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Another year over.

I actually wrote this email out longhand—both because I do take delight in writing and to ensure this doesn’t get unnecessarily long. These end of year messages do tend to get a bit… well, soppy.

So let’s get the most important bit out of the way: thank you!

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Your continued participation in this little community continues to humble and amaze us. I’m still wowed that this list has had an average open rate of 76% all year. 

To put that in perspective: 18%-20% is generally considered “good”.

Not that we’re chasing after metrics. But it does tell us you care. Lest it not be said enough: your support means the world to us and really, truly, keeps our ramshackle enterprise going.

I was going to write a whole thing about this year, but honestly, right now I’m looking forward to our future.

“Somewhere To Be”, our next single, may be a few weeks away.

Apollo 6, a record we’ve put so much of ourselves into, is getting mastered next week.

Tomorrow (aka today for you) we’re working on some bonus material to accompany the record release in the spring.

Mostly, I’m looking forward to playing even more shows next year and communing with y’all in person.

Thanks again for your support, friendo. 

Have a happy new year. We’ll see you on the other side.


P.S. I couldn’t not at least list some of the fun stuff from this year, so—here it is!

Dept. of New Music

Dept. of Production

Dept. of Live Events

Dept. of Milestones & Extracurriculars

Dept. of Long Lost Stuff

  • Live from WMFO: December 10, 2003: We shared our very first performance with Ross on drums, recorded live for WMFO’s On The Town with Mikey Dee.
  • Like a song that just left my brain: Listen to a found recording of “Refrain”, a song we played out live for a solid two years and inexplicably never did anything with. (Incidentally, we found more recordings from these sessions and are making plans to release more of these to y’all in 2023.)
  • Hum along and regret it: listen to our live cover of The Sheila Divine’s “Hum”, live at Great Scott in Boston, December 2005.