November 23, 2003

Just in time for Christmas, we are pleased to announce that our Merry Christmas from Yo La Tengo cd is nearly out of print. Last orders, as they say at our local.

The ancient Greeks had a word for it: synchronicity (hang on, that was Sting). At nearly the precise moment that Dump was rocking the Double Door in Chicago on November 22, opening a rare Eleventh Dream Day show, Georgia and Ira, who had been minding their business watching an equally rare A-Bones reunion, found themselves replacing Miriam on drums and Bruce on guitar midsong, a finale only the A-Bones could conceive.

Did you catch "Autumn Sweater" on 24 a few weeks ago? We were watching and we missed it, though now that I think of it I never saw Keifer Sutherland either. Maybe we were watching the wrong show. 24‘s the one with Ron Silver as the porno king, right?

Wig in a Box, the Hedwig tribute record, is out. It includes us backing Yoko Ono on "Hedwig’s Lament" and "Exquisite Corpse." And very cool contributions from Sleater-Kinney & Fred Schneider, Robyn Hitchcock, Spoon, and Jonathan Richman, to name just the ones we’re naming. Art work by Georgia’s sister Emily and nephew Max.

We’re enjoying Arrested Development as much as the next man, maybe more than the next man (except that episode that David Cross wasn’t in — the only negative words we have to say about Liza Minnelli is that SHE IS NO DAVID CROSS. There, I said it) but if those guys make one more crappy Dr. Seuss movie . . . well, I just don’t want to think about it. So don’t.