Monthly Archives: December 2009

Steven Deal ‘Radio Twelve’ record release @ Cafe Nine — Jan. 8

Steven Deal has been playing music since he was 13 years old. Deal first had to sneak into clubs, but at age 18 he got a notarized note from his parents to play when his band, Bleached Black, got its first record deal with Relativity/Sony. Deal toured the USA and Canada several times as a support act for groups such as Dinosaur Jr., Das Damen, The Screaming Trees and The Neighborhoods, to name a few. Deal has worked with producers Lou Giordano (Husker Du, Volcano Suns, GooGoo Dolls, etc.) and Peter Katis (Interpol, Philistines, Jr., Babyheads, Zambonis, etc.) among many others. Deal has also played in bands such as Chopper, The Absolute Zeros and The Naomi Star and appeared in the New Haven punk/new wave documentary “It Happened But Nobody Noticed.”

After a 10+ year writing hiatus, singer-songwriter Steven Deal returns with the pop punk album he’s always wanted to record. Clocking in at under 40 minutes total running time, RADIO TWELVE is his first solo album ever. RADIO TWELVE contains 11 “hate” songs — beer and brandy-soaked pop anthems, stories of romantic misery, self-loathing and megalomania. With a little help from his friends Dan Kohler (Naomi Star), Lisa Hammer (Requiem In White, Mors Syphilitica, and of the TV series “The Venture Brothers”), Chris Cretella, and Dave Parmelee, Deal has offered a window to the world of disappointment, unfulfilled promise and resentment, all the while never losing a keen pop sensibility or lyrical prowess. Semi-autobiographical and very real, RADIO TWELVE is a concise damnation of the romantic condition.

Boy Genius is an indiepop band based out of Brooklyn, NY. They find inspiration in the pop and college rock anthems of the ’90s, including R.E.M., The Lemonheads and Miracle Legion. Boy Genius’ latest album, “Staggering,” is creating major buzz on indiepop blogs around the country.

Mold Monkies contain members of The Absolute Zeros, of which Steven Deal was a member. They play their own brand of powerpop and draw influence from and comparison to bands such as Guided By Voices, Blur, The Kinks and Husker Du.

Steven Deal will release his album, “Radio Twelve,” Friday, Jan. 8 at Cafe Nine, 200 State St., New Haven. Boy Genius and Mold Monkies will also play. Music starts at 10 p.m. This is a FREE show. 21+

The Ballet

We’ve just confirmed NYC pop band The Ballet to play at Cafe Nine in New Haven on February 19. They’ll headline the release show for Tweefort’s second compilation CD, which will be officially announced soon! For now, check out these sweet pop sounds.

Best of 2009

Here’s my list for Best Albums of 2009 … obviously I didn’t listen to every pop album, so there’s some great music left off this list. There are also some much-hyped records intentionally left off this list. Ok … here goes:

Top 10:
1. The Mary Onettes – “Islands”
2. Afternoon Naps – “Parade”
3. Cheap Red – “Cheap Red”
4. Burning Hearts – “Aboa Sleeping”
5. The Besties – “Home Free”
6. A Sunny Day In Glasgow – “Ashes Grammar”
7. Camera Obscura – “My Maudlin Career”
8. Dream Date – “Patience”
9. The Drums – “The Drums EP”
10. Summer Cats – “Songs For Tuesdays”

Honorable Mention:
11. The Lovely Eggs – “If You Were Fruit”
12. Bricolage – “Bricolage”
13. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – “The Pains of Being Pure at Heart”
14. Let’s Wrestle – “In The Court of The Wrestling Let’s”
15. Hiawata! – “These Boys and This Band is All I Know”
16. Brilliant Colors – “Introducing”
17. Cats On Fire – “Our Temperance Movement”
18. The Raveonettes – “In and Out of Control”
19. The Legends – “Over and Over”
20. Very Truly Yours – “Reminders” EP

Worth a listen:
21. Suburban Kids With Biblical Names – #4 EP
22. Bad Lieutenant – “Never Cry Another Tear”
23. Dum Dum Girls – “Dum Dum Girls”
24. The Pastels & Tenniscoats – “Two Sunsets”
25. God Help The Girl – “God Help The Girl”


Albums I’m sure would have made the list if I’d gotten a chance to hear them:
Pants Yell! – “Received Pronunciation”
Fanfarlo – “Reservoir”
Brown Recluse – “Soft Skin”
The Ballet – “Bear Life”
Colin Clary – “Every little thing counts”
So Cow – “So Cow”


Best local albums:
1. Steven Deal – “Radio Twelve”
2. The Cavemen Go – “New Lives”
3. The Inclined Plane – “I Am Pants”
4. Shark – “Shark”
5. Werewolf Police – “Ruin My Night”


Band I have completely written off this year:
For the last few years I’ve been adding a little part to my end-of-year list where I show my public disappointment in a band I used to like. These are bands that I feel have lost their way, released multiple disappointing albums in a row, “jumped the shark” or just failed to live up to the bar that their past music has set for them. Past bands I have completely written off have been Wilco and The Decemberists. I’ll admit, this year’s choice is pretty “safe.” I suppose I’ve already written them off subconsciously … but let’s make it official:

Death Cab For Cutie

Remember how good DCFC used to be? Remember “We Have the Facts and We’re Voting Yes”? Remember “Something About Airplanes”? I don’t care how hip and obscure you are now, don’t tell me you didn’t love these albums in 2000 and 2001. Now, I know that pretty much everything after “The Photo Album” has been a major disappointment, but when did Ben Gibbard turn into a creepster? I mean, there’s a big difference between releasing sub-par pop music and just being shady. 2008’s “The Narrow Stairs” and this year’s “The Open Door” EP are just really, really bad. I mean, “I Will Possess Your Heart” alone is reason enough to write off DCFC.


So what do you think? Let me know what I forgot or what you think should be No. 1. Please remember that Top 10 lists are ultimately just for fun/entertainment. If you think my list is completely horrible or are upset that I didn’t rank an album where you think it should be, don’t hesitate to tell me about it. But, remember, it’s just a Top 10 list, it’s just a record album, it’s just music … really. I hope everyone had a great year in pop music. I’m looking forward to what 2010 has to offer.