Tuesday, August 3, 2004

Cleaning out the Inbox
Neko Case to release a live album: Mint Records will release Neko Case's new live album, The Tigers Have Spoken, on November 9, 2004. The album has been licensed to Anti- for the world outside of Canada. Recorded over 7 nights and at 3 different venues in Chicago and Toronto, the album finds Neko backed by a full band featuring the Sadies and steel guitar whiz Jon Rauhouse and special guests Kelly Hogan, Carolyn Mark, Jim & Jennie and the Pinetops, Paul Morstad and Brian Connelly.

While Tigers is a live album, it is not your typical career retrospective - only two of the eleven songs are from Neko's back catalog. In addition to two new original compositions, Neko wraps her powerful pipes around a surprising collection of covers written by artists like Buffy Saint Marie, Loretta Lynn, the Shangri-La's and Freakwater's Catherine Irwin. The set closes with impassioned versions of the standards, "Wayfaring Stranger" and "This Little Light", which Neko forever makes her own.

Proper studio album due Spring 2005

Meanwhile, Beta Band go the way of their namesake video player: All good things must come to an end. And so it is that after eight years of creating consistently innovative music, releasing three critically acclaimed albums and staging some legendary live shows, the BETA BAND have decided to call it a day... Always regarded as something of an enigma by the media but widely recognized to be one of the UK's most influential bands, this year's Heroes To Zeros proved not only their most successful but most cohesive and engaging album to date. Sadly, eight years of hard work and critical acclaim but little return in terms of commercial success inevitably takes its toll and a group decision was made to finally lay the band to rest.

Steve Mason explains: "The minority is always right. I left the room with silent dignity but caught my foot on the mat, and a thousand, thousand slimy things lived on, and so did I. This is adding insult to injuries. By the way, who's your fat friend?"

Adds Richard Greentree: "The Beta Band apple has over rippened and become riddled with maggots, it must fall from the tree and let it's seeds return to ground. Sincere thanks to everyone who has helped us along the way, see you in the Spring."

Right then. See you all at Wilco tonight? Well, except you know who...

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