Scraping Genius Off The Wheel



no, not oceano, you racist bastard.

If you’ve made it through THIS AWESOME DAY so far, then the least I can do is share with you this super-important email message that I received from Hydra Head noise rock bluesmen Oxbow:

What you will read and how you will read it – these words off of an actual physical artifact – will be an experience shared by increasingly fewer of you given the quickly shifting relationship between art and commerce; but we are entrusting you with this dictum: explain it to the rest. That: this SONGS FOR THE FRENCH is a highly conscious effort to do things exactly as we ourselves would never do them in order to create a compelling bridgework between THE NARCOTIC STORY of yesterday and THE THIN BLACK DUKE of tomorrow. Lyrically, musically, thematically this march into intuitive mind has been Russian rouletted into existence, with OXBOW ceding control where control has never been ceded. [Song order? Chosen by Golden Mastering. Intervals? Also Golden Mastering. Some lyrics penned in an in-studio state of fugue.] All randomized and all pointing purposefully toward everywhere. Or specifically: an untoward level of clarity. Of this we are clear. Yes, of this we are clear: the ship is sailing further from land. And truer words have never been spoken.

Translation? NEW OXBOW MUSIC!

Songs For The French is a limited edition 12″ meant as a stop-gap between The Narcotic Story and 2010’s The Thin Black Duke. The A-side features three brand new tracks featuring contributions from guitarist and film guy Philippe Thiphaine. On the flip you’ll find live tracks recorded last year. Speaking of which, Oxbow hit the road in November to play Europe, which right now appears to be your best chance of scoring a copy of Songs For The French. Dates are below:

11/06 Metz, FRA @ Salle Ochs
11/07 Delemont, SWI @ Sas
11/08 Paris, FRA @ La Maroquinerie
11/09 Brighton UK @ The Engine Room
11/10 Manchester UK @ Star and Garter
11/11 Birmingham UK @ Vivid
11/12 London UK @ Corsica Studios
11/13 Diksmuide, BEL @ 4AD
11/14 Nantes, FRA @ Barakason
11/15 Orleans, FRA @ Astrolabe
11/16 Lyon, FRA @ Grrrnd Zero
11/17 Milan, ITA @ Magnolia
11/18 Verona, ITA @ Arci Kroen
11/19 Geneva, SWI @ Le Kab
11/20 Colmar, FRA @ Le Grillen
11/21 Brussels, BEL @ Magasin 4


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