Tuesday, December 5th, 2006

Snow And Lights

Just fragmentary bits today.

Austin post-rock heroes Explosions In The Sky are hitting the road this Winter in support of their new album, All Of A Sudden I Miss Everyone. The record is out February 20 and they’ve got a date at the Opera House in Toronto on March 24 with The Paper Chase and Eluvium as support. I’m more than a little surprised at the size of the venue – quite a jump from their last time through when they played the Horseshoe. Maybe this is a consequence of the success of the Friday Night Lights television show, which I believe still uses the film score for the theme? Great – a whole new fanbase of high school football fans.

And some other Texans ill-advisedly coming up north in the dead of Winter are Midlake, in town at Lee’s Palace on February 12. I’ve got the good sense not to go to Austin in the middle of Summer, I don’t know what these guys are thinking.

Mojave 3 frontman Neil Halstead stopped in at AOL’s Interface recently and recorded a few songs, solo acoustic style, as well as an interview.

Aversion reports that The New Pornographers’ limited edition live album, which they’ve been selling on the road, will be made available for sale over their website when they’re done gallivanting around the world. Pitchfork has more details, including the title (Live!) and the specific limited edition (1000 copies). If that figure is accurate, I can’t imagine they’ll have any left over to sell when they get home. The recordings were culled from their Fall 2005 tour, which featured the dream team lineup with Dan Bejar and Neko Case, as well as their Winter ’06 jaunt with Belle & Sebastian.

Ted Leo talks to Billboard about making his new album Living With The Living, which will be in stores March 20.

If you missed the link in yesterday’s comments, Things I’d Rather Be Doing has an interview with Richie Edwards of Margot & The Nuclear So And So’s.

Norman Blake of Teenage Fanclub ruminates to Harp on how and why Bandwagonesque retains such a fond place in peoples’ hearts after 15 years.

Exclaim recounts the story of Pulp. Apparently Jarvis Cocker’s solo record Jarvis is quite good. This is encouraging – I always thought that Pulp were the best and most interesting of the bands lumped into the Britpop movement. Not that I’d agree they belonged there, but timing, as they say, is everything.

Andy Partridge has an expansive sit-down with Amazon.com about the past, as documented on the Fuzzy Warbles Collectors Album box set, and the future for him, XTC, whoever. He also makes many album recommendations which, conveniently, you can buy right there at Amazon.

Tiny Mix Tapes’ redesign = the awesome.

np – Explosions In The Sky / How Strange, Innocence

By : Frank Yang at 8:51 am
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  1. Dave says:

    I’ll do my darndest to ensure that The New Pornos won’t have a copy of Live! left by the time they’ve left Oz.