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12XU — Tommy Keene - Strange Alliance LP (12XU 051-1)
www.12xu.bigcartel.com, 25 June 2013 [cached]
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In the annals of American power pop / independent music, Tommy Keene is Zelig-esque figure of sorts. He's been name checked by DC punks and in the pages of George Pelecanos novels alike. He won a Village Voice Pazz & Jop Poll back when there was an actual category for EP's. He's played guitar for Paul Westerberg's touring band and done the same for Robert Pollard (with a subsequent collaboration album). He was on "120 Minutes" before Matt Pinfield hosted (but after Peter Zaremba), starred in a major motion picture alongside Anthony Michael Hall and Siouxsie Sioux, and holds the distinction of being one of the only artists who can claim to have once been labelmates with Guns'n'Roses and Thinking Fellers Union Local 282 (but not the only artist --- sorry, Pell Mell)
All of that dubious history stuff aside, Tommy's been one of the most important pop songwriters of the last 30 years, and if his brush with near-fame is very far in the rear view mirror, that's no reflection on the quality and depth of his work over that time. This May, we're thrilled to make his very first solo album, 'Strange Alliance' available again on vinyl for the first time in many years.
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Tommy Keene - Strange Alliance LP (12XU 051-1) Tommy Keene - "Back To Zero Now" b/w "Mr. Roland" 7" (12XU 050-1)
Washington, D.C.-based Mike ...
www.mikeshupp.com, 26 April 2010 [cached]
Washington, D.C.-based Mike Shupp writes American guitar pop songs in the way that Matthew Sweet, Tommy Keene, R.E.M., or Paul Westerberg do.
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Murphy was a member of the legendary, power-pop band The Shoes, and producer for Material Issue (including "Valerie Loves Me"), Local H, Tommy Keene.
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Shupp, as a solo artist has opened for such artists as Lisa Loeb and Tommy Keene at sold-out shows at D.C.'s 9:30 club, and has shared stages with such artists as Marvelous 3, Good Charlotte, Citizen Cope, By Divine Right, Sara Lee, Push Stars, as well as being included in The Washington Post's "Night Lights of '97 top 20 local shows.
Mike Shupp: Reviews: Music Scene, 8/2/2001
www.mikeshupp.com, 2 Aug 2001 [cached]
Hailing from Washington, DC, Mike Shupp (formerly Big Bang Theory and Nickel) has opened for Tommy Keene in the past.
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Which is really nothing bad, since Keene is an excellent songwriter.
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www.12xu.bigcartel.com, 22 Feb 2014 [cached]
Tommy Keene - Strange Alliance LP (12XU 051-1)" align="left" style="margin:0 10px 10px 0;" />SHIPPING ON OR BEFORE MAY 28, 2013 SHIPPING ON OR BEFORE JUNE 25, 2013 In the annals of American power pop / independent music, Tommy Keene is Zelig-esque figure of sorts. He's been name checked by DC punks and in the pages of George Pelecanos novels alike. He won a Village Voice Pazz & Jop Poll back when there was an actual category for EP's.
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Tommy Keene - Strange Alliance LP (12XU 051-1) - $13.50 SHIPPING ON OR BEFORE MAY 28, 2013 SHIPPING ON OR BEFORE JUNE 25, 2013 In the annals of American power pop / independent music, Tommy Keene is Zelig-esque figure of sorts. He's been name checked by DC punks and in the pages of George Pelecanos novels alike. He won a Village Voice Pazz & Jop Poll back when there was an actual category for EP's.
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Long before staking a claim as his generation's premier pop songsmith, and prior to a succession of terrific records for the Dolphin, Geffen, Matador, Alias and Second Motion (trust me, I'm leaving some folks out), Washington DC's Tommy Keene released a 1983 7" to rival any of that era's best. If this wasn't a reissue of that single, the above would be the worst introductory paragraph of all time (as it stands, it's still in the top 5). Remastered, "Back To Zero" features a pic sleeve for the first time. 100 on clear vinyl, the rest on black. Celebrate Record Store Day by grabbing this single AND the Fred Durst spoken word album! Tommy Keene - "Back To Zero Now" b/w "Mr. Roland" 7" (12XU 050-1) - $6.00 IN STORES RECORD STORE DAY 2013 (APRIL 20) REMAINING STOCK SHIPS TO MAIL ORDER HUMANOIDS APRIL 22. Long before staking a claim as his generation's premier pop songsmith, and prior to a succession of terrific records for the Dolphin, Geffen, Matador, Alias and Second Motion (trust me, I'm leaving some folks out), Washington DC's Tommy Keene released a 1983 7" to rival any of that era's best.
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For example, "The Get It Inn" might have been a feel-good summertime ditty were Thomas not shredding it apart from the inside out.
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For example, "The Get It Inn" might have been a feel-good summertime ditty were Thomas not shredding it apart from the inside out.
Iota Club and Cafe | Mike Shupp
www.mikeshupp.com, 14 Oct 2012 [cached]
Opening for Tommy Keene at Iota
Iota Club and Cafe 2832 Wilson Blvd Arlington, VA 22201-3806 (703) 522-8340 opening for Tommy Keene
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