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Coming Soon : the deluxe edition of Spoon's 'Gimme Fiction'

News flash for our friends beyond North America : Spoon's classic 'Gimme Fiction' celebrates its 10th anniversary with a deluxe limited-edition version on 180g double-LP, double-CD, released on Matador in early 2016 (Merge's domestic version will be available on December 11, as will Matador's digital download version). The reissue (released by Merge in 2005 and licensed/simultaneously released by Matador for territories outside of North America) contains the original album newly-remastered by Howie Weinberg from the original tapes, a second disc with 12 previously unreleased demos from the era, a digital download of nine additional bonus tracks, and a full-color book containing photos and an extensive oral history of the making of the album by The A.V. Club's Sean O'Neal. The deluxe LP package will also include a 24" x 36" poster and a digital download of all songs.
(photo by Tom Hines)
'Gimme Fiction' dragged the sonic pointillism of Kill the Moonlight further into dub-influenced weirdness as the increasingly confident Spoon went crazy in the studio, experimenting with everything from warped hip-hop samples to horse whinnies. Whatever digging or strange alchemy had to go into it, they only produced more gold. 'Gimme Fiction' deserves special recognition as the album where Spoon took creative and stylistic quantum leaps that resulted in classics "I Turn My Camera On," "The Beast And Dragon Adored," "My Mathematical Mind," "I Summon You" and so many more. 10 years later, 'Gimme Fiction' gets the deluxe vinyl release it so richly deserves. Listen to and share the demo version of "Was It You?" and experience the oral history of 'Gimme Fiction' via the band's Tumblr, which includes videos, excerpts, and images from the album's creation and campaign.
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Pre-blog News

11/12/05 — "My First Time, Volume 3" iTunes single, more
A new Spoon track, "My First Time, Volume 3", the first collaboration between Britt Daniel and the band's current keyboardist/2nd guitarist Eric Harvey, will be available from the iTunes Music Store in the UK and Europe sometime very soon --- we hope next week, but perhaps a week later (how's that for exact?). Said track is currently available to US customers via iTunes and the band's American label, Merge.

Following an appearance on PBS' Austin City Limits last weekend, along with two sold out New York gigs, Spoon will return to the scary world of commercial network TV when they appear on NBC's Carson Daily Show December 6.

10/11/05 — "Sister Jack" video and single
After the most recent gigs in London, Glasgow and Manchester, Spoon's new UK single is out today with the following contents:

1 Sister Jack (from 'Gimme Fiction')
2 Monkey Feelings (previously unreleased)
3 It Took a Rumor to Make Me Wonder, Now I'm Convinced I'm Going Under (previously unreleased)
plus the 'I Turn My Camera On' video (quicktime file)

A Sister Jack (from 'GImme Fiction')
B It Took a Rumor to Make Me Wonder, Now I'm Convinced I'm Going Under (previously unreleased)

Merge's US release of this single (with different b-sides) is coming out next month.

The terrific new video for "Sister Jack" (directed by Peter Simonette) can be found here:


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remaining EU dates this week:

Tue Oct 11 Paris, FRA at Nouveau Casino here
Thu Oct 13 Barcelona, SPA at Razz 3 here
Fri Oct 14 Madrid, SPA at Moby Dick here

09/06/05 — Australian tour, European tour, and more
We're awaiting a signal from the mountaintop that we'll be allowed to post the terrific new video for Spoon's "Sister Jack" (directed by Peter Simonette) --- it'll happen soon, we're sure of that. In the meantime, the full routing for Spoon's autumn tour of the globe can be found below. The band were just on CBS's "Late Show With David Letterman" last night, the other guest being the recently reprimanded Florida Marlins batboy who drank a gallon of milk as part of a $500 dare. Somewhere in the state of New Jersey, Kenneth Keith Kallenbach is feeling cheated.

Australian tour
Thu Sep 8 Melbourne at Northcote Social Club
Fri Sep 9 Melbourne at Corner Hotel
Sat Sep 10 Adelaide at Fowlers Live
Sun Sep 11 Perth at Rosemount Hotel
Wed Sep 14 Canberra at Green Room
Thu Sep 15 Brisbane at Tivoli
Fri Sep 16 Sydney at Metro
Sat Sep 17 Newcastle at Bandroom

Fri Sep 23 Austin, TX at Austin City Limits Festival

European tour
Wed Sep 28 Glasgow, UK at King Tut's
Thu Sep 29 Manchester, UK at Roadhouse
Fri Sep 30 London, UK at Koko (Amusement Parks On Fire support on all UK shows)
Sat Oct 1 Brugge, BEL at Cactus
Sun Oct 2 Berlin, GER at Kalkscheune
Mon Oct 3 Frankfurt, GER at Cooky's
Tue Oct 4 Hamburg, GER at Knust
Wed Oct 5 Munich, GER at Orange House
Thu Oct 6 Treviso, ITA at New Age
Fri Oct 7 Rome, ITA at Circolo
Sat Oct 8 Bologna, ITA at Coveo
Sun Oct 9 Zurich, SWI at Rote Fabrik
Tue Oct 11 Paris, FRA at Nouvelle Casino
Wed Oct 12 Bordeaux, FRA at TBA
Thu Oct 13 Barcelona, SPA at Razz 3
Fri Oct 14 Madrid, SPA at Moby Dick

