How Much About Last Night Do You Remeber live in Andoain, Spain
Posted on 10 Nov 2016
Young Fresh Fellows live at the Funtastic Dracula Carnival 2016, Benidorm, Spain
Posted on 08 Nov 2016
New Album by the minus 5
*Make sure to check out our little pre-order competition on our facebook group*
The Minus 5, the folk/rock/pop collective captained by Scotty McCaughey, announce their latest release, Of Monkees and Men, out August 19 on Yep Roc Records. An imaginative tribute to the Monkees’ legacy in music and popular culture, the album was previously only available in a five-LP, limited edition 2015 Record Store Day release.
The album is now available for pre-order, with an instant download of “Robert Ryan is Among Us.” Watch the performance of a few songs in the newly premiered Sawyer Sessions, and be sure to check out Scott Mccaughey talking about The Monkees.
Of Monkees and Men, as a separate LP, comes on the heels of The Monkees’ 50th Anniversary. “I was eleven years old when I first heard ‘Last Train To Clarksville,’” McCaughey remembers. “And I became a lifelong Monkees fan in that moment.” With Of Monkees and Men, McCaughey’s fandom has reached new heights, and of his obsession with ‘60s rock, AXS notes, “The Minus 5 always adds up to a good time for nerdy rock history buffs,” but adds, “It’s also fantastic, even if you aren’t a nerd.”
The album features nine original songs, that pay heartfelt homage to the Monkees as well as other friends and artists influential to McCaughey’s musical psyche. Side One tackles each member of the Monkees in song, starting with the ten-minute epic “Michael Nesmith,” and ending with “Boyce & Hart,” which praises the songwriting team behind many beloved Monkees hits. Side Two bows to iconic actor Robert Ryan, the brilliantly literate Portland-based Americana band Richmond Fontaine, and, in “Blue Rickenbacker” and “Weymer Never Dies,” two lost comrades that loom large in McCaughey’s development into a rock and roll lifer.
Oft-seen over the years with the Young Fresh Fellows, R.E.M., the Baseball PRoject, Tired Pony, Tuatara, Robyn Hitchcock & the Venus 3, etc., McCaughey guides the band as a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. The Minus 5’s lineup on recordings and performances is constantly and intentionally in flux, dependent on “musician availability, whim, and wind direction.” Of Monkees and Men includes members of R.E.M., The Smithereens, and Laura Gibson as the girl in “Davy Gets The Girl.”
Tracklist: 1. “Michael Nesmith” 2. “Davy Gets the Girl” 3. “Song for Peter Tork” 4. “Micky Is a Cool Drummer” 5. “Boyce & Hart” 6. “Blue Rickenbacker” 7. “Robert Ryan Is Among Us” 8. “Richmond Fontaine” 9. “Weymer Never Dies”
Posted on 23 Jul 2016
Spanish Tour CD Giveaway
i got one Spanish tour CD to give away, i had scott sign it for the lucky winner!
all you have to do is leave a comment at the post in our facebook group or if you aren't on facebook, you can send me a mail at: stoffel79 telenet be, with "Spanish Tour CD Giveaway" in the header. I will draw a winner July 5th
Posted on 20 Jun 2015
Scott McCaughey - " Fruitbasket Blues" @ Ego Live, Alcala de Henares, Spain
Last video from the Spanish "Scott the Hoople" tour CD giveaway for one of the limited tour album to follow soon.
Posted on 13 Jun 2015
Scott McCaughey - "Rock 'n' Roll Pest Control" @ Le Bukowski, San Sebastian, Spain
Posted on 09 Jun 2015
Scott McCaughey - Welcome To The Party @ Colegio de Abogados, Bilbao
Posted on 08 Jun 2015
Scott McCaughey - Vintage Violet @ Colegio de Abogados, Bilbao
Posted on 05 Jun 2015
Scott McCaughey - To Right All Wrongs (el Retorno de Don Quixote) @ El Albeitar, Leon
Posted on 05 Jun 2015
Scott McCaughey - "Aw Shit, Man" @ Café & Pop Torgal, Orense, Spain
Posted on 05 Jun 2015
Scott The Hoople live videos
Over The coming day i will be posting some live videos of Scott's solo tour in Spain last week
Starting with a nice rendition of The Yankee Flipper at La Faena in Piedralaves
Posted on 02 Jun 2015
Scott McCaughey Solo tour in Spain
Probably for the first time in his life Scott embarks on a solo tour in the beautiful country of Spain. he will be doing 10 dates and playing songs from his entire back catalog
SCOTT McCAUGHEY- SPAIN - MAY 2015
21/5 - GIJÓN (El patio de la favorita) 22/5 - MADRID (Berlín Café) 23/5 - PIEDRALAVES (La Faena) 25/5 - ORENSE (Café & Pop Torgal) 26/5 - LEÓN (Universidad) 27/5 - BILBAO (Colegio de Abogados) 28/5 - SAN SEBASTIÁN (Le Bukowski) 29/5 - PAMPLONA (Nebula) 30/5 - ZARAGOZA (Las Armas) 31/5 - ALCALÁ de HENARES (Ego Live)
Posted on 06 Apr 2015
Dungeon Golds out now!
Today is National DUNGEON GOLDS day! It's the new Minus 5 album on Yep Roc Records, recorded in and outside the dungeon with a variety of guests and Minus 5 alumni. Go get your copy now! CD/LP @ YepRoc Store Digital download @ iTunes Store
Blue Rickenbacker It's Magenta, Man! Hold Down The Fort I'm Not Bitter In The Ground It's Beautiful Here The Old Plantation Lies of the Living Dead The Zero Clowns My Generation Aw Shit Man
* thanks to bböp from viachicago.org
Posted on 09 Mar 2015
Yesterday The Minus 5 launched their month long promo tour for the new album "Dungeon Golds" out on March 10 on Yep Roc Records. They will tour as the opener on the Tweedy tour (and one date for The Decemberists ) the band this time around consists of Scott McCaughey, Peter Buck, Michael Giblin and Linda Pitmon.
Setlist March 7 at the Vic in Chicago
Hold Down The Fort It's Beautiful Here Twilight Distillery In The Ground Adios Half Soldier With A Gun Dungeon Golds Blue Rickenbacker The Days Of Wine And Booze Aw Shit Man>My Generation
*thanks to bböp from viachicago.org for the setlist
Posted on 08 Mar 2015
Scott The Hoople box set at the Yep Roc store
Good news for the people who haven't found the 5 disc vinyl only album of the Minus 5, that was previously only available at record stores for RSD 2014. Yep Roc has found some copies of it stashed away and has put them up in theweb store . So if you haven't got it yet, or wanna gift it for someone for xmas act quickly, cause supply is limited. and once they are gone, they are gone! And yes the album comes with a free download for all the tracks on this box set.
Posted on 08 Nov 2014
New THE TRIPWIRES- Get Young LP/CD
The Tripwires are releasing their new album "Get Young" on the Spanish FOLC records label. Out on September 15 (CD and LP) the record has 12 new tracks and will be accompanied by a Spanish tour in September to promote the release. You can stream the record here, were you can also pre-order it. The Tripwires consist of John Ramberg(The Minus 5), Jim Sangster(Young Fresh Fellows) his brother Johnny Sangster and Dan Peters(Mudhoney)
Tracklist: 1.Get Young 2.Early Bright 3.You Have a Bell 4.Be All End All 5.Production Sedan 6.Owner Operator 7.How In Heaven's Name 8.Gratitude 9.Dance With a Drink 10.Good Sport 11.Anything Nice 12. Waiting For The Snow
Posted on 30 Aug 2014
Full summer Baseball Project Tour
Thu-Jul-10 Birmingham, AL Sirote Theatre Fri-Jul-11 Atlanta, GA The Earl Sat-Jul-12 Durham, NC All-Star Fan Fest at Durham Bulls Athletic Park Sun-Jul-13 Raleigh, NC Lincoln Theatre - Schoolkids Records 40th Anniversary Thu-Jul-17 Washington, DC The Hamilton Fri-Jul-18 Rehoboth Beach, DE Dogfish Head Brewery Sat-Jul-19 Ringwood, NJ Live at Drew's Sun-Jul-20 New Windsor, NY Storm King Art Center Tue-Jul-22 New London, CT Hygenic Art Park Wed-Jul-23 Hudson, NY Club Helsinki Thu-Jul-24 Rochester, NY Party In The Park Fri-Jul-25 Reading, PA Berks Vintage Baseball Festival Kickoff Party Sat-Jul-26 Harrisburg, PA Midtown Arts Center Sun-July-27 Port Chester, NY Garcia's at The Capitol Theatre Mon-Jul-28 Philadelphia, PA World Café Live Tue-Jul-29 Portsmouth, NH The Press Room Wed-Jul-30 Boston, MA Great Scott Fri-Aug-01 Cooperstown, NY Brewery Ommegang Sat-Aug-02 Brooklyn, NY Rough Trade Sun-Aug-03 Asbury Park, NJ Asbury Lanes Tue-Aug-05 Louisville, KY Zanzabar Wed-Aug-06 St. Louis, MO Open Highway Festival - The Duck Room at Blueberry Hill Thu-Aug-07 Chicago, IL Abbey Pub Sun-Aug-10 Madison, WI House Party *email@example.com for details* Mon-Aug-11 Minneapolis, MN The Cedar Cultural Center Wed-Aug-13 Kansas City, MO Record Bar Fri-Aug-15 Denver, CO Oriental Theater
7/11, 7/17, 7/18, 7/26, 8/2, 8/15 The Minus 5 supports 7/20 Happiness supports 7/24 supporting Lucero 7/26, 7/28, 7/30 The Split Squad supports 8/1 with Dawes, Conor Oberst 8/6 Water Liars support 8/13 Pedal Jets support 8/15 Dressy Bessy supports
PS: for those of you on the west coast, look for the BBP in early September. Yep.
Posted on 12 Jul 2014
New Tuatara album out August 5th
from: barrettmartin.com TUATARA PUTTING FINISHING TOUCHES ON LONG-AWAITED NEW ALBUM "UNDERWORLD"
BARRETT MARTIN'S ALL-STAR BAND RETURNS WITH FIRST NEW ALBUM IN 6 YEARS FEATURING GUEST APPEARANCES BY REM'S PETER BUCK AND PEARL JAM'S MIKE McCREADY
ALBUM PRODUCED BY BARRETT MARTIN AND MIXED BY JACK ENDINO
Instrumental powerhouseTUATARA are putting the finishing touches on the long-awaited follow-up to 2008'sThe Here and The Gone with Coleman Barks. The new album, titled UNDERWORLD, was produced by band drummer/founder Barrett Martin and mixed by Jack Endino (Nirvana, Soundgarden) and will be released this summer via Martin's label, Sunyata Records.
Like their previous works, Tuatara's UNDERWORLD is an adventurous album steeped in electronic moods, slinky urban beats, hypnotic bass and guitar, and shimmering lines of vibraphone, marimba and bronze gamelans. The album features original membersScreaming Trees/Mad Season/Walking Papers drummer Barrett Martin, Luna's Justin Harwood, tenor sax legend Skerik, with special guest appearances by Peter Buck of REM and Mike McCready of Pearl Jam. The album will also feature a guest appearance by Gnarls Barkley bassist Cedric LeMoyne and electronic sequences from New York's DJ Megman.
Explaining the gap between releases, Martin says, "Tuatara is more of a musical idea than a consistently working band, even though the same musicians always show up when it's time to make a new record. The reason for our 6-year absence has more to do with our individual lives and the other bands we play in. I was in graduate school for much of that time finishing a master's degree in ethnomusicology, and then I started the rock band Walking Papers. Mike McCready is always doing something with Pearl Jam, and Peter Buck joined about a half dozen other bands when REM called it quits. Justin now lives in New Zealand but I still send him tracks to play on. Skerik was touring the world with some of the top names in modern jazz.
But eventually, for whatever mystical reason, we are all drawn back together to make our shamanic music once again. It started with some electronic collaborations with DJ Megman in New York, and then some drum and bass jams with bassist Cedric LeMoyne out in LA. Mike McCready and I recorded some ideas in his home studio, and Skerik did some recording in his. That's the magic of Tuatara, its collaborative and fun, and we work at a pace that is enjoyable for us, and our listeners seem to enjoy it as well. It's also why we've been a band for almost 20 years - we let it breathe."
Led by Martin, Tuatara came together in 1996 with the initial idea of making music "that sounded like a film that had never been made." The result was 1997's groundbreaking debut, Breaking The Ethers, followed by ‘98's Trading With The Enemy, 2001's Cinemathique, ‘03's The Loading Program, ‘06's East of the Sun, West of the Moon, and ‘08's The Here and The Gone with Coleman Barks.
Carrying on a musical tradition influenced by late ‘60s experiments in jazz and rock, Tuatara blends a mixture of electronic sounds, exotic percussion, progressive beats, film score soundscapes and sublime compositions to thrilling effect. Soundtrack-wise, the vehicles featuring Tuatara music have been as wide-ranging as the songs themselves, including the hit HBO show "Sex & The City" ("25th & 6th) and the theme song for NPR's "All Things Considered" ("Dark State of Mind").
