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Daily Affirmation

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

My new single “DAILY AFFIRMATION” is now available via NYC label Family Records. It’s the 14th entry in their monthly Singles Club series.

You can download the track for just 79 cents via the Family Records website, or find it anywhere else you usually buy or stream music online.

PopVulture

Saturday, February 16th, 2013

Check out this new interview from PopVulture magazine, where I discuss the past, present, and immediate future. All bases covered in five easy questions!

One Week

Monday, February 11th, 2013

There are seven days remaining until the funding deadline for the Little Hopes PledgeMusic campaign. We’re within arm’s reach of the goal, but your help is still needed. Besides the album download, there are a ton of great extras still available, and a host of exclusive videos and downloads have been posted, with more yet to come. If you haven’t yet pre-orderedLittle Hopes, please do so today at pledgemusic.com/johnbrodeur.

The Pledge Goes On

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

We’re a little more than three weeks into the PledgeMusic campaign for Little Hopes. Thanks to all who have pre-ordered the album so far! I’ve already posted a few of what will eventually be 10 live videos, previewing each of the album’s songs, but you have to pledge to get in on the action. Check it out at pledgemusic.com/johnbrodeur, or click the widget on the right-hand side of this page for more information (and a free download!).

This is the New Year

Saturday, January 5th, 2013

Happy New Year, everybody! Before we get too far into 2013, I thought I’d share a few of the people and projects that made 2012 so special.

My favorite record of the last 12 months was Sharon Van Etten’s Tramp. I fell under her spell while I was on tour a few years ago, and this latest LP was a knockout. The vocal performances alone are noteworthy–while the songs are personal and engrossing, the lyrics don’t give away too much. It’s the vocal that moves the mood, and Tramp is a rollercoaster. I can’t recommend this enough. If you need another way into the world of SVE, she also does a solid Tom Petty.

Wrecking Ball was the best Bruce Springsteen album in years, and his live shows this year were electric. I saw the Boss twice in 2012 and, while I know this has become a bit of a cliche when describing his concerts, both experiences were borderline religious. That dude brings 150 percent to every moment of every show. Ain’t nobody better.

My fellow upstate New York native Sean Rowe released his second album for the Anti- label this year, and The Salesman and the Shark has “classic album” written all over it. Amazing production and performances bolstering confident, evocative songwriting. That’s how it’s supposed to be done.

A few of my favorite bands ever reunited together this year. Pulp‘s brief, Coachella-inspired reunion was brilliant as expected, at least as judged by their second Radio City Music Hall show in April. The occasion also allowed Jarvis to do a set of Relaxed Muscle tunes alongside Michael Clark’s dance company at the Whitney, which was equally excellent.

The Afghan Whigs also got the band back together and it was the best thing ever. There was no album to promote, just a few new cover tunes (including a terrific take on a Frank Ocean track), a formidable back-catalog, and a legend of having been one of the best live acts in their day. I saw them in September at the Greg Dulli-curated ATP Festival and it pretty much changed my life. (ATP was also a chance to see the great Mark Lanegan sing songs from Blues Funeral, another of my favorites from 2012.) The Whigs’ set was powerful enough that I went back for more, two weeks later in Brooklyn, and it was even better. Pure power and soul.

The Silver Age wasn’t a Sugar reunion record, but it was the closest thing to a follow-up to File Under: Easy Listening that Bob Mould has done in 18 years. I once commented that a Mould solo-electric set in the mid-’90s was like a “master class,” and The Silver Age gives me that same feeling. His yearning, insistent voice and unmistakable sense of melody are still very much there, and they’re never better than when matched with thrashing alt-rock guitars and drums. Also there’s a song called “Fugue State” on here that may be inspired by an episode of Breaking Bad, which is worth several bonus points in my estimation.

Some other records I dug: Fiona Apple The Idler Wheel; Neil Young and Crazy Horse Psychedelic Pill; Soundgarden King Animal; Aimee Mann Charmer; Scott Walker Bish Bosch; Nada Surf The Stars Are Indifferent to Astronomy; Divine Fits A Thing Called Divine Fits; Big Boi Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors; The Evens The Odds; Om Advaitic Songs; Joseph Arthur Redemption City; Jack White Blunderbuss

In the “personal best” column, 2012 was the year I finally finished Little Hopes, so now I can get on to making other records! It was the year I “starred” in a Beach House video. It was the year I toured with the Scud Mountain Boys (thanks to Joe and Joyce!). And it was the year I made music with more bands and performers than ever: I joined a few new bands (the Robin Electric and one more TBA); joined and left another (Golden Animals); got involved in the Leave A Lasting Mark charity concert series; did studio sessions with Senator and the New Republic and Josh Wald; played live shows with Violet Trouper, These Are The Hits, JBCB/Charmboy, another Sense Offenders reunion, Ryan McNeill (and Jason Hiller), and Will McCranie; and made some genuine progress on the new Five Alpha Beatdown LP (in addition to playing a few classic gigs).

And I finally watched The Wire, which I’ll be doing again this year for sure.

Here’s to another great year!

Raising Little Hopes

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

Today, I’ve launched a campaign with my friends at PledgeMusic to bring my new album, Little Hopes, to life.

It’s been a long time coming, indeed. This album has gone through a lot of changes over the last few years–the album that will be released in the spring bears almost no resemblance to the version that was planned as a Maggie Mayday full-length. I played almost every note, though there are cameos from Troy Pohl (who also co-produced two tracks), the members of Maggie Mayday, and the ever-so-talented Kristin Fayne-Mulroy, who sings harmony on the first song. Dominick Campana produced one track, and “Uncle” Brett Portzer let me live in his studio for a week. Michael “Mama” Tudor mastered it and helped out with the mixing. Phil Pascuzzo created the cover art (which will get a proper introduction next week) and is developing the packaging. It’s all pretty much finished, really.

Now I just need your help in making it a real THING.

Over the next 60 days, you can pledge your support for the project by pre-ordering the CD, or opting for one of many bonus packages, including autographed merch, house concerts, and personalized songs. When you pledge, you gain access to a series of exclusive video and audio content, which will eventually amount to a second album or more. The real fun begins once we roll past the goal amount: With luck, Little Hopes will get a vinyl pressing, and I’ll be able to hit the road this spring to bring the music to you personally.

I’ll be unveiling bits and pieces of the album as we go along, right on through the end of February (and beyond). The album will be officially released in April, but you’ll hear it well before that. Please check out the project at pledgemusic.com/projects/littlehopes, and hear a snippet of a new song (“Dig”) in the accompanying video:

Good Morning

Monday, November 26th, 2012

Have I really not updated this site since February? My apologies to anyone who’s been breathlessly refreshing the page, waiting for new content. It’s not for lack of activity. We’ll be revamping the site soon, as well as (finally) releasing my new solo album. Watch for all of that just after the new year.

I’ve been laying low on solo gigs while I finalize details for the LP, but I’ve kept busy playing and writing with a bunch of bands — check out The Robin Electric for an example.

And I’ve been involved in a few excellent charity events lately, including a fundraiser for Hurricane Sandy relief this past weekend. The event was a tribute to The Last Waltz, the legendary final concert by The Band, and featured about 20 NYC musicians and singers. Here’s my take on the Richard Manuel vocal of “I Shall Be Released.”

If you care to donate, please visit the Tunnels to Towers Foundation.

Starlet/Janet

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, there’s a new single from The Suggestions.Starlet/Janet” features one old song (“Starlet,” originally released in 2003) and one new one (“Janet,” recorded during the Tiger Pop Ten sessions). Click the album cover to head to the download page, and name your price (including free!) for a limited time.