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How’s Your Week? – Precious Fathers

A few years ago (maybe 2005…) PM went mental for Precious Fathers, an instrumental bunch from Vancouver. They were a slow-burning affair, both musically and progressively, culminating in them taking a good four years to release to their excellent self-titled debut (thanks to stints in other bands, including Destroyer ferchrissakes). Alluvial Fan is coming out on June 22nd, but you can hear the whole thing streaming on Myspace. PM gave it a whirl yesterday and thought it was not un-excellent. In fact, it was excellent. Anywho, Paul Goertzen from the band was kind enough to answer a few questions. Not about the album or anything, just, y’know, how’s it goin’ sort of stuff.

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In a word, how’s your week?

Clobbered!

What did you get up to last night and how was it?

Photographed a friends art, ate a delicious Empanada and shook hands. It was great.

What’s for dinner tonight and who’s cooking it?

Well I’m heading for practice in a barn in unincoporated territory outside of Vancouver right after work tonight so maybe a gas station dog. I guess the gas station guy makes them. Yea he does for sure. Not sure if those guys get the food safety training.

What have you listened to today and did you like it?

Coworkers saying good morning and my girlfriend. I’m kinda into those Blank Dogs.

What’s your favourite/least favourite thing that’s happened this week?

[livin’/lovin’]/[scrubbin’/screamin’]

Paul, thanks forever. Have a read of PM’s early forays into musalism – a review of the first Precious Fathers record and another interview with Paul – for this amazing old US site that’s now defunct. Needs to come back, I’d write my face off for those guys.

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How’s Your Week? – Malcolm Middleton

Malcolm Middleton. Rolls off the tongue, doesn’t it? PM is honoured to have a few words from the ex-Arab Strap-ee and truly excellent solo artist. Despite what you may have read, he’s not disappearing.

Malcolm Middleton

In a word, how’s your week?

Not good. Ups & downs. I’ve been rehearsing with my band and I find these things stressful, it’s like recording the album again, every day. I’ve probably had 3 successes this week, and about 9 failures, so all in all things are on the decent. On the bright side, I just received the finished CD version of Waxing Gibbous and it looks great, I’m very proud of this album. Although I wish I’d never said I was taking a break as that’s not doing me any favours. To be clear, I’m not taking a break, it’s just going to be that my next couple of albums will be under different names and styles and collaborations etc. If anything I’ll probably be doing more. Just not anything under my MM moniker for a while. I’ll still be touring till the end of the year though.

What did you get up to last night and how was it?

 
Last night… Wednesday? …home from rehearsal at 6, did some e-mails, picked girlfriend up from work, went to highly-recommended authentic Indian restaurant, didn’t like it, came home, messed around, read book, put on black polo-neck, stared at ceiling (upper right), the abyss, did some work on an overdue remix, bed?

What’s for dinner tonight and who’s cooking it?

I’m cooking tonight. Schnitzel with asparagus, broccoli and potatoes.

What have you listened to today and did you like it?

 

I listened to the She & Him album which I really like. It’s on the verge of being annoying but I’m in the mood for that at the minute.

What’s your favourite/least favourite thing that’s happened this week?

 

Favourite: Rehearsing the song Carry Me and realising that I love it and it will sound good live. Least favourite: Hearing Zoe Ball on Radio 2 and realising that now I have to move onto Radio 3 probably. First Wiley, then Cox, now Ball. Get out of my radio!

That’s the longest ‘In a word’ we’ve ever encountered, but who’s complaining? NO-ONE, divs. Anyway, see Malcolm’s excellent album reviewed here, and have a listen to him doing a noise here.

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How’s Your Week? – Steve Abel

This week, the escalating-in-excellence Steve Abel has a go. His latest album is really good, and you’d buy it if you knew about how good it was. Here’s how good it is. Anyway, recovering from the torrential water attacks from nature which habitually bombard our fair capital, here’s Steve.

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In a word, how’s your week?
 
Bustling.
 
What did you get up to last night and how was it?
 
Gig in North London at The Steeles with Dan Mangan. Good scene.
 
What’s for dinner tonight and who’s cooking it?
 
Very large bowl of miso and veg care of the Fujiyama in Brixton – superb! Ray cooked it apparently. Tomorrow I make Brazilian black beans and rice.
 
What have you listened to today and did you like it?
 
Forgot the stuff I didn’t like. Listened to some new Bill Callahan online and I did like it. Also The Specials Do Nothing‘ and Ghost Town (genius) and a Dennis Wilson track from ‘77 called Moonshine – lush, expansive, beautiful.
 
What’s your favourite/least favourite thing that’s happened this week?
 
Found a new chord for a new song – favourable. The least would be waiting cold and weary in the Camden night for the last bus to Brixton, though not complaining.

Hope you got dry quick and that the Brazilian black beans were a solid success, Steve! Hear, here.

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How’s Your Week? – Morton Valence

This time, PM has managed to pin down Rob from Morton Valence and ask him our usual pertinent posers. This could well be the first subject where the final question is answered with one statement. Then again, on hearing Morton Valence’s latest album, it comes as no surprise. Bitterness and loveliness all bundled up like paired socks in an overnight bag.

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In a word, how’s your week?

Average.

What did you get up to last night and how was it?

I won 4 quid on a scratch card and found myself singing Goldfinger in a karaoke bar, a perfect night.

What’s for dinner tonight and who’s cooking it?

A kebab probably, probably the Turkish fella in the kebab shop.

What have you listened to today and did you like it?

My neighbours singing along to Beyonce’s Put a Ring On It, it wasn’t bad.

What’s your favourite/least favourite thing that’s happened this week?

Falling in love.

