Timony Is Real
The Golden Dove preview live at Joes Pub,
Timony will be performing material from her stunning new album
The Golden Dove at Joes Pub, 475 Lafayette
St. NYC (Astor Place, 6 train) on Thursday, April 11. Showtime
is 7:30pm. Tickets are $12 (212-539-8777)
This event is open to the public (ie. you) and we strongly
encourage all smart persons to check out Marys new songs.
We think this album is her finest moment to date, be it solo,
Helium, Green IV, Autoclave, you name it. But were supposed
to say that we wanna know what you think.
A Brett Vapnek directed video for one of the Golden Dove tracks
will be completed soon, and look for a full North American
tour by Mary this spring and summer.
Win Belle & Sebastian Tickets
Also, enter to win a pair of Belle and Sebastian tickets
the contest is on site now
for one of the 12 US & Canada shows.
By Voices signs to Matador
Didnt we already run this story in 1995?
By Voices have announced that the groups next album
Universal Truths And Cycles will be released on
Matador Records, worldwide, on June 18.
The album, recorded November through January at Cro-Magnon
Studio (Dayton,OH) and Waterloo Studio (Kent, OH), features
19 songs (clocking in at 46 minutes).
A preview track, Everywhere With Helicopter is
currently available on the Noisepop Festival benefit compilation
Ten Years of Noise Pop on Amazing Grease Records.
Guided By Voices rang in New Years 2002 at the Apollo Theater
in Harlem, co-headlining with the Strokes in a event that
couldve been billed Soul Returns To Harlem,
had the posters shown up in time. The bands 2001 album
Isolation Drills made the year end top 10 list
of numerous journalists, respected and otherwise. and was
picked by CDNOW as #1 best record you didnt hear
in 2001. Which doesnt really make sense as we
heard it, you heard it, and CDNow heard it (this category
should be resevered for very very quiet recordings).
Earlier in 2001, GBV singer/leader/songwriter Robert Pollard
(a former Ohio school teacher who began his rock career in
his late 30s) turned down a lifetime achievement award
from the Dayton Music Hall of Fame, stating that the
award was premature as he hasnt peaked yet and his best
work was yet to come.
Pollard released three GBV albums and two solo albums on Matador
between 1995-98, before parting in 1999 for TVT Records.
States Pollard: TVT gave us great enthusiasm and support,
and the opportunity to make albums with producers Rob Schnapf
and Ric Ocasek, and it was an immeasurable experience. TVT
was also kind enough to keep the door open for us this past
month when we spoke with other labels.
Its great to be reunited with our good friends
at Matador, fellow rock geeks with the same basic philosophy
on record artistry. We are very happy getting back to autonomously
making records ourselves and have the ball back in our court,
Were looking forward to getting the record out
worldwide on June 18. The band hasnt had a simultaneous
worldwide release in all the territories since GBVs
UK label Creation shut down in 2000, shortly following the
bands Do The Collapse album.
Said a Matador spokesperson our excitement about this
new deal is only slightly dampened by Bob calling us geeks.
The big story with Universal Truths And Cycles
is that it melds old and new GBV approaches to spectacular
effect. The album combines the spontaneous feel of early GBV
classics with lessons learned in the big studios with Ocasek
and Schnapf. The album includes both lo-fi and mid-fi
tracks recorded by the band and by Pollard with an acoustic
guitar, as well as full-blown big rock recorded
in a 24-track studio, including complex and creative arrangements
with the string quartet Invert. Most importantly, Universal
Truths And Cycles, the groups 13th record, is
GBVs catchiest album yet.
March 21, 2002
(not the Cramps, Beatles or Scratch Acid song)
She Said is the first video from the Jon Spencer
Blues Explosions new album, Plastic Fang,
and following filming in Toronto last week, the clip is nearly
ready for public consumption on the Matador site and other
lucky outlets. Classic videos are nothing new for the Blues
Explosion but this might be their best to date. Check the
tour dates section for upcoming Plastic Fang shows.
Excerpts from a video interview with the band, conducted prior
to their gig at LAs El Rey Theatre on March 11, will
be available on this site shortly.
