wheels.)
ok: Which three of the following items had to be pulled out
of the "Magical Colors" video
__ Telephone numbers
__ Naked buttocks
__ The noose
__ Cartoon guns
__ Gun guns
__ Cowboy holding baby
__ Women kissing
__ Bikini dancer, pasties
__ Raw, naked turkey
Entry Form is NOT READY
YET but check back next week and it should be a go.
I might point out that the
video is comprised of slides by one Terry Richardson.
Although the RealMedia versions here look like a straight
slide show, the video has some fade-in/out action...
In other news, SLEATER-KINNEY (coverstars of the new
issue of Magnet,
btw) have had to cancel their East Coast tour due to Carrie
Brownstein's back injury. We'll keep you posted when the dates
are rescheduled. Those needing a S-K fix may view their new
"Get Up" video online at Kill
More new links:
@ NME talking about the upcoming
J. Burger's (of Burger/Ink) website; the Popular Organization
is a platform for his various projects
Mogwai piece by one of our staff
official-like: Matador has signed NON PHIXION. Straight
outta beautiful Brooklyn, with a handful of independent 12"
singles, an aborted deal with Geffen, the moxie to kick MC
Serch out of the group...and great names: Goretex, Ill Bill,
Sabac, and Eclipse. They're funny, straight-forward and playing
with Prince Paul at Tramps on March 23. I'll post some of
their press on the website in the next couple of weeks.
Right now, a couple RealAudio clips from 12"s:
The hottest: "I
Shot Reagan" (as far as I'm concerned, they could do nothing
but repeat the titular line over and over and it would still
work), from "I Shot Reagan"/"This is Not An Exercise," "Refuse
to Lose" 12" (Uncle Howie).
from the "Legacy"/"No Tomorrow" 12" (Serchlite/Fat Beats)
Meanwhile across the Atlantic, Matador Europe has licensed
(from Vague Terrain) Quasi-Objects and Self-Titled
by the San Francisco experimental electronic duo MATMOS.
What do they sound like? Rhythm that hustles promiscuously
somewhere between 2 Live Crew, Spike Jones and Muslimgauze;
melodies inspired by slot machines and duck calls; basslines
with the low end presence of dub or Miami bass; sharp bursts
of abject noise puncturing the sound field when you least
expect them, and most deserve them. As the title "Quasi-Objects"
indicates, the group have an ethic of restricting sound sources
to everyday and not-so-everyday objects (balloons, whoopee
cushions, walkie talkies, latex fetish clothing, a banjo,
the human body).... We'll have a full bio, sound clips, and
all that up shortly. Look for some European
dates in May and June.
LA TENGO will make their annual appearance on the WFMU
Marathon this Saturday, March 13. Says Ira (who will NOT be
We'll be on Gaylord's show from 5-7p.m. Listeners who pledge
money to WFMU will have the opportunity to make a request
and listen to us attempt to play it. This should be of special
interest to anyone who's ever wanted to see me or any of the
other members of Yo La Tengo totally humiliated.
and CAT POWER appear on a forthcoming comp. of live
tracks from KBOO-Portland, Drinking From Puddles (Kill
Rock Stars). Come does "Hurricane," and Cat Power, "We Dance"
(a Pavement cover, yes). Other luminaries include Elliott
Smith, Cadallaca, Hazel, Poison Idea, Geraldine Fibbers, Lydia
Lunch, Prolapse, Kristen Hersch, Soul Junk, and Dead Moon.
Cornelius has a new remix on the Manic Street Preachers single,
a radical re-construction of "Tsunami." Nils went so far as
to call it the best thing he's ever heard but then backtracked.
A new PAVEMENT CD5 (possibly a 7" as well) has been
added to the release schedule,
"Spit On A Stranger," out May 18. There will be four b-sides
to our "Spit" single: "Harnish Your Hopes," "Roll at the Wind,"
and two as of yet untitled. These four b-sides are the same
ones Domino will be using, the difference being that Domino
will release two CD5's of "Carrot Rope" with 2 bonus tracks
per CD. Domino will also release a 7" of "Carrot" with "And
Then..." (the original version of a song now known as "The
Hexx") on the flip. This song will be on a free, one-sided
7" with our LP, Crooked Rain-style (not limited, either)....and
for those of you keeping track, Bandai in Japan will have
NO bonus tracks for now (although they may release an EP later
on with the same b-sides, nothing exclusive)....oh, and the
full-length (which will knock your socks off) now has a title:
On the road again: The For Carnation are going to have some
dates in the eastern U.S. in May. Jega and Pole both are expected
to play some dates in the late spring/early summertime. Meantime,
Jega has a one-off date in Miami during the Winter Music Conference
with Prince Paul and The Pharcyde among others.
Our MP3 page has been updated
with a track from the forthcoming KHAN record, 1-900-GET-KHAN
(details on this puppy next time). The track, "Body Dump,"
is a collaboration with Julee Cruise, who you may or may not
remember as the vocalist for Twin Peaks' stuff.
All for now.