Tuesday, October 3rd, 2006
This Is Not What You Had Planned
This is downright curious – go to the website for Wind-Up Records. As quickly as possible, turn off the Evanessence audio. Click on the “Coming Soon” link at the bottom right of the “New Releases” thing on the middle of the left side. See where it says that The Wrens’ Silver and Secaucus albums will be reissued digitally on September 26? WTF? Recall that these were the records that Absolutely Kosher offered $100,000 for the rights for a while back (and were rebuffed). And to make things even stranger, MusicTap is saying that Silver will get a (presumably physical) release on November 14. Again – WTF? Anyone know the score?
But whatever the deal is, I think everyone can agree that we’d all like new Wrens material more than a constant rehashing of the back catalog, though I admit the vinyl edition of Meadowlands looks like a pretty sweet package. But as the band says (and Pitchfork reports), “Dear Meadowlands, please end”. Amen. And GoodHodgkins revisited the Wrens’ out-of-print material a couple weeks ago. More MP3s from all their albums available here.
Is it me, or does no one ever talk about I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness? They were tagged as one of the can’t-miss buzz bands as early as SxSW 05, but from then it took them a year to release their debut album Fear Is On Our Side and even then, it didn’t seem to get any more than the most cursory mention in the media and/or blogopolis (including by me). And this puzzles me, because even though it hasn’t set my world ablaze, I still think it’s a very solid record and far better than a lot of the stuff that does get lavishly praised (though to be fair, it scored respectably on Metacritic). But they’re apparently successful enough that a hip publication like Rolling Stone saw fit to invite them in to play a video session for them. So that’s something. There’s also a new animated video for an instrumental track off the album. It’s pretty slick.
The New York Times introduces you to the Hold Steady States of America while More Cowbell has a rough guide to The Hold Steady’s Minneapolis. Aversion makes do with a simple interview. Boys And Girls In America is in stores today, Pitchfork loves it and they’re at the ‘Shoe on October 28. What else do you need to know?
Neil Halstead explains to The Georgia Straight how Mojave 3’s latest Puzzles Like You ended up being such a (relative) rock-fest. Mojave 3 will be at the Mod Club on September 16, though the only familiar faces will be those of Halstead and drummer Ian McCutcheon. Rachel Goswell is unable to tour because of health issues and guitarist Simon Rowe is no longer an active member of the band. But even so, I remain hopeful and confident that they will be as good a live show as they have been in the past. Though more hopeful than confident.
Glenn Kotche tells the Journal & Courier that things with Wilco are going great. Really great. Swell, even. John Stirratt also tells The Exponent that things are good. EVERYONE IN WILCO IS HAPPY. Which means Jeff will be issuing pink slips shortly.