From the bunch of CDs the guys at Serious Business sent us some months ago, by bands we never had the pleasure of listening before on the other side of the pond, one stood up from the rest (if we exclude the ones by the amazing Benji Cossa, whose records we listened over and over). That record was Rocketship Park’s “Off and Away“. Rocketship Park is the brainchild of the multi-instrumentalist, song-man, producer, vocalist, and auteur Josh Kaufman, and he returns next June 27th with his new record, “Cakes and Cookies”, which you can already stream in its entirety after the jump. First 300 orders come with a limited edition (hand numbered and letter-pressed) 7″ and a homemade cookie/sweet treat that should be as delicious as the finely crafted pop gems you can listen to on the record. Guests on “Cakes and Cookies” include Dawn Landes and The National’s Bryan Devendorf!
You can also download the track Fast Friends for free, clicking the link below.
FRI MAY 6: THE TWO MAN GENTLEMEN BAND at BOWERY BALLROOM ... and a US tour all May
Happy Spring from The Two Man Gentlemen Band! Our Spring & Summer touring season begins in earnest this week. Join us as we pilot our minivan up and down the east coast. And play some two-man music, too!
May 5 - Brighton Music Hall - Allston, MA Opening for The Infamous Stringdusters May 6 - The Bowery Ballroom - New York, NY Opening for The Infamous Stringdusters May 7 - The State Theatre - Falls Church, VA Opening for The Infamous Stringdusters May 8 - The Taphouse - Hampton, VA May 9 - The James Beard Awards - New York, NY (Songs about food!) May 10 - 529 - Atlanta, GA May 11 - The Engine Room - Tallahassee, FL w/ Shotgun Party May 12 - The Social - Orlando, FL w/ Shotgun Party and Holy Ghost Tent Revival May 13 - House Party - St. Petersburg, FL w/ Shotgun Party May 14 - Tropical Heatwave Festival - Tampa, FL May 15 - The Monterey Club - Ft. Lauderdale, FL w/ Shotgun Party May 17 - The Wormhole - Savannah, GA May 18 - The Pour House - Charleston, SC May 19 - The Canal Club - Richmond, VA May 20 - Roxy & Dukes - Dunellen, NJ
Back in March Sam Cohen and i were down at South by Southwest playing a lot of music together. One afternoon we sat on his cousin Pierre’s porch and tried to figure out George Harrison guitar lines after and before taco times. Mostly we were playing Yellowbirds shows! It was a blast. Here is a video of a Rocketship Park song called “Stuck w/ Me” from our upcoming record “Cakes & Cookies”. This was made minutes after arriving in Austin, Texas for the festival. That’s my grandson Mr. Sam playing bubble guitar and Mr. Me on the strumble guitar.
Buy some Rocketship Park music as a Passover or Easter gift to me and yourself!
This is part-3 of a 5-part interview wuth the BUDDHA DEN, a Dayton webzine. Read it all. In this part Bob discusses the Lifeguards project and gives Serious Business a quick mention. He also talks about Boston Spaceships, Mars Classroom and his excellent solo shit.
LIFEGUARDS - Paradise Is Not So Bad by seriousbusiness
In an attempt to get in touch with you all about things involving the band Higgins, I am sending out this first ever Higgins musics email! Yes folks, we have an email entirely devoted to everyone’s favorite, tastefully not in your face, rock outfit. So lets not make a big deal about it and get to the meat of this thing.
Firstly, We are playing our first show in almost a year tomorrow night. 8pm at the Cakeshop in NYC. This is very exiting for us because we are playing with my favorite new band Yellowbirds. Yellowbirds are Incredible and we are honored that they have asked us to play their Record Release Show. Also, BK and Josh (of Higgins fame) will be playing with Yellowbirds. Eh… Eh…
Secondly, I have decided that the new Higgins record is done. Its not mixed completely yet and though I have a concept, not a lick of the artwork has been done… But I will be tracking no more and I am proud to say that Serious Business Records will open its arms to us once more and lob it out in a couple of months. There will be a few digital download whistle wetters before the “full release”… The album will be entitled “Straight A’s” in honor of my current scholastic pursuits. Its full of all the things that make us us and a few new twists and “are they really doing this?” moments. It also features a bunch of guests, old and new friends on various instruments. I will keep you posted on the latest with that…
Lastly, If you don’t want to get these updates, let me know and I’ll take you off this list. Otherwise, I hope you all are doing great and enjoying this ass kicking winter.
