Second Motion

Free Shipping on orders over 50$

email facebook twitter you tube spotify last.fm rss

Tommy Keene hits the road in July
July 2-Chicago IL-Mayne Stage
July 3- Madison WI-Kiki's Righteous House Of Music
July 4- Port Washington WI- July 4th Festival
July 5-Minneapolis, MN- 7th Street Entry

Below shows solo -- opening for Matthew Sweet

July 11-Norwich, CT. - Infinity Hall
July 12-Westhampton, NY- Westhampton Beach PAC
July 13- Sellersville, PA- Sellersville Theater

July 15 - Annapolis, MD- Rams Head
July 16- Alexandria, VA- The Birchmere

July 18-New York City-City Winery
July 19- Boston, MA- The Paradise
July 20-Harrisburg, PA- The Abbey Bar

July 22- Pittsburgh, PA- Club Cafe
July 23- Cleveland, OH- Beachland Ballroom

 

________________________________________

Moat (Marty WIllson-PIper & Niko Röhlcke)


Knaster 024

MOAT
12” Vinyl with incl. CD

MOAT is a collaboration between guitarist/singer and songwriter Marty Willson-Piper and
composer/multi-instrumentalist Niko Röhlcke.

Marty has an international career spanning over 30 years, he’s been a successful guitarist, bassist,
singer and songwriter. He is a long time member of Australian psychedelic art rock band the
church, former member of gothic folk pop hipsters All About Eve and seminal punk heroes The
Saints. Marty has a long history with Sweden having lived in Stockholm for 10 years.
Niko is a talented guitarist/multi-instrumentalist. He is a member of Swedish indie pop rock band
Weeping Willows. Niko has composed music for film, TV series and The Royal Dramatic Theatre in
Sweden.
 
The idea for the collaboration between these two artists was that of producer/engineer Sigge
Krantz. Knowing the work of both Niko and Marty, he imagined that together they would be able to
create something special. Sigge loved Marty’s last solo release ‘Nightjar’, but as Marty played most
of the instruments, Sigge’s idea was to make an organic record using a band, whist combining Niko
and Marty’s creative vision and talents.

In the Swedish autumn of 2010, Sigge introduced Marty and Niko, and the project was on its way to
becoming a reality. They spent a few weeks at Niko’s house in the country writing together. They
met again the following summer of 2011 to do a second writing session. This coincided with the
Weeping Willows tour and Marty guested with them on stage at Orionteatern, Stockholm.
The MOAT album was recorded during the summer of 2012 beside a beautiful lake in a wonderfully
restored Gamla Tvätteriet in Torsåker, Upplands Väsby outside of Stockholm. This album captures
the fusion of sparse Scandinavian beauty and English folk sensibilities, filmic and evocative.
The MOAT project reunites old friends with Marty, Weeping Willows drummer Anders Hernestam and
Anders Graham Paulsson on bass. Anders H played on Marty’s fifth solo album ‘Spirit Level’, whilst
Anders GP used to run Marty’s Stockholm studio. Special guests on the album who will also perform
in the live line-up include virtuoso Malin-My Wall on violin, maestro percussionist Torbjörn Svedberg
and Swedish-Polynesian chanteuse Tiare Helberg.

MOAT LP comes beautifully packaged on 180 gram vinyl with a free cd.

 
A
1 Let Me Go
2 A Murdered Swan
3 I I Had a Dream
4 Try and Make Sense
 
B
1 Please Please Please
2 Felice
3 The Sound of You
4 Lovestar

MOAT MOAT
  

Vinyl: $21.99 (includes CD)
  NEW TOMMY KEENE PREORDER UP!!!
 
 
 
 

TOMMY KEENE- EXCITEMENT AT YOUR FEET
 
to be released SEPTEMBER 17th!
on SECOND MOTION RECORDS
Covers: The Rolling Stones, Big Star, The Who,
Television, Flamin' Groovies and many more!!
 
