September 20, 2002

It’s fall and we’re happy.

We’ve just handed in all the parts for Nuclear War, a 12"/CDEP to be released on the Matador label in November. It will contain four versions of the song: one features Susie Ibarra, Daniel Carter, Sabir Mateen, Josh Madell, and Roy Campbell, Jr., and one is a mix by Mike Ladd. We’ll let the other two be a surprise.

Our dear friend Sue Garner has just released a fantastic new record, Shadyside, on the Thrill Jockey label. It features many beautiful songs, as well as contributions from Rick Brown, Marc Ribot, Jim O’Rourke, and James McNew. Sue and her new band (Mr. Brown, Ted Reichman, Doug Wieselman) will be hitting the road for a few select appearances – maybe even one near you!

Speaking of Thrill Jockey, David Bowie’s favorite label, they will be celebrating their 10th anniversary with the release of Looking For A Thrill, a DVD release, with about a zillion interviews with musicians telling stories about their formative musical experiences, including the three of us. But you really gotta watch out for that John McEntire one.

And speaking of dear friends, Chickfactor magazine has finally established its foothold on the web, and is poised for world takeover. Check out its web exclusives section for an interview with Georgia and her sister Emily, and a food diary James kept during the YLT tour of South America in 2001 (with photos). Better read that David Cross interview, while you’re at it, there’s some very pertinent info about us in there, too.

Here’s a link to an article Ira wrote this summer, for DIW (the magazine, not the Japanese jazz label). How about that salary cap agreement.

Here’s a link to a top-10 thingy James wrote, not knowing the formidable competition he was up against… oh well.

Answers are still coming in for the What James Saw competition. James is very busy, what with Fashion Week and all, but he’s tabulating the results and we’ll have ’em for you next time.

La Wanda Page RIP,