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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.

Enjoy.

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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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One of the Good Guys

Work on Super, the next Wonderlick album, continues. We had our old friend Michael James try his hand mixing “One of the Good Guys,” since it’s got a trillion different parts and we’re not sure which ones should be loudest (or which ones should be completely muted).

Here’s his take. It’s a bit tougher than the original, we think. Let us know which you prefer.

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Download All Boys Want Free

Time for another free download. This one’s “All Boys Want.”

The title’s self-explanatory, except that it’s not, really. It’s not the only thing boys want, even though all boys do want it. But we are deeper than that.

Sometimes, anyway.

Or so the song insists.

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