The new BELLE & SEBASTIAN album, Fold Your
Hands Child, You Walk Like A Peasant (OLE 429-1,2) is
coming out on Matador in North America on the 6th of June.
The track listing is as follows:
I Fought In A War
Beyond The Sunrise
Waiting For The Moon To Rise
Dont Leave The Light On, Baby
The Wrong Girl
The Chalet Lines
Nice Day For A Sulk
Theres Too Much Love
The band will be visiting the West Coast for the first time
in early June, with additional North American dates planned
for the autumn. There will be a pre-album single in June consisting
of "Legal Man" backed with "Judy Is A Dick Slap" and "Winter
Youve probably read elsewhere that Stuart David is no
longer playing bass for Belle & Sebastian, and thats
true. No denials from us. Stuart will be concentrating on
his writing, Looper and other interesting things.
The 2nd full-length from San Franciscos LIVE HUMAN,
Elefish Jellyphant has just been completed and is scheduled
for Matador release this summer. Albert, Andrew and DJ Quests
previous full-length, Monostereosis, has just
been reissued in the U.S. by Hip Hop Slam. If youd like
to read about Live Human (and you know you would), theres
a fine article about them that can be found at the San
Francisco Weekly. If youre pressed for time and
feel like trusting us, heres the scoop -- Live Human
obliterate musical divisions and serve as superglue between
elements of improvisational jazz, experimental hip hop, daredevil
turntablism and live sampling. Their previous releases on
Fat Cat and their own Cosmic label have set pretty high standards
to match, but we sincerely doubt anyone will be disappointed
in Elefish Jellyfant.
We have an important message from Mark O:
"hey . . .
a small hawk just landed on my window ledge. it was clutching
a mouse in one of its claws and stayed on the ledge
for about half a minute. i gave it the old thumbs-up and then
it flew away."
Mark O is currently in Chile. Not sure if there is any connection.
ARSONISTS European tour update:
"I have been going wild looking for any Burger King I could
find. Now that its The Simpsons 10th anniversary
you get a 10 figure set from the cartoon. Ive collected
6 so far and I hope that were here to get the rest we
dont have yet. Its been a adventure going to Dublin
and they say "we have Bark or Gomer," cause they dont
know the characters correct name or their accent is
so strong, or they try to say "Side Show Bob" sounding like
"shide bow shob." But if we are back in the States and dont
get a hold of the rest of the characters, I got the team at
Matador Europe on the job. The shows have been good, happy
that weve pulled off some sold out nights. No fights,
stole some records and enjoyed ourselves. Being on the road
is a killer, missing family. But were lucky we go home
for 4 days before we leave for our American dates...." DSTROY............ARSONISTS
Check the Arsonists U.S. tour dates out on the accompanying
schedule. This is their first full-scale American trip and
if youve yet to catch them onstage, youll look
pretty foolish when everyone tells you about it the next day.
NON PHIXIONs Ill Bill was just interviewed by
New Yorks UPN affiliate, Ch. 9 for their evening news
program. Ill Bill has an upcoming solo 12" entitled "How To
Kill A Cop" which the hard-hitting journalists at Ch. 9 mustve
thought was controversial. Meanwhile, the Rudy Giuliani 12"
"How To Gun Down An Unarmed Civilian" has been pulled from
our release schedule.
MC PAUL BARMAN is currently making jaws drop with his
Wordsound debut 12", "Its Very Stimulating." His 2nd
12", presently untitled, will be coming on Matador this summer.
Possibly featuring a guest appearance by Prince Be, but we
dont wanna get your hopes up. You can get the scoop
on Paul at mcpaulbarman.com
YO LA TENGOs U.S. tour continues this week, after
the initial batch of theatre shows were played to capacity
crowds and very comfy chairs. And Then Nothing Turned
Itself Inside Out has turned out to be just as big a
commercial success as it was a critical fave -- the album
is well on pace to be the best selling album of Yo La Tengos
career, as well as the biggest unit shifter the Matador label
has had in way too long (translation: we get to keep the company
yacht for another year). A European single of "You Can Have
It All" is planned to coincide with overseas dates in May;
the bands English dates will feature collaborative performances
with Sonic Boom (Spacemen 3, Spectrum, E.A.R.), Neil Innes
(Bonzo Dog Band, the Rutles), and Robyn Hitchcock. This past
Saturday, Yo La Tengo (accompanied by Bruce Bennett) played
live during WFMUs annual fund-raiser, once again taking
audience requests in exchange for big piles of cash. Songs
"Rock the Boat" (George McRae?)
