An Old Pal Interviews Us

March 5th, 2021 by tim

Jim Sullivan covered some of our earliest shows in Boston. He was at T.T. the Bear’s when the band decided to lead the crowd in a parade out of the club, down the street, into the Middle East (where a different band was playing) and back. And he was there many years later at the Paradise, standing next to Tim’s mom and feeling a bit uncomfortable as the band cursed up a storm.

Anyway, we consider him a pal, so it was a treat having an extended discussion about our new album with him, conducted over email and the phone.

Tim says you should read all the way to the end, as Jim got him to explain what the band does and why in the most romantic manner he’s ever managed.

Read the whole thing here.

More Press: That Devil Music

February 21st, 2021 by tim

The Reverend Keith Gordon seems pleased with our new album. You can read what he has to say about it at his site, That Devil Music.

At the end of his article, he has embedded our latest video, “Uncle Watson Wants to Think,” which can only be viewed on his site for now. We’ll release it more widely soon.

“Uncle Watson” features friend of the band Joan Osborne on guest vocals. She fits right in, we think.

 

Big Takeover Video Premiere

January 26th, 2021 by tim

 

We made a video for “Blinding Light of Love”! And legendary punk/indie magazine/website The Big Takeover is premiering it!

You can read what they have to say about our video here, and/or watch the thing below. It was animated by the very talented Anna Burholt.

MXDWN Premieres New TMJ Single

January 22nd, 2021 by tim

 

MXDWN has a nice write-up of the lead track from Mistakes Were Made, “Blinding Light of Love.”

We’re not quite sure what they find so humorous, but any press is good press, right?

You can check it out here.

Pre-order Mistakes Were Made

December 24th, 2020 by tim

The new album has been completed. Donors to the IndieGoGo campaign that funded its creation have already received digital downloads for their generosity. Everyone else has to wait till March 19th, when it’s officially released. But you can pre-order it now, as a digital download, or a CD with a lyrics/credit booklet, or a vinyl LP, also with a lyrics/credits insert. There’s even a VERY limited edition version of the LP that comes with an autographed dust sleeve and a bonus download of 8 outtakes from the sessions. All orders unlock three tracks from the album now, and will unlock another single when it comes out in early January. Get yours here.

We’re pretty proud of the results — not quite sure how or why, but something about the rage and frustration engendered by the pandemic and ensuing lockdowns resulted in a flood of new material that we’re pretty sure measures up well with anything we’ve done in the past.

We hope you agree.

Living Backwards in Time

July 31st, 2020 by tim

We’ve got another set of new/old songs for August’s First Friday event on Bandcamp. It won’t be out till Friday, but you can hear “Pong” right now on BrooklynVegan.

But we’ve also got a more momentous announcement: we’ve been having so much fun recording again, and have found the process of writing one or two new ones for each old one we revisit so inspiring, that we’ve decided to record a complete album that way.

Yup: we’re working on our first album of new material in almost a quarter of a century. It’s tentatively titled Last Century, because half the songs were written in the literal last century, and half the songs are being written in this, which sometimes feels as though it might be humanity’s last.

You can hear the latest fruits of that approach on August 7, when we release “Pong,” a brand new song, backed with the long-overdue studio version of “Hey Merlin!,” a tune we demoed for Cereal Killers but never officially recorded (though the original, live-to-two-track demo has surfaced on the fan-club only single Dr. Seuss is Dead, as well as the Gods and Sods compilation.

We’ve set up an IndieGoGo campaign to help fund the recording, so if you want to pre-order a copy of the album before it officially exists, you can do so there for $10, or you can contribute even more in exchange for various perks.

New Much Joy

July 3rd, 2020 by tim

As bored as everybody else while self-isolating in June, Too Much Joy decided to see if they could complete a couple of songs in time for the next Bandcamp First Friday.

The result is New Memories, a 3-track EP. New Memories parts 1 and 2 were written and recorded June, 2020. Snow Day was written in the early ’90s, but never recorded till now.

