New Pernice Brothers Record

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Anyone hear the new Pernice Brothers record that just came out? I saw a review on AMG and the author was sort of gushing. A lot. Just curious if anyone else thought it was that good.

Milian Tiles, Friday, 23 May 2003 20:15 (twenty years ago) link

I bought it earlier this week - it is good, need to listen to it some more to really have a strong opinion. it is of course very lush sounding and so far track 5 is my favorite

carol, Friday, 23 May 2003 21:18 (twenty years ago) link

i'm prone to gush about it too. perfect sad/sweet pop with some lush touches. pernice's songwriting has never been better, letting some sun shine through the customary sadsack stuff. my favorite pernice record and one of my faves of the year.


notfazed (notfazed), Friday, 23 May 2003 21:28 (twenty years ago) link

okay, listened to it some more - song writing is exceptionally good once again but I hate that you cant really read the words to the songs because of the way the liner notes are done.

carol, Sunday, 25 May 2003 15:59 (twenty years ago) link cant really read the words to the songs because of the way the liner notes are done.

If you send Mr. Pernice a box of tissues, I'm sure he'll sensitively cry into them in falsetto and then write all the lyrics down on them for you and send them back to you. With a nice string bed.

I kinda like Pernice Bros but liner note lyrics molest my inner child.

Hunter (Hunter), Tuesday, 27 May 2003 03:29 (twenty years ago) link

one year passes...
Discover a lovelier you has leaked. I like it...the first track "There Goes The Sun" is wonderful.

Chris 'The Nuts' V (Chris V), Friday, 6 May 2005 09:49 (eighteen years ago) link

o man i guess iwant this

mullygrubbr (bulbs), Friday, 6 May 2005 09:54 (eighteen years ago) link

you do!

Chris 'The Nuts' V (Chris V), Friday, 6 May 2005 11:22 (eighteen years ago) link

I want it too(I think).

steve-k, Friday, 6 May 2005 12:13 (eighteen years ago) link

you do too! when you hear the first'll be happy.

Chris 'The Nuts' V (Chris V), Friday, 6 May 2005 12:16 (eighteen years ago) link


Chris 'The Nuts' V (Chris V), Friday, 6 May 2005 12:21 (eighteen years ago) link

he's one of the dullest artists to write nice melodies...I mean, his songwriting skill is apparent, but there's something about his music that just falls flat

Space Is the Place (Space Is the Place), Friday, 6 May 2005 13:19 (eighteen years ago) link

It's pleasant, but thin.

Zed Szetlian (Finn MacCool), Friday, 6 May 2005 16:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Everytime there's a new Pernice record, I listen to it constantly for a week or two and then file it away to forget about until there's a new Pernice record again.

Just got this one today, so we'll see how long my fascination lasts. The production, however, is very mid-'80s England though. That could be a definite check in the "plus" column.

Johnny Fever (johnny fever), Friday, 6 May 2005 16:06 (eighteen years ago) link

Did anyone get the live album? Is it worth owning?

Jonathan (Jonathan), Friday, 6 May 2005 16:10 (eighteen years ago) link

It's alright. If you've never heard their version of the Pretenders' "Talk of the Town," you should hunt it down.

Johnny Fever (johnny fever), Friday, 6 May 2005 16:20 (eighteen years ago) link

Cool, thanks.

Jonathan (Jonathan), Friday, 6 May 2005 16:35 (eighteen years ago) link

Is it out on p2p? Would love to hear something from it, went to the solo show last week at the Mercury Lounge and liked what I heard.

erv (Abe Froman), Friday, 6 May 2005 23:28 (eighteen years ago) link

Found it on slsk today.

Johnny Fever (johnny fever), Friday, 6 May 2005 23:59 (eighteen years ago) link

I'll check it out, thanks. btw, speaking of covers, Joe did an excellent cover of a Zombies song last week, but can't for the life of me remember the name. was anyone else there?

erv (Abe Froman), Saturday, 7 May 2005 00:38 (eighteen years ago) link

one month passes...
Picked this up at lunch today and I'm listening to it now. 'There Goes The Sun' is totally dreamy. Bits of the Cure and New Order pop up throughout the album. So far, better than 'Yours, Mine and Ours.'

righteousmaelstrom (righteousmaelstrom), Tuesday, 14 June 2005 19:23 (seventeen years ago) link

I just downloaded this off emusic (wow, immediate release). It's pretty as all hell on one listen. I'll be listening to this a lot for the next couple days.

Hunter (Hunter), Thursday, 16 June 2005 15:07 (seventeen years ago) link

eight years pass...

had heard about this, but forgot. new scud mtn boys record in july!
samples sound like you'd expect.

tylerw, Monday, 1 July 2013 15:54 (nine years ago) link

just listened to yours mine and ours for the first time in a while over the weekend - pretty great record. haven't been in love with the last few things pernice has done, but he did have quite a winning streak going there for a while.

tylerw, Monday, 1 July 2013 16:03 (nine years ago) link

Yes to "Yours Mine Ours" as a great record

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 2 July 2013 17:16 (nine years ago) link

It still kills me that Sherwin-Williams used "Weakest Shade of Blue" in a commercial.

