News bits: Crooked Fingers, Eleanor Friedberger, Tindersticks; iji (Team Love Record) tonight…

Category: Blog — Tags: , , , — @ 1:55 pm November 16, 2015
Crooked Fingers at Frank, SXSW, March 16, 2012.

Crooked Fingers at Frank, SXSW, March 16, 2012. The band announced a forthcoming reissue of their first two albums.

by Tim McMahan,

Sleepy Monday after a sleepy weekend. I’ll use my time today to share some email/press release stuff that just hit the in-box.

— Our old friend Eric Bachmann today announced that Merge will reissue the first two full-length Crooked Fingers albums Jan. 29. We’re talking Crooked Fingers’ 2000 self-titled debut (featuring a swan on the cover) on vinyl with six bonus tracks, and 2001’s Bring on the Snakes, also on vinyl plus bonus demos of each track. Wonder if a tour will be announced?

— Today Press Here PR announced that Eleanor Friedberger has a new album coming out called New View on Frenchkiss Jan. 22 and is headed out on a tour, whose dates include a Feb. 27 gig at Reverb. She’s pretty fantastic in concert, so this will be one you’ll want to put on your calendar. Check out the first single from the new album, below:

— Kind of old news but interesting nonetheless: ’90s chamber-folk band Tindersticks has a new album coming out Jan. 22 on City Slang called The Waiting Room. I lost track of these guys a decade ago, but the memory of their ’93 debut album still haunts me. They’ve put out a record as recent as 2013, which flew completely under my radar. Based on this first track from the album,  their sound hasn’t changed much in 22 years.

— BTW, I’m currently absorbing new releases by Drakes Hotel, Anna McClellan and Flight Metaphor, among others, and will report back with reviews in the near future. With fewer shows going on these days, I’ll have more room in Lazy-i to do album reviews. Keep watching.

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Tonight at fabulous O’Leaver’s it’s Team Love Records artist iji. Opening is Crypt Kid and Ebony Goddess Wanted. $5, 9:30 p.m.

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