the spinanes / rebecca gates

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One of my favourite artists. Saw her ages ago in Adelaide, she did a beautiful cover of "I Don't Want To Hear It Anymore". I wish I could hear Rebecca Gates cover Arthur Russell. One of the few artists w/a perfect track record re: releases. What's she up to now?

jon dale, Sunday, 25 December 2005 23:31 (twelve years ago) Permalink

strand is such a wonderful record.

kyle (akmonday), Monday, 26 December 2005 00:27 (twelve years ago) Permalink

My first YSI, hope it works.

god bless you, merry gentleman. i will now use it for a mix cd.

Amateur(ist) (Amateur(ist)), Monday, 26 December 2005 01:39 (twelve years ago) Permalink

one year passes...
Hey I love these guys. My favorite has to be Sotto Voce, which they recorded as 'Cradle Robbers' on the Red Hot and Bothered CD from the Red Hot line. Would not want this to get lost. If you ever have a chance, see this somewhere, pick it up. But it's a little rare. Yay.

humansuit, Wednesday, 16 May 2007 09:14 (ten years ago) Permalink

i have that. it's gates and lois maffeo. a very lovely tune.

electricsound, Wednesday, 16 May 2007 09:37 (ten years ago) Permalink

I actually named my blog after one of my favourite Spinanes songs.

A. Begrand, Wednesday, 16 May 2007 10:02 (ten years ago) Permalink

Also I'm pretty impressed that on the Spinanes band website they still have a Rebecca Gates letter up from 1996 (!) as their latest update. I guess time moves slowly at Subpop.

humansuit, Thursday, 17 May 2007 14:17 (ten years ago) Permalink

Finally got Manos (the hands of fate) last year for a buck or something. And it's indeed v. good.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 17 May 2007 14:22 (ten years ago) Permalink

I need that one and also this Sotto Voce track which I have never heard of.

sleeve, Thursday, 17 May 2007 14:57 (ten years ago) Permalink

also am very glad Merge reissued their singles.

sleeve, Thursday, 17 May 2007 14:57 (ten years ago) Permalink

I got Manos on cassette on a Spring Break trip to the Rocky Mtns with my family and loved it. Still have that tape somewhere!

Trip Maker, Thursday, 17 May 2007 15:03 (ten years ago) Permalink

I need that one and also this Sotto Voce track which I have never heard of.

Yeah actually the Red Hot and Bothered CD is really a gem. Let's see - tracks from Juicy, Lisa Germano, Sea and Cake (I think), Built to Spill + Caustic Resin, etc. Very worthwhile purchase as a whole if you are hesitant to buy it just for the one track. Easily my favorite Red Hot compilation.

humansuit, Thursday, 17 May 2007 15:28 (ten years ago) Permalink

I have the vinyl (I think there were two 10" vinyl editions) so am not sure the tracklisting matches, but there's a *great* Grifters song on this: The Empty Yard.

dlp9001, Thursday, 17 May 2007 15:42 (ten years ago) Permalink

What's she doing now? I read that she performed at S x SW and lives in Brooklyn, but otherwise have not noticed anything.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 17 May 2007 15:57 (ten years ago) Permalink

Somewhat updated MySpace page:

Elvis Telecom, Thursday, 17 May 2007 16:07 (ten years ago) Permalink

Myspace link is excellent.

humansuit, Thursday, 17 May 2007 16:12 (ten years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

Too bad she's not more prolific, I adore her Spinanes work but found her solo record completely unmemorable. I'm sure she's got more great music to offer the world.

Mr. Odd, Monday, 30 July 2007 21:09 (ten years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Reposting from

The Marfa Sessions, curated by Regine Basha, Rebecca Gates and Lucy Raven presents a series of individual sound projects, each engaging some aspect of Marfa's geographic, historical and unique social character. Basha, Gates and Raven have selected fifteen artists with specific interests in sound work and its potential as a transgressive medium within place and geography. Seven of these artists have been invited for individual site visits and residencies in Marfa, Texas in the year before the exhibition to collect field recordings, record interviews and document the landscape. The Marfa Sessions includes new contributions from Nina Katchadourian, Christina Kubisch and Kaffe Matthews, as well as collaborative work by Deborah Stratman/Steven Badgett, Steve Roden/Stephen Vitello and Steve Rowell/Simparch. Pertinent work from Emily Jacir, Louise Lawler, Inigo Manglano-Ovalle, Angel Nevarez & Valerie Tevere, Dario Robleto, and Julianne Swartz will also be featured in specific locations for the exhibition.

Elvis Telecom, Monday, 15 September 2008 22:27 (nine years ago) Permalink

portland, oregon september 16 with corrina repp and aux eutres
marfa, tx september 20,21
brooklyn, ny november 17 union pool

I bet that Arthur Russell thing she did in the spring was nice.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 16 September 2008 02:11 (nine years ago) Permalink

three years pass...

nothing new from her?

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Sunday, 13 May 2012 17:31 (five years ago) Permalink

new album in a month, in fact

mookieproof, Sunday, 13 May 2012 17:45 (five years ago) Permalink


Evan, Monday, 14 May 2012 01:07 (five years ago) Permalink

I love the Spinanes, and they are very much not-the-sort-of-thing-I-usually-like.

