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Joey Cape to play California acoustic shows

Lagwagon frontman Joey Cape has announced a handful of acoustic shows in California slated for next February. These dates will also feature Brian Wahlstrom of Scorpios, PEARS singer Zach Quinn, and Donald Spence from Versus The World. See if there’s a show near you below.

Cape’s latest solo album One Week Record came out earlier this year.



Album Review: Joey Cape – “One Week Record”

One would be hard-pressed to find another singer-songwriter as prolific as Joey Cape. Already under his belt are eight Lagwagon albums, three Bad Astronaut albums, LPs by The Playing Favorites, Scorpios, and Joey Cape’s Bad Loud, not to mention his role in a whole bunch of Me First and the Gimme Gimmes releases, as well as countless seven-inch and compilation appearances.

And here’s another. Joey Cape’s One Week Record, on his own label, One Week Records, kicks off the same way Lagwagon kicked off Hang, with the one-minute acoustic “Burden of Proof” introducing “Reign”. The two albums begin similarly enough that at the conclusion of “Burden” the listener isn’t positive which album he’s listening to until it either takes off at blistering speeds, as with Hang, or, as is the case here, continues as if performed by a guy on a street corner wearing a “Joey Cape is Bullshit” t-shirt with his guitar case opened to invite coins.

The idea of One Week Records is to produce ten songs in seven days, all within the comfort of Cape’s home. The limited schedule is designed to eliminate the temptation to overproduce and let the songs “give an honest representation of the artist’s creativity.” Membership to One Week Records is available, making it feel more like a club than a typical record label. Cape had previously recorded five songs, available as a bonus only to those with membership to the label. He has since expanded his five-song One Weekend Record to a full ten-song album. Because it is his label, his studio, and his house, one can’t help assuming Joey cheated a little and spent more than seven days recording it – evidenced by guest appearances by One Week artists Walt Hamburger, Yotam Ben Horin, Brian Wahlstrom, and Laura Mardone, all of whom have recorded albums with Cape – but when you’re the owner, you can do what you want.

Without liner notes accompanying the digital download it’s difficult to know for sure who is doing what, though sometimes it’s obvious: that’s Laura Mardone’s sweet voice lending some interest to an otherwise boring arrangement of Lagwagon’s post-hiatus favorite “E Dagger.” Brian Wahlstrom, Cape’s Scorpios bandmate and frequent guest keyboardist on punk albums, is heard tinkling the ivories on nearly every track, most prominently in “Laymens Terms”, what with his instrumental introduction and, later in the same track, some pretty nifty harmonies. Too, Joey opts to leave the guitar out entirely during the first minute-plus of “Sick” with only Wahlstrom’s keys accompanying his voice until the downbeat of the first chorus.

We may still call him “Joey”, but Joey Cape is getting old – he just turned 50, for crying out loud! Needless to say, he’s not singing about girls too often these days. Instead, his friends are dying. “Days of New” is a tribute to Bad Astronaut and original Lagwagon drummer Derrick Plourde, and “One Last Song” features a shout out to Cape’s best bud, the late great Tony Sly. Joey clearly misses them both dearly, but, rather than somber funereal ballads, both tunes are upbeat to better convey celebrations of their lives, and their impact on Cape’s own.

No new songs here, this is an album of Cape-fronted band covers: one Bad Astronaut song (opener from Twelve Small Steps, 2006) and another from Joey’s least talked about side project, the Playing Favorites (“Waiting”, from I Remember When I was Pretty, 2007). The remaining eight were all originally Lagwagon songs, including three from Lagwagon’s latest full-length, Hang. “Obsolete Absolute” is a rare example of a fast punk song being longer in duration than its slow acoustic version, and is one of the strongest tracks on each album. Cape softly plucks the strings of his acoustic guitar, outlining the opening chords, providing the impression that the guitar is in the background even as the only sound present, before his voice presents the opening melody. A piano is added halfway through the first verse, and then light gang vocals and vocal harmonies to embellish the chorus. Fan-tastic.

