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January 23, 2006

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David Nadelle and Amy Phillips report:
Formerly troubled Texan Micah P. Hinson has seen his luck and life change drastically since his flat-broke days which, according to the singer, "held only cheap booze, cigarettes and recording." While his tales of addiction, bankruptcy, tough love, and brushes with the law are all pretty bad, it's hard to get past the most miserable and degrading thing we've heard about Hinson's pre-fame existence: that he had to work as a telemarketer to make ends meet. Yikes! You've got a whole discography's worth of suffering right there.

Thankfully, veteran punk imprint Jade Tree has announced that it will soon take time off from all those hardcore bands you loved in high school and will start feeling Hinson's pain. First up is a re-release of Hinson's debut EP, The Baby and the Satellite, which will be available in the U.S. for the first time in the next few months. The reissue will feature new versions of the EP's songs, recorded with members of the Earlies. Tracklist:

01 The Dreams You Left Behind
02 Wasted Away
03 The Leading Guy
04 Or Just Rearrange
05 For Your Eyes
06 The Last Charge of Lt. Paul
07 The Day the Volume Won
08 The Dreams You Left Behind (Reprise)
09 The Baby and the Satellite

Hinson and his new label plan to issue an LP of brand-new material later this year, and to re-release his debut album, Micah P. Hinson and the Gospel of Progress in early 2007. Hinson is also busy with his side project the Late Cord, a collaboration with John Mark Lapham of the Earlies. Their debut EP, Lights From the Wheelhouse, is due early this year on 4AD.

According to Spanish label Houston Party Records, the Primavera Sound Tour, pairing Hinson with Portland-based folkie Erick Messler, begins February 10 in Barcelona.


02-10 Barcelona, Spain - Apolo
02-11 Valencia, Spain - El Loco
02-13 Madrid, Spain - Moby Dick
02-15 Farmilacao, Portugal - Casa das Artes
02-16 Vigo, Spain - Vademecum
02-17 Bilbao, Spain - Kafe Antzoki
02-18 Santoña, Spain - Club Tropicana

Also turning over a new leaf (several new leaves, actually) are Chicago underdog favorites Chin Up Chin Up. In addition to signing a deal with Seattle's hotshot Suicide Squeeze Records, the band recently announced that Jesse Woghin of the Narrator will serve as the full-time replacement for bassist Chris Saathoff, who was tragically killed by a drunk driver on February 14, 2004. (As previously reported, Saathoff's killer, William Giraldo, was sentenced to seven years in prison in August 2005).

CUCU are currently writing material for their Suicide Squeeze debut and are scheduled to begin recording in May at Chicago's Engine Studios, under the watchful eye of Brian Deck (Modest Mouse, Iron & Wine). The album has already been given the firm release date of October 10, 2006; damn, that label is either super-organized or telepathic.

The only Chin Up Chin Up live date scheduled at the moment is an appearance at the Suicide Squeeze showcase at SXSW, which will take place at Emo's on March 16. Joining them will be new labelmates Minus the Bear (minus keyboardist Matt Bayles, who recently departed the band to concentrate on being a producer), Crystal Skulls (sophomore album Outgoing Behavior due April 11), and Baltimore teenagers Metal Hearts (debut album Socialize due February 21).

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David Nadelle and Amy Phillips