                                Available in CD, Limited Vinyl and Digital Download!
          Buy one of the two limited edition bundles and get the digital download now!!!
 
Bundle #1 Includes CD, Vinyl, Instant Digital Download and VERY limited RSD 7" Single for "Back To Zero Now"!! Click here to order! Once these are gone they are gone so order right now! Only about two dozen of these in stock!
 
Bundle #2 Includes CD, Vinyl and Instant Digital Download. Click here to order!
 
(log back into secondmotionrecords website after purchase and get your download immediately!)
 
Or keep it old school and just order the CD or Vinyl LP by clicking here. Keeping in mind product will be shipped for Sept 17th release.
TOMMY KEENE TURNS TO UNOBVIOUS COVERS 
FOR HIS TENTH ALBUM, EXCITEMENT AT YOUR FEET
On his new release, out September 17 on Second Motion Records,
Keene curates a selection of covers that you and your friends know . . .
but your neighbors probably don’t.
Album Info
Excitement is largely about the artist’s personal musical inspiration. Tommy pays tribute to his aforementioned British Invasion heroes, but also his East Coast punk/new wave roots with covers of Television and Mink Deville. On a more contemporary note, he also tips his hat to Keene Brothers partner Robert Pollard with a cover of Guided By Voices’ “Choking Tara.” Other gems include Echo & the Bunnymen’s “The Puppet” and Roxy Music’s “Out of the Blue.”
 (Excitement is not Tommy’s only covers record to be released this year. His version of Slim Dunlap’s “Nowheres Near” was released as the flip side of Lucinda Williams’ take on Dunlap’s “Partners in Crime.” The very limited 7-inch singles were auctioned to raise money for the ailing former Replacements guitarist. Other “Songs for Slim” participants are the Replacements (in the ’90s, Tommy was part of ex-Replacement Paul Westerberg’s touring band), Jakob Dylan, Steve Earle and others. And in yet other release news, Tommy’s extremely rare first LP, Strange Alliance, has been reissued on vinyl by the Austin-based label 12XU, which also reissued Tommy’s first 7-inch single, “Back to Zero” b/w “Mr. Roland.”)
 The covers LP follows 2011’s Behind The Parade. A tour for the fall is in the works.
           
 Preorder Here: 
Tracklisting
1. Have You Seen My Baby?- The Flamin’ Groovies
2. The Puppet- Echo & The Bunnymen
3. Much Too Much- The Who
4. I Laugh In Your Face- The Bee Gees
5. Let Me Dream If I Want To- Mink DeVille
6. Catch The Wind- Donovan
7. Guiding Light- Television
8. Ride On Baby- The Rolling Stones
9. Choking Tara- Guided By Voices
10. Nighttime- Big Star
11. Out Of The Blue- Roxy Music
 
 Preorder Here: 
 
Album Formats and Tour
Formats Avaialble:
 
 
 
 
TOMMY KEENE ON TOUR!
Sept 11 - Sellersville Theatre, Sellersville PA
Sept 12 - Indium, New York, NY
Sept 13 - 9:30 Club, Washington DC
Sept 14 - Schoolkids Records Instore 3:30pm!!!
Sept 14 - Kings Barcade, Raleigh, NC
w/ Kenny Roby
 
 
 
 
 
 
Schoolkids Records, Second Motion Records & Blurt Magazine  |  2114 Hillsborough Street  |  Raleigh, NC 27607  |  http://www.schoolkidsrecords.com
S\
 
Tommy Keene Preps All Covers Album- "Excitement At Your Feet"
      Tommy                            Tommy

 

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Tommy Keene delved deep into his record collection in planning Excitement at Your Feet ( Second Motion Records), his 10th studio effort and first LP of cover songs, due for release Sept. 17. Those who have followed Tommy’s career know his definitive versions of Alex Chilton’s “Hey Little Child” and Lou Reed’s “Kill Your Sons.” But what to expect from an entire Keene covers album? The order of the day is deep album tracks rather than top hits. He takes on some heavy hitters — the Rolling Stones, the Who, the Bee Gees — but apart from Donovan’s “Catch the Wind,” none of Excitement’s 11 tracks ever troubled the U.S. singles chart.

