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March 28, 2007

New Knights of Infinite Resignation EP coming in May!

It's been five years in the making!  The Knights of Infinite Resignation will finally release their debut EP on May 22.  The record, called Peace and Rest (another Kierkegaard reference--would you expect anything less?) will feature five songs:

  1. Without You
  2. Look, It's Rubber Boy!
  3. Next To You
  4. Diesel Rules
  5. Cold Shoulder

The tracks have been culled from the Knights' various recording sessions over the years (in Hudson and Columbus, Ohio).  Not only do you get the Knights in all of their spazzed-out fuzzy glory ("Diesel Rules" is epic), but you also get them doing their "We're Ohio's Yo La Tengo" act with "Next To You."

An interesting note:  "Without You" was written by Lee as a tribute to Carl Wilson just after his passing in 1998.  Accordingly, the original 1998 version features Beach Boys-style backup vocals.  The version here--which was recorded a few weeks ago--has no backup vocals, but the "Don't Worry Baby"-esque guitar solo was kept in the arrangment.

Anyway, the record sounds great, and it's a fitting beginning for the Knights' recording career.  This release will also be the first by Next Best Records to be available worldwide on iTunes.  More information on iTunes, as well as traditional CD availability will follow soon.  In the meantime, "Look, It's Rubber Boy!" and "Cold Shoulder" can be heard on the Knights' MySpace page (albeit in initial mono mixes).

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March 23, 2007

Final Delay

I'm sorry.  I lied.  There's another delay with the Lee Wadlinger CD's.  Apparently there's was a bit of a snafu with the artwork, and so we won't be getting the CD's for a while yet, and blah blah blah.

Anyways, we've pushed the release date for Twentieth Century Apprenticeship and Lee Wadlinger's Guide To Dating back to April 10.  There's a chance we'll get them in sooner.  If we do, I'll be sure to let you know here so that you can get your orders in.  Lee is optimistic that he'll have some copies available for Fourth Street Only's appearance at Ugly Tuna Saloona in Columbus on March 30 (see the Concert Dates page for more info).

In other news, stay tuned for an exciting announcment in the next few days involving further NBR releases.

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March 13, 2007

Next Best Records on YouTube

Lee Wadlinger's first video is complete.  It's an ultra lo-fi production, created entirely using a cell phone's video camera function.  The video is for the song "Throwing Bottles," essentially because, well, it's the shortest song off of the upcoming Twentieth Century Apprenticeship EP (coming March 27!).  The video has been posted on Lee's MySpace page and YouTube

Also, if you click on my YouTube profile (nextbestrecords), you can check out an expanding list of Next Best Records approved YouTube videos.  Lee highly recommends the video of Prisonshake playing "Act Like Nothing's Wrong" (if only there were a video of them doing "Fairfield Avenue Serenade").

Anyways, your comments on the L.W. video are much appreciated.  If enough people dig it (read: get a hearty chuckle out of it), maybe we'll make more.  And maybe we'll even upgrade from the cell phone video camera.

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March 12, 2007

Interesting link

This isn't really a spots blog (notwithstanding my forays into the Browns, Cavs, and Buckeyes), but here's a link to an interesting interview my buddy Matt did for Sportsagentblog.com.  I suppose the interviewee's answer to question number 10 is a good synopsis of the informal Next Best Records credo.
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New Release News

Alright, there's good news and bad news.  First, the bad news: We're once again pushing back the release date for the new Lee Wadlinger EP, Twentieth Century Apprenticeship.

Now, the good news:  We're only pushing it back by a week.  So, for those of you keeping score at home, it's now going to be released on March 27.  We're really serious about it this time.  And--as if that wasn't good news enough--we're also MOVING UP the release date for the rerelease of Lee's Guide To Dating CD.  Both will be available on the online store (prices to be determined).  In the next 10 days or so, I'll be putting together some form of online liner notes for each release and putting them up on the respective pages on the main site.

In Knights of Infinite Resignation news, the t-shirts are flying off the shelves.  Astute visitors to the online store have noted that the medium shirt with the red ringed collar/sleeves has already sold out.  The long-awaited Knights EP will likely be the next thing we release.

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March 02, 2007

The Next Best Records Online Store is now online!

*Snif* *Snif*--my little label is growing up!  That's right, I've finally gotten things in gear.  The Next Best Records Online Store is now up and running.  You can now be the first kid on your block to own a Knights of Infinite Resignation t-shirt!  But wait, there's more!  You can also be the third kid in your state to own a copy of the Magic Ball Hunt EP, or the eleventh person in your town to own a copy of the Pesotum/Lee Wadlinger split-7" single!

In case you couldn't tell from the above links, since we don't have any official music releases actually out yet (set-in-stone release date for the new Lee Wadlinger EP is March 20), the store consists mostly of stuff we found in the boxes sitting in the old Eclectic Citrus Bowls bunker (located 80 feet below Stow Road and Streetsboro Street in Hudson, Ohio).  We're currently only accepting orders via credit card through Pay Pal, which Mr. Wadlinger assures us is much easier for you and for us than the old "send a check or cash to my P.O. Box" indie-rock model.

I also spent some time today updating the main Next Best Records website, so those of you who are interested in purchasing stuff can actually get some information on what we have for sale.

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