These One Week and One Weekend records are digital releases, though PEARS’ Zach Quinn’s One Week Record was given a limited vinyl pressing through Fat Wreck Chords, so perhaps something similar will happen with Cape’s album.

Find another example of a songwriter providing so many alternate versions to previously recorded songs; not live recordings from acoustic sets, but – between two split albums with Tony Sly, a split album with Jon Snodgrass, six songs between Cape’s first two solo albums, Bridge and Doesn’t Play Well With Others, as well as numerous standalone tracks scattered here and there – actual studio recordings. I can’t think of anyone, at least not in the punk world, the only sect of pop music I feel qualified to discuss. Any punk fan ought to appreciate what Joey Cape has brought to the genre, and most would enjoy this album. Joey Cape’s One Week Record is not as polished as the splits with Tony Sly, nor do I think is it as strong. For a Lagwagon fan, however, it’s a must-have.

4/5 Stars



Joey Cape announces acoustic shows in Spain

Lagwagon frontman Joey Cape has announced he will be playing a handful of acoustic shows in Spain early next year. The brief tour will see Cape supported by Dani Llamas.

Check out the tour dates below to see if there’s a show near you.

Joey Cape most recently released an album of acoustic versions of Lagwagon and Bad Astronaut songs through his label One Week Records.



PEARS frontman Zach Quinn to re-release solo album

PEARS vocalist Zach Quinn has announced that he will be re-releasing his solo album through Fat Wreck Chords on November 11, 2016.

The album was released earlier this year on Joey Cape‘s One Week Records.



Joey Cape streams acoustic version of “The Burden of Proof / Reign”

Joey Cape just released an album of acoustic versions of Lagwagon songs. You can listen to the stripped-down rendition of “The Burden of Proof / Reign” below.

The album was released through Cape’s own One Week Records. Buy it here.



Scorpios (Joey Cape, Jon Snodgrass & Brian Wahlstrom) recording new album

According to Lagwagon frontman Joey Cape, Scorpios (his side-project with Jon Snodgrass and Brian Wahlstrom) has a new album in the works. All we know about the record right now is they began recording it on May 15th, but we’ll keep you posted as more details surface.

This will be the band’s first album without Tony Sly, who passed away in 2012. Their debut album was released in 2011.



Fat Wreck Chords to release unplugged comp “Mild In The Streets”

This is pretty cool. Fat Wreck Chords are going to be putting out an “unplugged” compilation featuring a bunch of Fat bands (or their front men and women) doing stripped down versions of old classics and a few newbies. Here’s the announcement directly from Fat:

We have a new FAT comp! Mild in the Streets: Fat Music Unplugged will be released on July 1st. This is a collection of songs from punk bands and singers who trade in their blaring amps and distortion pedals for acoustic guitars and minimalist arrangements. Jammed with 16 soulful songs, including 5 previously unreleased, this comp is a great listen front to back, and just what we need to get the day rolling. Capped by a bonus track of a full symphony recording of NOFX’s “The Decline,” this new comp is a unique must-have. And a big thanks to all the Fat Record Store fans who appear on the cover! Find your face and tell your friends, you’re on the cover of a FAT record!

Check out the full track list and place a pre-order right here.



Joey Cape announces European “Stitch Puppy” dates w/ Yotam, Walt Hamburger + Laura Mardon

The man/myth/legend that is Joey Cape is taking his Stitch Puppy tour across the pond for a month’s worth of dates in UK and mainland Europe. The jaunt kicks off March 15th in Glasgow and wraps up April 9th in Stuttgart. Caper will be accompanied on all dates by signees to Cape’s One Week Records label, Yotam, Walt Hamburger and Laura Mardon. Check out the full rundown below.

Joe Cape, who is not, in fact, bullshit, released Stitch Puppy on Fat Wreck Chords back in September. If you haven’t picked it up and thus don’t have it on your “Best of 2015” list yet, do yourself a favor here.



