Formerly of a band we love and respect
The following is official news from officialdom. If anyone
claims that know the real story and it doesnt look like
the words below, well, they are just messing with your head.
Stephen Malkmus debut solo record entitled Stephen Malkmus.
In North American stores on the Matador label (OLE-444-1,2)
on Feb 13, 2001.
Final track listing:
Black Book 2. Phantasies 3. Jo Jos Jacket
4. Church on White 5. The Hook 6. Discretion
Grove 7. Troubbble 8. Pink India 9. Trojan
Curfew 10. Vague Space 11. Jenny and the Ess-Dog
pre-album single of Discretion Grove with two
B-sides (Sin Taxi and Leisurely Poison)
will be in stores Jan 16.
Stephen is currently planning a US tour in March/April with
possible European and Japanese dates to follow.
Arab Strap Welcome back
Thanks to a lovely licensing arrangement weve made
with the smart & talented crew at Chemikal Underground Recordings
of Glasgow, Arab Strap will once again be releasing new records
on the Matador label in North America. The 4th Arab Strap
album, not counting the Mad For Sadness live thing
that someone else put out, The Red Thread on February
27. When we call this album the most intense, soul-stirring
work of the bands career, we in no way wish to disparage
their previous albums or the men and women whose lives are
discussed on them. When we have full track listings, samples
of the art work and news about US dates... well, that probably
means well have read them somewhere else. But we are
not above cutting and pasting, oh no.
The Soft Boys Resurfacing in 2001
If we didnt have enough huge already this week,
check this out: on March 13, Matador will be reissuing Underwater
Moonlight, the classic 1980 album from The Soft Boys.
While the band are still shifting through old photos and memorabilia,
we can tell you that this package will differ significantly
from Rykodiscs last version of Underwater Moonlight
(ie. Additional art, liner notes, etc.), as well as a bonus
CD of previously unreleased rehearsal recordings. Were
also planning a vinyl version (though god knows how all of
it will fit).
The Soft Boys Underwater Moonlight lineup
of Robyn Hitchcock, Kimberly Rew, Matthew Seligman and Morris
Windsor are currently rehearsing for a U.S. tour in early
2001, followed by European dates.
Mr Len = Peavey Power
Mr. Len has secured a sponsorship deal with the Peavey
corporation. To kick this relationship off, he will be spinning
records in the Peavey booth at the Winter NAMM (National Assoc
of Music Merchants) Trade Show at the Anaheim Convention Center
in Anaheim, CA from January 18-21.
I had never heard of NAMM before, but this is what it says
on their website:
Twice a year, the International Music Products Association
hosts the NAMM Show, the premier trade show for the music
industry. The NAMM trade show welcomes retail music store
buyers, manufacturers, manufacturers representatives,
distributors and publishers of the music products industry,
professional audio, sound and lighting companies and commercial
recording studios. NAMM is a 100-year-old organization with
over 6000 members. NAMMs winter and summer shows regularly
feature over 1100 exhibitors and over 60,000 attendees at
One of our label presidents has attended NAMM before, and
says the vibe is very Bill & Ted, though presumably
it will be less so with Mr. Len doing his thing.
Len will also be demonstrating the new Peavey mixer at the
American DJ Awards show in Anaheim that same week.
Florida New, sudden, coming, soon:
Mount Florida just returned from scaring the Dutch
at their recent date in Amsterdam and are holed up in Memorybank
Studios working on their forthcoming live assaults. First
up is a London date on the 5th of December at The Garage with
Live Human and some DJ dude called Gerard Cosloy who our sources
tell us is the hot tip for next big thing. After that, there
is a radio session for Radio Scotland on December 14th. Theyve
asked us to do a Christmas number but this might
be problematic as we seem to recall a clause in our contract
that forbids us from doing covers of Frosty the Snowman.
Seeing as how no one in England will hear the broadcast, hopefully
well get away with it.
Mary Timony The non solo point of view
In news that will excite and thrill denizens of Matadors
bulletin board like nothing short of a Chavez sighting, Mary
Timony tells us that Helium have begun writing and playing
new material. No news yet on recording plans, but hey, youve
got to write the songs first! Mary is also hard at work on
new Spells material with Carrie Brownstein.
Solex Split (single, calm down)
Solex can be heard on one side of a new 12" issued by
the Pittsburgh label Progeria. Sharing the disc with The 1985,
Solex are captured doing a version of Echo & Bunnymens
The Cutter, a highlight of recent live shows.
For more information see Progeria
Yo La Tengo Another Party (Tomorrow)
The sure-thing pick for band/album of 2000 have more
big things lined up for next year. Yo La Tengo are now booked
as part of the next All Tomorrows Parties event taking
place April 6-8, 2001 at the Camber Sands Holiday Centre,
Rye, England. Also appearing during this 3 day festival will
be event curators Tortoise, ESG, Boards Of Canada, Company
Flow, Cannibal Ox, Broadcast, Calexico, and the reunited Television.
Tickets are now available from TicketWeb
and further information is available from All
Quickspace Live video
are currently working on new material for 2001 release. In
the meantime, you can check out live
quicktime video of the band shot at the Electric Ballroom
this past November 2.
