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Tommy Keene “Strange Alliance” Reissue

Tommy Keene "Strange Alliance" LP (12XU 051-1)
Tommy Keene
“Strange Alliance” LP
(12XU 051-1)

Gerard Cosloy’s 12XU label out of Austin will reissue Tommy Keene’s hard-to-find 1982 debut LP “Strange Alliance” next month, on both clear and black 150 gram vinyl. The limited edition reissue, shipping May 28th, was remastered by Jason Ward at Chicago Mastering Service, and will include two songs not on the original Avenue LP, “Nothing Is Gray” and “Stuck On A Ship.”

The release follows 12XU’s Record Store Day reissue of Tommy’s “Back To Zero Now” b/w “Mr. Roland” 7″ single (12XU 050-1)

Link – Tommy Keene “Strange Alliance” LP (12XU 051-1) 
 
 

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Tommy Keene’s Pop With Fizz, at Iota – Wash. Post

The Washington Post
SEP 8th, 2003
Style Section C.03

There’s a certain melancholy to most power-pop, reflecting a bittersweet memory of the days when jangling electric guitars ruled the Top 40, and few power-poppers are more wistful than Tommy Keene. That’s on his recordings, though. In concert, the Bethesda-bred Californian banishes regret with crashing guitar chords. Even such pensive tunes as “Places That Are Gone” and “Long Time Missing” — both of which the singer-guitarist and his trio played Saturday night at Iota — become celebrations…

…opening the show was Mike Shupp, a veteran local power-popper who still lives in the area. Aside from a slight rasp in his voice, the singer-guitarist didn’t deviate significantly from the sound of his recordings. That made his performance less dynamic than Keene’s, but it was still a pleasure to hear Shupp play his tuneful songs, the best of which should air regularly on the phantom Top 40 in every power-pop fan’s mind.

— Mark Jenkins
( September 8th, 2003 )
Copyright © 2003 The Washington Post All rights reserved

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[Photo] Iota Club and Cafe, 9/6/03

Mike Shupp at IOTA Iota Club and Cafe, 9/6/03 In Arlington, VA, opening for Tommy Keene (Photo: Kelly Kilga)
Mike Shupp at IOTA Iota Club and Cafe, 9/6/03 In Arlington, VA, opening for Tommy Keene (Photo: Kelly Kilga)
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Iota Club and Cafe

Opening for Tommy Keene at Iota

Iota Club and Cafe
2832 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201-3806
(703) 522-8340
opening for Tommy Keene

Our good friend Tom Kane fills in on bass.

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Not Lame

The third and best record from Shupp, his previous two records are faves here but here is buzzing and crunchy guitars, soaring vocal harmonies and hooks in the vein of Matthew Sweet or Gin Blossoms are better honed and the performances more engagingly captured.  Refrains of Spooner and Tommy Keene are in focus here, too.  As with all his releases, the vocals are extremely strong and the production rich and thick.

Mike Shupp “This Time”

— Bruce Brodeen
Not Lame
October 29th, 2002

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Iota Club and Cafe

Arlington, VA

Iota Club and Cafe
2832 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA  22201-3806
(703) 522-8340
9:00pm  $12  (solo acoustic)  opening for Tommy Keene