Saturday, October 22, 2011


Mazzy Star Returns from the Semi-Dead

Hello everyone,

It's been fifteen years since Mazzy Star last released an album (1996's Among My Swan), and during that time, rumors have circulated every so often about recording sessions, new record deals, aborted albums, re-unions, etc. While David Roback and Hope Sandoval have played live shows together from time to time (most notably in 2000 and 2008-2009), no new Mazzy Star material has ever seen the light of day. However, their latest announcement (October 17) indicates a new single, "Common Burn / Lay Myself Down," will be released at the end of the month, with an album to follow at some point. To hear a small snippet from "Common Burn," click here. Pretty exciting news, but let's hope this legendarily mercurial and hermetical band doesn't decide to pull the plug before the release date (stranger things have been known to happen!).

17 comments:

  1. Awesome. I'll keep my fingers crossed.

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  2. Hope played live shows with her own band, Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions in recent years, '09 & '10, but I believe the last time she & David played together was in '03 at guitarist Bert Jansch's 60th birthday celebration concert in London(sadly, Bert just died recently). The last Mazzy tour was a short tour of Europe in 2000. It's memorable partly 'cause they played a lot of rare unreleased songs on that tour, Hope's voice was in excellent form, plus there are well recorded audio files findable from the tour, easiest to find being a 2000 Copenhagen concert, the only one I've found so far. Looking forward to a Mazzy world tour 2012!

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  3. MAZE, it's looking like they will actually release something this time around. When it happens, I'll post it here

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  4. Jimmy, you're welcome. I'm very excited about this

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  5. Bobb999, thank you for the comment. Do you, by any chance, have the Copenhagen concert in FLAC?

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  6. Thanks for the good news. Had a crush on Hope Sandoval in my younger years. Such a unique voice.

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  7. Hi:
    No, I don't have Mazzy, Copenhagen 2000 in FLAC, just MP3. Sure, it would be nice to have it in FLAC, but the sound quality at the show & the recording of it are both so good, the MP3 sounds better than the couple of other Mazzy shows I do have in FLAC. For those who might be interested, hopefully this download link still works:

    -Mazzy live, Copenhagen June 4, 2000, with 7 rare songs:
    http://megaupload.com/?d=RDFDGQHZ

    Also, here's another with rare Mazzy songs:
    -Mazzy live, Woody's NYC 1990, 4 more rare songs:
    http://rapidshare.com/#!download|273l35|396168758|Mazzy.Star.Live.Woodys.1990.rar|44853

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  8. suedehead, me too; in fact, I'm not sure I ever got over it!

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  9. Bobb999, thank you! If I ever find these in FLAC (assuming they even exist); I'll post them

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  10. dear god yes, best news in a dog's age!

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  11. wytchcroft, I feel the same. I really needed some news like this

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  12. FYI, the new single has now been posted here in MP3 320:

    http://laspikedelycmusic.bloguez.com/laspikedelycmusic/3050532/Mazzy-Star-Common-Burn-Single-2011-320

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  13. How about the b-side "Lay Myself Down", any download link?
    Cheers

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  14. Flavio C. D'Almeida, haven't seen one yet, but I'll drop a link here in these comments if one pops up

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  15. Got it! Here's teh link:
    http://www.mediafire.com/?b3kdutd0z56ii40

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