Josh Fix, my latest powerpop obsession.

Josh Fix. Oh, man.

This goes back to my musings on one-man-bands… I’m just in awe of these guys who can pull off everything with aplomb. I first heard about Josh when he released his EP “Steinway the Hard Way” a while back (2004?) — but I didn’t buy it (dumb-ass). Now it’s OOP, of course.

Live and learn.

Jesus, as I sit here I’m listening to it on his site and I’m wondering why I don’t yet own it… let’s rectify that, shall we?

So I see a mention of him here and there… his new album drops, and NPR makes one of his tunes “Song of the Day” back in July. And then a friend shoots me an email about his video on YouTube. Sweet Christ, this is good. Like a slushy, sugary blend of Elton John, Spirit, Jellyfish, Ben Folds, Owsley, and lots and lots of Queen (the latter part of “Jethro” just oozes that swaggering Mercury/May/Taylor vocal arrangement, and “Whiskey and Speed” ends with a May-esque layered guitar mini-symphony coda). What more could this blogger want? Umm.. the bass chair in his band?  OK, asking too much, I realize.

Free at Last

Free at Last

Here’s a little bit from his bio:

“He’s worked on the high seas as an oil rigger, bounced at a Bourbon Street strip club, successfully eluded the clutches of the authorities at his day job by living secretly in the office filing room, and managed to squeeze in some time to compose and conduct his own full-blown classical symphony.

The South African-born transplant (who now calls San Francisco home) gained his first major taste of local- and then national- notoriety in 2004/2005 for an unlikely string of events that began with a serendipitous opening spot with The Who and culminated in a cover story in the San Francisco Chronicle, which brought to light not only an impressive and growing list of famous fans, but also the fact that Fix had actually been secretly living in a Financial District office to save the money to record his buzz-generating demo.”

But enough words… let’s listen:

And here’s a very cool video Josh shot while recording the album. His conversations with the drummer are great (the only non-Josh-Fix member of the band on the album).

4 Responses to “Josh Fix, my latest powerpop obsession.”

  1. Oh yea – I’m hooked. Poppy goodness!

  2. […] huge thanks to Hopelessly Pop for the […]

  3. Thank you! I LOVE this album.

  4. […] Fix Speaks – Interview Pt. 1 The more I listen to “Free at Last,” Josh Fix’s recent powerpop opus, the more I think it’s probably the best album I’ve heard all year. But man can’t […]

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