(A little) More on Sebastian Grainger; Jenny Lewis leaves Team Love; Health tonight…

Category: Blog — @ 6:01 pm July 15, 2008

Here’s a little more on Saddle Creek’s recent signing of Sebastien Grainger, former drummer/singer of Death from Above 1979. Asked how it went down, Saddle Creek Records executive Jason Kulbel said, “His manager got in touch with us shortly before SXSW. As I recall we had a few rough tracks before going down, liked them and made sure to check out a set in Austin. We liked that, too, and just kept going from there. I think he likes what we do and we like his music. So yeah…kinda boring story but that’s how it happened.” Boring indeed, unlike the track I heard on the Creek site. Go there and take a listen.

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So one joins the Creek family while another says goodbye. One of the best-selling CD’s for a label in the Saddle Creek family in 2006 was Jenny Lewis’ solo debut, Rabbit Fur Coat, released on Conor Oberst’s Team Love Records (and distro’d through Creek). By the end of ’96, the disc had sold more than 97,000 copies. So what about the follow-up? Sorry Team Love. Lewis’ press people announced today that the follow-up, titled Acid Tongue, will be release on Warner Bros in September. “Some of Lewis’ most steadfast collaborators appear on Acid Tongue: Johnathan Rice, Farmer Dave Scher, Jason Boesel, Jason Lader and M Ward,” sayeth the press release. “She also invited other notable musician friends into the fold, including Elvis Costello for a duet (‘Carpetbaggers’), Chris Robinson (of The Black Crowes), Benji Hughes, Zooey Deschanel (of She & Him) & Vanessa Corbala (of Whispertown2000) on backing vocals, Paz Lenchantin (A Perfect Circle / The Entrance Band) and her sister Ana provided strings, Davey Faragher (of The Imposters) on bass, as well as Laurel Canyon’s own Jonathan Wilson on guitar, and even members of Jenny’s own family. Her sister Leslie Lewis provided backing vocals on two songs while her father, harmonica virtuoso Eddie Gordon makes a star turn on rumbling bass harp.”

Looks like Conor has no hard feelings about Jenny fleeing Team Love. She’ll be touring with Oberst for his solo shows beginning with the Sept. 20 Anchor Inn gig here in Omaha.

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Noise rock LA quartet Health plays tonight at The Waiting Room with The Show Is the Rainbow and Perry H. Matthews. $8, 9 p.m.

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