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more ftp troubles, updated FAQ.
hey folks, so far i've got the address for the ftp site...
but i'm having trouble logging in. system wants a password
and it won't accept "visitor" or "guest" or my email address...
if anyone's had success logging in i'd appreciate some advice.
i can get read-only access with my web browser but want i
want to do is make a discographies subdirectory and upload
those so that people without web access can get them.
p.s. here's a slightly expanded edition of the FAQ, and the
updated info-resources list. keep those suggestions comin'...
sloan net FAQ - last update september 25, 1996
Q: Where did Sloan get their name?
A: Apparently they had a friend whose nickname
was "Sloan", a contraction of "Slow One." They
are not named after the famed manufacturer of
Q: Are Chris Murphy and Matt Murphy related?
Q: In the lyrics of "Underwhelmed", there's the
strange line "she told me to loosen up, on the way
to the LC." What the heck is an "LC"?
A: In Nova Scotia, only government-run stores and
boutiques are allowed to sell alchohol. The
department responsible for this is the Nova Scotia
Liquor Commission, or NSLC. So someone going to
the "LC" is going to the Liquor Commission, i.e.
Q: Where can I find copies of Dames Dames and
Inherit the Median Strip?
A: Those are personal projects that were never
published. You can ask the author, Laura Borealis
<snobshop\!/aol.com>, about them.
Q: Is "Coax Me" about Nirvana?
A: No. If you're looking for an interpretative
context for the lyrics about "his widow", we
suggest you think Yoko Ono. As for the Nirvana
connection on _Twice Removed_, well, the story
goes that the lyrics to "Pen Pals" were
constructed out of actual fan letters to Kurt
Q: What is a "sizzleteen"?
A: It's just a name that Jay Ferguson took (in the
lyrics of "Snowsuit Sound") from a Superconductor
off-shoot band in Vancouver. Then Mike Pick used
it again in the Hardship Post song "My Secret
Q: Is the split 7" where Sloan and Eric's Trip
cover each other still available?
A: No. However, both songs are available
elsewhere. The Sloan cover of Eric's Trip,
"Stove/Smother", is on the DGC CD/cassette _DGC
Rarities Vol. 1_. The Eric's Trip cover of Sloan,
"Laying Blame", is on the Cinnamon Toast singles
complilation CD/LP _Trim Crusts If Desired_.
Q: Where can I find copies of the early Eric's
Trip cassette releases?
A: Nowhere. They were sold out years ago and were
never released by any label. The only pre-SubPop
ET release still available is the _Peter_ EP on
Q: What about the "Belong" 7" single?
A: It was released on NIM records of Moncton but
is now out of print.
Q: Have Eric's Trip broken up?
A: Yes. Rick and Mark, along with Tara, are now
pursuing Elevator to Hell as a fulltime project.
Julie is going to do a second Broken Girl
full-length record for Sub Pop. Chris has
recently released a second Moonsocket full-length
CD on Sappy. There will be an Eric's Trip
rareties CD released.
Q: Have the Hardship Post broken up?
A: Yes. After the Human Touch tour, where Seb and
Mike tried to go it as a duo, Alyson MacLeod
(ex-drummer of jale) joined the band. They
recorded an album's worth of demos but the only
record to be released by that version of the band
is a 7" single on Squirtgun featuring a Mike song
and an Alyson song. Now that version has called
it quits too.
HOW TO FIND THE INFORMATION YOU WANT.
(ask a friendly label mogul today!)
We do our best to avoid cluttering Sloan Net
with requests for information about record release
dates, tour schedules, and that sort of thing. A
lot of people sign on to Sloan Net looking for
music information, and sometimes do not realize
that with a little perserverance, you can usually
find the information you want *elsewhere*. Here's
a breakdown of main sources.
SLOAN - There is an excellent Sloan website
maintained by Heather MacEachern and Shawn Morris.
There's a lot of interviews and articles archived
there that can offer you a lot of basic background
about Sloan and the Halifax scene, not to mention
tour dates, photos, lyrics, tab, and other stuff.
"The Official Sloan Website"
"Heather MacEachern" <maenon\!/webgate.net>
"Shawn Morris" <shawnm\!/webgate.net>
If the information you want about that upcoming
Sloan gig can't be found on the web site, and if
you live in Canada, than try MCA Records Canada.