"American Pie" (Don McLean)
"Baseball Altamont" (The Nightmares / Ned Hayden)
"Color Me Impressed" (Replacements)
"19th Nervous Breakdown" (Rolling Stones)
"Too Many Creeps" (Bush Tetras)
"Dont You Want Me" (Human League)
"Watching the Dectectives" (Elvis Costello)
"Tears of a Clown" (Smokey Robinson)
"Sheena is a Punk Rocker" (Ramones)
"Ring of Fire" (Johnny Cash)
"Panic in Detroit" (David Bowie)
"Raw Power" (Stooges)
"TV Party" (Black Flag)
Were told that WFMU successfully raised somewhere in
the region of 18 billion dollars. Or maybe that was the wfmu.org
IPO. Hard to remember sometimes.
Also: Yo La Tengo will be playing an instore at Let It Be
in Minneapolis on Monday, April 3rd at 6:30PM (1001 Nicollet
Mall, MPLS 55403, (612) 339-7439). Theyll play a 20
minute stripped down set and possibly sign some of your belongings.
Theyre doing this for the kids because the 1st Ave show
is 21 and over.
THE WISDOM OF HARRY are currently deep inside in Bigfoot
studios with screwdrivers and cellotape fixing up tunes for
their first Matador/ Faux-Lux album, The House Of Binary.
There is also a new single (uni format 7" only) out on April
17th. It comprises three new tracks; "Coney Island Of Your
Mind," a steaming slice of electro n roll, detailing
the decent into psychosis & delusion of an ex-cabaret performer
marooned in his twilight years in a dying, windswept resort
(which is what his head actually feels like...), "Hal Choc,"
the soundtrack to the bizare murder riddle of a man dressed
as a cowboy found floating in a lake in Lancashire, and "Vent
Aziz," which rounds off the record and comprises a lock groove
detailing a view of the world from inside the mind of a family
After a successful string of German dates, SOLEX return
to the UK this week for a show at Londons Union Chapel
(29 March) as part of the John Peel Sessions Live series.
Twitch of Mount Florida should be making an appearance at
this one, which makes sense, cause theres a Mount
Florida remix of "Randy Costanza" available on the new Solex
"Athens, OH" 12" (Matador Europe), which also features music
from Pick Up remixed by Kid 606, Damien ONeill (That
Petrol Emotion) and others. You can hear an MP3 of the "Randy
Costanza" remix at the Matador
As "14 Zero Zero" hits radio stations across the U.S. (or
at least the specialty shows), CONSOLE are preparing
to make an appearance at this Junes Sonar Festival in
Barcelona. Console are also remixing Tocotronic, the German
rockers who are big pals with FUCK. Its called Tocotonic
vs. Console "Freiburg" (LageDor).
