The Juan Maclean news

The May/June issue of RES Magazine will feature the video for “By The Time I Get To Venus” on their DVD.

It will also be screened March 30, 2004 at RES Screening #3 at the Egyptian Theater in Los Angeles, CA.

Juan just finished remixes for Air (“Surfing On A Rocket”) & The Fiery Furnaces (“Tropical Ice-Age”)

The Juan Maclean played their first US live show in Miami at the DFA party. To say it was a success is an understatement. The band featured Juan Maclean on synths, vocals and other assorted electronics, Gerry Fuchs (Turing Machine) on drums and DFA’s own Tim Goldsworthy on theremin. They will be opening for lcd soundsystem at the Scala April 5, 2004.

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Black Dice have Miles of Smiles

Tuesday, April 6, 2004 sees the release of the “Miles of Smiles” EP.

Every release by Black Dice is different. You know that by now, right?

2002 brought the world “Beaches & Canyons” , the first full-length release from Black Dice, which forever changed the public perception of what this band could be. 2003 saw the release of the landmark single “Cone Toaster”, where the band explored their unique version of 4/4 dance music – it was rated 2003 Single of the Year in the New York Times (Jon Pareles), amongst others and saw the band getting reviewed and covered by every genre of music magazine. When the DFA met Timbaland while in Miami at the 2004 Winter Music Conference, he referred to “Cone Toaster” as some “freaky shit” and told us it was in his CD player in his car. We are not making this up.

This EP clocks in at a total running time of 28 minutes. This release will please and confound fans and critics alike, as the band prove once again that whatever they tackle, it is on their terms only. “Miles of Smiles” was originally created for The Poetry of Sex art exhibit in Tokyo and finds the band exploring a Musique Concrete-like world of chance and surprise. The flip side “Trip Dude Delay” has been a live staple for many years. It has been on the DFA release schedule for far too long, and we are thrilled to finally get it out there for everyone to experience.

As anticipation mounts for the June 22, 2004 release of the next Black Dice full length album “Creature Comforts”, this should tide us over until then.

Calexico Confirm Supports For UK Tour

Calexico have confirmed the support acts for their forthcoming UK & Irish tour dates. The full list of shows including opening acts lines up as follows:

  • 14 April CORK Opera House (w/ Jeff Smith)
  • 15 April DUBLIN Vicar St. (w/ Jeff Smith)
  • 16 April MANCHESTER Bridgwater Hall (w/ Aidan Smith)
  • 17 April LONDON Royal Festival Hall (w/ Amparanoia)
  • 18 April GLASGOW Academy (w/ Blanche)
  • 19 April BIRMINGHAM Academy (w/ Blanche)

The tour will be preceded on April 19th by the release of an EP, BLACK HEART. The title track is taken from last year’s acclaimed album Feast Of Wire (nominated in many of 2003’s Albums Of The Year polls) and features a number of exclusive b-sides, including remixes by Gotan Project and Jazzanova.

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In addition, the CD single will include an enhanced portion featuring a live performance of BLACK HEART filmed at The Barbican in London during the Further Beyond Nashville Festival in November 2002. The performance is also included as part of a forthcoming Calexico DVD, CALEXICO LIVE AT THE BARBICAN: WORLD DRIFTS IN, which is due for release in early June. More details of the contents will follow soon.

“Albums are unlikely to get much better this year than Calexico’s latest Feast of Wire.” The Guardian

“Feast of Wire was ‘OK Computer’ for people on horseback – Like The Coral with cacti.” NME

“Mystery and majesty pour off Calexico’s songs like black gold.” The Observer