An Open Letter To All Australians: I Demand More Avalanches News

Jan 13th, 2009 // 21 Comments

If Australian radio station Triple J is going to tease news about the Avalanches, who have been largely silent since the 2000 release of Since I Left You, I’m going to demand constant and through updates. On Dec. 2, the station’s website reported that a completed Avalanches disc would be in the hands of their Australian label Modular by Christmas. Well, Christmas is in the world’s collective rearview mirror at this point, and while I’m not expecting a leak or anything, could Triple J cough up a picture of Darren Seltmann handing the master to Modular head Steve Pavlovic? Radio 1 played “Since I Left You” on Saturday, and while a new album might be a massive Chinese Democracy-style disappointment, at least it would end the mystery. [Triple J]

  1. Ned Raggett

    Almost ten years — hey, that obliquely reminds me, was there ever a universally accepted name for this decade, anyway? We had the Nineties, we’re about to hit the Tens, and then there’s this one and nobody could agree on any shorthand.

  2. MayhemintheHood

    @Ned Raggett: The Knots?

  3. How do I say this ... THROWDINI!

    Speaking of which, I’m going to Australia (Sydney) and New Zealand (Auckland) next month. Does anyone know the frequencies of the “idolator-approved” radio stations in those cities? Like this Triple J I guess. I’d like to check them out when I’m down there.

  4. Anonymous

    @Ned Raggett: The Brits like to call them “the Noughties” but the phrase makes me shudder. I occasionally call them “the Nots” which makes more sense, given the economic climate, but that, too, feels kind of skeevy.

    I have been waiting for this Avalanches album for at least 2 years. Someone asked me recently what I didn’t get for Christmas and that was my answer.

  5. natepatrin

    @Ned Raggett: “The Shitties”.

  6. BaseballBookshelf

    If anything comes close to half the fun of “Frontier Psychiatry,” then the wait will be worth it.

  7. Ned Raggett

    @natepatrin: Winner.

  8. joshuaryan

    The current delay might have to do with clearing samples. I mean the last album had 3000+. (I can’t speak for the other 6 or 7 years)

    That being said, after falling head over heels in love with “Since I Left You”, this album is the album I have been eagerly looking forward to since 2001.

  9. Chris Molanphy

    Man, are all you Since I Left You fans hip enough to have actually heard the album in 2000? I know that’s when it dropped in Australia, but it didn’t get a U.K. release until spring 2001, and the U.S. got it that November.

    I remember falling in love with it over the holiday season of ’01 — vividly, because it single-handedly nursed my battered psyche in the months after 9/11. Still one of the greatest albums of the Shitties.

  10. silkyjumbo

    @BaseballBookshelf: right on.

  11. natepatrin

    @Chris Molanphy: I technically count it as a 2000 album, but the winter strech of late 2001/early 2002 when Since I Left You, Rooty and Discovery were in my discman’s heavy rotation was some kind of time.

  12. Ned Raggett

    @Chris Molanphy: Honestly I don’t know when I first heard it but mp3 sharing was already thriving and a slew of us had some good Australian connections there…

  13. Audif Jackson Winters III

    I remember Avalanches coming to the attention of a lot of people in LA and SFO when they did a Breezeblock set on Radio 1, which I think was in early 2001.

  14. SpeedingUptoStop

    How come no one told me “Ray of Zdarlight” was an Avalanches song? Man, I’ve been hearing this on DJ mixes for years. Just beautiful. This record will be, like, the best thing ever.

  15. Cam/ron

    @Ned Raggett: Many journalists used to call our decade the “Aughties” but I prefer The Decade Which Has No Name.

    I hope that the Avalanches do something more than simply stitch together a thousand samples again. Their last album was great for its time (back when many artists discovered they could cram a hundred samples into one track via computer, rather than relying on the old MPC sampler), but their love for dorky Sixties samples hasn’t aged well.

  16. cookiedough

    I first listened to “Since I Left You” last summer, in 2008 (I was 10 when it first came out), and I’m so excited for the new album. I heard the rumor about the Avalanches turning in the master tapes to the Modular guys on Christmas, and I’ve been trying to confirm it ever since. No news. Also, what do you think of this? It’s a “NEW AVALANCHES TRACK!!!!”

    I think it’s probz fake, but it’s rather pleasant.

  17. moulty

    @cookiedough: Yeah it sounds like a mellower “Frontier Psychiatrist”, not half as good and probably not real. Nine years is a lot of time to turn into a self-parody act, I guess, but I’d hope The ‘Lanches could concoct with something better than that. Then again, “Since I Left You” is just about my favorite album of the decade, so expectations are high.

  18. Psicosis

    Modular will probably go bust before the album is released.

  19. Anonymous

    @How do I say this … THROWDINI!: Best station in Auckland by light years is 95bFM. You can take it for an advance stream here:

    Want some gig recommendations?

  20. cookiedough

    @moulty: I agree on it not being as good. It just doesn’t have the magic “Since I Left You” has, but, like I said, it’s a nice little song.

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