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New Release Rack: John Brodeur’s “The Last Hour”

Friday, October 25th, 2013

Former Nippertonian singer-songwriter John Brodeur released his new album Little Hopes in August, and now, just two months later, he’s back with a another new album, The Last Hour, in homage to one of his musical inspirations, Elliott Smith.

“Nearly every one of Elliott Smith’s songs speaks to me on a personal level, whether lyrically or musically or (usually) both,” says Brodeur. “I’ve yet to come across another songwriter with that kind of track record.”

This week marks the 10th anniversary of Smith’s untimely death, and Brodeur has issued a loving tribute, The Last Hour: A Lo​-​Fi Tribute to Elliott Smith, which features his interpretations of 15 songs of Smith’s music. “I knew I wanted to do something to mark the 10th anniversary of his passing, to salute his wonderful music,” Brodeur says.

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CD: John Brodeur’s “Little Hopes”

Monday, August 19th, 2013

John Brodeur: Little Hopes

Review by Matt Mac Haffie

Artist: JOHN BRODEUR
CD: Little Hopes
Label: Mr. Duck/Sojourn Records 

Little Hopes is the latest full-length CD release from Albany expatriate John Brodeur, marking his first album of new material in four years. The album is a fine mix of small studio magic and guitar-fueled power-pop with Brodeur’s always brilliant songwriting providing the glue for this collection of gems.

Opening with an understated clap-and-kick backing track and floating-on-top vocals, “Be Careful” brings to mind Liam Finn. “One Man Army” and “Favorite Feeling” show off Brodeur’s strong and adept power-pop leanings, while “Neil Young” and “Second Time” have more Americana leanings.

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Be Here Now: The Suggestions’ Reunion @ Putnam Den, 7/16/10

Friday, July 16th, 2010


Capital Region power-popsters the Suggestions – featuring guitarist John Brodeur, bassist Keith Hosmer and drummer Jason “Slade Jones” Schultz – will be reuniting for a show tonight (July 16) at Putnam Den in Saratoga Springs.

“It’s our first time playing together in more than three years,” Brodeur explains, pointing out that the show has been something of a logistical nightmare to line up. “Keith is flying in from Chicago, and Jason from Denver, for the show.”

Equally exciting is the fact that the potent threesome will actually be recording some new tunes, too, at North Sea Studios in Albany. “After the gig, we’re going into the recording studio to cut our first tracks together since 2004,” Brodeur reveals.

Don’t expect the reunion to last, however. As Brodeur says, “We’ll have broken up again by Tuesday morning.”

Tonight, the Suggestions will be sharing the Putnam Den stage with their old friends Paranoid Social Club (from Portland, Maine). “It’s their first area show in two years,” says Brodeur, who also threatens, “I may even hop onstage and do a song with them.”

The Suggestions and Paranoid Social Club team up for a double-bill at Putnam Den in Saratoga Springs at 10pm tonight. Doors open at 9pm, and admission is $7.

Five Firsts: John Brodeur

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

John Brodeur

(photo by Alexandra Marvar)

NAME: John Brodeur
BAND AFFILIATION: N/A
INSTRUMENT: guitar, vocals, drums, etc.

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … Pretty sure my first LP was Blondie’s “Autoamerican,” though that wasn’t purchased with my own money. First cassette: Beastie Boys’ “Licensed to Ill.” First CD: LL Cool J’s “Mama Said Knock You Out.”

2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … My folks took me along to see the Charlie Daniels Band at SPAC when I was 4 or 5. The first concert I opted to go to was Starship and Cutting Crew, also at SPAC. I think there were 40 people there.

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Real Good for Free: The Asteroids Galaxy Tour @ Jillian’s, 11/13/09

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

The Danish alt-pop duo the Asteroids Galaxy Tour make a tour stop at Jillian’s in Albany on Friday (November 13) in support of their new album, “Fruit.” You may not know their album, but you more than likely know the Euro-trash-meets-B-52s sound of their iPod commercial soundtrack.

John Brodeur opens the show. Will he toss in a taste of his new “Slutty Nurse” EP? Let’s hope so…

Previously:
Real Good for Free: CRUMBS Nite Out @ The Linda, 11/12/09
Real Good for Free: The Lustre Kings @ HVCC, 11/12/09
How Much Is Your Art Worth? MCLA Artist Pricing Workshops
Real Good For Free: Blanket by Jeff Beck and Imogen Heap
Real Good For Free: JOHN BRODEUR’s “Slutty Nurse” EP
Real Good For Free: Philip Glass Download at Amazon
Real Good For Free: Music @ Noon at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall (second Tuesdays)
Real Good For Free: Quintessence (Weekends)
Real Good for Free: Colleen Pratt @ the Van Dyck (Thursdays)
Real Good for Free: Tuesdays @ Revolution Hall (Tuesdays)
Real Good for Free: CRUMBS Nite Out @ The Linda (4th Thursdays)

Real Good For Free: JOHN BRODEUR’s “Slutty Nurse” EP

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

Happy Halloween from the Suggestions-Mayday-Beatdown-etc. popmeister mastermind!

Trying on a few different musical costumes, John Brodeur tackles a handful of classic covers:
Tears for Fear‘s “Head Over Heels”
Poison‘s “Talk Dirty to Me”
Aerosmith‘s “What It Takes”
Olivia Newton John‘s “Xanadu”

Oh, this is good, good, guilty pleasure stuff…

“What It Takes” emerges as the best of the batch, partially because it’s the best song. But mostly because Brodeur takes it furthest away from the original version.

And you just can’t go wrong with cover art that looks like this, either:

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“Slutty Nurse” is available for free download.

Previously:
Real Good For Free: John Foxx @ BCB Art (11/07/09)
Real Good for Free: Tony Fletcher’s “All Hopped Up” (11/7/09)
Real Good For Free: Philip Glass Download at Amazon
Real Good for Free: Silent Film Spectacular (Wednesdays)
Real Good For Free: Music @ Noon at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall (second Tuesdays)
Real Good For Free: Quintessence (Weekends)
Real Good for Free: Colleen Pratt @ the Van Dyck (Thursdays)
Real Good for Free: Tuesdays @ Revolution Hall (Tuesdays)
Real Good for Free: CRUMBS Nite Out @ The Linda (4th Thursdays)

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