Scott, bass player for Tenth Avenue North (Hurting 2), Monday, 14 May 2012 01:08 (five years ago) Permalink

Manos is really great, every song, particularly "Sunday."
― BlastsOfStatic (BlastsofStatic), Monday, September 20, 2004 9:59 AM (7 years ago)

Good, I found what I would have said.

Evan, Monday, 14 May 2012 01:16 (five years ago) Permalink

Very good news. I think she's been working on that thing for a while. The Spinanes are great and Ruby Series was also great. I'm way looking forward to this.

She opened for the Decemberists show I saw. She was really good, and I was sooooo thrilled that she performed "Hawaiian Baby" (one of the best songs ever), but I got the distinct impression that 99% of the audience could not give even one tenth of a fuck. Such a shame.

Bob Bop Perano (Deric W. Haircare), Monday, 14 May 2012 02:05 (five years ago) Permalink

Manos was one of my favorite records in high school, haven't heard it in so long. I never heard any of the following albums, would like to hear her covering Arthur Russell!

JacobSanders, Monday, 14 May 2012 02:33 (five years ago) Permalink

We are about to begin fund-raising in order to complete and release the album.

Hopefully this has worked. She's on tour in the US SW now I see.

curmudgeon, Monday, 14 May 2012 02:53 (five years ago) Permalink

would like to hear her covering Arthur Russell!

it was so good!

I know I said this already but Imp Years is some of the finest indie rock the 90's had to offer.

I will totally listen to this new rec, need to catch up.

sleeve, Monday, 14 May 2012 02:53 (five years ago) Permalink

I wanna clarify, because I'm surprised by the relative lack of discussion of it in this thread (aside from the general agreement that it is, indeed, fantastic), that "Hawaiian Baby" is one of the best songs ever because it's maybe the best breakup song ever. It's pretty much the Platonic ideal of utilizing very specific and very personal details in the service of encapsulating a universal experience (in this case, the melancholy of sorting through post-breakup memories and miscellany).

Bob Bop Perano (Deric W. Haircare), Monday, 14 May 2012 03:07 (five years ago) Permalink

Manos and the stars are insane both remind of great high school late nights.

JacobSanders, Monday, 14 May 2012 03:31 (five years ago) Permalink

Also wanna rep for Arches & Aisles. That album is super underrated. It's different from the first two, but it has that amazing and sunny late-'90s John McEntire production and feels of a piece with TNT (and maybe Dots and Loops, to a lesser extent).

Bob Bop Perano (Deric W. Haircare), Monday, 14 May 2012 03:47 (five years ago) Permalink

the first time i heard the spinanes was on a mixtape i got from a girl who lived in houston (her grandmother lived down the street from us which is how we met, she had green hair and i was in love) anyway she made me this tape with Helium, Tsunami, Crayon field mice, even the Sundays and the Smiths and Spitfire by the Spinanes. i was a bus boy on the weekends and mowed lawns, after her first few tapes, i started spending all of my money through mail order catalogs.

JacobSanders, Monday, 14 May 2012 04:13 (five years ago) Permalink

Also wanna rep for Arches & Aisles. That album is super underrated.

Co-sign. Just the way it starts, with the chippy-happy bongos (or whatever) immediately brings a smile to my face.

I was really underwhelmed by her solo mini-album, though. There was just... something... missing.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Tuesday, 15 May 2012 00:51 (five years ago) Permalink

I wish they'd done a whole album....

dlp9001, Tuesday, 15 May 2012 02:13 (five years ago) Permalink

Stupid youtube...

dlp9001, Tuesday, 15 May 2012 02:14 (five years ago) Permalink

Co-sign. Just the way it starts, with the chippy-happy bongos (or whatever) immediately brings a smile to my face.

"Kid In Candy" = pretty perfect pop.

I serve at the pleasure of Dr. Dre and a team of Sorbonne scientists. (R Baez), Tuesday, 15 May 2012 02:22 (five years ago) Permalink

Gates was at the time experimenting with R&B, covering songs by Aaliyah ("Are You That Somebody?") and TLC ("No Scrubs") in concert, and the sultry vibe of that genre also informed her singing in the studio.

Haven't found these on youtube. I saw her do "No Scrubs."

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 15 May 2012 02:44 (five years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Rebecca has a full-length solo album out, "The Float". I've listened to it a couple of times and it's growing on me, though it's mostly gentle and I miss the swagger of The Spinanes. Still, the closing track in particular is great.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Thursday, 5 July 2012 17:47 (five years ago) Permalink

More tour dates for Gates and the Consortium. But grrr, I will be away on vacation when she's in my neighborhood

07/20/12 – Philadelphia, PA – Milkboy
07/21/12 – Brooklyn, NY – Rock Shop Brooklyn
07/22/12 – Somerville, MA – Radio Bar
07/26/12 – Washington, DC – Black Cat DC
07/27/12 – Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506
07/28/12 – Columbus, OH – Double Happiness
07/29/12 – Chicago, IL – The Hideout

curmudgeon, Thursday, 5 July 2012 19:16 (five years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

oh fuck i missed those dates, was kind of hibernating in july. dammit.

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Friday, 5 October 2012 21:14 (five years ago) Permalink

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