Malcolm Middleton is planning to release his solo album
around the same time as Aidans Lucky Pierre album. Together
they will play an acoustic show at the Tryptych Festival in
Glasgow, Edinburgh, and Aberdeen on April 26-28 where rumour
has it each attendee will receive a complimentary newly recorded
acoustic mini-album. This is the kind of rumour we like to
spread, much nicer than stories about Russell Crowe beating
Belle and Sebastian
The group will commence their 12-show tour by performing
on Late Night with Conan OBrien on April 26. For those
keeping count, thats 22 international flights for both
band and crew. If you didnt get a chance to buy B&S
tickets before they sold out, we are putting together a contest
where you can win a pair of tickets
to one of the shows (excluding Coachella). This is going to
take a little creative effort (no heavy lifting, however)
the contest will launch the last week of March so check back
with us then.
The new album Point is receiving much worldwide
attention. A second MP3 and an interactive video version of
the song Tone Twilight Zone (compliments of Cornelius)
will soon be available on the site.
The hardest working solo artist on earth (with apologies
to Neil Diamond) is finishing up his CD-EP release that will
combine both Roll Out and Vitamin D" 12s
plus extra tracks. D-Stroy is also on the road as host and
MC the upcoming X-Ecutioners Adrenaline Rush Tour along with
special guests The Coup (Go to the tour page for dates). Sometime
in between all this, D-Stroy will be hosting a 3-month series
of DJ symposiums in lower Manhattan. Celebrity DJ Speakers
include: Jam Master Jay (Run DMC), Kuttin Kandi, Roli Rho
(5th Platoon), Green Lantern (KMEL), Mista Sinista (X-Ecutioners),
Evil Dee (Beatminers).
More information is available at http://www.scratch.com
D also contributed vocals to the track Like This Anna
on the new J-Live record out now on Coup dEtat.
Arsonists Jise One clears the air
What up Arsonists fans? Its been awhile since getting
some kind of update on the Matador website. Its not
that weve been neglecting our duties as a Matador based
band, its just been a lot of hard work going into new
songs and ventures. Were not sure when the next album
is due, but we assure that we will work our hardest to get
it out there. As far as rumours of any sorts regarding the
relationship between Matador and The Arsonists? Ive
heard some crazy ones, but regardless of our relationship,
good, bad, fair or none, ITS MUSIC! Sit back and enjoy
what were here for, which is not scandalous rumours
of beef that arent really there. We are working towards
blessing yall with an improved sound every time we hit
yall. So just listen. And there isnt any beef
between any old Arsonists members, We wish everyone that has
contributed to the Arsonists the best of success for the simple
fact that its a reflection of what we started out of
the neighborhood and no fallouts can changed what weve
created as a foundation. PEACE YALL.............
Id just like to say that we have nothing but love and
respect for the Arsonists and were not aware of any
rumours Jise is alluding to. We have heard rumours about Russell
Crowe beating up some tv producer, but you cant believe
everything you read online.
Mr. Len just completed a series of dates with Mr. Complex
and El Fudge on the west coast and lower regions, including
a couple of appearances at South By Southwest in Austin, TX.
Look out for the Taco Day video, coming soon.
Lesser A field report from J (who was probably indoors
when he wrote it)
Just back from the Pacific Northwest, shows in Portland
and Seattle. Everything was great... Met real nice folks in
both places and hope to get back up in the area real soon.
I suggest giving Mike and Danielle Deluxe a ring and ask if
you can stay at their place while yr in Seattle, its a great
house. But I am still getting over my breakfast in Portland,
I aint shoulda been eating so much.
The show in SF was really impressive, for me. Pretty packed
for a Tuesday, due mostly to cLOUDDEAD I should think, but
Nevertheless. Is yelling PUSSIES! at the crowd
too much? Will I Never learn?
Right now Im trying to put 2 new sets together for SXSW
where I am playing 3 shows and a radio show... I want to have
a lot of material to choose from So... The Show at AMODA (Austin
Museum of Digital Art) on the 12th is going To have sort of
interactive video stuff. Well, Ill be mixing elements
of the video... As well as other funny stuff... I think everyone
will come away happy from that show.
Also coming up.. A show in SF with People Like Us and Wobbly,
as well as a possible opening slot for Jamie Lidell. Check
for the most updated list of shows.
