Their 7 week US tour with DJ Swamp and Swollen Members just
came to a conclusion and if you missed Q-Unique, Jise and
Swell 79 in action, heres what you missed (according
to one witness in Worcester, MA): ... and Arsonists
provided one of the most energetic stage shows Ive ever
encountered and while it was in 99 this is including
a James Brown show a blast of straight up American
hip hop in its rawest finest form. The type of shit that makes
entire block parties bounce and low riders dance. There was
about 100 people there packed tight and feeding off every
This guy isnt just blowing smoke. On wax or on stage,
the 2001 Arsonists trio make the doubters believe and make
the believers look smart. Date Of Birth (CD/2XLP)
is available now.
Keigo just completed US and UK press trips to publicize the
January release of Point. Next up, hell
be rehearsing for live shows, gathering his touring ensemble
and perfecting yet again his impressive synchronization of
video and song, making this tour one of next years most
anticipated live events.
Be on the lookout for a Matador exclusive Cornelius video
interview (uploaded soon) along with a series of music videos
from Point, commercials, and his own web games!
His official website
has recently been translated to English so you can actually
read it aloud. For some of us, we wont have to spend
so much time cut and pasting text in JDIC.
Yo La Tengo
James McNew writes: Oh yeah, weve been up to a
bunch of stuff, all right. Weve been so busy, weve
been going on other bands websites and updating their
news sections for them. We travelled to Seattle and Portland
with our Jean Painleve short film program show, and had a
great time (we also recorded all this music a few months ago
with good old Roger Moutenot). Were currently gearing
up for Hanukkahpalooza
2001 at Maxwells. Well also be ringing in
the new year in the Motor City, isnt that where The
Romantics or somebody were from? Other than that, Ive
been learning to cook Thai food, I made crumpets a few weeks
ago, saw The Arsonists/ Mr. Len w/ Jean Grae at Maxwells,
enjoyed the onstage comedy stylings of Lois Maffeo & Brendan
Canty, read Empire by Mitch Pacelle, saw a rerun of my favorite
King of The Hill (Bobbys first girlfriend),
kept up with Buffy, and tried not to think about the Knicks.
Aereogramme Beards Across America
Well, we finally made it. We are very glad to get the chance
to share our noisy rock with you all and so far most people
have been incredibly decent to us. Even your shop assistants
are great. I have never had a waitress ask me how I am feeling
before. Then again, she proably never expected me to tell
her about my atheletes foot problem.
Here is a quick summary of our travels so far:
Detroit Scary! One mugging, one car crash and one car
theft in the space of an hour. Not Bad!
Toronto Beautiful venue but scary prostitutes outside
Montreal Stubborn French road signs. Even the danger
signs are in French with no English translation! Amazing city
and the caberet music hall treated us so well (i.e. they gave
us more beer).
Boston Played in a theatre that reminded us of the
Muppets Show. Found out later we could have got to see the
new David Lynch film for free. Damn.
New York My first time and its as amazing as
everyone said it would be. Only a few crazy people shouting
at us about God. "The Arabs have no balls" apparently. First
night at the Bowery was a bit messy but the second night rocked
like a hairy beast.
Philly Another amazing venue, spoiled by a nonsense
rule that stopped the beer drinkers from coming down to the
stage. Its hard to play a gig when you cant see
anyones face. Has no one noticed that gotham city is
actually just the centre of Philladelphia?
We would like to put a big shout out to Superchunk who have
treated us very well and to Rilo Kiley who have some of the
best songs we have heard in ages. Please check them out.
Tour music We only got the stereo fixed yesterday but
"lift to experience," "stars of the lid" and various mix tapes
have dominated our stereo so far. Thanks to Donovan for that.
Thats about it for now but if anyone reading this comes
to the next batch of shows please say hello. Thanks.
