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Thrill Jockey Signs Tom Verlaine

Thrill Jockey has signed Television singer/guitarist Tom Verlaine, whose label debut is expected in early 2006. In the meantime, Thrill Jockey is planning a fall reissue of Verlaine’s 1992 instrumental album, “Warm and Cool,” originally released by Rykodisc. “Warm and Cool” finds the artist backed by Television bassist Fred Smith and drummer Billy Ficca, as well as Patti Smith Band drummer Jay Dee Daugherty and bassist Patrick A. Derivaz. It was released a few months before Television’s self-titled comeback album for Capitol. The original 14-track album will be expanded with eight bonus tracks that comprise improvised “pieces that could have been much longer but for me had a charm being brief,” Verlaine says in the liner notes. Television has a handful of European dates on calendar this summer, including appearances next week at the Patti Smith-curated Meltdown Festival in London. (Via Billboard)
Here are Television’s tour dates:
June 20-21: London (Meltdown Festival)
June 22: Bristol, England (Academy)
June 23: Manchester, England (Academy 2)
July 15: Utrecht, Holland (Tivoli)
July 16: Mons, Belgium (Dour Festival)
July 17: Paris (Bataclan)