Spook in Irish 'Top 50'

The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock have been included in The Irish Times’ “50 best Irish music acts right now”.

There was both eating and drinking in last year’s hugely engaging debut album from these Dublin freak-folk rockers. While it offered proof that Horslips’ warped Celtic acid-rock still had plenty of traction, Allen Bligh (sic) and friends updated and upholstered all the traditional trimmings. A merry banquet of clattering banjos, Krautrock psych-outs and space- age flights of fancy: God only knows what comes next, but it will be well worth hearing – Jim Carroll

The band have also announced a gig at Toner’s in Dublin with The Bastard Rain on May 8th.

LITE US dates

LITE will visit the US for the first time, opening five shows for Mike Watt & The Missingmen on their “prac’n the 3rd opera” tour:

08/05/09 – Mercury Lounge, New York
09/05/09 – North Star Bar, Philadelphia
10/05/09 – Club Cafe, Pittsburgh
11/05/09 – Grog Shop, Cleveland Heights
12/05/09 – Shelter, Detroit

Z live at "Do It 2008"

Z will release a new studio album this forthcoming summer, more info to follow soon. In the mean time here’s a clip of an expanded line-up performing at the Do It festival in Yamagata, Japan from last September:

LITE "Live in Leeds"

Live In Leeds

LITE will release a five track EP titled “Live in Leeds” on March 4th. The EP will be available on iTunes worldwide and comes with a six page digital booklet featuring photos from their European tour last October and November. Recorded at the Brainwash Festival in Leeds on October 18th, the track listing is:

1. Ef
2. Ghost Dance
3. Ripple Spread
4. Phantasia
5. Fade

Fun House

Brother’s Sister’s Daughter’s encore performance of “Fun House” from We Jam Econo ’08 at Shinjuku Marz in Tokyo on 20th December last year. Mike Watt – bass, vocals / Jun Nemoto (Z) – tenor sax / Akihiko Ando (Kuruucrew) – soprano sax / Nels Cline – guitar / Shimmy – guitar / Nobuyuki Takeda (LITE) – guitar / Jim O’Rourke – keyboards / Jun Izawa (LITE) – bass / Samm Bennett – drums / Akinori Yamamoto (LITE) – percussion.

Spook Japan Tour update

The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock have unfortunately had to cancel their Sapporo show on the 15th but all of their other shows are unaffected. Full details on the tour page.