into HBO, those of you who have it: CORNELIUS will
be on "Reverb" November
23rd (11:30 ET/PT) with Moby and Calexico. Reverb broadcasts
live footage, backstage interviews, swooping cameras, all
that good concert stuff. Also: PAVEMENT will be featured
the next week (November 30) with Built to Spill. That performance
comes from a show they did with Calexico in San Diego, so
look for them in the background this week. Check the Reverb
website for more detailed information, just don't read
the copy: "get any closer and the bouncers will kick your
"Knitting on the Roof" is the latest compilation
from the Knitting
Factory Records imprint. Here's the premise: rockers do
"Fiddler on the Roof." This is for real, folks. COME
is featured with "Do You Love Me?". Other artists include
the Residents, Negativland, the Magnetic Fields, Eugene Chadbourne
and DJ Spooky. Just think if your high school had done it
In other COME news: Chris Brokaw
will be playing 2 "Solo Electric Guitar" performances opening
for Nobokazu Takemura and Brokeback: November 24 at Middle
East in Cambridge and November 27 at Upstage in Philadelphia.
See Thrill Jockey
for more information.
The ARSONISTS and NON PHIXION
are on a new compilation out last month on Battle Axe Records/Nu
Gruv Alliance called "Defenders of the Underworld." Non Phixion
lead off the disc with "The Full Monty"; the Arsonists contribute
a sample-heavy "Fat Laces." Other artists of note include
Everlast, Defari, Kool Keith, Swollen Members, Dilated Peoples,
Del, and Aceyalone.
Mike Donk does a quick
interview with CORNELIUS on his fansite -- Cornelius
answers rumours, gives his top 10 albums of all time. I know
we told you this a while ago, but it's out now: Cornelius
remixes Blur's "Tender" on the b-side of their latest single.
And finally, a Cornelius remix of Beck is looking like more
of a possibility, though we don't know if we're going to hold
it hostage until we get our Beck remix of P5.
Have a great Turkey Day next week, all!
You might've guessed this was in the works,
especially if you caught LIVE HUMAN's amazing guest
appearance at last September's Nice Weekend in London concerts.
But now it is official, the San Francisco trio of drummer
Albert Mathias, bassist Andrew Kushin and DJ Quest, collectively
known as Live Human, have signed with Matador. A new full
length album is planned for 2000. If you haven't heard their
previous recordings (one self-released LP on the Cosmic label,
a devestating pair of 12"'s on Fat Cat "Improvisessions" and
"Orange Bush Monkey Flower," a Fat Cat LP/CD called "Monosterosis"
that might be the best album of 1999), you're missing out
big time. Live Human are destroying whatever barriers exist
between improvised jazz, underground hip-hop and experimental
rock... and creating a category or 2 no one has named yet.
We'll have more info, pictures and music for you to wade through
before long. In the meantime, for more information about Live
Human's previous releases, check out Fat
Accutron 2000 has just returned from
the Warp Nights in the London and reports
Wow, this place is expensive and everyone
talks like Dr. Smith. Being one of only two folks on the guest
list (the other being JARVIS COCKER from Pulp), you'd
think it wouldn't be too hard to lose said list, but alas,
things are running like clockwork and I miss JIMI TENOR's
set. The mood is very celebratory and RED SNAPPER hit
their stride with yet another incendiary set followed by the
tight soul stylings of NIGHTMARES ON WAX, full band
and all performing perfect replications of tracks from "Carboot
Soul." I stumble back to the youth hostel with the world's
blandest order of fish 'n' chips.
The day is spent trying to find Matador
London's office on foot and wandering around Portobello Road
looking for PAUL SIMONON, but instead see both ARTHUR
BAKER and GEOFF TRAVIS. That's much better than
the celebrity sightings we get 'round the Matador office in
New York (JOE JACKSON and CORKY from "Life Goes
On" usually... really.) Night Two kicks off with PLONE,
who were the biggest surprise of the Warp Nights: the sound
is even more panoramic live and they really play! None of
the "Battleship" rock that we've come to accept in electronic
music, just banks of analog synthesizers.
BROADCAST kick it out next with
a good set that is more retro-pysch than their records would
lead one to believe. The lead singer's vocals are even stronger
live... think SANDIE SHAW fronting SPIRITUALIZED
in 1968 (that's supposed to be complimentary). I catch a little
of PLAID, who were kicking out a particularly bleepy
set, before running off to see the ARSONISTS at the
Scala. Except, I can't get in... there's a hundred people
waiting in the paying line and another hundred waiting on
the guest list line. After forty five minutes on this, I turn
homeward, having worn short pants and not carrying any anti-freeze
for these cold, wet London nights.
