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Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Peek-A-Boo News: June 1, 2005

  • Palaxy Tracks

  • The Octopus Project

  • Black Lipstick

  • Spoon

    Palaxy Tracks celebrates the release of their new album "Twelve Rooms" tomorrow night (Thurs, June 2) at Schubas Tavern in Chicago. If you ever see the band perform, this is the time to do it. They'll play for a full hour and will be joined on stage by almost every guest musician that played on the new record. That means a rotating cast of nine members playing keyboards, trombones, cellos, mandolins and lots and lots of guitars (as well as a spare back-up singer or two). Palaxy Tracks goes on at 9:30pm, Scotland Yard Gospel Choir headlines.

    The new album "Twelve Rooms" is essentially twelve different stories and vignettes inspired by the writings of Raymond Carver. Eleven of the songs are originals, and one is a cover from Leonard Cohen's classic 1969 "Songs from a Room" album. "Twelve Rooms" comes accompanied by a sixteen-page, full-color booklet with lyrics, photos and illustrations — probably the most elaborate packaging on a Peek-A-Boo release to date.

    Palaxy Tracks will also be doing an in-store performance this evening at Reckless Records on Broadway (Wed, June 1, 6pm). Look for them by the experimental jazz section, of course.

    And for those of you that can't make it to one of the Chicago release parties, the band will be touring the Eastern and Midwestern US this August. Tour dates will be posted soon.

    While touring with Trail of Dead in April, The Octopus Project impressed audiences and promoters so much that they were invited to extend their stay on the road, and afterwards, to officially join the roster of the Kork Booking Agency. The band's future tours will be managed by the Kork Agency, which also represents Trail of Dead, Deerhoof, Enon, The Notwist, Xiu Xiu and many other great bands. Look for The Octopus Project on tour again in Fall 2005.

    Meanwhile, just back from their exhausting Spring tour schedule, the Octopi plan to take the summer months off to start working on songs for their third album, tentatively titled, "Romance Ocean for Kids." Possible songs include:
    1. Half A Camel

    2. Copsmoke

    3. They Mate Near Their Dove

    4. Anatomy of a Burmese Beauty Secret

    5. Alone with Nature

    6. Magnetic Curses

    7. It Hurts to Shoot Lazers from Yr. Fingerz, But It's Necessary

    8. Faxx Attakk

    9. The Hands That Shoved Us Into the Thorns

    10. Mmaj

    11. Copying Soup onto Sexy Birdy

    12. Hey, Moustache

    13. Marmaduke Me!

    14. Daddy's Ghost

    15. Two Twenty Two Hundred Two Thousand Two Million

    16. Gathered Here for Laura
    Black Lipstick just returned from Europe, playing 15 nights across Germany, Austria, Belgium and Switzerland. They were greeted by enthusiastic audiences (including several dudes that looked like Gandalf),delicious beer and loads of castles. Best of all, they somehow escaped afirey death on the Autobahn, which was not nearly the "fun fun fun" that Krafwerk had advertised. Check out a slide show from the trip on the photos page of the Black Lipstick website.

    A previously unreleased BL track, "No Shame," from the "Sincerely" sessions has just been released in Europe on the Glitterhouse Records 20th anniversary compilation. The triple disc set includes 50+ mostly exclusive tracks from Knife in the Water, Pere Ubu, Helldorado, Friends of Dean Martinez, Walkabouts, Gary Floyd Band, Butch Hancock, Califone & more, and is now available in the Peek-A-Boo Records mailorder catalog.

    Unless you've been hiding in a cave, you already know what's going on with Spoon these days. In addition to a second Austin City Limits taping and a recent European tour, Britt Daniel & co. have just released their fifth and possibly best album, Gimme Fiction, on Merge Records. Their extensive US tour begins today in Atlanta. Tour dates, bonus tracks and videos can be found on the band's official site.

    Spoon fans who've devoured the new material and seek rarities will enjoy the vinyl-only "30 Gallon Tank" EP, containing three excellent Spoon tracks unavailable elsewhere. Limited quantities of the 7" remain in the Peek-A-Boo Records mailorder catalog, so buy yours now before they're $30 on eBay.
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