- All This Sounds Gas - - 2001-08-28
- Monsoon - ole-599 - 2004-02-17
Spiral Stairs (Scott Kannberg) has been extremely busy since Pavement’s dissolution, running his own label (Amazing Grease) as well as putting out two albums with Preston School Of Industry. The first one, 'All This Sounds Gas,' was everything fans hoped for – an immensely tuneful, memorable album that Mojo called "an album of joyful, desperate and messy songs, as honest and delicious as any on Pavement's 1992 classic, 'Slanted And Enchanted.'"
In 1989, after a mushroom-laden camping trip to the family farm in Montana, Scott Kannberg and a childhood friend record a few songs at Gary Young’s studio/garage in Stockton, CA. Scott borrows $800 from his father and begins pressing up a little record, calling it Slay Tracks. As his friend (mysteriously) disappears with backpack into post-graduation Europe, Scott toils half-heartedly as a clerk/punk-rock-record-buyer at a tiny Stockton record store. The young Kannberg begins to distribute the little record to friends, fanzines and small record labels. He even gives one to his dad. He christens the band Pavement, after a short-lived group he’d started in college, and decides to change his name, at least in print, to Spiral Stairs.
News From The Matablog
While we're still about a week away from the October 20th release date of the new Spiral Stairs album "The Real Feel" you can hop over to the ThinkIndie site and stream the album in its entirety right now. For those who don't know ThinkIndie is a digital music store run by a bunch of real record stores. Just click HERE
After a pair of albums under the group nom de plume Preston School Of Industry, Pavement co-founder Scott Kannberg, aka Spiral Stairs, makes his bona fide solo debut with an October 20 LP/CD/digital album release of 'The Real Feel' (OLE 858). Following an extended sojourn in Melbourne, Spiral returned to Seattle rejuvenated at the end of '08, and commenced recording with a collection of pals including members of PSOI, the Posies, guitarist Ian Moore, Gersey, and Broken Social Scene's Kevin Drew. Mixed by the Posies' Jon Auer, this album is by far the most crafted and introspective of Spiral's post-Pavement works. In the words of associate Parker Gibbs, 'The Real Feel', "has a vibe similar to classic 70's albums by Fleetwood Mac ('Then Play On'), Captain Beefhart ('Safe As Milk'), and guitar god Richard Thompson, not to mention Aussie psych rock icons Died Pretty. Comparisons aside, this is 100% Spiral Stairs rock, the same rock that made Pavement the most influential band of the 90"s (take that Hoobastank!) and the same strange, dischordant, playful and melodic Spiral Stairs rock that your parents loved." "This is indie rock at its best and brightest," continues Gibbs, "with Spiral Stairs getting back to the basics that have made him a legend in his own mind and to all of the children willing to enter his home." And on that somewhat troubling note, we'll add the vinyl edition of 'The Real Feel' features a different running order and a limited edition bonus 7". Live activity throughout the continent of North America is planned for this Autumn, and we'll surely be letting you know more about that in the days and weeks ahead. The first track we've seen fit to leak from 'The Real Feel' is "Maltese Terrier" (MP3). Please note no raccoons were harmed during the making of the album artwork. Not by us, anyway.
hello there. for quite awhile, all has been quiet on the psoi front... until now! a new record is in the works, hopefully done by the end of spring, a new website (still working on it), and the most exciting of all... we're playing shows again! we've been asked to support the posies for their 20th anniversary show in seattle may 17th. we're excited, since we still like the posies very much (even if the drummer is a rush fan). we're also playing a bunch of new songs... as well as some old family favorites. if you're up in the northwest, come on down. i've also been asked to be a guest curator for the sled island music fest up in calgary, alberta, canada june 25-28. very excited about this! i've picked a few of my favorite bands, old and new, to play. psoi will also be performing, but what is really gonna be special is that we're doing a collaboration with the lads in broken social scene. most of it will be new material made up just for sled island! ok, thanks for listening and hopefully see you soon. spiral.... spiralstairsmusic.com 5/17/2008 seattle, wa. psoi/posies 20th anniversary nuemo's $12 6/25-28/2008 calgary alberta, canada sled island festival
08/22/06 — Discography Updated
Preston School Of Industry's discography page has received an extensive overhaul. Check out the changes here, and let us know if we're missing anything.
09/03/04 — Unreleased track on 'Matador At Fifteen'
The new 'Matador At Fifteen' compilation features the previously unreleased Pablo Wong remix of "Tone It Down," in addition to the previously released "Caught In The Rain."