Have a listen to Morton Valence here. The album, Bob And Veronica Ride Again, is utterly excellent, and picking up rave reviews everywhere (including here), so knock yourself out with a copy.

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How’s Your Week? – One Day International

Matt from One Day International gives us an insight to what lies in store for those who wade in the tempestuous seas of rock, those who scoff in the very, pristine face of Eoghan Quigg, those who cast off the shackles of employment only to have them intermittently wrapped around their ever-gnarling and vein-clustered wrists and arms once again as records come and go… lovely-sounding week though. Read PM’s review of ODI’s album, Blackbird, here.

One Day International

In a word, how’s your week? 
Re-energising.
What did you get up to last night and how was it?
I sat in a chair with a bottle of wine and finished reading Revolutionary Road then went up to my studio and worked for awhile. It was a comfortingly typical way to spend the night.
What’s for dinner tonight and who’s cooking it? 
Dinner tonight is baked fillets of cod with a garlic, breadcrumb and parsley crust. Baby potatoes and a warm mayonnaise slightly thinned with water. I’m cooking. Thanks Rick Stein! 
What have you listened to today and did you like it?
I’m listening to M Ward right now. It’s amazing. He reminds me of Richard Hawley in places. I started the day with Midlake. Harmonies for breakfast!!
What’s your favourite/least favourite thing that’s happened this week?
Favourite thing was catching up with my family a bit after having been away doing shows. Least favourite thing was realising how broke I am…
Hey Matt, we’re all broke. It’s fine. No-one expects you to be able to afford things anyway. Steal. Visit One Day International with your ears, here.

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How’s Your Week? – Seeland

This week, loyal lovers of music that swoons, we speak to Timothy Felton from Seeland, whose delicious debut album Tomorrow Today is reviewed by PM here. As you can see from his succinct answers, brevity used correctly can make for still-more intriguing additions to an already-enveloping musical world. The album, though, you should buy. Kind of like Gruff Rhys joining Tim Gane for an afternoon in Kelpe’s front room for a game of billiards or something.

Seeland

In a word, how’s your week?

Transient.

What did you get up to last night and how was it?

Haemorrhaging money over a bar while friends played records. Boozy.

What’s for dinner tonight and who’s cooking it?

Spinach and potatoe curry by my own fair hand.

What have you listened to today and did you like it?

Finished a remix for Yokota Sosuma and I have listened to it so much it’s hard to be objective but i’m happy.
What’s your favourite/least favourite thing that’s happened this week?

Bright sunshine/cold wind.
Tell me about it, G! You can find out more about the lovely Seeland at their MySpace. Buy their album also, it’s out on March 16th through Loaf.

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How’s Your Week? – Official Secrets Act

Popular music has its edges tweaked and caressed by the Official Secrets Act continually. They make it sound easy. This maxim, gleanable from this review of their last single, is what makes them interesting. It is PM’s sincere hope that they listen to the work of Magoo, and in Magoo find solace, and one of these days meet up and have a chat about pop and that. This week, though, bassist Lawrence Diamond has been listening to Neutral Milk Hotel and meeting other people. Have a look…

Official Secrets Act

In a word, how’s your week?

Crazy-good: This is strictly one word, I checked in my made up dictionary of slightly made up words. It is crazy because we’re doing a secret support for a secret gig that is sold out on friday and that is rather exciting. We are also playing Loughborough University which has been a kind, kind city to us in the past. It was crazy because we finally got Alex MacKenzie our much loved drummer back from Scotland where he has been on a weeks recuperation from the car crash that laid him low 2 weeks ago. It was pretty serious and now he is back in our lives and ready to slowly get ready to reclaim his place on the drum stool.

What did you get up to last night and how was it?

Well we brought Alex back from the station and made him plenty of tea. All the tea in China it seemed. Then I went and visited some friends who are moving to Australia and ate far too many crisps. I also read Saturday’s paper, even though it was Monday, mainly ’cause there were lots of “Articles” that were informative and whose content hadn’t aged, despite them now being even older than “Yesterday’s News”.

What’s for dinner tonight and who’s cooking it?

I kind of missed dinner tonight, but tomorrow is Mike Evans’ (guitar) birthday so he is cooking dinner and we’re all going over to his and Alex’s to eat it, and it’s the first time we’ll have all been together since Alex got back and it’s going to be a perfect bit of OSA fun and jokes in an all-too fractured world.

What have you listened to today and did you like it?

I listened to Neutral Milk Hotel’s In The Aeroplane Over The Sea on the way to see some people at our label this morning and it was, as always, one of the most amazing experiences. Everytime you listen to it it just completely envelopes you in its world and moves me in a way that I can’t put my finger on. I recomend it to everyone. I’m currently listening to a CD of our live album which we’re taking out on tour with us. We recorded it just before Christmas but i haven’t had a chance to hear it since we ordered it and everything.

What’s your favourite/least favourite thing that’s happened this week?

Playing Koko on friday night was absolutely brilliant, It was a real celebration of dancing and singing and everything we try and bring to our songs and our shows. The least favourite thing was that Alex wasn’t with us when we did it because he was still in Scotland recovering from the accident. Scotland didn’t play in any sporting events at the weekend which meant they couldn’t get beaten, so we kind of avoided that pain. Also I read a review of The Watchmen movie in the paper today and the fact that that is coming out soon was rather exciting. I’m going to renew my membership at the local library tomorrow and get out lots and lots of books, so that could be a favourite thing this week too.

OSA’s new single, The Girl From The BBC, is out on March 16th via One Little Indian. You’d be better off investigating that. The album’s very good, too, but I can’t be bothered looking up when it’s out. March time, though.

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