Friday, August 26th, 2005
Catch The Breeze
Penny Black Music (almost) completes their set of Slowdive interviews by catching up with guitarist Christian Saville and bassist Nick Chaplin some ten years since that band’s final album, Pygmalion, which neither really contributed to in any meaningful sense (link via Bradley’s Almanac). Nick sums up the Slowdive mystique as “A good looking guy, a good looking girl and three ugly looking blokes behind them”. This piece goes nicely with Penny Music Black’s past interviews with Rachel Goswell and Neil Halstead. Drummers Adrian Sell and Simon Scott should be expecting a call from PBM any day now.
These days, Christian plays in Monster Movie, which is actually quite good – definitely in keeping with the spirit of his old band. I wish there was some Mojave 3 news to update you on, but since they said work was continuing on their fifth album back in the Spring, there’s been no word on anything. I think Ed, who runs the M3 website, checks in here every once in a while – any news?
Another old Creation alumnus shoegaze-era band getting a second look is The Boo Radleys, who just put out their Find The Way Out double disc anthology. The BBC talked to Boos songwriter Martin Carr about suriving the Britpop era (everyone’s about the Britpop reminiscing these days) and getting the best-of treatment. Link via Information Leafblower.
Thanks to Prefix for pointing out this video of Calexico performing their marvelous cover of Love’s “Alone Again Or” at last year’s Austin City Limits festival, culled from their DVD document of the whole festival.
Ryan Adams tells Billboard that anyone spreading rumours the Cardinals have split up “can go fuck themselves”. The swearing means he’s really emphatic about this – passionate, even. His next album September (née Jacksonville City Nights – the article doesn’t even manage to keep it straight) is out September 27.
np – Okkervil River / Down The River Of Golden Dreams