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"