Archive for April 5th, 2006


Wednesday, April 5th, 2006

VÖ: 02.06.2006
Label: Acuarela
Vertrieb: Rough Trade Distributions

Every 100 years there is a perfect and impossible utopia of a pop album. Acuarela’s European version of P:ANO’s “Brigadoon” features two amazing exclusive bonus tracks and special packaging. 24 pop gems which feel like having a pic nic with The Decemberists and The Beach Boys in Burt Bacharah’s backyard.
As Michael Moore and “South Park” characters already pointed out: Canada is different. This is reflected in NBA star Steve Nash´s personality and also in the country´s music scene. From Constellation to Alien8, passing through Intr_version or Arts & Crafts, there´s something in the air of Canada´s workshops that makes them special, innovative, and strange, which we could describe as “˜being in the vanguard´, but is really much more than just that. P:ANO is the perfect example. The Vancouver-based band, whose music flows from the talented source of composers and multi-instrumentalists Nick Krgovich and Larissa Loyva, and is completed with the presence of Justin Kellam and Julia Chirka, is clearly focused on pop music. However, their new album is far from being just a compilation of classic and aesthetically perfect tracks. Despite its paused, lo-fi sound, their first album “When It´s Dark and It´s Summer” (Zum/Hive Fidelity, 2002) was brimming with amazing ideas. Two years later, “The Den” came closer to their stylistic ideal, showcasing an improved quality regarding production and recording techniques. From this standpoint, P:ANO announce that their third LP is a unique and fascinating piece of work, with a common thread linking all songs without actually being conceptual, and each song being a small universe in itself. Because the title´s choice, “Brigadoon”, a song by duo Lerner & Lowe, who composed songs like “My Fair Lady” and “Gigi”, is no mere coincidence.

That utopian “brigadoon”, an impossible and pluperfect place that would only be seen every 100 years and appears always attracted by the intensity of true love, reflects in the album´s lyrics, in occasions through sincere romanticism and others through disbelief. The album is full of declarations in first person, lamenting the solitude that comes with celebrating passed intimacies. Surrounded by redeeming lights, walking through dark hills and letting insidious snow wet them through, the characters in the songs expose their passions, their fears and their miseries in a way that is twisted, funny and poetical at the same time. P:ANO prove that they are able of embracing any music style to in order to achieve the absolute pop song in the end. In “Covered Wagons” and “He Will Come Beck To Me” they seem to revive the fifties with jumpy drums, delicate melodies and sumptuous vocals, while synthesisers and beats with a dance music skeleton rock in “The Rescuer” and “Heavens”. “Storm the gates” and “The Monster Mash” play along in ambient placidity, “Ghost Pirates” portrays a sinister circus setting and “Sweet Sweets” even flirts with soul. If they sometimes remind you of The Beach Boys and other times of The Magnetic Fields, if in occasions you´d put them alongside Deerhof or The Decemberists and then notice similarities with Yo La Tengo, you´re on the right track: few records include so much, different, good music. During 60 minutes and 24 songs (Acuarela´s edition includes two bonus tracks), P:ANO weave a complex, addictive and above all personal record that could be seen as a compilation of pop gems but can also be interpreted in a thousand other ways. Don´t be scared, you´ll have fun on the way.
Eine Tour wird es Ende Mai/Anfang Juni geben.
When It’s Dark and It’s Summer
cd album (Zum/Hive Fidelity, 2002)
The Den
cd album (Zum/Hive Fidelity, 2004)

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Wednesday, April 5th, 2006

Allmählich wird es DOCH Sommer…
Und so viele Bands sind auf Tour…wie z.B. Essex Green diese Woche…

AKTUELL (in Kürze)

1. REDJETSONS – NEW GENERAL CATALOGUE (talitres/rough trade, VÖ: 07.04.2006)

2. JULIE´S HAIRCUT ““ AFTER DARK, MY SWEET (homesleep/cargo records, VÖ: 11.04.2006)

3. HEFNER – BEST OF 1996-2002 (fortune & glory/cargo records, VÖ: 21.04.2006)

4. YO ZUSHI ““ SONGS FROM A DAZZLING DRAFT (pointy records/cargo records, VÖ: 28.04.2006)

5. ESSEX GREEN ““ CANNIBAL SEA (track & field/cargo records, VÖ: 05.05.2006)

6. P:IANO ““ BRIGADOON (acuarela/rough trade, VÖ: 02.06.2006)


1. DARREN HAYMAN ““ Table For One (track & field / cargo records, VÖ: 03.03.2006)

2. EL HIJO ““ La Piel Del Oso (acuarela / rough trade, VÖ: 03.03.2006)

3. CHRIS BROKAW ““ Incredible Love (acuarela / rough trade, VÖ: 10.03.2006)

4. CLOGS ““ LATERN (talitres/rough trade, VÖ: 17.03.2006)

5. LD &THE NEW CRITICSM ““ Tragic Realism (acuarela / rough trade, VÖ: 24.03.2006)

6. THE STRUGGLERS ““ You Win (acuarela / rough trade, VÖ: 31.03.2006)

7. MANTA RAY – Torres De Electricidad (acuarela/rough trade; VÖ: 24.03.2006)

8. FRANK AND WALTERS – Souvenirs (fifa records/ rough trade, VÖ:31.03.2006)


Frank And Walters
Chris Brokaw
Essex Green
The Strugglers
Ariel Pink
Xiu Xiu


I like trains
Ian Fayes
Blood On The Wall

AKTUELL (etwas länger)

