New Zealand author Chris Bourke’s definitive history of the band Crowded House is out now in an eBook edition from Australia’s Momentum Books, available for Kindle, Nook, iBooks and more. In addition to the original 1997 text, the eBook edition includes a new Forward, a review of 2000’s collection of b-sides “Afterglow,” the author’s obituary for drummer Paul Hester, and an essay on Neil Finn’s solo career.
Momentum Books — Crowded House: Something So Strong
I’m listening to the gloriously effed up-sounding “Dizzy Heights” from Neil Finn, due out next Tuesday, but streaming now (’til Monday) on Pandora’s new Premieres channel. There are also preview clips at iTunes and Barnes & Noble. Looking forward to the D.C. show at Lincoln Theatre April 12th.
“Dizzy Heights is the third proper solo album from Crowded House frontman Neil Finn and follows 2001’s One Nil. Opting for a fuller sound than your average singer/songwriter fodder, Finn brought in co-producer Dave Fridmann (Flaming Lips, MGMT) to give the album another dimension. Recorded in New Zealand as well as Fridmann’s Tarbox Studios in Upstate New York, the album sees Finn deliver another collection of classic pop rock songs.
— All Music Guide“
Neil Finn has launched a comprehensive new website (yes!), “which has been a long time coming” in his words, and which also coincides with the release of his new “Song of the Lonely Mountain,” which plays over the end credits of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (link below). The site looks like a real treat for fans of all things Finn such as myself, with music, video, and beautiful photography from each phase of his career. The EPK videos from The Finn Brothers’ “Everyone Is Here” (one of my favorite albums) are included, as well as a 2010 interview I’d never seen… and pages and pages of Crowded House video and interviews.
“Everyone Is Here” EPK – Finn Brothers