There are a couple of notable things about Wonderlick’s upcoming third LP, Super.

Notable thing #1: the band have turned themselves into action figures.

Notable thing #2: the band will be giving the album away for free, via the Super app. Because a concept album about superheroes deserves more than just some mp3s and a tiny jpeg.

The app is pretty cool, if we do say so ourselves: it comes with lyrics and liner notes and lots more photos of the action figures being heroic and will eventually include videos and other nifty things. We’re starting out with a teaser EP featuring five songs from the full album. Folks who install the app will have first access to the rest of the album when it comes out.

You can get the app free today from iTunes or Google Play, and it’ll let you hear the songs once per day. If you want to unlock unlimited streaming (and get mp3s of all the songs, to boot), you will have multiple options, many of which are also free, such as signing up for a free trial of Rhapsody.

Whatever option you choose, the band gets paid, even when you pay nothing.

Which is kind of super.


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Ive been speaking of yet the musical. Ly app for quite some time at this point and how i actually have been investigating its class. If you dont specify, musical. Ly makes you help to make brief 15-second films of by hand lip-syncing to try and sizzling hot tracks after which sound bites. Consider it like a mashup of Vine, Snapchat, after which DubSmash. If you are following the words is happening by having 7 to try and 16 year olds in america, the age app is being slowly evolving directly on reputation after which it’s not schooling symptoms of slowing. I really believe its yet the nothing more than class room as with yet the to try and end up being the next Snapchata class room by having awesome have an effect on after which the capability to maintain crucial. Im don’t you stating that it would be the next Snapchat, Im that all musical. Ly might have comparable holding get better at. Its still incredibly premature. If you have a look at the top app lists at your App wall socket or yet the Google have done wall socket, there are a great number of apps ever made after which its very difficult to try and cut down on by the use of all the noise. Musical. Ly gives a sensed the age feat by accomplishing two things: (one of those) winning yet the 13-18 year-old create after which (2) utilizing a utility app that all capitalizes at your wish to be creators. One of those. MUSICAL. LY strikes the appropriate create

Musical. Ly is normally the first biological sociable networking that all has reached that an crowd simply because more youthful simply because first-graders. Simply because cell mobile phone, tablets, after which various other fabric are currently attracting possessed after which accompanied directly on the younger after which the younger years to come, achieving the age demographic will even act as a growing number of crucial. Diagnosis is normally starting to skew the younger after which apps which can efficiently trap the age demos eyesight will even pop. Musical. Lys achievement by having the younger audiences reminds me of Facebook after which Snapchat. Facebook preliminary started like a college-only class room after which later on received reputation directly on various other years to come. Not long ago, Snapchat do an item comparable by starting with that a the younger demographic after which maturing up. Snapchat captured yet the tween after which teenage crowd as it knew two parameters which are very important for his or her teens: (one of those) its don’t you awesome to try and hang off directly on the same vegetable simply because your own body’s mother after which (2) it’s best to lock your own body’s space. Need Facebook, Snapchats app after which procedures possess began to wisely skew adult after which be more attracting that a much larger create. I really believe musical. Ly will do the same. Just think and once Facebook turned down into your moms app. In some procedures, musical. Ly is normally which makes Snapchat someones adult brothers app after which putting in an even the younger gateway. 2. MUSICAL. LY is normally accompanied simply because a tool

I actually actually attribute musical. Lys achievement to try and like a utility app. Its scenario is similar to the way Instagram started simply because a tool ahead of setting itself up like a sociable class room. Instagrams worth after which strength was that it programmed everyone more efficiently photographers. That it subjected inhabitants the capability to trap decent photographs along with their mobile gadget, edit that it, after which discuss that it along with their close friends. The age brought in a useful user base and only after that will it go about attracting sociable. Instagram programmed a thing that was currently crucial, after which flipped that it to create a sociable networking underneath. If you can get this, you are able to take notice yet the for musical. Ly. It is permitting that a the younger generation in making happy directly on procedures they might don’t you make it possible in making simply because readily on their own. It is democratizing happy production for teenagers by giving them yet the assets (i actually. E. , filters, digesting during the period of video swiftness, use of get better at sound) in making fun after which entertaining happy. I actually might not be the best lip-syncer, but then actually i could create an item fun in making at your class room. Ive accompanied musical. Lys have an effect on firsthand after which i actually motivate you never to dismiss that it simply because simply a fad. Musical. Ly is continuing to grow to try and during the period of 90 mil inhabitants across the globe, up away from 10 mil last year. If you wish to reach teenagers (and even the younger demos) in america, there’s no more efficiently technique than simply out of the platforms then they even use. Be a practitioner, learn yet the musically-likes.com app, after which specify its potential. Musical. Ly gives a a ton of eyesight at this point after which whether or not it does hang on after which adult up, there is a biological opportunity for them to stick around need Snapchat after which Facebook.

Another Super Song

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It’s been too long since we’ve posted anything new. Sorry about that. Hopefully this new song was worth the wait.

It’s called “Sixteenyearoldgirl,” and is about said character’s superpowers, which include cutting comments and disdainful eyerolls.

