e.mp3">'L.A. is the place to be, and if it's not as shocking as it used to be ...': So begins the first raw-as-blood cut off Tsar's new record, downloadable here (if that don't work, go to the Hollywood Records site and follow the instructions from the pop-up window).

If any of you have ever wondered about any disconnect between the band's punishing stage show and its polished first record (which I just love), then the sophomore effort should answer the riddle. Also, if you cross your fingers, there might even be a Whalen/Welch composition on the new CD....

Posted by at July 8, 2003 10:34 PM

But I don't see anything about a new album on their website or the record company website, and Amazon doesn't have it. Is this some sort of evil trick?

Posted by: Mike at July 9, 2003 12:40 PM

L.A. is certainly where you do *not* want to be, if you are Gary what's-his-face at the NY Times, who helpfully informs us that he "despises" LA. See: http://www.iht.com/articles/102467.html

Posted by: gregor at July 12, 2003 02:10 AM

Mike -- Release details still haven't been set in stone, as far as I understand. They are, I believe, putting out a single in September on some local indie/punk label ... forget what the A side is, but the B side is a 5/4 Brit-punky song called "Creature in Disguise," or "Killer Tsar" or something. I think the album will be released by Hollywood in the fall. It was just finished in the last week or two.

Posted by: Matt Welch at July 13, 2003 07:55 PM

If they're so good, why do they have such a dumb, politically irresponsible name?

Posted by: teddy ron at July 15, 2003 11:05 AM
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