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Saturday, November 20th, 2004

Castaways And Cutouts

The new Decemberists record has a release date, March 22, and they’ve changed the album title from The Infanta to Picaresque. I can just imagine the conversation between Colin Meloy and the label guys at Kill Rock Stars HQ on that one:

KRS: “I don’t know about that title, Colin. I just don’t think the general public is going to understand what ‘Infanta’ means.”

CM: “Well, what if I change it to ‘Picaresque’?”

KRS: “Perfect!”

Of course, regardless of what they ultimately choose to call it, it’ll be one of the most anticipated releases of the year. By me, anyway.

Billboard confirms my theory from the other day that Bright Eyes will be conducting two separate tours to promote their two new albums I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning or Digital Ash in a Digital Urn. The January tour will feature a more conventional band configuration and push Morning, while labelmates and neighbours The Faint will back up Oberst for the more experimental Digital Ash tour which is scheduled to kick off around May.

This week on CBC Radio 3 – a gorgeous photo essay, profile and five live session tracks from Arcade Fire. Tip from Garry.

Merge has released the track lists of their Dinosaur Jr reissues, and those hoping for scads of bonus material will be disappointed. While the much-needed remastering of the records will be welcome to be sure, the bonus materials they’ve dug up for each album are woefully thin. The extra goodies for each album shake out as follows:

Dinosaur – A live version of “Does It Float”

You’re Living All Over Me – videos for “Little Fury Things” and “Just Like Heaven”

Bug – videos for “Freak Scene” and “No Bones”

And that’s it. I guess we’ve all been spoiled by the extensive packages that the likes of Pavement have been getting – maybe sometimes the vaults simply aren’t that deep. Hopefully there’ll at least be good and extensive liner notes from the band. All three reissues are out March 22.

Matthew Sweet gets verbose with Nude As The News, talking about the making of Kimi Ga Suki * Raifu and Living Things, explaining the pottery he’s been selling on tour and remembering the late Robert Quine.

np – Richard Thompson / The Old Kit Bag

By : Frank Yang at 10:21 am
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  1. Justin says:

    I love Arcade Fire more each time I hear them. And to think I resisted the hype for a while…