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Strange Alliance LP
 
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  • Songwriter
  • IOTA Club
  • Tumblr
  • 12XU
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12XU
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.
Tommy Keene: Pop’s Forgotten Genius | Rocker: The Lifestyle Magazine for Mature Hipsters
www.rockerzine.com, 12 Sept 2012 [cached]
Tommy Keene: Pop's Forgotten Genius
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Tommy Keene : Deep Six Saturday
If "Critical Acclaim" were currency, Tommy Keene would be a very rich man. But it's not. And he's isn't. His blend of perfect pop harmonies and unforgettable hooks made Keene a critic's darling in the mid 1980s, and today he remains a brilliant songwriter and virtuoso guitar player with a career full of near perfect albums including his latest "Behind The Parade. We sat down with Keene to discuss the hits that never were, touring with Paul Westerberg and what inspires him to keeping making some of the best music you've never heard.
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Keene: Probably in about 1978.
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Keene: He was really big in DC. The first time I saw him friends of mine dragged me there. I didn't really like him that much. He was very Van Morrison. He didn't even play guitar for a lot of the show. The Beatles, The Who and The Stones were my three biggest influences.
Rocker: If you could, would you prefer to have been a songwriter in the sixties?
Keene: With my music I was either a little too late or too early.
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Keene: They wanted me to dumb things down.
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Keene: I think it's the feeling that you're sort of never satisfied where you are at the moment and you always look back a couple years later and say, "Didn't we have much more fun then?
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Keene: Yeah. It's sort of depressing.
Rocker: Do you have any moments of 80s excess?
Keene: wanted us to re-record "Places That Are Gone" the song was originally from the Ep of basement demos.
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Keene: Yes. All my career I've gotten these reviews. "Great Songs. Great Songs. No one had ever said, "He's got the best voice" but I have a very distinctive voice that I think fits the songs I write.
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Keene: I always loved The Replacements.
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Keene: I think it's a musical ghetto of a lot of bands that never sold records, and that bothers me. By the same token I still have an audience of those people so I'm not going to belittle them.
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Keene: Not really.
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Keene: I think my top five would be "Back To Zero Now," "Places That Are Gone", "My Mother Looked Like Marilyn Monroe," from the new album "Deep Six Saturday" and "Long Time Missing" from 1998.
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Keene: That is a very self-deprecating look at my career. And it sounded like a good album title.
Rocker: What inspires you to keep making music?
Keene: I don't want to turn this into one of those "I might be done making music" interviews.
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.
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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Tagged as: Iota Club and Cafe, Tom Kane, Tommy Keene, w/?
Scott Kurt, of Carroway, and Cliff ...
mikeshupp.tumblr.com, 16 Nov 2012 [cached]
Scott Kurt, of Carroway, and Cliff Hillis and the Forward Thinkers will join us on the bill (Sean and Tom of The Samples having cancelled).
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9:00pm $12 (solo acoustic) w/ Tommy Keene Solo acoustic set, opening for Tommy Keene.
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