Setlists and Bootlegs.
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
Posted on 25 Mar 2006
The Minus Five: Seattle heavy hitters
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.
Posted on 19 Mar 2006
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
With a Gun
I'm Not Bitter
Days of wine and booze
I Still Miss Someone
Aw Shit Man
Lies Of The Living Dead
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.
Posted on 18 Mar 2006
The Lowe Beats release a song on a Nick Lowe Tribute CD
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
And here are some more reviews of the record: The Pitt News
; Harp Magazine
; SF Weekly
and Stylus Magazine
Posted on 12 Mar 2006
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The Minus 5
Young Fresh Fellows
October 29& 30 - Fantastic Dracula Carnival, KU Disco, Benidorm, Spain
The Baseball Project
Scott McCaughey, Steve Wynn, Peter Buck and Linda Pitmon
Pogues tribute band feat. Scott McCaughey
Scott McCaughey plays in M. Ward's touring band
see M. Ward Tourdates
The Lowe Beats
Nick Lowe tribute band feat. Scott McCaughey, John Ramberg, Jim Sangster and Graham Black
Feat. Bill Rieflin and Peter Buck
Feat. John Ramberg and Jim Sangster
The Baseball Project / The Minus 5, Redeyed in Austin, Vinyl EP for RSD 2015
Out: 18 April 2015
Minus 5 - Dungeon Golds
The Tripwires - Get Young
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