The Minus 5 is nearing completion of its 9th official long-player, and first since 2009's Killingsworth. Scheduled for release by Yep Roc Records on Record Store Day, April 19, 2014, it will be a 55-song 5-LP set of new material, titled Scott The Hoople In The Dungeon Of Horror, limited to 500 vinyl copies in a deluxe book-style bound album. As usual, The Minus 5 features Scott McCaughey with much help from Peter Buck and pals such as John Moen, Jeff Tweedy, Bill Rieflin, Linda Pitmon, Nate Query, Jenny Conlee, Ian McLagan, Laura Gibson, Ezra Holbrook, Wesley Stace, Casey Neill and more.
McCaughey will no doubt be performing some of the new songs in a week opening West Coast shows for Jeff Tweedy Dec. 8 - 13. (See http://wilcoworld.net/#!/shows/ for details and tickets.)
Posted on 22 Nov 2013
A few News updates
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Tired Pony has a new album recorded "The Ghost of the Mountain" and is out on Monday in Europe and later in October in the US. the band will do a one off show in the UK on September 14th at the Barbican. another gig will follow in the US later this year.
Meanwhile Scott has been busy recording tracks with the Minus 5 and according to Peter in an interview with BBC radio 2 the album will be a 4 disc Vinyl set which will be released for record store day 2014.
The Baseball Project will regroup in September in Portland/Seattle where they will play 2 gigs and then start recording Volume 3, they will get some help from non other then Mike Mills.
Also the Minus 5 song they did for the "Songs for Slim" benefit and which was released as a limited 7" on record store day earlier this year, is now also available on Itunes, amazon and other digital music suppliers, while the single can still be found on eBay for a reasonable price.
Peter on the other hand has finished recording his second solo album and is now recording a new album with Corin Tucker from Sleater Kinney.
And it looks like the Toddos Santos Music festival is taking a year off in 2014. But they will be back in 2015.
Posted on 16 Aug 2013
Young Fresh Fellows "Song For Slim" 7" auction
SONGS FOR SLIM AUCTION FEATURING LIMITED EDITION 7-INCH OF PATTERSON HOOD & THE DOWNTOWN RUMBLERS AND THE YOUNG FRESH FELLOWS LAUNCHES TODAY, AUGUST 15
LOS ANGELES, CA, August 15, 2013 - Patterson Hood (Drive-By Truckers) & The Downtown Rumblers and The Young Fresh Fellows make up the latest installment in the limited edition Songs for Slim 7-inch series, a non-profit project created to benefit former Replacements guitarist Slim Dunlap, who is still recovering from a massive stroke he suffered last year. The auction-only vinyl release is limited to 100 beautifully packaged, numbered, signed copies and features original Chris Mars artwork on the picture sleeve. The auction launches today, August 15 at 10 am PST via SongsForSlim.com and will run until August 22.
First up is a brilliant rendition by Patterson Hood of "Hate This Town," one of the brightest gems in the Slim song catalog. Assisted by his Downtown Rumblers (DBT band mates Brad Morgan and Jay Gonzalez, Jacob Morris on cello and long-time DBT producer/partner in crime David Barbe on bass), "Hate This Town" was recorded in Athens, Ga. and produced by David Barbe. Hood, a long time fan of Minneapolis music, absolutely nails this one on the head, beautifully capturing the emotional complexities of the original, complete with a touching spoken tribute to Slim at the end that will make the hair on your arms stand up.
On the flip side is a spot on offering from Seattle's alternative pop-rock pioneers The Young Fresh Fellows, who have been thrilling fans for the better part of three decades. Slim's connection with this beloved band goes back to the late '80s when The YFF teamed up with The Replacements for some now legendary shows in the Pacific Northwest. The current YFF lineup features Tad Hutchison, Jim Sangster, Kurt Bloch and Scott McCaughey, who previously appeared on the SFS Record Store Day single with The Minus Five. McCaughey and company tackle a real Slim rarity, "Loud Loud Loud Loud Guitars," which was originally released in 1986 on Twin/Tone's Big Hits of Mid America Volume IV compilation. This is the first Slim song in the series so far not to be sourced from either one of his two solo albums. "LLLLG" is an early example of Slim's unique, finely-tuned wit, something that would become much more evident in his later solo work. The Fellows channel Slim's original spirit perfectly while rocking up a storm, with all four members even taking turns on guitar solos.