Archive for Jason Falkner

Jason Falkner News! [updated]

Posted in Album with tags , , , , , on June 2, 2008 by Andy

What’s up, Falknerds? Back on March 13, I mentioned that Jason’s second edition of Beatles covers-in-lullaby-format was coming soon. Well, I noticed today in my Amazon recommendations, “Bedtime with the Beatles Part Two” is due to be released on June 17! Continue reading

Jason Falkner News!

Posted in Album with tags , , , , , on March 13, 2008 by Andy

Rumor has it that Jason has completed recording a “vol. 2” of “Bedtime with the Beatles,” his lullaby-esque instrumental collection of Fab covers. Continue reading

Powerpop News!

Posted in Album, Artist with tags , , , , , on March 11, 2008 by Andy

Good news, powerpop fans — Roger Manning Jr. has a new album ready to drop on March 19. For those who don’t know RMJr., he’s a fantastic keyboardist, singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. If you’ve heard any Jellyfish (the alpha and omega of modern powerpop, IMO), you know his work. Continue reading

One-Man Bands

Posted in Miscellaneous Static with tags , , , , , , on March 3, 2008 by Andy

My favorite “sub-genre” of pop music is powerpop (which I’ll address sometime soon—in fact, you’ll get sick of me talking about it). For some reason, this style of pop seems to attract one-man band artists more than any other.

It’s a pretty new phenomenon, if you think about it: one artist who plays every instrument on a recording, arranges and sings all the vocals, and in some cases, engineers the entire album. Les Paul and his multitrack recording technique/equipment advances certainly paved the way in the 1940s and 1950s, but I don’t think anybody did it as a truly one-man effort until Paul McCartney (solo) and the woefully unsung Emitt Rhodes. Both their albums came out in 1970, with Emitt proclaimed a “new McCartney” (and to be honest, the album is an obvious Beatle-esque pastiche, no matter how well done it is). Continue reading