Patrick Amorys Listening Pile:
Wizz Jones The Legendary Me (Village Thing)
Faraway Folk Seasonal Man (RA)
Faraway Folk Time And The Tide (RA)
The Peak Folk The Peak Folk (Folk Heritage)
Jancis Harvey Distance of Doors (King)
Martin Carthy and Dave Swarbrick
Then Two Came By (Fontana)
Hedgehog Pie Hedgehog Pie (Rubber)
Spirit The Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus (Epic)
This Heat Health and Efficiency (Piano)
In The Wisdom Of Harrys Travelling CD case
Grandadddy - The Sophtware Slump
Steve Reich - Music For 18 Musicians
Thomas Brinkman - rosa
Sack Und Blumm - Shy Noon
Anthology Of American Folk Music Volume One
Derek Bailey - Domestic & Public Pieces
Have A Cigar, My Friend - Japanese Cheap Compilation
Mix Tape Vol 1 - Vacant Lot Records
DJ Clue - NYC 2000 Let The Games Begin
Source Mix - Instrumental CD
Matmos - The West
Oval - Systemis
MC Paul Barman
rhymes for hair snare
RECORDS I LIKE by Mr. Len
1) MoonRappin - Brother JackMcDuff
2) If 6 was 9 - Jimi Hendrix
3) Bird in the Hand - Ice Cube
4) Sparrow - Marvin Gaye
5) Tomcat - Muddy Waters
6) No Head No Backstage Pass - Funkadelic
7) Just Hanging Out - Main Source
8) Bags Groove - Milt Jackson
9) Dear Ladies - Taj Mahal
10) Prophets of Rage - Public Enemy
11) That Niggers Crazy - Richard Pryor
Eduardo Ramos, Trama
Now thats brazilian!
Gorkys Zygotic Mynci - The Blue Trees
High Llamas - Buzzle Bee
Grenade - Heartless EP
International Airport - Nothing We Can Control
Drumagick - Ai Maluco!
Harmonia 76 - Tracks & Traces
Silver Jews - Dime Map Of The Reef 7"
Yo La Tengo - Danelectro
Lafayette - III
Broadcast - Extended Play Two
Dave Martin, Matador Records
1) Deadly Snakes "Love Undone"
2) Monks "Lets Start A Beat" Live at Cavestomp
3) Brother JT "Maybe We Should Take Some More"
(CDR of upcoming release.)
4) OOIOO "Gold & Green"
5) Scorched Earth Policy "Keep Away From The Wires"
6) Tav Falco & The Unapproachable Panther Burns "Panther Phobia"
7) Great Plains "Length Of Growth" Dbl CD
8) Sun Ra "Cymbals", "Crystal Spears", "When Angels Speak
Of Love," "Pathways To Unkown Worlds," "Friendly Love" & "Lanquidity"
9) Six Organs Of Admittance "The Manifestation" LP & new 7"
+ those old records too.
10) Rutts Hut, Clifton, New Jersey
Listening party (in no real order):
live Rapeman bootleg: dated 3.11.98, Festival Dvorana
eyehategod: devine name of suffering
Blind Willie McTell: 1927-1935
SigueSigueSputnik: Flaunt It
About 200 Bhanga remix MP3s
Live shortwave scanning - streamed from http://livescanner.cjb.net/
Strip Club - Luke Skywalker Compilation
Current listening chez Twitch (Mount Florida)
Outkast - Stankonia
La Revolucion de Emiliano Zapata
Various - Disco, not Disco
Dynamo - 23 Degrees
Dettinger - Oasis
Him - Our Point Of Departure
Various - New Orleans Funk
Hugo Montenegro - Cha Chas for Dancing
Gang of Four - Damaged Goods
Lee Perry - Super Ape
In NYC warehouse
(Garys rotation and favorites 2000):
1. Sham 69 "Angels With Dirty Faces" 2 CD anthology set (Castle
2. KADENA (Garys band) rehearsal tapes
(Sundance Studios, NJ)
3. Mos Def & Talib Kweli / Black Star (Rawkus Records)
Protest of the Year:
-Anti-IMF/WB Summit, Washington DC April 15-16, 2000
Best "Reunion" tour I missed:
-Cocksparrer, CBGBs NYC
Best solo performance:
-Susie Ibarra, YLT concert Irving Plaza, NYC
If You Dont Got This, You Need to Get It List
Prodigy (Mobb Deep) "HNIC" (Loud)
Large Professor "Blaze Rhymez" (Matador)
Planet Asia "The Last Stand" (Mona)
People Under The Stairs "Tour Guide" (OM)
MF Doom/MF Grimm
"No Snakes Alive"/"Break em off" (Brick)
The Creators feat. Mike Zoot "Hoes and Dough" (Bad Magic)
Lee Morgan "Taru" (Blue Note)
Monty Love "You want what we got" (The Illest)
Playstation 2 (nuff said)
Madden 2001 (PS2)
Donovans Top 10, November 2000
1. "Junkyard Wars" marathon on The Learning Channel
2. My new Apple Pro Mouse
3. Pumpkin pie
4. Laura Cantrell "Not The Tremblin Kind"
5. Spink "FreeEp"
6. Actionslacks "The Scenes Outta Sight"
7. Lou Ford "Alan Freeds Radio"
8. Delgados "The Great Eastern"
9. Lorette Velvet "Rude Angel"
10. Radio 4 "The New Song and Dance"
Gerard Cosloy, Matador Records
The Infesticons - Gun Hill Road (Big Dada)
Wire - "12XU" 7" (pinkflag.com)
Jan Jelinek - "Tendency" 12" (scape)
Arab Strap - "Rocket, Take Your Turn" (Chemikal Underground/fukd)
The Fall - Unutterable (Eagle)
Donnacha Costello - Growing Up In Public (Force Inc.)