The Victorian English Gentlemens Club want you to know two things. Firstly, their new self-titled album just came out at the end of last month and it’s a hell of a good time. Secondly, they feature Louise Mason, who may just be the cutest girl bassist of any band on earth.*
*Okay, the band doesn’t really want you to know this. It was my own addition.
Just like they did with Slanted & Enchanted and Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain, the crackerjack staff at Matador Records have plans to issue a wholly remastered and expanded edition of Pavement‘s 1995 album Wowee Zowee. Due November 7, details are still few and far between on what additional recordings are to be appended to the album’s original running order. It’s rumored, however, that this deluxe reissue will include a full-length concert from 1995, alternate takes of many of the songs and up to 20 (!!!) different covers by artist Steve Keene, the man responsible for the album’s original art.
Keep checking here for updates as the release draws near.
After 33 years and 13 albums together, Los Lobos are preparing to release their impressive new set of songs titled The Town and the City on September 12. And, while there’s never really been a “bad” Los Lobos album, this new one is definitely among the band’s best work. AMG’s Mark Deming describes it thusly:
“…a simpler and more measured set than one might expect from Los Lobos, with a lower quotient of full-on rock, but the band’s performances are as tight and sinewy as ever; David Hidalgo offers yet another master class in virtuoso guitar playing (without strutting his ego or boring the listener in the process), and Cesar Rosas remains his perfect instrumental foil.”
Want to see how the band arrived at this place? Lucky for us, they’re offering a five-part video podcast series documenting the making of The Town and the City at their site. Parts 1-3 have already been released, with the 4th installment coming on Monday. The 5th and final one will arrive September 11, the day before the album hits stores. Who needs VH1 anymore when bands are producing their own informative video content? Screw some Behind the Music!
On Monday, Summer’s Kiss reported that 3/4 of the Afghan Whigs line-up will gather in the studio once the current Twilight Singers tour has completed with the intention of recording four brand new tracks for Rhino’s oft-delayed “best of” compilation. No word yet on any further Whigs activity (tours, albums, etc.), and breath-holding won’t be encouraged by the staff of Donewaiting.
This summer, New Zealand’s most famous musical export Split Enz will reunite and tour for the first time in over 20 years. Unfortunately, they’re saying that it’s only a tour and no new Enz material will come of it, but beggars can’t be choosers.
The outside commitments of the six musicians mean there is no room for a return to the studio for Split Enz. “It takes a lot of energy to do that,” says Tim Finn. “You just can’t flit in and out of it. It would be really tricky.” So fans will have to content themselves with the upcoming shows.
“We’re not selling anything. No one’s hanging on it. Hopefully, when we play we can simply enjoy the music.” [full story]
4AD reported yesterday that the 11-year wait for new Scott Walker material will be over very soon:
We’re delighted to announce that Scott Walker has completed work on his first album for the label. The long-awaited new album – called The Drift - will be Scott’s first since the ground-breaking Tilt was released in 1995. 4AD will release the album worldwide in May. The exact date will be announced shortly.
A documentary film about Scott’s music – including the making of The Drift - is being made by the New York -based director Stephen Kijak. Titled “30 Century Man”, it will also be released in 2006.
The Duke Spirit will be touring in support of the domestic release of their debut LP on Star Time this March. Cuts Across The Land was released in the UK in 2005, and earned the band comparisons to PJ Harvey, Spiritualized and even “Debbie Harry fronting Sonic Youth,” as well as adoring fans the world over. Now they’ll officially attempt breaking into the world’s most stubborn music market—the U.S.
03-02 Brooklyn, NY – The Hook
03-03 Providence, RI – The Living Room
03-04 Boston, MA – Paradise
03-05 New Haven, CT – Toad’s Place
03-06 Rochester, NY – Bug Jar
03-07 Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop
03-08 Ann Arbor, MI – Blind Pig
03-10 Chicago, IL – The Abbey Pub
03-11 Newport, KY – Southgate House
03-12 Nashville, TN – Exit / In
03-13 Little Rock, AR – Vinos
03-14 Dallas, TX – Gypsy Tea Room
03-15 San Antonio, TX – Sanctuary
03-19 Houston, TX – Walter’s on Washington
03-20 Baton Rouge, LA – Chelsea’s Café
03-22 Athens, GA – 40 Watt Club
03-23 Charlotte, NC – Casbah at Tremont Music Hall
03-24 Washington, DC – Black Cat
03-26 New York, NY – Knitting Factory
Yesterday, the world heard the first little bit of the upcoming Flaming Lips album At War With the Mystics via the way ahead of schedule teaser single “The W.A.N.D.” Have you heard it yet? If not, get thee now to iTunes, Rhapsody, Yahoo! Music or a number of other fine digital music retailers and jump on that shit like a hobo would a Quarter Pounder.
(If you want to go totally hobo, we hear there are ways of finding the song without dropping a dime… but that’ll be our little secret, okay?)