Khan Show business hardest
working man writes:
the nick cave tour in the u.s. is reschedualed after
the the sept. 11th events to april-may 2002 and i will play
some show with kid congo to support the bad seeds.
diamanda galas was very shocked to hear that the nick cave
tour was canceled as she thought nick cave has some kinda
conection to death and would not be such a pussy to cancel
the tour in the first place. or was it sissy?? i love diamanda.
i will also be working on some material for diamanda when
im in mexico. after our collaboration on no comprendo
we decided to work on more stuff together. our mutual hate
for moby brought us together.
i just came back from a very successful show in portugal at
the blue spot festival in porto. people are fantastic and
super nice. they are so nice that i felt like jim morrison
flowting through the audience in a delirium. wonderful (wine
the press the next day called me the lux interior of electronic
music. my list is getting pretty long by now. frank sinatra,
gg allin, udo juergens... lux.
i will be in mexico from dec. to march and joined the university
to study spanish. they have a pool too. also im planing
to make enough field recording there in sleazy mariachi bars
to make a new album.
i have finished 3 albums:
1. kid congo powers & can khan oral
2. pig, cat & co.w (electronicat, mingogo &
3. liz (actress) & khan
i also did some guest vocals for the air liquide album "X"
that was just released and 3 songs for their next album. also
im working on some vocals for the up coming modernist
We asked for an update, and Mary delivered: Im
in the midst of recording, Ive done basic tracks, and
Im going to Virginia this week to record with Mark Linkus.
Also look for a song on a Kill Rock Stars compilation later
in the new year. Ive also hired a band of 12 dwarves
to play the bells and pipes on my record. OK, that parts
not true... I hope to have the record out in the spring. I
just got two cats? Okay, thats not relevant either.
The Wisdom Of Harry
Pete Astor reports: Im currently working on songs
for the new Wisdom Of Harry record... at the moment it
getting simpler and simpler... vocals & guitar, drums
and sound... like jj cale meets king tubby if only jj wasnt
so damn laid back, contented and american and king tubby was
alive and english and played songs like beuell kazee... as
well as this my other thing, Ellis Island Sound which
I do in partnership with sometime Wisdom Of Harry collaborator,
David Sheppard have finalised our deal with the Heavenly
label and shall be releasing a compilation of some of our
favourite vinyl and remix moments from the last few years...
this will span everthing from our first release which was
for the estimable Chicago label All City (home of the first
records from Bonnie Prince Billy and Calexico, among others)
to our more recent remixes for the likes of The Manic Street
Preachers and Regular Fries... this will be out in the new
Listening-wise, my current fixation is on the very great drukqs
album by The Aphex Twin... not some elaborate, situationalist
practical joke as seems to be the received wisdom in some
quarters, but actually a fucking masterpiece, you idiots...
its not too long its just anenormous and important
thing, a bit like the bible or something.
The Soft Boys
The word from Robyn Hitchcock: Ive just completed
my first ever acting job, a cameo role as a seedy rock grand-dad
in the TV movie version of Man & Boy, due
to be screened on BBC 1 at Easter; I am also interviewed for
the BBC 2 Omnibus special about Syd Barrett that was shown
last week; I am doing the music for a Radio 4 play The
Condition Of The Virgin by Boothby Graffoe; I have almost
completed my novel The Unbaby; and the Soft Boys
are 2/3rds of the way through The Apple Project.
D-Stroy: Cataclysm and more
D-Stroy getting at you dirty rats. Cheers the world
is getting back to where it needs to be. So while the war
continues I gotta let ya know whats the latest with
Stroy Thunder. Ive been real good the year to come will
definitely be good. Ive Put my Voice on a few video
games also some voiceovers for some karate flicks. Did a few
auditions but the parts were given to legitimate actors, so
i guess I cant get mad at that. Got a lot of press on
my own, which has been healthy. Also real good reviews on
the singles pulled off a show for the lyricist lounge scumbags,
that went well. I had some choreographed females doing they
thing to Roll Out. Oh I also did this hosting,
action and performing off Broadway joint that was dope called
Triumph. The EP Im working on its going to be
the healthiest thing on Matador. The new year should be good
with D-Stroy Cataclysm and Large Professors
joints coming out for hip hop and Matador. Staff at the label
better get ready for some quality product. Though the events
of 9-11 hurt sales, by the time my EP comes out, if you reading
this, save ya change and run to the store when it comes out.
