Notoriously lazy bastards The Sleep-ins must have put down their bongs, because we hear they’re playing some shows this Summer AND recording a new record (frealz!)!! It’s like Christmas and St. Patrick’s Day* all rolled into one.
They do have some explaining to do, because it’s known that they are still spread amongst three continents. They don’t even talk to one another, they just exchange cryptic messages on MySpace, using Tom as an intermediary. Because who would think to look there?
Anyway this is certainly good news for John McCain (but even better news for Bernie Sanders, whom The Sleep-ins have informed us they wholeheartedly endorse. Even though two of them can’t vote in America. It doesn’t matter, because everyone knows that celebrity endorsements are what win elections). The band starting the recording now means it could be done before the decade is out. It really is the best we can hope for. BUT, live shows are booked in the U. S. of A. (frealz!), so you will get to see them this Summer.
*Never, ever, mention St. Patrick’s Day to the Sleep-ins
Claude’s album, Deep Fried Satisfied, landed at #5 on Amazon’s Top Ten Blues Albums of 2010 list! It’s been a huge year for Claude, with appearances on NPR, success on numerous charts, and widespread critical acclaim. Next for Claude, look for him performing at SXSW in March, as he continues his US tour.
Indie rockers the Sleep-ins just wrapped up their US tour with the news that they had entered the CMJ Top 200 chart, a quite difficult task given that at any moment there are approximately 2 billion acts (give or take) that are gunning for the College Music Journal’s illustrious top 200. Seriously.
What’s next for the Australian-English-American confab? A new record, perhaps? Well, guitarist Mike Johnson will be back to work on his other projects, kingsizemidget and Titans of Ahm! — projects on which Sleep-ins guitarist/singer Chad Corley has been known to make an appearance. Chad will himself be working up new solo material as lonesomerobot and dredging up some raydons oldies but weirdies with drummer pal Heath Metzger [Mock Orange] and the multi-talented James Butler [Catnip for Clones, Jimmy the Wigwam]. Stefan Pope is back to old Blighty for some tea and biscuits, and Josh Schuberth remains in Sydney as the drummer for every good band in Australia.
Keep an eye on this page for more Sleep-ins news!
128 Records artist Claude Hay has been tearing it up lately, hitting the top ten on the Billboard Blues chart, top five on the MediaGuide radio airplay chart, and making top five in sales on both iTunes and Amazon MP3. He also did well on the Roots Music Report blues chart, shooting up to #21 worldwide and #1 in his native Australia.
A bit more fantastic was the feature on NPR’s Weekend Edition, where Claude talked about his album Deep Fried Satisfied, his music, and his love of fried food. Look for Claude to be coming to the USA and Europe in the Spring of 2011!
128 Records is happy to announce that our online store is now operational! The super-official web link is store.one28.us – write it down, get a tattoo, or send yourself a text… but please, not while driving!