Listening favorites of the artists and the artistically minded:
Dave Martin, Matador Records
Quicksilver Messenger Service -
"Lost Gold & Silver" Dbl CD on Collectors Choice
Ray Russell -
"Live At The ICA/Retrospective" Dbl Cd on Moikai
V/A - "Downtown Soulsville", "All Tore Up", "Teenage Shutdown
Giant Sand - "Chore Of Enchantment" CD
The Monkeywrench - "Electric Children" on Estrus
V/A - "Cozmick Suckers Vol. Yellow" on Shitkatpult
Taj Mahal Travelers - "Live In Stockholm 1971" Dbl CD
V/A Okeh Rhythm & Blues Box Set
V/A King Records R&B Box Set
Twitch, Mount Florida
1 senor coconut - el baile aleman (east west japan)
2 kelis - caught out there (virgin)
3 various - nu yorica roots (soul jazz)
4 ac/dc - the jack (atlantic)
5 life without buildings - new town (tugboat)
6 mike ladd - 5000 miles/planet 10 (ozone music)
7 sonic youth - i love her all the time (blast first)
8 david carretta - le catalogue electronique (deejay gigolo)
9 being john malkovich
10 coronation street - still the best tv show in the world,
Pete Astor, The Wisdom Of Harry
Monolake - Interstate
Lambchop - Nixon
Various - Deutsher Funk Vol.2
Various - Round One To Five
Eels - Daisies Of The Galaxy
Charles Simic - Hotel Insomnia
M.P. Lancaster, Mount Florida
Groundhogs - the best of
Phillip Glass - Powaqqatsi
Genesis - Nursery Cryme
Ralph Vaughan Williams - Sinfonia Antartica
Rhythm & Sound w/ Tikiman - Showcase
Frank Zappa - The Grand Wazoo
Grateful Dead - Monks in space
Pink Floyd - Live in Holland 1969
Senor Coconut - El Baile Aleman
The Warlocks - Live 1965
Fripp & Eno - Evening Star
Gerard Cosloy, Matador Records
Last Days Of May - Radiant Black Mind (Squealer)
Giant Sand - Chore of Enchantment (Thrill Jockey)
Meshuggah - Contradictions, Collapse & None (Nuclear Blast)
The Who - BBC Sessions (MCA)
Yossarian - Spiders Web (Satellite)
Anti-Pop Consortium - Tragic Epilogue (75 Ark)
Power - downloadable, starting tomorrow.
"Paths Of Victory"
from the new CAT POWER LP/CD, The Covers Record,
will be available as a free MP3
download, starting tomorrow, March 7. We read a very compelling
letter from an intelligent young person who urged us to a)
give away more free music, b) revamp the web site and c) pass
along a personal message to Sid Fernandez. We are doing the
best we can with "a", averaging almost one new MP3 every week
(giving or take, uh, a few weeks). "B", is an ongoing project
that will come to a skidding halt as soon as we can agree
on which shade of fuscia we like best. As far as "c" is concerned,
were very sorry, but we cant help you out.
Theres a one-off Cat Power show in London on March 14
(Drill Hall), followed by North American dates that youll
probably want to attend.
BLUES EXPLOSION, Extended and Revised.
Our friends at Mute U.K. have just reissued Extra Width as
a double CD that includes Orange, the Australian Mo
Width album, plus enhanced CD/video stuff. Theres also
a double LP/CD reissue of Experimental Remixes including new
mixes from John Oswald, Beck, Prince Paul and others. And
if that werent enough to drain your bank account, theres
a 12" of Acme material remixed by Techno Animal. All of the
above (cept for the Techno Animal mixes) should be hard
to find in North America cause Matador are still selling
these things (i.e. dont even think about pissing us
off), but if youre that bothered about it, you could
always just move to Europe. Nudity on daytime television.
Progressive attitudes towards human/vegetable relations...
you might want to consider it!
Mary Timony : bringing the hi-fi to the Hi-Fi.
If youre in the Boston area on March 18, you can catch
MARY TIMONY playing music from the amazing new Mountains
LP/CD at Hi Fi Records in Jamaica Plain. The performance starts
at 4pm, but if you want to show up early and spend money,
theyre not gonna throw you out.
The Wisdom Of Harry - first domestic release scheduled. On
the heels of countless singles, EPs, compilation tracks
and last autumns Stars of Super 8 collection, THE
WISDOM OF HARRY will be making their North American debut
on April 4 with a Matador 7" entitled "Coney Island Of Your
Mind." This single has nothing to do with the Cyclone, Von
LMO, Nathans or the Tim Roth film "Little Odessa", but
all of the above are recommended as well. Not by The Wisdom
Of Harry, but we cant be expected to clear everything
with them, can we? And on that subject...
The Tops of 99, As Picked by Tardy Artists.
When youre a one-man band/iconoclastic genius, you can
hand in your picks of the year whenever you fucking want.
Same goes for Keigo and Pete, anytime thats convenient,
Pete Astor, The Wisdom Of Harry
B. Fleishman - Pop Loops For Breakfast
Mos Def - Black On Both Sides
To Rococco Rot - The Amateur View
Smog - Knock Knock
East River Pipe - The Gasoline Age
Life Sentence - "Punks For Profit"
Nightmares On Wax
Mouse On Mars
DJ Murrel - Girl Hand Disc Jockey
Robyn Hitchcock - "Dont talk to me about Gene Hackman"