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In celebration of Joe Anderl's birthday today, we are premiering a new single from The 1984 Draft, "Elephun". Stream it or download it here. The Draft is working on new material while at the same time re-recording one of their classic albums "Bo Jackson Up the Middle". We think "Elephun" is a grat picture of where the band is going!
Allow us to announce our newest artist by playing you a song for Valentine's Day.
Listen to that intro! The artist is Mary Kate and Trashley. The song is called "Crush". Appropriate, isn't it?
Mary Kate and Trashley is pretty much just Alexander Scaglia, formerly the drummer of The Florals, playing and singing everything. The name so perfectly describes the sound, and Alexander's eccentric personality. Mary Kate and Trashley "Make A Record" will be released on cassette and digital on April 5, 2019.
Brenna Myers (from Once A Pine and The Florals), Isaac Karns, (from Marble Garden), and Alexander all took turns recording the album. Karns mixed and mastered the EP.
You can pre-order "Make A Record" now from the Poptek Shop.
Joe Anderl, from The 1984 Draft, has curated a new Spotify playlist that we want to share with you. We are calling it "Poptastic You (Vol. 1)". Listen in and let us know what you think or what you want to hear.
Thank you for all your support and encouragement in the astronomical year of 2018. The world did not end like some feared, though we threw our semi-annual party at The Last Stand Farm that we call Communivale, just in case it did.
We released a rocking great new full-length from The 1984 Draft called "Makes Good Choices". You can stream it here. We love it and others seemed to as well. The vinyl is still on sale in the Poptek Shop if you need that tangible piece of wax and cardboard to enjoy your music. Joe, Eli, Justin, and Chip's hair are planning a new EP in the upcoming year.
We made people sad with the heartbreaking but oh-so-catchy debut of Second Best. And for melancholy people like Christopher Palassis, sad songs are therapy. If you need a free session, you can sing along to that album here.
The prolific Kris N. came out of a an unofficial retirement to bring back his "Song of the Week" series. Catch up here. We are really excited for a yet-to-be-titled Kris N. EP in 2019. The songs are written. Practice has started. Now Kris, Lindsey, Andy and whoever ends up playing guitar just need to press record.
We also have quite a few more releases lined up for 2019.
Okay Lindon is making a reggae record. No, that is not a typo and yes it does sound great. Jordan recorded drums with Isaac Karns at Marble Garden. Dustin is recording the rest of the album now with Erica and Andrew. We predict a Caribbean tour.
Mary-Kate and Trashley is ready to debut with a cuteness and a sound that you can hear just by saying their name. Alexander Scaglia, formerly of The Florals, who also designs under the name WolfBomb, plays everything himself in MK&T. He also recorded at Marble Garden under the control of Mr. Karns.
XL427 is finishing up their longtime-coming second album and it is way spacier than their debut. "Thee, Attack" should suprise some people. Andy takes forever to write and record songs but when he finally settles on something, it's quite good.
Second Best is also working on a new album, though the duo may change their name back to L'Albatros. We'll see.
We also hope to debut Once A Pine, the new band from the super-talented Brenna Myers, formerly of The Florals.
Expect other surprises too, just because we can.
You can now get our two most recent releases, The 1984 Draft "Makes Good Choices" vinyl and the Second Best debut cassette, from a wider range of record stores.
COLUMBUS, OH Used Kids Records
SPRINGFIELD, OH Champion City Guide & Supply
YELLOW SPRINGS, OH Toxic Beauty Records
After a long build-up, today sees the official, worldwide release of The 1984 Draft "Makes Good Choices". You can order the vinyl from us in the Poptek Shop. You can get the digital anywhere you choose, including the major stores we will link below. We even are offering discs. You can get those in the Poptek Shop too.
Thanks for listening and we hope you enjoy this album as much as we do.
The 1984 Draft "Makes Good Choices" finally releases to digital stores and streaming services around the world on Friday August 24. The release show is then on Saturday August 25 in Dayton, Ohio. But now, you can hear the album in its entirety thanks to Rebel Noise. Click through for the prize!
Atlas and the Anchor have preimiered another track off of The 1984 Draft "Makes Good Choices". Click over there to listen to "Red Dress", then click back to the Poptek Shop to get your copy of "Makes Good Choices" on 12" vinyl.
Click over to New Noise Magazine as they have premiered the first single from The 1984 Draft "Makes Good Choices" entitled "Lutheran Heat". This is the first in a series of premieres and if you like what you hear, go ahead and pre-order the 12" vinyl which is shipping now ahead of The Draft's release show on August 25.
The new full-length album from THE 1984 DRAFT is on its way back from the printing press in large circles of 12" vinyl beauty. "Makes Good Choices" is available for pre-order now in the Poptek Shop.
We are still putting together details for the release shows, probably coming in August. And the album will also release on disc and digital. But for now, order the vinyl and we will ship it your way as soon as it arrives on our door step.
The album sounds great and we are excited to get it out to music fans everywhere.
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.
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