So Excitement is largely about the artist’s personal musical inspiration. Tommy pays tribute to his aforementioned British Invasion heroes, but also his East Coast punk/new wave roots with covers of Television and Mink Deville. On a more contemporary note, he also tips his hat to Keene Brothers partner Robert Pollard with a cover of Guided By Voices’ “Choking Tara.” Get ready to dig into this idiosyncratic survey of great rock and roll from the past half century.

(Excitement is not Tommy’s only covers record to be released this year. His version of Slim Dunlap’s “Nowheres Near” was released as the flip side of Lucinda Williams’ take on Dunlap’s “Partners in Crime.” The very limited 7-inch singles were auctioned to raise money for the ailing former Replacements guitarist. Other “Songs for Slim” participants are the Replacements (in the ’90s, Tommy was part of ex-Replacement Paul Westerberg’s touring band), Jakob Dylan, Steve Earle and others. And in yet other release news, Tommy’s extremely rare first LP, Strange Alliance, has been reissued on vinyl by the Austin-based label 12XU, which also reissued Tommy’s first 7-inch single, “Back to Zero” b/w “Mr. Roland.”)

Although a covers LP is something of a departure for Tommy, it continues his string of formidable albums starting with 2006’s Crashing the Ether. But for the rest of the story, you have to go back to 1984, when a six-song platter of pop perfection titled Places That Are Gone (Dolphin) put Tommy Keene onto the CMJ charts and atop the Village Voice Pazz & Jop EP of the Year poll. Blatantly romantic, unapologetically melodic, bittersweet but absolutely invigorating, it still stands as a powerful statement, not only establishing him as a unique singer-songwriter, but also as a guitarist with a sound as distinctive as Pete Townshend or Johnny Marr.

Keene made enough noise in the early ’80s to get the majors involved, and in 1986 he released Songs From the Film on Geffen. Produced by Beatles engineer Geoff Emerick, the album featured two MTV videos, “Listen to Me” and a re-recording of Places That Are Gone’s title track, and spent 12 weeks on Billboard’s Top 200. The 1998 CD reissue of Songs also includes one of the all-time great Keene rockers, “Run Now,” with inspired rhythm section work from drummer Doug Tull and bassist Ted Niceley, plus a terrific extended guitar solo. The singer as well as the song appeared in the Anthony Michael Hall movie Out of Bounds.

After releasing the Run Now EP in 1986, the original Tommy Keene group, which also included guitarist Billy Connelly, disbanded. Tommy headed down to Ardent Studios in Memphis to record with producers John Hampton and Joe Hardy. The result was Based on Happy Times (Geffen, 1989). The ironically titled disc is the darkest album in the Keene catalog. Although his best material has always been infused with melancholia, Happy Times tracks like “The Biggest Conflict” and “A Way Out” reveal a more fatalistic outlook. The guitars are heavier, there is less jangle, and there aren’t as many hooky vocal harmonies. It is a beautifully crafted, sometimes brooding, arty rock record.

In 1996, Tommy released Ten Years After (Matador), his first full-length album of all new material in seven years. Produced by Keene and recorded by pop music wunderkind Adam Schmitt, it contains classic pop hooks and the loudest guitars to date. For his next effort, Isolation Party (Matador), Keene recruited an all-star cast, getting some fine instrumental and vocal performances from former Gin Blossom Jesse Valenzuela and Wilco’s Jay Bennett and Jeff Tweedy. A live disc called Showtunes (Parasol), released in 2000, was followed up in 2001 with The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down for the SpinArt label. Tommy used his next effort, Drowning: A Tommy Keene Miscellany (Not Lame), to clean out his closets of 20 years’ worth of rarities, demos and unreleased sessions. One of the best hodgepodge records you’ll ever hear, more than one critic felt it bested many greatest-hits packages.