For all those that care, you can sign up for weekly blasts
of bullshit and updates from Lesser at http://www.lsr1.com
- A newsletter?... How quaint.
News from The Wisdom Of Harry Pete
Oil painters wearing smocks & carrying palettes are currently
labouring at ancient canvasses for a mythic-symbolic-figurative
work for the cover of the new Wisdom Of Harry LP. Mics are
also being placed in rooms & tapes being made of musical moments
which, luck willing, will be on the record itself. . .
Drew and Martin will be playing alongside Bjork when she
headlines the Coachella festival in April. In addition, Matmos
will be performing on April 19 at the prestigious Wexner Center
for the Arts located on the Ohio State University campus in
Columbus, OH. I know, I know, prestigious and
Columbus in the same sentence. Heres the
1866 College Road
Columbus, OH 43210.
$20 general public
Heres what Drew wrote for the programme:
Drawing upon the heritage of musique concrete and contemporary
sampling, sequencing and digital signal processing techniques,
the San Francisco electronic duo Matmos make music which is
based upon the musical possibilities of unusual sound sources,
and the unusual playing possibilities of everyday instruments.
Their past recordings have built baroque rhythmic collages
out of the noises of plastic surgery, rat cages, balloons
and whoopie cushions, latex clothing, walkie talkies and,
infamously, the amplified synapse of crayfish nerve tissue.
This unusual approach has brought them into collaborations
with a diverse cast of musicians from indie rock/new chamber
ensemble the Rachels to Icelandic pop phenomenon Bjork,
whose Vespertine album was partially programmed by Matmos
and who chose the duo as her backing band for her last world
tour. In performance Matmos veer wildly between toe tapping
pop structures and chaotic improvisation, frequently accompanied
by their own video work. In their performance tonight Matmos
will debut a new composition for electronics and live instruments
commissioned by the Kronos Quartet. Having recorded the Kronos
Quartet rehearsing the very first piece that Terry Riley wrote
for them Sunrise of the Planetary Dream Collector
(1981) and taking their cue from the somewhat open and player-determined
structure of that piece, Matmos have taken samples from the
points in the rehearsal where the performance broke down and
re-stitched them together into a new piece which they perform
tonight in homage to Terry Riley.
(note from label management: the Kronos Quartet are not a
side-project fronted by Venoms vocalist. This may or
may not impact your decision to attend. Thank you.)
One of live rocks most awesome attractions is back
on the road, having played at the Sonic Youth-curated All
Tomorrows Parties festival this past weekend. Dallas
residents and perhaps even those who call Forth Worth their
home can catch Bardo Pond live at Good Records (617 Latimer,
214-752-4663), this Friday the 22nd at 6pm.
Graeme Downes Writes:
Well Ive been finishing a string quartet over the
summer just for something different. Hope to get it performed
later in the year. Been setting some Shakespeare to music
for a local drama production (in my own style whatever the
hell that is) which is not the easiest thing in the world
to do. Heading off to Auckland in March. Flying Nun is turning
21 years old this year and are recording an album to celebrate
with a number of their bands. Im going to collaborate
with the Tall Dwarfs on a track for it seeing Im on
the label in this part of the world. Should be fun.
Yo La Tengo
This spring, Yo La Tengo will be once again performing
their set of instrumental music to accompany the scientific
films by French filmmaker Jean Painlevé.
As said best by our friends at the Barbican in London: Here
the exploratory post-rock trio from Hoboken, New Jersey provide
a live soundtrack for the surreal short films of French director
Jean Painlevé. Painlevé, the son of a French
Prime Minister and a contemporary of Man Ray and Luis Buñuel,
directed black and white silent features in the 1920s but
also made a series of sensual and eerie undersea and scientific
documentary shorts in vivid technicolor, the last being made
in 1978. Expect Painlevéšs scenes of mating jellyfish
and his time-lapse films of growing crystals to receive a
suitably psychedelic accompaniment.
The Sounds of Science was originally produced for the 44th
San Francisco International Film Festival, Music by Yo La
Tengo, Films by Jean Painlevé
This show was performed for the first time last April (2001)
at the San Francisco International Film Festival. Since then
it has been performed in Seattle and Portland.
