Saturday, April 9th, 2005
And So The Talking Stopped
Sad news – Scotland’s best cycling-obsessed band The Delgados are calling it quits. Bassist Stewart Henderson told the band at the start of 2005 that he did not want to make another album and rather than continue on without a founding member, they are amicably disbanding.
In his diary entry addressing the split, Henderson cites a familiar complaint – the lack of success proportional to the amount of work put into it. As much as it sometimes seems it’s a golden age for the indie artist, what with blogs, mp3s, zines, online communities and whatnot making it easier than ever to spread the word and occasionally creating a big breakout success, we need to be reminded that it’s still a fucking hard slog for 99% of the bands out there and we should appreciate and support them (morally, financially, however) whenever we can.
In tribute, a track from The Delgados’ The Great Eastern. If the band ever releases a compilation (or even better, a b-sides comp – hint hint), this is a shoo-in (sorry about the brief login, but Epitonic is your friend).
Also, pics from a couple Toronto shows over the last couple years. I was a little on the fence about going to their last T.O. appearance in October, but am now really glad I did (October 2004, April 2003).
In the meantime, The BBC says “fuck amicable” – it yearns for the good old days where band break ups had the nastiness of a street fight.
The Decemberists May 21 show at Lee’s Palace has been moved to the Phoenix. It remains 19+, however. But in some good news, the band has recovered some of the instruments that were stolen from them last month. Not all of it, but apparently it was part of a larger criminal organization – their gear was found in the same house as a meth lab. Check out this photo of some of the happy band members with dudes from the hazmat team. Wackiness.
Jeff Tweedy has apparently become the go-to guy for spreading good vibes about file-sharing. He gives good quote to The BBC on the topic (via LHB) and Kottke.org has a conversation with Tweedy about copyrights in this day and age. Wilcoworld has the audio of the talk, entitled “Who Owns Culture?” available to stream, but do not reproduce, distribute, perform or display the materials without first obtaining the written permission of Major League Baseball.
Death Cab For Cutie’s major-label debut will be coming out in September. The band appeared on will appear on The O.C. last night April 21. That is all.
np – The Radio Dept / Pulling Our Weight