Friday, May 25, 2007

News: Good Books, CocoRosie, SFA, Liars & Cream

After trying to keep details of their secret Morden gig on the down-low, south London’s Good Shoes have been rumbled by the local council. But it’s all good though, as they’ve decided to let it go ahead anyway. The band will play Morden park bandstand at 2pm on bank holiday Monday 28th. It’s free and open to all and there is also a Flickr group for photos of the day so make sure you take a camera. Map (bandstand bottom left).

After their mysterious arrest earlier this month it seems that everything is back on track for NY indie/folk-hoppers CocoRosie. The sisters have announced a string of UK dates in June in support of their latest Touch and Go released effort ‘The Adventures of Ghostborn and Stillborn’.

Tour Dates:
12 June - Brighton, Komedia
13 June - Nottingham, Trent University
14 June - Bristol, Ansom Rooms
15 June - Glasgow, The Arches
16 June - Manchester, Academy 2
17 June - London, Bloomsbury Ballroom

How does Gruff Rhys fit it all in? Having recently released his latest solo LP ‘Candylion’ and still putting the finishing touches to the Neon Neon LP - his electronic side project with Boom Bip - he has just revealed details of the newly completed Super Furry Animals album and a string of various UK dates. The new album, ‘Hey Venus’ will be released via Rough Trade on August 27th. Tracklisting and tour dates.

New York art-rockers Liars have also unveiled details of a new album. The self-titled follow-up to last year’s superbly intense ‘Drums Not Dead’ will be out on August 20th courtesy of Mute records. Speaking to Pitchfork, singer Angus Andrew has proclaimed a change in direction that might be a bit easier on the ears for some listeners: “I'd never felt like a songwriter 'til this album... If you said I'd be playing guitar solos, I'd have called you a liar… this time I’m a bit shocked.”

Finally, bassist Jack Bruce of 60’s British rockers Cream has revealed that the band will reform this summer for one or more shows with guitarist Eric Clapton and drummer Ginger Baker. Although not specifying when, Bruce stated that it would not be at Live Earth. Speaking to Associated Press he spoke of the recent denial that they would ever reform: “Then, the next day, it came up we're doing something if I wanted to. Obviously, I'm not going to be the one to say no”.

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