MP3 Thunderegg - Open Book Sampler
A sampler from the monumental 231-song OPEN BOOK anthology and lyric book: blissful, low-fi bedroom pop. And barely even the tip of the iceberg.
16 MP3 Songs
ROCK: Lo-Fi, POP: Quirky
These are 16 special, download-only samples from the massive, 231-song creature that is OPEN BOOK: THE COLLECTED THUNDEREGG, 1995-2004. If you like these quirky blasts of bedroom pop, sit back and dig in: You''ve only heard 1/15th of the album!
OPEN BOOK compiles the first eight Thunderegg albums, more than eight hours of music, in trailblazing packaging that has won critical raves the world over. The music is all compressed onto a data disc for your computer (warning: it won''t work in your stereo!); you can easily import the files to iTunes or any other mp3 player. And along with the literate, funny, heartbreaking lyricism of Thunderegg''s music, you get a beautiful 108-page illustrated lyric book. OPEN BOOK is, absolutely literally, a musical experience unlike any other you''ve ever had.
A few review samples:
OPEN BOOK is an absolutely stunning achievement, and filled to the brim with classic songs. Probably one of the most essential music items so far of the twenty-first century. --Southcoasting
OPEN BOOK: THE COLLECTED THUNDEREGG, 1995-2004 might be one of the best bargains in rock history.... Listeners who invest in it can look forward to spending hours tracing the evolution of a unique artist and enjoying high quality independent music. --PopMatters
Will Georgantas, the man behind Thunderegg, has undertaken over the last ten years what can only be described as an inspired and single-minded artistic journey.... A captivating and often deeply moving listen.... Five stars out of five. https://www.tradebit.com
This is easily the most ambitious and overwhelming submission I''ve gotten in ever.... Will Georgantas, he who essentially is Thunderegg, has true melodic gift and a wry, humorous (but not jokey) lyrical touch. I don''t know how long it''ll take me, but I intend on someday getting through everything on the CD. We should all leave a legacy on this world so impressive. --Chromewaves
Leave it to Thunderegg to extend its creativity from music to the packaging thereof.... No one has quite done this before. --The Hartford Courant
There''s some beautiful, raucous, funny, touching stuff in there, and the more obsessive-compulsive/fannish part of me wants to atomize the whole collection until I can discern which bits I like the best.... Not the sort of thing the ten-CD-a-year person wants or needs, but to those of us toiling in the trenches out of love, I cannot recommend the experience highly enough. --Stylus
Georgantas''s melodies sound effortlessly executed, like he simply exhales, or stumbles upon while playing his guitar or keyboard, unusually catchy and inviting tidbits. His lyrics are wordy but unpretentious, clever but not grating, and natural-sounding enough for entire verses to go by at times before the listener realizes he''s actually rhyming. --The New Haven Advocate
I''ve sat down and listened to almost the entire collection and I implore you, this is a must-own. I was unfamiliar with Thunderegg and I was blown away. We get to hear Georgantas grow as an artist, a lyricist, and a musician. --The Perm and the Skullet
Originally three-sixths of a rock group that went by the name of Larry and always had at least one more keg at the gig than the next band, the nucleus of Thunderegg (Will Georgantas, guitar/vocal; Jake Fournier, bass; Keith "Woodpile" Woodfin, drums) has been playing together since the fall of 1993, when practice space was free in cellars and activity rooms, the conga player didn''t need to be miked at all, and, for optimum efficiency, the bass, rhythm guitar, and keyboards were all plugged into the same Peavey amp.
After college, some geographical adjustments had to be made. Jimmy quit, Jody got married. Jake moved west to Portland, and in anticipation of a relocation, the band was renamed Thunderegg after the official state rock of Oregon. But then Will ended up staying in New York, where he wrote and home-recorded eight CDs'' worth of demos, and by 1998 Jake was back just as everyone had hoped. Oregon''s official state rock band now began making its nest in and around Hartford, Connecticut, Jake''s hometown. Its central base of operations became the Shed, a studio built in nearby Manchester by friend and recording engineer Nathan Gohla.
Since then, the reunited, incubating Egg has acquired some serious gear, played shows all over the East Coast, been lauded in the press and by mp3 bloggers, and recorded two full-band albums: A VERY FINE SAMPLE (2005) with Gohla, and THUNDEREGG II (fall 2007) with Gohla and Al Weatherhead, the engineer behind Sparklehorse, Cracker, Hotel Lights, and many more.
In 2005 Thunderegg gained attention for its ambitious Song of the Week project: Every Monday, Will posted a new song (recorded to his trusty four-track cassette recorder) to the Thunderegg site. THIS WEEK, compiling the best of the project, was released in early 2007.
To top it off, all of the early Thunderegg CDs, also four-tracked by Will, were released as mp3s on the massive OPEN BOOK anthology in January 2006. The anthology features nearly nine hours of newly mastered music on a data CD, an illustrated 108-page lyric booklet, bonus tracks, and liner notes by Drew Margolin.