The Telegraph reports on what went down at MIDEM.
Fugitive from justice steals Crystal Gale's tour bus in Florida to visit dying mother.
Highly recommended new-ish blog: Missing Toof. I'm all for hot-pink based layouts and exclusive remix tracks, duh.
Also: Franklin Bruno has a new blog, Nervous Unto Thirst. (Thx, Meow Meow!)
Our very favorite Howard Draper from Shearwater has a new side project with Matt Barnhart (Little Grizzly) and Bryan VanDivier (South San Gabriel, one of Will Johnson's myriad side projects): Tre Orsi. They're very, very Denton. You know: big, big sound from three otherwise unassuming dudes. Awesome! Austin readers, they play Emo's on Feb. 2nd with pAper chAse.
A few weeks ago, a sweet email from young gloom-popsters The Jaguar Club landed in our mailbox. You know how picky we are about these things -- in an effort to make sure we only pimp the very best unknown bands, we require a certain level of quality from coverage request emails (see also The Airborne Toxic Event). The young men of The Jaguar Club, in addition to having some very strong and promising material (self-recorded on a 16 track in a Brooklyn basement and put out on a self-released EP) that pushes all our buttons -- melodic bass, chiming guitar, dour vocals, lightly clever lyrics -- also had that whole professionalism thing down, which is refreshing. I'm sure we'll get flamed to death again for this, but seriously -- never underestimate the power of a well-written query letter and pleasant correspondence (wait, perhaps our flamers should take note...but I digress) -- in any situation. Of course, I should add that we do receive very nice messages that contain music we're not fond of -- however, The Jaguar Club met both criteria very nicely. The band plays tonight at The Delancey at 10:45. Also on the bill -- a Delancey Surprise Band (tm) in the first slot at 8pm, The Maledictions at 8:45 and The Gulf at 9:50. Sorry for the short notice, but if you like what you hear below, come on down and check it out. Personally, I'm very keen on seeing if they can deliver live. (If you miss them tonight, they're also playing Sin-e on Feb. 7 and Piano's on Feb. 28.)
The Jaguar Club -- Who Says We're The Last [myspace]
And, I really must apologize for the sporadic and kind of skimpy posts for the past few weeks -- I survived my first week at my new job in one piece, and hopefully, we'll be back on track with our mega-posting activities real soon now. Sans flamers, even! Heh.
Have a good weekend, kids! Stay warm and be good and all that. Anyone want to come help with the laundry? I'm only half kidding.