Saturday, July 15th, 2006

New Health Rock

Billboard reports that TV On The Radio’s sophomore album Return To Cookie Mountain, which was released internationally last week to rave reviews, will be getting its North American release on September 12 via Interscope (they’re on 4AD elsewhere in the world). I’m still very much a newcomer to this band (first exposure just two weeks ago), but am quite keen to hear the record and news of North American touring in the Fall is also good news.

Almost every band member is taking their turns with press duties – vocalists Tunde Adebimpe and Kyp Malone talk to New York Press, drummer Jaleel Bunton discusses their major label debut with The Japan Times and producer/guitarist David Sitek draws questions from down under, talking to New Zealand’s Stuff and The Sydney Morning Herald. Bassist Gerard Smith doesn’t talk to anyone. They’ve also gotten some extensive coverage in recent issues of Mass Appeal, Filter and Magnet.

The band is still tuning up their website but have got some entertaining little promo clips available for you viewing pleasure. In addition to the four currently on the site (number 2 has a special guest star at the end), there’s a fifth one at YouTube.

Cat Power has a new video. It’s quite astonishing to compare Chan 2006 with, say Chan 1998. Still has her own style of dancing, though.

Video: Cat Power – “Lived In Bars” (YouTube)
Video: Cat Power – “Cross Bones Style” (YouTube)

Pitchfork brings news of a new Portastatic release due on October 10. Be Still Please is the proper follow-up to Bright Ideas, at least far moreso than the Who Loves The Sun? soundtrack that was released under the ‘Static name earlier this year. From the MP3 the ‘Fork has on offer, it sounds like a good blend of the guitar rock of the last few Portastatic releases and the more orchestrated sound that Mac has been exploring on his soundtrack releases. Looking forward to this record. And also pleased that Mac continues to blog.

MP3: Portastatic – “Sour Shores”

According to Harp, the collaboration between Belle & Sebastian and the Los Angeles Philharmonic was a smashing success. OCRegister concurs. Anyone know if there’ll be a recording from this circulating at any point? I’m too lazy to look but would very much like to hear it.

Tuscon Weekly talks to Camera Obscura’s Nigel Baillie.

ZWire profiles Rainer Maria. Via Largehearted Boy.

Paste declares Voxtrot their band of the week.

Today’s funniest man on the internet – Mr. Aaron Wherry.

np – Fiel Garvie / Caught Laughing

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

    Is it just me, or does David Sitek from TVotR look a lot like Bubbles from Trailer Park Boys?

  2. ChildeRoland says:

    All you North-Americans who can’t wait to get your hands on the new album, you can stream Return to Cookie Mountain from this site:

    (you have to scroll down a bit to find the album)

  3. david says:

    Are you a member at Dimeadozen, Frank? The B&S show is available there. If not, I’d be glad to burn a copy and send it your way (it’s dreamy).

  4. Graham says:

    OK, fine, Frank. 5 posts in a year now!

    Cheers dude…

  5. matthew says:

    Aaron Wherry is only today’s funniest person? For me, he’s reached a point where every post he makes is a must-read.

  6. Chris says:

    When did Chan Marshall become John Cougar Mellencamp?? Something about the video/song makes me think of his videos.