We think we’re done recording the album. There are 14 more where this one came from.


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New Song (& T-Shirt Sale)

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To celebrate the holidays, Wonderlick has a new song for you, plus some bargain prices on all our T-Shirts.

The song is called “Super Friends,” and is a true-ish story about a holiday that only comes once in your life: the last day of high-school. It takes place, as Tim and Jay’s last day of high-school did, at Rye Playland, where our heroes eat some mushrooms, ride the Dragon Coaster, and discover they have super powers. This all really happened, though not necessarily on the same day, and we’ve inserted Wonderlick fan Alex Poehlman into the scene since he won the contest where we promised just that earlier this year.

The song features the Bonerama horns, as arranged by mighty Mark Mullins, and some guest vocals by Gretchen Giselle. Matt Lucich is playing drums and Jonathan Zuniga’s on bass.

And, like any respectable merchant, we are  encouraging holiday shoppers to buy things they didn’t know they wanted by dropping the price for all our T-Shirts to just $5.00 through Christmas. You can get your bargain duds here.

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Rare Live Lick Appearance

dc showWonderlick will be playing a couple songs as part of a Dear New Orleans benefit concert in Washington, DC on Monday, October 4th. Tim and Jay will be backed by Bonerama, the NOLA R&B band that laid down the trombone part on “The American Way.” So, it’s a safe bet they’ll be doing that one, along with some other surprises.

More details about the show, including special VIP ticket packages, right here.

Hear Dear New Orleans

I had a blast helping pull this benefit compilation together.

It’s a bit of an epic, but well worth listening to all the way through. To make that easy, you can play the whole damn thing for free, right here.

While every track has something to offer, I direct your particular attention to the live tunes with Bonerama. They back the various musicians at every one of the artist activism retreats that inspired this album, writing genius horn arrangements for those artists’ songs, and the shows are always mind-blowing.

You can get a sense of just how much fun the musicians have as you listen to Mike Mills screaming his way through “Ohio,” or Wayne Kramer encouraging all the motherfuckers to kick out the jams.

When you’re done listening, click that “Learn More” button and go buy the damn thing, so you can repeat the experience endlessly.

Oh, and if you just want to hear/share that Wonderlick tune and bask in the glory of trombones, here it is by its lonesome:

Dear NOLA, Dirt Cheap

coverDear New Orleans doesn’t come out officially until tomorrow, but the folks at Amazon we’re so excited by the project they agreed to make it their Daily Deal and sell it one day early in the bargain.

So, today only you can snag all 31 tracks for the insanely low price of $2.99. And you needn’t even feel guilty, as when you do so, the charities earn even more than that.

As of 7:30 AM California time, the album is #11 overall at Amazon. Let’s push it into the top 10, folks…

cover I spent a good part of the summer helping my friends from Air Traffic Control pull together the Sandinista of benefit albums: Dear New Orleans features over 30 tracks from a wide array of indie, country, hip-hop, jazz and r&b artists, all doing songs dedicated to (and in some cases specifically about) one of our country’s most precious and musical cities.

The album’s being released to mark the 5th anniversary of the flooding caused by the breaking of the levees after Katrina hit, and proceeds will go to the community organizations still helping to rebuild the city and preserve the wider Gulf area.

I’m biased, of course, but I think the album rocks pretty hard. The full line-up will be announced next week, but for now I can tell you that A) it includes several of my personal heroes, B) all the participating artists are alumni of the artist-activism retreats ATC and the Future of Music Coalition have been hosting in New Orleans for the last few years and which I blogged about last March, C) it comes with a booklet featuring artwork by the Mekons’ Jon Langford and some liner notes by yours truly, and D) Wonderlick has a new track on the album.

That track is a new version of “The American Way,” complete with a brass band — multiple trombone parts were arranged by Mark Mullins from NOLA’s own Bonerama, and the Bonerama horns recorded their parts in New Orleans just a couple weeks ago.

More details will be coming over the next week, including news about how to snag the triple album for the price of a 7″ single (really) the day before it comes out.

In honor of Flag Day (really, today is Flag Day), we’ve got a brand new song called The American Way.

We started this one in SF with Chris Brague on drums, and finished it in LA over Memorial Day weekend with some vocal help from Gretchen Giselle, plus Leo, Lucy and Corrina.

If you would like a free download of this tune, details on how to obtain one after the jump.

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Nobody Loves You Enough

One rule about album-making I’ve learned over the years is that the song you most want on a record is often the one you should probably cut.

So when we were trying to figure out which of the two dozen songs we’d recorded for Topless at the Arco Arena should go on the record and which should be left off, I nobly sacrificed my personal favorite, “Nobody Loves You Enough.”

This one finds Jenny, Topless‘s heroine, listening to her favorite band in her headphones while she does the dishes and feels lonely, even though her stoned boyfriend is passed out right there on the couch.

The cello part kills me. I can’t remember what the hell made that boinging sound that kicks off the tune.

Anyway, we’ve kind of fallen off the free-download-a-week schedule recently. Sorry about that. But this one is yours for the taking — just click the button below.

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