The band has continued to evolve over the years, using a revolving cast of players on each album that's included DJ Logic, DJ Spooky, Michael Franti, Mark Eitzel, John Wesley Harding, Gary Louris and Mark Olson of the Jayhawks, Steve Berlin from Los Lobos, Scott McCaughey, Victoria Williams, Jessy Greene and renowned Sufi poet Coleman Barks.
Posted on 12 Jul 2014
Baseball Project summer tour
The Baseball Project will tour the U.S. this Summer; here are the first batch of dates, announced today:
Friday, July 11: Atlanta, GA @ The Earl Saturday, July 12: Durham, NC @ All-Star Fan Fest, Durham Bulls Athletic Park Thursday, July 17: Washington, DC @ The Hamilton Friday, July 18: Rehoboth Beach, DE @ Dogfish Head Brewery Saturday, July 19: Ringwood, NJ @ Live at Drew's Sunday, July 20: New Windsor, NY @ Storm King Art Center Tuesday, July 22: New London, CT @ Hygienic Art Park Wednesday, July 23: Hudson, NY @ Club Helsinki Thursday, July 24: Rochester, NY @ Party in the Park Saturday, July 26: Harrisburg, PA @ Midtown Arts Center Monday, July 28: Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live Friday, August 15: Denver, CO @ Oriental Theater
Tickets & more info at thebaseballproject.net
Posted on 06 May 2014
Peter Buck 2 nighter in Portland next week
Presenting for your enjoyment TWO nights of entertainment magic at the Secret Society, Portland's mystical cocktail and music emporium.
Your senses will be assuaged and/or assaulted by the beguiling sounds of PETER BUCK, the band comprising Peter Buck, Bill Rieflin, Kurt Bloch and Scott McCaughey in all their sartorial glory. In case you missed it, there will be copies o'plenty of the latest vinyl-only waxing BACK TO BLOW YOUR MIND ONCE AGAIN readily available for purchase (and subsequent auction on eBay).
As a once-in-a-lifetime comet-like treat, the attendee will also be privy to the debut performance(s) of (currently-monikered) super-Earth, featuring the above-named minstrels (in the gallery) and CORIN TUCKER, performing an entire set of soon-to-be-album-sized new compositions by said Buck/Tucker combine.
Really, you can hardly go wrong with this scenario. And being Tuesday / Wednesday nights, the music will start at 8 p.m., and there will be deathly silence by 10:30 p.m. or so; therefore none need be deprived of that Top-Three-Element-Of-Life-Contender: sleep.
SECRET SOCIETY, 116 Russell St. (nestled atop famed tapas joint Toro Bravo, next to the Wonder Ballroom). http://www.secretsociety.net
Posted on 27 Apr 2014
Scott The Hoople in The Dungeon of Horror
So Saturday "Scott The Hoople in The Dungeon of Horror" was released into the wild. Vinyl only release of 750 copies with a small amount pressed in 5 different colors. You can sample a song from each of the five discs here in this youtube playlist.
here's the 57 song track list spread out over 5 discs:
Part I: Without a Gun
Side A My Generation All The Trouble I've Made The Exhausted Cheerleader Cold War Give Up The Ghost One Less
Side B Suddenly In The Ground The History You Hate Let's Hold Ourselves Coming Home In One Piece The Unforeseen
Part II: Of Monkees And Men
Side A Michael Nesmith Davy Gets The Girl Song For Peter Tork Micky's A Cool Drummer Boyce & Hart
Side B Blue Rickenbacker Robert Ryan Is Among Us Richard Fontaine Weymer Never Dies
Part III: An Accumulation Of Soot
Side A It's Magenta, Man! Chinese Saucer Magnolia Last Hurrah Crater Of Diamonds
Side B The Zero Clowns Fetus Industry En El Supermercado Black Cow No Moon I'm Your Spiritual Advisor
Part IV: Hell Bent For Heaven
Side A Kill The Dead Keep On Screaming Make Yer Mark Upon A Cake Dead Irish Writers Perfect Plan The Searchers
Side B I'm Dead To Me All Over You Let's Get Alone Conflagration Land Of A Thousand Places pt.2 Yours Anyway Welcome To The Party
Part V: War Is Over
Side A It's Beautiful Here Nature's Call Adios Half Soldier Remain In Lifeboat Sleeping Sun Get From Love Sweet
Side B Castle In My Head Sorry Town Hold Down The Fort Sign Of The Swan You Don't Need To worry Anymore Rocket For Girls
thanks to John Hrtmn for the track list
Posted on 21 Apr 2014
PSA from Scott
Posted on 12 Apr 2014
"Blue Rickenbacker Guitar" live
From the forthcoming Minus 5 album "Scott the Hoople in the Dungeon of Horror" out April 19 for Record Store Day.
Posted on 10 Apr 2014
THE FUTURE IS NOW(T)
Scott will be out and about in the coming weeks and months, here is a handy reminder(courtesy of Scott himself) for you all on where to meet and greet him!
Friday March 7: THE MINUS 5 - Doug Fir Lounge, Portland. 9 p.m. With The My Oh Mys and Deepest Darkest. It's a Friday, it's the Doug Fir, it's the Minus 5!!! We hit the trifecta!
March 13 -16: SXSW - Austin TX I'll be playing non-stop rock with multiple sets from The Baseball Project, Minus 5, Split Squad, Steve Wynn & The Miracle 3, and even taking part in the epic Lou Reed Tribute show at the Paramount Theater Friday Mar. 14.
April 12: NRBQ Tribute Show - Royal Room, Seattle WA. featuring the Young Fresh Fellows and many more!
April 18: THE MINUS 5 - The Off Broadway, St. Louis MO. We kick off a big big weekend with a show in a super cool club I haven't played since 1988, when Uncle Tupelo opened for the Young Fresh Fellows. No kidding. It'll be a reuniting of the line-up that blew up the Yep Roc 15 Year Anniversary shows in Chapel Hill a while back. Super boss rock, for sure.
April 19: Record Store Day release of THE MINUS 5 - "Scott The Hoople In The Dungeon Of Horror" That's right, it's the new album, a five-LP limited edition vinyl only box set. 57 new songs, specifically and scientifically designed for your listening pleasure. To celebrate we'll also be playing a live mini-set at fabled Euclid Records in St. Louis.
April 26: THE MINUS 5 - Live Wire, Alberta Rose Theater, Portland OR. Always a great time and loads of talent amassed on this live radio show for Oregon Public Broadcasting. http://www.livewireradio.org
April 29/30: PETER BUCK - Secret Society, Portland OR. Peter, Kurt, Bill and I settle in for a two-night stand that is sure to be historic. As a bonus you get the special guest debut of shadowy combo super-Earth.
May 23: THE MINUS 5 - Tractor Tavern, Seattle WA. More details on this as they become known. Suffice to say, it's going to be loud soft and brackish.
New Minus 5 song available for download at charity site
Scott just uploaded a new Minus 5 song called "Evil Doesn't Listen To Your Radio" to a charity fund-raising site called usemusic.org. The site makes it incredibly easy for bands/artists to donate to charity through their music. The Song will be only available here and not on the forthcoming 5 LP set "Scott The Hoople In The Dungeon of Horror" due out on record store day 2014. The song can be had for a mere 1$ but you can always donate more as all the profits go to Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette.
It has been awhile since the Minus 5 played any shows outside PNW and Todos Santos, but on April 18th they will play a show at Off Broadway in St Louis, and the next day they will do a free in store at Euclid Records.
They will also do a few promo shows at the annual SXSW festival in Austin, on March the 15th they will play the Ginger Man and Dog & Duck Pub. Also expect some shows from the Baseball Project there
Posted on 06 Feb 2014
The Baseball Project’s 3rd Album To Be Released March 25
We’re excited to announce that The Baseball Project’s third album 3rd will be released March 25. The record features 17 swings at the national pastime with subjects including Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron and some of the true characters of the game such as once- beloved fallen star of the Mets and Phillies Lenny Dykstra, and acid-tripping pitcher Dock Ellis.
The Baseball Project was formed in 2007 by Scott McCaughey (Young Fresh Fellows, The Minus 5, R.E.M.) and Steve Wynn (The Dream Syndicate, Steve Wynn and the Miracle 3). The endeavor began as a way for a couple of fans with a shared musical vision to pay tribute to our national pastime. Since then, The Baseball Project has blossomed into a full-fledged, much-loved band in its own right. Zuzu’s Petals/Steve Wynn drummer Linda Pitmon and R.E.M.’s Peter Buck and Mike Mills fill out the official roster of The Baseball Project, an all-star squad whose following and creativity has grown steadily with each release and tour.
The Baseball Project will perform an official showcase at SXSW in Austin, TX this March, and will be on tour this summer, performing as they are uniquely able, at rock clubs and baseball parks alike. You can also check out the track list below:
3rd Track list:
From Nails To Thumbtacks ¡Hola America! The Day Dock Went Hunting Heads To The Veteran Committee Monument Park Box Scores They Don’t Know Henry The Babe They Are The Oakland A’s Pascual On The Perimeter The Baseball Card Song Extra Inning of Love Larry Yount A Boy Named Cy The Played Baseball Take Me Out To The Ballgame
Posted on 05 Feb 2014
In the ground
Here is one of the new songs that will be on the next Minus 5 album "Scott The Hoople In The Dungeon Of Horror". Performed at this years Todos Santos Music festival. Thanks to Ole for uploading and filming this.
Posted on 02 Feb 2014
New Minus 5 album info
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
Just a reminder, if you wanna keep your news about scott as up to date as poissible, please join our Facebookgroup
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.
The Spanish tour was a blast, the band certainly was not holding anything back and we got treated to a whole slew of fellows classic, and a bunch of great covers. this one is pretty memorable
if you wanna check out some other cool clips, go over to Gordon's Youtube page, he uploaded quite a few(there is also a full Madrid 2009 gig)
Posted on 25 Jun 2013
New Minus 5 song
while we might not see a new album from the minus 5 this year, that doesn't stopped Scott from releasing this epic 9 minute song about Michael Nesmith.
From the forthcoming Minus 5 album "Forthcoming"
Posted on 30 Mar 2013
Spring Tourdates all around.
Scott Mccaughey is keeping busy this spring, by going on the road with a couple of his bands, in late April he's gonna do a short tour with Robyn Hitchcock and the Venus 3 which will end in San Francisco with a birthday gig for Robyn's 60th birthday. The fellows will be playing that show too as well as a second show the night after. after a few warm up shows in Seattle(YFF and RH) and Portland(RH) its of to Spain with the fellows for a week, and a second week with Robyn and peter buck band and ending up in Norway for the Egersund Festival with Robyn, Baseball Project, Minus 5 and Peter Buck Band. full dates after the break
More tourdates for Peter Buck, Cedell Davis and Minus 5
some more tourdates for the upcoming weeks
Peter Buck October 21 - City Winery NYC Oct 25 - Doug Fir, Portland (w/ Robyn Hitchcock and Young Fresh Fellows) Oct 29 - Triple Door, Seattle (w/ Robyn Hitchcock and Young Fresh Fellows) Nov. 9 - Star Theater, Portland(opening for Mark Eitzel)
CeDell Davis (w/ Scott and Peter) Oct 20 - Sticky Fingers, Little Rock, Arkansas
Minus 5 Nov 30 - High Dive, Seattle (w/Casey Neil & The Norway Rats)
Continuing the trend of writing songs for current news fact at the MLB, they just released one for one of Scott favorite teams the Oakland A's making the playoffs
and you can also watch Scott doing the song in front of his webcam
Posted on 06 Oct 2012
Peter Buck Releases his first solo Album
Out on October 5th, released by Mississippi records on vinyl only(for now) and pressed on 2000 copies. To secure your copy go to this post on REMhq which has a list of know record stores that are carrying the release as well as some mail order sites.
tracklist 10 Million BC I'm Alright Some Kind Of Velvet Sunday Morning Travel Without Arriving Migraine Gimme Back My Wig Nothing Matters Anymore So Long Johnny Little Village, Motherfucker Nothing Means Nothing Hard Old World Nowhere No Way Vaso Loco I'm Alive
here is what peter had to say about this record
Baja Mexico, 3am:
I've got a glass with a little bit of Tequila left in it. It was full a few minutes ago. I've got Jimmy Reed haunting the turn table in the corner; I've been thinking about Jimmy Reed a lot lately, every note of music he ever made was so perfect and full of grace, and yet so loose and spontaneous, I wonder how he did it? What was his secret? If he was still alive I would give him a call. "Hey Mr. Reed how do you do it? Where does it come from?" But I doubt he would know any more than I do. And there I go wandering off track before I even started. I'm supposed to be telling y'all about my solo record....
