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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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Congratulations to our "Ask the Greek God of Style" Fashion Watch column. We made it to ten editions without alientating our entire fanbase and friend group. We'll keep going as long as the Gigi has opinions to share and questions to answer. If you have a question burning, email us at contact@ poptek.com.