Archive for May, 2011

It’s almost like being there!


Okay. Not really, but at least we all get a chance to hear our boys kick the crap out of that hairy beast of a festival thanks to every music lovers good buddy, NPR.

Rhett, Murry, Ken and Philip take the stage around 4:40 Eastern time which means 3:40 Central; 2:40 Mountain and 1:40 Pacific. There, I did the math for y’all. You’re welcome. So while you’re tossing a couple dozen weinies on the barbie, pour yourself a couple fingers of Jameson, click on the link below and let the Old 97’s rock out your cookout.

Happy Memorial Day, y’all!

Presser from New West Records:

OLD 97’S

New Album Available July 5 From New West Records

Additional Tour Dates Announced Including Sasquatch, Summerfest and Outside Lands

May 5, 2011 – Los Angeles, CA – Old 97’s introduce The Grand Theatre Vol. 2, their ninth studio album, available July 5th via New West Records. The new record is a companion to the critically acclaimed The Grand Theatre Volume One, which received 3 ½ stars in both Rolling Stone and American Songwriter. Released less than a year since their last effort, The Grand Theatre Vol. 2 features 13 brand new songs and is once again produced by Salim Nourallah (The Grand Theatre Volume One and Blame It On Gravity.)

“Vol. 2 expands on the themes found in Volume One both sonically and lyrically,” explains Miller. “We delved further into our experiments in gritty garage rock and at times spun further into lush psychedelia. Like Volume One, you’ll find narratives that are stunted and strange.”

Though the band originally conceptualized The Grand Theatre as a double album, they decided it would be wiser to release two volumes in quick succession in order to allow fans time to fully digest each. This decision gave the 97’s an opportunity to polish the existing recordings, and to include a couple of brand-new songs, including the early audience favorite, “I’m A Trainwreck”, and “Perfume,” the first single planned from Vol. 2. “Perfume,” which could be described as a sequel to “The Dance Class”, a song found on Volume One, is a classic Miller character study, seemingly happy with a dark twist. An agoraphobic guy falls in love with a dancer who lives across the street. He finally gets her, but he’s trapped inside, jealously watching through the window as she lives it up. The moral of the story? Be careful what you wish for. An Old 97’s record would not be complete without a contribution from bassist Murry Hammond. The light-hearted “White Port” is a Monty Python-esque number complete with hilarious Pirate vocals.

Old 97’s, known for their vibrant live shows, continue to tour through the summer in support of The Grand Theatre Vol. 2. The dates will be a mix of headline shows and festivals including the Sasquatch Festival and Outside Lands.

The Grand Theatre Vol. 2 Track List:
1. Brown Haired Daughter
2. I’m A Trainwreck
3. Perfume
4. The Actor
5. No Simple Machine
6. White Port
7. Ivy
8. Manhattan (I’m Done)
9. Marquita
10. Bright Spark (See What I Mean)
11. Visiting Hours
12. How Lovely All It Was
13. You Call It Rain

Okay, so last month Stephanie and I took a road trip north to Rochester, NY to catch the Old 97’s perform at the Water Street Music Hall on the banks of the Genesee River. While we were there, we thought it’d be fun to get to know our amazing drummer a bit better.

Being in the background, Philip doesn’t usually get to say much, but here he discusses his signature style, embarrassing moments and the hazards of sitting directly behind Rhett during a gig.


It’s kind of like attending a master class with a terrific teacher. Thanks again to Philip for taking time out of his busy day to indulge us.

Had to share this, as my 9-year-old son has become quite the fan. Combine that with his love of all things Lego, and you get surprises like this one. (Okay, I may have suggested a few small tweaks after he brought it to me.)

The Lego artist: