Wednesday, July 10, 2024

Gang Of Foreigner On Spotify

 

My latest album, Gang Of Foreigner has arrived on Spotify:  https://open.spotify.com/artist/4jtrirYbvh6O1zQ7AJghIB.  I'm assuming that means it's available at the zillion other music sites worldwide that the distributor sends it to, so you can probably listen to it wherever you want to.  It was a little delayed because the moderator at the distributor must have thought it was K-Pop or something and thought it needed remastered or whatnot.  I basically told them that no, it's supposed to sound sort of fucked-up, and then it was smooth sailing, as the old saying goes.  If you listen to it, you'll probably double my monthly listeners.  Considering something like 25,000 tracks a day pop up on Spotify, I am not saddened by that.  I like it.  It's there if you want to give it a spin.  If you like it, then give it another metaphorical spin.  If you don't like it, then maybe you'll like one of the other 25,000 tracks from that day.  I know there's a deluge of content, but I'm still always amazed that people don't try new music these days.  I love the oldies also, but it's not like one has to shell out money to hear a new album anymore.  It's OK to roll the dice and stream something.  You might find something new to like.  One fun thing about Spotify is that they generate a Wred Fright radio station which has other fun stuff (right now, it looks like it has Car Seat Headrest, Gilla Band, and some others, but it's always changing, presumably based on what listeners are listening to and various computer algorithms trying to link tracks together that the same people will like).  Spotify thinks the album is from 2020 probably because the distributor notes the earliest year of composition, but it's from this year (my first album is listed as being from 1994, but came out in 2021). 

For more Wred Fright music, listen to the Yeast? 7" or give his previous albums a listen or download at your favorite digital music site such as SoundCloud or Bandcamp!

Thursday, June 20, 2024

Gang Of Foreigner On Bandcamp

 

Gang Of Foreigner is on Bandcamp now.  You can find it here:  https://wredfright.bandcamp.com/album/gang-of-foreigner.  What's your favorite song?  I picked "Smart Set" as the featured track.  Mainly because it's the first track anyway, but it probably would be the leadoff single if we were living in the old days when lps and cds were the main ways music was released.  Of course, all the songs on the album were singles already, as I released them as they were recorded.  And many are my favorites with a few remaining in my current set.  It will be interesting when the album hits Spotify to see what the most popular track will be.  It's often a surprise and not just for me.  Pavement's most popular song is some late, obscure B-side that hit it on TikTok with the younger folks.  Go figure, as it is said.

For more Wred Fright music, listen to the Yeast? 7" or give his previous albums a listen or download at your favorite digital music site such as Spotify or Bandcamp!

Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Gang Of Foreigner On SoundCloud

It's out!  My new album, Gang Of Foreigner, is out on SoundCloud:  https://soundcloud.com/wredfright/sets/gang-of-foreigner.  It should be coming soon to Spotify and elsewhere (the distributor says July 2nd, but sometimes they show up earlier).  It will be coming to Bandcamp probably inbetween.  You should be able to download MP3s from Soundcloud, which I recommend.  I've been uploading digital music for years, and the sites always are dodgy.  MP3.Com disappeared, MySpace disappeared, and so on.  Eventually, the sites get bought out or go bankrupt or whatever and the tracks just disappear one day.  Best to have your own stash somewhere.  Hope you like it (if you don't, I certainly don't care)!

For more Wred Fright music, listen to the Yeast? 7" or give his previous albums a listen or download at your favorite digital music site such as Spotify or Bandcamp!

Friday, June 14, 2024

Gang Of Foreigner Liner Notes

The liner notes for Gang Of Foreigner can be found here:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ul5r92kPYfOySkWrmB_R9zzNMpkcsx_f/view?usp=drive_link.  I am a fan of liner notes.  I always enjoyed it when Robyn Hitchcock would have a silly short story or The Dead Kennedys would have some crazy collages and news clippings or Joe Strummer would pretend to be The Clash's butler.  Being able to stream music everywhere or download MP3s is great, but the liner notes from a cd or lp were a great part of the fun of buying a new record, so I am doing my part to keep that tradition alive.  The album will be out shortly.  The next post will likely announce the album's presence on SoundCloud.

For more Wred Fright music, listen to the Yeast? 7" or give his latest album a listen or download at your favorite digital music site such as Spotify or Bandcamp!

