To our fellow fun N. Americans:

Please allow me to streeeetch for a second. Years ago freestyle wonder woman Debbie Deb sang in her hit Lookout Weekend:

“Jumping music, slick deejays, fog machines and laser rays

Lookout weekend cause, here I come
Because weekends were made for fun

I work hard, everyday, its all work and no play
With the boss on my back, he don’t give me any slack
I sit down, I daydream of how my weekends gonna be

Lookout weekend cause, here I come
Because weekends were made for fun”

I think what Miss Deb describes above is much like seeing a Ponytail show…its a release, a party, a cathartic getaway from the life around you. I have laid witness to Ponytail over and over, and the feeling never dwindles and the sounds never dull. Their faces are always illuminating and it transfers to your heart and grins. Your world is the now and it feels amazing. Its the sheeeezbaum!

So maybe its not exactly the weekend, and maybe Ponytail doesn’t have laser rays, but who the hell doesn’t want fun?
See you there.

Sir James Winnie
We Are Free

Ponytail Tour Dates:
3.28 Kay Spiritual Life Center/American University Washington DC w/ Los Campesinos!
3.29 Filmore at the TLA Philadelphia, PA
4.1 TT the Bears Cambridge, MA
4.2 Fuel the Rocket Club (Dartmouth College) Hanover, NH
4.23 DC9 Washington DC
4.24 Eclectic House Wesleyan, CT
4.25 Music Hall of Williamsburg Brooklyn, NY w/ Marnie Stern, Think About Life
4.26 Iron Horse Northampton, MA
4.27 Monkey House Burlington, CT
4.28 La Sala Rossa Montreal, QUEBEC
4.29 The Deleon White Gallery Toronto, ONTARIO
4.30 PIke Room Detroit, MI
5.1 Rubble Bar Mt. Pleasant, MI
5.3 Schubas Chicago, IL
5.4 Jackpot Lawrence, KS w/ Vivian Girls
5.5 Hi-Dive Denver, CO
5.7 Kilby Court Salt Lake City, UT
5.8 Neurolux Boise, ID
5.9 Vera Project Seattle, WA
5.10 Holocene Portland, OR
5.12 Bottom of the Hill San Francisco, CA
5.13 Howie and Sons Visalia, CA
5.15 The Echo Los Angeles, CA
5.16 Acrobatics Everyday Irvine, CA
5.17 Phix Gallery Phoenix, AZ
5.19 Bash Riprocks Lubbock, TX
5.20 Emo’s Austin, TX Chaos in Tejas pre-party
5.21 The Cavern Dallas, TX
5.22 The Bottletree Brimingham, AL
5.23 529 Atlanta, GA
5.24 Local 506 Chapel Hill, NC
5.25 The Ottobar Baltimore, MD



On May 8th, Dirty Projectors and Björk will be collaborating for a one-night only benefit show at the Housing Works Bookstore in Manhattan. The event was curated by Stereogum senior writer Brandon Stosuy and will feature an original piece composed by Dirty Projectors’ David Longstreth. The material will pair Björk and Longstreth with the Dirty Projectors’ Amber Coffman, Angel Deradoorian, and Haley Dekle. There will be two openers, Kurt Weisman chosen by Longstreth and Ólöf Arnalds chosen by Björk. All proceeds will go to Housing Works, a non-profit established to provide services for homeless men, women, and children living with HIV and AIDS. For ticket information, please visit the Housing Works website.

A survey of Dirty Projectors’ history reveals the kind of senseless, anarchic variety that often accompanies those ahead-of-the-curve innovators who can’t quite hold their shit together. The discography ranges from Prince-style auteur studio production (The Glad Fact) to orchestrated song-cycle (Slaves’ Graves and Ballads), from basic voice-and-acoustic-guitar plainsong to outre global rock music (Rise Above). Bold, surrealist gambits — like a Black Flag album rewritten from memory, or an opera about Don Henley as a composite Hernán Cortés and Steven Dedalus — are layered over a musical fabric that is itself new to the point of strangeness. What unites these wildly divergent approaches is Longstreth’s voice — a searching, Plantesque instrument — and a kind of John Coltrane spirituality: an equation of honesty with innovation, and an insistence on the redemptive, ecstatic delight of challenge. Bitte Orca, the band’s forthcoming new album, is out June 9 on Domino Records.