I know I said for years that I would never make a solo record. It was never a plan or a desire but it just kind of happened. When REM called it a day I'd spent the last 3 months on my back with a semi-crippling injury unable to play guitar. With my band gone and unable to use the fingers on my right hand, I started writing lyrics just to have something creative to do. The lyrics turned into songs and the songs turned into what felt like a possible album, so I called some of my favorite musicians, Scott, Mike, Bill, Lenny Kaye, Corin Tucker, Jenny Conlee, and booked studio time
Not being really confident in my singing, I asked Corin to sing one and she was gracious enough to do so, Scott sang a few, mostly the ones he wrote melodies to. So why is it a solo record? I wrote 95% of the lyrics and most of the music, it is the first thing i have ever been involved in where I was actually in charge and the record turned out to be kind of like a trip through my mind, all of the kinds of music I love, played with some of my favorite musicians, in a completely one take spontaneous atmosphere. It was either call it a Peter Buck record or Richard M Nixon, Lenny Kaye convinced me that it should be called a Peter Buck solo record because it does represent me or at least me right then.
It will be released October 5th on Mississippi Records, a label that specializes in mid-20th century blues, gospel and folk. It was recorded, mixed and mastered on analogue tape and is being released on vinyl. At this point it is a limited edition of 2,000 vinyl only. As for the future I may do some performances, but this is not a career, it is something I am doing for fun.
One last thing. Has anyone ever figured out what was up with James Brown and the Popcorn? I must own 10 James Brown records from the late 60s with popcorn in the title: Mother Popcorn, Low Down Popcorn, It's a New Day, Let a New man come on and Make the Popcorn, etc. I've been thinking about that quite a lot lately. It's got me kind of worried.
Posted on 06 Oct 2012
Scott McCaughey Visits Jet City Stream
before playing two nights in Seattle, Scott visited "Jet City Stream" radio station where he did a lenghty interview, talking about the new YFF, album, how he got to join R.E.M. the baseball project, the new Peter Buck album and the Todos Santos Music festival. He also played a aucostic version of the YFF's "Guilty Ones" and premiered another Peter Buck track, the album version of "It's Alright"
Peter Buck is once again organizing a festival in January in Todos Santos. The Line up got released and once again, Minus 5, Baseball Project and Robyn Hitchcock will be present, there will also be some new acts with The Posies, Alejandro Escovedo & The Sensitive Boys, Joseph Arthur and others.
For full line up got to todossantosmusicfestival.com, where you will also find some more info about the festival, the organsition it sponser and tickets will be up for sale late in october.
Posted on 24 Sep 2012
Richard Nixon and Young Fresh Fellows, Sunset Tavern Seattle 9/22/12.
Richard Nixon Setlist:
Johnny Alright Wig new song 10 Million BC Vaso Loco Hard World Outta the House Alive
photo by Ole
Young Fresh Fellows Setlist:
Down by the Pharmacy two lives death of an embalmer Margaret Amy grant little softy go go gorilla love luggage still there's hope hank karen & elvis why i oughta once in a while sittin on a pitchfork I lost my money if you believe in Cleveland broken basket, someone I care about (chuck carroll on organ) you've got your head on backwards agar's revenge sharing patrol theme topsy turvy theme yffs theme(chuck guitar) hang on sloopy big house born to be wild ain't it alright rock & roll pest control equator blues
Posted on 23 Sep 2012
YFF - 21 September Sunset Tavern, Seatle, WA
Ole has filmed some of the YFF songs from the 21st and put them up on youtube already
Richard M. Nixon - '10 million BC' @ Sunset Tavern, Seattle, WA
Posted on 22 Sep 2012
Richard Nixon and Young Fresh Fellows, Sunset Tavern Seattle 9/21/12.
Richard Nixon Setlist:
Johnny Alright Wig new song 10 Million BC Vaso Hard Old Outta the House Alive
photo by Ole
Young Fresh Fellows Setlist:
Where is Groovy town everything is gonna turn out great suck machine crater fake hello, how much about last night do you remember ? The bus got a brand new car i wish i was your mother fair exchange The Bank guilty ones taco wagon picture book hillbilly drummer girl rock & roll pest control go blue angels ? (Gettin me down) 99 girls darn it (Jim talent drums) I've got my mojo workin tad's pad another ten reasons my friend ringo Georgy girl hang out right. w chuck carroll palisades park Humble guy power mowers theme get outta my cave teenage dogs little things -encore- back room of the bar
Photo by Niffer Calderwood
*Richard Nixon Setlist thanks to Ole, YFF setlist thanks to Lou
Posted on 22 Sep 2012
I'm Not Bitter cover for YepRoc 15
Here is my friends Gini cool take on the Minus 5 I'm Not Bitter for the YepRoc 15 contest, please give it a like on youtube so a Minus 5 fan takes away first prize.
Posted on 13 Sep 2012
Tourdates for Young Fresh Fellows and Minus 5
Young Fresh Fellows
Sept 21 & 22 Sunset Tavern, Seattle
Friday September 21st with special guests Richard M. Nixon (a new solo project of Peter Buck with Bill Reiflin and Scott McCaughey) and The Needful Longings (featuring Sean Croghan of Crackerbash/Jr. High, Jim Talstra of Dharma Bums/Minus 5, and Chris Slusarenko of Sprinkler/Guided by Voices/Boston Spaceships).
Saturday September 22nd with special guests Girl Trouble and Richard M. Nixon.
Oct 25 Doug Fir, Portland OR (w/ Robyn Hitchcock) Oct. 29 Triple Door, Seattle (w/ Robyn Hitchcock)
Minus 5 dates
Sept 1 Aladdin, Portland (w/ Ian Hunter) Sept 5 Musicfest Northwest, Doug Fir (w/ Sloan, Bobby Bare Jr.)
Posted on 14 Aug 2012
"the Gun Album" released on vinyl
The 2006 self titled Minus 5 album(aka "The Gun Album") is finally getting released on vinyl for the first time. It's released through yeproc and pressed on 180 gr vinyl, it also comes with an extra 7" with two unreleased tracks, )"Aw Shit Man - Original Version" and "Mary Lou" sung by John Ramberg. but that isn't all, you also get a digital copy of the album + another 10 bonus tracks only available digitally Get yours today in the YepRoc shop, there is also a combo with a new t-shirt available. and if you hurry Yep Roc has a sale on older vinyl till the end of the week, including "down with wilco", some baseball project, robyn hitchcock, john wesley harding and many others.
Rifle Called Goodbye Aw Shit Man Out There on the Maroon My Life As A Creep With A Gun Cemetery Row W14 Twilight Distillery Cigarettes Coffee and Booze Leftover Life To Kill Hotel Senator Bought A Rope All Worn Out Original Luke
Bonus Tracks: Aw Shit Man Mary Lou Burned Cigarettes, Coffee & Booze (Original Version) I'm Not There Nose of Majority Nothing's Gonna Be OK Twilight Distillery (Outtake) With A Gun (Demo Version)
whats better then to tour with one band in summer, lets tour with two, or in Scott's case tour with three bands, early summer schedule bellow. Meanwhile the new Young Fresh Fellows album will finally be released at the end of August on Yeproc. And speaking of Yeproc, they are turning 15 this year and decided to have a big party weekend in October at the Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro, NC. with quite a big line up from their roster including Minus 5, scott will be present on all 3 days. More info about tickets and line up can be found at YR15.com
Minus 5 June 8 Rose Festival, Waterfront Park, Portland, 6 p.m. June 8 Dante's, Portland (Neil Young tribute) 9 pm June 9 Tractor, Seattle (Neil Young tribute), 9 pm
Baseball Project July 5 CBGB Festival, City Winery, NYC July 6 Sailfest, New London CT July 7 House of Blues, Boston MA July 8 Beachcomber, Wellfleet MA July 24 Mallards Ballpark, Madison WI July 28 Wicker Park Festival, Chicago IL
Robyn Hitchcock & The Venus 3 July 14 Benicassim Festival, Spain July 16 Siroco Club, Madrid, Spain July 17 Palma de Mallorca, Spain
April 10 - Maxwell’s, Hoboken, NJ April 13 - Metropolitan Museum Of Art, New York, NY
Young Fresh Fellows
April 28 - The Sunset, Seattle, Wa Roy Loney & The Longshots 20th Anniversary Show with special guests The Young Fresh Fellows & a reunion of The Mighty (Mighty) Squirrels (Rob, Scott, Chuck, Jimbo & Tad!)
The Baseball Project release "El Hombre/Harvey Haddix" 7" for RSD
Coming on Record Store Day 2012 is the first Euclid Sessions single recorded at Euclid Records NOLA. The Baseball Project, made up of Steve Wynn, Scott McCaughey, Peter Buck and Linda Pitmon, perform “El Hombre” a rockin’ little number that should become a major hit in Los Angeles this summer. The B-Side is “Harvey Haddix” a virtual who’s who from that small fraternity of pitchers that have pitched perfect games in the big leagues and the man who was left off said list. As far as I know, this is the only song that gives a shout out to former Indian and Brave Len Barker. The cover will be a lenticular 3-D design by artist Amelie Mancini.
The Minus 5 have covered "The Sutherland Brothers" Arms of Mary for the WFMU compilation CD "Super Hits Of the Seventies!". The only way to get this album is with a pledge of $75 or more to help support WFMU for the next year. More info on how to do that here.
The songs was recorded by Scott on December 6, 2011 at the Red Record Room in Portland, Oregon, with Peter Buck playing 12-string guitar and Scott doing everything else.
You can listen to the song on the player below here, the song start about 6:15 minutes into the show
by trying to update the news program i use for the site i most likely deleted the entire news archive. well seems the last backup i made was somewhere in 2008. i am truly sorry for that. seems we have to start over all again.
If you’ve been to a local show by the Decemberists, Death Cab for Cutie or Wilco over the past four years – or if you’ve witnessed on stage Robyn Hitchcock, John Wesley Harding or KMRIA, the Pogues cover band featuring members of the Decemberists, during that same time period, you’ve probably wondered who the cool-looking guy is with the unruly hair, huge grin and sunglasses.
BY JIM CLARK
If you’ve seen the Minus 5, a Northwest supergroup of sorts that typically includes R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck, you already know that the individual in question is Scott McCaughey – one of the hardest-working and most beloved members of the Northwest music community.
Team Photo, L-R: Peter, Steve, Adam, Linda and Scott
The people from KEXP blog had a little chat with Steve Wynn about "The Baseball Project"(Steve Wynn, Scott McCaughey, Peter Buck, and Linda Pitmon). While there isn't a release date set for their upcoming album baseball-themed album, they can however already preview the rough mix of on of the songs, “Pasttime” which features lead vocals by Scott. Go listen to it here
As many of you probably already noticed, we have updated our forum software to version 3.0 of the phpBB software. While i tried my best to make sure everything from the old board is still there, i can never be sure. so if you have any problems with the site(login in, pm's, post, search, uploads, ideas, improvements etc...) please let me know by email or post your comments here.
Posted on 20 Jan 2008
We are bringing the band back together - yet another one
The Lowe Beats (Nick Lowe tribute band) is coming back together to do two shows in February to commemorating Yep Roc's 30th anniversary re-issue of Nick's first solo album "Jesus of Cool". The band includes Scott McCaughey - vocals John Ramberg - guitars Jim Sangster - guitars Hugh Jones - bass Graham Black - drums.
The Lowe Beats live at a venue near you: Feb. 22, Tractor Tavern, Seattle Feb. 23, Dante's, Portland
Posted on 06 Jan 2008
Posted on 24 Dec 2007
Nevada Lunatics show
THIS SATURDAY, DEC. 8... At the new East End Club (formerly the Rabbit Hole, 203 E. Grand): WRECKLESS ERIC & AMY RIGBY... do not miss these brilliant knuckleheads, together, double dynamite! If you don't know their stories, well, I really don't know where you've been (to quote somebody or other). Opening this show will be the NEVADA LUNATICS (Scott McCaughey, Steve Wynn, and Linda Pitmon), debuting some of our new songs about baseball. Really. For more info, check out: www.myspace.com/eastendpdx, www.wrecklesseric.com/
Posted on 05 Dec 2007
YFF and Tripwires videos from TheTractor Tavern
Some videos have surfaced from the shows last weekend: On YouTube these two from the fellows are availble:
Friday November 9 - The Tractor Tavern, Seattle, WA
Break it all Lesson pony arm twister monument I don't care zig zag I hear this music South Charleston Place I was afraid Dismantled sold your guitar blues grizzly bear big electric light
Young Fresh Fellows:
Have Love Will Travel Rock N Roll Pest Control Suck Machine (new song?) White Wine Saturday Morning (made up on the spot) Universal Trendsetter Guilty Ones (new song?) Taco Wagon Picture Book Sitting On A Pitchfork Sentimental Journey Final Tractor (new song?) Hang out Right Why I Oughta Sharing Patrol I Got My Mojo Working I Don't let the Little Things Get Me down 99 Girls Shake Your Magazines (new song?) When I'm Lonely Again One day you die My Friend Ringo
Encore: She's a Mod - Done by the Tripwires Backroom of the Bar Ain't It Allright Strychnine How much about last night do you remember she's a book
Saturday November 10 - The Towne Lounge, Portland, OR
Tripwires: Friday Lesson Pony Arm Twister Monument South Charleston Johnny Get Gone I Don't Care Never Ever I Was Afraid Ned Beatty Dismantled Sold Your Guitar Blues Grizzly Bear I Hear This Music Zig Zag Big Electric Light Crawling From The Wreckage
Minus 5: (Not in order) (w/John on guitar, Jim "jimmy talent" Talstra on bass and Ezra Holbrook on the drums) Dear Employer Little Black Eff Lonely Coffin Out There On The Maroon Albuquerque The Night Chicago Died, Again Twilight Ditillery (with John Wesley Harding) Time Bomb High School Teenage Idol With A Gun Aw Shit Man You Don't Mean It Strychnine Mary Lou Original Luke I'm not bitter
encores: Ghost Tarts Cigarettes Cofffee and Booze Sometimes good guys don't wear white (jim sangster on bass) She Belongs to Me (with JWH) Strychnine Ballad of John & Yoko (with JWH)
Return of the Tripwires: She's A Mod Break it All Have Love, Will Travel (with Michael Maker)
Posted on 17 Nov 2007
Scott McCaughey's editorial in "The Seattle Times"
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin J. Martin has a lot on his plate, what with his rush to alter existing media-ownership rules in favor of giant media conglomerates. He'll be in Seattle on Friday for the sixth and final public hearing on media ownership, which will examine the prudence of relaxing current stipulations. Jet lag is tough, but the crowd Martin will encounter here is likely to be even tougher.