06/01/04 — On the road, upcoming EP plans
PSOI just completed another string of shows across the North, Midwest and Northwest, including the Sasquatch! Festival at the Gorge. Late April saw some rocking European dates and the release of "Caught In The Rain" as a CDEP through Domino in the UK, including some non album stuff (no word yet from Mark E. Smith about Spiral's version of "Mere Psued Mag Ed", but we're not holding our breath, either).
03/29/04 — Hear the band perform on WFMU
Tomorrow, Tuesday, June 30th, you will be able to hear Preston School Of Industry perform live on WFMU at 1 PM EST. Tune into 91.1 FM in the New York City area, 90.1 FM upstate, or wfmu.org if you're outside the region. The performance should be archived on the station's website for some time after the broadcast.
03/25/04 — Exclusive live album on iTunes
|Matador's first Internet Album is Preston School Of Industry's 'Live at the Riviera - Chicago 2003', currently available exclusively on the iTunes Music Store.|
03/10/04 — Small mindedness and thinking big
The 2nd album from Spiral Stairs' PSOI, 'Monsoon' is out now and the band are making their way across the country in support of this intelligent pop masterpiece.
There's a couple of small-minded individuals whose names we've already forgotten that insist on viewing Preston School Of Industry solely in the context of Scott's old band (The Tygers of Pan Tang). And that's unfortunate --- I mean, we could give a flying fuck if someone with extremely limited musical range passes on 'Monsoon' because he or she has issues about what sort of person they were in 1995 compared to now. But for the rest of you, the folks capable of appreciating well-crafted, funny and inspiring rock'n'roll with zero artifice, this is a CD that needs to be in your car stereo, iPod, brain, whatever. And speaking of iPods, there's an exclusive batch of PSOI tracks available now from the iTunes Music Store, recorded live at the Rivera Club in Chicago last year.
Preston School of Industry on tour:
Wed - Mar 10 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
Sat - Mar 13 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill
Sun - Mar 14 - Los Angeles, CA - Spaceland
Mon - Mar 15 - Phoenix, AZ - Rhythm Room
Wed - Mar 17 - Norman, OK - Opolis
Thu - Mar 18 - Austin, TX - Schuba's Presents, Yard Dog Art Gallery, 5 PM
Thu - Mar 18 - Austin, TX - La Zona Rosa - Matador Showcase, 10 PM
Sat - Mar 20 - Austin, TX - Urban Outfitters, 3 PM
Sat - Mar 20 - Austin TX - Porchlight Pop Fest, Tillery St. Theater, 5 PM
Sun - Mar 21 - Houston, TX - Rudyard's
Tue - Mar 23 - Atlanta, GA - Echo Lounge
Wed - Mar 24 - Athens, GA - Tasty World
Thu - Mar 25 - Carrboro, NC - Room Four
Fri - Mar 26 - Baltimore, MD - Ottobar
Sat - Mar 27 - Philadelphia, PA - Khyber Pass
Sun - Mar 28 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge
Tue - Mar 30 - Cambridge, MA - T.T. The Bear's
Thu - Apr 01 - Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern
Fri - Apr 02 - Detroit, MI - Lager House
Sat - Apr 03 - Chicago, IL - Schuba's
02/24/04 — E-card
We present a Preston School Of Industry e-card for your delectation. Send it to friends, family, and your MoveOn palz.
02/11/04 — 2 new videos posted on site; new tour dates up
You can now stream the brand-new videos for "Caught In The Rain" and "Line It Up" from the music and video page. Also see the tours page for new tour dates: more to be confirmed shortly.
02/02/04 — 3 videos on the CD, tour info
The new CD/LP 'Monsoon' is coming out next week, with three quicktime videos on the CD version (not 2 as the title sticker says). You can catch Spiral & band at Seattle's Sonic Boom (Ballard store) playing live on the evening of release, Monday, February 17 at 8pm.
In addition to a full US tour starting on March 10, PSOI will be playing the Noise Pop festival in San Francisco on February 29 [not February 28 as previously reported], and they'll be playing live on Seattle's KEXP on March 9. Along with their slot on the Matador gig during SXSW, Preston School Of Industry are playing a free show at Austin's Urban Outfitters (2406 Guadalupe) on Saturday, March 20 at 3pm.
Preston School Of Industry will be touring the US and Canada coast-to-coast in March and April.
01/12/04 — Second MP3 posted
The second MP3 from 'Monsoon' has been posted; it's called "Caught In The Rain" and is available on the music page.
Look for 2 new videos, coming soon on the site.
11/17/03 — Release date changed
'Monsoon' has been pushed back to February 17th.
