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Friday, April 8th, 2005

Dream All Day

Good news from the land of Seattle’s Posies. Their new album – the first of new material since 1998’s Success and the subsequent breakup of the band – will be coming out on June 28 on Rykodisc, with extensive touring to follow.

Despite being technically defunct for the end of the 20th century and the start of the 21st, the band was just as prolific split up as they were together. Principals Ken Stringfellow and Jon Auer played a series of acoustic shows in 2000 as The Posies to promote a box set and best-of compilation and which in itself yielded a live album and led to another studio EP. Auer and Stringfellow also released the Private Sides split EP in 2003, almost but not quite a proper reunion as the three songs each contributed was recorded independently. They’ve also both been part of the reconstituted Big Star since 1993 and are part of that band’s first new album since 1978, due out in late August/early Septermber (though I’ve not heard great things about it).

And in addition to the collaborative work, both Auer and Stringfellow are prolific solo artists – well, Stringfellow more than Auer but he’s more prolific than most mortals. In addition to the Posies, Big Star and his solo work, he’s also an almost-permenant member of REM (Who apparently turned 25 a couple days back? Happy birthday. Start making good music again, if you please). Auer, however, has been sitting on his Songs From The Year Of Our Demise for God knows how long now and with the upcoming Posies responsibilities, it has been pushed back till January 2006 at the earliest. Pity.

I admit I’m a johnny-come-lately to the Posies, starting with their Dream All Day compilation and working my way back to all of the albums (except Failure). Their songcraft is impeccable but I’ve always felt they suffered from the production and haven’t necessarily aged well sonically. But when you’re looking for pure pop goodness, you’ll not find many better. This live track, from indeterminate time and place, comes courtesy of the first decent band resource ever, www.theposies.net.

MP3: The Posies – “When Mute Tongues Can Speak”

And while I’m milking the mid-90s power-pop kick, Buffalo Tom are out of mothballs and working on new material. Bill Janovitz has been passing time doing the solo thing, writing a volume for the 33-1/3 series of books about Exile On Main Street and selling real estate.

Popmatters has a brief Q&A with Mr Iron & Wine, Sam Beam.

The Empires are playing Wavelength this Sunday night. I was fairly impressed when I saw them a couple months ago, I will try to make it out again this weekend to check them out again. Click the WL link for an interview. Check out their MySpace page.

This bands on MySpace thing fascinates me. Do they really administer their pages themselves or do they get someone to do it for them? Like, if I saw that The Wedding Present was online, could I instant message them and talk to Dave Gedge? Or would I get some Scopitones underling? I am too shy to find out.

Miasma tonight at SpaHa. Go, enjoy the music, but get loaded at home first – drinks there be expensive.

np – Yo La Tengo / A Smattering Of Outtakes And Rarities 1986-2000

By : Frank Yang at 9:08 am
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  1. Knox says:

    Thanks for the heads up on the Posies, time to dig "Frosting on the Beater" out of the vault!

  2. mishie says:

    "This bands on MySpace thing fascinates me. Do they really administer their pages themselves or do they get someone to do it for them?"

    i was wondering the exact same thing last night while i was surfing through profiles (i don’t have an account yet though)..but i would gladly sign up if i could trade compliments with my favourite rock heroes…hehe. can anyone vouch?

  3. Frank says:

    well as far as the Weddoes go, it wouldn’t surprise me. Gedge has always been very hands-on… the man is a legend and he still sells his own merch! Respect.

    But yeah, I have to wonder if Rivers Cuomo really sits there approving all the friend requests…

  4. tom says:

    Please explain where you’ve heard the "not so great things" about the new Big Star album. I would hate for the rumor to have come from Entertainment Weekly. How reputable was the source?

  5. Frank says:

    there was some discussion of the Big Star record on the Big Takeover mailing list and some folks who’d apparently heard it weren’t very complimentary. I think the context was a thred on "artists who’ve betrayed their talents" or something similarly dramatic, and they were talking about Alex Chilton. Personally, I remain open-minded about it though I didn’t really think that new track on the compilation was anyhting to write home about.

  6. shoma says:

    FYI… The Decemberists show has been moved to the Phoenix … thought I should pass on the info.

  7. Frank says:

    oh, well that kinda sucks. At least it’s like a 10 minute walk from my new apartment.

  8. Johnny Dingleseed says:

    For those who dig the Posies, I can’t recommend highly enough Ken Stingfellow’s "Soft Commands," one of last year’s best records. Now if Jon Auer would just release that solo album he’s working on. Grr!

  9. Paul says:

    I love the Posies and thought Soft Commands was totally limp. Bleh.

    Frank, thanks for helping me relive the best concert I ever went to, btw. Velocity Girl opened up for the Posies!

  10. Frank says:

    Paul, yer killing me.

    I thought Stingfellow’s "Touched" was an amazing, amazing record but "Soft Commands" didn’t quite connect with me. I should spin it again, though.

  11. kathryn says:

    oh, frank, you’re killing me! <i>failure</i> is actually my favorite posies album and definitely worth getting because it has some of their simplest, hookiest songwriting.

  12. brads says:

    Weird, I was gonna post about Buffalo Tom today, too… they just announced a show here in Boston on Friday, June 10th.

    Well, I woulda mentioned it if BLOGGER WOULD F’IN WORK RIGHT. Can’t publish a dang thing for days.

    Methinks a platform switch is in order.

  13. shmedd says:

    for fans of mid-90s Seattle power pop, Super Deluxe has a new record coming out soon as well.

  14. sad says:

    the delgados are no more.

  15. claire says:

    wow, mr. or ms. sad beat me to it…i was going to announce the same thing. as rise the posies (to which i am kind of a newbie as well), so fall the delgados. totally a surprise. and a complete bummer. one of the best, and nicest, bands i’ve seen.

  16. chip says:

    did jon auer gain some weight? if so, i’m pretty sure he stayed at our hotel in austin during sxsw. i swore i saw him a few times but it was super-sized jon. hmmm…

    i’ve traded a few messages with bands on myspace. most of them aren’t internationally know superstars like the wedding present but it’s still cool to get a message from a band. i also know of bands that don’t administer their own myspace page and have either a) fans or b) label interns taking care of everything.