The Seattle proceedings were announced at the last minute, giving citizens little time to prepare arguments. Many question whether Martin is sincere in his assessment of public opinion — which, when it comes to further media consolidation, is decidedly negative.
Scott McCaughey adds his many talents to the new Breakup Society album, "Nobody Likes A Winner". Scott does lead vocal on the track “By A Thread” and adds keys, guitar and harmonies to several other numbers.
1. Nobody Likes A Winner 2. The World Will Change Our Love 3. How Failure Saved Me From Myself 4. Strictly Biological Heart 5. 13th Angry Man 6. This Little Tragedy 7. Another Candlelit Night 8. By A Thread 9. No One Wants To Be Remembered 10. Lower Expectations 11. The Day Before The First Day Of The Rest Of My Life 12. I Didn't Mean To Wreck Your Day 13. Forget The Past 14. This Doesn't Matter
Posted on 08 Nov 2007
The Tripwires - "Makes You Look Around"
On November 12th "Makes You Look Around", The Tripwires debut album will finally hit the shelfs of the music shops. (Though you can order your copy already Nov. 8th at www.paisleypop.com.) The Tripwires is the new band of Minus 5 guitarist John Ramberg, formerly know of "The Model Rockets". Another famous face in the band is Jim Sangster, bass player from the Young Fresh Fellows. While his Brother Johnny plays guitar and Mark Pickerel keeps the beat steady on the drums. The Tripwires will play two record release parties, one in Portland and one in Seattle along with the Fellows and The Minus 5.
The Tripwires: Nov 9 - The Tractor Tavern, Seattle, WA (w/The Young Fresh Fellows) Nov 10 - The Towne Lounge, Portland, OR (w/The Minus 5)
.... And the recording project after that: Steve Wynn: “I’m doing a baseball record. I’ve wanted to do this for a long time, a record entirely about baseball, touting specific players or incidents, things like that. I’ve been talking about this for a long time now, thinking of ways to do it, and I met up with Scott McCaughey from R.E.M., Young Fresh Fellows, the Minus Five. We met up about half a year ago and I told him about it and it turns out he’s as big a baseball fan as I am and he flipped out, so we’re going to get together, Scott and myself and Peter Buck and Linda (Miracle 3 drummer Pitmon), and do the record in December in Portland because Peter’s got a studio there. It’s pretty convenient. And again, we’re going to write a lot on our own before we get together and then collaborate once we’re there. I’ll probably come back from Slovenia and watch the World Series and write during the entire Series.” ...
Well they were walking down the street I never seen a couple Young Fresh Fellows before Well there was something about the way they combed their hair and something about the clothes that they wore Well they don't act so cool, they're just regular Joes Well they're the Young Fresh Fellows now nobody knows them I've never seen a couple Young Fresh Fellows before Ahhh-hhhh Young Fresh Fellows!
Posted on 29 Oct 2007
Rock For Darfur Nov. 10
The United Nations calls it "the world's greatest humanitarian crisis." The US calls it genocide.
The people of Darfur have suffered for 4 years in a crisis that has left over 400,000 dead and 2.5 million displaced from their homes.
There is something you can do to help them: GO TO A CONCERT on November 10.
MySpace has brought its bands together to help send aid to the people of Darfur. Join us('The Minus 5') at our show in Portland, Oregon at The Towne Lounge and a portion of your ticket purchase will go directly to the ROCK FOR DARFUR cause.
More than 30 other bands have united with Rock for Darfur shows that span the globe—all on November 10. So if our show isn't in your neighborhood, then go to "http://myspace.com/rockfordarfur" to find one that is.
Help us send a strong message to the world that this crisis must end now.
Christ the King Oktoberfest set list - 29 September
Scott & Peter
Rest of the World In A Lonely Coffin The Town That Lost Its Groove Supply John Barleycorn Must Live With A Gun Teenage Idol (Ricky Nelson) Moonshine Girl Desperate for Someone Out There on the Maroon Cigarettes, Coffee and Booze The Old Carving Knife (from forthcoming Tuatara lp) Aw "Shucks" Man
With Mark Olson (Jayhawks) and Tim Easton
I Still Miss Someone (Johnny Cash) Dear Employer 11 Months and 29 Days (snippet of Johnny Paycheck hit) Carmelita (Warren Zevon)
Hang Out Right
Mark comes back
Ballad of John & Yoko (Beatles)
Posted on 01 Oct 2007
Amalgam of Americana
The last time Scott McCaughey visited Lexington, he stood before 10,000 people at Rupp Arena.
The jovial Seattle songsmith will be the first to admit that they weren't entirely there to see him. The feverish October 1995 turnout was for R.E.M., the Georgia alt-rock institution of which McCaughey (pronounced McCoy) has long been an auxiliary member. McCaughey played keyboards, sang a bit, added some rhythm guitar here and there, and generally grinned like a kid having the time of his life, all night long.
Scott McCaughey is involved in so many music projects, it's amazing he has time to finish them all.
The Seattle singer and multi-instrumentalist formed acclaimed alt-rock band Young Fresh Fellows in 1983. A friendship with R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck led them to start up The Minus Five (initially a loose collective), in 1993. Buck invited McCaughey to tour with R.E.M. a year later; he's been an adjunct member ever since.
The pair are also regulars in experimental group Tuatara - which just put out "East of the Sun" (Fast Horse) - and Robyn Hitchcock & The Venus 3.
On 2006's stellar "The Gun Album," The Minus 5 has crafted its strongest effort yet with guest appearances from Jeff Tweedy (Wilco), Colin Meloy (the Decemberists), Sean Nelson (Harvey Danger), Ken Stringfellow (the Posies), John Wesley Harding and others.
I caught up with the jovial McCaughey (pronounced "McCoy") at his home in Portland last week. Q: This is your first Inland Empire appearance. I was surprised to see The Minus 5 on the bill. A: From looking at the concert program, they seem to book mostly tribute bands and we do mostly originals, but we're a class act and hopefully people enjoy it. We'll try to keep my obscene stage patter to a minimum (laughs). Q: For the most part, the latest CD is more accessible than previous efforts. Was that a conscious decision?
A very long and interesting interview is up at Namedropper Media. Scott talks about Ian Hunter, Led Zeppelin, his first album he bought, future recording and tour plans with his various band and a whole lot more.
Posted on 07 Aug 2007
Young Fresh Fellows at Seafair,August 4
All picture and setlist scan by Geoff Vickers
The Fellows played an early set at the Seafair festival in Seatlle yesterday , while the hydroplane boats were racing on Lake Washington, the small crowed enjoy a pretty great set of old and brand new songs.
It's been awhile since the Minus 5 put a show together, but all you Northwesters are in luck, The Minus 5 comes out of hibernation for a couple of shows. First up is the show at McMenamin's Edgefield in Troutdale,OR on the 22nd of August. where they are playing after Wilco, so who knows what will happen during those two sets. At the end of the month the band goes over to California for a double header. First on August 31 the play the Lake Arrowhead Village in Lake Arrowhead. Lake Arrowhead Village is located in Southern California, less than a two hour drive east of downtown Los Angeles, in the San Bernardino mountains. The best part of the show is that it is a FREE show and it starts at 5:30 p.m. sharp. A perfect opportunity to bring out the entire family. The day after they play Spaceland in LA. A familiar place where many Minus 5 and RH&The V3 gigs took place. A week after the band meets again in Portland at Dante's for the Northwest Music Fest on September 8, with The Blakes, Loch Lomond, Patterson Hood of The Drive By Truckers and Richmond Fontaine on the same bill.
Posted on 05 Aug 2007
Scott and Kurt praise "You Am I"
Aussie rockers "You Am I" get praised in the latest issue of "The Stranger" by a who's who of Seattle musicians—members of Soundgarden, the Presidents of the United States of America, Mudhoney, the Makers, The Young Fresh Fellows and the Posies, among others.
Here is What Scott and Kurt had to say:
Scott McCaughey—the Young Fresh Fellows, the Minus 5, R.E.M.
I think Kim Thayil of Soundgarden first told me about You Am I. First time I saw them was at CBGB—the Fellows might have been on the show or I might have just gone to see them on a night off, I can't remember. I was blown away by the songs and the energy. I figured they were destined to near-immediate hugeness. I guess it never quite materialized over here and it's hard to fathom. The latest album [2006's Convicts] shows how much they still have to offer—killer songs with the early Replacements often coming to mind and still slipping in that masterful Ray Davies melodic flair. What's not to love?
Kurt Bloch—Fastbacks, the Young Fresh Fellows, Sgt. Major
They were playing on a Sunday night, I think, at the Off Ramp... I suppose no one had even heard of them around here at that point, 1994, but if they were friends of Soundgarden and from Australia (home of good times and all things rock), they'd be worth a try. And they were! I recall Live at Leeds–era Pete Towns-hend fronting AC/DC's rhythm section, with total kill songs to boot.
You can read the original story as posted in The Stranger here. For more info on You am I go to their site.
Posted on 21 Jul 2007
Tuatara - East of the Sun review
The implied purpose of most supergroups is that the resulting new band consolidates everything you like about each member's respective band into a musical juggernaut that everyone can like. Very rarely does that work as advertised, however, which is probably why Tuatara works where so many like groups have floundered. The members of Tuatara—who include R.E.M.'s Peter Buck, Minus Five frontman and Young Fresh Fellow Scott McCaughey, and Screaming Trees drummer Barrett Martin—play against type, rock guys making spacious instrumental music intended for film soundtracks. ...
DeSoto records finally released their kid-friendly music compilation called "Play". Young Fresh Fellows Donated the track "Picnic". You can Order a copy of the CD in the web store of DeSoto records, or download it straight from iTunes.
Tracklist: Anna Oxygen: Born to Shake Channels with Damon Locks: Always Check for Holes Georgie James: The Grizzly Jive Sgt. Major: Nellie the Elephant Mudhoney: I Like to Make Noise and Break Things Mock Orange: Holiday Dinner Song Mirah and Tara Jane O'Neill: Green Up Time Young Fresh Fellows: Picnic Mary Timony: Clap Your Hands Soccer Team: I'll Never Fear Ghosts Again Supersuckers: Rubber Biscuit The Cassettes: Truck on (Truck) Ben Davis & The Jetts: Bouncin' Party Visqueen: Centerfield
Posted on 06 May 2007
Minus 5 Cover Lynyrd Skynyrd on benefit compilation CD
Compilations CDs will forever be known as the tombstones that speckle the audio graveyard of unsold and ignored music. Most are haphazardly assembled collections that hold no central theme, like a poorly put together mix CD without the personal touch.
Released by local label Arena Rock, Bridging the Distance (in stores April 17, with a digital version including six extra songs available online) is a complete exception to the idea that compilations are a waste of record store shelf space. Benefiting local nonprofit organization p:ear, the album is made up of some of Portland's finest bands, all of which take on the brave task of covering classic songs. The tracks are a vibrant example of the rich variety of music, and generosity, our town has to offer. In their own words, a few of the bands that took part in the compilation explain themselves.
From Yeproc: My pal Scott Ferril in Minneapolis has completed this cool little video of "Aw Shit Man."
Best, Scott McCaughey
Posted on 05 Apr 2007
Robyn Hitchcock & The Venus 3 European Tour
1 June Racecourse "Wychwood Festival" Cheltenham, UK 2 June Primavera Sound Barcelona, Spain 9 June Ha! Gent, Belgium 10 June Paradiso Amsterdam, Holland 11 June Tivoli Helling Utrecht, Holland 13 June Debaser Stockholm, Sweden 14 June Sticky Fingers Gothenberg, Sweden 16 June Norwegian Wood Oslo, Norway 17 June TBC Finland
Posted on 05 Apr 2007
Tuatara - East Of The Sun out June 2007
Tuatara is back after a long silence, the band recorded around 28 songs last year, and the first batch of them will be presented on June 2007. "East Of The Sun" is the first part of a double disc with the second one being released in October 2007. While all the pervious Tuatara albums where instumental only, this time the songs feature lots of guest vocals including: Mark Olson and Gary Louris of Jayhawks fame, Dean Wareham from Luna, Victoria Williams, Mark Eitzel of American Music Club, John Wesley Harding, Jessy Greene, Adama, Coleman Barks and Scott McCaughey.
