ARAB ON RADAR vv - Breaking News, Breaking Hearts
vv - First Look at Soak The Saddle LP sleeves ZENI GEVA / RUINS vv - Yoshida almost sleeps in bubble wrap
vv - Japanese New Music Festival will return to Europe YOWIE vv - Shawn drinks the original Budweiser
vv - Still writing their follow up album AIDS WOLF vv - From Basquait Bis Seripop
vv - Weirdness on the edge
I thought I'd do something a little different this time and take you behind the scenes of the thrill-filled world of Skin Graft Records.
With the speed of the internet, news sure breaks fast these days. I'm sure many of you have already seen this announcement that went up late, late Monday night on Arab On Radar's website & Facebook page:
*Arab on Radar regrets to inform everybody that they are canceling their West Coast Tour and their show in Jamaica Plain, MA due to personal reasons. They apologize to their fans for the inconvenience that this might cause. Thanks to everybody for all of their support.*
I had conversations with some of the guys a few hours before their message went live... and while our conversations were private, I will say that everyone in the band is in good health (no life-threatening accidents or anything like that), but they all expressed major disappointment and sadness at canceling these shows. I'm in contact with them and when I have more news to share, I will share it - but for now, lets just leave it at that.
On the brighter side,
I wanted to share a few pics and an email I received from Neil Burke, who has been busy printing the new sleeves for ARAB ON RADAR's "Soak The Saddle" LP. We decided to use metallic inks of the original color scheme to differentiate it from the original pressing - and we were all hoping to achieve a neat effect. Neil writes:
Here are some photos. It was hard to get a good shot so I did some close ups so you can see the metallic ink. The contrast changes on the covers depending on how you hold it or how the light is hitting it. It's a bit trippy. Hopefully these pics will give you an idea, but it looks much better in the flesh.
ARAB ON RADAR "Soak The Saddle" LP is up for pre-orders now and will be released mid-September.
I've had lots of visitors here in Vienna, Austria over the last few months, so I'll catch you up on that...
ZENI GEVA were in town and played an incredible show. The current line-up of Kazuyuki (Null), Tababta and Yoshida are all old pals and ideal houseguests, but - If they ever stay at your place, make sure you offer them extra blankets because they won't ask. Just as I was going to bed, I caught Yoshida taking the large piece of bubble wrap off from around Null's guitar and wrapping it around himself to help keep warm. Fortunately, I caught this just in time, was able to get a blanket from the cabinet and forced it on him so he could have a good nights' sleep without looking like an ebay item.
Yoshida is planning a European tour of the coveted Japanese New Music Festival this October / November. I'll have more details on that soon.
Shortly after ZENI GEVA left, Shawn from YOWIE stopped by for a visit (on a traveling, non-music related vacation). We had a great time and visited the world famous Wiener Riesenrad (Ferris Wheel) as featured in the classic Noir film "The Third Man" - and we went out for a real taste of Austria at the Schweizerhaus. Schweizerhaus is renowned for its Stelze - a grilled rear knuckle of pork - and the original Budweiser Budvar (from the Czech Republic, not St. Louis). While we knuckled down on the pork and wiped off foamy beer mustaches, you better believe we discussed progress on the writing of Yowie's long. long. long awaited follow-up to their still killer album "Cryptooology".
A few weeks after Shawn left, Chloe and Yannick of AIDS Wolf arrived in Vienna. They weren't here for music either, but were in town to attend the opening of the major summer art show at the Kunsthalle Vienna. You probably don't need me to tell you that in addition to AIDS Wolf, Chloe and Yannick are visual artists working together under the moniker Seripop. And sure enough, the current show at the museum is titled "Street and Studio: From Basquiat to Séripop" and has Chloe and Yannick's work displayed alongside artists even my mother has heard of, like Andy Warhol.
Seripop's piece was actually pictured from the rear (see all that crumbled up paper in the pic above?) in an article published after the show's opening by the Kurier newspaper. I scanned the article for Chloe and Yannick, so if any of you read German, you can check it out - Clicking HERE will take you to the big scan. And If you are in Vienna before the show closes on October 10th, be sure to check it out! Here is a LINK to the show details.
Seripop did a bang-up job on the cover art for AIDS Wolf's upcoming album "March To The Sea" (pictured prominently in the update below). The vinyl and CD's are now in for manufacture, but a few weeks ago I got the following email from the folks who were about to assemble the CD's with the artwork and jewel cases:
We just noticed a slight cosmetic issue on the CDs. Please see the following photo:
It is highly unlikely to cause any playability issues, as the data area generally ends before we reach that diameter. If the content was maxed out, it's possible it might reach that diameter, but very unlikely.
Origin: caused by a mask that got too much aluminum built up on it. Please let us know if you'd like these redone or if we may proceed with the current discs we have.
Long story short, we've had them redone!
AIDS WOLF "March To The Sea" LP / CD / ULTIMATE EDITION is also up for pre-orders now and will be released mid-September. And the AIDS WOlf USA tour is still a "Go" for September.
OKAY - so there you have it! That wraps up this edition of "SKIN GRAFT: Behind the Music". Either I or Jazzy Joe will be back soon with more info on the upcoming releases, plus news on GAY BEAST, PRE and THE JAPANESE NEW MUSIC FESTIVAL.
Thanks Everybody -
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updated: June 21st, 2010
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