Every year, our friends at the Bend, OR Bulletin put together a 2-”disc” wrap-up compilation of the previous year’s music– one disc filled with local Pacific NW artists, and one with a wide national set. This year’s collection will get you tunes from Superchunk, Wavves, Sharon Van Etten and lots more, plus some stuff you likely haven’t heard from the likes of NW artists like Larry and His Flask, The Autonomics, and Tuck and Roll. Check it out.
After nearly 20 years, I can finally get one of My Favorite Albums Of All Time on vinyl without having to pay some absurdly high eBay price. For this week, Teenage Fanclub’s Bandwagonesque was reissued on 140g wax. Merry Christmas indeed!
I’m kicking myself that I didn’t get this posted earlier, but my friend Devin is screening his new documentary feature, Firewall of Sound, at CMJ *tomorrow* (that’s Friday, 10/22). It’s at the Norwood Club, 241 W. 14th St., at 2pm, and you should definitely RSVP if you’re going to attend.
The film is an in-depth look at the independent music industry in a state of transition, with the internet acting as both a blessing and a curse to musicians and label executives. While fans eagerly await the latest leaked album from their favorite artist or the newest amateur concert footage to appear on YouTube, people in the industry are scrambling to figure out how to turn any sort of profit. It features Merge’s Mac McCaughan, musicians Julian Koster and Roberto Lange, a number of other smart people, and me.
UMO has several things in the pipeline right now I believe, though none have been officially announced thus far. At any rate, I imagine we can look forward to owning, at some point in the not-too-distant future, physical copies of these first few gems: