We are pleased to announce, in as official a capacity as we’re able, that we are now working with the upstanding gentlemen in the Oxford Collapse!
There are three of them (Mike Pace, Dan Fetherston and Adam Rizer), and they’re from Brooklyn, NY. Thus far, they’ve released two full-lengths and an EP through Kanine Records. And, there’s rumored to be a 7" single on Version City forthcoming.
Spin magazine had the following to say about the most recent album, A Good Ground:
Three Brooklyn boys with perpetual nervousness launch the ‘80s Amerindie revival: Michael Pace jams econo-lines onto his Gibson Marauder, Dan Fetherston sprays high-hats and cymbals over a mostly 4/4 gallop, and Adam Rizer proves once and for all that repeated listens to R.E.M.’s Reckoning is a good way to learn how to play bass.
While we do not support the “launch” of any “revival,” these are influences (Minutemen, early R.E.M., Wire, Mission of Burma) we can get behind. And, the Oxford Collapse, in their fidgety and entirely enthused recombination of these influences, make us very happy indeed. To put it another way, they have an endearing inability to keep their arms and legs inside the vehicle at any/all times.
More info on the ETA of their Sub Pop debut when it’s available. In the meantime, go see the Oxford Collapse for yourself. There are tour dates here.
Do you live in the Seattle area? Are you a college student? Are you willing to stuff like a million packages and show up a few days a week for three months or so this summer in order to gain some sage advice on the inner workings of the magickal charade that is MUSIC PUBLICITY? Are you decidedly NOT LAME? Then please read our intern FAQ, HERE and send your resume’ along with a nice e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration.
“The idea was to start a different kinda punk band focused on dead ended carnal cravings, sexual depression… that sort of thing. Mainly we just wanted to bludgeon the listener with dull, monotonous droning rock music that just sucks the energy out of you, the musical equivalent to watching a toilet flush.”
Pissed Jeans are a rock and roll combo from Allentown, PA and we really think we love them. And, as so often happens when a record label falls in love with a band and isn’t careful, it looks like Sub Pop will be releasing some Pissed Jeans records in the near future.
But first, a little bit of background seems appropriate. There are four of them: Matt (that’s his quote up there), Brad, Sean, and Dave. So far, they’ve released a full-length called Shallow and a 7" single (“Throbbing Organ” b/w “Night Minutes”), both on Parts Unknown Records. And, apparently Dave is a hardcore vegan who modifies cars to run on vegetable oil. He’s also the bass player.
We picked up some copies of the Pissed Jeans’ releases and would enjoy selling them to you. Here’s where you can do that. It’s worth noting here that there are precious few of these 7"s left – what we have is close to the last of ’em. Both of these records are very good, and you will enjoy them if (as we apparently do) you enjoy the above-mentioned musical equivalent to watching a toilet flush. Turns out, that sort of thing is a gas.
We’re quite excited about this new development. And, we look forward to providing you with more dull, monotonous droning rock music from the Pissed Jeans later in 2006 – likely in the form of a 7" single sometime this summer, and then a full-length recording sometime after that.
You can (and should) read an interview with Matt and Brad from Pissed Jeans here.
Our friends Mudhoney will be performing a handful of numbers from their upcoming album Under a Billion Suns live on Seattle’s own KEXP on Tuesday, March 14th at noon (pacific).
Not only can you listen here in Seattle on the radio via the FM frequency of 90.3, but the people at KEXP have figured out how to put the radio in computers! Simply program the internet for http://www.kexp.org, follow the screen prompts there and VIOLA! Mudhoney! On the radio! On your computer!
Contrary to what this says, we have no plans whatsoever to release a Liz Phair EP, album or wide-gauge mesh bodysuit.
We wish Ms. Phair and her legion of adoring fans all the very best, but also wish that members of the latter would please stop emailing us.
And, yes, we understand how this Wikipedia deal is supposed to work. We keep removing Sub Pop as the label associated with this particular release and someone (or several someones) keeps changing it back.
Here’s the thing: There’s going to be a video shoot for the song “It Is Us” from the new Mudhoney album, Under a Billion Suns in Portland, OR this Sunday and we need some people to show up. We’re not at liberty to reveal all of the details here, but there is some sort of crowd scene and we need your help. Mudhoney needs your help!
So, if you’d like to participate in Mudhoney’s new video, please come to Portland’s Voodoo Doughnuts (where, “The magic is in the hole”), at 22 SW 3rd Ave., this Sunday, February 26th at 7:30 pm!
There might even be some free doughnuts.