Denison Witmer was #138 on the CMJ top 200 this week, up 61 spots. Thanks to everyone at college radio for playing Philadelphia Songs. There’s also a great review of Philadelphia Songs in the new issue of the Philadelphia City Paper.
The Trouble with Sweeney have decided to cancel their autumn tour. Joey and Reyna just bought a new house that apparently has land deed to another property. In any case, lots of troubles to sort out and an overly hectic month ahead of them. The band will hopefully pick back up on most of the same dates in January and February 2003.
Ester Drang’s Goldenwest will be released in Europe by Swiss label Gentlemen Records in November. The band is also going into the studio in November to record their full-length. It looks like things are set for an 11 March release date now.
Speaking of release dates, the Early Day Miners one-sided LP will be released on 4 February to stores and the Aspera one-sided LP will be released on 4 March to stores, both through Secretly Canadian distribution. The Six Parts Seven have finished the songs for their one-sided LP and the masters are arriving on my doorstep soon. I’m excited to hear them. The band will be playing CMJ in NYC on 31 October, if you’re in the area. Also, Early Day Miners will play on Saturday in Philadelphia with Reels of White Softly Flow and Joey Sweeney at Reset Art, 201 Camac Street, 8pm.
Tonight, I blamed my cold for the reason that I am missing a reading at the Free Library with Zadie Smith, Arthur Bradford, Sarah Vowell, and Jeffrey Eugenides. I was a big fan of Smith and Bradford’s first books, White Teeth and Dogwalker and Eugenides wrote the Virgin Suicides (loved the movie, but haven’t read the book and probably should). I’m hoping that Willis will record it to MiniDisc for me. shhhh…don’t tell anyone.
Tomorrow, I’m hoping to go see either punchdrunklove or Bowling for Columbine. Adam Sandler in an indie film should be an interesting experience and I keep hearing of his character’s love for pudding. I can’t wait. Michael Moore is always entertaining and one of my favorites. A little known fact…my roommates and I met Moore and Crackers the corporate crime fighting chicken when they were filming segments for TV Nation. During the aired segment, you could see me giving Crackers a high five. If you look carefully on the cover of the TV Nation book, I am actually visible in one of the photos. I probably would have to point myself out. Whatever, like you guys care.

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