The Matthew Show Wampus Multimedia will release February, the sophomore album from Dallas-based indie artist The Matthew Show, later this year.
The humanely droll brainchild of singer-songwriter Matthew Broyles, The Matthew Show released its acclaimed debut, Texas, independently in 2003. A melange of cynicism, romanticism (yes, they go together), and powerful melodies, Texas garnered attention for its literate portrayals of twentysomethings in bleak, dead-end jobs and other tasty slices of existential angst. Now The Matthew Show brings its unique disregard for expectations into the Wampus fold.
The Matthew Show’s songs have been featured on the PBS series Roadtrip Nation, and on National Public Radio’s All Songs Considered. A cover of “Mohammed’s Radio” was included on the Wampus tribute album, Hurry Home Early: The Songs of Warren Zevon. “Office Suite, Part I” was used as the soundtrack to lonelygirl15’s YouTube video, “The Tolstoy Principle,” which received nearly half a million views after coverage in Wired and The New York Times.
The Matthew Show has performed live with acts as diverse as Hamell On Trial and Goodwin. It has worked with artists such as Cubano-classical favorites Las Rubias del Norte, NYC celebrity street musician Dorian Spencer, renowned violinist Reggie Rueffer, and avant-garde composer Little Jack Melody.
Look for February in stores this fall.
Also in the Wampus pipeline for 2008….
* tvfordogs / Starling
* The Crowd Scene / With Complete Glossary for Squares
* Venus Flytrap / Come With Us
* Kowtow Popof / Exalted Headband
* Arms of Kismet / Play for Affection
Around the Wampus Quad….
The Crowd Scene is putting the finishing touches on With Complete Glossary for Squares, with production assistance from former dB Chris Stamey…. tvfordogs have wrapped their third album, Starling, mastered by Jon Astley (The Who, George Harrison, Tori Amos) and due from Wampus this summer…. Lead ‘dog Neil Luckett is producing material for the new Tom Allalone album, coming out this year on Nettwerk, and producing a new record for Kristina Bill…. Casey Abrams is recording a new album with producer John Simon, and recently mixed tracks with Tom Eaton (Vance Gilbert, Ellis Paul)…. The album features Bob Metzger (Leonard Cohen, Don McLean, Steve Winwood) on steel guitar…. Kowtow Popof is nearly finished mixing Exalted Headband, the instrumental companion to last year’s End of Greatness…. His next vocal album (working title: Tastes Like Armageddon) is slated for release late next year…. Kowtow’s “Down in Memphis” was included on the Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum’s list of 899 songs about the city of Memphis…. Johnny J. Blair is barnstorming in support of his latest Wampus/Foldback outing, Grateful, and touring with former Monkee Davy Jones…. He is also helping to program Web radio station ChiliTech.fm, which has Wampus artists in rotation…. Arms of Kismet is readying its third album, Play for Affection, for a late-2008 release…. The record features percussionist Evan Pollack and Ravi Shankar sitarist Gaurav Mazumdar…. Gregory Orange is reconstituting The May Bees after the departure of drummer Marzj, and has written enough material for two or three albums…. Alice Despard is performing regionally in the mid-Atlantic, and working on new material…. Tije Oortwijn of Cafebar 401 is creating new music in a Spoon or Eels vein, and plans to launch a new project to showcase it in the coming year….
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