Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Opportunity, The American Dream

Guster is the latest to request crowdfunding prior to the release of their brand new album in early 2015. Not sure how many times a single band could go to the well so it'll be interesting to see if this is the new reality or just a necessary stopgap for now.

Kudos to Guster for getting creative however! Of course you'd expect to find the perks like digital downloads and autographed copies of CDs and vinyls, but unique for Guster's loyal fans are spending a day camping with the band, a personal confessional session with Adam, and a karaoke party with Brian. I would regret not mentioning the opportunities to "Shit Your Pants With Guster" and to receive a new Tesla bought by Guster (for a mere $150,000).


Me gusta Guster!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

It All Comes Back In Good Time

Shockingly, The Posies released their debut album way back in 1988! Yep. Failure is 26 years old. I am way older than that and feeling it when I learned that they recorded this when they were teenagers! Seriously? At Least For Now and Longest Line were written and recorded by teenagers?

Failure is a fun listen because of how raw and homemade it sounds, yet it is absolutely the dawn of one of the greatest power pop artists of our generation. Just like they've done with their Jellyfish releases, Omnivore Recordings is memorializing this benchmark in the band's history with a deluxe reissue due August 19. The album is "restored" and includes an extra batch of rare tunes with one previously unreleased.

This is history, Too Poppers. Educate thyself.


Friday, June 27, 2014

You Wish That I Would Write For You

Anybody have $5k to spare? I'd really like my very own Matthew Sweet song!

That's one of several incentives in his new Kickstarter campaign for a brand new "serious" album and "3D Art Project." Digital download, CD, vinyl, Skype call, a produced song, and a live house party are all available from between $8 and $10,000 as well as some original art. The custom song is a steal at $5,000!

Matthew is back home in Nebraska and needs your help. If Toad the Wet Sprocket can succeed at crowdfunding, I sure as hell hope Matthew does as well. Let's show him some good ol' Midwestern love. I'm in. You?


Monday, May 19, 2014

Did You Forget Me, Baby?

It's all a bit under the radar at the moment, but our beloved Matthew Sweet is hitting the road this summer for a tour seemingly titled The Matthew Sweet Rock Show. I guess there's no question whether he's headlining. Via matthewsweet.com...

FRI 7/11/14 Infinity Hall Norfolk, CT
SAT 7/12/14 Westhampton Beach PAC Westhampton Beach, NY
SUN 7/13/14 Sellersville Theater Sellersville, PA
TUE 7/15/14 Ram's Head Annapolis, MD
WED 7/16/14 The Birchmere Alexandria, VA
FRI 7/18/14 City Winery NYC, NY
SAT 7/19/14 Paradise Boston, MA
SUN 7/20/14 The Abbey Bar Harrisburg, PA
TUE 7/22/14 Club Cafe Pittsburgh, PA
WED 7/23/14 Beachland Ballroom Cleveland, OH
THU 7/24/14 Radio Radio Indianapolis, IN
FRI 7/25/14 City Winery Chicago, IL
SAT 7/26/14 Merchant Street Music Festival Kankakee, IL
TUE 7/29/14 Knucklehead’s Kansas City, MO
THU 7/31/14 Vega Lincoln, NE
SAT 8/2/14 SPACE Evanston, IL

Most dates already have tickets on sale. No news that I've seen about a new album, but my fingers are crossed.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Snug As Fuck

Liam Finn finally releases the follow-up to 2011's acclaimed FOMO next week. Pitchfork Advance is streaming the full album here with some instagrammy photos and vines short vids to go along with your listening pleasure.

Finn is pushing it to the edge again with The Nihilist, but being Neil's kid can't be easy (he even ends the album with a tune called Wrestle With Dad! Hmm). Liam is finding his way just fine!

Pitchfork Advance | Amazon

Bury Me Deep In Your Dreams

Matt Pond has released a new album via NoiseTrade called Skeletons and Friends. It's free as a thank you to supportive fans. But upon first listen, I feel a bit guilty about that. Of course you can tip on NoiseTrade and upon first listen it deserves a hefty one.

Perhaps strangely, it’s mostly about hope. Sometimes the forces surrounding will set you adrift, amiss in the sea of music.

Holy hell I can relate to that these days; a sea of music indeed. Beautiful. Enjoy.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

It's Just A Drop Of Rain

Justin Currie is best known as the lead singer-songwriter of Del Amitri, a band sadly best known for Roll To Me. In the Too Poppy Universe, Currie is one of the best songwriters of his generation; dry, melancholic, witty, and in its ultimate meaning, lyrical.

Out today - at least in US digital stores - is his latest solo album Lower Reaches. Allmusic.com calls it "a collection of road-ready, Scots-spun Americana that feels both loose and lived in." That's not the first time I've seen Currie called Americana and superficially I get it, but his songs are certainly more universal. Can't wait to download this one and I encourage you to do the same. In fact, dig deeper. Explore beyond Roll To Me and if you're a fan of contemplative, romantic, and often soul-crushing tunes then you will not regret it.

Official Site | Amazon | iTunes