Archive for September, 2002

VH1 is giving the Rhettster some major coverage this week, including two interviews (here and here) and links to both the video for “Come Around” and a complete on-line stream of The Instigator. The upside? Now you don’t necessarily have to pre-order from Amazon to hear the album. (But shame if you don’t!) The downside? I couldn’t get the damn link to work.

And how about some good Old 97’s news? In an interview with LA New Times, Rhett fills out some of the details in his – and the Old 97’s – relationship with Elektra, and if the article is accurate, Elektra has the right of first refusal on Rhett’s next album of any sort. Rhett says he intends it to be a 2003 effort… with Old 97’s. Yeah!

OK, now Carson Daly. Several recent posts on Wrecked rightly refer to him as a tool, and who can argue with that? Nonetheless his schedulers made a rare display of excellent taste in booking Rhett to appear at a recent taping. That episode of Last Call With Carson Daly was scheduled to air on 9/24, but several folks in the audience that evening say that the show will now air on 10/1. So who knows? In any case, here’s a suggestion for a new Carson Daly tool: a Day Planner.

The first on-line reviews of The Instigator are also beginning to trickle in, beginning with on in the Dallas Observer. I’d like to post links to as many as possible, so if you happen across one, please forward the URL. (In fact I’d love to have the URL to any other good Old 97’s or Rhett Miller articles not currently listed here on the site!) Currently, I’m posting Instigator reviews on the Old 97’s Reviews page, along with reviews of older, Old 97’s related side-projects. I’m not sure if that’s the best place for them, and may soon open up a new page, strictly for reviews of non-Old 97’s stuff. If so, I’ll let you know.

Also, here are two (bad) answers to two frequent HBAT technical questions. The first asks why the links to most audio clips on the “Sounds” page aren’t working. The answer is a long, convoluted tale involving a recent move by HBAT from one web hosting firm to another. Basically, some dishes were broken in the move, which occurred just as I upgraded from a Win98 to a WinXP machine. Unfortunately, the XP machine won’t run the software I used to format and upload the files, and thus far, I’ve not found any comparable (and affordable) software that would make the chore of uploading anything less than an afternoon long affair. But as soon as I get an entire half day that I can devote to the project, the files will be up again.

And last, to answer our most frequently asked question: “Why can’t I order Old 97’s merchandise? I keep getting error messages!” Well, please note that the neither the Old 79’s nor this site actually handle the sale of their merchandise. So the answer is “I don’t know.” Instead, Old 97’s merchandise is sold by Summer Break Records. So perhaps you can direct your queries there instead? Try this: one@summerbreakrecords.com

<editorial> Last, though certainly not least, “World Inside The World,” off The Instigator, is one drop-dead knock-out bit of songcraft. Man, it’s certain to go down as Rhett’s most beautiful song since, “Salome,” maybe ever. Beyond Rhett’s usual melodic and lyrical gifts, “WITW” shows an simple and unforced, worldly – I don’t know – profundity. (Please, someone, shoot me a noun here, OK?) All I know is these aren’t the same songwriting chops that brought you “Victoria.” They’re miles beyond that. </editorial>

For those of you who need to catch up, you have major Rhett sightings, comments, and/or and interviews in the new CMJ, No Depression, Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, and Maxim magazines. Did I miss any?

Also, you might recall that the 97’s Murry Hammond tied the not this past spring with Grey DeLisle, who I’ve come to discover is as nice as she is talented and beautiful. That is to say: very. Well, one nugget on the wedding I’d heard but not mentioned – until reminded by a comment on Wrecked – is that The Learning Channel actually taped their wedding, portions of which will air on TLC’s A Wedding Story, this October 3, and again on December 10. It’s like getting an invite yourself, so check it out. The setlist is however, TBA 😉

Can you Come Around for Rhett’s Carson Daly taping? Here’s the skinny I got in an e-mail from Elektra’s, ahem… www.TheOld97s.com website:



Want free tickets to see Rhett Miller on ‘Last Call with Carson Daly’ this coming Monday (9/16)?

If you will be in the NYC area — please read on! BUT…

Even if you’re not within traveling distance to NYC to be there in person, you can still see Rhett when this taping airs on NBC on on 9/24…check your local listings.

Now for the deal on how to get some tickets:

See Rhett Miller’s acoustic performance of ‘Come Around’…

RHETT MILLER will be on NBC’s LAST CALL WITH CARSON DALY on Monday, September 16th. If you will be in the NYC area (30 Rockefeller Center to be exact) and would like to reserve your free tickets for the show, please send an email to lastcallaudience@nbc.com. Tickets are on a first come first serve basis. Please put “Rhett” in

the subject heading, and include your full name, phone number and the number of tickets you would like to request. There is a limit of 4 tickets per party. You will receive an email to confirm your reservation if you receive tickets. All audience members must be at least 16 years of age and have identification. We hope to see you at the show!

Don’t forget to check out RhettMillerMusic.com for all Rhett info including his upcoming tour dates with Dashboard Confessional.

Take care and tell your friends.

Calling El Lay fans! To coincide with his record release show at the Troubadour that same evening, Rhett will be appearing at an acoustic in-store performance and autograph signing at 6 pm on Tuesday, September 24th at Amoeba Records; 6400 Sunset Boulevard, in beautiful Los Angeles. So SoCal 97’s fans, if you’ve not made an “in-store” before, you’re in for an up-close and personal treat, plus you’ll get two shows in one day. Enjoy!

OK, make it three shows, because that night, Rhett will be making an acoustic appearance on Last Call with Carson Daly, on NBC! Set your Tivo!

Finally, Rhett’s added a couple of new shows with Dashboard Confessional, both of them in Salt Lake City, on 10/25-26 at Bricks Club. Lucky stiffs.