American Music Club photo by Tony Gill
- Ten years after an acrimonious breakup in 1994, American Music Club reformed to record and release the stellar Love Songs For Patriots. Four years later comes a followup, The Golden Age, out on February 19th via Merge Records. Looks like singer-songwriter Mark Eitzel and guitarist Vudi have a whole new rhythm section behind them, however, which may explain the four year wait. Dang, sometimes those reunions do get a little bumpy after the honeymoon period is over, eh? The reconstituted band is currently in the midst of a grueling five month tour -- they hit Seattle on April 5th, and Pitchfork has the complete tour dates.
- Geraldine Fibbers Fans, Represent! Carla Bozulich’s new band Evangelista will release their full length debut, Hello, Voyager, on the Constellation label in March. Evangelista was the title of a Bozulich 2006 solo album; many of the same folks from that release (including members of Thee Silver Mt. Zion) contribute to this record, and so the band has taken on the name. Keep an eye on their MySpace page for tourdates.
- As many EELS fans know, frontman Mark Oliver Everett (a.k.a. “E”) announced the band would be buying exactly one second of advertising time during this year’s Super Bowl, to promote the band’s recently released Useless Trinkets rarities compilation. Why only one? At $100,000 per second, E explained, that was all they could afford. “In the end, we were told that the NFL won’t sell advertising time by the second,” he told the NME. The band considered finding 29 other advertisers to buy a one second each, to reach the 30 second minimum. But even this was thwarted. “They noted that a rapid fire 30 second segment of 30 one-second commercials could cause people with certain medical conditions to have seizures and that it was against network regulations.” The compelling advert the sporting world was denied? Right here on YouTube. Hearty congrats for one of the most inspired publicity stunts in recent memory. Of course you were going to write that check for a one second advert, E.
- Rapper Missy Elliott has a new disc coming in the spring, and is soliciting suggestions for a title from fans. Act fast, though; the cut-off date for suggestions is just two weeks away. Hmm... how about “Chinese Democracy”?
- The 2008 Plug Independent Music Awards, scheduled to take place on March 6th in New York City, have announced quite a headliner -- Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds. Also on the bill are Dizzee Rascal, Jose Gonzalez, and St. Vincent, among others. Tickets go on sale tomorrow, New Yorkers! For all who can’t snag a ticket, take heart; the Plug Awards and Dell Computers are pals. That means we can kick back with our laptops and watch a live webcast of the show at Dell Lounge dot com. Just like being there, except the drinks are cheaper!
- Can’t wait to hear some of that new R.E.M. Accelerator CD? Thanks to Stereogum, you don’t have to. The first single, “Supernatural Superserious,” is streaming now.
Nick Lowe: Still Cool (photo by Chris Burns-Forti)
- Has it really been thirty years since Nick Lowe made his debut with Jesus of Cool? (Okay, we’ll tell you. Yes.) Yep Roc will be reissuing the record, out of print for years, on February 19. Originally released in the US with a slightly different tracklist under the name Pure Pop For Now People, this swanky reissue will contain all tracks from both the UK and US original versions, and a bouquet of bonus tracks. Want to celebrate this in grand style? If you’re here in Seattle, The Lowe Beats will hold court at the Tractor Tavern on February 22 to pay tribute to this gem. The Head Lowe Beat is Scott McCaughey, and the band will include Fresh Fellows and Minus Fivers as well. As with all things McCaughey, it promises to be a rollicking good time. Similar celebrations are taking place in several cities, as The Jesus of Cool’s Resurrection unfolds.
- Have you heard “Conquista,” the new song from Las Rayas Blancas? Actually, you probably have - sort of. The White Stripes have recorded a Spanish version of their recent single “Conquest” for release later this month. According to a breathless statement issued by Las Ray... er, the White Stripes -- it’s a “blistering nouveau flamenco number that climaxes in a violent musical battle between Mexican trumpeter Regulo Aldama and Jack White in his fastest solo on record!” Blisters, speed and violence? The alt.flamenco trifecta!
- We’re adding an online art gallery to our site, and here’s the best part -- you (yes, you reading this right now) make the art. Here’s what you do: pick a band or song that KEXP would play, and then create a piece of art to represent it. It’s all right here. How about that etch-a-sketch portrait of Ulrich Schnauss you do at parties to show off? Send us a jpg! You never know, it just might wind up on our next KEXP beach towel.