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Tuesday, April 26th, 2005

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It’s Mountain Goats day!

Like it says over in the sidebar, the band are releasing their new album The Sunset Tree today. Amazon.com (who are really getting into this ‘hosting actual content’ thing) talked to John Darnielle about the making of the new album. He also offers up a suitably eclectic list of recommended listening. I don’t think there’s a single sanctioned MP3 from the album circulating so the four sample tracks on Amazon are the first I’ve heard from the record. And me likey. Much looking forward to picking up the new record and attending their show at Lee’s Palace on May 11.

More non-Largehearted linkage – The Reader chats with John Darnielle about the record, mountaingoats.net is a fansite with downloadable goodness, The BBC is hosting an unofficial video for “Slow West Vultures” from their last album, We Shall All Be Healed (though it’s sadly low-res) and both principals in the Goats keep blogs – Peter Hughes has The One Hundred Thousand Songs Of Me and John Darnielle has Last Plane To Jakarta. There’s also pics of the recording sessions for The Sunset Tree at producer John Vanderslice’s website.

And speaking of the ‘Slice, he will be releasing his new album Pixel Revolt on August 23. He’s been keeping a recording diary of the proceedings. He’s planning to tour in September.

Exciting news from Trespassers William – the band are working on the follow-up to Different Stars, one of my favourite albums of the last five years, with one of my favourite producers, Dave Fridmann. Some might think from his work with The Flaming Lips and Delgados that he’s all about bombast and is ill suited to working with such a delicate and quiet band, but I point you at his work on the new Low album – he took a band known for being delicate and quiet and, um, helped them make their loudest and most bombastic record to date. Okay, bad example, but The Great Destroyer is still a great record and I look forward to the fruits of his work with Trespassers William. It should be out on Nettwerk this Fall.

The Tarbox Studio news page mentions that the Flaming Lips were there recently recording a cover of “Bohemian Rhapsody” for an upcoming Queen tribute album… oh my. Wayne Coyne is also on the cover of the new Harp and you can download the trailer for the Lips documentary Fearless Freaks here.

In the “not really useful news” category, the new Mojave 3 album is almost done. It’ll be out, um, sometime.

Shows – Aimee Mann brings her tour for The Forgotten Arm, out next week, to The Phoenix on July 29.

The Toronto Star (bugmenot: rats@rats.com / ratsrats) talks to Seth McFarlane about the return from the dead of Family Guy and his other project *cough*ripoff*cough*, American Dad. Both return to the Fox sched this Sunday, May 1.

Mary Lynn Rajskub tells The Boston Herald that it’s fun playing a freak like Chloe. And speaking of 24: Dear CTU: In the future, you may want to secure the weapons in your vehicles in the front of the vehicle where your agents sit, and not in the back where your prisoners sit. Love, a concerned citizen. And Chloe takes this season’s Kim Bauer award for most ridiculous hostage situation, trapped in a car while I guy with a shotgun takes potshots at her from all sides. And everyone who wants a high-res pic of Chloe toting the assault rifle for their new wallpaper, hands up. Yeah, thought so. Fun finale – obviously contrived for the Chloe fan club, but whatever. Yay for the return of Palmer – can Zombie Nina be far behind? I think not. I’ll bet you when it all shakes out, SHE’S the one responsible for today’s attacks. And I’m glad they’re done with President Dumbass, there was really only so much of that guy I could take. That is all.

np – The Flaming Lips / Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots

By : Frank Yang at 9:14 am
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  1. information leafblower says:

    I barely get cell phone reception in my apartment. How does Marwan get reception in an underground sewer?

  2. Paul says:

    He signed up for the steely-eyed terrorist package.

  3. monkeyinabox says:

    Ha ha.. that’s what I was wondering. Terrorists always have the kick-ass cell phone service.

    Wow, Chloe went Rambo real fast. Bet she doesn’t want to go back now.

  4. ts says:

    I’m so happy that Prez is gone too – he really really annoyed me. made me want to jump in the screen and throttle him. question is – if Chloe isn’t a field agent – how could she fire an automatic weapon so well? hmmm…. as silly as this whole show is – i’m still on the edge of my seat every week.

  5. tankboy says:

    ahem, for the record i trademarked "zombie nina" months ago…and i think it was actually in your comments section!

  6. elby says:

    should someone tell vanderslice that his new song "farewell transmission" is not a line from "long dark blues," but the actual title of the molina song as well?

    "the title is from a wonderful jason molina song, ‘long dark blues.’" unless he’s only heard the demo…

  7. jrmy says:

    I think that the great thing about Fridmann is that while he makes bands loud and bombastic, it never feels forced or wrong to me. I love Low, but the new, "bigger" Low is such a great move forward…

  8. Dodge says:

    Love The Mountain Goats!

  9. merckeda says:

    hunh. never thought aimee mann would make it to toronto. wonder how much tickets will be…

  10. Frank says:

    I saw Aimee Mann at the Phoenix back in 00… guess that has been a while? She was here once more at Palais Royale in 2002.

  11. monkeyinabox says:

    Here’s some Chloe action from last night’s 24.

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  12. ned says:

    this won’t be the first time the flaming lips cover queen- they put out a cover of queen & david bowie’s "under pressure" on a 7" about a dozen years ago… it’s fabulous…

    and the first episode of the new season of family guy has leaked and it’s great… especially the first scene.

  13. Rachel says:

    Sigh, you’re turning into a 24 blogger, Frank.

  14. Frank says:

    turning into? I’ve been doing this for YEARS now.