11/12/03 — First MP3 posted
The first MP3 from 'Monsoon' has been posted. It's entitled "Get Your Crayons Out" and features some special guests. Download it from the music page.
10/09/03 — The Monsoon is coming...
NEW ALBUM IN 2004
The new Preston School of Industry record, Monsoon, is completed with a worldwide release date set for January 20th, 2004 (Matador/Domino/Trifekta).
The Furnace Sun
Walk of a Gurl
Caught in the Rain
Line it up
So Many Ways
If the Straits of Magellan should ever run dry
Her Estuary Twang (Warm Medicine)
Escalation breeds Escalation
Get your Crayons Out!
Tone it Down
Written and produced by Spiral Stairs with valuable assistance from Preston School alum Dan Carr, Chris Heinrich, and Mathew Zeek Harris (not to mention a few surprise special guests), all tracks were recorded and mixed this past summer in sunny Seattle, Washington. Also check the re-launched website with new audio, photos, merch, and upcoming tour dates.
SPLIT SINGLE WITH GERSEY
Meanwhile, a new split single with the Australian band Gersey will be released on October 13th. The record includes a pre-mixed version of the Monsoon track, “Caught in the Rain,” along with Gersey’s, “Roll out the Heartbreaker”. Order now.
October, 25 Arlene’s Grocery NYC 9pm—21 and over OK*
*(Spiral, playing the part of Will Sargent, joins Kelley Stoltz, Shayde Sartin, and Jon Hofer to cover Echo and the Bunnymen’s classic first record,“Crocodiles,” in its entirety. This is part of the Amazing Grease/Jackpine Social Club night for CMJ. Also appearing are Canoe, Panty Lions, Kelley Stoltz, Sonny Smith, and Oranger.)
Spiral Solo Dates—American Northeast (Opening for the Starlight Mints)
Oct. 26 Middle East Café Cambridge, MA
Oct. 27 Webster Theatre Hartford, CT
Oct. 28 Asylum Portland, ME
Spiral Solo Dates—Australia (In support of split-single release. Opening for Gersey.)
Nov. 20 The Evelyn, Melbourne
Nov. 21 The Evelyn, Melbourne
Nov. 27 The Gaelic Club, Sydney
Nov. 28 The Great Northern, Byron Bay
Nov. 29 The Zoo, Brisbane
Dec. 4 Settlers, Margaret River
Dec. 5 The Rosemount, Perth
Dec. 6 The Basement, Fremantle
11/13/02 — Spiral writes.
"Hello from Seattle. It's cold, but everyone up here keeps saying oh, it's a El Nino year, at least it wont rain that much. I hit the North late September to follow my beautiful wife in her quest to be a lifelong student. Ha, tried the student route once, dropped out instead to follow the Bunnymen, but that's another story altogether. Besides helping out with the wife's homework, I'll be working on a new Preston School of Industry record, which I'm hoping will be done by the end of the year, that's if the drywall in the basement gets finished. Speaking of PSOI, we're all still buzzing from that Wilco tour we recently did. Hopefully it'll translate into something as good for us as that Wilco record is. Hey, maybe we'll get Tweedy to play harmonica on it, that's if he still likes us, especially after my sorry Iggy Pop imitation at the last Wilco show, my naked chest is in no way and will never be as hard as Iggy's. Seriously, I'd like to thank all who bought the record and came to see us this past year.
"Speaking of my nakedness, you all have to check out the new Pavement Slow Century DVD just released. It has all of the Pavement videos and non-videos on there. Plus there's a 60 minute documentary with lots of cool live footage, interviews, commentary from the band and directors, and of course me getting naked at the West Virginia Lollapalooza. Not to be missed. Speaking of the Pavies and since this is the 10th anniversary of Slanted and Enchanted, Matador Records are releasing a deluxe re-issue cd which includes Slanted, Watery Domestic, singles, b-sides and rarities (an unreleased Spiral song), compilation tracks, a live show from '92 and 2 Peel sessions that were recorded around this time. It all comes in a beautiful 2 cd package with extensive liner notes and photos from the vaults (my garage). Worth it dude. Another thing that's worth it is the new Panty Lions record we just released on Amazing Grease Records. Panty Lions is Ashod and Arianna from the band Earlimart. We put out So Dang Rad a few months ago and it's still sounding good. They even recorded an old Pavie song. SO CHECK IT OUT. Anyway, thanks for listening and I hope to talk to you again when 1. it rains, 2. my basement gets finished, or 3. Wilco ask me to be their permanent bell soloist.
