Thursday, February 5, 2015

All the News That Fits We Print

So I got a royalty check from CD Baby yesterday, which means Floor Your Love is still, inexplicably, selling, and ain't that a kick in the pants.

More to the point, when I looked at our account over there, I discovered that a physical copy of the CD had been purchased by somebody on the Continent just the other week. So I e-mailed to ask a) who they were; b) how did they hear about the record; and c) if they liked it, would they be interested in a free copy of the improved re-release version on Australia's ZERO HOUR RECORDS?

Here's the quite wonderful reply I got.

Hi Steve:

So great to hear about you.

Well, my name is Joaquin Lopez and I live in Madrid (Spain).

By pure chance I got to your GREAT music via CD BabY distribution. I checked the samples and I take notice about your great power pop and topnotch Rickenbacker sound. As well, the cover design and album title were a gimmick/ homage to The Yardbirds' "For your love" album.

The band's attitude were very close to legendary names like early Byrds, Searchers, Flamin' Groovies or The Records. And the tracks "Let her go" and "Are you here or are you gone" are classic stuff. But the whole album is terrific.

Thanks for your kind offer.
Sincerely from a Spanish fan and friend
.

Needless to say, this made me completely verklempt, and I dispatched him a copy of Floor Your Love Mark II pronto.

Meanwhile, here's a rough of the cover (courtesy of my beautiful and brilliant art director girlfriend) of that forthcoming EP I mentioned previously....


...and a teaser track (note the sitar samples from The Beatles' "Tomorrow Never Knows.")



And, of course -- thank you, Joaquin. You made my week. Hell, so far you've made my year.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The Band That Wouldn't Die

A couple of quick updates.

1. The juggernaut that is Floor Your Love (the CD) rolls on: CD Baby informs me that so far there have been four digital downloads already this month. Even more amazing, we sold an actual physical CD to some idiot perceptive fellow in Madrid, Spain this very day. Why we are huge in Spain is a mystery that may, perhaps, never be solved.

2. I have decided that since the masses are clamoring for the Floor Models, I am going to compile and release an EP of previously unreleased material for our own P.O.J. label.


The disc will be titled Letter From Liverpool, after the gorgeous song Gerry and Andy started working on back in the day, and which Gerry finished last year; it's about us, obviously, and it never fails to get me all misty. Gerry's version is just acoustic guitar and vocal -- Glenn and I may or may not put electric guitars, bass and drums on it; more news on that will be forthcoming as that develops. Other candidates are a great live version (from JPs,in excellent stereo) of Andy's "The Hand That's Strong," an Andy solo acoustic version of "You'll Come Around" (from WBAI-FM) and Andy's psychedelic remix of "Fade Into Grey," which samples the sitars from The Beatles' "Tomorrow Never Knows." We also have a great studio take of Gerry's "Sittin' Tight" with killer keyboards by moi; there are some technical issues with the surviving tape, but hopefully we can resolve them.

Once again, my beautiful and brilliant girlfriend will be doing the art direction -- we've already got a rough cover design -- and I'll be posting details of the work in progress in a timely fashion. Stay tuned.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Early Winter Updates

Forty years after we couldn't get arrested -- let alone get a record deal -- the fabulous Floor Models (featuring a bass player whose name rhymes with Sleeve Nimels)...


...got played on the radio. Last Sunday, in fact.

Courtesy of living saint/deejay Jim Monaghan. Formerly of the late lamented WNEW-FM, and now the morning guy on The Rock of New Jersey...


...which streams in real time HERE, BTW.

Jim played our live cover of The Records/Searchers classic "Hearts in Her Eyes," in between The Jags' "Back of My Hand" and "Another Nail For My Heart" by Squeeze.


Words fail me. But if you're of a mind, go over to the website of ZERO HOUR RECORDS, Australia's leading music-delivery system, and order a copy of the album. Now!

Oh, and here's the track in question.



Oh -- and as if that all wasn't amazing enough...

Ian McLagan -- keyboard genius of The Small Faces/Faces and much much else -- takes a bite out of a CD featuring a bassist whose name rhymes with Sleeve Nimels.


Words, as they fucking say, fail me.

