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Denison Witmer, Unwed Sailor, Circle of Birds, and Ester Drang have all been accepted to play at South by Southwest 2003. More details about the actual dates and times will be posted as soon as they are available.
I was in Malaysia this past weekend, with my friends Justin and Sanna, visiting an historical town Melaka, which was originally settled by the Portuguese in the 15th and 16th centuries. Night markets are always entertaining in southeast asia where dozens of vendors sell all kinds of things on the street and huge crowds of locals and the occassional tourist go shopping.
I just talked to Denison and the touring seems to be going well with the full band. Be sure to catch them play one of their remaining shows as they tour with Tracy Shedd. There are a lot of articles and reviews for Denison and Philadelphia Songs in the works and hitting newstands. 24 Turned 25 will be on the CMJ New Music Monthly sampler in the upcoming issue and there will be an article in the next issue of Harp. There was also a very favorable review in the issue of Big Takeover that just came out.
Unwed Sailor and Ester Drang are touring in March together and have a few dates set. If you are interested in setting up a show, feel free to contact Johnathon from Unwed Sailor. E-mail me if you need that information.

The audio master for the Damien Jurado LP has arrived. The release compiles songs from various cassette releases before the Sub Pop years. It will be a limited edition (1000 copies) vinyl only release and will be in stores in May 2003, exclusively distributed by the kind folks at Secretly Canadian.
Some fairly big news for us here…Ester Drang has officially joined the Jade Tree roster. Their full-length Infinite Keys will be available on cd from Jade Tree and on vinyl from Burnt Toast Vinyl in stores in April. The vinyl will be available direct from the band and btv website sometime earlier. We’re still pals and in love, etc. and wish them the very best of success. They’re recording the album in Texas as I type this. They will be touring with Denison Witmer and Unwed Sailor in March 2003.
Not much other news, other than for me to make fun of everyone being really cold on the east coast while I am toasty warm here in Asia.

My installation of OS X is up and running. Nearly all of my applications are upgraded with a few things to fix up tonight. I’ve been casually looking through the website for the new Godspeed You! Black Emperor album whose insert links major record labels with weapons manufacturing. It’s something to ponder a bit.
Finishing up a few details for the Ester Drang recording. My part is to arrange for Chris Colbert to fly to Dallas and meet up with the Drang who will be recording in Denton, TX. Then, I am trying to figure out how to get everyone to Chicago to do overdubs and mix. It’s an exciting little puzzle. But, it’s nice to know that things are working out.
The Trouble with Sweeney are planning their recording for December with Brian McTear who recorded their last record. They have a new rhythm section that has been working out the new songs in practice sessions. They will play on 15 November in NYC at the Living Room and on 7 December at the Fire with the new members.
Denison continues to make his way around the country. He’s making his way towards the Northwest at a steady pace. Be sure to see him.

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