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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:

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.

We Jam Econo ’08

Both LITE and Z will play at “We Jam Econo ’08” in Tokyo this Saturday. The festival celebrates the music of Mike Watt on his 51st birthday at Marz and Motion in Shinjuku.

We Jam Econo08 Web

LITE + Brother's Sister's Daughter Japan Tour

LITE are currently on a nationwide Japan tour with Brother’s Sister’s Daughter, a new improv unit put together by Mike Watt and Kramer (Bongwater, Ween, Butthole Surfers, Shimmy Disc et al) with drum duties being split between Samm Bennett and Yuko Araki (Migu, Cornelius).

The first date on Friday saw them joined by jazz drumming legend Han Bennink while they will also share the stage with Seiichi Yamamoto (Boredoms, ROVO) in Osaka. Other nights feature Z and 54-71.

Together, LITE and BSD will play a Funanori song from “A Tiny Twofer” each night!

Meanwhile, LITE have just put the finishing touches to their second full-length album, recorded with Toe’s Takaaki Mino as engineer. More news soon.

Also check out Z’s Myspace page which features a new live recording!

The Arm are currently working on their debut full-length album.

Bsd All Japan

Update

LITE have added a date at Nottingham Bar None on September 19th. Tickets are available online for the Colchester and Brighton gigs. Check the schedule page for more details. Also check out the video for Contemporary Disease.

The Arm have also announced two upcoming shows in Birmingham and Leeds.

Psychedelic Irish folksters The Spook Of The Thirteenth Lock have joined the Transduction fold, watch out for more details of their forthcoming debut album soon.

Z debuted new material for the next album at a show with LITE last week in Tokyo.

Update

Lots more press reviews added for “Filmlets” and “Mikabe”. The Z track “Mugen” is streaming at Paper Thin Walls. The band will play their first gig of 2007 after a long break in Tokyo on May 6th. Also check out a great Z article at New Noise. The Arm will play The King Edward Inn in Birmingham (formerly Chapter Eleven) on March 31st with Mills & Boon and have been added to the bill for the Wheaton Aston Music Festival on May 19th.

Update

Shop updated! Check out The Silent Ballet’s review of “Filmlets”:

“…one of the most technical yet enjoyable instrumental math-rock albums in recent memory…Filmlets is a truly remarkable album”

New videos for “Human Gift” and “Gohyaku Manyen” are also now online. The Arm will be playing at British Wildlife’s Big Fat Weekend festival in Leeds next month. Other dates include shows with Trans Am and USA Is A Monster, more details on the schedule page.

New year news

LITE’s “Filmlets” and Z’s “Mikabe” albums will be available to order online directly from us on January 15th and should hit the shops during February via Cargo. LITE’s version of the Radiohead song “Everything In Its Right Place” was released on a tribute CD in Japan in November – hopefully this will see a release in Europe later this year. “I Miss Seeing All” was a featured track on Nokia’s Music Recommenders site during December – warning: site is Windows only! Thanks to Dave at Road Records.