No reason to wait till June to hear the record, it is already streaming from the Fasthorse Jukebox
Tuatara is celebrating ten years as a band with the release of our fifth studio album titled "East Of The Sun". The album will be released in June of 2007, but you will be able to hear various songs from the 15 song album posted here on our My Space page, and also on the jukebox page of our regular website: Tuatara.com.
We recorded and mixed the album at Studio Litho in Seattle, our home base so to speak. Peter Buck, Scott McCaughey and myself wrote the music, and then we sent the instrumental tracks to the various singers who wrote their own lyrics and then sang them. I was producing the sessions and playing drums, keyboards, and percussion, which kept me quite busy for most of the last half of 2006! ...
A special note from Scott McCaughey about the new Robyn Hitchcock & The Venus 3 live EP!
This is not my first "Live At The Croc" compact disc experience. Who could forget the Minus-5-doing-MC5 "High School" mayhem (for "the kids") from The World of Dr. Illteams collection? Or the Young Fresh Fellows' "John Agar's Revenge" from Bite Back: Live At The Crocodile Cafe? Commander Anderson indeed finds his finger on the Two-Guitars-Bass-&-Drums button and presses it with purposeful confidence, and it sounds like THAT. After Sgt. Major Kurt Bloch jackboots it into hyperdrive with some slapback tube sauce and bootleg Tang crystals...
Robyn Hitchcock & The Venus 3 live EP available now for preorder!
Sex, Food, Death and Tarantulas is the new EP from Robyn Hitchcock, the auteur of the highly-acclaimed album Ole! Tarantula, contains six live unreleased tracks including the Soft Boys classic, "Give It to the Soft Boys," Hitchcock solo gems like "Sometimes a Blonde," and the Venus 3's "(A Man's Got to Know His Limitations )Briggs." Also included is two videos for "Adventure Rocketship" from Ole! Tarantula - one live action video and a wistful stop motion animation rendering. In addition to the these extras overflowing from the Ole! Tarantula sessions and tour, keep an eye out for a documentary profiling the psych-popster to air on the Sundance channel which will debut at the SXSW film festival.
Scott McCaughey did another solid opening set in Birmingham. As in New Orleans, he played mostly keyboards and was accompanied by drummer Joe Adragna (of the band The Junior League). Although tonight was just their second time performing together, to their credit, Scott and Joe changed up the set a fair bit. Tonight, one of the nuggets we got was The Old Plantation off the Down With Wilco record.
And the Hank Williams cover was also a nice surprise. I can't remember if Scott mentioned Joe telling him that Hank Williams died in Birmingham (which turns out not to be true) or if Joe said that he just spent one of his last nights in Birmingham, not far from the Alabama Theatre (which is true). Either way, it was a neat rendition of the song.
At any rate, the "Minus 2" set went this way:
The Town That Lost Its Groove Supply My Life as a Creep Cemetery Row The Old Plantation Daggers Drawn Original Luke (Scott on baritone guitar) I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive (Scott-guitar) [Hank Williams] Rifle Called Goodbye Aw Shit Man (Scott-guitar)
Tonight was the first show on this tour that I've gotten to see with Scott McCaughey opening, and since I haven't really seen a lot written about Scott's opening sets, I figured I'd at least post what he played tonight.
It was a treat to hear some songs off the Down With Wilco record, especially Daggers Drawn. And it was totally awesome to hear his version of So Much Wine. Apparently Scott's been playing with different local people each night, so his sets have been changing at least a little bit from night to night. At tonight's show, he had Joe Adragna (of a New Orleans band called The Junior League) with him on drums and background vocals. Scott played mostly keyboard, somewhat surprisingly. On a few numbers, he also played baritone guitar.
Anyway, here was his set:
Rifle Called Goodbye Twilight Distillery Daggers Drawn My Life As A Creep Original Luke (Scott-guitar) So Much Wine (Scott-guitar) [Handsome Family] The Town That Lost Its Groove Supply The Days of Wine and Booze Aw Shit Man (Scott-guitar)
Hitchcock Documentary debuts on Sundance Channel in March
NEW YORK, Jan. 18 -- Robyn Hitchcock: Sex, Food, Death ... and Insects, a Sundance Channel original production, debuts on Tuesday, March 27, 2007 at 10:00 pm et/pt. Directed by John Edginton (The Pink Floyd and Syd Barrett Story), the hour-long documentary follows British singer/songwriter Hitchcock and band The Venus 3, featuring Peter Buck (R.E.M.), Bill Rieflin (Ministry, REM), and Scott McCaughey (Minus 5, REM, The Young Fresh Fellows), as they spend a week in July of 2006 recording an album of new material at Hitchcock's house in West London. The film captures Hitchcock at work as he adds to his stockpile of wonderfully wry and twisted rock songs. The musical equivalent of black comedy, Hitchcock's songs express a fundamentally dark worldview, energized by droll wit, surreal imagery and a dynamite vocabulary
Main Set Adventure Rocket Ship City of Shame Ole Tarantula Sally Was A Legend New York Doll The Afterlight Somewhere Apart The Underneath Television Vibrating Flesh Number One Creeped Out American Girl The Authority Box Driving Aloud Madonna of the Wasps Jewels for Sophia
Encores (with Morris Windsor) Queen Elvis See Emily Play Kingdom of Love Queen of Eyes Listening to the Higsons
Robyn and the venus 3 were joined in Oxford by Mike Mills and Michael Stipe of R.E.M. in the encore.
Adventure Rocket Ship Afterlife Sally Was A Legend Ole Tarantula City of Shame If You Were A Priest NY Doll Somewhere Apart Flesh #1 Television Not Dark Yet Authority Box Creeped Out Driving Aloud (Radio Storm) Madonna of the Wasps Jewels For Sophia Kingdom of Love
1st Encore (enter Michael Stipe & Mike Mills who played Peter Buck's rickenbacker) Electrolite Arms of Love I'm Gonna DJ (new REM song, Mills switched to bass, Scott on guitar) Listening To The Higsons (Buck on drums, Rieflin bass, Scott guitar, Stipe backing vox, Robyn ditched his guitar)
2nd Encore (with Mike Mills) Give It To The Soft Boys Eight Miles High
You can download the torrent of this gig here at dimeadozen.
Posted on 09 Jan 2007
Robyn and the boys in Nottingham
What a fantabulously wonderful night last night, even my husband declared it's one of the best gigs he's been to. It was a bit short as this venue has a strict 10pm curfew as it becomes a nightclub and people were already queuing outside to come in, so they did all the encores in one sitting to save from wasting time in leaving the stage etc. and there were some huddled discussions about what they could fit in with Bill who appeared to be the only one wearing a watch and was giving them sound checks.
Scott McCaughey (with occasional assistance from those more qualified) will perform the opening set on the mid-sized chunk of Jeff Tweedy's forthcoming southeastern U.S. jaunt. Most likely billed as "McCaughey Minus 5", the dates are:
JAN. 20 -- Dallas TX, Granada Theater JAN. 21 -- Marfa TX, Liberty Hall JAN. 23 & 24 -- Austin TX, Hogg Auditorium, UT JAN. 26 -- New Orleans LA, House of Blues JAN. 27 -- Birmingham AL, Alabama Theater JAN. 29 -- Atlanta GA, The Tabernacle
Posted on 02 Jan 2007
Young Fresh Fellows on children's compilation record
We reported about this a year ago, seems there is finally a date set for it
Well, we've been working on this children's compilation record for going on three years and I'm happy to report that it finally has artwork (by the incredibly talented Ian Nagy) and a release date! It is packed with wonderful, upbeat songs that we find as enjoyable as our five-year-old Nick does: you'll laugh, you'll dance, you'll get down on the ground (thanks for the lyric, Mary Timony!). In stores and online here, April 17, 2007!
Bands on PLAY include: Anna Oxygen, Young Fresh Fellows, Mock Orange, Visqueen, Channels w/Damon Locks, Soccer Team (featuring our own mailorder guru Melissa Quinley and Ryan Nelson of Beauty Pill/The Most Secret Method fame), Mirah w/Tara Jane O'Neill, Sgt. Major, Mary Timony, Mudhoney, Supersuckers, Georgie James (John Davis, formerly of Q and Not U, w/Laura Burhenn), The Cassettes, Ben Davis.
Posted on 23 Dec 2006
Robyn Hitchcock & The Venus 3 - US Tour 2007
YepRoc Records just announced 7 new dates for Robyn Hitchcock with the Venus 3. The tour mainly focus on the South with stops in Nashville, Birmingham, Greenville,...
18 March: Belcourt Theater, Nashville, TN 19 March: The Nick, Birmingham, AL 20 March: Smith's Olde Bar, Atlanta, GA 22 March: Handlebar, Greenville, SC 23 March: Cat's Cradle, Carrboro, NC 25 March: Ram's Head - Matinee, Annapolis, MD 26 March: World Cafe Live, Philadelphia, PA
Posted on 23 Dec 2006
Conan O'Brien tonight, In-Store on Saturday
Robyn Hitchcock and the Venus 3 are the musical guests on NBC's Late Night With Conan O'Brien at 12:35 pm (ET) tonight. They will be performing their latest single, "Adventure Rocket Ship."
And on Saturday the 25th, they will play an exclusive In-Store performance at Easy Street records(Queen Anne) in Seattle at 3pm. Later that night they will finish up their North-American tour at the Crocodile Cafe.
Posted on 21 Nov 2006
Robyn Hitchcock & The Venus 3 - UK Tour 2007 in the making (update Nov 5)
Various dates have gone on sale now at some ticket sites in the UK. The scheduled tour would take place from January the 8th till the 21. So far 3 dates been announced:
The boys left Tokyo earlier this week after playing a few great concerts there. You can see some pictures and read some reviews about it here in Tadd IGARASHI blog. You can also read some updates with pictures that Mathijs posted in our forum. Mathijs also was able to record all the shows he went too in Tokyo and will upload them to DimeADozen in the coming days and week. It will also include a DVD from the fan boat party that took place on the last day. First show is now up at dime.
14 October - The Gov, Adelaide, Australia - Setlist
If You Were a Priest Sally Was a Legend Tarantula Queen of Eyes Adventure Rocket Ship N.Y. Doll I Often dream of trains Vibrating Birdshead Flesh Number One (Beatle Dennis) Beautiful Queen Somewhere Apart Creeped Out Madonna of the Wasps (A Man's Gotta Know His Limitations) Briggs Driving Aloud (Radio Storm) Encores Aw, Shit Man Cigarettes, Coffee, Booze give it to the soft boys Queen of Eyes Acid Bird 8 Miles High Destroy You
Posted on 15 Oct 2006
Minus 5 - 2006-09-23 Dante’s
thanks to Thanks Alot we can enjoy the Minus 5 set from Dante's in Portland earlier this week. Along with the usualy songs from the setlist, they also play a nice version of Secret Agent Man.
Posted on 27 Sep 2006
PURGe blogger went all the way from Pittsburgh to Spain for the Azkena Rock festival, you can read his lengty review, with a great read about the fellows in his blog.
And Scott busy as always, guested during a secret Decemberist gig on their cover of Jefferson Airplane’s “Wooden Ships.” Read the full recap here.
Posted on 27 Sep 2006
Change a plus for Minus 5
The Minus 5 that will roll into Portland for a show at Dante's may not resemble the group that would have played in town a decade ago.
Back then, The Minus 5 was a true side project for frontman Scott McCaughey, who spent most of his time in the critically acclaimed band the Young Fresh Fellows.
It gave singer/multi-instrumentalist McCaughey a vehicle for songs that were too introspective and restrained to fit the exuberant power pop of the Young Fresh Fellows.
Over The Sea Mary Lou Dear My Inspiration The Town That Lost Its Groove Supply Out There On The Maroon Secret Agent Man I'm Not Bitter Courage Is The Smallest Bird Hillbilly Drummer Girl Lies Of The Living Dead With A Gun This Rifle Called Goodbye Twilight Distillery Timebomb Highschool Lyrical Stance In A Lonely Coffin Aw Shit, Man Strychnine
Posted on 24 Sep 2006
22 Sept - The Crocodile, Seattle, Wa
The Minus 5 were in fine form, and there was a camera crew on hand to capture their show (along with Kurt, Mary, Jennifer and I bouncing and singing along maniacally) I never did find out who or what they were filming for, but if anyone does, I wouldn't mind seeing it.
I snagged a setlist. It's kind of innacurate order-wise but it's fairly close.
For thos who will be attending the concerts of Robyn and The Minus 5, here is the complete itinerary
06 Oct - FAB acoustic gig Robyn and Minus 5 http://www.fab-web.net/
07 Oct - FAB Robyn and Minus 5 with Morgan Fisher http://www.fab-web.net/
08 Oct - FAB Robyn and Minus 5 with Morgan Fisher http://www.fab-web.net/
09 Oct - Bob Dylan Summit - Robyn and Scott with other Japanese artists http://www.flying-dc.com/bds/dylan.html
10 Oct - Fan party on the boat/Tokyo Bay Robyn and Venus 3 with Glenn Tilbrook http://www.mplant.com/robyn/boat/index.html
You can find an amusing comic/storyboard for the Adventure Rocket Ship song here
Posted on 17 Sep 2006
Get Happy!! - It's the tears of a clown for the Minus 5's Scott McCaughey.