Joey Cape’s Daytrotter session available for streaming

As the title would lead you to believe, Joey Cape‘s Daytrotter session is now available to stream here.

Cape’s session, titled The Rest Of Us Will Be Here Breathin’, features a little bit of everything from the Caper. It starts with the song “Moral Compass,” off his latest solo release, Stitch Puppy. Then it goes to an acoustic version of the Lagwagon song, “I Must Be Hateful,” off the band’s Blaze album. Then it’s a newer song, “Reign,” off Lagwagon’s latest album, Hang (for Daytrotter members only).

The session was recorded at San Francisco’s Studio Paradiso. Along with the music, there’s also a fun little illustration, which you can see to the left, done by Johnnie Cluney.

Joey Cape, as I just mentioned, last released his solo album, Stitch Puppy, on Fat Wreck Chords in September. You can buy a copy of that one here.



Video: Joey Cape and Walt Hamburger strip down for Punks In Vegas

The inimitable Joey Cape may be right in the early stages of another Lagwagon tour, but that didn’t stop him from teaming up with his One Week Records signee Walt Hamburger for a three-song stripped down session for the folks at Punks In Vegas. During the session, the duo performed the Lagwagon tracks “Burden of Proof” and “Reign” from last year’s stellar Hang along with “Moral Compass” from Cape’s equally stellar Stitch Puppy, and “Three Tattoos” from Hamburger’s One Week Records release. Check out the videos here.

 



Video: Joey Cape does acoustic version of “Burden Of Proof / Reign”

I swear Joey Cape just can’t seem to do wrong these days. I’m a sucker for his solo stuff, especially acoustic covers of Lagwagon songs and its seems that doesn’t just apply to the oldie but goodies. In this recently filmed “Trundle Session” a rather inebriated Capester absolutely crushes an acoustic version of “Burden Of Proof / Reign”, the opening tracks of Lagwagon’s 2014 comeback album “Hang.” Check it out below and tell me I’m wrong.

Joey Cape released Stitch Puppy, his first solo album in nearly 5 years, in September through Fat Wreck Chords.



Album Review: Joey Cape – “Stitch Puppy”

Stitch-PuppyJoey Cape needs no introduction around these parts. Countless tours, eight Lagwagon albums and contributions to groups like Me First and the Gimme Gimmes and Scorpios have secured Cape’s permanent position as punk rock royalty. Those more familiar with his Lagwagon credentials may be off-put by the raw, largely acoustic sound of his newest solo album, Stitch Puppy, which also happens to be the most brooding of his career. It’s personal, emotional and the perfect record to usher in the unforgiving bite of the post-summer months.

Taking a cue from his One Week record label, whose groups record their albums in seven days, Cape and frequent collaborator Brian Wahlstrom recorded Stitch Puppy over the course of two weeks. Cape stated on our podcast that he wanted to write and record without being “precious” about the end product, inherently leading to the minimalist sound echoed across the album. Cape is an exceptional lyricist and Stitch Puppy contains some of his finest, and darkest, work to date. Touching on topics ranging from murder to the loss of an old friend to suicide, there are few moments of hope or happiness to be found here.

Opener “Me the Witness” sets the somber mood as Cape intones, “All that I know is the sense of a gun in my face.” From there the album traverses his feelings on society, life and friendship, occasionally picking up the tempo or incorporating piano yet always relying on the foundation of Cape’s acoustic guitar and pointed lyrics. The songs flow so well that it’s difficult to define standout moments, though upbeat tracks “This Life is Strange,” “Cope” and “Spill My Guts” (the latter of which features guest vocals from The Flatliner’s Chris Cresswell) provide a welcome sonic dichotomy to their brooding lyricism, while “Gone Baby Gone” offers the catchiest chorus found on the album. Ultimately, the poignancy is brought to a head on closer “Tracks” with Cape repeating the line, “He would lay down on tracks for you,” softly strumming his guitar, until the scene fades to black.

