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Manitoba Forced To Change Name

STOP PRESS!

MANITOBA TO BECOME CARIBOU

Dan Snaith, who released the albums Up In Flames (2003) and Start Breaking My Heart (2001) under the name Manitoba, has changed his name to Caribou following a lawsuit in the US. Frontman for punk band The Dictators, Handsome Dick Manitoba, sued Snaith for trademark infringement, despite never having released music under the names ‘Manitoba’ or ‘Handsome ‘Dick’ Manitoba’.

“My immediate reaction was total disbelief,” says Snaith. “Most of the people I’ve talked to about it see this case as being utterly nonsensical. Unfortunately, US legal precedent didn’t agree and faced with a court case that I couldn’t afford to lose, I had no choice but to change the name.”

Having spent the last year touring Up in Flames throughout North America, Europe, Japan and Australia with bands such as Stereolab, Four Tet, Broadcast and Prefuse 73, Dan is back in the studio working on the first Caribou album, tentatively entitled The Milk of Human Kindness.

“This whole thing is an irritating distraction at a time when I’m more excited about the music I’m working on than ever before. I’m half way through finishing this new album and I can already tell that it’s the best and most focused music I’ve ever made.

“I’m of the opinion that every second I spend talking about this Dick guy is a waste of my time.”

Asked about why he chose Caribou (a large reindeer native to northern North America) as the new name, Canadian Snaith offers “We were just about to start a Canadian tour when we found out about this and it made sense to look there for the new name. We’d heard hippy friends of ours going on ‘vision quests’. I’m not sure we really understood the idea correctly but by the time we’d soaked our proverbial bandanas in the brown-acid dunk-tank and strapped ourselves to crucifixes on the back of a flatbed truck for a few weeks it became painfully obvious that the new name had to be Caribou. Talking caribou were central to our hallucinations.” Ironically, news of the lawsuit came just before Snaith performed his first concert in Manitoba – the Canadian province from whence he took the name.

Snaith’s previous albums will be re-released worldwide under the new name. The Special Edition version of Up In Flames will be withdrawn, with the original single CD version taking its place. So catch that one while you can!

The new album will be released worldwide under the name Caribou, through Domino in North America and The Leaf Label for the rest of the world.

“At the end of the day, nothing’s going to change other than the name. I’m still attacking making music with the same fanatical vigour that I was before, and the music’s only getting better.”

http://www.caribou.fm

http://www.theleaflabel.com

Protest Thread on Their Board:
http://thedictators.proboards24.com/index.cgi?board=general&action=display&num=1097170900

Dictator’s E-Mail:
Dictators7@aol.com

October 7, 2004 at 2:13 pm 2 comments

Yuichiro Fujimoto

French blogger David F pointed this one out
(http://www.livejournal.com/users/david_f/93017.html). New guy on
Smalltown Supersound. Bares a resemblance to the old 360 Degrees
releases of old (which unfortunately no longer seems to be in
operation). Child like hymns of piano, occidental noise, and various
globe trotting instruments that make reflective and very sincere pop
music. Contains all the fractures of talent and embraces of music that
a stammering hand studiously avoiding perfection can handle. A little
underwhelming considering many of 360’s older releases, but like it’s
forebears makes you wonder why music needs to be sound better than
this:

