Archive for October, 2004

Damn, man, sorry about the long delay between posts, but the job’s been running me all over the place and running me ragged. OK, so remember I promised a big pile-o-new Old 97’s .mp3’s? Well, they’re not here yet but we’ve finally gotten all our sever and bandwidth issue addressed, so now all I have to do is upload these babies, including a nifty couple of rarities. Check back in the next few days. And I actually have a ton of news, but I’m so far behind let’s just start with this nugget, shall we? From today’s Dallas Observer:


Miller Time

Old 97’s front man talks about the past, the present and the future

BY SARAH HEPOLA

On November 1, 1994, the Old 97’s released Hitchhike to Rhome. Recorded at Dallas’ Crystal Clear Sound, Hitchhike was a solid little debut, a series of melodic misadventures about being young and stupid and full of somethin’ awful, whether that be heartbreak or Old Crow. The album quickly sold out of its original pressing of 1,000 copies. As Donny Ray Ford of the Cartwrights once said, “It went plywood.”

Of course, a decade later, Hitchhike is recognized as something greater–the first recorded chapter in the history of an important and beloved local band. Unlike later 97’s albums–which tend to get bigger and poppier as their influences inch toward either coast–Hitchhike feels firmly rooted in the black dirt of the Lone Star State. There’s a dustiness, a sun-baked loopiness, a sense of being safe and stranded at the same time. [read more]

Some updates on upcoming shows: The Deathray Davies will now be joining the bill with the Old 97’s for the Indianapolis, Columbus, Louisville, and Atlanta shows (October 26, 27, 28, 29), and the October 24 show at the Rave in Milwaukee will feature a pre-show party, on a side stage, where fans who get to the venue a bit early can enjoy a beverage and catch some live music. Also before the Old 97’s October 18 show in Portland, you can catch them at an in-store performance at Music Millennium (801 NW 23rd. St.) at 6:30 pm.

Finally, I’m sure you remember the story of David Cunniff, who on July 25th took his daughters to an Old 97’s concert in the Deep Ellum disctrict of Dallas, where he was attacked and badly beaten. Today, he remains paralyzed in Baylor Hospital without medical insurance. Several fundraisers to benefit the Cunniff family have been and are in the works, and among the more pleasant is this one: An eBay auction. So far three cool, music related items have been donated, and all proceeds from the sales will go to benefit David Cunniff. Check it ’em out here, here, and here. More soon!

Hey you guys, Drag It Up is gonna be around for a good while yet, and we’d sure like to help keep up the buzz, on campus and around town, especially when the 97’s head your way for live shows, and when they release new songs to radio. One of the best ways to do that is with a street team, which is nothing more than people who love the band, and who want to help spread the word. Well, Brenda Hall is coordinating the street team for the Old 97’s, and she’d like our help. If you have suggestions or would like more information, you can contact Brenda at brenda AT newwestrecords DOT com. And on behalf of the band, thank you!

Finally, if over the next few days you get some odd-ball page loads here at Hit By A Train, not to worry, we’re just tweaking some of the site’s navigation.

So printed on the itinerary of the 97’s recent swing through NYC was this unexplained nugget:

9/23: Rhett… to Tom Wolfe book interview

Location: National Lampoon Network

***NOTE: this will be filmed for

National Lampoon Network’s AV Squad

(600 colleges – 4.5 million students).

Tom’s book
(“I Am Charlotte Simmons” – f.e.) releases 11/9. The audio part of this interview will be serviced to non-comm radio (college/NPR). Book examines college life.

Rhett Miller and Tom Wolfe? You mean the (in)famously (over)dressed Tom Wolfe of “The Right Stuff,” “The Bonfire of the Vanities,” “The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test,” and a personal favorite, “From Bauhaus to Our House”? The thing is, Rhett is a sometimes contributor to the post-modern journal, McSweeney’s, while Wolfe has been on the outs with the post-moderns for years.

When asked how the meeting went, Rhett replied, “I felt underdressed to say the least. My only faux pas was to reveal my penchant for the post-moderns whom he despises. Other than that, we got along famously.” This I’d like to see.

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