Bar/None Records Winter 07 Newsletter


13 Nov 2007, 14:51

Indie pop duo Oppenheimer have announced the completion of their sophomore long player to be released in February 08. Brazenly titled Take the Whole Midrange and Boost It, we ask, is it a shot at the shallow pre-fab pop machine, a heady and complicated insight into their own sound engineering techniques or are Rocky and Shaun going macro, rendering a title that we're supposed to take as a metaphor for Life on Earth?

No doubt Oppenheimer are thinking man's pop, as hackneyed as the term may be. The new record embraces some pretty esoteric themes: Politics, Fireworks in New Jersey, Cate Blanchett impersonators. The band's soaring, visceral approach is pure pop for now people, winning the love of friends, fans and press alike-- Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol proclaiming, Oppenheimer are like the Irish Flaming Lips or Mates of State. It's extremely rare for a band from Belfast to have that otherworldly sound. They're an incredible new band.

And it hasn't only been the obvious giving the duo their props, but also people like Matt Caughtran of thrash-punk godheads The Bronx who lends his voice to the appropriately heavy handed song, The Never Never, and gleefully says of the experience, I am stoked and thankful to have been a part of this record.

The boys are finishing up their blanketing of the states with They Might Be Giants but will again join TMBG on another sojourn late February through March 08.

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And don't forget to check out their freshly recorded live radio performance on WOXY where you can get a taste of two songs from the upcoming record at

Birdie continues to sing her little heart out on her latest release, Penny Arcade. Be sure to look out for her if you're living in the PA, NJ, NY area.

November 16, 2007 @ Puck, Doylestown, PA
November 17, 2007@ Bar Four, Brooklyn, NY
December 8, 2007 @ Appel Farm Arts Center, Elmer, NJ
December 15, 2007 @ Godfrey Daniel's, Bethlehem, PA
December 22, 2007 @ Tin Angel (In the Round with Devin Greenwood, Chris Kasper, and Adrien Reju), Philadelphia, PA

Recent press:
The Late Greats
Bag of Songs
The Fire Note
All Music Guide (4 out of 5 stars)

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For those of you fine folks in the New York City area, don't forget to come out and see our favorite 11-piece perform at the Knitting Factory on November 13th. Band leader Perry Serpa assures us that it's perfectly acceptable to be out on a school night to listen to the majesty that is The Sharp Things. Even the New York Post have chimed in about it:

Literally speaking, love for TST at LargeHearted Boy:
The Fire Note:
Perfect Porridge:

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Our old friends and other favorite power-pop duo (from a little further east than Belfast), will be performing a West Coast run starting tonight in Seattle. Needless to say their classic LPs, An Illustrated History and NICE are still available via Bar/None for your holiday shopping pleasure.

November 13, 2007 @ Moore Theater, Seattle, WA (All Ages)
November 15, 2007 @ Slim's, San Francisco, CA (All Ages, 6 and over)
November 16, 2007 @ Key Club, 9401 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA (All Ages)
November 18, 2007 @ House of Blues, Anaheim, CA (All Ages)

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Bar/None Records
P.O. Box 1704
Hoboken, NJ 07030


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