Back on the road in 2004, Tommy and his band joined Guided By Voices on the East and West Coast legs of their farewell tour. Apart from some choice gigs, the shows also led to Tommy joining Pollard as a member of his post GBV band, The Ascended Masters, for their 2006 U.S. tour and a limited-edition live LP, Moon (Merge). The year also saw the release of Crashing the Ether (Eleven Thirty), which was performed and recorded primarily by Tommy himself at home with drums by John Richardson and contributions from regular Keene band members and friends. Sonically, the album is dazzling, with big drums and open, ringing guitars, and lyrically it was arguably a great leap forward.

The follow-up to Crashing the Ether was Blues and Boogie Shoes, an LP with Robert Pollard under the Keene Brothers moniker. Although side projects can sometimes be less than wholehearted efforts, songs such as “The Naked Wall” or “Death of the Party” — as good as any Keene or Pollard have written together or separately — show that neither artist held anything back.

2009’s In the Late Bright (Second Motion) displayed the full range of Tommy’s song craft over 11 tracks. The album kicked into high gear with “Late Bright,” a minor-key rocker that gets its tense and dramatic work done in two minutes flat. From there on out, the album delivered a fan-friendly collection of melodic hooks, vocal harmonies, inventive chord progressions and great guitar playing.

The artist summed up his solo output through 2009 with Tommy Keene You Hear Me: A Retrospective 1983-2009 (Second Motion), a two-CD collection holding over 40 of his best tunes (including an unreleased acoustic take of Crashing the Ether’s “Black and White New York”). Even then, fans debated what he included vs. what he left off — further proof of the man’s enduring songwriting prowess.

In 2011, Keene showed that his retrospective wasn’t a career capper, by releasing arguably his best record, Behind the Parade. Like its predecessors, the disc affirmed his pop proficiency, mastery of his craft and his ability to ensure instant accessibility given the benefit of emphatic hooks, irresistible refrains and the kind of vibrant, jangly melodies that bring to mind a distinctly ’60s sensibility. Tommy may once have worshiped at the altar of the Beatles, Byrds and Beach Boys, but with Parade, his synthesis of sounds transcended these retro references to become something wholly fresh and exhilarating. Tommy’s recent output suggests that he is like an athlete rediscovering his prime, only in this artist’s case, he never left it.

Tommy will tour the U.S. this fall behind Excitement at Your Feet.

Tracklisting:

1. Have You Seen My Baby?- The Flamin’ Groovies

2. The Puppet- Echo & The Bunnymen

3. Much Too Much- The Who

4. I Laugh In Your Face- The Bee Gees

5. Let Me Dream If I Want To- Mink DeVille

6. Catch The Wind- Donovan

7. Guiding Light- Television

8. Ride On Baby- The Rolling Stones

9. Choking Tara- Guided By Voices

10. Nighttime- Big Star

11. Out Of The Blue- Roxy Music

 

Blurt Article-http://blurtonline.com/news/tommy-keene-preps-all-covers-album/#mce_temp_url#

Full Press Release-http://secondmotionrecords.com/blog/

Pre Order : COMING SOON!


Schoolkids Records Part of the Family

We now have three entities in our family, our own Magazine (Blurt Magazine), our own Record Store (Schoolkids Records) and our own Record Label (Second Motion). An interesting coup of music entities, designed to help each other so that we are all not alone in this challenging economy and business.

Read More...

  

tommy keene album cover

Tommy Keene delved deep into his record collection for Excitement at Your Feet ( Second Motion Records), his 10th studio effort and first LP of cover songs, due for release Sept. 17. Those who have followed Tommy’s career know his definitive versions of Alex Chilton’s “Hey Little Child” and Lou Reed’s “Kill Your Sons.” Here he covers iconic artists such as  the Rolling Stones, the Who, the Bee Gees — but apart from Donovan’s “Catch the Wind,” none of Excitement’s 11 tracks ever troubled the U.S. singles chart.



Proud Member of A2IM (American Association of Independent Music)