P.S.ly Keep an eye out for the new Rocketship Park record “Cakes and Cookies” on Serious Business Records and the new Marshmallow Coast record “Seniors Juniors Strikes Back” on HHBTM. Great F’ng records from great F’ng folks coming soon. Oh and Yellowbirds “The Color” on Royal Potato Family… of course Kevin Fish (KP)
Hear 8 New BENJI COSSA songs on Break Thru Radio Live Studio Broadcast
BENJI COSSA on BTR LIVE STUDIO BreakThru Radio visited us at Serious Business in NYC a few weeks ago when were in the midst of recording several new Benji Cossa songs for his forthcoming wooly mammoth of a love-record called II. If you listen to this 45 minute long broadcast you get a window into our musical process, with eight brand new Cossa songs and a lovable interview. Thanks to Maia and the BTR crue for facilitating this.
00:00 Live Studio with Benji Cossa 01:04 Let Me Hold On To You 04:27 Picture Book or Puzzle 06:33 Interview 12:31 In The Ring 13:28 Affection 16:57 Interview 19:09 New Flowers 22:00 Interview 25:25 Roslyn 29:53 Same Old 35:18 Interview 38:12 The Best of My Love (demo) 45:50 Finish
PS --- there is a video component to this session en route. It probably won't surface for a couple of months but you'll like it.
Benji Cossa: vocals, acoustic guitar
Josh Kaufman: guitar, piano
Annie Nero: bass
Bran Kantor: drums, percussion
Matt Moon: sax, glockenspiel, perucssion
Chris Buckridge: bass on Picture Book or Puzzle, In the Ring
Travis Harrison: all knobs, drums on Roslyn, conga
Robert Pollard and Doug Gillard of Guided By Voices are LIFEGUARDS. The two first worked together outside of the GBV realm on the 1999 fan-classic Speak Kindly of Your Volunteer Fire Dept, which included "Do Something Real" the anthemic theme to Steven Soderbergh's film Full Frontal. Their debut release as Lifeguards, Mist King Urth, emerged in 2002 on Pollard's own Fading Captain Series label to fervent fan approval. In 2010 Pollard and Gillard reconvened for the first time since the end of GBV in 2004 to create the astounding follow up: Waving at the Astronauts. Gillard wrote and recorded 10 complex and beautiful instrumentals at home then sent the finished compositions off to Pollard who graced the tracks with some of the most unforgettable melodies and strangely poetic lyrics of his career. In May 2010, Pollard recorded his vocals with Gillard and Travis Harrison at Serious Business Music in NYC where drums and overdubs were added and the record was mixed.
From the ragged and triumphant rock masterpiece "Paradise Is Not So Bad," to the chugging "Sexless Auto" and the off-kilter ramble of "What Am I," this is the latest gem from a songwriting team whose limits are larger than any arena you might try and squeeze them into.
While there are no Lifeguards shows on the table at this point, you can catch both Bob and Doug in one night when Gillard opens for GBV on New Year's Eve at New York's Irving Plaza!
It's been two and a half years since Josh Kaufman gave us the first Rocketship Park record Off and Away. The follow up is called Cakes and Cookies and it won't surface till 2011. "It's Not You" is the last song on Side A. It pleases us to offer it to you now as a stand-alone digital single. Thanks for listening.
"It's Not You" (3:04)
Produced by Josh Kaufman and Travis Harrison.
Written by Josh Kaufman (Turtle Tunes ASCAP)
All instruments and singing by Josh Kaufman except...
Drums: Bryan Devendorf
Backing Vocals: Annie Nero and Eric Jackson
Basic tracks recorded by Steve Salett at SaltLands, Brooklyn
Mixed by Travis Harrison at Serious Business Music, NYC
Mastered by Jamal Ruhe at West West Side Music, NY
Cover drawing by Kara Smith
from the forthcoming full length slice of sweetness called CAKES AND COOKIES