The debut EP from SECOND BEST releases today from digital stores and streamers worldwide. The noisey duo is comprised of the voice and guitar antics of physicist and fashion blogger Gigi Palassis (The Greek God of Style) with the drumming of Andy Ingram. The honesty is heartwrenching but the songs are too catchy. Listen to it here: http://www.poptek.com/second-best/ or wherever you usually get your music from.
From now on, we are going to have a lot of fun throwing around football cliches. But first we want to announce that Dayton's THE 1984 DRAFT has joined Poptek. Their next album "The 1984 Draft Makes Good Choices" is close to being complete and will release on vinyl, disc, and digital in 2018.
So why are we adding a band named a year later than the famous NFL Quarterback Draft Class of 1983? It just make sense in so many ways for Poptek to join forces with THE 1984 DRAFT. First, go listen to their previous release "Heisman Trophy Winner". The songs are messy and gloriously catchy and they love The Replacements. That's such a perfect formula.
Secondly, we very much value friendship and the guys in THE DRAFT have either been longtime friends or recently became such. Principal songwriter Joe Anderl has been writing, recording, and touring for many years. You can't make music in Dayton and not run parallel circles with Joe. And then Joe married Amanda who is the head of Poptek's street team. And before that Joe got Justin Satinover to play drums in THE DRAFT. Justin also plays live guitar with KRIS N. and played with Kris in their first band THROWING ROCKS AT GIRLS. Justin's brother Nick played on the first two KRIS N. albums and collaborated with Neises in HANGOVER, OHIO. Bassist Chip Heck played shows alongside Kris and Justin when Heck was part of SHADYSIDE. And then there is Eli Alban, whose musical history is unknown to us, but who is probably the most melodic and most underappreciated guitarist in Dayton, Ohio.
So all that to say that Poptek is excited to release "The 1984 Draft Makes Good Choices" coming up in 2018.
Here is the eulogy I was honored to write and share during THE FLORALS' release party last night. Brenna and Alex were great friends and I will greatly miss them. For all of us in mourning, I hope these words bring comfort and hope. - Andy Ingram
"Thank you everyone for being here as we remember and celebrate The Florals. To the parents of the departing, to the Myers family, you have my sincerest condolences. I know this time has to be very difficult and confusing for you. To the Scaglia family . . . why isn't is the Scaglia family here? Did Alex forget to tell them he was playing?
To their friends, thank you for supporting them the way you did. We really appreciate your money.
To their enemies- screw you!
This show was meant to be their grand finale. The last celebration. Their going out party. In typical Florals fashion, they also booked a show in Dayton a week before. And they have another show in July in Northridge. It has been a slow death, one which has understandably been even harder for all of us, I know. It is in these times that us as friends and family need to bind together in love and support for each other. We will make it through the pain.
As the CEO, CFO, A&R, and parole officer for Poptek Records, I’ve been asked to say a few words about our shared friends, The Florals, and I consider this a great privilege.
In the four years of their existence, before they were horribly torn apart by distance and miscommunication, The Florals made a monumental mark on us all. I think that is undeniable if you listen and give their music a chance.
And to me the importance and the mark they made is greater due to their lack of privilege. See, they were not born a Lennon or a Smith, They were not born a Dylan. They weren’t born out of Florence’s Machine. They were born a Myers and a Scalgia.
As great as the Myers and Scaglia families are, Brenna and Alex had to work for their art. They were not given an easy road to musical stardom. They had to create because they honestly desired to. Essentially, their music was true.
So judge their music void of big studio budgets, or void of labels who knew what they are doing, or void of big name producers and flamboyant celebrity.
Look at their music in the light of honesty. There you will see and hear strong melodies, classic structure, and creative playing. You will see how brilliant and important their music is.
I’ll keep it short as I don’t want to beat a dead band.
To The Florals, may their melodies and music live on in our memories, may it be the inspiration that causes us to create objects of beauty, and may their honest art be another reason for us to love the life we live.
It has been an honor to be a part of the story of The Florals. May God bless, protect, and love each and every one of us."
Delivered to a standing ovation on Saturday June 24, 2017
*The Florals live on. Look for new albums from ONCE A PINE (Brenna) and MARY KATE AND TRASHLEY (Alex) later this year.
The new EP from THE FLORALS is out today, "The Florals Are Dead Now". Buy it or stream it from iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon, Amazon Unlimited, Google Play, poptek.com, and any other digital retailer you prefer. Unfortunately this marks the end for THE FLORALS, the distance between Springfield and Cincinnati is too great to make work.
They go out with three great pop songs. And watch for the new band ONCE A PINE, featuring more of Brenna's songs, voice, guitar work, and impressive talent.
JILL & MICAH play tonight in Columbus, opening for EDWARD + JANE (from Chattanooga), GET IN THE ARK, and THE CASTROS. Head out to the stylish Spacebar in Columbus at 9 PM to catch this night of harmonious music.
The Greek God of Style answered the question that is always on everyone's mind: "How Tight is Too Tight?" Find out the eternal wisdom in the newest volume of "Ask the Greek God of Style".
Our friend Joe from THE 1984 DRAFT has invited XL427 to play the Not Much More Than Aweome Again Fest. So on Saturday March 4, XL will again play live at The Yellow Cab Tavern in Dayton, Ohio. While the band continue to ready their new album for release, they will be playing as many of those new songs as they can pull-off in a live setting.
