New Video: Jamie & Steve (of Spongetones)


Key track from recent
album The Next Big Thing.


By Fred Mills


About a month ago we reviewed The Next Big Thing, the second album from Jamie & Steve, aka
Jamie Hoover and Steve Stoeckel of powerpop legends The Spongetones. Wrote our
“Where [previous release English
] was clearly in the
Beatlesque tradition of the mothership (there was even a ukulele nod to George
Harrison), this new disc takes that primarily as a jumping off point from which
to steer very firmly in the direction of latterday art-pop – in places, even
art-rock – with complex production and arrangements that bring to mind such
avatars of arcana as Roy Wood and Jeff Lynne (Move/ELO era), XTC, and (for all
you youngsters) Apples in Stereo.”


We’re BLURT, and we approved that message! Now the first
video from the album has washed up on the shores of the Mersey
River, and it’s a corker, as they
might say in England.
“Half a Mind” is the tune, and unless our eyes deceive us, there’s some
animation going on here that tips a hat or two in the direction of the classic
Beatles cartoons from the mid ‘60s.






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