Sandy and Tommy laid down the rhythm tracks at Riverworks, with the patient assistance of Matt Noble. Bill added his parts in his home studio, Jay recorded his with the help of his son Leo at home in Los Angeles, and Tim added his vocals at Anu Kirk’s home in San Francisco.

TMJ Rarities

June 5th, 2020 by tim

Bandcamp has been waiving their commission on the first Friday of every month, so TMJ is celebrating by making some rarities more widely available. Go to our bandcamp page to get the following goodies:

  • Dr. Seuss is Dead, a fan club 7″ from 1994 with three songs we promised we’d never make available in any other medium. Oops.
  • Mystery Limousine, a song we wrote in the early-’90s but never recorded until the aughts, originally released as a free download in Christmas, 2009 on this site
  • The Lost Album, which is all the songs we wrote after Mutiny but before Sandy left the band. Most of them came out on Gods and Sods or the Crack reissue, but it includes Sandy’s original bass and vocal parts on 5 songs that came out in slightly different versions on …finally, all sequenced as they might have been if it hadn’t taken us four fucking years to get another record deal.

Oh, looks like Topspin media, the company we used to power all the free streaming on this site, has gone out of business. So there are now just empty spaces next to all the old albums, and in a lot of random posts that used to have media players attached. Bummer. It’s gonna take us a while to swap them all out using some other solution, so please bear with us in the meantime.

A Brand New Old Song

March 18th, 2019 by tim

A couple months ago, Sandy was lamenting that the band had never really done justice to “Death Ray Machine,” a song we’d only ever recorded live to two track. Since Tim was going to be passing through NYC the following week, we decided to book some time in a studio and see if we could bang out a version that had the same energy as that live recording, but could finally be mixed properly.

So that’s what we did. Matt Noble recorded the basic tracks in New York, Johannes Luley captured some more in Los Angeles, and, since we were harking back to olden times, our pal Michael James, who produced Son of Sam I Am, mixed everything together with his customary aplomb (you can follow his exploits on social media using the very descriptive hashtag, #MichaelJamesProducer).

You can hear how it came out below (you can also buy it at Bandcamp, if you’d like to help us pay Michael James what he deserves, and/or persuade us we should do more of this type of thing).

We’re so pleased with the results, we’ve been discussing what other songs we wrote but failed to record might benefit from a similar treatment. Here are four contenders. If you have a preference, let us know in the comments, or on our Facebook page.

New(ish) Too Much Joy!

November 10th, 2018 by tim

While TMJ never really broke up, it’s become pretty rare for them to perform or record. And the most recent three songs they recorded have been a bit hard to acquire, as they were intended as part of Record Store Day releases and/or have only been available on vinyl.

But it’s almost Christmastime, so as a gift to fans we’re making them all available to stream for free here and now. If you want to give yourself a gift, you can also purchase digital downloads of the tunes. Or, if you’re some kind of Elmer J. Fudd, Millionaire, who owns a mansion and a yacht and a turntable, you can buy the Deluxe Package, which includes a 7″ single with two of the songs on colored vinyl (you can still buy the Deluxe Package even if you don’t possess a turntable with which to play it, as the single is a lovely physical object that rewards you just for gazing upon it).

The songs are:

“We Are The Clash,” a cover of what might be the worst Clash song ever, but which the band had to do when they heard Crooked Beat were putting out a tribute to Cut The Crap (which was definitely the Clash’s worst LP ever), because We Are The Clash was one of the titles briefly considered but quickly rejected for what ultimately became Cereal Killers.

“We Are Not The Clash,” a song TMJ wrote in the studio two years ago while banging out the cover song above.

“Trash City,” a cover of one of the first (and best) Joe Strummer solo tunes, which TMJ recorded for a follow-up Record Store Day tribute LP released by Crooked Beat.

If you’d like to own the songs, head on over to Bandcamp.

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