from the Public
We get some entertaining letters in the mail. Wed like
to share a couple with you. The first is an apology from Airborne
Express. The second is a support pledge form and letter from
Giulianis Senate campaign. Enjoy.
Site Revamped / Reduxed
A wonderful thing has happened. A development in web design
and content that will change the way you look at the internet.
But enough about the official
Zorak site, matadorrecords.com
is about to go presto, change-o, errupto (not necessarily
in that order). Be sure to have a look and let us know what
you think (unless you don't like it, in which case we don't
Bardo Pond just got back from the UK where, among other things,
they rocked the All Tomorrow's Parties festival at Camber
Sands on April 9. The festival was arranged by Mogwai, who
like to consider themselves Bardo Pond's biggest fans, but
how do we measure "biggest?"
If you follow the official Bardo Pond website Hummingbird
Mountain, you've enjoyed the ongoing MP3 series they've
been offering. The band will soon be offering an EP of new
material, similar in style to the MP3s, and available exclusively
through Hummingbird Mountain. There will also be a new Bardo
Pond 7", limited to 500 copies, which will mostly only be
available through Hummingbird Mountain as well.
Mogwai are proud to report that their All Tomorrow's Parties
festival in Camber Sands (UK) April 7-9 was a huge success,
and they'd like to thank everyone, except that one guy (you
know who you are).
Good luck finding one, but the April issue of the UK's Select
Magazine has a cover-mounted CD with an exclusive track by
Mogwai (a fantastic version of "Helicon 1" recorded for Radio
One). Hard to find in the U.S., but easy to find at ATP, where
thousands of copies of the magazine were all over the road.
Mogwai have also completed remixes for Pluramon (due out on
the Pluramon remix album in late summer on Mille Plateaux)
and Datach'i (due out on Caipirinha in July).And finally,
look for the band's new offial website launching (hopefully)
in late May at www.abandcalledmogwai.com.
Arsonists + Modernist:
Live video action from Elektrip Festival
Would you love to see live Real Video footage of the Arsonists
and the Modernist? If not, there is no reason to tell us about
Live | Modernist
MC Paul Barman, fresh off a series of live dates supporting
Kool Keith, will be on WFMU's Small Change's show on April
26. You can tune in via http://www.wfmu.org
La Tengo - Major Press Campaign Continues
Yo La Tengo's UK tour with Neil Innes, Sonic Boom and Robyn
Hitchcock starts next week in Cambridge (May 3), and the band
have a new European 7"/CD5 coming out later in the month featuring
"You Can Have It All" backed with a Sonic Boom remix of the
same song, plus a cover of the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band's "The
Readymades", recorded live on the recent U.S. tour, featuring
David Kilgour, Mac MacCaughn and the eight million members
Live Human - Things Are Getting Sticky
A moratorium on playing the music of Live Human has been
put into effect at KUSF (University of San Francisco). Allegedly,
someone of great influence was offended after discovering
several tastefully placed, self-adhesive decals bearing the
band's logo on or near the control room. There is currently
no information on the proposed duration of the ban. Free stickers
available upon request. Send a SASE to 134 Steiner St. San
Francisco, CA 94117 Limit one nuisance per customer.
Musical picks by those lucky enough to be
Keith McIvor, Mount Florida
1) muslimgauze - baghdad (staalplaat)
2) sam and valley - a miracle is simple (angelika kohlermann)
3) mike ladd - welcome to the afterfuture (ozone music)
4) smog - justice aversion (domino)
5) alter ego - betty ford (klang)
6) ian dury - spasticus (autisticus) (polydor)
7) esg - everything (99)
Stuart Braithwaite, Mogwai
1 NWA-Chin Check
2 The Zephyrs-It's ok not to say anything
3 Tarwater-The ants left Paris
4 Arovane-Atol Scrap
5 The Cure-Edge of the deep green sea
Ben Goldberg, Matador Records
Tom Rapp - A Journal Of The Plague Year (Rubric) - Pearls
Before Swine guy's new record after years of not doing anything.
Felt - Me And A Monkey On The Moon (l) - Found this for fifty
cents in Brooklyn, flowery British pop stuff I would have
hated five years ago
Zammuto - Willscher (Apartment B) - Obligatory obscure electronic
minimalist release mention
Maquiladora - White Sands (Lotus House) - A little bit of
country, but more twisted
Pip Proud - Oncer (Emperor Jones) - Australian guitarist with
bleeding heart and a voice which drips like a wet towel with
emotion helped out by the likes of Alastair Galbraith
Wire - The Ideal Copy & A Bell Is A Cup Until It Is Struck
(Mute) - I didn't know the band's history when these originally
came out and thought they were just Depeches-Come-Lately's
Richard Davies - Barbarians (Kindercore) - Beautiful pop songs
with amazing lyrics, as always.
Casino vs. Japan - Go Hawaii (Wobblyhead) - Expanse electronic
music with mellow beats and dynamic sound collages
Yo La Tengo - Yo La Tengo + Rarities = Genius - B-Sides comp
my friend made for me.
Patrick Phelan - Songs Of Patrick Phelan (Jagjauwar) - Elliott
Smith singing for Talk Talk, or at least the first song's
like that. The rest is also more inventive than my attempt
at a description.
Smog - Dongs Of Sevotion (Drag City) As the endless gabfest
Bill Callahan himself describes it in a recent British mag,
"I think just about everybody loves dongs."
"Wonderland" - Incredible ABC television series about Bellevue
which aired for two episodes before getting cut, thereby beating
out NBC's cancelling of "Freaks And Geeks" as the most emblematic
reason why television networks will never again be known for
Butterflies Of Love - How To Know The Butterflies Of Love
(Fortuna Pop/Secret Seven) - Brit pop done the way it's supposed
to be, by a band from New Haven.
- A new doodie every day
The Patrick Amory listening pile:
1. Caedmon -- Caedmon
2. Water Into Wine Band -- Hill Climbing For Beginners
3. Reynard -- Fresh From The Earth
4. Spriguns of Tolgus -- Jack With A Feather
5. Vashti Bunyan -- Just Another Diamond Day
Gerard Cosloy, Matador Records
High On Fire - The Art of Self Defense (Man's Ruin)
Marumari - The Wolves Hollow (Car Park)
Thee Headcoats Sect - Ready Sect Go! (Vinyl Japan)
Irm: - s/t (Cold Meat Industry)
Keiron Phelan / David Sheppard - s/t (Rocket Girl)
Paul Newman - Machine Is Not Broken (My Pal God)
weekends thrill-packed All Tomorrows Parties event
in Camber Sands, England is being webcast.
If you tune in on Sunday youll hear live sets from festival
curators Mogwai and festival attendees Bardo Pond. There will
be performances during the rest of the weekend from superstar
talent like Sonic Youth, Stereolab, Godspeedyoublackemperor,
Sigur Ross, Papa M, The For Carnation, Wire, the Delgados,
Arab Strap, Two Dollar Guitar (featuring Fucks Tim Prudhomme
guesting) and Color Me Badd.
got new/recent/smooth new mp3s from Cat Power, Quickspace,
Mary Timony and Khan that youve already been warned
about. But weve been keeping it a very close double-secret
probationary mysterious enigma that we also have new mp3s
from NON PHIXION ("Black Helicopters" from the amazing 12"
of the same name) and CONSOLE (robotic promo-come on for "14
Zero Zero"). Indulge
next wednesday night, you can hear an internet simulcast of
a Non Phixion performance, recorded live last week on Montclair,
NJs WMSC by heading over to TPLN.net.
TPLN are out of Toronto, if youre keeping track.