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).
The legendary writer and musician Don Thrasher (Dayton Daily News, Smug Brothers, Gas Daddy Go Records, Swearing at Motorists) asked a few questions of the cute duo named JILL & MICAH. Read long at the link below. The Dayton release show is Saturday night July 2 at South Park Tavern in Dayton.
GHETTOBLASTER.com is sharing the first single from the debut of JILL & MICAH. Go hear it now and let the excitement for "Slowly But Surely" just settle in.
We are excited to announce that the debut from JILL & MICAH "Slowly But Surely" is ready for the world to hear. Disc and Digital pre-orders are ready in the Poptek Shop with orders shipping and downloading now. The album will be available worldwide from your favorite digital store on Friday July 22.
"Slowly But Surely" is a mature debut from two meshing and married personalities. It's novel, cute, sardonic, abstract and direct, sweet and sharp, and pleasant sounding all the way through. The duo, Micah with his troubadour-like voice and Jill with her sweet innocence, lead the songs on guitar, banjo, harmonica, and ukulele. The sound is rounded out by a cast of fellow Poptek players. Andy Ingram (XL427, KRIS N.) produced, recorded, and played drums. Brenna Myers (THE FLORALS) mixed, mastered, and played bass. Gigi Palassis (SECOND BEST, XL427) added guitar with an attitude. Alexander Scaglia even added airgan and accordian. Other friends joined in too on piano, glockenspiel, and stomps.
We will have two local release parties for a chance to pick up the album in person. First up is Saturday July 2 in Dayton, Ohio at South Park Tavern. The full band (Andy on drums, Brenna on bass, Gigi on guitar) will be joing the duo. Our friends JETTY BONES and MICHAEL TOMLINSON are also playing. The pluralized JILL & MICAH are also hosting a release party in Columbus, Ohio on Saturday July 30 at Spacebar. More details to come.
The long-worked-upon debut from JILL & MICAH is being mastered as we speak. The album is entitled "Slowly But Surely" and features 10 songs of poetry that the couple have a knack for writing. Release date announcements will be coming soon.
After another long vow of solitude, The Greek God of Style is back. This time he tackles the issue of suspenders.
Poptek's Andy Ingram has been documenting the history of our label, the bands, our friends, and the shows we have hosted by continually silkscreening show posters. We are just now catching up with the new gallery added to poptek.com
Feel free to peruse many years of what is a painstaking and sloppy artform that is at the same time beautiful and simple.
As we have done a few times before, we are throwing a Poptek Pizza Party at the wonderful South Park Tavern in Dayton. Not only is it a friendly place to play, they serve Pizza Factory pizza that is so so tasty. Join us this Saturday February 27 for friendship, melody, and good food. It's free and all-ages.
Dustin Smith opens up the music at 9:30 PM. Jill + Micah (+ Andy + Gigi + Brenna + Alex) play their first show with a full-band and their first show in Dayton. You can hear a good preview of what their album is going to sound like when it releases in March. Finally The Florals cap off the night. If you haven't seen The Florals yet, then you will be amazed.
The first volume was such a success, with so many people falling in love, couples getting married, or multitudes figuring out this dating thing, that another volume of our Dating Dayton romance advice column has been posted. If you have any specific questions you need answered, email us at contact @poptek.com.
Yeah, so we at Poptek have started a Dating Advice column, entitled Dating Dayton. "Why?", you ask. "Why not?", we counter. Love is even more important than a beautiful pop hook. And really we just enjoy being ridiculous. So expect more nonsense in the vein of our "Ask the Greek God of Style" column. So we may not really help anyone navigate the mysteries of romance, but we'll make fun of ourselves while doing so. And really this is just Andy speaking in the pluralised person. The first volume is up now. And if you have any questions you need answered, email us at contact @poptek.com.
We added a new band to Poptek, kind of. L'ALBATROS has broken up. In its stead, SECOND BEST has emerged as the songwriting medium for Gigi Palassis. Keep an eye on their page for updates on their forthcoming debut.
Our lovable married duo JILL + MICAH gets to open for the quirky, synthetic songwriter, ADVANCE BASE. Owen Ashworth, the Chicago songwriter who goes by the moniker ADVANCE BASE, recently released "Nephew in the Wild" and is on tour supporting this second album. If you ever heard of CASIOTONE FOR THE PAINFULLY ALONE, well that's Owen. He's shared shows with The Postal Service, Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie), Stephen Merrit (The Magnetic Fields), and Dave Bazan. He even had Mark Kozelek (Sun Kil Moon) cover one of his songs before Kozelek started alienting people. The show happens Thursday night October 15 at the Tree Bar in Columbus.
The weather in Springfield is wet and cold and windy and it's just going to get worse. So we are cancelling Communinvale tonight. The weather is usually really nice still on the first weekend of October. Not tonight. Sorry.