Sunday, December 23, 2007
"The support on all the UK & Dutch dates is Bee and Flower as advertised
nationally. Check them out www.beeandflower.com
www.myspace.com/beeandflower It was originally going to be Paula
Frazier who they often back but due to pressing matters she had to
withdraw. Lisa Papineau of Big Sur will be doing many of the European
Dana from Bee and Flower may be known to some trainspotters as being a member of AMC for one show back in '94. The band decided to tour the US with Danny on guitar but after the first show he decided he preferred the bass. Dana had quit her university place and job for that tour so now she is out for blood some 14 years later."
Friday, December 21, 2007
Anyone know why Mark is so popular in Ireland? He has played a lot of shows there recently.
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
The Parker Brothers and their guests Beth Lisick and Ralph Carney, Mark Eitzel, Kelley Stoltz, Chris Von Sneidern, Tippy Canoe, Phil Crumar, Chuck Prophet and Stephanie Finch, Tom Armstrong, Corey Alan Porter, Eric Moffat, Brian and Sandra Mello, Marc Capelle, Pete Simonelli, and Spiral Stairs. Plus the comedic stylings of Johnny Megget and Chris Portfolio.
$15 at the door or $10 with 2 cans of food. Proceeds to benefit SF Food Bank...
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Monday, December 03, 2007
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
"The entire new album can be streamed at http://www.imeem.com/ (for free). This might be a mistake so might not be up for long -- sounds great! Not at all upbeat though like they said--sad, moody, and very AMC."
Had a quick look and couldn't see anything but then again I am not a member. Can anyone else see it?
The whole album is here.
Back to one track now. :(
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
Monday, November 05, 2007
2nd - Everclear with 26% of the votes
1st - Mercury with 35% of the votes
Friday, October 26, 2007
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
It has a little jukebox on the front now with some of their tracks in it. It looks like the (now unavailable) AMC best of and the Demos for Lovesongs. Could be a couple of unreleased tunes on there as well by the looks of it.
Monday, October 15, 2007
Please see the following dates in support of the upcoming new AMC album "The Golden Age" - a few of the venues will not have tickets on sale until the end of the week. We are also confirming a few more dates not listed below including Paris in the next few weeks.
Wed – Jan 30 – Cork, Ireland – Cyprus Ave
Thurs Jan 31 - Limerick, Ireland – Dolans
Fri – Feb 1 – Galway, Ireland – Roisin Dubh
Sat – Feb 2 – Dublin, Ireland – Whelans
Sun – Feb 3 – Bristol, UK - tbc
Tues – Feb 5 – Leeds, UK- Irish Centre
Wed – Feb 6 – Manchester, UK - Academy 3
Thur Feb 7 - Newcastle, UK – The Cluny
Fri Feb 8 - Glasgow, UK – Oran Mor
Sat Feb 9 - Nottingham, UK- Rescue Rooms
Sun Feb 10 - Birmingham, UK – tbc
Tues Feb 12 Brighton, UK – Concorde 2
Wed Feb 13 -London, UK – Dingwalls
Thurs Feb 14 – Amsterdam, Holland - Paradiso
Fri Feb 15 – Brussels, Belgium - AB Club
Sat Feb 16 – Den Bosch, Holland - W2
Sun Feb 17 – Groningen, Holland - Vera
Mon Feb 18 Köln, Germany - Gebäude 9
20.02 Gijón, Spain - Acapulco (Casino)
21.02 Madrid, Spain - Caracol
22.02 Bilbao, Spain - Kafe Antzokia
23.02 Barcelona, Spain - ApoloSun Feb
24 Bielefeld, Germany - Forum
Tues Feb 26 Hamburg, Germany - Fabrik
Wed Feb 27 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Vega
Thur Feb 28 – Malmo, Sweden - KB
Fri Feb 29 – Oslo, Norway - John Dee
Sat Mar 1 – Gotenburg, Sweden - Sticky Fingers
Sun Mar 2 – Aarhus, Denmark - Voxhall **
Tue Mar 4 - Berlin, Germany - ColumbiaClub
Wed Mar 5 - Leipzig, Germany - Nato
Thur Mar 6 Frankfurt, Germany - Brotfabrik
Fri Mar 7 Weinheim, Germany - Cafe Central
Sat Mar 8 St Gallen, Switzerland - Palace
Sun Mar 9 Zürich, Switzerland - El Lokal
Tues Mar 11 Turin, Italy - Spazio 211
Wed Mar 12 München, Germany - Registratur
Thurs Mar 13. Wien, Austria, WUK
Fri Mar 14 Ebensee, Austria - Kino
Sat Mar 15 Geislingen, Germany - Rätschenmühle
16.03. Diksmuide, Belgium - 4 AD
18.03. Paris, France - Divan Du Monde
20.03 Norwich, UK - Arts Centre
The new album is due Feb 4th UK (unless you go to Bristol and buy it the night before) and
the week before in Ireland. US dates will be in April
Sunday, October 07, 2007
American Music Club's new album "THE GOLDEN AGE" is done! The album will be released in early 2008 by Merge Records in North America and by Cooking Vinyl in Europe. The track listing is as follows...