Here are the others playing this two-day festival: THE 1984 DRAFT. HEYMARKET RIOT. FORAGE. SMUG BROTHERS. KILL SURF CITY. BLIND RAGE. PRIMITIVES. TENDER MERCY. YARDBOSS. ACTUAL FORM. For further information, keep track on the "Dates" page.
The lovable duo, The Florals, have a Valentine's gift for you . . .and it's a new song. Tune in today to 99.5 FM WUDR and Your Tuesday Afternoon Alternative as Dr. J premieres "All I Want" from The Florals' forthcoming debut. The show runs 3-6PM EST. "All I Want" is catchy and sweet and appropriate for all you lovers. And for the rest of us, it's just a good song.
If you can't listen live, check back in to poptek.com and The Florals' Bandcamp page later today to cash in on that gift.
UPDATE: You can now hear the song in our "Albums" tab in the site menu.
We have another "Ask the Greek God of Style" for you to absorb. An innocent writer asks Gigi's thoughts about sweat pants, and of course the response is outrageous.
Read it here: http://www.poptek.com/fashion-watch
Before you commit to that Halloween office party costume idea, you know, that one that paints you in a different light than your co-workers see you. Or that ill-advised one that shows too much skin. Read up on what the Greek God of Style suggests in the most recent "Ask the Greek God of Style".
After months and months of so many dates and so many girls, Andrew is back with more of that timley dating advice to help you navigate the confusing world of romance.
Brenna, Kris, Gigi, Dustin and Andy collaborated to create a "Poptober" Spotify Playlist featuring some of your favorite Poptek artists along with some of their favorite artists of this year and all-time.
OKAY LINDON's sensational new album "Changes" is out now from iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Spotify, the Poptek Shop, and any other digital shop you prefer. You can also stream the whole album now in our Albums tab.
Thank you to everyone who joined us to experience "the magic of Communivale™" last Saturday. All of you who showed up were friendly and wonderful. The weather was perfect. The food was too. Okay Lindon released a new record. Carriers impressed everyone. April & June's voices were sweet. The Florals, Jill & Micah, Daniel Dye and the Miller Road Band, Get in the Ark, Wise Words, and L'Albatros all sounded great. Oh, and we created a "Space Pillow™"
If you missed it, you especially missed this joke Brenna delivered to kick off the fest:
"Welcome to Communivale, just make sure you pronounce it right. It's Coe-Moo-Ni-Val, like Carninvale. It only becomes Communivale (Coe-moo-ni-vale) once you've had a few drinks!"
Her joke is still hilarious even days later.
The duo have had to withdraw from tonight's show at Kafe Keroac in Columbus. The show will go on though. Sorry for the change and any inconvenience.
We are excited that we get to release the new album, the fourth full-length, from Cincinnati's OKAY LINDON. "Changes" releases on the day of Communivale. Pre-orders are live now. And you can now listen to the first single, "My Spiritual Life", on OKAY LINDON's page, in our Album links, and on the Poptek Soundcloud. Enjoy.
We have a lot going on over the remaining summer months. Plan accordingly!
On Tuesday August 9, Jill & Micah are playing a house show in Columbus with Get in the Ark. Get in touch if you want the details.
On Saturday August 13, Jill & Micah are joining our good friends Daniel Dye and the Miller Road Band at their Madden Road Micro Music Fest. The fest takes place in Mutual, Ohio at their family farm. Many other great artists are playing and it is always such a fun day of music.
Then the following day, on Sunday August 14, Kris N. is playing a solo set at a benefit concert for our friend. The 1984 Draft and Tod Weidner (Shrug, Motel Beds) are also playing this show at the YelloW Cab Tavern in Dayton.
On Wednesday August 17, Jill & Micah are making their live radio debut on CD 102.5 FM in Columbus. They are playing a show that night at The Big Room Bar, of which the first two songs will be broadcast live on air. We are really excited for a bigger audience to hear J&M.
On Saturday September 24, Communivale is back. This is our Poptek-centric, somewhat annual musical picnic. More details will be forthcoming, including the newest artist to join Poptek who will be releasing his solo record that same day.
The Florals have a new EP releasing later this year. XL427 may have a full-length to release as well. And maybe we'll have a few other releases soon. So again, plan accordingly.
The debut from the lovable JILL & MICAH, "Slowly But Surely", is available in digital stores everywhere starting today. The volume of epic, melancholy, and melodic songs from this married duo was recorded and produced by Andy Ingram (XL427, Kris N.), mixed and mastered by Brenna Myers (The Florals) and played on by the aforementioned as well as Gigi Palassis (Second Best, The Greek God of Style), Alexander Scaglia (The Florals) and more friends and family.
Buy it now at iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, eMusic, and many more retailers deomestic and overseas.
Stream it now at Apple Music, Spotify, aand here at poptek.com (under the above "Albums" tab).
And don't forget that if you prefer a copy on disc, order it in the Poptek Shop and we will send it right away.
Join the Poptek Song Club, our free, infrequent email list for a gift to celebrate the debut of JILL & MICAH. "Slowly But Surely" comes out worldwide tomorrow so we are giving away the first single from their album "Grew On Me", but only to those who make up the Poptek Song Club. Join at the bottom of any page on poptek.com (except the blogs, I know. Sorry).