To quote the band: The music is all unique to this performance,
not even versions of previously played or released material.
The films are sensational. To term them documentaries, while
accurate, implies a dryness and a sobriety that couldnt
be more misleading. Its somewhat similar to Microcosmos,
but with a sense of humor as well. Amazing movies. Its
hard to imagine a scenario in which wed do this show
again in any city in which weve done it before. Its
unlike anything weve ever done. I dont think anybody
who shows up high will regret it.
The program is about 90 minutes, consisting of 8 short films:
1. Hyas and Stenorhynchus
2. Sea Urchins
3. How Some Jellyfish Are Born
4. Liquid Crystals
5. The Sea Horse
6. The Love Life of the Octopus
7. Shrimp Stories
8. Acera or the Witches Dance
Scheduled 2002 Performances:
The Barbican, London (England)
As part of the Only
Carolina Theatre, Durham NC at 10:30pm
(opening night of Double Take Documentary Film Festival)
Tickets can be purchased for the opening night festivities
including the YLT show, OR for just the YLT performance itself
through the Carolina Theatre box office at 919-560-3030.
Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, New York, NY
2 performances: 6:30pm and 9:00pm
Tickets at: http://www.lincolncenter.com
Somerville Theater, 55 Davis Sq., Somerville, MA
Tickets available via Ticketmaster or the theater box office
Theres also a great book about Painlevé called
Science Is Fiction that is worth looking into
if the films strike your fancy.
And this relates, somewhat. YLT are doing their annual WFMU
fundraiser on Saturday March 16 from 5-7pm (EST) on the air
with Hova and Gaylord Fields. Once again, Ira, Georgia, James
and their pal Bruce support the freeform radio cause by playing
live on WFMUs airwaves. Pledgers get to call in and
put in their request for any cover song at all and the band
will try to play it. WFMU is at 90.1 FM in the NYC area and
the Hudson Valley, or on the net.
Stephen will be taking part in the same Flying Nun 21st
Anniversary sessions that Graeme mentioned, alongside such
luminaries as the Clean, Gerling, the D4 and Garageland. You
read up on this event at http://www.flyingnun.co.nz.
SM + Jicks debuted some excellent new material at last weekends
All Tomorrows Parties in Los Angeles, and we hear rumors
of new recordings being planned for May. But you know how
rumors are. If we believe that, we might also believe that
the otherwise talented and handsome Russell Crowe enjoys punching
defenceless television producers.
Khan & Kid Congo Powers
These 2 will be taking their high energy stage show on
the road next month, including scads of dates with Nick Cave
and The Bad Seeds. Scads, we say! Look at the tour
dates for details.
The only duo more charismatic than Khan and Kid Congo would
have to be Russell Crowe... standing next to a large polariod
photograph of himself. Man, can that guy throw a punch!
Preston School of Industry
Forthcoming dates for your friends and relatives that
live in Australia (US and Euro dates next time).
Thursday 2nd May
Corner Hotel, Melbourne with Gersey & Friendly Injun
Tickets $28 + b/f available from Corner Hotel, Gaslight, Polyester,
Missing Link and credit card sales on 03 9427 9198
Friday 3rd May
Annandale Hotel, Sydney with Gersey & Rebel Astronauts
Saturday 4th May
Annandale Hotel, Sydney with Gersey & Ukiyo-e
Tickets $28 + b/f available from Red Eye and Fish Newtown,
Annadale - Bar and phone 02 9550 1078
Sunday 5th May
Zoo, Brisbane with Gersey & Giants of Science
Tickets $24 + b/f available from Butterbeats, Skinnys & Rockinghorse
Tuesday 7th May
Enigma, Adelaide with Gersey & Career Girls
Tickets $24 + b/f available from CIB ticket outlets or phone
08 8232 1484
PSOI can be heard on a new compilation celebrating the best
of SFs ongoing Noise Pop festivals, alongside GBV, Oranger
and other popsters-that-bring-the-noise (so to speak). You
can find it on the wonderful Amazing Grease label.
The World Of Television Placement
3/17/02: Soft Boys, "I Wanna Destroy You" and Mogwais
"Take Me.." on "Queer As Folk." Not bad, the UK version just
played Air every week.