Friday, May 31, 2024

Gang Of Foreigner Track List

The track list for the new Wred Fright album, Gang Of Foreigner, is currently set as follows:

1) Smart Set

2) Cheekbones And Legs

3) The Whistleblower Takes Up Harmonica

4) Gang Of Foreigner

5) Sheridan Market

6) Rub My Arm

7) Another Year Without A Valentine

8) There's Nobody In This Town Worth Fucking

9) This Coffee Is Going Right Through Me

10) The Plagiarist In Chief

11) New Hire's Tragic Disappearance

12) Starter Spouse

13) It's Not Such A Wild Weekend

14) Run Of The Mill Punk Rock Song

and 15) History Of Our Home

The album clocks in at about 38 minutes which is in keeping with my belief that albums are best kept to one side of a 90-minute cassette with space for a 7" taped on the end.  Generally, the album should run over 30 minutes though.  You can hear the tracks now at https://soundcloud.com/wredfright though I have not created the official album/playlist yet.  It is interesting how songs placed in juxtaposition to one another create an independent entity as a whole.  If you have a suggestion for a different track order, then please feel free to email me or post it in the comments.  Otherwise, look for the next post to feature the liner notes for the album.

For more Wred Fright music, listen to the Yeast? 7" or give his latest album a listen or download at your favorite digital music site such as Spotify or Bandcamp!

Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Gang Of Foreigner Cover

Here's the cover for the new album.  I figured if my cat could make a book cover, then my dog deserved an album cover.  She must have been still a pup here.  I'll share the track listing in the next post.  If you are excited for the new album, then you can warm up by listening to the first three albums (links to them are below in the blurb).

For more Wred Fright music, listen to the Yeast? 7" or give his latest album a listen or download at your favorite digital music site such as Spotify or Bandcamp!

Wednesday, May 8, 2024

New Wred Fright Album!

A new album should be coming shortly.  It's called Gang Of Foreigner, named for my dream radio station that mixes up all the fun tunes from Foreigner to Gang Of Four (and one would hope more), not caring whether it's mainstream or alternative, just that it rocks.  You can hear some of the tracks at https://www.soundcloud.com/wredfright, but I'll list the track listing and cover and liner notes here in subsequent weeks, as well as let you know when it's out on Soundcloud, Spotify, Bandcamp, and the rest of the streaming services.  I have no plans for a cd or lp release, but you could probably sweettalk me into burning you a cd if you wanted to, and some record label would have to pony up for the vinyl because I'm still selling vinyl from 1994 myself (see the blurb below for how to get a copy).  The first three albums are already out and available for listening (see the aforementioned little blurb below for links).

For more Wred Fright music, listen to the Yeast? 7" or give his latest album a listen or download at your favorite digital music site such as Spotify or Bandcamp!

Tuesday, April 23, 2024

New Recording!: "History Of Our Home"

I wrote this song in 2021.  You can hear the demo and read what I wrote about it then here.  For the rerecording, I added fake bass (on guitar) and drummed on the walls and floor of the house.  I also clanked on a folding table leg and added some beeps.  I like how the song builds musically until it's a full house.  This is the last of the Gang Of Foreigner tracks.  If I don't get run over by a bread delivery truck or something, look for the album to be out soon.

For more Wred Fright music, listen to the Yeast? 7" or give his latest album a listen or download at your favorite digital music site such as Spotify or Bandcamp!

Monday, April 22, 2024

Comic: Steamboat Goat

So Mickey Mouse finally landed in the public domain, at least the version of Mickey that's in Steamboat Willie.  Disney made some weird new version of Steamboat Willie that shows dozens of Steamboat Willie Mickeys running around causing havoc (clearly, an allegory for what they feel Mickey entering the public domain will unleash).  I watched the original cartoon thinking it might be fun to do a Mickey Mouse strip, but the character who caught my eye was not the mouse.  I encourage other cartoonists to have some fun with Steamboat Goat.  He's a cool character.  To read the comic, I suggest clicking on the image and making it full screen.  You could also download it after you click on it for the primo view, I suppose.  I've also loaded the panels individually below if you like scrolling down (it works either way).










For more fun (albeit words, not pictures), read one of my novels, such as the latest, Fast Guy Slows Down!