Archive for March, 2006

Latest Mancini and Colbourn Happenings

Wednesday, March 1st, 2006

Chris Colbourn and Hilken Mancini are playing the first show of a 7-date European run tonight in support of their debut CD. Their longtime pal Juliana Hatfield is headlining for them on all the shows. The UK’s fabulous MOJO magazine has reviewed their disc in their April issue:

A puzzling sticker on the sleeve proclaims this Mancini and Colbourn’s “solo debut”, but this is definitely a group outing. Colbourn’s songs with Buffalo Tom offered relief from front-man Bill Janovitz’s anguished howl, more wistful and whimsical, always the sensitive, broken-hearted Catholic boy. Meanwhile Mancini’s folksy squalls impress greatly, with a hazy, Belly-styled charm, and when they share vocals, like the raucous “In My Arms,” they hit an addictive harmony. The likes of Colbourn’s keening, piano-led “Moonbeams” catch these college rock luminaries easing into a wistful, post-grad era, anything but ‘hip’ but retaining their gift for emotive, sucker punch indie-rock that only gathers more dignity with age. And the smoking guitar solos a visiting J Mascis taped for the opening and closing tracks are almost worth admission alone.

On Friday March 3rd, Hilken and Chris as well as Juliana will be performing live on the radio from Desmet Studios in Amsterdam. They are expected to play a total of 5 songs on a show that begins at 14:00 Netherlands time…the zone conversion would be 8:00 am EST, so remember to tune in early to 747 Live!

Also available as of today is an interview (with plenty of accompanying music) with Hilken Mancini, conducted by Charlie McEnerney, for Well-Rounded Radio. You can find interviews on the site with other Kimchee artists including Willard Grant Conspiracy and Blake Hazard.

Hilken and Chris will be back in Cambridge, MA to play a really special date at T.T. the Bear’s on March 14th with The (inestimable) Bats from New Zealand.

Brokaw Enlists in Guitar Army

Wednesday, March 1st, 2006

Chris Brokaw is about to begin a tour on March 8th with highly respected composer Rhys Chatham as part of the 9-piece Guitar Army, which is performing for the first time in over 20 years the material he originally wrote for his mass-guitar groups. Chatham’s band will also include, among others, guitarist Ernie Brooks (ex-Modern Lovers) and Jonathan Kane (ex-Swans) on drums. The Chatham tour ends on the 16th at the South by Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas, where The Chris Brokaw Rock Band will also be playing the following night with the venerable Chris Stamey and Peter Holsapple and more.

Willard Grant Conspiracy Chats Down Under

Wednesday, March 1st, 2006

There is an interview with Robert Fisher of Willard Grant Conspiracy up on DIG Digital Radio (part of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation). He talks about his discovery of Australian Music and some of the history of his band.

Pee Wee’s Fitzpatrick is Phantom Power

Wednesday, March 1st, 2006

That’s right, Pete Fitzpatrick of The Pee Wee Fist is currently writing and performing under new names, the most frequently utilized being Phantom Power. Pete played as PP three times over the last month in NYC and environs, one of those times with Anna, another Pee Wee Fist renegade and also Pete’s better (well, prettier anyway!) married half. A new website and songs are in the works.