1. All My Love
2. The Victory Choir
3. The Decibels and the Little Pills
4. The Sleeping Beauty
5. The Stars
6. All the Lost Souls Welcome You to San Francisco
7. Who You Are
8. The Windows of the World
9. One Step Ahead
10. The Dance
11. I know that's not really you
12. On My Way
13. The Grand Duchess of San Francisco
What with tour dates appearing now in February, we could be looking at a release around that time. Mark has been playing at least three of these tunes (lost sould, windows and one step) live for a year or so now. Anyone have any details of the others?
Friday, October 05, 2007
Sunday, September 30, 2007
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Please note that there is a poll in the sidebar on the left where you can now vote for your favourite American Music Club album. Have a quick click and make your vote count.
I have also moved the list of guest appearances into its original post which you can access through the link on the left.
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Friday, September 14, 2007
Not quite sure how I managed to see the pics as I don't belong to MySpace and the page seems to be members only. I got a couple of random errors when I tried clicking the link abut it did let me in. Try it and see what happens.
Sunday, September 02, 2007
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
This is a bookstore in Chicago where as legend has it the staff are "super skinny and they play Dinosaur Jr".
"Lets have a drink at the Mission rock ...". Well, you won't be alone as its one of the more popular restaurants in San Francisco.
Well worth a visit if you ever go to Paris. You get a lovely view of the city from there. Messiaen on the walkman is entirely optional.
Southend On Sea
One of the UKs finest holiday resorts. Not! Seems Mark had a really bad experience there judging by the song.
San Francisco venue where some of the live tracks on United Kingdom were recorded.
Make Out Room
Another venue song though this one never got officially released.
There was a "Memo from Bernal Heights" on the b-side of one of the Mercury singles.
Finally, from what I gather, the Mission District was once a dodgy part of San Francisco but is now its equivalent to Camden/Greenwich Village. Here is a nice tour round the area by Marc Capelle, the trumpet player on 60 Watt.
Have I missed anywhere?
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Anyone else out there want to review their favourite Mark Eitzel related album? Send them in and I will post the best.
Monday, July 16, 2007
it seem the show is available on Bittorrent. It's available at dimeadozen or hopefully at a good FTP site near you soon. Thanks to LargeHeartedBoy for pointing that out.
Sunday, July 08, 2007
Message from Mark Eitzel
it has come to my attention that there is some major controversy
surrounding the 'new' band members of amc.
how do i say this... it was my and vudi's decision not to work with
tim and danny. i think they are great musicians and people but a lot
about making music has to do with enthusiasm. frankly they hadn't even
spoken to me for about 6 months before we decided to move on. there
was some money problem and tim would not return my calls. danny
disappears into the woods every once in a while and would not return
my calls. it was like pulling teeth.
vudi and i had started working on arrangements in la and he found
steve and sean to play bass and drums. the three of them made me feel
excited about making this record - and i kept thinking - this is a
we wanted to call this collection of people something else than amc
but i couldn't find anyone who would release the record with a new
name. we are known in some circles but not to the world at large and
the gesture of using a new name would have fallen flat. no one would
care if we didn't use a name they never heard of before.
i am sure that a lot of long time fans will resent this and to them i
am sorry - but - i wanted this record to be a 'band' record - not a
record that you have to edit together. i mean it is hard to have a
band that lives in different cities. i wanted vudi to be front and
center - not someone who flies up every other week to work. honestly
it killed me to make this decision.
the new album "the golden age" is intended to sound like a classic
amc record - much like 'california' and so far i am really proud. i
hope the fans will hold their noses and check it out.
I think the gist is that he wanted to make a new album, the record companies said it had to be another American Music Club one otherwise it wouldn't sell so well. It seems he has "issues" with Danny and Tim and as Vudi lives in LA it seems sensible to move the "band" there. On the plus side the new album "The Golden Age" is supposed to be a return to the golden age of albums like California.
Do you think it matters what the new band is called or who is in it? Would you skip the new album just because it didn't have the original line up or will you but anything that comes out with Marks name on it? Let us know.
