Entries by Violet Mice

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HEY! So I’m playing this show, right. I really think you guys should go. Like it says, there it’s on Thursday, around 10. There’s free pizza! Which means you should come early, and hungry, because we all know how quickly pizza disappears! Violet Mice is going to play! We’re going to really bring it (we’ve […]


Look, I’ve been bad, I’ve been constantly neglecting to tell you that I put out an album: It’s called Burque Spirit, and you can listen to it in this thing below: Burque Spirit by Violet Mice I’ve already written a pretty good introductory blurb for it, so I’ll just put that here: Instead of just […]

A new single! Down On Crow! From that Burque Spirit album I keep talking about! It’s coming out really soon! Look: Listen: Down On Crow by Violet Mice

Yes, it’s true. The beginning of a new and fantastic adventure. It’s available now, certainly at Quimby’s in Chicago, where I’ve just dropped them off. But also from me— either in person or by some sort of way I’ll work out. I think the best way is probably going to be PayPal, though if anyone […]

(Thanks, Gwyn!)

Trying out a new direction in digi-social availability (that is not a term). What I mean to say is, “follow me on twitter now,” I guess. Maybe they’ll be secrets there. Top Secrets. Topsy. Krettz. UGH.

—is a fantastic acronym. Big things this, year, yes indeed.

I don’t even want to get into how long it took to color in that album cover (it’s certainly not traced)—but suffice to say the time spent more than makes up for the outcome, no? (Panels from “The Human Condition,” Part One. Coming soon.)

For The Human Condition:

Hey guys and gals, This is a nifty little announcement. CLICK HERE. Why “click there,” you ask? Well, it’s a link to my Big Cartel page, where you can now buy my mini-comics (all except Low Spark, because I’m in the middle of putting a new batch together, y’all.) Isn’t this awesome? I’m excited. You […]

Ladies, Gentlemen, Yak Butter Statues, I present a new little collective EP, “The Goust.” It’s a Three-for-Two deal, by which I mean it’s three new Jams for Two Dollaz. Which I think is A) a pretty good deal and B) a way for me having financial confidence in how good these songs are. Here’s a […]

Mick Karn, fretless bass player extraordinaire, just died. I’m pretty bummed out by this, as anyone who has known me in the last six months will know how important the band Japan had become to me. A month or so ago (or longer? who knows), I wrote a story about why Japan really struck a […]

Everyone, while talking about The Walkmen, talked about “Angela Surf City.” I have no bone to pick with that song, it is also a great song. But what everybody kept saying was that “Angela” was going to be held up in their great song canon right up next to “The Rat.” I never quite bought […]

In this age of the internet, things like “album release” dates get very messy. So when it comes time for me to put together my “fave songs” list, I remember that “Teen Dream” “came out” last winter, when really it just leaked then, and came out in January. It’s confusing, but basically I mean for […]

I Am Miss Bones I feel like there were a lot of big “second albums” this year, or like, “second comings” or something like that. Maybe it was just that people did such a good job that it seemed like they’d been away for a while, like the work was so good it warranted a […]

I read an article that was interviewing The National as they were finishing this song (Lemonworld). It made it sound like the band were pretty much fed up with making it, and went with something they weren’t totally happy with, and if I had read the article before hearing the song, I would have been […]

I realize that a lot of my picks are the same as “everyone” else’s, but that’s no fault of mine, I think it’s the fault of there being a lot of really good jams that everyone had no choice but to agree on. That said, Kanye West is not on this list (but I still […]

I remember seeing Women at Pitchfork the other year (ha), and being both surprised and casually “into it,” by which I mean I didn’t know anything about this band other than the fact that they had a cool name and album cover. But I particularly remember what turned out to be “Shaking Hand” really standing […]

(That fan-made video is great! People really can do great things with time on their hands!) Another no-brainer, not really a surprise, but delightful nonetheless thing: Deerhunter returns with a totally awesome new album! Deerhunter has now solidified themselves as a band that truly can do no harm in my eyes. Every album they put […]

Sufjan returned! And better yet, he confounded expectations! Was there a Banjo on any part of Age of Adz? Maybe not, but who cares, when his unbridled creative majesty was ALL over the place and made for a thrilling listen that apparently adults couldn’t understand. But I identified more with the nearly 20-minute guitar workout […]

No one really seems to get “Congratulations.” Or rather, people “got” it, like, they knew what MGMT were trying to do, but no one seemed to really connect with it. Which is a shame, because they’re actually missing out on of the years secret Pop Gems! Yes, that’s right, MGMT’s “difficult” second album is a […]