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coming april 10 – world party arkeology

It’s been a great year for older music fans. The methods for finding new music continue to grow, and some of the great bands of the past are continuing to put out new and great music.

This year alone, Thomas Dolby is touring, Joe Jackson is releasing a new album and touring and Dead Can Dance is touring (and I think putting out a new album, as well).

And today, I just learned that Karl Wallinger is releasing a new 5 disc World Party set called Arkeology. Thanks to the good folks at, I learned that the new World Party retrospective will include 5 discs of music that Wallinger’s had laying around for the past 25 years. The set will include many covers, unreleased originals and live versions we’ve never heard unless we got them from bootlegs.

Here’s the tracklist. Look for this sure to be great set on April 10:


  • 1. “Waiting Such A Long Time”
  • 2. “Nothing Lasts Forever”
  • 3. “Everybody’s Falling In Love”
  • 4. “Where Are You Going When You Go”
  • 5. “Photograph”
  • 6. “Everybody Dance Now”
  • 7. “Closer Still”
  • 8. “I Want To Be Free”
  • 9. “I’m Only Dozing”
  • 10. “No More Crying”
  • 11. Interview/”Sweet Soul Dream” (Live Radio)


  • 1. “Lucille”
  • 2. “The Good Old Human Race”
  • 3. “Put the Message in the Box” (Live)
  • 4. “Trouble Down Here”
  • 5. “Basically”
  • 6. “Silly Song”
  • 7. “Man We Was Lonely”
  • 8. “She’s The One” (Live)
  • 9. “Ship of Fools”
  • 10. “Mystery Girl”
  • 11. “This is Your World Speaking”
  • 12. “All The Love That’s Wasted”
  • 13. “Lost in Infinity”
  • 14. “New Light”


  • 1. “Words”
  • 2. “Dear Prudence”
  • 3. “Call Me Up” (Live Radio)
  • 4. “Like A Rolling Stone”
  • 5. “Sooner Or Later”
  • 6. “Love Street”
  • 7. “Time On My Hands”
  • 8. “Who Are You”
  • 9. “Sweetheart Like You”
  • 10. “Another World”
  • 11. “You’re Beautiful, But Get Out of My Life”
  • 12. “Living Like The Animals”
  • 13. “Stand” (Live)
  • 14. “Thank You World” (Original Jam)


  • 1. “Break Me Again”
  • 2. “Baby” (Demo)
  • 3. “Ship Of Fools”
  • 4. “Put The Message In The Box”
  • 5. “When Did You Leave Heaven”
  • 6. “Nature Girl”
  • 7. “It’s A Pity You Don’t Let Go”
  • 8. “My Pretty One”
  • 9. “De Ho De Hay”
  • 10. “We Are The Ones”
  • 11. “World Groove”/”Mind Guerilla”
  • 12. “Happiness Is A Warm Gun”
  • 13. “Kuwait City”
  • 14. “Do What I Want”
  • 15. “All We Need Is Everything”
  • 16. “Outro”


  • 1. “Mystery Girl” (Early Version)
  • 2. “What Is Love All About” (Outtake)
  • 3. “I Hope it All Works Out For You”
  • 4. “And God Said” (Long version)
  • 5. “It Ain’t Gonna Work”
  • 6. “Another One”
  • 7. “I Am Me”
  • 8. “It’s Gonna Be Alright”
  • 9. “In Another World”
  • 10. “Thank You World”
  • 11. “Cry Baby Cry”
  • 12. “Temple Of Love”
  • 13. “Fixing A Hole”
  • 14. “Way Down Now” (Live)
  • 15. “Change The World”

Did you see Thomas Dolby on the Grammy’s?

I just purchased my tickets to see Thomas Dolby play at the Showbox on 1st Avenue in Seattle. I’ve seen him live several times, and I think he puts on a great show.

When I asked my friend if he wanted to go with me to see him, he responded with:

“Did you see Thomas Dolby on the Grammy’s?”

Surprised, I said “no.”

So he sent me this link… from 1985, when Thomas Dolby played with Herbie Hancock, Howard Jones and Stevie Wonder.

