A Kool Kat Kristmas – reviews roundup

17 Dec

Kool Kat Kristmas Kover

The Christmas compilation A Kool Kat Kristmas Volume 2 that was released last month has been well received so far. Here’s what’s been said about our featured track “You Always Come Back Home (for Christmas)”:

“The Genuine Fakes’ ‘You Always Come Back Home’ is a plaintive, elegiac number, and its gently unfolding arrangement is a highlight of the set.”

- Musoscribe.com

“The Genuine Fakes’ bittersweet “You Always Come Back Home” offer additional, interesting variations.”

- Broken Hearted Toy

“Standouts include the soulful ballad ‘You Always Come Back Home’ by The Genuine Fakes.”

- Powerpopaholic

“’You Always Come Back Home’ from The Genuine Fakes checks in as an exhilarating mid-tempo ballad.”

- Somethingelsereviews.com

 

Click here to buy the CD and here to stream the compilation in its entirety.

The state of affairs

11 Dec

We know that many of you must wonder where we’ve been and what we’ve been up to since the release of Liner Notes three years ago. Things haven’t been completely dead quiet – we’ve contributed to a couple of compilations – Power Pop Planet Volume 1, and most recently A Kool Kat Kristmas Volume 2 which contains previously unreleased track “You Always Come Back Home (for Christmas)”. The main reason for our absence is that we’ve been busy raising kids – no less than three babies have been born since 2012. Also, I (Joey) have had a lot to do with my other band (If you’re interested, check out Hong Faux). It hasn’t been easy to get all the pieces of the puzzle to fit, so we decided that we would keep working on the new album that we started tracking in the summer of 2011 whenever we could find time.

And now the time has come when we’re finally finished. We actually thought we were finished last year, but then Jon Auer of The Posies got involved in the project and we decided to take our time and make this album as good as possible. With Jon as co-producer and guest musician we’ve managed to take the songs to a whole new level and we’re extremely proud of the outcome. We can’t wait to share this new music with all of you. So when will the new album be out? Well, we honestly don’t know, but we will start mixing together with Anders Hellgren (The Merrymakers) in spring and then start looking for a good setup to get it out there. Our previous releases have been real DIY efforts, and now we want to try and do it a different way – if possible. We’re confident that the new album is our best work yet, but we don’t want to rush it.

If you want to know more, I did a little Q&A with Real Gone yesterday about what’s going on. If you want to get in touch, you know where our Facebook page is.

Happy Holidays everyone!

/ Joey

Have A Kool Kat Kristmas!

1 Dec

Earlier this year we were asked to contribute a previously unreleased original in order to raise money for a good cause. Naturally, we agreed to do so and the result can be heard on A Kool Kat Kristmas Vol. 2 (Kool Kat Musik). “You Always Come Back Home (for Christmas)” is a song that we played live a few times but never really finished – Now we had a good reason to do so!

You can listen to it and the rest of the songs on Soundcloud.

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A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each copy will be donated to The Susan Giblin Foundation for Animal Wellness and Welfare. The Foundation’s mission is to raise and dispense funds to support animal caregiving organizations, to foster awareness and education of complementary therapies, and to support the continued education of those in the animal medical field.

Checkout Bandtrace – a music encyclopedia

14 Feb

Bandtrace.com is a new cool music encyclopedia that contains everything you ever wanted to know about artists, what they released, what tracks they have written, recorded or produced, who they’ve been involved with, the latest news, etc.

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It aims to be a comprehensive but yet extremely simple-to-use website. We have carefully designed Bandtrace to contain all the data you need – no more – no less.

So, check out these cool links with our house gods Popsicle and Jellyfish.

You can like their Facebook-page to stay tuned with the latest artist news, birthdays, new releases and so on.

When Reality Hits You on new Powerpop Compilation

27 Dec

Hope all of you have had a great year! We know news have been scarce in 2012, but that’s in large part due to the fact that no less than three kids have been born in the Genuine Fakes family this year! But we’ve quietly pushed on with the recording of the new album throughout the year, and we’re happy to announce that it’s finally close to completion. All that’s left is some final tweaking and mastering! We can’t wait for you to hear it, but we don’t have a release date set yet. Rest assured that you will hear our new songs in 2013 though!

Until our next album sees the light of day, you can enjoy a great double album jam packed with powerpop hits. Power Pop Planet Volume One is available for pre-order now, and it consists of 30 songs from 30 bands. Our contribution, “When Reality Hits You”, is taken from our debut album and it’s the very first song on the first CD. The proceeds from the sales go towards keeping Pop Geek Heaven free for all you powerpop fans, so it’s for a good cause.

We wish you all a prosperous 2013!

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Bandmo interviews Joey

27 Mar

Here’s a new interview that Joey did for Bandmo.com recently. He talks about the current state of music, where it’s headed and the role of the Internet.

“The Striped Album” turns 1

17 Jan

Today is the first anniversary of our debut album. We thought it would be appropriate to thank every one of you who has bought the CD, downloaded it on iTunes, listened to it on Spotify and come to our gigs. We hope you will enjoy the next album just as you did the first. Here’s to a fun and prosperous 2012!

There are still CD’s to be had in our webshop if you haven’t bought one already.

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Powerpop Academy/Thistime Christmas Compilation

19 Dec

Christmas time is nigh, and our record label in Japan has decided to put out a 24-track Christmas compilation this year. Back in 2009 we released our rendition of Mariah Carey‘s “All I Want for Christmas”, and now it’s going to be put out on CD for the first time. A limited number of copies will be printed, so head on over to the Thistime Online Store and place your orders while you still can.

The CD will be out on Dec 24.

Here’s the tracklist:

  1. Golden Bubbles – Tiny Hammers Time
  2. The Genuine Fakes – All I Want for Christmas
  3. Greg Pope – Christmas Snow
  4. Phlying Saucer – Over the Moon(ft.Nikki Simmons)
  5. SpecialThanks – Special Christmas
  6. Clueless – Do They Know It’s Christms
  7. The Higher Elevations – All These Winter Nights
  8. The Wellingtons – A Christmas Toast
  9. The Goodtime Dudes(Bobby Emmet & The Schreffman) – We Are The Goodtime Dudes (to say Merry Christmas)
  10. LL Cosmonaut – We Came In Peace
  11. Sugar Crisis – Unwrap Your Heart
  12. Rach and Danna (from The Coincidents) – Winter Wonderland
  13. Dreamboy – Christmas Kisses
  14. NUDGE’EM ALL –  Christmas
  15. Jim Boggia – Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)
  16. Beaufiul Lies – We Wish You a Merry Christmas
  17. The Smith Bros. – Every Day Is Like Christmas
  18. hello! – My Way home Winter Night
  19. Marcus Meston – No Time for Christmas
  20. Mimi Betinis – A Christmas Song
  21. Superfriends – Christmas
  22. Justin Kline – Merry Christmas Katie
  23. Neil Nathan – Santa Claus is Coming To Town
  24. The Sonic Executive Sessions – Christmas Without You

Now This Rocks reviews Liner Notes

19 Dec

“Every song here sparkles with those affable harmonies we have come to expect from The Genuine Fakes.”

The full review can be found here.

Liner Notes is available now on iTunes.

Liner Notes now available on Spotify

21 Nov

Now you can enjoy Liner Notes in its entirety on Spotify!

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