few things to note about the new KHAN album, other
than the fact that it's called 1-900-GET-KHAN and coming out
May 11: the CD cover contains real advertisements for actual
phone sex workers. And the title is an "adults only" 1-900
line, which means for $2.99/minute, you can dial and have
phone sex. It's a pretty sharp move by Khan, I must say. When
you do the math, the CD itself comes out to a little over
22 cents a minute, a real bargain by comparison. You get all
the groping and grunting, but with added techno beats! A searing
attack on Rudy Giuliani's anti-sex legislation, no doubt.
Speaking of our great city (that's New York), there's going
to be a free Khan Record Release Party on Thurs., May 6, at
Parkside Lounge. Wherein Khan will perform "Body Dump" live
with Julee Cruise (the one from the Twin Peaks soundtrack),
and several DJs will do their thing: DJ AZO, DJ Snax, DJ Silver,
DJ KhanDome. The fun starts at 10 pm at 317 E. Houston.
launched their new pleasingly designed website this week,
in time to prepare for an early May European press junket.
While in England, the band is said to have plans to record
a Lamacq Live session (I dunno what it is, either) for BBC
Radio One. This, I'm told, will be broadcast May 24. After
a small promo tour in four Europeon cities -London, Paris,
Cologne and Stockholm--the rockers will be return for a full
U.S. tour. Terror Twilight, as you may be aware, will be out
MP3 update: Due to technical difficulties, last week's new
JON SPENCER BLUES EXPLOSION track went up Tuesday instead
of Monday, so the 6th and final MP3 will go up tomorrow, not
today, to make sure everyone gets their 7 days' worth.
A big, sloppy Matador goodbye goes out to GUIDED BY VOICES,
who have decided to sign with TVT for their next record, Do
the Collapse. We wish them the best of luck. It has been a
The members of MOGWAI appear in an ice hockey video
game that came out this week. Details are on the NME
website. You may wonder "how do they all fit in there?"
Simple: they are only LIKENESSES of the band members, not
real people. The game has two songs as well, "Like Herod,"
and "R U Still Into It (DJ Q Remix)."
In closing, some wise words by Xerxes: "I will offer 1,000
golden pieces to any man who can show me a new pleasure."
Think about that.
Things are still moving with the mp3
page. A new JON SPENCER BLUES EXPLOSION track will
go up Monday, and you can still get "New Year" until then...
also new to the mp3: a snippit from a mix tape of ARSONISTS'
stuff (warning: 8k). Speaking of, we finally have what looks
to be a firm street date for the Arsonists' first full length,
As the World Burns: July 13. Meanwhile, those guys will be
touring Europe with The Roots, among others. Dates, places,
TBA shortly, really. New Yorkers can look forward to a mid-May
showcase with both Arsonists and NON PHIXION at Bowery
More new and upcoming Matador releases are available, as always,
right here. Also note that the
latest full-length from Matador veterans Spoon, A Series
of Sneaks, has been rereleased on CD and LP by Vapor Records.
new full-length, Come On
Die Young, came out this week to reams of press, acclaim,
etc. Nils says to point out it was the same day Kurt Cobain
killed himself. Whatever, I was going to link to the raving
NME cover story but forgot they don't put that stuff online
so nevermind. When you go buy the record anyway, just so you
know, the guy talking at the beginning is Iggy Pop (in better
days)....Mogwai will record a new CDEP available through pre-ordered
subscriptions only, as part of a new series called "Travels
In Constants." See the Temporary
Residence Limited for ordering info, etc. Or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Links this time:
Solexsite - Some drawings, a tour diary, links and other
goodies from Elizabeth. This month there's an MP3 of a tune
Solex made for a Dutch talkshow called 'de Plantage'. Solex,
btw, are working on a new album that Matador plans to release
in the fall of 1999.
article/interview with Sleater-Kinney from Addicted To Noise
with Chan Marshal (Cat Power) in Real Audio, courtesy
happening so we'll keep this brief. First off, the entry form
for THE JON SPENCER BLUES EXPLOSION contest mentioned
last week is now in effect. Go here
to see the "Magical Colors" video and get some stickers. Also
continuing from last week, there's a new JSBX track on our
mp3 page, "Electricity."
There's a PAVEMENT
page now here, complete with four tracks from the upcoming
Terror Twilight (due out June 8), all sure to give any skeptics
out there a swift kick in the pants. Much as we hate to compare
records to their antecedents, album number five is the most
solid yet. Those who think Pavement sounds best with crap
production are due for a start; recorded on 24 big tracks
with Nigel Godrich, Terror is classic Pavement and then some...not
that you should take it from the webmaster; we'll be doing
a netcast/listening "party" of the entire album with Broadcast.com
come May. Date, link, TBA....the band will also be launching
their own website in weeks forthcoming. It's not working yet,
but www.pavementtherockband.com is where it'll be.
Due on shelves the same day as Terror Twilight is GUITAR
WOLF's followup to Planet
of the Wolves. Called Jet Generation. The big guys played
this one in the conference room for us the other day and the
walls shook. Apparently, after the CD was sent to the mastering
lab for inclusion on our in-store play sampler, the engineer
called, mystified, to say he'd never seen the volume level
on a CD reach so high; it literally exceeded the presumed
maximum possible. Small wonder, then, that these here net-ified
tracks are much louder than anything else in RealAudio:
5 | Real
5 | Real
The mp3 (for "Jet Generation")
is just as damaged. As are the videos (Sony Japan has a barely
visible version of "Kaminari
One" in RealMedia for the so inclined.)
As for the title, the band actually meant "Jett Generation"
but got the English wrong (not a joke).
Have we mentioned that we're reissuing BELLE AND SEBASTIAN's
Tigermilk in North America yet? June 8 is when. This is the
record Stuart Murdoch et. al recorded as a college class project.
Limited to 1,000 originally, and long since bootlegged, ours
will be remastered and available for the first time on the
popular CD format, as well as vinyl.
All for now.