Dirty Projectors will also be touring this spring, opening for TV on the Radio. All shows listed below.


FRI 5/22 – Oakland, CA – Fox Oakland Theater

SAT 5/23 – Portland – Roseland Theater

MON 5/25 – Vancouver – Malkin Bowl

WED 5/27 – Edmonton – Edmonton Events Centre

THUR 5/28 – Calgary – Macewan Hall

FRI 5/29 – Saskatoon – Louis’ Pub

SAT 5/30 – Winnipeg – Burton Cummings Theatre

TUE 6/2 – Toronto – Sound Academy

WED 6/3 – Montrea – Metropolis

THUR 6/4 – Boston – HOB

FRI 6/5 – New York – Summerstage

SAT 6/6 – Baltimore – Metro Gallery – w/ A Place To Bury Strangers

MON 6/8 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club

TUE 6/9 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club

WED 6/10 – Richmond, VA – The National

THUR 6/11 – Charlotte, NC – Amos’ Southend

*All shows with TV on the Radio except June 6th



Half Rock Tour, Half Environmental Campaign Aims To Inspire and Activate Students to Think and Act “Green”

Heading into the fourth annual Campus Consciousness Tour, Boston favorite Guster, teams up once again with the environmental action group Reverb educating and encouraging students to take part in earth-friendly practices. Reverb, a non-profit environmental organization founded by Guster’s guitarist/vocalist Adam Gardner and his environmentalist wife Lauren Sullivan, educates and engages musicians and their fans to promote environmental sustainability.

“After the incredible student response to the 1st Campus Consciousness Tour in 2006, we decided to make it an annual thing,” says Gardner. “Now in its 4th year, I am still blown away by the students’ passion to make a real change on their campuses and beyond. So far, the CCT has reached over 300,000 students face-to-face on campuses across the country, kept 1.7 million pounds of carbon dioxide from the air, used over 8,000 gallons of biodiesel, and partnered with over 140 campus environmental groups.”

This year’s Campus Consciousness Tour kicks off on April 7th at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. The 12-date run will include daytime environmental activities on campus, and culminate with an interactive Eco-Village at each concert. The Eco-Village will feature alternative energy and transportation exhibits, campus, local and national environmental groups, eco-friendly product sampling, and several calls to action in which students can win prizes like an autographed First Act guitar and a Specialized bike.

This year, the Tour’s main partners include the Sustainable BioDiesel Alliance, Planet Aid and Silk Soymilk. During the day, students can check out biodiesel workshops and participate in clothing drives at the shows, all while gaining the opportunity to win a meet-and-greet with Guster! Silk Soymilk will be sampling free chocolate soy milk at the concert and educating fans about their commitment to the environment. For details about daytime activities, times and locations, please go to: http://www.CampusConsciousness.org

“After a year and a half of writing and recording, I’m excited to play music in a live setting again,” says Guster frontman Ryan Miller. The band has been working on a new album set to be released at the end of the year, and will be debuting new material on the tour.

Guster continues their success as a leader in the field of environmental touring by expanding their internal greening program and directly tapping into the fans they hope to activate. Gardner recently testified to Congress about the need for sustainably produced biofuels and addressed over 11,000 student leaders as a keynote speaker at Powershift ’09.

“Campuses have traditionally led the way for positive change in this country,” says Gardner. “Guster is in the unique position to help be a catalyst and support those students who are already fighting the good fight.”