Everyone's got rugby on the brain with
the World Cup being held in the UK. I learn some derogatory
joke about the New Zealand team ("What's the difference between
the All Blacks and a teabag? A teabag stays in the cup longer."
guffaw...) and try to get in the spirit of rooting for Australia
(actually against France more than anything). But then I remember
what loutish thugs the rugby players I knew at school were
and decided to stick to lawn bowling.
Turns out Bonfire Night (kind of like the
4th of July in the UK, but colder and drearier) coincides
with the last Warp Nights, where everyone's full of anticipation
for the appearance of BOARDS OF CANADA, this being
only their third set ever. You'll be pleased as punch to know
they pulled it off with aplomb. The sound was massive and
the new material was really good. The action on stage wasn't
robust but visuals kept everyone focused. They walked straight
off the stage just after the last note died, passed me out
the door and straight back to Scotland, I was told. After
that, it kind of became a hazy... Buzzing on the high of the
Boards' set (or did someone in MOGWAI slip something
in my drink?), things raged into the late night with solid
sets from AUTECHRE and (mostly jazz-free) SQUAREPUSHER,
though I had to wait until APHEX TWIN's smokin' apres
l'heure DJ set to hear my favorite Squarepusher song.
Quicktime Killed the Video Star
The webcast site will be coming down on
Monday the 15th. Apologies for all the technical difficulties
in bringing you the shows, especially the YO LA TENGO
and COME sets. We're working to bring them to you in
the future. Working hard!
For those of you in NYC
Tonic's Songwriter Series, this Sunday
the 14th: Matt Sweeney, international minister of intrigue,
is singer/guitarist of CHAVEZ and has also played with
Cat Power, Guided By Voices and Bonnie Prince Billie, among
others. He built his empire on the back of drummer James Lo
(Chavez), who will be joining him this evening. With Anomoanon.
At Tonic, 107 Norfolk Street.
For those of you not in NYC
JSBX's "Flavor" will be on MTV's 120 Minutes
this Sunday (the 9th video)
New THE WISDOM OF HARRY single under
the name "Atari Priest"
Rapeman, Butthole Surfers and the Laughing
Hyenas are now Matador Recording artists, just don't tell
Corey Rusk, okay? We want him to find out on the internet
as well as
NIGHTMARES ON WAX, RED SNAPPER
and TWO LONE SWORDSMEN amongst many on new Sugar Hill
Remixed project in stores right now.
On that note, in between Super Furry Animals
and ARAB STRAP gigs and pimping around London looking
for more athletic gear endorsement deals, MOGWAI have
been working on a track with the legendary Arthur Baker. It's
a track for some benefit album that Arthur is executive producing.
That enough? Good.
No news last week because we were plagued
by a horrible poltergeist. Boo!
The Garagerock Festacular we've all been
waiting for is finally here. Cavestomp
99 at the Westbeth Theatre in NYC: this Friday, Saturday
and Sunday (November 5-7) featuring THE DEMOLITION DOLL
RODS, The Monks, The Standells, and The Chocolate Watchband
among others. $25 per night or $65 for the whole shebang.
Present a ticket from WFMU's
Record Fair (also this weekend; also featuring The Monks
on Saturday afternoon) and get $2 off.
Chan Marshall's (CAT POWER) first
record -- "Dear Sir" -- is back in print. It was formerly
on Runt and is now back in print on Fillipo's (from Runt)
new label Plain. The front and back covers have been changed
slightly; the songs have not.
MARY TIMONY (of HELIUM) is
in the studio, hard at work on her forthcoming solo album
entitled "Mountains." Joining her is Christina Files (formerly
of The Swirlies) on drums. We'll be bringing it to you on
Tuesday's storm + endless repeat = "And
Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Out," the new record from
YO LA TENGO. We couldn't get enough of it here in the
marketing office. It features: "Let's Save Tony Orlando's
House," "Night Falls on Hoboken," and "The Crying of Lot G."
You know this will be good. Due out on February 22.
Any dimestore Zen Master can tell you patience
is the key to a lot of things, and we like to apply that philosophy
to releases. Especially the PAVEMENT video compilation,
"Slow Century." February 22, friends.
+ Fantastic Plastic Machine = Fantastic Plastic Machine
Plus: New Video
for Count 5 or 6.