This may be the final post on this blog, because Blogger.com is no longer allowing FTP publishing (if you're on Blogger, don't worry -- it probably doesn't apply to you). The blog may come back in a new form, or we may switch over to a conventional news page. In any case, though, we had to let you know that the new Statuesque album, Reader, I Curried Him, is available now on all of your favorite digital download services, including lala.com, iTunes and eMusic. And if you go to lala, you can listen to the whole thing for free!
If you want to burn a CD, the artwork is available for download on this page.
Bag of Kittens, featuring Allyson Seconds & Anton Barbeau
The Shop has just gotten in a few copies of Allyson Seconds' Bag of Kittens, her new collaboration with Anton Barbeau. If you are a fan of Marti Jones or Sam Phillips, you should check this album out. The arrangements are beautifully done and even if you're already familiar with tracks like "Dig My Pig" and "On A Bicycle Built For Bicycle 9," you will hear them in a whole new way. This is a lovely album that should lead to Anton being taken more seriously as a songwriter, and Allyson, a Sacramento Music Award-winning vocalist, is a first-class interpreter of his work. You can preview a few songs at http://www.myspace.com/bagokittens , and if you're in Northern California, there are concert dates listed there as well.
The penultimate installment, 2005, brings us Scott's "hands down... favorite hip-hop recording" plus this priceless tidbit: "[I]t's a cliche to hate mimes, right? Well, I'm that guy there going 'wow, it looks just like he's in an invisible box!'"
In other 125 news, you will want to read this interview with Jill Tracy from the L.A. Weekly and watch the viral video which has gotten over 1,500,000 views -- with a soundtrack by Anton Barbeau.