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Matthew came to visit from Mississippi and is helping Jamie move out of her apartment back to Mississippi. So, last night, I went into the city to visit them and shoot the breeze.
There is lots of schedule drama for the Ester Drang recording that we’re all trying to sort out. Studio arrangements have been cancelled on at least three different occassions for a wide variety of reasons, but we’re hoping to have this settled soon.
Unwed Sailor have finished their tour with Toboggan. Matt should be home in the US now, but I haven’t heard from him. Nic is now in London and Johnathon is lazing around Switzerland. They will be finishing songs for their split 7″ with At The Close of Every Day for Jonathon Whiskey records in the UK. Jamie Hunt is progressing on artwork for The Marionnette and the Music Box. Plans are starting to be made for US and European tours in March and April of 2003.
Denison is still cruising the country. I just added a confirmed date on 10 November in Reno, NV. It’s a bit last minute, but hopefully you can make it if you’re in that part of the country.
I added a few more new releases to the store yesterday, including Appleseed Cast’s Lost Songs and Sigur Ros : ( ) 2xLP which will be available on 15 November. I should have the Pedro the Lion Christmas 7″ here in about a week or so, as well.

New 7″ are now in stock from Damien Jurado, Songs:Ohia, and Scout Niblett. The Jurado 7″ is quite interesting since it has two older unreleased tracks that were recorded by Dave Bazan and feature him on the drums. The songs are lo-fi, much like Damien’s early cassette releases on Casa, but still showcase his brilliant songwriting skills. It’s a definitely interesting choice for a release. The two Songs:Ohia songs were recorded by Steve Albini. Both Jurado and Songs:Ohia will be playing in Philadelphia on Thursday night, 24 October at the Northstar with TW Walsh. I’ll be there, ready for the rock.
Denison is #148 on the CMJ top 200 this week. He’s still touring around like a madman. I’ve added a few more dates of shows with Tracy Shedd (Teenbeat) on the East Coast during December. Hopefully there will be Philadelphia and Lancaster shows to add for those in his hometown crowds. Denison was just in Fayetteville, AR last night for a show sponsored by KXUA. James from Ester Drang played with him and the show was apparently packed out on a Monday. Thanks to our good pal Wes for working it there.
Unwed Sailor are still wandering around Europe. I’ve heard reports from folks attending shows in Germany who had good things to say.

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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