"I didn't really think I was starting a band."
Call these the famous last words of Scott McCaughey: founding frontman of the dead-but-not-buried Young Fresh Fellows, R.E.M. sideman-extraordinaire for more than a decade, supporting cast member of Tuatara and backing musician for Robyn Hitchcock — in short, a busy, busy man who has somewhat accidentally led a rotating cast of musical characters through seven full-length albums, a handful of EPs and countless tour dates under the catch-all moniker of the Minus 5.
Young Fresh Fellows Azkena Festival Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain 8-31-06
Rock 'n' Roll Pest Control Middle Man of Time I Don't Let the Little Things Get Me Down Taco Wagon Picture Book How Much About Last Night Do You Remember? 99 Girls Still There's Hope Two Guitars, Bass and Drums Equator Blues I Got My Mojo Workin' (And I Thought You'd Like To Know) Hillbilly Drummer Girl My Friend Ringo Fan Club Backroom of the Bar Ain't It Alright (NRBQ) Sittin' On A Pitchfork Your Truth, Our Lies Topsy Turvy Theme Young Fresh Fellows Theme Strychnine
Pictures can be found here and here on flickr *EDIT 17 September 2006 Even more pictures here (thanks to Karen Hoffmann)
Posted on 04 Sep 2006
How Much About Last Night Do You Remember - YFF, 19August Review
So. The need machine. eh... I said they were like Spinal Tap, minus the funny. Fitz said if it were 1982 they would have been really innovative.
The Paul Lynde Fan Club. There's really only one word: awesome. Actually, say it about 5 times and you'll get the awesomeness that is the Paul Lynde Fan Club. They play in a straightline (dead moon style) with the drummer as the lead singer. They have songs about Diebold, Freaks and Geeks, Yoda, and one called Nuge On (Get Your). It was their CD release party, so we bought the record and tried to convince the band to come to Portland.
The Fellows. Last night marked the first time I ever saw Tad's Wok live. By the end of the night, he had some red marks on his face.
"Little kids bring zucchini and stay all day" is one of the best lines in rock
OLÉ! TARANTULA: 1. Adventure Rocket Ship 2. Underground Sun 3. Museum of Sex 4. Belltown Ramble 5. Olé! Tarantula 6. (A Man’s Gotta Know His Limitations) Briggs 7. Red Locust Frenzy 8. ‘Cause It’s Love (Saint Parallelogram) 9. The Authority Box 10. N.Y. Doll
Some good soul was so kind to tape the Minus 5 show last weekend at the Tractor Tavern in Seattle. You can download the show here. It's a very good audience recording. Please don't make any MP3 version of this recording available for download or sharing.
The John Wesley Harding show from the same night is also recorded, but by John request this can only be shared after the new album comes out(7 new songs were debuted), so we will have to wait till early next year until this recording surfaces.
John Wesley Harding, Robert Lloyd & Minus 5 5 August 2006 - Tractor Tavern, Seattle, WA
01. Top of the Bottom @ 02. The People's Drug * 03. In Paradise * 04. The Red Rose and the Briar 05. Sleeper, Awake 06. Do Not Fear the Dark 07. Here Comes the Groom * 08. Save a Little Room For Me * 09. Still Photo * 10. Humble Bee * 11. My Favourite Angel (false start) 12. My Favourite Angel !$ 13. Love or Nothing !$ 14. Oh! Pandora !$ 25. Daylight Ghosts !$ 26. Congratulations (On Your Hallucinations) !$ 17. Someday, Son !$ 18. The End !$ ============ 19. Twilight Distillery !^
Wesley Stace (vox, guitar) * w/ Robert Lloyd (mandolin, accordion, keyboard) @ w/ Lloyd, Peter Buck (bass, guitar), Scott McCaughey (backup vox, guitar) ! w/ Lloyd, Buck, McCaughey, Kurt Bloch (guitar), Bill Rieflin (skins) ^ w/ John Ramberg (backup vox, guitar) $ First time played
Posted on 08 Aug 2006
5 August - Tractor Tavern, Seattle Setlist
In A Lonely Coffin The Forgotten Fridays Out There on the Maroon I'm Not Bitter Cigarettes Coffee and Booze Hillbilly Drummer Girl [Young Fresh Fellows] With A Gun Got You My Life As A Creep Courage is the Smallest Bird Carmelita [Warren Zevon] Hotel Senator Lies of the Living Dead Time Bomb High School [Reigning Sound] Aw Shit Man
Posted on 06 Aug 2006
The Tripwires, John Rambergs new band
The Tripwires, the new band of John Ramberg(vocals/guitar), with Jim Sangster from the Young Fresh Fellows and Sgt. Major on Bass, Johnny Sangster on guitar/ vocals and Mark Pickerel on drums finally have a website: www.thetripwires.com. You can find some links about the members, see some pictures and find out where they play next. They also have a track "I hear this music" up for download. And at their myspace website you can listen to 3 more. So check them out when you can, and hopefully we see a CD release pretty soon.
Posted on 05 Aug 2006
4 August - Mississippi Studios, Portland Setlist
Scott & Peter
Aw Shit, Man There Is No Music Ambiguity Song (Camper Van Beethoven cover?) Backroom of the Bar Old Carving Knife (apparantly, a new Tuatara song) The Town That Lost Its Groove Supply Cigarettes, Coffee, and Booze Odds n Ends World Of Eggs Find A Finger All The Time I Wish I Was Your Mother
Posted on 05 Aug 2006
The Fellows at "The Croc"
The Young Fresh Fellows will play on Saturday August 19 at The Crocodile Cafe in Seattle. Opening bands will be "Paul Lynde Fanclub" and "The Need Machine". Later in the month the Fellows will also be playing the Spanish "Azkena Festival" in Vittoria, Spain.
Posted on 19 Jul 2006
Robyn Hitchcock and The Venus 3 - Olé Tarantula. A preview of the new album by the man himself.
“What makes this record for me is the musicians I was able to gather,” says Robyn Hitchcock of Olé Tarantula, a surreal vision and Technicolor celebration of life — from its inception and the whole catastrophe of it — till its groovy decay and inevitable last breath. “To me, the whole record is sadness cloaked in fun. But under that fun, more sadness,” says Hitchcock.
Such seeming contradictions are what make Hitchcock a credible narrator to his incredible kingdom of song, the one he’s built on a foundation of dreamlike, whimsical, tragic comedy and set to gorgeous and slightly askew melodies for the last 30 years. In Hitchcock’s universe, adventure rocket ships, exploding, twist-off heads and crawling things are the norm, as are supersonic harmonies and an ever-present chiming guitar sound. Through the years, those heavenly refrains, the harmonicas and the hilarity conspired and drew a blueprint for alternative pop as we know it. Is it any wonder he attracts stellar company when he settles in to make a record?
More gigs in the Pacific Northwest and Japan. and some new ones in Australia
A few more gigs have been added to the summer schedule of the Minus 5, the boys will open for Los Lobos while they visit the Pacific Northwest during their current world tour. Dates are as follows.
9 August - Woodland Park Zoo Amphitheatre, Seattle, WA -- SOLD OUT! 10 August - Cuthbert Amphitheatre, Eugene, OR 11 August - Bite of Oregon, Portland, OR* *Festival date
Another date has been added to the Japanese tour in October. The Minus 5 and Robyn Hitchcock will now also play on the 6th at the FAB Club in Tokyo. Note that this will be an acoustic gig.
After Japan Robyn Hitchcock and the Minus 3 will fly to Australia and play a couple of dates there
October '06 Friday 13 Fly By Night - Fremantle - WA Saturday 14 The Gov - Adelaide - SA Monday 16 The Spiegeltent - Melbourne - Vic Tuesday 17 Melbourne Uni - Vic Wednesday 18 The Basement, Sydney - Vic Thursday 19 The Clarendon, Katoomba - NSW Friday 20 The Rose, Torquay - Vic Sat 21 St Andrews, St Andrews - Vic Sunday 22 The Northcote Social Club, Northcote - Vic
Posted on 16 Jul 2006
Dingwalls and Colchester review
My sister and I arrived back early this morning from Colchester. We finally got see, not one, but two Minus 5 shows. Our first ones and we had a wonderful time - the shows were fabulous.
Because we were staying over, we managed to have a few drinks, well a lot of drinks actually, at the Dingwalls show. The set list included Ghost Tarts of Stockholm, The Town that Lost It's Groove Supply, Hotel Senator, My Retrival of you, Rifle Called Goodbye, In a Lonely Coffin, Out There on the Maroon, I'm Not Bitter (my favourite), My Life as a Creep, With a Gun, Courage is the Smallest Bird, Where Will You Go, Dear My Inspiration, You Don't Mean It, All the Time, Mary Lou, Lies of the Living Dead, Days of Wine and Booze, Aw Shit Man - and Teenage Kicks was indeed played too at some point.
There are 2 people here who won't forget this day.
Another sunny day in scorching scandinavia. I take advantage of the buffet breakfast to sneak a cheese roll and hard boiled egg into my bag for the train trip and then head out for a quick walk around time, stopping for a hoover cake and espresso at the 'old biddies cafe' in the Haga.
Arriving at the station i realise i have no money, so i change my danish remnants for swedish so i can have another espresso while i wait and also treat myself in the buffet car as we hurtle towards Norway. It's all planned. Sally had skipped sweden to cruise from copenhagen to oslo and will have found a place to eat, the train gets in around 4.45pm, so it'll be off to the hotel, meet sally, then food and gig. Perfect.
Robyn Hitchcock & The Minus 3 - Wireless Festival 25 June - Review
I went to the Wireless Festival in Leeds yesterday - predominantly to see the boys and my husband was keen to see The Who.
We had a fabulous day, the boys were on the second stage which was inside a big marquee, but the sound and lighting looked rather better than the main stage. We could see them setting up at the side of the stage when previous bands were on and Bill was setting up his own drum kit, then Scott and Peter were wandering in and out of the tent and onto the stage etc. and they watched Bob Mould from the side of the stage.
Robyn Hitchcock & The Minus 3 - Wireless Festival - Setlist
Robyn Hitchcock & The Minus 3 London - Wireless Festival - Hyde Park June 22nd 2006
01 - If You Were A Priest 02 - Acid Bird 03 - Ole Tarantula 04 - Adventure Rocket Ship 05 - Sally Was A Legend 06 - Beautiful Queen 07 - Queen Of Eyes
This set was recorded by Matthijs van Geldere and is being shared on the torrent site dimeadozen.org
Posted on 25 Jun 2006
1 June - Mississippi Studios, Portland, Oregon - Setlist
Cigarettes Coffee and Booze My Life As A Creep The Town That Lost Its Groove Supply Myrna Loy Wouldn't Want To Care One Bar At A Time Desperate For Someone Moonshine Girl That Smell (Lynyrd Skynyrd cover) With A Gun I Still Miss Someone Aw Shit Man
Scott and Peter at Mississippi Studios opening for Tim Easton
Posted on 05 Jun 2006
Scott doing it solo
Here are a couple of solo dates Scott will be doing in the next couple of days and weeks. On June 1 Scott will be doing support for Tim Easton at the Mississippi Studios in Portland. On June 16 he will be performing in San Francisco's 12 Galaxies at "Parkerpalooza" which features Kelley Stoltz (with special guests Spiral Stairs and Scott Mcaughey), Oranger, Enablers, Scott Mcaughey, Ezee Tiger and Cheetah Speed (ex Zen Guerilla). And on August 4 he will be the support for John Wesley Harding at the Mississippi Studios.
Posted on 27 May 2006
We could break up, or we could GO on TOUR together
-A second and final Minus 5 date in the UK has been added, they will perform at the "Colchester Arts Centre" in Colchester on July 11. We reported previously The Minus 5 will play Dingwalls in London on July 10, and this is right after the tour of the Minus 3 backing up Robyn Hitchcock. -Robyn and the Minus 5 will also going to Japan later this year, playing two shows in Tokyo on October 8 and 9 at the Fab Club. -On August 5, The Minus 5 will be opening for John Wesley Harding at the Tractor Tavern in Seattle. -And last but not least, the Young Fresh Fellows will be playing the Azkena Festival in Vittoria, Spain on August 31. And It’s really confirmed this year.
Posted on 11 May 2006
Minus 5 in the UK
After the "Robyn Hitchcock and the Minus 3" tour "The Minus 5" will perform in London. John Ramberg will fly over for this show and join the band for their show at Dingwalls, which was the scene of a legendary concert in 2001 by the Four Croakers (Scott McCaughey, Ken Stringfellow, Robyn Hitchcock and Mike Mills.) There might be a second date added on July 11, but that still has to be decided upon. More info on the Japanese tour of Robyn Hitchcock and The Minus 5 will follow later. Also stay tuned for a possible Robyn Hitchcock and The Minus 3 tour in Australia.