[h/t Phil Cheese]


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Fall Updates

1. Courtesy of our pal Wayne Lundquist Ford, a track by these guys...


...three of whom were, of course, Floor Models, is now available on a fantastic power pop compilation download album.


You can read more about the album over HERE.

And here's the actual download link for the album. Hey -- it's free! What are you waiting for?

2. To my complete and utter surprise, the original home-made version of Floor Your Love is still selling like gangbusters over at CD Baby; we've had to restock twice in the last couple of months.

This is enormously gratifying obviously, and as a special bonus -- if you're one of the folks who bought the album and consequently made your way over to this here blog, drop us a line and I'll be happy to send you a copy of the new and improved version on ZERO HOUR RECORDS.

More on all this as things develop.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Early Summer News Updates

I have been informed that in the last several weeks, Floor Your Love (the CD), has sold five copies -- and engendered four digital downloads. To places as diverse as Detroit, Kentucky, Ireland and Germany.


In other words, the Floor Models juggernaut rolls on.

And in another piece of good news, I learned this at USA Today yesterday.

ROBIN THICKE SELLS FEWER THAN 54 COPIES OF PAULA IN AUSTRALIA!

Yikes! Robin Thicke's album sales just hit a new low.

Last week, the "Get Her Back" singer, 37, debuted his new album Paula—an elaborate attempt to win back his estranged wife Paula Patton—but the numbers are not pretty. In Australia, the album is reportedly absent from the country's top 500 albums chart.

An Australian news service notes that No. 500 on the list, "a Blondie compilation," counted just 54 copies sold last week, putting Thicke's Australian sales at fewer than 54.

The disappointing numbers follow similarly dismal figures from the United Kingdom. In the U.K., Thicke reportedly counted a grand total of 530 copies sold.

While his sales numbers stateside are much higher than his totals abroad, Thicke is seeing a massive fall from the success of his hit 2013 album Blurred Lines.

Paula bowed at No. 9 on the Billboard 200 with 24,000 copies. By contrast, Blurred Lines was certified gold and hit No. 1 on the Billboard albums chart; it sold 177,000 copies in its first week out.


The R&B crooner has yet to find a takeoff hit single in Paula the way that he did with Blurred Lines. Thicke has been releasing emotional music videos to his new tracks, but they haven't seen the same success.

And in conclusion Robin Thicke -- bite us!

Monday, April 21, 2014

THE FLOOR YOUR LOVEJUGGERNAUT CONTINUES TO ROLL ON!!!

Courtesy of our good friend Bruce Brodeen, the former proprietor of Not Lame Records, and now the head honcho of the cool website POP GEEK HEAVEN, a fabulous Floor Models track -- "You'll Come Around" (from the equally fabulous Floor Your Love album) -- has made an appearance on the quite splendid new sampler Power Pop Planet Volume Three.


Billed, as you can see (and aptly) as "29 Bands -- 29 Smiles."

Here's the inside art track listing.


This is a limited edition release, so I'm not gonna post any songs from it, but you can -- and definitely should -- order a copy over HERE. When the thing sells out, it's gone forever, so what are you waiting for, you cheap bastids?

And I should add that the fact we're on an album with the truly fantastic Myrcle Brah (the mp3 below is a different track than the one on PPPIII)..



...has made me around the moon happy. Jeebus, those guys are good.

As are, I hasten to assure you, all the other bands and solo artists on the album. Seriously, there's not a dud track on the collection, and I'm not saying that just because I'm prejudiced.

Anyway, remember -- every time somebody orders a copy, an angel gets its wings.

Thank you.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Updated Updates: Special I Love My Label Edition

Our good pal George Matskov, mogul of Zero Hour Records -- the world's greatest music delivery system -- posted this little commercial for Floor Your Love on YouTube this week.



Words, as I am wont to say, fail me. Although I will stipulate that is about the coolest thing I've ever seen.

Also, our videos got featured over at Pop Geek Heaven a few weeks ago and the site's proprietor -- Bruce Brodeen, of Not Lame Records fame -- informs me that an album review is forthcoming. As is a Floor Models track on a compilation CD they have in the works.

More details as they emerge...