(sent on 2005-11-25)

Thanks to everyone who made it out to last week's CD release show! There was an amazing crowd on hand and we had a great time sharing the new record with everyone.

For those of you who missed it, never fear! Our next gig is in just a couple of weeks -- we'll be at the Empty Bottle on Saturday, December 10, playing with British psych-pop band The Earlies (on Secretly Canadian), on their first U.S. tour, and local favorites Dogme 95. So, you know, mark your calendars.

In other news, we just changed the look of our website to something a bit snazzier. Perhaps most exciting, the new site includes a Flash audio player, which allows you to listen to FULL VERSIONS of just about everything we've ever released! Thanks to Brandon Durham for the site's design and Colin Sheaff for its implementation. Check it out!

Meanwhile, We Were Set Up continues to attract excellent press. The Onion says the album "brims with bright, lush melodies, a suitably askew mix of instruments … and smartly constructed songs that balance traditional pop and indie-minded subversiveness" and that it "begs for the attention of a big label." In a three-star review, The Daily Herald considers it "earnest, literate and lonely in all the right spots … exemplary gentle pop, never cloying and almost always catchy as heck." Meanwhile, The Sun-Times insists that the record captures "the eclectic nature of the band's songbook" with "unpredictable arrangements" and the Chicago Reader calls us "one of Chicago's best pop bands" and notes that we "work a melody the way a metal band works a riff, as both a signature and a weapon." Rock on! Visit our press page for the full rundown:

If you haven't yet picked up your copy of the record, you can do so online at We're also currently putting copies in various area record retailers, including Tower Records, Reckless Records, Dr. Wax, Laurie's Planet of Sound, Hard Boiled, Record Emporium, and Val's Halla Records. Check the above store page for the complete list soon.

Cheers, and happy Thanksgiving!

~ Canasta ~

Saturday, December 10
@ Empty Bottle


Showtime: 10 PM / Canasta: 11 PM
$10 / 21+
Empty Bottle - 1035 N. Western Ave. - Chicago / Directions / Parking