Friday, July 06, 2007
If Zenmac gets in touch and explain why he chose the films he chose, then I will let you know. Anyway, here they are for you to watch and enjoy.
Goodbye To Love
Thursday, June 28, 2007
Monday, June 25, 2007
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
June 20, 2007
American Music Club has a new line up.
Vudi - guitar
Sean Hoffman - bass - vocal
Steve Didelot - drum vocal
Mark Eitzel - guitar vocal
AMC moved from the Bay Area to Los Angeles. The original members Danny Pearson(bass) and Tim Mooney (drums) still work in San Francisco and perform in various bands. Danny is releasing a solo record by the end of the year. Mark and Vudi started working with Steve and Sean about a year ago. The chemistry was great and so they continued with the project and called it the MacArthur Park Music Club but this work eventually became the new AMC record.
Members of the band:
Vudi lives in LA, drives a city bus and also plays with the popular rock band Ariel Pink.
Sean Hoffman is a producer, commercial music maker, ex skate punk and plays all the shredding guitar that you enjoy whilst watching Fox Sports. He also plays guitar in a band called the Larks.
Steve Didelot is a songwriter, drummer, surfer, and a Mathematics teacher in the LA public schools system. He also plays in the Larks
Mark Eitzel still lives in San Francisco, loves the Bay Area but spends a lot of time in Los Angeles. He says he 'loves all the trees' and says Los Angeles is "so "triumph of the will"'.
The new album:
Tentatively called MacArthur Park because Vudi lives in that neighborhood and because we all enjoy the original song by Jimmy Webb. It will be produced by expert producer Dave Trumfio at his studio called King Size. We are very excited by this....
The overall sound is lighter than on previous AMC recordings. Of course there are many reasons why. 1) AMC refutes the label of 'Emo Pioneers'. For the record they hate Emo and have never been on the soundtrack for any W.B. network show. (yet) 2) Dark music is for people who are healthy enough to take it - and AMC want to appeal to all people - including the sick. 3) Mark Eitzel comments: "What will my neighbours in my retirement community think? How will I charm the nurse that tends to me? I want to fill my mouth with sugar and spit it on everyone when I talk. I want to cover the world with chocolate cake icing."
Yes there is a song about the World Trade Center. But such controversy is nothing new for this 'Right On' political band. Sean (bass) is a right leaning liberal texan who hates NPR and is the proud owner of a Segway. Vudi (guitar) dreams of an imperialist world of powdered wigs and waltz's in ballrooms. Mark (vocals) is a gay communist who once wrote an article: 'How Secure Will Your House Be During The Apocalypse'. Steve (drums) is a Christian activist who only plays in this band because the end times are upon us and what the fuck.
The new album should be released in early 2008. When the ice and snow is thick and heavy. When your winter depression finally kicks in. No Christmas or New Years to look forward to - just the iron grip of the cold and the bleak endless news reports on the death we bring to the middle east and to ourselves. Perfect. Merge did much market research and focus group after focus group said this would be the perfect time to release our new record. Of course it will be. After that we tour and bring our own version of American Freedom to a waiting and willing world.
Sunday, June 17, 2007
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
- Cane 141 - New Day Parade EP
- Congo Norvell - Abnormal Anonymous
- Mitchell Froom - Dopamine
- Pine Valley Cosmonauts - The Executioner's Last Songs: Volumes 2 & 3
- Sonny Smith - One Act Plays
- The Shallows - Crooked Rain
- Toiling Midgets - Son
- Tuatara - East Of The Sun
- V/A - Acuarela Songs
- V/A - Clubbo Sampler Vol. 1
- V/A - Comes With A Smile #8,#12 & #16
- V/A - Esopus Magazine 1
- V/A - New Sounds of the Old West Vol.3
- V/A - No Alternative
- V/A - Offbeat A Red Hot Soundtrip
- V/A - Shanti Project Collection 2
- V/A - Sigmatropic : Sixteen Haiku and Other Stories
- V/A - You Can Never Go Fast Enough
- Virgil Shaw - Still Falling
Saturday, June 09, 2007
Monday, June 04, 2007
Thursday, May 31, 2007
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Monday, May 21, 2007
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Wednesday, May 09, 2007
and then a couple more live clips of the American Music Club.
A shot of the back of the band ?!?!
I thought I had had a lot of hits recently. That is probably something to do with the mention over at indiefolkforever, a lovely blog about all things indie/alternative.