For more information about the Campus Consciousness Tour, please visit http://www.CampusConsciousness.org



Worcester, MA

Clark University


Waterville, ME

Colby College


Durham, NH

University of New Hampshire


Philadelphia, PA

University of Pennsylvania


Dayton, OH

University of Dayton


Fayetteville, AR

University of Arkansas


Austin, TX



Richmond, VA

University of Richmond


Syracuse, NY

Syracuse University


Madison, WI

University of Wisconsin


Milwaukee, WI

Marquette University


Reading, PA

Allbright College

COHEED & CAMBRIA releases limited Neverender: Children of the Fence Edition DVD/CD Box Sets TODAY

COHEED & CAMBRIA releases limited Neverender: Children of the Fence Edition DVD/CD Box Sets TODAY!

NEVERENDER was the landmark event where for the first time ever, Coheed and Cambria performed all four of their concept albums in entirety over four nights. TODAY you can re-witness this incredible journey through an amazing box set containing not only a DVD and audio CD of each night’s performance, but also a must-have photobook and documentary DVD that captures the journey leading to this spectacular event. In addition, the limited edition deluxe NEVERENDER: CHILDREN OF THE FENCE EDITION box set also contains a collectible dragonfly.

** There are only 15,000 limited box sets available worldwide. **

NEVERENDER was originally intended to take place in New York and Los Angeles exclusively. The 15,000 tickets for these shows sold out entirely within an astounding three hours of going on sale. When the band saw how fast all 8 shows sold, they decided to extend the tour to include Chicago and London.

“NEVERENDER came about because we wanted to celebrate the end of the Coheed and Cambria saga in a special way,” says Coheed frontman Claudio Sanchez. “We wanted to come up with an idea that paid proper respect to this phase of our career, while at the same time gave our fans something truly unique and different. Many of these songs have never been played in front of an audience before so I think we’re going to be freaking out at the same time our fans are. It’s going to be a major challenge. We’re psyched our fans have been so loyal and amazing. We figured they deserved this.”

Check out some of the feedback from fans on Cobalt and Calcium who pre-ordered the package have said:

“Words can’t describe how f*cking amazing this thing is. OMG. If I don’t post after this it’s because my brain exploded from the epicness that is the Children Of The Fence box set”.

“Brilliant. Words absolutely fail to describe how epic this thing is. If you don’t have it, get it. It’s worth every penny. They’re so bloody tight, and the musicianship is just astounding! This is an incredible celebration of Coheed and their career so far. The documentary is really cool and enlightening as well. A great package. This is why I love Coheed. They’re truly like no other band out there right now.”

“Wow, just wow, I’m not sure that I can find the words to describe the incredible QUALITY of these DVDs (haven’t gotten to the CDs yet). The editing is beyond brilliant, every shot flows so well with the music. The camera work is phenomenal, scoping individual members at the perfect times, cutting back to the full band, consistently peppered with the very best of the crowd’s intensity.”

Pick up your copy now before it’s too late!


You can meet up with Coheed & Cambria today at 5pm at Hot Topic in the Bridgewater Commons in New Jersey by purchasing a Coheed & Cambria T-shirt. For more information call the Bridgewater Commons Hot Topic at 908.203.9130.

For those of you on the west coast, the band will be heading to Hot Topic in Burbank Town Center, California on March 26th @ 5pm. For more information call the Burbank Town Center Hot Topic at 818.843.9630.



The Decemberists have achieved their career-high chart position with the iTunes digital exclusive of The Hazards of Love, which was released March 17th and became the #1 album on the iTunes Store last week, debuting today at #1 on Billboard’s Top Digital chart and #14 on The Billboard 200. The Decemberists’ previous album, The Crane Wife, peaked at #35 the week it was released in 2006. The Hazards of Love was also released as deluxe 180-gram gatefold vinyl through select indie retailers last week, and was made available widely through all retail outlets in all formats yesterday, March 24th.

