ELEFANT recordings for March/April:
Meanwhile SIESTA will release another compilation called "EXPRESO"(10"/CD) and the first volume of the FREE DESIGN songs ("Bubbles"-2x10"/CD) during this month.
Luis Calvo -Elefant records- and Joako spanish national
radio show, celebrate the "VIAJE A LOS SUEÑOS
POLARES" awards 1998 party in Barcelona (7
March 1998, Zeleste Venue). Bands like Alpha, Beef,
Teenage Fanb Club, Los Fresones Rebeldes and Ocean Colour
Scene will be playing in the ceremony of the awards.
new issue of the spanish fanzine YOYO will contain
articles & interviews about: Rachel´s, Peeches, Mary
Lou Lord, Beef, Amelia Fletcher, God is my co-pilot,
Cat´s Miaow, Cannanes, Francoise Hardy, Unwound...
The ELEFANT SINGLES CLUB change their system of sales. Now, you don´t need to be a member of the club. So everybody can buy the singles. The last Elefant club singles are: Frank and Walters, Ana D, Los Fresones Rebeldes, Cecilia Ann, She*Riff (JR+Nosotrash), and Jack.
LE MANS will release a new ep in March or April with four new songs: "Ying and Yang", "Jueves 27", "Hay que ver" and an instrumental called "Belleza arrebatadora". The mood of the songs is the traditional smooth and quiet acoustic pop that they usually play. The most important rupture are the lyrics, full of maturity (they are a veteran band, you know). The main song, "Ying and Yang", talks about a pregnancy... The fourth Le Mans album will be issued in September.
UFO´S will distribute The Village Vert
records in Spain. So, you could find cds like
"Immobile" by Autour de Lucie or the
"Panorama" compilation. By the way, they have
issued a new mail order catalogue (with labels like Che,
Siesta, Lithium, Fierce Panda, Acuarela, Elefant,
A split 7" with STEWART (ex-Boyracer) and FAMOUS BOYFRIEND (the band of Andrew from Hood) will be the next Belmondo records single.
FANTASTIC, the french
Siesta band along with Bien, have got excellent reviews.
Magic! -the revue pop moderne- wrote that the Fantastic
"Montgomery Cliff ep" is... fantastic. The
January-February issue contains the best of 1997 too.
SPRING were playing in Mallorca, the Balearic Islands. They showed for the first time their new songs and the "Chuk it up" video clip. The surprise of the night was that they have a new line up, with a real drummer! SPRING will release a new lp - "The last goodbye"- in March (Elefant Records).
SIESTA records delaye the date of release of "Expreso". You will have to wait until the first week of March. The compilation will contain several rare tracks of the Siesta bands.
ELEFANT RECORDS release two new recordings this week: METEOSAT 7"/Cd single ("Los idiomas vivientes") and a BEEF Lp/Cd ("España a las ocho"). METEOSAT sounds like Sigue Sigue Sputnik meets indie pop and BEEF are a krautrock band from Barcelona. The next singles of the Elefant singles club will be: Frank and Walters, Ana D and Secret Goldfish.
SIESTA will have their own stand in the Midem, the most important music trade show in Europe.
QUICKSPACE and FRANK AND WALTERS will playing this week in Spain. Meanwhile, EL JOVEN BRYAN have two gigs: in Madrid (Sala El Sol, 23 January) and Valencia (Barraca Bar, 24 January)
AIR are in everywhere. The french duo are The Inrockuptibles cover stars and the Melody Maker single of the week. This week they issue their first album in Spain and their single "Sexy Boy" (The B-side of this single have a marvellous duet with Francoise Hardy!)
VIAJE A LOS SUEÑOS POLARES come back after the Christmas holidays. This national radio show is conducted and presented by Joako (ex La Sintesis and Sult!) and Luis Calvo (the Elefant records boss) and they play indie stuff. Thie first record of the week of 1998 is "Moon Safari", the Air debut cd.
This is the SIESTA recordings calendar for the
first months of 1998:
The first BJORK biography in spanish is out. The author is Jordi Bianciotto and the editorial is La Mascara books
SOUVENIR is a new spanish indie pop e-zine. The first issue will contain interviews with THE MAGNETIC FIELDS, MIKE ALWAY, BLUEBOY, COMET GAIN, PAM BERRY (Glo Worm, Belmondo, The Castaway Stones) and a lot of more stuff. Coming soon in Internet.
SHOESTRINGS will release a single sung in spanish with Belmondo
records, a new spanish label. Until now,
Belmondo records have issued one single during 1997
(Poundsing) and one 12" (Mushroom), but they have
big plans for 1998.
CORNERSHOP, THE HIGH LLAMAS, PULP, TORTOISE, MASSIVE ATTACK and MARK EITZEL will play in Spain during 1998.
The major spanish
magazine ROCK DE LUX have chosen their 1997 faves:
This is the title that El País -the most important
newspaper in Spain- chose for a article about the Siesta
christmas present (a 7" tribute to Orson Welles).
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