Tuesday, May 08, 2007
However, the unofficial word in a posting from Danny on the Firefly mailing list is that;
"tim and i never left amc, we were not invited to continue! I WOULD JUST LIKE IT ON THE RECORD THAT I HAD NEVER THOUGHT OF NOT PLAYING IN AMC, I DID NOT QUIT. danny pearson"
So there you go. It cold be San Francisco all over again. For me Danny has always been as much of the Club as Vudi or Mark.
Monday, April 30, 2007
So, what does it sound like? It is all good quality recordings. Mainly all originals except for his covers of Joy Divisions "Heart & Soul", Springsteens "My Fathers Place" and a couple of tracks from the solo albums.
It starts with 4 Music Club tracks with the Undertow Orchestra and then jumps back 10 years to a couple of "60 Watt" tracks. Next there is a track from "West". I don't know if that is Pete Buck on guitar is it? Then comes my fave bit, 3 tracks with the band that toured "Invisible Man". They only played one gig in the UK supporting J Mascis and they rocked. Big time. Next come the covers and finally there are 3 of the old classic.
It could easily have been an hour of Mark and his guitar so it is good to hear a nice selections of bands playing on there. At 64 mins they could have stuck some auidence banter on there or possibly a couple more unreleased tracks. Still, worth getting as a document of the man in his prime.
Sunday, April 29, 2007
Thursday, April 26, 2007
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Update. Not shipping to North America. You probably want the bands web site for that.
Sunday, April 22, 2007
Friday, April 20, 2007
1.Ladies and Gentlemen
2.St Michael My pet rat
5.Mission Rock Resort
7. In You Life
8. Greeting Cards
9. To The Sea
10.No Easy way Down
11.Rehearsals For Retirement
12.My Father's Place
13.Heart and Soul
14.Blue and Grey Shirt
15.I've Been A Mess
More details as they emerge.
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
The site seems to have more going on than when I last looked at it. There seems to be more general content with reviews and features not necessarily about Mr Cope. Check it out.
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Monday, April 02, 2007
- Start as singer in an influential underground band (American music Club and Husker Du respectively) that briefly flirt with success and major labels.
- Split the band up for music influence/ego problems.
- Get a reputation as a really miserable git. When "Black Sheets of Rain" came out the Guardian called Bob "the most miserable man in rock" and Mark of course wrote "If I Had a Gun".
- Release great debut solo album and then a series of patchy follow ups.
- In Bobs case, do the same again with a band call Sugar.
- Endlessly tour with solo acoustic shows.
- Come out of the closet, start hanging around clubs like Trade (or the US equivalent), think that Soft Cell are fab and re-invent yourself as a "electronic" artist.
- Release a series of electronic/dance albums to various amounts of critical praise.
- Finally make a decent comeback album. In Marks case it was "Love Songs for Patriots" and in Bobs case it was "Body of Song".
I just find it strange that the singers of my two fave bands of the late 80s/early 90s both had such similar career paths. They have both gone electronic and produced Pro-Tools albums though the albums have been most different. Marks are still singer/songwriter albums while Bobs still have that hint of power pop guitar in them.
Friday, March 30, 2007
More news as it happens.
Monday, March 26, 2007
What we need is an comprehensive AMC DVD gather all these videos up and make em available. Possibly with some decent live footage as well.
Thursday, March 22, 2007
Monday, March 19, 2007
Friday, March 16, 2007
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
Monday, March 12, 2007
Saturday, March 10, 2007
"East Of The Sun" is due out in June 2007 and there is talk of taking the band and the singers hitting the road. We will have to wait and see whether they come to the UK.
This is also mentioned in the April issue of Uncut on page 24.
Thursday, March 08, 2007
Glide Magazine have an interview with all the band members.
There is another interview with them and a couple of songs on Minnesota Public Radio.
There is also what looks like a video of a show in Athens, Ga.
There are a coule of YouTube posts but nothing with Mark on it really.
Finally there are a couple of recordings around. There was a nice piece and a complete show up on (the realllly good) Bradley's Almanac. Unfortunately he has taken the tunes down now but I am sure they are still around somewhere. Further searching shows It's Hard To Find A Friend also has another whole show. I went to the Union Chapel gig which was one of the best shows of last year. Anyone out there have a copy?
Wednesday, March 07, 2007
It's also worth remembering there is the FREE version of Everclear on Download.Com.
Have I missed any more?
Tuesday, March 06, 2007
Johnny Mathis Feet
Doing An Advert
Meets My Bloody Valentine - Incidental One
I remember hearing this on a "Red Hot and Blue" compilation when it came out and thinking "erm ... where's Mark?".