As Cape noted while discussing Stitch Puppy, “the train of despair doesn’t seem to stop rolling through my life.” The record in turn serves as the perfect vessel for channeling those complex, and often painful, moments in his life. It’s not an easy or fun listen, but Stitch Puppy will make you think and it will make you feel. It’s hard to ask for much more from an album.

4.5 / 5 – Listen below.



Joey Cape chats with The Bobs on this new episode of Dying Scene Radio!

This week on Dying Scene RadioBob Noxious and Bobby Pickles connect with Joey Cape live from his van. The three discuss Joey’s new solo record, Stitch Puppy,  the story behind the song, “Tracks”, and what it was like to record his latest acoustic album using a similar formula to that of his label, One Week Records.  Bobby uses his “Wop Dar” to uncover the Italian roots of the Lagwagon frontman, insinuates that, like most musicians, Joey is inherently lazy, and then asks Mr. Cape a very pretentious question, which Joey has not the authority to answer adequately, given that the punk rock ethos transcends ideas and is really a part of one’s DNA. But, Joey agrees with Bob’s ethos, being a 46 year old man who lives his life like a 17 year old boy.

SYNOPSIS OF BANTER: Jason 3D of The Jasons designed a FAT ENZO t-shirt depicting The Bobs getting killed by The Jasons. Lou Koller, frontman of NYHC greats, Sick Of It All, speaks with ten year old Elliott of Little Punk People, and Bobby wants to make him a DSR war correspondent because he’s interviewed many of the same people as Bob and he’s a much more talented interviewer. The Bobs discuss their impending full-coverage of FEST 14 in Gainesville and Pre-FEST in Tampa. Bobby doesn’t know who Mikey Erg or Ronnie James Dio is. The Svetlanas are from “Mother Russia” just as PigPen are comprised of more bacon than Bob puts down during breakfast. Why does EVERYBODY think the iconic Motörhead frontman, Lemmy Kilmister, is going to die? Bob says if Lemmy isn’t really afraid to die, he’d have played a fourth song in Austin. Bob thinks he might need to go back to the dark liquors. Bob says, “Lemmy will live forever and what kind of world are we going to leave for Lemmy?”

AND VIGNETTES BY: Elliott Fullam of Little Punk PeopleJ. Prozac of Doubtfire, Todd Dulawan of Distorted Signals, Dylan Flynn of Pass The Bass, and Mike Hansen of Pentimento.

Episode 28’s recurring theme: bad/spot-on accents, artists who’ve recorded records in one-week’s time, and Bobby’s three keys to success – Persistence, Arrogance, and Stupidity, with major emphasis on the latter. 

Hear all the incessant blathering, plus this week’s new music and headlines, below.

THIS WEEK’S PLAYLIST
Night Birds – 8 Inch Betsy
PMX – Pull The Trigger
8 Inch Betty – Mean Days
Svetlanas – Siberia
PEARS – Snowflake
Guilty By Association – Coming Home
Doubtfire – California
The Mahones – Fuck You
Joey Cape Interview
Joey Cape – Spill My Guts
Lagwagon – Made Of Broken Pieces
Pentimento – Sink Or Swim

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Joey Cape streams new album ‘Stitch Puppy’

The one and only Joey Cape is streaming his new album, Stitch Puppy in full. You can give it a listen here.

Stitch Puppy is Cape’s first solo album in nearly 5 years, and will be released tomorrow, September 4, 2015 through Fat Wreck Chords.



New Video: Joey Cape – “This Life Is Strange”

Brand new video from the unique talent that is Joey Cape today. It’s for the song “This Life Is Strange,” and you can check it out below.

“This Life Is Strange” was directed by Cape himself, and serves as the lead video from his upcoming solo album Stitch Puppy, which releases on September 4th through Fat Wreck Chords.

Stitch Puppy will be Cape’s first solo album in nearly 5 years, serving as a follow-up to 2011′s Doesn’t Play Well With Others. He will be touring North America in support of the LP this fall.