The Hazards of Love, which earned a 4-star rating in Rolling Stone and was the subject of a glowing review on NPR All Things Considered, continues to be the most intensely debated album of the year. The band’s live debut of the album last week at NPR Music’s SXSW showcase in Austin, Texas, was one of the most buzzed about shows of the festival, and earned rave reviews across the board. Pitchfork called the performance “a triumph,” while The Wall Street Journal wrote that “it’s quite an impressive work…a remarkable experience.”

The New York Times offered this descriptive: “The Hazards of Love is an all-or-nothing proposition. It’s an unapologetic concept album, with characters, recurring musical passages and a perhaps allegorical story about two pairs of lovers enfolded in images of rivers…[Colin] Meloy has always been fascinated by the British folk tradition and by 1970s rock…The Hazards of Love plunges in further: segueing from prettily picked ballads to church-organ processionals to riff-rock and back…Yet the large form found coherence; melodies gained strength and resonance each time they returned to underline a plot parallel, as Mr. Meloy’s libretto traced arcs from desire and love to destruction and oblivion. It’s old-fashioned and quixotic for Mr. Meloy to write an hourlong rock opera in an era of snippets and Shuffle mode, but the music justified the attention span.”

Check out what else the critics have been saying about The Hazards of Love:

“The first few times I listened to the new Decemberists album The Hazards of Love, I dismissed it… But Colin Meloy’s latest sprawling rock opera grew on me, the raw emotion cutting through the frilly window-dressing and the metal (yes, metal) parts feeling more and more assured. The album’s few repeating musical themes lodged in my brainstem and refused to leave, and I realized: shit, this band has pulled it off yet again.”—Pitchfork

“Decemberists albums are consistently generous with great tunes and charm, and The Hazards of Love is no different… Personified by vocals from Lavender Diamond’s Becky Stark and My Brightest Diamond’s Shara Worden, characters come to life…bringing vivacity and added dimension to an expansive and ambitious undertaking.”—Billboard

“Colin Meloy’s gorgeously crafted compositions remain multitextured, layering strings against synthesizers in this cycle’s fable of love gone awry…moody, compelling melodies in glorious arrangements; and elegant phrasing dripping like honey off the tongue.”—Austin Chronicle

“The Decemberists are old-school ambitious: out to scale sonic peaks and narrative heights because they are there… Meloy is a rare bird: genuinely sincere, a true eccentric, and craftsman enough to use those competing gifts in the service of his big, bookish ideas.”—Boston Globe

“…a delicious, delirious swirl of baroque melodrama, 70s analog synthesizers, elegiac heavy-metal guitars, and gorgeous, timeless melodies.”—Chicago Sun-Times

“The quintet blends the brooding atmosphere of English folk with the grandeur of hard rock…the music rocks convincingly on its own audacious terms.”—Chicago Tribune

“If anyone has made a more breathtaking folk-rock album in the past 20 years, I’ve yet to hear it.”—London Times

“…a rich and transporting experience.”—Washington Times

* * *

The Portland-based quintet of Colin Meloy, Chris Funk, Jenny Conlee, Nate Query and John Moen will kick-off the first leg of their 2009 tour on May 19th at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles. The 16-date run also includes a June 10th performance at Radio City Music Hall in New York, as well as a set at the 2009 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Tennessee. On tour, the band will play two sets a night, the first a full performance of The Hazards of Love, and the second consisting of their older material. Joining the band on stage will be special guests Becky Stark (Lavender Diamond) and Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond). More upcoming tour dates will be announced shortly.

The Decemberists’ confirmed 2009 tour dates are as follows:

May 19 Hollywood Palladium (w/ Other Lives) Los Angeles, CA

May 20 Fox Theatre (w/ Other Lives) Oakland, CA

May 21 McDonald Theater (w/ Other Lives) Eugene, OR

May 23 Sasquatch Festival Quincy, WA

May 24 Wilma Theatre (w/ Blind Pilot) Missoula, MT

May 26 Fillmore Auditorium (w/ Blind Pilot) Denver, CO

May 27 Uptown Theater (w/ Blind Pilot) Kansas City, MO

May 29 Riverside Theater (w/ Blind Pilot) Milwaukee, WI

May 31 The Pageant (w/ Blind Pilot) St. Louis, MO

June 1 Lifestyle Communities Pavilion (w/ Blind Pilot) Columbus, OH

June 3 Tabernacle (w/ Blind Pilot) Atlanta, GA

June 4 Memorial Auditorium (w/ Blind Pilot) Raleigh, NC

June 5 The National (w/ Blind Pilot) Richmond, VA

June 6 Tower Theatre Upper Darby, PA

June 8 Merriweather Post Pavilion (w/ Andrew Bird) Baltimore, MD

June 9 Bank of America Pavilion Boston, MA

June 10 Radio City Music Hall New York, NY

June 11-14 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival Manchester, TN

July 18-19 Edgefield Winery (w/ Andrew Bird & Blind Pilot) Portland, OR

Cycle of Pain – Cycle of Pain album

ARTIST: Cycle of Pain

TITLE: Cycle of Pain

LABEL: Reform Records/Rock Ridge Music


GENRE: Alternative Rock/Metal

Cycle Of Pain album

WINDOWS MEDIA AUDIO: Cycle of Pain – “Dead Man


John “J.D.” DeServio’s career as a bassist can be defined only as formidable and impressive. His time spent with Black Label Society has taken him around the world and made him a sought after bassist for clinics from Japan to South America and back. But long before he began globetrotting, J.D. started out like most accomplished musicians, in the garage with a band and a bottle of Captain Morgan. Twenty-five years later, that same band has emerged as Cycle of Pain with an intense and diverse self titled hard rock album.

At 15 years old, J.D. began practicing his favorite Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, and Scorpions tunes with good friends Joe Taylor (guitar) and Gregg Locascio (drums/vocals). Despite the many high profile moments in their careers (Lita Ford, Vinnie Moore, Drill, Rich Kotzen and many more), the old band has always aspired to record and tour together. Cycle of Pain later added Rich Monica (Tantric) on drums.

“The band got so side-tracked with members getting other gigs that it became difficult to focus on what we started as kids,” says Taylor. “But we never stopped writing together. We’re like brothers, and the music’s always been the strongest bond between us.” With J.D. and Taylor’s prior musical commitments, it took a lot for the old band to come together and record the 13 track album, which has already been lauded by many of Black Label’s biggest fans.

“Cycle of Pain is like goin through life with all these barriers holding you back,” says J.D. “Life is like a never-ending cycle of pain. You go from highs to lows, and back again. With all the great shit comes a lot of bad. This band is about overcoming all these things that try to get in your way, about standing up and kicking ass.”

Though rooted in metal, the album’s 13 tracks delve into elements of funk, hip-hop, and soul, and they offer enough ammo to rock both in the clubs and on the radio. Cycle Of Pain also features many guest performances by such credible names as Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society, Ozzy), Ray Luzier (Korn) Brian Tichy (Billy Idol), Sen Dog (Cypress Hill), Russ-T Cobb, Hugo Ferreira (Tantric), Marcus Ratzenboeck (Tantric), Clip Payne (P-funk), Burton (Fear Factory) & Russell Allen (Symphony X).

The album will be released on April 21st, 2009, by Reform Records/Rock Ridge Music, and Cycle Of Pain will begin its tour that same day opening for Black Label Society.

1. 5
2. Dead Man Walking
3. 14 Devils
4. Reign Down
5. Down Witcha Pain
6. M
7. Babe
8. Do My Work
9. Pungle
10. I See Heaven
11. Egypt
12. Cycle Of Pain
13. Mick Do I



“A testament to the continuing power of this excellent, eccentric band.” – 4**** Uncut

Produced within the four walls of a former DDR radio station in East Berlin, The Rakes are set to release their third album Klang this Spring 2009. Exactly two years and four days apart from their previous album, Ten New Messages (March 19, 2007), and a debut that was compared to the fame of The Libertines, The Rakes have stayed strong through a period of great change. While the past two years have witnessed a series of transformations, where no one smokes in pubs anymore, everyone’s on Twitter, and those 22 grand jobs in the city are definitely NOT alright, musically speaking, most bands who emerged alongside these post-punk/new-wave Londoners have ceased to exist. However, The Rakes have witnessed some new changes of their own – reinventing their sound, and creating their freshest, most innovative album to date.