Sloan are not an MCA artist per se, but MCA is
their exclusive distributor. So if you want info
about tour dates, locations, etc., why not get in
touch with friendly Cori Ferguson, who is the MCA
rep in charge of Sloan publicity?
"Cori Ferguson" <Fergusoc\!/mca.com>
MURDERECORDS - You're probably aware that Sloan
run a record label of their own, located in
Halifax. Right now, the most prominent bands that
call Murder home are Sloan, the Super Friendz, and
the Local Rabbits. Thrush Hermit have moved on to
Elektra (but don't look for them on the Elektra
home page because they haven't been added yet).
Murder has an extensive back catalogue of cool
records that includes Eric's Trip, jale, and
Hardship Post. For catalogues, tour schedules, and
all other inquiries, send them email!
SUB POP - A lot of east coast music has been
released on Sub Pop: jale, Eric's Trip, and the
Hardship Post for starters, and lately, Elevator
to Hell, Broken Girl, Purple Knight, and
Moonsocket. Sub Pop maintains all sorts of
continually-updated useful information about
tours and releases, which can be accessed through
their automated email server instantly!
To find out how to take advantage of this service,
send the message GET EMAIL HELP (within the main
body of your text and at the beginning of a new
Sub Pop also have a big website at www.subpop.com.
CINNAMON TOAST RECORDS - The main bands on
Cinnamon Toast records these days are Plumtree and
Rebecca West (that means that for tour info on
those bands, cinnamon Toast are the people to
ask). And there's again an extensive back
catalogue that you should check out (like their
compilation LP that includes Hardship Post, Eric's
Trip, jale, and Bubaiskull). And yes, they have
an email address.
"cinnamon Toast records" <msg\!/ra.isisnet.com>
SAPPY RECORDS - Run by Julie Doiron Claytor and her
husband Jon. Full-length CDs by Broken Girl and
Moonsocket and a plethora of 7" singles. Jon and
Julie are not online, but their friend Ron Bates,
who plays in Orange Glass (3 singles on Sappy!) is.
He doesn't work for Sappy but he's a good source of
information and can pass messages on to Julie and
"ron bates" <batesr\!/nbnet.nb.ca>
You can also write Sappy directly via snail mail.
PO Box 25097
SQUIRTGUN RECORDS - With a forthcoming full-length
project from Orange Glass, not to mention the
swan-song 7" from the Hardship Post, indie mogul
Lee Maslin also distributes Sappy product in
Ontario (and so he's also a good person to ask
about Sappy stuff). Check out the _More of Our
Stupid Noise_ compilation CD that features a lot
of East Coast bands.
"squirtgun records" <squirtgn\!/enterprise.ca>
PF RECORDS - The Inbreds have moved to Halifax
from Kingston, Ontario, and brought their little
label with them. Highlights include older Inbreds
releases as well as a new split 7" with Plumtree.
You can subscribe to the Inbreds discussion list
at aa265\!/torfree.net or check out their web page
at http://www.xe.net/inbreds/. Drummer Dave
Ullrich answers their email.
"Dave Ullrich" <kombinet\!/ra.isisnet.com>
DERIVATIVE RECORDS - The main bands for Montreal's
tastemongers these days are Sportsguitar from
Switzerland and Pest 5000 from Montreal. They're
obviously not East Coast bands but both are worth
your attention (and bucks) if clever indie-pop is
your thing. The back catalogue features jale,
Eric's Trip, and Moonsocket, so East Coast fans
should take note.
NO RECORDS - Purveyors of Cool Blue Halo, Madhat,
and the Grace Babies. Also accessible by email.
"NO records" <aa551\!/ccn.cs.dal.ca>
SNOB SHOP - An enterprise of the multitalented
Laura Borealis. Forthcoming releases from
Crappo 2 and Stinkin' Rich, as well as that
spiffy pink 10" Snob Shop record.
"Snob Shop" <snobshop\!/aol.com>
ANT RECORDS - Best known for cassette releases by
the Motes and Six Too.
"ant records" <macdan\!/mail.atcon.com>
DAYDREAM RECORDS - You have Daydream Records to
blame for the domination of today's indie culture
by the State Champs. We know you're tired of
reading about them in every major newspaper and
magazine, but we still advise you to buy their
records. We're also distributors of various and
sundry marginal east coast indie nuggets.
"daydream records" <af557\!/ccn.cs.dal.ca>
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