28 January 2009

[10] ten things i [don't] hate about YOU.

these are the remains of an interview that will probably not go to press. a plague of miscommunications & lost emails being the cause. the questions were asked/answered during the summer of 2008. i always think of q & a sessions to be a time capsule of who you were at the time [not unlike a journal entry--or a song, for that matter] so i thought it deserved to be posted. maybe you'll learn a thing or [2] two! or [10] ten, rather. hehe. enjoy!

01. What's your favourite 7"?
ronnie : there are so many to choose from! hrrrm. how do you pick JUST one? of course i'm proud of my 60's soul, jam/style council/weller, elvis costello, smiths, my bloody valentine & jesus and mary chain singles. though recently i'm quite fond of my aberdeen "fireworks," the chamber strings "make it through the summer" & rocketship "hey hey girl" vinyls.

02. Best song you think you've written?
ronnie : best? that's a matter of opinion, isn't it? it changes from day to day for me. i'm proud of ALL of the songs that we've written. but the songs that have been lodged in my brain as of late : "moving targets [eventually get hit]," "the games we play" & a new song that i'm working on called "[winter, spring, summer] all fall down."

03. Best song you think someone else has written?
ronnie : another near impossible question to answer. ha. i'm sure i'll change my mind by the time this reaches press, but i'll give it a go. right now it's between "there is a light that never goes out" [morrissey/marr] & "god only knows" [wilson/asher]. i'm quite taken with "it's no wonder" [junior] & "toy tambourine" [arzy/girgus] as well. i wish that i'd written those songs. again, those are just off the top of my head. there are so many brilliant songs out there that it's difficult to pin down a definite answer.

04. Describe what you'd want someone to think of when they hear your band.
ronnie : fireworks & crashing waves. being in the middle of a rainstorm on a sunny day. j/k. seriously though, we obviously have our preconceptions about what our songs mean to us. we try to make them accessible to everyone--in terms of music & lyrics--so anyone can relate to them. we just want people to enjoy what we do.

05. Favourite show you've played?
ronnie : unfortunately, we're still a studio project, so no shows yet. the most important thing right now is to continue to write songs/record/release them. we'll work our way up to live shows. we promise. :)

06. Biggest [non-musical] influence on your band?
ronnie : the nouvelle vague [french new wave film]. jean-luc godard, in particular. what a visionary he was! i'm also a huge fan of chris marker. brilliant films, that man. mod fashion, pop art & coffee also top the list. under the influence of caffeine? you bet your knickers, i am! hehe.

07. [5] Five favourite things off the top of your head?
ronnie : since people/animals are not things, i suppose that i can't list them. [though it goes without saying that taylor, my family, my pets & my friends would occupy the top [4] four spots, easily] so favourite things, eh? [in no particular order]
[1] my home movies/photographs/artwork. [2] my acoustic guitar which i've had since since high school. [3] my records/cds. [4] my celebrity guitar pick collection--which consists of a pick used by paul weller on his "illumination" tour & another used by kelly riles of velocity girl during their last ever show--acquired from each show, respectively. [5] my childhood books. ahhh, memories.

08. What's the best story you have, music-related or not?
ronnie : let's see what i have in my bag of tricks. [a] i met winona ryder when she was walking out of a bookstore café the same night that i saw allen ginsberg do a poetry reading in baltimore, MD. [b] i got caught in a tug-of-war over morrissey's prada shirt when he played the morocco shrine center in jacksonville, FL. [c] paul weller gave me the nod when he heard me singing the backing vocals for "long hot summer" at the top of my lungs at the 9:30 club in washington, DC. [d] kelly riles from velocity girl borrowed my guitar pick at the last velocity girl show. *see the previous question for more details* [e] kevin barnes of of montreal dedicated & played a zombies cover [can't remember which song] for my then band [the impact!] when we opened for them at room 1026, pensacola, FL. [f] i met taylor. then we started the jealous sea. :) take your pick.

09. Has anyone ever made a crush mixtape for you?
ronnie : i'm usually the mixtape/cd maker--rather than recipient. they're not as easy to make as one might think. there are rules to follow, y'know? i guess i should say mixtapes/cds are easy to make. GOOD ones are not. in fact, i recently made one for taylor. it's been the soundtrack to her first few weeks in san francisco. speaking of which, it's time that i made her another one...

10. Anything else?
ronnie : if you haven't already heard us, stop by www.thejealoussea.com. it'll link you to our myspace & blogger pages as well. we're eternally grateful for being a part of this close-knit scene/family. everyone is so supportive of each other, which is refreshing. let's keep it that way people! we all want the same thing, so DON'T STOP THE INDIE POP!

12 January 2009


so what exciting things does the first month of the new year hold in store? thusfar :

[1] one. we have a free download for our loyal fanbase! an abandoned recording session from last summer yielded this version of "the games we play." we are currently re-recording it for future release. [we had shelved this incarnation for reasons we'd discussed earlier, but we thought that YOU should enjoy it in the interim! ]

[2] two. claude c. from pop song romance is preparing to release his very [1st] first music compilation entitled "all the girls i've ever loved" [24 january 2009]. it'll be available for pre-order on his page/website in the next week--complete with a paypal link if you'd like to order a copy. [u.s. orders are $8.00. international orders are $12.00.] each order comes with a button & a sticker. [as if the music wasn't cool enough already!] we are honoured to have our song "going, going, gone" alongside other brilliant tunes by pocketbooks, anne bacheley, summer cats, camera shy, komon & a slue of other amazing bands!

here's the tracklisting once again, just in case you've forgotten :

01 "edit all the sad parts out" not french
02 "tiny moth" lji
03 "anita" one happy island
04 "don't stop" pocketbooks
05 "spinning flipping" camp out
06 "stephanie & micheal" scream club
07 "you light me up" radio spectacular!!!
08 "hosikuzu loneliness" naivepop or petitfool
09 "i'm your band" the knight school
10 "simple way" the motifs
11 "when i need someone [rocketship remix]" surefire broadcast
12 "going, going, gone" the jealous sea
13 "on returning" anne bacheley
14 "coolest boy on the block" japanese pop songs
15 "too early" hey chica
16 "tender forever" scary monster
17 "in plain text" moogle charm
18 "bedwetter" summer cats
19 "after hours" camera shy
20 "pop song '91" very truly yours
21 "light blue car" dolly's pillbox
22 "emily" uni & the ding! string trio
23 "gbg 123" bonnie & clyde
24 "springtime told me" komon
25 "where do all the good ones go" megamoog

we think that track [12] twelve ROCKS! and so does claude! in fact, so does the cd cover! :)

06 January 2009

should auld acquaintance be FORGOT?

happy new year!

we can't believe it's 2009 already--almost through the first decade of the 2000's. that's a scary thought, innit? only [3] three more years left, if you subscribe to the whole 2012/end of the world thing. haha.

we are in the midst of recording songs for various projects. a cover song for dale marquez's new online compilation. [3] three songs for the postponed/long overdue cloudberry 7". another [3] three for a single that we may put out ourselves [on stay-pressed records]. and a few just for fun. :) taylor heads back west in a few days, so we've been maximizing creativity. thank goodness for home recording. it's a drag being at the mercy of a studio/engineer. ie, scheduling can be a pain in the arse. there's just something a tad bit comforting about being able to record at your own convenience.

we hope you guys are having as productive a time as we are. if not--there are ways to remedy that situation. it is the new year for chrissake!

a mantra we can ALL recite : resolution is REVOLUTION! [or something like that]