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And just how are the shows sounding on the current tour? P.D.G. according to this reviewer of last night’s Kansas City show, and this one from the July 7 Milwaukee Summerfest gig. And just before that Milwaukee appearance the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ran this excellent primer on the Old 97’s today.

One prop for the 97’s you may have overlooked appeared in the pages of a June Rolling Stone, wherein indie-punk-headbanger Queens of the Stone Age honcho, Joshua Homme, named “Timebomb” as one of his all-time favorite tunes. “Why this… country-rocker wasn’t a worldwide hit, I have no idea.” That makes at least many thousands plus one of us. And speaking of “Timebomb,” it popped up last month on the UK’s looooooooong-running prime-time soap, Emmerdale, on an episode about which one reviewer wrote

Last night’s musical rippers included Beth Orton’s Safe in Your Arms and Time Bomb (sic) by Old 97’s.

Indeed, your evening would have been more profitably spent with the TV off, listening to Old 97’s greatest hits album, Hit By a Train, instead of being clobbered by Emmerdale

Hard to argue there, I’d say.

Of course, “Timebomb” is probably not the all-time most requested, played, or even best-selling Old 97’s tune. If play-counting services like last.fm are guide, “Timebomb” is #2. And the number one most popular Old 97’s song to date is…

Question

By a mile. So it was really no surprise to hear that “Question” was named as perfect wedding-mix music in a segment on NPR’s Morning Edition, which you can hear here. Hear here. Get it? So what you got there? Old 97’s news? Reviews? Tib-bits, or a question of your own? Send ’em in to landings DOT geo AT yahoo DOT com, and I’ll do my best to get ’em up. Cheers!