Sunday, March 04, 2007
28.3 Algeciras - University of Cadiz
29.3 Sevilla - South Pop Festival
30.3 Barcelona - Pocket Club
31.3 Madrid - Sala
8.4. Halle (Saale) - Objekt 5
9.4. Nurenberg - Jazzstudio
10.4. Münster - Gleiss 22
11.4. Bremen - Kioto Lagerhaus
12.4. Stuttgart - Laboratorium
13.4. Munchen - Zerwirk MUSIKEXPRESS Party
15.4. Vienna -Chelsea
16.4 Zagreb - Teatre & TD
17.4 Innsbruck - Weekender
18.4 Aberdeen - Lemon Tree
21.4 Exeter -The Phoenix
22.4 Cardiff - Clwb Ifor Bach
23.4. Wolverampton - Lil Civic
24.4. London - Luminiare
29.4. Norwich - Arts Centre
30.4. Cambridge Junction
4.5 Cork - Cyprus Ave
5.5 Kilkenny - Roots Festval
6.5 Kilkenny - Roots Festival
In related news, he has also demoed at least 8 tunes for his forthcoming musical project.
Sunday, February 18, 2007
So what has caused this stupid state of affairs? Its because the digital music revolution has been lead by the hardware manufacturers up till now. In the old days someone would invent the tape cassette or the CD player and all the music companies would agree to use it. The phrase download is a bit misleading as there are so many sorts. An itunes download would be more equivalent to an Apple CD that could only be played in an Apple CD player. The only thing it shares with an MP3 is that they are both stored as computer files.
There is one simple solution to this whole saga though. That is for the music companies to come up with their own format. This would have all the features of Apples FairPlay but would be licensed to M$, Apple, iRiver and anyone else who wanted it. I am sure it wouldn't take long to come up with some encrypted version of an MP3 file. Then, as long as the manufacturers stuck to the rules you could play the tunes you downloaded from itunes on your Zune and vice versa. I mean, how hard can it be to create a new audio processing codec? I am sure for a fee apple would license the algorithms behind FairPlay. Wrap that round an MP3 file and you are ready to go. Of course Sony has tried something like this. They came up with their ATRAC file format which you could only download from the Sony site and that only played on Sony players. Therefore trying to copy Apple but failing miserably (of course naming your new technology after the old 8 track technology didn't help).
The other thing about DRM is that people say its too restrictive. How many places do you need your music though? Your PC, your laptop and your music player should be enough. M$ have given us the ability to "lend" music to friends for a bit. If you buy a CD you can only really play it in one place at any one time. You could burn a copy for the car and a copy for the office, but who does that? Also, as long as the new system worked with all the various subscription services as well they would have it all tied up. Then digital music would really take off in a big way.
Tuesday, February 06, 2007
I saw him when he played the town over xmas as was suprised when he announced this. He played two of the songs from it and they sounded really good. One was set in Lower Rock Gardens which is in the shady part of town. From what I remember, it was about a woman who possibly had a difficut childhood and was possibly on the game. The other was more of an anthem for the town. There was some lyric about blokes in jeans and white t-shirts. The chorus was something about spending "another year in Brighton", though I can't remember if it was meant in a good or bad way.
Monday, February 05, 2007
- Integration with iTunes. As a complete package its great. Having put most of my collection on there now (several hundred CDs and the same amount of "backups") it has opened up a whole new way of listening to music.
- Smart Playlists are cool and so is the ability to mark a Cd as a compilation. It keeps the list of Artists a bit cleaner.
- Video and games are quite fun if you have 20 mins to kill on a train journey. I wouldn't watch a whole film on it though.
- Podcasts. There are some really good ones on there.
- Nice long battery life.
- As Apple is in league with the record companies, why couldn't it get its track names from them as well instead of going to that CDDB thing. Windows Media Player nearly always came back with the right disc and track names. Give iTunes a 2 disc set though and it will come back with two similar but distinctly different disc names.
- Inability of iTunes to play an album or artist without keeping the music pane open at all times. If you continue browsing through your music then it just plays the current song and finishes.
- The way the iTunes Music pane always goes to the top of the artists list whenever you switch to it, instead of keeping your last selection. Very annoying.
- Might just be my MacBook but the Cd is very flakey. Often it will freeze mid rip and the only way to eject it is a reboot.
- Misc hardware fault which returns error -48 and requires you to have your MacBook set to a West Coast US timezone in order to sync with your iPod.
- More than £20 for the optional power adaptor. I got one from Amazon for £2.50.
- The fact that the audiobooks and one single that i have brought can only be played on an iPod or in iTunes.
I had a iRiver H340 and while it was a nice bit of kit they assumed that just the ability to play music was all that was needed.