Happy hump day people...
Live Nation and Ticketmaster are attempting to rule the musical universe, throngs of undergrads are bead-dazzled and hungover, we're still processing Obama's first address and it's my birthday! What's more? Last night at dinner Jerry Springer and his 20-something entourage were sitting in the next booth. Needless to say, I truly had to resist the urge to make up stories about baby-daddies while throwing plates and shattering glasses.
Last night I also received word (from someone who plays in another band with members of Tortoise) that Tortoise is back in the studio recording a new album. This was especially exciting (even more so than Jerry Springer sitting with twins) as I have been eagerly awaiting a follow up to their 2006 release, "A Lazarus Taxon" for quite some time now.
While I haven't been able to track anything down online, I did check out their website and found a pretty great chronology dating back to '88, and even better head-shots of the band. The Thrill Jockey website also reports that their classic album "Standards" is available on vinyl (red vinyl to be exact) for the first time in three years. Finally, here's a link to a great live performance from 2004 in Belgium. Stay tuned as I dig up more info on the new album.