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Matt and Bubba Kadane said that they would continue to make music together when they decided to break up Bedhead in 1998. In April, they made good on that promise with Macha Loved Bedhead/Bedhead Loved Macha, a one-off collaboration with their old buddies from Wichita Falls, Josh and Mischo McKay, released on Jetset Records. (Speaking of the Falls, Street Beat is prepared to perform our special rendition of the school fight song for Midwestern State University, also located in Wichita Falls. That is, provided you come up with the correct title. Just give us a call; consider it a belated anniversary gift to our parents, both MSU alumni.) And now they have moved on to a full-fledged post-Bedhead project, The New Year. In addition to the Kadanes, the band also features bassist Mike Donofrio (Saturnine), drummer Chris Brokaw (Come), and Legendary Crystal Chandelier's Peter Schmidt, who occasionally performed with Bedhead. The New Year recently played its first show (in New York), and its debut local appearance is tentatively scheduled for sometime in August at the Gypsy Tea Room. An album is in the works as well: The band plans to record in Chicago with Steve Albini (a frequent Bedhead co-conspirator) in July, with Touch and Go Records set to release the results early next year...
While we're one the subject of familiar faces in new bands, Tim DeLaughter and Mark Pirro--both formerly of Tripping Daisy--will unveil their new outfit, The Polyphonic Spree, on July 15 at the Gypsy Tea Room, with Grandaddy and Bright Eyes. We've sort of known about the band for a couple of months, but didn't think it would be up and on its feet until much later this year, since DeLaughter has been so busy with Good Records. "It's completely different from anything I've ever done, and it's something I've been wanting to do for a while," DeLaughter said when we talked to him about The Polyphonic Spree in March. "It's gonna be more on a symphonic scale, a lot of voices." As for Pirro, besides re-teaming with DeLaughter in The Polyphonic Spree, he's also been dabbling in carpentry (he crafted Good's lovely magazine rack) and production; at the moment, he's working on El Gato's forthcoming album. By the way, you can (and should) pick up a copy of Tripping Daisy's self-titled farewell at a record store near you...
Centro-matic kicks off a short Midwest tour on June 24 with a show in Austin, featuring Spoon frontman Britt Daniel and the band's fellow Quality Park Records team members The Baptist Generals. The group will be back in town on July 1 to perform at the Gypsy Tea Room. The tour appears to be a warm-up for Centro-matic's longer jaunt up the East Coast, which is set to begin July 18 in New Orleans. If nothing else, it appears as if Centro-matic's hard work is starting to pay off: All the Falsest Hearts Can Try, the band's latest effort, landed all the way up at the No. 2 spot on the recent Rolling Stone charts, which track weekly college radio airplay. Damn straight...
Sub Oslo's new record, Dubs in the Key of Life, hits stores on July 1, just in time for the band to play a few shows before drummer Quincy Holloway heads off to Thailand to get hitched. (Congrats, Quincy.) The band will perform June 30 at Gypsy Tea Room with Two Ohm Hop Records label mates Mandarin, and July 1 at Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios. Completing the local trifecta, Sub Oslo will hit the Wreck Room on July 7 with Stumptone. Later in the year, most of Two Ohm Hop's roster--Sub Oslo, Mandarin, Stumptone, and Yeti--will possibly be making the trip to Portland for the annual North By Northwest festival, the smaller, younger cousin of Austin's gargantuan South By Southwest shindig. Of course, with Sub Oslo's ever-expanding lineup (eight to 10 performers, standard), travel plans are a bit more complicated...
Buzz-Oven, a new project started by One Ton Records to spur interest in local music, kicks off on June 24 with an all-ages show featuring Slow Roosevelt, Valve, and Red Animal War at the Lone Star Country Club in Coppell. Two songs from each band in the lineup--all of which will also perform on June 30 at Fort Worth's Ridglea Theater--appear on the first Buzz-Oven sampler. The disc will be distributed free of charge to young music fans in an attempt to get more of them to come out to shows by local bands. A team of "buzzers," headed up by Matt Gunter (who was also partly responsible for last year's Static Orange compilation), will hit the streets to try to build the, you know, buzz about the bands. From what we can tell, this is the first of three yearly installments, so look for more good things from Buzz-Oven in the future. (To get involved, head to www.buzz-oven.com.) Good luck, fellas...
Wally Gagel--who produced The Old 97's major-label debut, 1997's Too Far to Care--will be back behind the boards for the band's follow-up to last year's Fight Songs. (For more on the group's newer material, see Christina Rees' story on singer-guitarist Rhett Miller's recent performance at a London club's open-mike night on page 92.) Rounding out the technical team, Tchad Blake, engineer on Pearl Jam's recent Binaural (along with records by Tom Waits, Ron Sexsmith, and the Latin Playboys, among others), will mix the as-yet-untitled disc. Recording on the project is set to begin at Willie Nelson's Pedernales Studio in late July. In the meantime, you can catch the band at the Gypsy Tea Room on June 23. And as for the forthcoming album by the Ranchero Brothers (Miller and Murry Hammond), it looks as if it will be sold via mail order and the Internet. Get yer credit cards ready, kids...
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