New Album 2011!

I know what you’ve been wondering. You’ve been wondering where I have been. Why hasn’t Johnny Unicorn seen the light of day since the start of Winter? Contained in this very blog post is the answer to that question, and possibly the answers to a few more.

I have been holed up in my room (and various other rooms) writing, recording, and mixing my new album, which ended up doubling in length when I added nearly forty more minutes of music to it. I have also been struggling to create the artwork for the album. I have also been booking the two month summer tour that is going to accompany the release of this album (and the release of my savings). Although I had help from a lot of people. On the album, I had much help, including drummer Alex Hamel, who not only played a bunch of instruments, but did the sound engineering for at least one quarter of the album. I had many guest musicians, who made the album much better…there are too many to name here. They’re listed on the album, but one thing I didn’t mention is the help of my live band, Naomi Adele and Rogelio G Garcia, who provided an extended collaborative improvisation during the middle section of the song “Aware Of the Bear.” This band will hopefully make appearances on future records. The Autumn Electric‘s Michael Trew has helped me with the booking a little bit. But even with all that help, I’ve still been spending all my time working on this project.

The album, “Thinking Hard To Overcome Nervousness,” will be released, if all goes according to plan, on Tuesday, June 14th. It will become available for purchase online and at shows on my tour on the classic compact disc format. It will be presented in a gatefold lp-style cover, and served in a protective sleeve. You will not be able to stop touching the cover, and you will not be able to stop looking at the beautiful silkscreen printing on the compact disc. You had better back it up once you get it, so that when you ruin the cd forever by touching it with your oily fingers, you will at least still be able to listen to this album, which is destined to be one of the last classics before the death of art.

There are twelve songs, divided into four parts. Part one is to make you smile. Part two is to make you embarrassed. Part three is to make you angry. And part four is to make you reconsider your recent purchasing decision. You are not obligated to listen to all 78 minutes and 51 seconds of this album in one sitting. You are allowed to take breaks in between each part. But you must listen to the entirety of each of the parts – uninterrupted –  if you truly want to have the full music experience.

Thank you for your patience. The album will be released shortly.

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One response to “New Album 2011!

  1. Hello friends,

    Hi Johnny,
    The best greetings from Poland. I have decided to write to you as a fan, journalist and DJ devoted to intelligent and melodic rock music. Since many years I have been running portal MLWZ (MLWZ means “Small Lexicon Of The Great Bands” English), which is the major web site in Poland that is exclusively dedicated to promotion the symphonic/progressive rock music. I co-operate with a large number of independent labels and numerous progressive bands promoting their CD releases in Poland. I try to do my best for promotion the recordings of the artists playing their recordings on my weekly radio show on local station Radio Alfa Kraków 102,4 FM. My show is 16 years old now and is on air every Wednesday between 8 and 10 pm Central European Time (7 and 9 pm GMT). It is also called MLWZ (“Small Lexicon of the Great Bands”). The web site address of my portal and radio show is http://www.mlwz.pl . You can listen to the number of archive shows there (in .ogg audio format, WinAmp required) in AUDIO section (link AUDIO in the menu. English menu is on the top of thew web site). You can find there the current and archive playlists of the shows, links to the bands/artists/labels, the reviews I wrote for Polish edition of Metal Hammer magazine, news and other progressive stuff. On the MLWZ show, I am presenting the Seventies bands which have sparked the imagination of music lovers playing progressive rock, art rock or symphonic rock. But the MLWZ show features first of all the younger artists. Not only Marillion, Pendragon, Galahad, IQ or Pallas but most of all debut bands and the ones which can currently boast the most interesting albums.The playlist always comprises plenty of new music exclusive to the MLWZ show, which in many cases means the tracks before their official release. Only on the MLWZ you can listen to albums currently not available for sale in Poland. It was the MLWZ show which featured Spock’s Beard, RPWL, Mostly Autumn, Karnataka, Asgard and many others on air for the first time. Apart from new albums, each show features Art Rock oriented news, music memories with a Classic Track Focus, interviews and special guest talks with Polish and international artists.

    My another activity for promotion progressive rock artists is the cooperation with Polish edition of Metal Hammer magazine. Since 1995 every month I write the articles and the reviews of progressive albums. The reviews are exclusively in Polish and you can easily find them in Polish Menu (on the left side of the web side) in the RECENZJE section. You can find particul reviews by writing specific name in the window “filtr” or “search/szukaj”.

    I am very keen on keeping in touch with you. Recently I have read very interesting review of your album entitled “Sweet Edith Manton” on the DPRP web site. It seems very promising and I know that your current album is absolutely not available in Poland and that’s why I am applying to you with very kind request about sending me the promotional and complimentary copy of it. Can you help me with it, please? I am very anxious about hearing your music after all these good things which I have read in the review. I want to use your album for the radio promotion and spreading the word about your musical activity amongst Polish listeners of progressive music. Is it possible to receive any further information concerning your musical/production activity? I am very interested in any detail you could give. I would highly appreciate receiving your CD with personal dedication on the booklet from the band specially for me, if possible. It would be a great boast of my private collection…And of course if you want I can send you a tape or CDR with eudio file(s) of my radio show in which your recordings will be featured. If only the review of your album appears in Metal Hammer magazine, the copy will be provided to you.

    But most of all I would like to ask you to keep in touch with me and keep me informed about news and any firm details concerning your musical activity. I look forward to hearing from you soon,

    Best regards

    Artur Chachlowski

    My adress:

    MLWZ

    UL.PSZONA 12/15

    31-462 KRAKOW

    POLAND

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