Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Wilco Down Under

I thought I'd share a quick post before the mass exodus begins. Weather it's tofu turkey or the real thing the small staff at The Ash Gray Proclamation wishes you a happy and safe Thanksgiving.

Just one quick news update before we punch the clock.
As Wilco continues to tour the country supporting Neil Young the band has reported that In December Jeff Tweedy, John Stiratt, and, Glen Kotche will travel to Auckland, NZ to record at Roundhead Studios with Neil Finn's Seven World's Collide Project with proceeds from the album going to Oxfam International. The album will also feature appearances by Radiohead's Phil Selway, and Ed O'Brien, as well as Johnny Marr and Liam Finn.

Wilco will play The DCU Center in Worcester on Saturday December 13th.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

A long overdue visit to the news department has hatched a new edition of Micro-news. In this long overdue update we catch up with Los Campesinos, Belle & Sebastian, Animal Collective, and Margot & The Nuclear So & So's.

The Welsh seven piece Los Campesinos are about to release there 2nd full length of the year. We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed will be released in the US on next Tuesday November 27th.We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed will be a limited release. The band has posted the details of this release as well as the bonus material on there official site,

Here's the rundown:
- There will be no singles released from this RECORD.
- This RELEASE is going to be limited. There will be one, worldwide run of CDs, and then it will be out of print. Done with.
-The package comes in a 14cm by 19cm by 2.5cm two-piece card box. That makes it rectangular in shape.
- The CD will be accompanied by a self-made DVD documentary of our weekend at Oya festival and SummerSonic in August of this year.
- It also includes a 30+ page 'zine, including the record's lyrics and contributions by artists including Xiu Xiu, Grandaddy, Tender Forever, Menomena, Parenthetical Girls and Paul Heaton, based around the title 'We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed'.
- Also each box comes with an exclusive poster drawn for us by Jeffrey Brown.

WAB,WAD follows up the bands excellent debut Hold On Now, Youngser, released back in February. Both releases come via Wichita Recordings and Arts&Crafts. Los Campesinos will play The Paradise on February 13th. While we wait for the new disc to drop take a look and listen to one of my favorites tracks from Hold On Now, Youngster

Los Campesinos- Death To Los Campesinos

I'm glad to see a little activity out of the Belle & Sebastian camp. The just released BBC Sessions compiles tracks from the bands in studio sessions recorded at the BBC between 1996 to 2001. An obvious must have for the B&S obsessive. The expanded version of this release includes 4 tracks recorded in 2001 that never saw release on any subsequent album and the last to feature former vocalist Isobel Campbell. The BBC Sessions also includes the 2001 Christmas gig in Belfast. It's going on three years since the band has released new material. Lets hope the activities surrounding this release will spark the band to get back in the studio.

Belle & Sebastian have posted this interview to mark the release of The BBC Sessions. Stevie Jackson and Chris Geddes, with their recollections of the various trips to Manchester and London to perform at The BBC.

On January 20th Animal Collective will kick of the year of the ox, otherwise known as 2009 with there next long player Merriweather Post Pavilion. The bands label Domino Records recently sent out an angry letter to music writers that recvieved advance copies of Merriweather Post Pavilion when they were informed that one those writers was responsible for leaking three tracks from the album to the internet. No more advances for you dude!

Merriweather Post Pavilion Track Listing
In The Flowers
My Girls
Also Frightened
Summertime Clothes
Daily Routine
Guys Eyes
Lion In A Coma
No More Runnin

Animal Collective
-Brothersport @ The Gargoyle St. Louis, MO 9/24/07

Indianapolis, In's Margot & The Nuclear So & So's released two albums last month and there both receiving equal playing time around here. The band had to delay the album's release due to some disagreements with Epic over what material would be included on there next album. Animal is the bands preferred version of the album and is available only on vinyl and digital format, Not Animal is Epic's version and is available on CD, Vinyl, and digital formats. Confused yet? You can learn more as well as hear both albums by visiting the bands site Margot & The Nuclear So & So's. The band asks that you listen to Animal before the major label approved Not Animal.

Margot & The Nuclear So & So's
- As Tall As Cliffs (Not Animal version)

Monday, November 10, 2008

Tickets to Give
Due to a work commitment tonight, I will be unable to attend the Deerhunter show with Times New Viking and Vivian Girls at The Paradise. So I figured I would spread some good will. The first person to send an e-mail to will win a pair of tickets to tonights show. Please send all entries by 4PM.
Good Luck.