One of my favorite bands of all time, the Olivia Tremor Control, are apparently reuniting to play at the Vincent Gallo(!)-curated 2005 incarnation of the All Tomorrow's Parties festival in the UK.
From Pitchfork Media's James Gregory:
"First, none other than creepy The Brown Bunny/Buffalo 66 director Vincent Gallo has been selected as this year's master of ceremonies...or, as he's been officially dubbed, the "curator." What this actually means, according to the festival's website, is that Gallo will be personally selecting the entire lineup for the event. In a recent post, tour organizers unflinchingly stand by their man. "He has probably the biggest and one of the best record collections of anyone I know, and I know from what he is planning, this ATP is gonna be fucking great."
So anyway, let's try to be fair for a moment. What about the music Mr. Gallo has in store for attendees? While a full and 100% reliable list of artists is yet to be confirmed on the ATP website, a recent email to Pitchfork from Olivia Tremor Control bassist John Fernandes indicated that this year's festival will include performances from: PJ Harvey, Magazine, Yoko Ono, Black Dice, Gang Gang Dance, James Chance and the Contortions, the Blues Explosion, Magik Markers, Autolux, Peaches, and... Olivia Tremor Control.
"Olivia Tremor Control?!" our readers exclaim. "I love them! But didn't they, like, break up or something??"
One of the founders of the now-defunct Elephant 6 musical collective (along with Neutral Milk Hotel and the Apples in Stereo), Olivia Tremor Control has long been considered on indefinite hiatus following the tour in support of their last studio album, 1999's Smile/Revolver scramble Black Foliage: Animation Music. And while breakup rumors have been swirling in the ensuing years, Fernandes now tells Pitchfork that all five of the original band members have decided to join forces once again for the upcoming show."
(Read the rest of Gregory's piece for more on OLT.)
[thanks to my friend Kathy Harr for this tip]