Sunday, June 19th, 2005


Pause & Play reports The Cardigans’ new album has a title and a (European) release date. Super Extra Gravity will be out in the old world on October 17. If memory serves, Canada got a domestic release of Long Gone Before Daylight sometime around the same time as Europe, so hopefully we won’t have to wait for the inevitably long-delayed US release. The first single will be wonderfully titled, “I Need Some Fine Wine and You, You Need to Be Nicer”.

Here’s an interview Nina Persson did for Swedish radio last month. When asked how the new record compares to Daylight, she says “it’s not quite as sad as that one. If that one was sad this one is kinda whiny, and angry. Or, not angry but more grumpy.” Keep in mind this is translated from Swedish and may not be 100% accurate. Bassist Magnus Sveningsson has been keeping a photo-diary of sorts over the course of the recording sessions with producer Tore Johansson, who produced all their previous albums (excepting Daylight). I really liked the sadness and melancholy that enveloped Daylight – I hope they’ve managed to make whiny sound as lovely.

Oh, and if you’re wondering about the title of this post…

Prefix talks to British Sea Power about the softening of their sound between The Decline Of and Open Season and being compared to Interpol (“The bass player in both bands is the most stylish in the band”).

This interviewer for the LA Weekly seems a bit of a dick, first asking if Britt Daniel of Spoon is an asshole (Britt denies it) and then trying to shoehorn the band into a Wilco analogue. He does offer up some useful information, however, in revealing that Britt Daniel is 6’1″. That was my guess a while back but others were insisting he was, like, 7’4″, played centre for the Dallas Mavericks in his off time and terrorized the countryside while feeding on flocks of sheep. Not so much. Filter also tried to play the analogy game, likening the band to 60s counterculture icon Ken Kesey. Whatever happened to the good old days of just being a rock band?

Jay Farrar talks to about Son Volt Mk 2 and the new album Okemah and the Melody of Riot, out July 12.

The State lays praise at the feet of Iron & Wine.

Chart finds Stephen Malkmus isn’t principally opposed to a Pavement reunion, he just has other things to do – like shill his new solo album Face The Truth.

Various links today – as with most days – courtesy of Largehearted Boy.

The Modfather – Paul Weller – will be at the Kool Haus on September 22. With all the reunion fever going around, I am quite amazed that The Jam hasn’t gotten it together to cash in. Maybe when Weller needs to overhaul the fleet of Vespas.

Popmatters analyzes the shit out of Batman. Which I’m seeing today.

And last night I saw Closer. What truly fucked up people. Whew.

np – Starflyer 59 / Talking Voice Vs Singing Voice

By : Frank Yang at 9:22 am
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  1. Mike says:

    The Jam(and The Clash) are like the holy grails of band reunions. As I remember, Paul Weller’s been quite adamanat about NOT doing a Jam reunion. The Clash, the same thing, which is even more unlikely amd moreso redundant now that Mr. Strummer has passed away.

  2. david says:

    The Britt Daniel interview was really antagonistic and pointless. The interviewer kept taunting the Spoon frontman, I was half-surprised that a scuffle didn’t start.

  3. Thierry says:

    As for the Jam reunion, Weller’s been adamant about not looking back for most of his career (even now, he practically never plays more than a Jam song or two live), and Bruce has been in Stiff Little Fingers longer (15 years and counting!) than he ever was in the Jam.

    Can’t wait for the Cardigans record, as I (unlike most reviewers, it seems) really loved Long Gone Before Daylight. Now, if Nina could convince Mark Linkous to give A Camp another try at some point…

  4. Thierry says:

    Oh, and how’s that new SF59 record? I absolutely adore Leave Here A Stranger, from its cover to its mono mix, but haven’t really followed the band of late…

  5. Jason says:

    Frank –

    If you like the Cardigans, you might like Roh Delikat.

    They are Cardigan-ish.

  6. Frank says:

    I’ve only given the Starflyer album a couple listens so far. It’s definitely a return to the sound of Leave Here A Stranger and Old, with some pretty clean production and cool sonics. I was a little concerned with "I Am The Portugese Blues", which went back to the heavy fuzz/drone of the earliest SF59 albums, but I guess that was a one-time dealie. The new stuff sounds much better. The actual songs haven’t made too much of an impression yet, but will almost certainly grow.

  7. Leonard says:

    I found my way here looking for answers on "Nervewreckingacrobaticbackwardsband"… and noticed you playing the new SF59 album. It reminds me a good deal of Old. Hot. It’s so hot. My favorite tracks on there are "A Lists Go On" and "Good Sons" but it’s hard to pick because I really like them all. Also, let me ask you this: does that song "The Longest Line" remind you at all of Bon Voyage? I’d love to hear Bon Voyage do that song.