1. REDJETSONS ““ NEW GENERAL CATALOGUE (talitres/rough trade, VÖ: 07.04.2006
Die sechs Redjetsons kommen aus Südlondon. Eine Mischung aus Postrock und Soul…
Und New General Catalogue ist ihr Debutalbum..JAJAJAJA
“Redjetson are one of my favourite bands at the moment. Dramatic, intense
and exciting”¦”- Kele Okereke, BLOC PARTY

2. JULIE´S HAIRCUT ““ AFTER DARK, MY SWEET (homeslepp/cargo records, VÖ: 11.04.2006)
Diesmal ROCK…aber immer noch die an Kim Gordon erinnernde Stimme…mit
charmant italienischem Akzent..
Und diesmal ist auch Sonic Boom mit auf dem Album…ja….der war auch in Italien..

3. HEFNER – BEST OF 1996-2002 (fortune & glory, cargo records, VÖ: 21.04.2006)
Zur Zeit kommen ja einige ex-Hefner Members Platten auf den Markt, wa..
Aber…damit man auch mal nen Ãœberblick hat…eine Compilation aus der Zeit…
Britains´s Largest Small Band. www.

4. YO ZUSHI ““ SONGS FROM A DAZZLING DRAFT (pointy records/cargo records, VÖ: 28.04.2006)
In England nennt man ihn Bright Eyes aus London…wobei mich erinnert er eher an die japanische
Version Devendra Banhard´s, wenn auch in englisch singend…

5. ESSEX GREEN ““ CANNIBAL SEA (track and field/cargo records, VÖ: 05.05.2006)
Auf dieses Album freue ich mich ja gaaaaanz besonders. Wunderwunderwunderbaaaar, sag ich nur!
Mann und Frau geben sich die Ehre…Wunderschöner Pop, aber …meine Herren…klasse..
Und Anfang April schon in Deutschland auf Tour als Support von Shout Out Loud:

6. P:IANO ““ BRIGADOON (acuarela/rough trade, VÖ: 02.06.2006)
Wie Michael Moore schon sagte, Kanada ist anders! Und diese Platte ist die Utopie von Pop!
Pur und schön…auch hier wieder Mann und Frau…
Die Kanadier werden Ende Mai in Deutschland auf Tour sein.


13.04.06 Berlin / Magnet Club
14.04.06 Leipzig / Ilsews Erika
16.04.06 Hamburg / The Revolver Club im Mandarin Casino (5 year anniversary party)

THE CHRIS BROKAW ROCK BAND featuring Jeff Goddard (Karate) und Kevin Coultas (Come, Rodan)
21.04. Berlin, Knaack
23.04. Dresden, Scheune
24.04. Hamburg, Knust
25.04. Karlsruhe, Jubez
27.04. Nürnberg, K4
28.04. CH – Yverdonne, Amalgame
29.04. A – Innsbruck, Treibhaus
30.04. A – Wien, Fluc

05.05.06 GER Frankfurt, Das Bett w/ A Day In Black And White
06.05.06 GER Dresden, Im Schaufenster
07.05.06 GER Berlin, NBI
08.05. GER – Hamburg, Hasenschaukel
09.05.06 GER Köln, Kulturbunker Mülheim w/ Minor Mountaineer

13.05 BASSY – Berlin

13.05.2006 GER – München, Rote Sonne
14.05.2006 A – Wien, Chelsea
16.05.2006 GER – Schorndorf, Manufaktur
18.05.2006 GER – Köln, Gebäude 9
22.05.2006 GER – Hamburg, Ãœbel & Gefährlich (w/ Final Fantasy)
23.05.2006 GER – Berlin, Volksbühne (w/ Final Fantasy)

16.05.D-Hamburg-Golden Pudel Club
20.05.CH-Düdingen-Bad Bonn
25.05 D-München ““ Rote Sonne (support von Dat Politics)
26.05 CH-Zürich – Kaltbreite

25.05.2006 Berlin (D), Roter Salon
26.05.2006 Hannover (D), Cafe Glocksee (w/ Okkervil River)
28.05.2006 Offenbach (D), Hafen 2
…und wer keine Lust mehr auf den Newsletter hat, sollte mir bitte auch kurz Bescheid geben.
Liebe Grüße

denise mayer
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65388 bärstadt

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