Friday, April 15, 2005

Where Are They Now?

Haven't you often wondered what previously top pop stars are up while waiting for the inevitable reunion tour. Well in the case of Sleeper frontperson Louise Wener instead of going off and having an ill-conceived solo career decided instead to start writing novels. Two books have so far come out "Goodnight Steve McQueen" which got good reviews and comparisons to Nick Hornby's "High Fidelity" and her most recent "The Perfect Play" based around the world of Texas Hold em poker. Both books are now out in both the US and UK (see the Amazon link below for great prices for both) with another book listed as out next year. Alongside this Ms Wener also appears to have an interesting side career which you can check out at the link below. Also today you can download two of the band's biggest, and better, hits.

Buy Louise Wener's books here

Thursday, April 14, 2005

This Is A Public Service Announcement With Guitars

Today we have a couple of record/tour announcements for people in the US and a couple of great downloads for everyone else as well, especially whoever visited from Nepal. The Trashcan Sinatras are starting a pretty extensive US tour next week, and unlike their last visit are playing full electric shows. At the same time the band have released on their website a CD compiling some of those acoustic performances from last year when they played two shows at the sadly departed Fez in NYC. All the tourdates, how to get the CD, and a whole bunch of MP3 and videos can be found at their website including this great version of The Mekons' "Ghosts Of American Astronauts"

Download - The Trashcan Sinatras - Ghosts Of Amercian Astronauts

The band's website can be found here

Also jetting over to these fair shores are the excellant Dudley Corporation who will be supporting Pinback on various dates in support of their long awaited US release of their album "In Love With" The band very kindly wrote a song for our first red roses for me CD "Swanniesong" over five years ago so we're looking forward to finally thanking them in person.

Download - The Dudley Corporation - Swanniesong

Buy their new album here

Lots more downloads can be found at the band's website here

Wednesday, April 13, 2005


"Kylie's Got A Crush On Us" was written by Gerry Love of Teenage Fanclub for the mythical Glasgow band The Clydesmen and was a almost hit for The BMX Bandits which has featured at various times most of Teenage Fanclub. Well known for their great cover versions the other song here today is a cover of Camper Van Beethoven's "Take The Skinheads Bowling" phew.

More Teenage Fanclub MP3s can be found here