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Jun. 10th, 2007 @ 12:33 pm Caller ID: Tom Waits
Just to let you know that MPR have three live tracks and an interview on audio, an short scrap of filmed interview with Mark, mostly on the subject of Daniel Johnston and a video of the band performing Saturday in the studio. It's all good. It's also from February, so apologies for tardiness ;-).

All linked from here.
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Jan. 1st, 2007 @ 10:10 pm 2007 NYC Tour Date

Jesse Sykes & the Sweet Hereafter

doors: 8:00

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look don't touch
Oct. 21st, 2006 @ 02:58 pm why don't you sing me that pretty lullaby?
sparklehorse 19/10 edinburgh liquid room

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Oct. 3rd, 2006 @ 01:00 am The New CD Reviewed

What we hear first is the sound of a needle falling into the grooves of an antique record player, at 78 rpm, clueing us that this collection of songs includes reference to the totality of recorded sounds collected by human endeavor to date, an apt description of the procedural approach of Sparklehorse’s mastermind and chief mad scientist, Mark Linkous.

Coming out of the 78 groove we immediately move into what might be SH’s most beautiful and buoyant pop song to date, Don’t Take My Sunshine Away, opening with a Dear Prudence-styled guitar figure, then immediately into lushly harmonized, subtly psychedelic singing:

“Your face is like the sun sinking into the ocean
Your face is like watching flowers growing in fast motion”

Anyone familiar with vintage Sparklehorse of old will immediately realize this is a ‘Horse of a different color, a whole new era for Linkous: brighter, happier, and amazingly better produced. Mark has always obsessed with the recorded sounds on his releases, but nothing has prepared me for this leap in technical mastery, his self imposed five year hiatus from the public eye evidently spent engaged in serious study of the songwriting craft, the true masters of eras both recent and almost lost to time: Beatles, Hollies, Cole Porter, just to name a few of the obvious suspects.

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will sharp!
Sep. 23rd, 2006 @ 10:18 am Dragging pianos to the ocean
I don't know how long they're likely to leave this up. It might be worth checking out sooner rather than later. (If that link won't work try this, then hit "Gideon Coe" and you should be able to track it down, show recorded Friday 22nd September.)

There's a five minute interview, mainly about collaborators on the forthcoming. Primarily Dangermouse ("the Jimmy Hendrix of the laptop"). Tom Waits. A wee bit about the Smoky Mountains. And two live tracks, a slowburn dreamy Return to Me from the new album and the most beautiful ghostly stripped back version of Spirit Ditch. Pretty . . . 

To get straight to the goodness just ff up to 1hr 35 or thereabouts. 

Two sleeps to go till the new LP . . .
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Sep. 20th, 2006 @ 12:22 am SparkleHorse Houston Concert September 14, 2006

From the initial moment I found out it was happening this concert was most unusual. First the simple mystery of Sparklehorse playing a small bar a few blocks from my house. The club does occasionally have local bands perform, but I had no idea they would actually book a band this well known.

Add to that the strangeness of Daniel Johnston as the opening act. Danny is a legend here, one of our own, a singer from Austin with acknowledged mental problems, and had been seriously ill several months ago, with the assumption that his performing days were behind him now.

Of course the most peculiar aspects were that not only was Sparklehorse preparing to release a new CD after five years of inactivity, but that they were touring, and that they were coming to Houston, and they were playing a seedy little club just down the street, with virtually no publicity. I was quite prepared to discover the whole story was a prank until the John Cusack dude at our local alternative record shop actually pulled actual tickets out of the cash register.

While waiting in the line for admittance I overheard the couple behind me speaking in Russian. I casually glanced back to discover a stunningly fashionably dressed young lady who looked like an exotic super model, with date to match. They stood out against the sea of college uniformed blue jeans/tee shirts.

The Proletariat is a modest converted restaurant, from walls to low ceiling soaked entirely in clinically depressive flat black, a mid-sized room stuffed with an all ages crowd, from 14 to 50. The crowd, perhaps two hundred strong, stood around the small stage.

Danny J put on his usual disturbingly deranged show, his backup band consisting of a dude on electric guitar and four young college girls on drums, violin, viola and cello. What Fun! Especially considering I thought I would never see him live again. Danny was relaxed and in relatively good health, with just the mild tremors of Parkinson’s relegating the Les Paul Jr around his neck to being a mere stage prop.

Sparklehorse were a wonder, a revelation, performing at a level of integration between the four members that seemed almost spooky. I have all their albums, and they drew from them all, and the songs were far stronger live. Somehow, in that overpacked sweat-fest of a neighborhood dive they found total inspiration, and truly enjoyed playing for the mostly college-age crowd, Mark letting the entire audience sing the choruses of a number of his best known tunes.

Mark Linkous has a strangely calming, almost hypnotic stage presence that worked from the intense hard rockers to when he brought the songs down to an acoustic whisper, and the new songs from the upcoming CD showed a new maturity of songwriting. Standing eight feet away from Mark was a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience this band up close and oh so personal.

Simply stunning. I’m tempted to drive to Austin tomorrow to see the taping of Austin City Limits, or the club gig Saturday, but I know it will be sold out like this show was.

After Austin this weekend Sparklehorse are playing one final American show in NYC at the Bowery Ballroom this Tuesday, September 19, before sailing for Europe for the rest of the year.

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Coffee Cat
Sep. 14th, 2006 @ 01:54 am Sparklehorse In Concert–Stunning!

Just got in from this incredible concert.

I'm exhausted, and think I need a little time before I try to describe the event.

Did I mention it was incredible?

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will sharp!
Aug. 26th, 2006 @ 01:45 am New Sparklehorse CD!

Just announced: a new CD, Dreamt for Light Years in the Belly of a Mountain , to be released on September 26. which includes all manner of guest stars, including Danger Mouse and Cee-Lo of Gnarls Barkley fame, Tom Waits and Stephen Drozd from The Flaming Lips.


I also have tickets to Sparklehorse playing here in Space City live, September 13, just a few blocks from here at a small club, apparently a rehearsal gig for a taping of Austin City Limits that weekend. And the opening band is Danny and the Nightmares, Daniel Johnston’s new group.

I had given up any hope of seeing Mark live.

Can’t wait!


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Jan. 21st, 2006 @ 01:25 pm happy man
Current Music: Guided by Voices - Teenage FBI
so i have this version of happy man that i've had for about the past six years, and it's got the radio stuff in it.  i've heard there's another version, without the static part in the middle, and a friend of mine once had it, but i've since lost contact with her.  an internet search tells me there's an ev 11 version and a memphis version (i think they might be one and the same).  so here are my questions:

anyone know where to get the non-"radio" version?
anyone know where i can find "happy pig" (happy man with a bit of pig added to the end)?
anyone know what the differences between the ev 11 and memphis versions are?

this has always been one of my favorite songs, so any and all help would be appreciated.  it looks like the community might be dead, but i have to start somewhere!
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