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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.

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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Goodbye, 2013

So without wasting too many words, I’m going to give you guys a quick rundown of what The Very Most was up to in 2013.

  • We were honored to be asked to play NYC Popfest this year. This was our first time at a popfest and our first show in New York City. Thanks so much to NYC Popfest for asking us to participate. I wrote a lengthy blog post about this trip, but I’ll give you the short version to save you some time: it was one of the best experiences of my life.
  • We released some music, including Just a Pup for Manic Pop! records, covers of our friends’ songs for a compilation called Village Green, a Christmas song co-written with my nine-year old daughter Amelia, and a cover of “Hubbert’s Peak Theme” by Central City Music Company for a tribute compilation. 8 songs in one year. Not too shabby.
  • We were included on several year end “best of” lists including #9 song of the year on the “It’s a Jangle Out There” radio show blog, three times on the amazing Bloodbuzzed blog, favorite songs of the year on the Rue Something and February Records blog (both written by Kristin Gill), top EPs of 2013 by our favorite Facebook page Indie Pop Saved My Life, favorite songs of 2013 by Liz Hunt of The School, #4 EP of the year on El Planeta Amarillo, #5 EP of the year from the Happy Oblivion radio show in Hawaii, and one of the top EPs of the year on Japanese blog Happy Hour.
  • We recorded a new EP for a label that we’re very excited to be working with. We will release details about that as soon as we can.

So, all in all a fairly productive year. Thanks to everyone who supported us and listened to our music in 2013! (BTW, 2014 is shaping up to be maybe even more productive than 2013.)

Song Database

I made a thingy where you can read all of our lyrics and stream all of our songs from one page. It’s got other information about the songs as well, including the year it was written, the year it was released, who played on it, who write the song, whether it’s a cover or not, and more. Take a look, if you’d like.

Have yourself an aquatic-mammal-based Christmas!

So, this year, like most years, we made a Christmas song, which, unsurprisingly, is appearing on a compilation by our good friends Indiecater Records. However, this Christmas song, unlike most Christmas songs, involves everyone’s third favorite aquatic mammal (after dolphins and otters): the seal! You see, our song “Stars and Happiness Forever” is a song about a seal that comes to visit me on Christmas day. The character of the seal is one played by my nine-year-old daughter Mia every day, for at least some of the day. When she’s in seal mode, she looks at the world quite differently. She speaks in a very nasally, but very soothing, voice. She is very naive. She is more scared of everyday things, and she is more physically affectionate. Mia basically just acts as she imagines a seal would act if that seal were living among humans and could talk. There are also some seal-ish words. “Naga” means “no”, for example.

In any case, I decided I wanted some sort of crazy talking/sound during the solo section of our new Christmas song, which, at that point, didn’t have lyrics yet. I decided to recruit my children for this task. It was Mia’s idea to do the seal character. In the studio, I asked her to imagine that she was the seal, waking up on Christmas morning. The results of what she said can be heard on the track, which you can stream below:

Here are the lyrics:

Stars and Happiness Forever

A seal came to me
just so she could see what Christmas is.
So she knocked on our front door
December 24th, and here’s her take on it:

“I got up for Christmas and I got:
a kitty
and a piano
and a wire
and a wire cutter
and pants
and a guitar
and a kitty
and a microphone
and jingle bells!
Jingle bells! Jingle bells!
Stars and happiness forever!
Merry Christmas!”

Then she took a nap
right there in my lap.
For hours, she laid.
Then she had to leave
to go back to the sea.
She’ll be back again someday.

So, I hope you like my aquatic collaboration with my daughter. The compilation that this song is included on is quite good. You can check out the whole thing right here. Oh, and here’s Mia, appropriately enough, at the aquarium.

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Plans for the next few months

As we enter into the post NYC Popfest/post Just a Pup release phase, here’s a rundown of the various projects we’ve got in the hopper:

  • An odds-and-ends collection. It will have compilation tracks, a few remixes, a new track or two, and our EardrumsPop single. We’ll be remixing, reworking, and cleaning up a lot of these tracks. Some of our best songs are on compilations and it made me a little sad that they weren’t all in one place where people could easily get to them, so we’re going to do something about that. We’ll have more details on that later in the year. I hope this one will be ready for Christmas, but I’m not too optimistic that we’ll reach that goal.
  • A free download-only EP of synth-pop versions of three or four of our songs. Hopefully this will be ready sometime in Fall 2013.
  • A track for a four-band split seven-inch. No date set for that yet.
  • Remixes for at least two bands that I admire and respect. Those will be done sooner rather than later.
  • A collaboration where I’m making backing tracks for awesome Boise hip-hop group Dedicated Servers.

I’ll also be working on mixing songs by Spondee and The Hermit Crabs in my studio, and we’re also doing a full-band show in August and most likely a couple in October.

It’s going to be some busy times. Fortunately, the deadlines are loosey-goosey on most of this stuff. I’ll let you know if anything changes.