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Exeter Review - 8 Miles High

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...
Posted on 28 Jan 2006
a message from Scott McCaughey about the new Minus 5 album
from yeproc.com

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
Posted on 24 Jan 2006
Cambridge Review - Kimberley Rew joins in
Same as it ever was...

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.
Posted on 23 Jan 2006
Japanes Release Gets Extra Songs
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.
Posted on 22 Jan 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

Scott McCaughey

Peter Buck

The Baseball Project
Scott McCaughey, Steve Wynn, Peter Buck and Linda Pitmon

Filthy Friends
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

The Tripwires
Feat. John Ramberg and Jim Sangster

The Minus 5 Stroke Manor , Vinyl, CD for RSD 2019 first release
Out: 13 April 2019

Filthy Friends - Emerald Valley
Out: 3 May 2019




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