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EP #6, Things Too Obvious to Sing is on the books!

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Our sixth EP is officially out! Thanks so much to all our friends and fans and to My Little Owl Records for being such a pleasure to work with.

Here’s where you can get a copy of the vinyl:

Here’s where you can get a download of the EP:

Here’s where you can stream it:

“Things Too Obvious to Sing” is out March 29th!

Go here to place your order. The official release date is March 29, but we’ll ship it out as soon as we get your order.

Alpaca Sports

Just a quick post to tell you a bit about the collaboration I’ve done recently with Gothenburg, Sweden’s Alpaca Sports. I played a bit of mandolin and cabasa on their superb new single “Just Like Johnny Marr” which you can view here:

I also did a remix of their song “Just For Fun” for their remix collection Belle’s Mixtape, which you can listen to right here:

Working with Andreas from Alpaca Sports has been an immense pleasure and an honor. Definitely get their new album.

New video for Wond’ring!

Thanks so much to Chris Gillies of Yakuri Cable/The Very Most (UK)/Baffin Island for making this really beautiful video for the new song “Wond’ring”.

Studio diary for About Forgetting

Here’s a little video about how I made the song “About Forgetting”, which appears on our upcoming EP Things Too Obvious to Sing. I shred on tambourine in this one.

Things Too Obvious to Sing

I’m beyond excited to announce that we’re releasing our next EP, Things Too Obvious to Sing, on March 29 with our friends at My Little Owl Records. Here’s a page with the details, including a stream of the first song and a link to preorder. I know bands always say this, but I think this is the best batch of songs we’ve ever released. We’ll have more info (including release shows, videos, etc.) in the coming days and weeks.

My favorite blogs

I really love me a good music blog. Bloggers get inundated non-stop with promotional materials from bands and labels, and so, if you find one whose tastes you trust, you can almost guarantee that they will find music you love that you would have a very hard time finding yourself. It’s not overstating anything to say that music bloggers enrich my life immensely. So, with that said, here is a list of my favorite blogs. It’s worth noting that most of these bloggers, over the years, have said some very kind things about my band, and most of these bloggers I would consider my friends. However, that doesn’t mean that I’m plugging them here because of that. I still get lots (if not most) of my new music recommendations from these blogs.

  • Bloodbuzzed. This one is written by Raul Jimenez Jimenez, who lives in Barcelona. He writes a lot about indiepop, but he also covers more indie-rock-ish stuff like the National. In addition to covering music, he also writes really great movie and book reviews. He’s usually a bit more critical of movies and books than he is of music, which I like. :) He has a few regular features that I really love: Discoverer, where he covers up-and-coming bands, and Stop Bad Covers, which shines a spotlight on the worst album art imaginable. He has set the record for most positive mentions of The Very Most, and for that we’ll be forever grateful.
  • Songs For Girls To Sing. Xanthi Piretzi writes this blog from the beautiful island of Syros, Greece. She loves indiepop bands with female singers, Australian indiepop, and the tambourine. She might be the world’s greatest TracyAnne Campbell fan. We also happen to be next-door neighbors on last.fm, which means we have exceptionally similar taste in music. Anytime I feel like swooning to a new pop band (which is nearly every day), I visit her blog. I also want to add that she wrote my favorite thing that anyone’s ever written about The Very Most.
  • Piggledy Pop. Marie-agnes Hallé hails from Paris and always recommends the most amazing music: everything from sunshine pop to folk to classic 60s singer-songwriters. She writes in French, and I don’t want Google translate to butcher her beautiful words, so I usually just listen to her recommendations, but she is a blogger I trust implicitly.
  • MP3Hugger. The ever-mysterious Mr. Hugger comes to us from the city I most want to live in: Dublin, Ireland. He covers a lot of ground, genre-wise, but I enjoy almost every recommendation he makes. He’s introduced me to some amazing bands, including Candy Claws, Standard Fare, and Avi Buffalo. He also runs a label called Indiecater Records which released our last full length album A Year With The Very Most. We also happened to write the blog’s theme song.
  • Rue Something. Kristin Gill from New Hampshire (soon to be Sweden) includes such an amazing personal touch in all her music writing and there are very few people I know that are more passionate about the music they love than she is. She covers almost exclusively indiepop. She also interviewed us for the superb Candy Twist zine.
  • Indie Pop Saved My Life. This one is not a blog, per se. It’s a Twitter and Facebook page run by Howard Saltzman. With little fuss or muss, Howard brings the best in indiepop (or is it indie pop? Indie-pop? That’s an inside reference with Howard and I by the way) to my feed on a regular basis. Invaluable.
  • Here Comes the Dumptruck. Ben Schultz writes this blog mostly about the Boise live music scene. Ben is an excellent writer, is fair to the bands he writes about, and doesn’t annoy me horribly, unlike many of the other writers that have covered Boise in the past. He also writes for the Boise Weekly.
  • Skatterbrain. Coming from Philadelphia, Matthew Edwards does one of the most influential indiepop blogs. His playlists, in particular, are what I keep coming back for.
  • El Planeta Amarillo. I’ve got to include Rafa’s blog if for no other reason than the fact that he is a one-man indiepop media mogul. He’s got an extensive YouTube channel of great live clips, a web radio show, and a huge archive of reviews up at his site. Spend hours and hours getting lost on The Yellow Planet.

Anyway, I guess that’s it for now. Notice how none of these are huge career-bolstering blogs like Pitchfork or Stereogum? Yeah, I did too. I find those blogs boring and their focus is far too scattered to be of much use to me. These are the blogs that I come back to on a regular basis.

Candy Twist #5 interview

The excellent paper zine Candy Twist featured us in their last issue. I’ve checked with them a few weeks ago and they said it was OK if I post scans of the interview. Click the images below to read them. Thanks so much to Candy Twist and to Kristin Gill who interviewed us for this.

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