Tuesday, March 11, 2008

We'd call in sick to work, but it's a Saturday.

On April 19, 2008, hundreds of independently owned music stores across the country will celebrate “Record Store Day.”

delorentos | SXSW Tour Diary | Day Two

The gig last night ok, my voice was at about 90% and we felt rushed and hurried throughout. No matter, we were delighted to play and have a chance to go through the set, but it didn’t feel like it quite clicked. After the gig we chatted to some local A&R, had some beers and packed up while a Spanish bossa-nova band finished off the night. We talked about the set – we tend to obsess over stuff, which is why our album is called “In love with detail”, I think it was ok, but we may drop a song to give us more time. We headed back to the hostel, had three hours sleep and got the taxi through the melting snow to the airport. We were a bit worried about US immigration, our last visit wasn’t very enjoyable, but we got through and onto the flight without problems. I was a little worried about the plane journey too – I’ve never been a nervous flyer, but flying through a storm from New York to Chicago was the scariest rollercoaster ever – but that turned out fine too. I tried to sleep onboard but kept jumping awake in that annoying way that makes you look stupid and makes every else jump too.

When landed in Austin I saw a TV crew wandering around looking for people to talk to, so I waved my guitar about til they came over and interviewed us. We said how excited we were to be playing, and how much we were looking forward to standing in Stubb's with a beer. We’re part of the housing scheme, where a host family puts up a band in exchange for concert tickets and stuff, and our lovely host mammy Ame and her sister picks us up at the Airport and brings us to her cool home/office in east Austin. She runs Austin Star Maps, and brings people around stars homes in the Austin area. Sandra Bullock and Mathew McConaughey might expect some delo stalking pretty soon… At the moment we’re sitting on the balcony writing up set lists for our official showcase gig tomorrow night in the Ninety Proof Lounge, and looking at trying to get to see all the bands we want to see over the next few days. It’s already pretty exciting…

Classic Metallica Albums Being Reissued on Vinyl

Metallica will reissue its classic early albums on vinyl this spring, according to a new post at the band's official Web site.

Its first two discs, 1983's Kill 'Em All and 1984's Ride the Lightning, are due first. The post read, "While we're finishing up the new album, we told the dudes at the record company we thought it might be cool to dust off the old tapes and get all retro with some vinyl re-releases. First up are the first two albums...coming out on April 15 in North America and pretty f***ing close to that in the rest of the world." There will be two versions: a single platter than spins at 33 1/3 rpm, and a two-disc, heavyweight vinyl set that spins at 45 rpm. Both editions have been remastered from the original tapes for "audiophile quality." The reissues will be available at the Metallica online store and through its fan club.

The band's third and fourth albums, 1986's Master of Puppets and 1988's ...And Justice For All, are tentatively scheduled for the vinyl treatment in June. Metallica's ninth studio album is tentatively slated to arrive sometime later this year.
(Via The Rock Radio)

TVD SX(NW) | Day Two | Hanne Hukkelberg

“Enchanting debut... equal parts Stina Nordenstam and Nina Simone. Fans of CocoRosie take note.” **** (four stars) - Uncut

Hanne Hukkelberg's (pronounced Hanna Who-kel-burg) sophomore album Rykestrasse 68, her first since signing to Canadian label Nettwerk, is a tribute to the six months she recently spent living in Berlin. Like her debut, it was produced by Kåre Vestrheim at Propeller Studios in Oslo and features contributions from the cream of the Norwegian music scene, including members of Jaga Jazzist, Dinosau and Shining.

From her bio, "Hukkelberg started singing and playing instruments in her home town of Kongsberg, Norway at the age of 3 and later played in various jazz, rock and free jazz bands including a high school heavy metal act called Funeral. A graduate of the Norwegian Academy of Music, she has also gained a reputation as a powerful live performer, her shows full of typically Scandinavian absurdist humour. An extensive European tour with a full band has been arranged for the spring with English dates set for May 24th - June 6th."

Hanne Hukkelberg - A Cheater's Armoury (Mp3)

Website: http://hanne.hukkelberg.net/
Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/hannehukkelberg

A SXSW Reminder...

...DC does Texas!