When Dan and Liz moved from Brooklyn to Providence, RI, we thought we'd be seeing a lot more of them round these parts. We thought the same thing when Kim and Thurston movied to Northampton, but in both cases, it ain't quite worked out that way. Aside from a memorable First Night show a few years back when the Littletons showed up with their pals the Defevers, we haven't seen much of them. So we're psyched to hear that Ida is making a rare live appearance this fall at the Museum of Fine Arts -- which has become an unlikely indierock hotbed thanks to MFA music coordinator Dan Hirsch. Ida will show up October 14 opening for Mekons' Jon Langford. Dan & Liz's next children's CD You Are My Little Bird -- we're on the record as admitting we like the kids' albums better than most of their recent "adult" material -- will come out this August on Smithsonian-Folkways. No word on a label for the next Ida album, which is "in the cooker, close to finished, but not done." They write: "This spring we finished tracking an album with michael hurley, many many good times. we played a couple more midnight rambles at levon helms barn, with even THE MAN himself as our drummer one night, when ruth was too pregnant to make the trip, and peter schickele sitting in on piano and harmonium for karla, who also couldn't make the trip. it was a very memorable night!!"
In the meantime, they're also looking for someone to redesign their website -- tech-folkies, get at them.