10-27 Louisville, KY - Headliners %
10-28 Urbana, IL - Foellinger Auditorium %
10-29 Detroit, MI - St. Andrews Hall %
10-30 Las Vegas, NV - Sam Boyd Stadium (Vegoose Festival)
11-01 Toronto, Ontario - Phoenix Theatre %
11-02 Montreal, Quebec - Club Soda %
11-03 Boston, MA - Avalon %
11-04 Northampton, MA - Pearl Street %
11-05 New York, NY - Nokia Live %#
11-06 Brooklyn, NY - Warsaw %#
11-08 Athens, GA - 40 Watt Club #
11-09 Asheville, NC - Orange Peel #
11-10 Columbia, MO - Blue Note #
11-11 Omaha, NE - Orpheum Theatre $
11-12 Boulder, CO - Boulder Theatre #
11-14 Salt Lake City, UT - Velvet Room #
11-16 San Francisco, CA - Warfield Theatre #
11-17 Los Angeles, CA - Wiltern Theatre #
11-18 San Diego, CA - Cane's #

% w/ Mary Timony
# w/ American Music Club
$ w/ Bright Eyes

07/21/05 — "I Turn My Camera On" video 
Directed by Autumn de Wilde, this video is now available from the music and video page. The band will shortly be shooting a video for "Sister Jack."

06/08/05 — Video still coming — soon! 
Currently thriling sold out crowds throughout the US as they tour in support of 'Gimme Fiction', the album's first video, a clip for "I Turn My Camera On" should be available here very soon. Recently confirmed as headliners of July 16's Siren Festival at Coney Island, Spoon are planning their return to Europe for next September.

04/28/05 — Touring, shooting, challenging
After a whirlwind 3 weeks supporting Interpol across Europe, Spoon are back in the USA, finishing work on the video for "I Turn My Camera On", and preparing for their appearance at this weekend's Coachella festival. A full scale North American tour (with the Clientele supporting) runs through late June, and we're hopeful that Spoon will be returning to Europe at the end of the Summer. In the meantime, 'Gimme Fiction' is out May 9 in the UK, Europe and Australia (a bit later in Japan), and May 10 in North America through our friends at Merge. It is no understatement when we proclaim said album to be one of the more challenging, packed-with-ideas, life affirming rock'n'roll recordings you can allow into your skull. Every couple of years this fantastic band emerges with yet another masterpiece that tops their previous efforts, and this time is no exception.

03/30/05 — First MP3 from 'Gimme Fiction'
The first MP3 from 'Gimme Fiction' is entitled "I Turn My Camera On" and is downloadable from the music page.

01/24/05 — Spoon signs to Matador outside US and Canada
We're very happy to announce that on May 9, Matador Records will be releasing the 5th album by Austin, TX's SPOON, 'Gimme Fiction' (OLE 660 CD/LP), worldwide with the exception of North America. The album is coming out on May 10 in the US and Canada via Merge.

the tracklisting is as follows:

The Beast and Dragon, Adored
The Two Sides of Monsieur Valentine
I Turn My Camera On
My Mathematical Mind
The Delicate Place
Sister Jack
I Summon You
The Infinite Pet
Was It You?
They Never Got You
Merchants of Soul

writes the band:

"Gimme Fiction is the wildest Spoon LP to date - it's also Jim Eno's favorite. It was put to tape from July 'til September 2004, and like our last two albums it was co-produced with Mike McCarthy in Austin at Jim's Public HiFi studio. What else. . .it begins with the sound of a nice, long inhale and ends with the Tosca Strings. It covers such topics as long distance relationships, the apocalyptic bent of certain American Southerners, neckrugs, emotional shutdowns, Ralph Reed Jr., a musical called The Stranger Dance, and Marquette, Michigan. Did I mention it's the longest Spoon record yet?

"In February we'll be playing the Saturday of All Tomorrow's Parties in Camber Sands, England, followed by a headlining show in London on Monday the 28th at the Garage." 

For tickets to the Garage show, go to this link.


2000 and earlier — Spoon news back in the day

Where’s Spoon now?
Spoon has recently (9/00) signed to Merge Records. They’ll be releasing an EP called ‘Love Ways’ later this fall and Spoon’s new full length early next year.

In the meantime, Peek-a-Boo Records provides a complete discography, links to fan sites, articles and interviews and a good many sound samples and live videos. (5/01)

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