Posted on 04 May 2006
Slow Music on Tour (Bill Rieflin, Peter Buck,...)
Two evenings with Bill Rieflin and Peter Buck: Last week at the Tractor, the two full-time members of R.E.M. powered the Minus 5, fronted by former Young Fresh Fellow Scott McCaughey, through a set of non sequitur originals and garage-rock classics. The energy level was a notch or two below a furniture-breaking party, but it was probably the best frat-rock being played anywhere in Seattle that night.
This past October, the pair joined to create a much different sound when Rieflin's Slow Music sextet played three sets at the Crocodile. Rieflin, a veteran of the Telepaths and the Blackouts, not to mention industrial rockers Ministry, gave up his seat behind the drum kit to Matt Chamberlain to explore echoing piano chords and synthesizer textures, while Buck's folky clangor gave way to something more subtle, and King Crimson/Bowie vet Robert Fripp added "triggered sounds" to his trademark guitar whir. The sense of open space in the music recalled—without sounding like—'70s Miles Davis, or the long, inexorable build of an Art Ensemble of Chicago performance.
Seems they will be playing in October in Japan, according to the Music Plant website. Two dates are listed, October 7 in Nara and October 8th in Tokyo. Both those dates will be with Robyn Hitchcock.
Posted on 01 May 2006
Mississippi Studios is a cool place. Think about seeing a concert in your living room with about 100 of your friends. Its got a very small stage and an eclectic mix of theater chairs, benches, church pews, and bar stools. PBR is just two dollars and out in the backyard they show popeye cartoons on the side of the building next door.
When not busy with his band Young Fresh Fellows or his other band R.E.M. or his other band Tuatara, Scott McCaughey keeps himself busy with his side project, The Minus 5.
For each of its seven albums, he has recruited an entourage of rock elites, including most recently Jeff Tweedy, Colin Meloy, Sean Nelson, Ken Stringfellow, Kelly Hogan, Glen Kotche, John Wesley Harding and on and on and on.
Basically, those who cannot get enough of making music have found their way into the studio to try to keep up with the restless McCaughey (pronounced "McCoy").
Then there's the touring. Again, McCaughey keeps it real by recruiting rock veterans from his private cabal, most often Peter Buck (R.E.M.), Bill Rieflin (Ministry, KMFDM) and John Ramberg (Model Rockets).
It was 1989, and the Replacements seemed poised for stardom. The band's second major label disc, Don't Tell a Soul, was slick and radio ready. They were on MTV, occasionally on the radio. Finally, the only band that mattered was about to break through.
With that in mind, it seemed unbelievably cool that, in the liner notes for the disc, in small type at the very bottom, were the letters "LLYFF." Newcomers who liked the cut of Tommy Stinson's jib in the video for "I'll Be You" probably thought it was some sort of record company code. But for longtime fans it was a code of another sort: "Long Live Young Fresh Fellows." That band of Seattle goof-rock misfits had accompanied the 'Mats on a recent tour, following the ultimate endorsement issued by Paul Westerberg two years earlier, telling Creem: "If you think we're good, they're the best band in the world."
June 22 Hyde Park Wireless Festival London 23 TBA 24 Cannon Hill Park 'Open Air MAC Theatre' Birmingham 25 Harewood House Wireless Festival Leeds July 4 Loppen Copenhagen 5 Tredgarn Accelerator Festival Goteborg 6 Rockerfeller Oslo 7 Peace & Love Festival Accelerator Stage Borlange, Sweden 9 Oxfordshire Folk Festival Cornbury
Posted on 11 Apr 2006
Tour news and Athens bootleg
Now that the tour is over, new dates are coming in. The way it looks, there will be another European tour of Robyn Hitchcock with the Minus Three. And this time they will not limit themselves to the UK, but seems they will go as far as Scandinavia, with one date already confirmed, July 6th Rockefeller Music Hall, Norway. And possibly 2 more dates in Sweden to follow. In the UK they will not only play the Wireless Festival, but now also The Cornbury Festival have confirmed them for Sunday July 9th.
Interview with Y100 rocks Radio. And tour pictures
Last week Scott was interviewed backstage at their Philadelphia show for the Philly-based internet radio station Y100Rocks.com. The interview will air this Tuesday(April 4th) afternoon at 3pm ET, and you can listen to it here
And here are some pictures that people send me in the last few weeks of the Minus 5 tour. Thanks to all contributors
Posted on 03 Apr 2006
31 March 2006 - Smith's Olde Bar, Atlanta, GA Setlist
In A Lonely Coffin The Forgotten Fridays Out There On The Maroon I'm Not Bitter Cigs, Coffee & Booze Courage Is The Smallest Bird Little Black Egg ...
R.E.M played a blistering version of "Country Feedback" near the end of the Minus Five's show at the Georgia Theatre in Athens tonight. Mike, Michael and Bill joined Peter on stage after a brief intermission in the Minus Five's set and, along with Scott McCaughey and Bill Rieflin who played percussion, treated the crowd to the "Out of Time" track which has become a live fan favorite over the years. Mike played keyboard while Bill played bass.
The Minus 5 that rolls into Athens for a show this week at the Georgia Theatre may not resemble the group that would have played in town a decade ago. Back then, the Minus 5 was a true side project for frontman Scott McCaughey, who spent most of his time in the critically acclaimed band the Young Fresh Fellows. The Minus 5 gave singer/ multi-instrumentalist McCaughey a vehicle for songs that were too introspective and restrained to fit alongside the exuberant power pop of the Young Fresh Fellows.
In recent years, the Young Fresh Fellows have gotten together only for occasional live shows (although McCaughey says there is talk of making a new Fellows album). As a result, the Minus 5 has undergone a personality makeover that McCaughey says has blurred the once clear musical distinction between the two bands.
There's always been a playful "Let the Bad Times Roll" philosophy guiding the records once-and-future Young Fresh Fellow Scott McCaughey has written for The Minus 5, a pop collective he started as a side project with R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck in 1993.
But there may be a darker-than-usual vision at work on the Minus 5's new album. And it goes beyond the handgun on the cover or the gunplay in the lyrics. The opening track of the self-titled effort, a devastating breakup ballad titled "Rifle Called Goodbye," sets the stage for a brutally honest account of relationships going to hell, from the furious blues-punk attack of a track whose title can't be printed here to "My Life as a Creep," in which he wraps the album's sweetest melody around the lyric "I just hope one day you understand I'm not supremely evil and I can be better than I am."
To those who were turned away at the door at Iota, where the Minus 5 played to a sold-out crowd Saturday: Not to be cruel, but it was a night of insanely infectious power pop delivered by a quartet that played together as tightly as a fitted bedsheet. Beatlesque harmonies, melodies played under melodies -- and a killer rhythm section more familiar with arenas than honky-tonks: drummer Bill Rieflin from Ministry and REM bassist Peter Buck.
And the cult favorite Silos opened.
You should have got there earlier.
Singer-songwriter Scott McCaughey, who founded the Minus 5 in 1993 as a side project from Young Fresh Fellows, played his electric guitar and sang "My Life as a Creep," "Days of Wine and Booze" and "Retrieval of You" (aka the "D.J. Minimart" song) with old-fashioned rock-and-roll fervor. Guitarist John Ramberg seemingly could do no wrong as he blended furious riffs from the poppy '60s with those from the post-punk '90s. Rieflin kept the beat fast and fun, and Buck was the calm in the storm, playing basic, dynamic rock bass with an unwavering grin that was as infectious as the music.
The night got off to a swift and powerful start with the Silos, the seminal alt-country band founded in the mid-1980s by singer-songwriter Walter Salas-Humara. The trio was made up of just bass and drum and Salas-Humara on electrified acoustic guitar and vocals, but the sound filled the room with catchy melodies and thoughtful lyrics.
-- Buzz McClain
Posted on 28 Mar 2006
Robyn Hitchcock and the Minus 3 Return to the UK
According to the eFestivals site, Robyn Hitchcock and the Minus 3(Scott Bill and Peter) will return to the UK to play the Wireless Festival on Thursday the 22nd June in London and in Leeds Sunday 25th June.
Other acts performing the same day in London are David Gray, KT Tunstall, Violent Femmes, Fun Lovin' Criminals, The B-52's and Missy Higgins. In Leeds they will join The Who, Flaming Lips, Super Furry Animals, The Zutons, and Eels.
More date will most likely follow.
Thanks to Mathijs for the news
Posted on 27 Mar 2006
Minus 5 leader sings devilishly well of hell, high water
AUSTIN, Texas - Scott McCaughey is feeling sinister.
Taking to an outdoor stage on a sunny afternoon at the South by Southwest Music Festival, the leader of the Minus 5 is dressed in black, from cowboy hat down. The frizzy-haired, 51-year-old rocker smiles from behind dark shades and a devilish Van Dyke. The words emblazoned on his guitar strap - Doctor of Evil - suggest he's up to no good.
McCaughey (pronounced McCoy) will bring the Minus 5, including R.E.M.'s Peter Buck on bass, to World Cafe Live in Philadelphia on Wednesday.
In Texas, he performed before a multigenerational crowd in the backyard of the Austin roadhouse Threadgill's, at the Roky Erickson Ice Cream Social, held to honor the leader of the Thirteenth Floor Elevators, who, McCaughey proudly says, once autographed his Les Paul.
Another recording of this tour made it out in the open. This time the Cleveland show of last week got posted on etree this time. Thanks to taper Benjamin Galizio. Highlights are a version of 'Boeing Spacearium' and a cover of Neil Young's 'Don't Be Denied'.
23 March 2006 - Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland, OH Setlist: Dear My Inspiration The Town That Lost Its Groove Supply Twilight Distillery Boeing Spacearium > Courage Is The Smallest Bird ...
The Minus 5 are well underway in their tour through the US, and now that John Ramberg joined the band again they are back in full rocking mode. As you can judge by the setlists and live bootlegs on Dimeadozen.
Dogstar provide us with the set list for 400 Bar in Minneapolis
In A Lonely Coffin
Dear My Inspiration
You Don't Mean It
Out There On The Maroon
Where Will You Go?
The Days Of Wine and Booze
As modest as he is, Scott McCaughey would be the first to tell you that he's nothing special. Certainly, it can be argued that there's plenty of musicians around that can somehow re-create the melodies swirling about in their noggins well enough for other people to appreciate them, too. But how many musicians do you know of serve as sidemen in one of the world's most popular bands almost as an afterthought to fronting three critically acclaimed groups of their own? I know of just one.
For someone old enough to remember the Topsy Turvy days with a smile, it's sobering to think that McCaughey, utility infielder for Athens, GA/Seattle, WA barnstormers R.E.M. and an eternally Young Fresh Fellow, has been making brilliant records for almost 25 years now; even he would have trouble counting them all.
When McCaughey finally decides to sit a spell (in about 30 years), his new endeavor - the self-titled Yep Roc CD The Minus Five (aka The Gun Album) - will probably be near the top of the huge pile of discs at his feet. With R.E.M. on a year-long hiatus, McCaughey, Peter Buck, Bill Rieflin and John Ramberg have seized the opportunity to reassemble as the Five, with a fantastic, Beatles-meet-Buffalo Springfield-meet-the Byrds disc in tow that features a wet-dream team of guest contributors.
Just off the plane from a UK jaunt with Robyn Hitchcock, McCaughey recently rang me up to tell me all about it. The Minus Five has always seemed to me to be Seattle's version of the Golden Palominos. It kind of started that way, for sure. I guess we've had less trade-off on the lead vocals than the Palominos, because I've mostly sung 'em. Though I do try to get other people to sing a song now and then, I succeed about once per album. It started out with me recording with whomever - my friends, people I'd meet on the road - but it's more like a real band now, with other people added in here and there.
The Minus 5 didn't show at Opal Devine's by 4 pm and the Gram parson's Tribute was long over, so we left. If they showed up later well, then we just missed them.
We did manage to get into the Continental Club last night.
Set list, with probable errors as I've had about 5 hours sleep.
In a Lonely Coffin Out there on the maroon Hillbily Drumer Girl Little Black egg Cigarettes Coffee and Booz My Life as a creep Twilight Distillery Hotel Senator With a Gun Dear Employer I'm Not Bitter Lyrical Stance Days of wine and booze I Still Miss Someone Aw Shit Man Lies Of The Living Dead Strychnine
They had to quit at 2:15 a.m. when the bars close. John Ramberg was not there due to a death in the family. They had various other guitarists and vocalists help out during the show. Don't know all the names - Steve Wynn (Winn?) was one. Someone from Elf Power too. -Lucy
Posted on 18 Mar 2006
The Lowe Beats release a song on a Nick Lowe Tribute CD
Brewery Records has just released a Nick Lowe tribute CD, LOWE PROFILE: A Tribute to Nick Lowe, a 2 disc release that covers songs from his Brinsley Schwarz years, his recordings with Rockpile, and his solo releases, up through and including his last release, The Convincer.
The Lowe Beats (Scott McCaughey Nick Lowe cover band) recorded "Don't Want The Night To End" for this release and according to the review in Harp Magazine it is one of the stand out tracks. If you go to the Brewery Records site, you can hear samples of all the songs from this album.
