Some bands make it so difficult for me to let go of them despite their practice of not releasing anything on a consistent basis. Cinjun and Shelby Tate of Spartan Fidelity have made an art form out of this, releasing b-sides and taste testers of new material on what seems a regular, bi-annual basis. This sparse release effort has been just enough to keep me tide over in hope that someday they will release their second installment in the Excava trilogy.
But when Cinjun was joined on stage last July with other members of Remy Zero it seemed as though Spartan Fidelity had been put on the back burner indefinitely. Fortunately, it looks as though fans of the brothers Tate are getting the best of both worlds as some new studio demos have emerged from Remy Zero onto the playlists at KCRW as well as a new EP from Spartan Fidelity that appear to be excerpts from the future release of Excava-22. We can't share with you the new tunes but with thought we put up some rarities to hopefully get you to go and buy the new 3-song EP.
[mp3] Spartan Fidelity – The Hollows (Version 2)
[mp3] Remy Zero – Cardonelet (Unreleased)
In other news, the virtuous Shelby Tate has moved to Cambodia to live on the beach and has started a website that sells paintings created by Cambodian children to raise money for their well being. On the SF message board he explained it as such:
shelby here.i now live in cambodia,on the beach.i made a website to sell the paintings by the impoverished kids who live on the beach.the money all goes for food,medicine,supplies for them.they love to paint and they're great!!!!
Go and do a good deed today and buy one of these great little paintings. They are some of the cutest things ever and some are down right artistic. Most run for around $25 and $5 for shipping and all the money goes to helping children in need.