Reuniting with a fresh new perspective, The Rakes confronted the processes necessary in completing their third album with careful composure. For starters, the song selection process was much more stringent and selective, with the overall sound focused around rawness and energy. “The second album was all about trying to expand the sound,” Matthew admits. “Working with producers like Brendan Lynch and Jim Abbiss. This one was in the opposite direction. That very, simple direct thing. Doing it in two weeks, a song a day, not embellishing things at all and just capturing ‘a performance.”

But perhaps the most captivating change for The Rakes that truly defines Klang is relocating to a fresh environment to record and produce the album in a Bauhaus designed ex-Soviet radio station in Berlin that was converted into a studio. Berlin, a scene filled with musical triumphs and countless musical rebirths allowed The Rakes to write what they deem to be “their strongest songs to date.” “The London music scene is so dull right now – it’s like wading through a swamp of shit. We just wanted to be somewhere more inspiring,” said Rakes singer Alan Donohoe. “Someone suggested Berlin. It didn’t take long for everyone to agree, we packed our bags and moved here just like that. We love it.” The band spent much of the year darting back and forth between their home city and this fresh, seductive new location taking the four lads on an adventure that ignited a sense of gang mentality among the band, living in an apartment on Karl Marx Allee and seeking out new thrills together in a seemingly lawless, unique environment proffered by the German capital.

4/01/2009 – Troubadour – Los Angeles
4/02/2009 – Popscene – San Francisco
4/062009 – Bowery Ballroom – New York
4/07/2009 – Bell House – Brooklyn, New York

The results of such an invigorating, wreckless, energetic environment resonate throughout Klang – a record of svelte lissome with songs that are well drilled and clinically executed, abandoning the chaotic energy of their early years for a sound that encompasses the bands’ juxtaposition of adventure and maturation. With credit directed at producer Chris Zane (Les Savy Fav, Inouk, Asobi Seksu Passion Pit, The Walkmen) Klang is a thoughtful piece of work by a band who have been wrung through the hype machine and have since shaken themselves off, realizing their strengths, and creating an album that captures the natural energy, complexity, rawness, and directness that encompasses the overall identity of The Rakes.

Standout single “1989” boasts the bands’ attitude of fist-pumping British rebellion with rhythmic bass-lines and assertive vocals guarunteed to get the floor shaking.


“So darn catchy” – The Fly

“Another bony-bundle of modern neuroses” – Q 3***

“Back to spikey business for Alan Donohoe and co” – NME

“This is a brilliant, brilliant album” – Word

MANCHESTER ORCHESTRA Second Chapter Video Premiere on SPIN

MANCHESTER ORCHESTRA Second Chapter Video Premiere on SPIN

Manchester Orchestra and Favorite Gentlemen/Canvasback music are proud to present “Shake It Out”, the second chapter of their video series today on SPIN.com today.

The full-album series concept was conceived by the Emmy Award winning directing team of Clay Lipsky and Jason Bognacki of Destroy Rock Music Inc., whom also directed “I Can Barely Breathe” from the band’s debut I’m Like a Virgin Losing a Child.

Lipsky notes that the vision behind the videos are to “create a cinematic collage of decaying film and lost memories intertwined with a loose narrative about a young woman on a surreal journey to find what she is missing.” The videos to follow will continue to discover the many layers hiding within the new record.

Be sure to stay tuned for the remaining nine chapters launching from now and past the Mean Everything To Nothing April 21st release date!

