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Friday, May 7th, 2004

Put The Book Back On The Shelf

New release news new release news new release news.

Belle & Sebastian are releasing a third single from Dear Catastrophe Waitress. “Wrapped Up In Books” will be the lead track, b-sided by “Your Cover’s Blown” and “Your Secrets”. The whole thing is titled Books and while there’s no formal release date yet, it should be out this Summer or early Fall. And speaking of B&S EPs, I think I have to find some stuff by Monica Queen or Thrum – her vocals on “Lazy Line Painter Jane” just slay me. Every single time. A shame her only album, Ten Sorrowful Mysteries seems to only be available as super-pricey import.

The new Old 97’s album Drag It Up has been pushed back a month from June 29 to July 27. The official reason? “We were so late on everything, (art, mixes, setup, website, etc).” Booooo.

American Music Club’s You Better Watch What You Say finally has a release date – October 12 on Merge Records. Billboard confirms they will be touring to support the record.

The new Rilo Kiley album has a title – More Adventurous. It will be out late July as the first release on their own Brute/Beaute label. Indie-snob pedants can breathe a sigh of relief as earlier reports of them jumping ship from Saddle Creek to an EMI subsidiary are apparently false. They’ve jumped ship to their own ship.

Alt.country sweetheart Tift Merritt’s sophomore release will be out on Lost Highway on August 24, title still to be determined. Guest artists on this record include The Jayhawks’ Gary Louris, Tom Petty sideman Mike Campbell and Maria McKee. Merritt says the new record is, “a little more soul and a little more rock and roll” than Bramble Rose, which while a good record, was a little over-polite.

Catbirdseat is saying awful unpleasant things, like that the new Spoon record has been moved from a Spring 2004 release date to January 2005 (!). Make him stop.

Six By Seven have made available an exclusive online EP for their fans to download while waiting for Down Here On The Ground to be released. You can get Bring Down The Government, complete with artwork, here. There’s no charge to download it though a donation of one pound (Sterling) are encouraged. If you do download it, please pay them for it – it’s the right thing to do and the easy way to do it. They are also releasing a proper single, We’re Ready For You Now, June 14 in the UK.

Ride have finally hunted down the video footage of their performance at the Reading Festival in 1992 and have begun compiling the material for a DVD they hope will be released in early Autumn. That’s the same show as the live album in the OX4 box set, and while it might have been nice to get a different show for the DVD, that was an incendiary performance and will be great to see regardless.

And finally, look for Toronto Lollapalooza tickets to go on sale May 27. No pricing info yet.

np – Television / The Blow-Up

By : Frank Yang at 9:15 am
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  1. Gary Campbell says:

    It must be the "Fans Only" DVD that inspires thoughts of Monica Queen, since indeed, after I watched it, I went on the web, learned about "Ten Sorrowful Mysteries" and decried its super-pricy import status. Wanna go halfsies?