3/20/02: Sad Rockets, "Wrong Of Fall" on "Felicity." I didnt
even know this was still on the air. What a great way to find
out I was wrong.
3/24/02: Yo La Tengo "Nothing Lies..." on "Six Feet Under."
No Matador songs were used in the recent airing of ESPNs
adaptation of John Feinsteins "A Season On The Brink."
Patrick Amorys Listening Pile:
1. Eric Dolphy -- Live in Europe, Vol. 1 (Prestige LP)
2. Eric Dolphy -- Live in Europe, Vol. 2 (Prestige LP)
3. Joan Manuel Serrat -- Mediterraneo (Novola LP)
4. Joan Manuel Serrat -- 1978 (EMI LP)
5. Joan Manuel Serrat -- Dedicado a Antonio Machado, Poeta
6. Dead Meadow -- Howls From The Hills (Tolotta LP)
7. Spirit Caravan -- Dreamwheel (Meteor City CDEP)
8. Joe Walsh -- The Smoker You Drink The Player You Get (Dunhill
9. Bluestory, 1974-75, 79 and The New Blue 4,
-- Les Primitifs Du Futur, 1986 (Paris Jazz Corner Productions
10. Guided By Voices -- Universal Truths and Cycles (unreleased
11. Saka Acquaye and his African Ensemble from Ghana -- Voices
Africa: High-Life and Other Popular Music (Nonesuch Explorer
Jesper Eklow, from the old man corner
1. Bud Flanagan - My Crazy Life
2. Raymond Mander & Joe Mitchinson - British Music Hall
3. Maureen Owen - The Crazy Gang
4. Douglas Gilbert - American Vaudeville - Its Life and Times
5. Roger Wilmut - Kindly Leave the Stage! - The Story of Variety
Spike Milligan - R.I.P.
TOP 8 IMPORTANT WEBSITES/FILES OF LAST 168 HOURS
TOP 8 8 IMPORTANT MUSICS OF LAST 168 HOURS
ZZ TOP - Afterburner
JIMMY BUFFET - Living and Dying in 3/4 Time
JIMMY BUFFET - A1A
YNGWIE MALMSTEENS RISING FORCE
JIMMY BUFFET - Coconut Telegram
DEODATO - Deodato 2
JIMMY BUFFET - Havana Daydreamin
CONLON NANCARROW - Player Piano Studies No. 1-50
Pete Astor, The Wisdom Of Harry
Mr Astor himself is presently enjoying the following musical
What About Us? -- Brandy -- an avant-garde pop masterpiece.
Ethiopiques -- ethio jazz & musique instrumentale 1969-1974
-- in the
repressive regime of ethopia during this time,if you wanted
to play musicyou had to be in the police force. . .so what
we have here is some seriously twisted jazz played by crazy
beatniks masquerading as coppers. . .and its really, really
the brilliant Black Dog & their classic Spanners lp
ditto Miles Davis & the Jack Johnson lp
Bert Jansch -- Rosemary Lane -- voice, guitar, at home, genius,
the only way...
Sandy Bull -- Inventions -- a very scary looking man, but
one day this music would be of its time & I would say that
time was around now. . .
Word-wise, Richard Hamilton. . .Hangover Square, 30 Thousand
Streets Under the Sky. . .right up there with your Graham
Greenes. . .currently buying and reading the lot. . .
Gerard Cosloy, Matador Records
David Kilgour -- A Feather In The Engine (Merge)
Grandpaboy -- Mono (Vagrant)
The Detachment Kit -- They Raging, They Quiet (Self-Starter
The Blue Orchids -- A Darker Bloom (Cherry Red)
Christian Kleine -- Valis (Morr Music)
Howard Hello -- Howard Hello (Temporary Residence)
Markant -- Vice Versa CD
Mark Robinson -- Canadas Green Highways (Teenbeat)
Rocket From The Tombs -- The Day The Earth Met Rocket From
The Tombs (Smog Veil)
Tom Scharpling / Jon Wurster -- "The Music Scholar" (Stereo-Laffs)
Brainbombs -- Its A Burning Hell (Russell Crowe remix)