Jack Antonoff of Bleachers has done something pretty cool for fans of his new album, Strange Desire. He's gone on Yelp and detailed where he was and the meaning behind each song on his band's excellent new album. Check it out here.
Itís an annoying phrase. My whole life, Iíve been someone who likes to do a lot of different things, but Iíve specifically noticed with Bleachers, people donít like the idea of, like, two bands, two projects. Like, they both have to be labeled, and, well, which one is the main one? Which one is the side project? Itís like that phrase ďjack of all trades, master of none.Ē Which I think is a bullshit, annoying phrase. Itís just meant to scare us into doing one thing.
The first thing he does when he walks onto any plane is sterilize the seat with anti-bacterial wipes, he says. ďEveryone looks at me like Iím a fucking nut, but when was the last time you saw someone clean a plane? Itís just gross.Ē He always hugs hello and good-byeóthatís not just friendliness; he avoids shaking hands. He wonít sing into anyone elseís mike and doesnít play brass instruments, because ďtalk about a cesspool for disease, a trumpet?Ē Heís an avid Uber user and jokes he hasnít been on public transit since 2001, though thatís only partly because of germs; he also saw a dude pull his...
1. Wild Heart
4. I Wanna Get Better
5. Wake Me
6. Reckless Love
7. Take Me Away Ft. Grimes
8. Live A River Runs
9. Youíre Still A Mystery
10. Iím Ready to Move On/Wild Heart Reprise Ft. Yoko Ono
11. Who I Want You To Love
i let go of a lot right then and started to follow what i now call a strange desire. its the 2 words that perfectly title what this bleachers album is as a documentation of my life as i can remember it at this point. or better put, as i see it from this point. its been a bizarre and wonderful decade (particularly the past 2 years). a lot of great things have happened but its also been strange. this album speaks to all of that. i never kept a diary over the past year of being away and thinking about my life as it has unfolded - instead i wrote this album.
Jack Antonoff(fun., Steel Train) has posted an op-ed titled "Straight Allies: The Importance and the Realities" at The Huffington Post. If you've got some time today, check it out, please share it - and all that.
To celebrate the one year anniversary of Steel Train's latest album - they're running a contest and giving away a free download of the album with some b-sides! Check out all the details here. If you don't yet have this album: get it.
Head to the replies to check out the current Steel Train tour dates which include college shows and a few headlining dates where they will play their current self-titled record in its entirety as well as requests from the crowd.
Steel Train just started a 7" of the month club which will feature previously unreleased material including re-mixes, B-sides, cover songs as well as some special surprises. This is only limited to 250 pieces of each vinyl pressed. Head to the replies to read more about it.
Edit: The chat is now over, I would like to thank Jack and Evan for taking time out of their schedule to do this with us all. Four and a half hours is a long ass time to stay and chat, so repay them and go see them on tour.
Jack and Evan of Steel Train will be chattin in this thread at 8pm EST / 5pm PST. Go buy their new album on iTunes and come and say hey!
Jack and Evan of Steel Train will be chatting on AP.net tomorrow at 5pm PST. Don't forget to buy their album so you have something to spin while you gab at them. If you need more convincing (Which you shouldn't) check out Greg's review.
Head on over to Steel Train's myspace to stream Terrible Thrills Volume One, their all female companion record to the new album. It features Scarlett Johansson, Tegan and Sara, Amanda Palmer, and more. Tracklisting can be found in the replies.