Listen To New Posies Song “Squirrel Vs. Snake” on My Music Empire

The Posies’ 8th album Solid States will be released this spring, launching via the innovative new music platform My Music Empire. Please visit the Posies’ page here, where you can listen to a new song called “Squirrel Vs. Snake.”

The intro video “A Message From THE POSIES” has more information on how you can get involved with the project using My Music Empire.

Paste Magazine Premieres Ken Stringfellow’s “Doesn’t It Remind You”

Paste Magazine is now streaming a track off Ken Stringfellow’s forthcoming solo record ‘Danzig In The Moonlight,’ “Doesn’t It Remind You.” The song features guest vocalist Charity Rose Thielen (from The Head and the Heart).

Listen to the track here, and pre-order ‘Danzig In The Moonlight’ (set for release October 1st) at http://www.danziginthemoonlight.com/shop.

European tour dates for this fall can be found here, and the most up to date info from following Ken on twitter.

The Posies on KEXP, and Ken Stringfellow on The Current

The Posies played a set on KEXP in Seattle last week, and it is available for streaming at their website. They were joined by Rachel Flotard on “Licenses to Hide.”

While in Minneapolis, Ken performed on The Current, and you can listen to it (and an interview) here, including a new song, “Savior’s Hands.”

Also on KEXP, check out Brittney Bush Bollay’s photos from the Capitol Hill Block Party. More photos from the Seattle Times here.

Listen to “Licenses to Hide” Exclusively on Spin.com!

Spin.com is currently streaming “Licenses to Hide,” a new track off ‘Blood/Candy’ featuring guest vocals by Lisa Lobsinger of Broken Social Scene. Listen exclusively here.

“Licenses to Hide” is emblematic of the new album’s adventurous attitude, with a dizzying amalgamation of parts, not unlike a piece of musical theater. After opening with a somber, piano-led musing, where Stringfellow delivers a line about “feeling so old” backed by the Posies’ trademark, chill-inducing harmonies (with an assist from Broken Social Scene’s Lisa Lobsinger), the track veers into both ’70s arena rock (think Styx, in a very complimentary way) and a Billy Joel-like, storyteller-style chorus.

“‘License to Hide’ is one of two songs on the record that I think is so completely out of left field for us,” says Auer. “I always thought that the Posies should have something that resembles a showtune in our canon… On a certain day, it could be in one of the Muppet movies — and I mean that in a good way.”

End Of Week Update: June 6th, 2009

  • New shows added this week:

    7/16 – Ken Stringfellow DJs Arola Nights @ Arola Restaurant @ Hotel Arts. Barcelona, SPAIN
    10/28 – Ken Stringfellow @ Club Castro, Skopje, MACEDONIA

  • Ken has joined Twitter – follow his updates @KenStringfellow.
  • Magnet asks artists to name their favorite American power pop songs, and Chris Walla (of Death Cab for Cutie) chose “Solar Sister.” Here’s what he had to say:

    It’s their finest moment, the perfect balance of bombastic, tricky cheapness and vocal creme fraische. I can’t understand half the words, but it doesn’t seem to matter that much. I learned more about singing harmonies with this record in my car than I did in three years of choir.

  • Also in Magnet: ‘Frosting On The Beater’ makes their list of Top 15 American Power-Pop Albums, and they’ve republished a 2002 article on the subject of power pop, with comments from Ken.
  • Press for next weekend’s shows in NY: The New Yorker & Ken is interviewed by the Brooklyn blog 24/Seven.
  • Not Lame and American Songwriter review ‘Smoking Kills’.
  • Lastly – Ken is playing with The Sad Knights in Lauzerte, France tonight, and the show will be streamed online at La Grosse Tambouille, 23h France time.

New Dates For Jon’s Upcoming Tour

Jon has added four shows to his tour next month:

Feb 27th & 28th: Mojo’s, North Fremantle, Perth, Australia
March 2nd: Schooner Tavern in Auckland, New Zealand
March 3rd: MVP in Wellington, New Zealand

For the full schedule, see the tour page or Jon’s Myspace.

Jon was interviewed by an Australian site – check out the interview here: Jon Auer -2007: The Year of Bitch Slapping, Ben Lee, Paris Hilton and Our Demise.

Jon’s cover of Husker Du’s “Green Eyes” is featured on the free CD (titled “Love Will Tear Us Apart”) February 2007’s issue of Mojo.

Here is an mp3 of Jon’s interview on the Phil Jupitus Breakfast Show from December 5th last year – download it now. Thanks to IdiotJed for the mp3!

Posies On Sonic Sessions – Download Available

While the Posies were in town for Pop Montreal last October, they recorded a session at CJLO, and this session is being re-aired now!

Visit their website for mp3’s, videos and some pictures as well. They played ‘Second Time Around,’ ‘I Guess You’re Right,’ ‘Dream All Day’ and ‘Solar Sister’.

Thanks to CJLO for the heads-up!

Jon on KEXP

Jon was on KEXP’s Audio Oasis show (hosted by Sean Nelson) on August 19th and we have the session available for download.

The songs he performed:

“Josephine”
“At Least For Now”
“Mrs. Green”
“Coming Right Along”
“The Year Of Your Demise”
“Angelita”

Download it here (71mb mp3). Thanks to Idiotjed for recording this and sending it in!

Here is a link (second one down on the page) to Jon on is on Seattle’s KNDD The End recently performing ‘Bottom Of The Bottle’ and ‘Six Feet Under’.

Lastly, here’s something fun Stephen Landon sent into to JonAuer.com – it’s a recording of his son Zachary singing along to “Coversations,” and you can listen to that here (6mb mp3). Thanks to Stephen for that!