Yeah Ill have some featured artists on it, known ones.
Cant give too much detail, gotta save that, package
it and sell it. Its not to be told. its to be
sold. Roll Out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Elisabeth wraps up the tour: Heres a top 5 of
bands Id never ever seen before & pleasantly surprised
me supporting Solex on the last US tour;
1) Dalek (on the whole tour): Genuine !
2) The Helio Sequence (in Los Angeles) Very sexy duo. Awesome
3) Kid 606 (in Chicago) First time I saw an exciting live
show with just a guy & a laptop !!! And he was checking
4) Plastic Phantom (in Seattle) Visuals & music (bleeps
& blops) very well put together. Awkward in the nicest
5) O.K., ... so its a top 4.
In a week or so you can read a tour diary of this latest US
tour on: http://www.solex.net
In the meantime, Ill be on the road in Germany, Austria
and Italy for new hi-fi adventures.
Label Co-President Hosts
Hastily Assembled Radio Show
This coming Thursday night, BBC 1s One World
program is hosted (and we use that word loosely) by Gerard
Cosloy, who waxes eloquent (theres another word well
use loosely) on Matadors history while playing a selection
of the labels releases, past, present and future. If
his comments dont seem to make much sense and the choice
of records seems to skip massive chunks of the Matador ouevre,
well, we should just blame it on the editing. Tourettes
syndrome is no laughing matter and the BBC cant risk
being thrown off the air. The good news is, they cut out the
part where he tells the story about Matador almost getting
evicted (like everyone hasnt heard that one a hundred
times). The part where he challenges the Strokes to a knife
fight, however, might still make it to air. 7pm
EST, December 6.
Patrick Amorys Listening Pile:
1. The Woods Band The Woods Band (Greenwich UK LP)
2. Small Faces Small Faces (Immediate UK LP)
3. Davy Graham Dance For Two People (Kicking Mule UK
4. The Stone Poneys The Stone Poneys (Capitol US LP)
5. Bach Ich geh und suche mit Verlangen/Was Gott tut,
das ist wohlgetan (Rilling) (Hänssler Ger LP)
6. The Holy Mackerel The Holy Mackerel (Reprise US
7. Sibelius Sympony No. 7/Pelléas et Melisande
incidental music/Tapiola/The Oceanides (Beecham/RPO)
8. Sibelius Symphony No. 4 / Symphony No. 6 / Lemminkäinens
Return / The Bard / Prelude to The Tempest (Beecham/LPO, RPO)
9. The Pentangle Sweet Child (Reprise double LP)
10. George Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra Live In
Tokyo 1970 (Weber / Mozart / Sibelius / Berlioz / Interview
with Pierre Boulez) (Cleveland Orchestra & Musical Arts
Association double CD)
Miwa Okumura, Matador Records
Kahimi Karie My Suitor (Emperor Norton)
Alec Empire Intelligence and Sacrifice (Beat Inc/DHR)
Death Cab for Cutie The Photo Album (Bark)
Tatsuhiko Asano Genny Haniver" (Geist)
Doug Nyces Cats bringing the
Masta Ace "Disposable Arts" LP (J-Cor)
Ghostface Killah "Bullet Proof Wallets" LP (Epic)
Mobb Deep Feat. Vita and Big Noyd "Burn" (Loud) this joint
Encore "Its Time" (Landspeed)
Eyedea and Abilities "Blindly Firing" (Rhymesayers)
Wu Tang Clan "Pinky Ring" (Wu-Tang/Epic)
Antionio Hart "Ana tu Sunrisa" LP (Enja)
Living Legends feat Slug "Nightprowler"
Unspoken Heard "Soon Come" LP (Sevenheads)
Gerard Cosloy, Matador Records
Cex - Oops, I Did It Again (Tigerbeat6)
Lali Puna - Scary World Theory (Morr Music)
Electric Eels - The Eyeball of Hell (Scat)
Timeblind - Rugged Redemption (musork)
Wilco - Yankee Foxtrot Hotel
Roots Manuva - Run Come Save Me (Big Dada)
Jim ORourke - Insignificance (Drag City)