This amigurumi Jamaican octopus is ready to chill with you (Phil D.), Tuesday, 2 July 2013 17:55 (nine years ago) link


curmudgeon, Tuesday, 2 July 2013 17:58 (nine years ago) link

haha forgot about that. i saw lambchop and the pernice bros. at some point, heavy sherwin williams content (see "new cobweb summer").

tylerw, Tuesday, 2 July 2013 18:07 (nine years ago) link

i didn't now about paint commercial, lol. YMO is so good, it's the pernice album i usually go back to.

a hand, palming an ilx face forever (Hunt3r), Tuesday, 2 July 2013 18:22 (nine years ago) link

world won't end and overcome by happiness are pretty classic, too, imo. and the Chappaquiddick Skyline rec is killer as well.

tylerw, Tuesday, 2 July 2013 18:25 (nine years ago) link

Second album is my fave.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 2 July 2013 18:26 (nine years ago) link

guess there is also this which i also heard about and forgot:
The New Mendicants are Mike Belitsky, Norman Blake and Joe Pernice. This, their first recording, was produced by Norman (with help from Mike and Joe) in Toronto, where they all live now. This 6-song CD EP was put together so Norman and Joe would have something to sell on their January/February 2013 tour of Australia. (Mike wasn't actually in the band on its first day, when the touring plan was hatched and flights were purchased. He joined on the 7th day.) It contains 3 brand new songs, plus 2 instances of Joe and Norman covering themselves (tres postmodern) and one INXS cover (The Australian government requires musicians wishing to tour Australia release an INXS cover before they will issue the necessary work visas. But luckily, they had some good songs.)

tylerw, Tuesday, 2 July 2013 18:31 (nine years ago) link

three weeks pass...

new scud record is pretty damn good, only a couple clunkers in there. might be my favorite pernice thing in quite a while. the bonus disc that came w/ pre-orders has three great outtakes from the mid 90s. he can be such a great melody writer -- title aside, i can imagine dionne warwick tackling "son of a bitch."

tylerw, Tuesday, 23 July 2013 21:46 (nine years ago) link

The New Mendicants EP is quite good, worth picking up if you enjoy the man's work.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Tuesday, 23 July 2013 23:55 (nine years ago) link

one month passes...

Did not realize the new Scuds record was out!

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Friday, 23 August 2013 00:30 (nine years ago) link

he can be such a great melody writer


curmudgeon, Friday, 23 August 2013 05:35 (nine years ago) link

three years pass...

Overcome by Happiness>Massachusetts>>Big Tobacco>The World Won't End>Pine Box>Dance the Night Away>Chappaquiddick Skyline>Yours Mine and Ours>>Discover a Lovelier You>>>Live a Little>>Do You Love the Sun>>Into the Lime>>>Goodbye Killer>>>>It Feels So Good When I Stop

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Saturday, 19 August 2017 17:11 (five years ago) link

DYLtS and Goodbye Killer have a few great songs each

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Saturday, 19 August 2017 19:31 (five years ago) link

Yeah every album Pernice has touched included at least a few great moments. I was actually listening to Goodbye Killer today, which inspired me to post above.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Saturday, 19 August 2017 23:15 (five years ago) link

one year passes...

The section around 2:28 is perfection.

Website hasn't been updated since the 2015 Roger Lion release, but still hold out hope they put out another album on the same level as Overcome by Happiness or The World Won't End. I go back and forth between ObH, TWWE, and YM&O as my favorite PB release, though no real need to choose.

the body of a spider... (scampering alpaca), Monday, 4 March 2019 18:48 (four years ago) link

just saw on twitter that he's setting up a bandcamp page with all the pernice stuff and that there's a new LP in the works ...
my wife plays yours mine & ours around the house all the time, still sounds great.

tylerw, Monday, 4 March 2019 18:53 (four years ago) link

That's great news. Thanks for passing that on!

the body of a spider... (scampering alpaca), Monday, 4 March 2019 19:10 (four years ago) link

We're currently migrating Ashmont Records catalog to @Bandcamp
New Pernice Brothers music on the way. Stay tuned.

