Happy Rocktober. This month brings yet another single release fetauring tunes that will not be on the new LP.
The A-side is called “Another Year Gone.” Kind of appropriate as the seasons turn.
The B-side, “Idiots in Paradise,” was commissioned by Joe Peters, who also suggested the title. That’s usually a good way to guarantee the song gets called something else, but in this case it fit the meter perfectly.
We’re printing up some sweet zippered hoodies for our upcoming tour, but since we’re not sure how many people will want to spend $40 on one, we’re paranoid simultaneously about ordering too many (and winding up with more boxes of stuff in one of our garages) and ordering too few (thus disappointing fans in NY or Boston if they all get sold before we get there).
To deal with this dilemma, we have decided to let folks who really, really want one pre-order, so they are guaranteed to get one. This will have the added benefit of helping us figure out how many to print.
If you’re coming to one of our east coast shows in October/November, just click the BUY NOW button below, select your size, and fill out the resulting form. We’ll have a hoodie in the size you requested waiting at the merch table for you — just give your name, and receive your lovely gear. And if you wind up not making the show for any reason, never fear, as PayPal will have collected your address and we can ship it to you once we’re home on November 2nd.
If you won’t be coming to a show, but still want one of these lovely hoodies, you can still press the BUY NOW button. You will also be guaranteed a hoodie, which will ship to you in early November, once we’ve returned from the road.
Propeller Sound Recordings just released the second official single from our upcoming LP, “Normal Never Was.” Donors to our IndieGoGo campaign already received that one back in January, but the video should make for a pleasing surprise, consisting as it does of 20 years’ worth of live footage condensed into under 3 minutes of pop punk glory.
Thanks to everyone who’s mailed us VHS tapes and DVDs of shows they’ve attended over the years. if we used your footage, we appreciate it. Even if we didn’t use your footage, we still appreciate it.
As promised, here’s a brand new TMJ video, for “Mercy Mild,” the first official single off of our upcoming LP, All These Fucking Feelings. It was inspired by Tim’s favorite pandemic activity: taking edibles and watching old silent films while listening to his favorite songs on shuffle play. That reminded him of what going to clubs was like back in the ’80s, when venues would regularly screen random old video clips while new wave hits played on the PA. Every once in a while, image and audio would line up as though they were meant to be experienced together.
So we tried to do the same thing with our song, and old footage from Rex Ingram’s The Magician (1926), which features a pretty greate scene in which the heroine is sent to hell.
This month’s donor single, “Mercy Mild,” is also the first official single from the upcoming LP. We’ll be putting out a video for it in a few days, but dedicated fans get the audio over a week before anyone else on the planet.
The B-side is “Clio’s Stuck Inside,” which was commissioned by Jim Williams, in honor of his daughter.
IndieGoGo donors have now received the seventh of twelve monthly singles. It’s called “My Future Ex-Wife.” The B-side is “Wyandot County Beef Queen, 1988.” That one was commissioned by Jon Breiner, who did indeed marry the lady who won that title.
We’re going to celebrate the upcoming release of the next Too Much Joy album by playing a few shows — our first in 15 years. We’re dubbing this the Mistakes Will Be Made mini-tour, and we’ll be playing songs from throughout our career. Here’s what’s been booked so far:
Note that, while we may fill in some shows between those (let us know if your tri-state-area Halloween party needs a house band!), these will likely be our only live dates in 2022 — we do not expect to get north of Boston, west of Philly, or south of DC this year. So if you’re inclined to see us, please click the links above to buy tickets for one of those shows ASAP — the more tickets we sell, the more likely we are to get other shows later on (we may even be able to add a second show in some or all of the cities above if they sell out quickly).
Another month, another exclusive track for donors to our IndieGoGo campaign. This one’s called “What’s Good For The Banks.”
It’s got two B-sides, the first of which is “Dick-Punching Foe of the Patriarchy,” a song that was commissioned by Kristen Berg, who told us that’s how friends describe her.
The third track is “The Otter’s Return,” which only exists because donor Ellen Bashore asked for a sequel to “The Otter Song.” She said her original plan was to have us compose a song about her daughter Zoe, but Zoe was not keen on that idea. We can’t imagine why. Zoe’s reluctance gets a shout-out in the tune, because the song’s all about telling the truth through fiction.
Donors to our IndieGoGo campaign have now received this month’s single, a rocker called “Nothing Like You.”
The B-side, “Clenched Fist Labs,” was commissioned by Robert Reay, to commemorate a bunch of characters with a shared mythology he and some friends created a while back. They have their own comic strip if you want to follow it: www.umlautllama.com/projects/cfl/