07/03/02 — Scott Kannberg writes:
Bon Jour Y'all. We've got more breaking news for all you Preston people. The August 2nd show in CHICAGO with WILCO is now sold out. The tix were gone in 30 seconds we are told. So, if you didn't get your tix you are in luck... they've added a second show the very next night... August 3rd. Check out http://www.wilcoworld.net for ticket info. Please note that there is a Milwaukee show on July 27th as well... sorry, we forgot to list it in the earlier email. And for those who can't make it to Chicago or Milwaukee, PSOI will be playing... with ourselves, not Wilco... at the HIGH DIVE in CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS on Monday, July 22nd. Sorry, it's 19 and over.
06/07/02 — touring continues with Summer dates accompanying WILCO: following a series of successful UK gigs supporting Wilco, Preston School Of Industry have been invited to supported the Chicago quartet on 2 weeks of US dates this July. Check the tour dates section for more information.
04/26/02 — More tour action, this time from Scott Kannberg and comrades. Following UK dates supporting Wilco, they will be coming to your town or one near it in May and June, all the while keeping a tour diary on their website. Keep your eye on the Matador website for constantly updated tour info as it rolls in. Here’s a message from far away you might be interested in:
“Tom from Trifekta Records in Melbourne here. I put out PSOI here. Thanks for mentioning their Aussie dates in your newsletter. I’m releasing ‘The Idea of Fires’ as a CD single to co-incide with the tour with b-sides ‘Walls of Grain,’ ‘Suddenly Stable’ and ’Save Our Happiness.’ It comes in a super swish digi pack too. Any chance of you please mentioning the release on your next newsletter?”
Tom, consider it done.
03/21/02 — Forthcoming dates for your friends and relatives that live in Australia (US and Euro dates next time).
Thursday 2nd May
Corner Hotel, Melbourne with Gersey & Friendly Injun
Tickets $28 + b/f available from Corner Hotel, Gaslight, Polyester, Missing Link and credit card sales on 03 9427 9198
Friday 3rd May
Annandale Hotel, Sydney with Gersey & Rebel Astronauts
Saturday 4th May
Annandale Hotel, Sydney with Gersey & Ukiyo-e
Tickets $28 + b/f available from Red Eye and Fish Newtown,
Annadale - Bar and phone 02 9550 1078
Sunday 5th May
Zoo, Brisbane with Gersey & Giants of Science
Tickets $24 + b/f available from Butterbeats, Skinnys & Rockinghorse
Tuesday 7th May
Enigma, Adelaide with Gersey & Career Girls
Tickets $24 + b/f available from CIB ticket outlets or phone 08 8232 1484
PSOI can be heard on a new compilation celebrating the best of SF’s ongoing Noise Pop festivals, alongside GBV, Oranger and other popsters-that-bring-the-noise (so to speak). You can find it on the wonderful Amazing Grease label.
02/12/02 — Preston School of Industry (On a Mission From God)
Scott and Co. have a couple shows upcoming with our good friends Guided By Voices....
March 1 at House of Blues in Anaheim, CA
March 3 at Bimbos 365 in San Francisco, CA
PSOI’s recent webcast from House Of Blues may or may not be archived. If not, you can probably find an excellent Everclear set on the House Of Blues site, or maybe some good pictures of Dan Ackroyd.
01/09/02 — House of Blues Webcast
The Preston show from New Orleans last fall will be webcast on the Hosue of Blues website on Jan 23, starting at 3pm Eastern Time. The cast will last for 24 hours. After that they will archive it and it will be available again once that is completed (time frame TBD).
10/10/01 — All tour dates confirmed
The entire PSOI tour, with support from The Shins, has been confirmed.
06/12/01 — Preston School Of Industry
PSOI are currently making new friends in the UK as they play their first shows in that territory. There’s a new, non-album EP coming on Amazing Grease sometime this month, followed by a 7"/CD5 of "Whalebones" on Domino UK. The Matador (U.S./Canada) release of ‘All This Sounds Gas’ (LP/CD) hits the shelves in August.
Preston School Of Industry — Rumoriffic
We’re very pleased to announce that later in 2001, Matador will be releasing a new full-length album by the Bay Area rock ‘n’ roll band known as the Preston School Of Industry. Those of you who have been lucky enough to catch their recent performances around the US opening for the likes of Mogwai, the White Stripes and others, know better than we do that this band have great songs, charisma and style literally dripping from every pore. Led by Pavement founder Spiral Stairs, PSOI will have a new 10"/CD EP on Spiral’s Amazing Grease label very soon, followed not long afterwards by the Matador full-length.