— Joe Pernice (@JPernicious) February 25, 2019

tylerw, Monday, 4 March 2019 19:18 (four years ago) link

dumdumdum good to hear from 'them' :-)

Ludo, Monday, 4 March 2019 20:21 (four years ago) link

This is really just his hobby at this point isn’t it? I think I saw that he is a writer for a Canadian tv show or something like that.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Tuesday, 5 March 2019 01:58 (four years ago) link

I thought I read at one point that he'd recorded a Goodbye Killer followup but never bothered releasing it. Anyway his '98-'06 albums make up one of the great songwriting streaks in history, imo, Bandcamp will be a richer place.

geoffreyess, Sunday, 10 March 2019 07:10 (four years ago) link


He (correctly) grumbles about low Spotify pay rates in an earlier tweet

curmudgeon, Sunday, 10 March 2019 21:38 (four years ago) link

five months pass...

New album Spread The Feeling out one month from today, it seems, plus a few shows announced.

Finished tour poster for upcoming Pernice Brothers shows.

— Joe Pernice (@JPernicious) August 9, 2019


geoffreyess, Saturday, 10 August 2019 00:36 (three years ago) link


Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 10 August 2019 00:41 (three years ago) link

That’s good news. Hope they’ll add more gigs.

curmudgeon, Saturday, 10 August 2019 14:38 (three years ago) link

three weeks pass...

new track from the album and bonus tracks up to stream now:

sktsh, Monday, 2 September 2019 11:53 (three years ago) link

New track has their sound. It’s ok

curmudgeon, Monday, 2 September 2019 16:54 (three years ago) link

Joe tweeted in response to a question about whether they had plans to put the new one on Apple Music- no streaming plans.

So maybe just Bandcamp for this

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 11 September 2019 13:36 (three years ago) link

Bought via Bandcamp. If the vinyl/download options don't work for you, he mentioned a limited amount of cds will be announced later on the mailing list. I'll rebuy it.

the body of a spider... (scampering alpaca), Wednesday, 11 September 2019 17:17 (three years ago) link

Well, I get that Spotify is not always good or worthwhile for audiences so more power to him for keeping it off the platform. But personally my audio set-up is such that if it's not on Spotify I'm most likely not going to hear it. I know it's *possible* to hear it but I basically manage all my music through my phone these days and everything is done through the Spotify app. I don't have a home stereo or even a home computer.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Wednesday, 11 September 2019 20:57 (three years ago) link

* artists, not audiences.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Wednesday, 11 September 2019 20:58 (three years ago) link

You could just hear it via the Bandcamp website on your phone, that's what I did.

And I was not that enthused, it's ok but maybe my time for Pernice Brothers love has simply passed.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Wednesday, 11 September 2019 21:00 (three years ago) link

(which is not to say I don't adore their records up until "Hello Killer")

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Wednesday, 11 September 2019 21:00 (three years ago) link

eight months pass...

On June 19, 2020 I will release a solo album. It’s called RICHARD. It’s basically me and a nylon string guitar I recorded in my basement bike shop during Covid lockdown. There are no world-altering songs of protest on it. There are no songs that poetically and compassionately describe the lives of our fellow citizens who have lived within a system braided with racism. I wish I could write that song. God, knows I have tried, but they always come up short. (Maybe the title song goes part of the way there. I don’t know.)

curmudgeon, Saturday, 6 June 2020 13:59 (two years ago) link

awww. this sounds promising.

as great as seeing him/them live was (at their first show in a long time, I gather) Spread the Feeling didn't really hit me

k*r*n koltrane (Simon H.), Saturday, 6 June 2020 14:03 (two years ago) link

Ooh, thanks for that. Speaking of a Pernice and a guitar, I watched The Half of It on Netflix and was surprised to learn from the credits that he wrote its talent show ballad. It's a whole new era of earnest YouTubers covering him.

Seems there might be an album of Barry Manilow covers at some point, too:

geoffreyess, Saturday, 6 June 2020 15:51 (two years ago) link

nine months pass...

I will live stream a show from my bike shop on April 2, 2021 at 8 pm EST. It will be the first show by me hosted on Bandcamp. I have no idea about the logistics, nor does my partner Joyce…but she will. We’ll send another mailing list post asap with details about how to register to witness the gig

curmudgeon, Thursday, 18 March 2021 19:17 (two years ago) link

I was underwhelmed by the Barry Manilow covers. I hope his livestream uses other material

curmudgeon, Monday, 22 March 2021 03:34 (two years ago) link

two years pass...



curmudgeon, Thursday, 18 May 2023 19:05 (one week ago) link

Ah would love to see that! Such a classic.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Thursday, 18 May 2023 19:07 (one week ago) link

Yes. me too but can’t make it up there. Chickfactor zine editor just posted on FB she has an extra ticket for tonight!

curmudgeon, Thursday, 18 May 2023 19:11 (one week ago) link

No idea at all why this band did not take off.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 18 May 2023 19:17 (one week ago) link


I'm on the wrong side of the country, alas.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Thursday, 18 May 2023 19:19 (one week ago) link

Saw one clip on IG from tonight and they had a string section with them. Nice . Haven’t read it but NPR has a review of the re-release

curmudgeon, Friday, 19 May 2023 05:28 (one week ago) link

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