http://www.yuichirofujimoto.com/

Mp3s in the music section

October 7, 2004 at 2:03 pm Leave a comment

Manitoba Forced to Change His Name

>>> STOP PRESS!
>>>
>>> MANITOBA TO BECOME CARIBOU
>>>
>>> Dan Snaith, who released the albums Up In Flames (2003) and Start
>>> Breaking My Heart (2001) under the name Manitoba, has changed his
>>> name to Caribou following a lawsuit in the US. Frontman for punk
>>> band The Dictators, Handsome Dick Manitoba, sued Snaith for
>>> trademark infringement, despite never having released music under
>>> the names ‘Manitoba’ or ‘Handsome ‘Dick’ Manitoba’.
>>>
>>> “My immediate reaction was total disbelief,â€? says Snaith. “Most of
>>> the people I’ve talked to about it see this case as being utterly
>>> nonsensical. Unfortunately, US legal precedent didn’t agree and
>>> faced with a court case that I couldn’t afford to lose, I had no
>>> choice but to change the name.�
>>>
>>> Having spent the last year touring Up in Flames throughout North
>>> America, Europe, Japan and Australia with bands such as Stereolab,
>>> Four Tet, Broadcast and Prefuse 73, Dan is back in the studio
>>> working on the first Caribou album, tentatively entitled The Milk of
>>> Human Kindness.
>>>
>>> “This whole thing is an irritating distraction at a time when I’m
>>> more excited about the music I’m working on than ever before. I’m
>>> half way through finishing this new album and I can already tell
>>> that it’s the best and most focused music I’ve ever made.
>>>
>>> “I’m of the opinion that every second I spend talking about this
>>> Dick guy is a waste of my time.�
>>>
>>> Asked about why he chose Caribou (a large reindeer native to
>>> northern North America) as the new name, Canadian Snaith offers “We
>>> were just about to start a Canadian tour when we found out about
>>> this and it made sense to look there for the new name. We’d heard
>>> hippy friends of ours going on ‘vision quests’. I’m not sure we
>>> really understood the idea correctly but by the time we’d soaked our
>>> proverbial bandanas in the brown-acid dunk-tank and strapped
>>> ourselves to crucifixes on the back of a flatbed truck for a few
>>> weeks it became painfully obvious that the new name had to be
>>> Caribou. Talking caribou were central to our hallucinations.�
>>> Ironically, news of the lawsuit came just before Snaith performed
>>> his first concert in Manitoba – the Canadian province from whence he
>>> took the name.
>>>
>>> Snaith’s previous albums will be re-released worldwide under the new
>>> name. The Special Edition version of Up In Flames will be withdrawn,
>>> with the original single CD version taking its place. So catch that
>>> one while you can!
>>>
>>> The new album will be released worldwide under the name Caribou,
>>> through Domino in North America and The Leaf Label for the rest of
>>> the world.
>>>
>>> “At the end of the day, nothing’s going to change other than the
>>> name. I’m still attacking making music with the same fanatical
>>> vigour that I was before, and the music’s only getting better.â€?
>>>
>>> http://www.caribou.fm
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> http://www.theleaflabel.com

Protest Thread on Their Board:
http://thedictators.proboards24.com/index.cgi?
board=general&action=display&num=1097170900

Dictator’s E-Mail:
Dictators7@aol.com

October 7, 2004 at 10:50 am 4 comments

Re –> Ernest Ranglin – In Search of The Lost Riddim

Richard Silverstein posted about this release
at his blog

Ernest Ranglin is a Jamaican guitarist that ran into Baaba Maal while touring Africa w/
Jimmy Cliff. The resulting LP In Search of The Lost Riddim has
recently been re-issued, and it’s a beautiful piece of afro-pop.
Building hints of gospel and soul and a little of the mbiria based
tunings that marked hi-life and African pop of the last century.
Samples at:

http://ernestranglin.calabashmusic.com

Correction: this was recorded in 1998 and wasn’t re-issued.
Sorry about that. Seemed like a product of the 70s tour, but
wasn’t recorded until recently.

October 5, 2004 at 10:05 pm Leave a comment

Subtle -F.K.O. – Lex

Video for the latest anti-con project

http://www.warprecords.com/fko/

On Lex.
This guy seem to be moving away from hip-hop
to a kinda mixture of DNTEL and the psycho-realm
kinda hip-pop really.

October 4, 2004 at 2:42 pm Leave a comment

More Orlando Bands: Dodger

I’m trying to think of what exactly it is
Dodger reminds me of. Arcade Fire maybe?
At times they sound a lot like Love, their arguably
a lot better than Saturday Looks Good To Me.
60s psychedelia as filtered through 40 years
of passing trends, these songs are work outs
taking hope to all it’s various different levels
and alleviating melodrama with just jangling
hooks. Their obviously tighter than your usual
60s revival group, and a little more complex.
Their to ambitious to just let a song rest on
one hook so you end up with a cacophony
of revivalist memorabilia.

http://www.dodgerandfriends.com/

October 4, 2004 at 9:38 am Leave a comment

Orlando Bands: Gestalt

I lived in Orlando, FL for 7 years and despite
it’s almost unknown reputation (people to seem associate
Gainesville and Miami with shows for some reason) it
definitely was the most happening musical spot in Florida
for awhile (recent club and economic problems seem to be draining it).
Here local band, formerly a 5 piece band turned
down to two guys and a laptop, Gestalt bring indie-tronics to minimal
characters. Similar to Carpark’s recent Signer release only
less European


http://www.listengestalt.com/mp3/Gestalt%20-%20Shapeshifter.mp3

October 3, 2004 at 8:11 pm 2 comments

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