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?
Posted on 16 Jul 2006
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*
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
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.
Posted on 12 Jul 2006
I often dream about Trains. A Scandinavian Report
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.
Posted on 12 Jul 2006
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.
Posted on 26 Jun 2006
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The Minus 5
April 13 - Music Millennium, Record Store Day, Portland, OR
June 14 - Hi-Fi, Eugene, OR
June 15 - Doug Fir Lounge, Portland, OR
June 20 - Turf Club,St. Paul, MN
June 21 - Anodyne Coffee, Milwaukee, WI
June 22 - Kiki's House Of Righteous Music, Madison, WI
June 25 - Rock And Roll Hotel, Washington, DC
June 26 - Johnny Brenda's, Philadelphia, PA
June 27 - White Eagle Hall,Jersey City, NJ
June 29 - Mass MoCA SOLID SOUND FESTIVAL, North Adams, MA
July 27 - Tractor Tavern, Seattle, WA
July 30 - The Ruins, Hood River, OR
Young Fresh Fellows
April 26 - Slim's Last Chance, Seatle, WA
April 27 - Dante's, Portland, OR
The Baseball Project
Scott McCaughey, Steve Wynn, Peter Buck and Linda Pitmon
Corin Tucker, Scott McCaughey, Peter Buck, Linda Pitmon and Kurt Bloch
May 09 - Neumos, Seattle, WA
May 10 - Rickshaw Theatre, Vancouver, BC
May 11 - Mississippi Studios, Portland, OR
May 13 - Swedish American Hall, San Francisco, CA
May 17 - 40 Watt Club, Athens, GA
May 20 - U Street Music Hall, Washington, DC
May 21 - Johnny Brenda's, Philadelphia, PA
May 27 - Festsaal, Berlin, Germany
May 28 - Le Petit Bain, Paris, France
May 29 - Button Factory, Dublin, Ireland
May 30 - Barn Theatre, Oxted, UK
May 31 - The Garage, London, UK
June 02 - Primavera Sound, Barcelona, ES
Feat. John Ramberg and Jim Sangster