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Chickfactor Celebrates 10th Anniversary with Shows, Comp

Catherine Lewis reports:
Perennially precocious indie chronicle Chickfactor is celebrating its 10-year anniversary with a slew of anniversary shows on two continents and a 21-track compilation CD with contributions from Low, Magnetic Fields, Marine Research, Dump (James McNew of Yo La Tengo), The Pacific Ocean (featuring Versus' Ed Baluyut and Containe's Connie Lovatt), Aislers Set, and many others. Gail O'Hara and Slumberland Records principal Pam Berry started Chickfactor in 1992. When Berry decided to focus her attention on her singing career (Black Tambourine, Glo-Worm, etc.), O'Hara continued to run Chickfactor on her own and is publishing its 15th issue this autumn, with Elisabeth from Solex on the cover.

The anniversary shows are spread over six nights in London, New York, and Washington, D.C. in September and October. Future Bible Heroes (the outfit featuring frontman Chris Ewen plus Stephin Merritt and Claudia Gonson from Magnetic Fields) and the Would-Be-Goods (featuring members of the Monochrome Set and Heavenly) are playing in all three cities, with other notables including Lois Maffeo, The Pacific Ocean, and an all-girl cover band including Maffeo, Fontaine Toups (Versus), Phoebe Summersquash (Godrays, Small Factory), and Kendall Meade (Mascott). Chickfactor co-founder Pam Berry is also reuniting her Glo-Worm project for the U.S. dates:

09-28 London, England - Bush Hall (Camera Obscura, The Montgolfier Brothers, Would-Be-Goods, Pipas)
09-29 London, England - Bush Hall (Future Bible Heroes, The Clientele, The Pines)
10-25 New York, NY - Fez (Lois Maffeo, Pipas, Glo-Worm, Honeybunch)
10-26 New York, NY - Fez (Would-Be-Goods, All Girl Summer Fun Band, The Pacific Ocean, Gilmore Tamny, The Legendary Jim Ruiz)
10-27 New York, NY - Fez: (Future Bible Heroes, The Aluminum Group, all-girl cover band)
10-29 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club (Future Bible Heroes, Would-Be-Goods, Pipas, Glo-Worm)

On October 29th, Chickfactor's label, Enchanté Records, will release its first-ever compilation, titled All's Fair In Love and...Chickfactor, with liner notes written by Belle & Sebastian's Stevie Jackson (The Boy with the Arab Strap's "Chickfactor" was inspired by the zine). The compilation will feature a number of exclusive tracks, as well as a few tracks available here for the first time in the U.S. or for the first time on CD. Tracklist:

01 Pipas - "Wells Street"
02 Dump - "Last Minute"
03 Would-Be-Goods - "Leave My Mind Alone"
04 The Magnetic Fields - "I Don't Believe You"
05 The Pacific Ocean - "I'm Part Of Everything Again"
06 Low - "Those Girls (Song For Nico)"
07 Shannon Wright - "I Started A Joke"
08 The Legendary Jim Ruiz - "Ariel"
09 The Pines - "Kisses And Fog"
10 The Clientele - "Rain"
11 April March - "Mon Ange Gardien"
12 Flare - "Where's The Boy That I Once Knew?"
13 The Aislers Set - "Summer's Reprise"
14 The Foxgloves - "Daystar"
15 Gilmore Tamny - "Simple & Fragrant"
16 Stuart Moxham - "Save It"
17 Marine Research - "Angel In The Snow"
18 Hercules featuring The Fan Modine - "Hurricane"
19 True Love Always - "Mediterranean"
20 Graeme Downes - "Mastercontrol"
21 The Cannanes with Steward - "Astra"

Chickfactor is also pleased to launch an all-new web site, with design direction from Magnetic Fields guest vocalist/Chickfactor co-design director L.D. Beghtol. The site has oodles of archived interviews and crazy polls for hours of indie-rock reading fun (and I should know, I'm the webmistress).

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.: Originally published: 09 September 2002
.: Items mentioned above on The Boy With the Arab Strap (Belle and Sebastian, 1998).