4/21 Nashville, TN Exit/In
4/22 Athens, GA 40 Watt
4/23 Carrboro, NC Cat’s Cradle
4/24 Richmond, VA The National
4/25 Baltimore, MD Ottobar
4/26 Philadelphia, PA The Trocadero
4/29 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom
4/30 Cambridge, MA Middle East
5/01 Rochester, NY Water St.
5/02 Pittsburgh, PA Mr. Small’s
5/03 Cleveland, OH Grog Shop
5/05 Pontiac, MI Eagle Theater
5/06 Columbus, OH Skully’s
5/07 Covington, KY Mad Hatter
5/08 Chicago, IL Subterranean
5/09 Minneapolis, MN Station 4
5/11 Kansas City, MO Record Bar
5/12 Denver, CO Marquis Theater
5/13 Salt Lake City, UT Avalon
5/15 Seattle, WA El Corazon
5/16 Vancouver, BC Biltmore
5/17 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theater
5/19 San Francisco, CA Bottom of the Hill
5/21 Los Angeles, CA Troubadour
5/22 San Diego, CA Voodoo Stage HOB
5/23 Tucson, AZ Congress
5/24 Tempe, AZ Clubhouse
5/26 Austin, TX Emo’s Inside
5/27 Dallas, TX The Loft
5/28 Houston, TX Walter’s
5/29 Baton Rouge, LA Spanish Moon
5/30 Oxford, MS Proud Larry’s
5/31 Birmingham, AL Bottletree
6/02 St. Peterburg, FL State Theater
6/03 Orlando, FL The Social
6/04 Orlando, FL The Social

Wonderlick Explores The Intersection of Art and Commerce on New Release New Release “Topless At The Arco Arena” Coming In July

Wonderlick Explores The Intersection of Art and Commerce on New Release New Release “Topless At The Arco Arena” Coming In July:

The California-based group Wonderlick will be releasing their sophomore full-length, “Topless At The Arco Arena,” on July 7, 2009 via Missing Piece/Rock Ridge Music. According to band member Tim Quirk, the record, “examines the intersection of art and commerce from people who have been on every side of it.” “Topless At The Arco Arena” finds Quirk and bandmate Jay Blumenfield making music for music’s sake. Both have very successful careers in other endeavors: Tim is VP, Programming of Rhapsody and Jay is a TV producer and video director. Inspired by Tim’s essay of the same name (originally published in the anthology “This is Pop! [Oxford University Press]), the album was recorded in Oakland and Los Angeles over the past few years. The essay will appear in its entirety as the album’s liner notes. “Many of us were in bands,” Quirk wrote in the essay, “and before the dot-com explosion had spent most of our time writing, playing or watching music being made. But the tech boom had brought us out of the world of nightclubs and concert halls and into the land of cubicles, and our adventures there proved just as heady, about as brief, and equally packed with contradictions…. It’s possible to be complicit in your own exploitation, and it’s easy not to mind.” It is that mindset that brought to bear the musical fruits of “Topless At The Arco Arena.” Wonderlick comprises half of the former members of Too Much Joy – a group known for witty alterna-pop which spawned the ’90s hit “Crush Story” and sold several hundred thousand records. After Too Much Joy disbanded and some time had passed, Wonderlick started as a messing-around-in-the-studio project in 2001 between Quirk and Blumenfield, who have been friends since their teen years.

After they successfully garnered a sizable amount of money in donations when offering a track at a time to former Too Much Joy fans for free download online, Wonderlick decided to release their self-titled album in 2002. Since that time, they have continued to post new songs, some of which will make it onto the forthcoming album (see track listing below).

Continuing to redefine the relationship between fan and artist, the band began a pre-order offer on March 10th on www.sayhername.com, which will run until mid April and allows the fans to set their own price for the album. As an additional incentive, fans who offer to pay median price or higher will be thanked in the album package.


1. When She Took Off Her Shirt
2. All Boys Want
3. We Run the World
4. The King of Bad Decisions
5. Fear of Chicago
6. You First
7. The Case Against Tattoos
8. This Song is a Commercial
9.Nobody Loves You Enough