Archive for May, 2009

Howdy kids! Well, with just 10 days left until the June 9 drop date for Rhett Miller, the Old 97’s last week announced a big bunch of new tour dates, most of them for July, and nearly all in “An Evening With The Old 97’s” format, featuring opening solo sets from Rhett and Murry Hammond.

BTW, Rhett’s CD is already getting some great early buzz, with one early review saying, “the disc is worth repeated spins, and for those who may not be familiar with his “other” project, Rhett Miller should prove to be a smooth gateway for those fans who will likely connect with Fight Songs or Satellite Rides,” while the June 11 issue of Rolling Stone gives the album FOUR stars, calling it Rhett’s “strongest solo set ever.” Not bad, not bad at all!

And finally, if yer looking for some more Summer reading, don’t forget Rhett also appears in the new Amplified anthology, with – among others – Maria McKee, Robbie Fulks, and Jon Langford.

That’s it for today, but check back soon. Cheers! – frank

Some Rhett Miller news. Rhett will performing at the GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles on June 10. He will discuss and perform songs from his upcoming cd and take questions from the audience.
And in his spare time he found time to co-produced an EP from the group
The Spring Standards.

In Old 97’s news, their song “Dance With Me” will air in an upcoming episode of the FOX reality competition So You Think You Can Dance.

~michael

UPDATE 5.12.09 5:46pm: Our Rhett Miller sneak-peek listening party has been reset for this Thursday 5/14 at 10pm ET, 9pm CT, right after Rhett’s guest shot on 30 Rock. Just point your browsers here.

BTW, I reckon the whole show will run 70 minutes or so, and a high-speed internet connection will be helpful, as will QuickTime (for the video interviews). But if you’ve got iTunes, you’ve got QuickTime, so don’t sweat it. It’s a good time either way. The wait’ll be worth it, so we’ll see you there! – frank

Hi all:

I’m afraid that a late change in my work schedule will keep me away from the computer – turns out I’ll actually be on an plane – at what I’d hoped would be the start-time for our tentatively scheduled sneak-peek of Rhett Miller, the new self-titled CD from… well… Rhett Miller.

I’m free this Wednesday or Thursday evening, or even next week (5/18 – 5/22) and would love to hear what day works best for you guys. As always I can be reached at landings DOT geo AT yahoo DOT com.

The good folks at Shout! Factory have pitched in some really neat bells & whistles for the listening party, and the album itself kicks about a hundred miles of ass, so I can promise your wait will be worth it. Still, I appreciate your patience!

Cheers – frank

Howdy gang:

Just a quick note to hip everyone to a fine new interview, up just this week, between Rhett and author Ben “Superbad” Greenman, and to get y’all in on a pre-order of Rhett’s new, self-titled CD. It’s available for order today at Amazon.com, which also has up a nifty, solo-acoustic video of the album’s catchy-like-a-cold first single, “In Need To Know Where I Stand.” You can also pre-order from Newbury Comics, and that one comes complete with a signed CD booklet. It’s all good!

Pop Quiz: Did you know that Hit By A Train has an RSS feed? It’s been there… forever. It used to be listed cryptically at the bottom of page as “Add ‘Hit By A Train’ to your My Yahoo page,” and worse still, it hasn’t been working correctly since HBAT’s hosting company moved us onto some new servers last year.

But much griping in the comments has shamed me into fixing it. First, the link at bottom now reads “Subscribe to Hit By A Train’s RSS Feed.” I’m also spending this afternoon to get it up and running correctly again, reconfiguring the HBAT archives, AND getting ready for a little Rhett Miller sneak-peek and listening party. That’s right, we’re going to preview Rhett’s new CD here in its entirety. At the party, we’ll stream the songs, interspersed with audio comments from Rhett on the album’s creation, and while all that’s going on, you’ll be able to share your thoughts, and see what others have to say about Rhett’s fourth solo CD. And it takes place here at Hit By A Train.

Now what works best for you guys, next Tuesday 5/12 at 8pm, or should we shoot for the following week? Leave your thoughts in the “Comments” and stay tuned. Cheers – frank

Rhett told us via Twitter that the boys were in the studio in Dallas last week recording some cover songs. After-show buzz in Chicago suggests it’s four songs total, will be available on iTunes, and the bands being covered are R.E.M., Rolling Stones, David Bowie and the Fratellis. If anyone knows the specific songs, spill!

-jeff (@old97s)