Other bands on this release include Steve Wynn, Don Dixon, Dave Alvin, Rick Shea & Christy McWilson and many others.
The album includes a 16-page booklet with extensive liner notes by executive producer, Walter Clevenger, and an introduction by music critic and author, John Borack.
Posted on 12 Mar 2006
News Round Up
Over the last few days the Minus 5 got some good press, check out a nice write up by Marty Hughley in the Oregonian.
Chris Castaneda contributed an article about The Minus 5 in the "Chicago Interview." But he is so nice to publish his entire interview on his personal blog, be sure to check it out it's really worth it. Another lengthy feature can be found at Neumu, just scroll down to somewhere in the middle of the page.
Meanwhile Scott himself wrote a column(a piece about the record that changed his life) in the new Harp Magazine, which is in the newsstands right now. Alternatively you can also read it online. Be sure to browse around the Harp site, as there are some more pieces about Scott and the Minus 5 from previous magazines.
The Minus 5 will play one more gig at the SXSW festival, they will play a couple of tunes at Opal Divines in Austin on March the 16th. The Minus 5 is part of the "Gram Jam!", a tribute to Gram Parson organized by Amoeba Records.
From tomorrow on till the 10th of march i'll be on vacation. so don't expect many updates, but in the meantime, please visit our forum and keep your mails about the gigs coming.
Posted on 27 Feb 2006
25 February - Key Club, Los Angeles, CA
I was fortunate enough to catch The Minus Five w/Robyn Hitchcock at The Key Club in Los Angeles last night. After a one-half hour set by an acoustic soloist from Ireland called Shane, Mssrs. McOi, Buck, Rieflin, and Ramberg hit the stage full-throddle. I don't have a complete set list, but many songs from the new album, "The Minus Five (a.k.a. The Gun Album)" were delightfully represented, including the rowdy set-closer 'Aw Shit Man'. Other songs I remember off the top of my head were 'The Days of Wine & Booze,' and 'Lyrical Stance'.
Not a complete setlist, but atleast these songs where played
Lyrical Stance The Town That Lost it's Groove Supply Twilight Distellery I'm Not Bitter Aw Shit Man Days of Wine and Booze The Forgotten Fridays Courage is the Smallest Bird Lies of the Living Dead Ghost Tarts of Stockholm Over the Sea? Out there on the Maroon My Life as A Creep Cigarettes Coffee and Booze -Steve
If you gonna attend any of the upcoming shows, feel free to mail me a review and/or setlist.
Posted on 24 Feb 2006
John Bonham to play drums on the next Minus 5 record? A Q and A with Scott McCaughey
The new Minus 5 album has been out for 2 weeks now, so it's the perfect time to sit down with Scott McCaughey and ask him to clear up a few things about this album. Meanwhile the Minus 5 is ready to hit the road in the US, next week they will start with a small tour on the west coast and play in Callifornia, Oregon and end it in Seattle, Washington. After that they take a few days off before starting a 3 week tour that begins at SXSW festival in Austin.
- You recorded most of the record with the "In Rock" line up, but like on previous Minus 5 records there are a lot of guests. How did they record their parts? Did they come over to the studio, did they send in their submissions, or did you go on the road to record with them?
A little bit of all these ways! The tracks with Wilco (With A Gun and Hotel Senator) were recorded at Soma Studios in Chicago (on day off during R.E.M. tour), same place where we did Down With Wilco album. Peter and Ken came by too. I recorded John Wesley Harding and Kelly Hogan's vocals on Twilight Distillery in their motel room when the Love Hall Tryst tour was coming through Portland. Sean Nelson came over and did his ...
Yesterday The Minus 5 played "The Afternoon Show" at KEXP, it was the first time the full band was at present in the studio. The guys played a couple of songs of the new album and also 2 older ones. The show can be heard at KEXP.org for the next two weeks in the streaming archive (fill Feb 17, 5 pm in the listen by time option.)
The Minus 5 will be playing live on KEXP in Seattle on Feb 17 at 5:00 p.m. Pacific time.
KEXP can be heard locally on 90.3 FM or online at www.kexp.org.
Posted on 16 Feb 2006
31 January - Secret show
you thought it was all over, it is now.
We were all sworn to secrecy.
a secret venue somewhere secret (did i mention it was a secret?). It was only a small shindig and friends, family and people who know such people were invited along with their door money going to Medicins Sans Frintiers.
The evening started with Robyn and niece, Ruby Wright doing some guitar and saw numbers, so 'Trains' was played virtually as an instrumental, just an oddly whispered last verse that floated over Ruby's saw. Then it was 'Trams Of Old London'. Scott joined them for a soft rendition of 'Back Room Of The Bar' and that was it as the 18th day took to the 'stage' for a very short set.
back in '88 Robyn embarked on a tour of the "toilets of southern england" and my friend and I would trundle along and try and find the venues in daylight hours. shortly afterwards the band would arrive, see our huddled forms and realise that's where the gig was.
... i'm wandering into Exeter town centre with a vague map of the venue and trying to remember what the website said... up an alley, behond the bike sheds.. something like that. There's a nice hotel and i notice there's a white van outside that looks a bit like the one the band are using. Then i see Hessu wander out, followed by Peter, so i wave and wander over. I chat about the Bristol gig, Peter said it was good. I also ask if 'Higsons' is likely tonight and Peter reckons it could well be and he'll see what he can do. I leave them to it and wander off to get coffee and find the gig...
a message from Scott McCaughey about the new Minus 5 album
Hey there, dear jurors, this is your pal and plaintiff Scott McCaughey speaking at you from The Big Smoke, London, England. The poor little whale didn't make it, but we carry on with sadness in our hearts. Speaking of sadness, there's a new Minus 5 album coming out any day!!! Well, February 7th, in fact, though technically I believe you can order it now, as people have been walking up to me with copies to sign as I play the bass with Robyn Hitchcock around the UK. An Italian interviewer said that on the record the characters in the songs seem to be 'flirting with disaster'... I said, 'Flirting? They're already married!' Feel free to court lovely disaster yourselves by acquainting yourself with a lovely album by me and my incredibly talented friends. You know who they are, and they know who you are!
Thanks for listening, and have a lovely day,
Sir Scott, MBE
Posted on 24 Jan 2006
Brighton Review - Listening to the Drums
Tim Keegan joins in for this gig, but the biggest surprise happens during the encore when Robyn starts "Listening to the Higsons" with Peter Buck on drums, Bill on bass, Scott on electric guitar and Tim Keegan on acoustic guitar.
Setlist (not complete):
If I Were A Priest Acid Bird Creeped Out Ole Tarantula Adventure Rocket Ship Birdshead ...
I've been here before, so i know where the venue is...
it's not there!
well, it is, it's just that instead of an industrial wasteland there's now a bustling entertainment centre and a huge hotel!! my friend and i walk around and eventually ask someone, who, luckily, is going to the gig. Due to this and other delays, i get in as 18'th day are on, so lurk around, slowly weedling through the crowd to get to the 2nd row, where i spy some familiar faces at the front.
The gig is another different one... still no Morris Windsor, but there is an extra guitar onstage and it looks like it might belong to... well, more of that later.
The Japanese label Oak Tree Records will release "The Minus Five"(aka the gun album) with two extra tracks. First bonus track is "All The Time" which is a McCaughey original and performed by Scott McCaughey, Peter Buck, John Ramberg, Bill Rieflin and Tucker Jackson. Recorded, mixed and produced by Kurt Bloch and Scott McCaughey. The second one is "Teenage Idol", a cover of the Ricky Nelson song and performed by Scott McCaughey, Jimmy Talent, John Moen and Brian Berg (aka the Bison flavoured Minus 5).Recorded/mixed/produced by Brian Berg.
We've also got a super waycool Minus 5 contest brewing up for you, in honor of the Feb. 7 release of The Minus 5 (a.k.a. The Gun Album). If you know anything about Scott McCaughey, you know we could hardly find a better person for this contest: Join the Minus 5 mailing list between now and March 10 and you could be the subject of a Minus 5 song! That's right, Scott will write a song about you! Stay tuned for more details, but go ahead and sign up for the Minus 5 mailing list now, and you'll get all the particulars as soon as they're particularized, and be eligible for the contest. You can also pre-order the CD now at yeproc.com and you'll get a bonus CD-R with two otherwise unavailable songs.
Posted on 18 Jan 2006
On the road, The Minus 5 tour the US
The Minus 5 will be out to promote their new self-titled album, which is due out on YepRoc records February 7th. They will start the tour at the Yep Roc Records Showcase during the South by Southwest festival in Austin, and then go through Nashville, Chicago, New York and a lot of other places to end all the way in the south in the Georgia Theatre in Athens.
The Minus Five is a project of Seattle longtime legend* Scott McCaughey, who you can at times see taking Metro to his local gigs, as I did a couple summers back (when he opened for Jon Langford at the Sunset Tavern). I had no idea that the scruffy dude I was sharing the #15 with had accomplished so much, including playing with the iconic Young Fresh Fellows since 1983, forming The Minus Five a decade later, and recording and touring with REM. More importantly, I didn't really know how great a songwriter he was till I saw him open for Langford — and this album is even more convincing of his talents than that wickedly good appearance was.
Rock and Roll Pest Control - YFF Seattle review 2 + Setlist
I hope the Young Fresh Fellows are happy. I'm never going to be able to go to another rock show ever again. Nothing I could see would even come close to the amazing rawk show I saw the other night.
First up was Llama. I had high hopes for them, seeing how this was the first Scott Sutherland band I've seen since the Model Rockets broke up. I hate to say it, I wasn't too impressed. The songs were okay, and the playing was good.... I just didn't find 'em all that interesting
Girl Trouble, however, were awesome! I wish we would have picked up their CDs at the club, since they'll be hard to find here in Portland. For awhile there, I thought the lead singer might be Rob Morgan of The Squirrels... but I was wrong. Although I couldn't hear the vocals too well, the onstage antics made the show entertaining. The lead singer began the set fully clothed, and ended the set topless. At one point he had a bag of small toys that he was throwing in the audience. Jason got a small snowman kalidascope. They ended the set with "Walkin' the Dog" ala the Sonics, with the lead singer standing in the audience. Coming back to the stage, he knocked over Jason's water glass, but it was all in the name of rawk.
So, last night -- there aren't too many nights where you can say you've seen the Worst Funk Band In The World play for 2 hours straight. But those nights? Those are the best nights.
The first act was LLama, Rusty Willoughby's new band -- I actually dug them quite a bit, despite not really being into Flop. They got a new record out on Book -- I'm thinking I should have picked it up the previous night at the Dial-A-Fight, but whatchagonnado. After that were Girl Trouble, and I have to say I wasn't a fan. But the kids seemed to like them.
But THEN. The FELLOWS. Tad didn't have his wok, but he did have a pipe! And the Caramel obsession from the last night had carried over to hilarious results (Scott falling over and rolling on the floor laughing at Tad; later, Scott asking "Does this even HAVE a punchline?" "NOOOOOO PUNCHLINEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE" "Really, 'cause I need some sort of payoff for this." "Nopeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee").
I went to the Book Records Dial-A-Fight last night and it was pretty awesome. I ended up having to leave early (I go to work early in the morning, so...), but I DID get to see the Fellows. It was a real short set, about 15 minutes (after all, there were like 80 zillion bands), and right after the Chris & Tad show (which I came a little late to -- didn't realize they were STARTING at 9pm, though it was doors at 9...), which was pretty loose, fun, and awesome.
New Young Fresh Fellows song on upcoming kids compilation
Story by: Jessica Suarez | CMJ:New Music First
If you're wondering what to give the third-grade-bound indie rocker in your family, DeSoto Records will be releasing a compilation of children's music by the summer of 2006, perfect for all the hipster eight-year-olds you'll offend this year with your Kidzbop stocking stuffers. Kim Coletta, DeSoto Records co-founder (and ex-member of Jawbox) announced on the DeSoto site that the label will release a compilation of child-friendly songs sometime in Summer 2006.
YepRoc Records just released a preview for the upcoming new self-titled Minus 5 album. By clicking this link you can listen to a media player which plays the song "Twilight Distillery". The Minus Five (aka The Gun Album) will be in stores on February 7th in the US on YepRoc Records and on February 6th in Europe on Cooking Vinyl.
Finally we present you the last video of the Young Fresh Fellows, a few months ago we put up the first 3 videos of them, but now we can also offer "Barky's Spiritual Store" from”Let The War Against music. The video was made by Skizz Cyzyk and you can read all about the making of that video here
The video is available in the Download section with the other videos.
Thanks to Skizz for video.
Posted on 15 Dec 2005
Young Fresh Fellows Play Seattle
The Young Fresh Fellows will get together on stage once more this year. They’ll be playing on December 29th at the Sunset in Seattle during the Book Records "Dial-A-Fight!" concert.
Great Show, Scott and Robyn came out with their acoustic guitars, Scott was wearing some orange trousers and a black shirt, regular glasses and his Russian hat, Robyn had a nice flashy shirt on, brightened up the stage.