We have news, and the news is of this sort: On April 17th, Sub Pop Records will be releasing the new (and remarkably long-awaited) Red House Painters record, Old Ramon. We couldn’t be happier about our newly established relationship with Anthony, Jerry, Phil, and Mark. Many of us here at Sub Pop have long carried a torch for the band and it’s nice to finally consummate this love. Mind you, this is an affection not influenced by any star-fuckery springing from Mark’s role in Cameron Crowe’s wonderful movie Almost Famous (though, his appearance therein certainly can’t hurt, now can it?). There are some things to remember when considering Old Ramon, and they are these:
· Old Ramon is the Red House Painters’ first new release since 1996’s Songs for a Blue Guitar.
· The band has plans to tour extensively with the release of the new record and will play their first show since 1997 at the Sub Pop showcase at this year’s South by Southwest music conference in Austin, TX. Said showcase will take place on the Saturday of SXSW at Emo’s and will feature the talents of many other fine artists on the Sub Pop Records label (many of whom have yet to make plain their intentions of playing to those of us laboring at their record label, and in some cases, even, to themselves).
· Old Ramon was originally scheduled to be released some time in 1998 and has been subject to much anticipation due to its repeated forestalling. To get a bit of a grasp on this anticipation, witness the online petition, signed by well-nigh 1000 fans located at http://www.diplo.freeserve.co.uk/. Seriously, go take a look. Trust that we will never ever cross these people.
· Red House Painters’ singer/songwriter Mark Kozelek released a critically acclaimed solo record (over half of which was comprised of AC/DC and John Denver covers!) last year on the Badman Recording Company label, and toured solo in the United States, United Kingdom, Spain, Sweden and did his first ever shows in South Korea. South Korea!
These are the names of the songs to be found on Old Ramon:
2. Byrd Joel
4. Between Days