It was so painful, I almost felt bad about buying my tickets.

– My name is Jon Friesch, and if you can, I would recommend going to see Thomas Dolby if he comes to your town (despite this video).


flying south and flying north

From where I sit here in Madison, Wisconsin, I can see all the geese flying south in their arrow-shaped formations. There were so many this morning, that I couldn’t help but notice them all.

As I was watching, I saw one group flying north, the exact opposite direction. Made me wonder if one forgets something, do they all go back together for it? (Kind of a “leave no man behind”thing.)

It also made me think of one of the great Thomas Dolby songs, “Flying North.” This is from his recent podcast series that accompanied his tour a year or two ago…

This was a great tour because attendees were able to see exactly how these songs were built… the layers of sounds, harmonies and melodies that were incorporated into them. The video includes his live performance of “Flying North.”

Thomas Dolby, incidentally, looks just like one of our board members, too. Always distracting to talk to him, yet soothing because he’s got the British accent, and you know how we Americans are suckers for British accents).


Kate Pierson and The B’52s

Kate Pierson

Kate Pierson

It’s a shame that Kate Pierson’s involved in this mini-scandal right now (some stupid ex-boyfriend posted a picture of her online… not going to link to it). The B-52s occupy a very special place in my heart.

In 1983, I went to Great America with friends for a birthday party. They had a video jukebox there. I popped in my money and played Thomas Dolby “Hyperactive” and The B’52s “Theme for a Future Generation.”

To me, The B-52s always stood for summer. Fun, ridiculous, light-hearted, offbeat, strange, hot summer. Even when they were tackling a political issue, like in “Juicy Jungle,” they maintained their element of fun.

Here’s “Theme for a Future Generation” (sorry about the intro, but it was the best reproduction I could find), and here’s hoping that no damage comes from the photo.


Allow me to introduce ourselves…

This blog’s been chugging along for over two months now, and I’m constantly surprised by how much fun it is to do and how much feedback I’ve been getting from you (well, maybe not you, but you know who you are).

One of the questions I get is who’s all behind this site.

There are three people behind NewTunes right now, me (Jon Friesch), Joe Kletzel (JFK… The President) and Joe Amstadt (nothing parenthetical to add).

After spending the summers of ’88 and ’89 in San Francisco, I moved there full-time in 1993. One of the best parts about San Francisco was the music scene. The Greek Theater in Berkeley, the Fillmore and the Warfield are all classic and excellent places to see a concert, and I definitely went to my share of them – Thomas Dolby, Joe Jackson, Elvis Costello, Pete Townshend, David Byrne, Jerry Garcia, Jimmy Cliff, Robyn Hitchcock to name a few.

I worked for PC World magazine for four years, and I met my wife there. We moved to Madison, WI in 1997, and I went to work for the two newspapers and I built the Marketing Department there and assembled quite a team – including Matt Everson, who designed our NewTunes logo and S.J. Barlament, who’s writing the copy for our site.

Last year, I moved on to and spent six very important months there. Working at Broadjam was like going to graduate school. I learned an amazing amount in a very short time. This past March, the NewTunes opportunity came up, and here I am.

JFK, the President, has been part of NewTunes for over a year and has the distinction of having resided in every city in the continental United States (well, it seemed like every city when he was listing them off to us, but I have to admit I stopped listening after a while). He oversees everything that goes on and handles all of our operations and raised all of the money that we’re using to build this site.

JFK is one of the best people for whom I’ve ever worked. He has absolute trust in Joe and I and is in a perpetual good mood. On my way out last night, he thanked me for all of my hard work that day. This is not at all unusual for him to do, and he sincerely means and appreciates it (which is why I didn’t have the heart to tell him that I didn’t really work all THAT hard). JFK’s as honest as one can be and really sets the tone for how we want to interact with our customer base.

Joe Amstadt (the one who requires no parentheticals) is our developer and programmer. He’s the man behind our infrastructure, our technologies and our site. We’re working with a partner on the development of our website, and Joe is making that all possible.

Joe seems to be an expert in nearly everything he touches. He’s got a great eye for site usability and has done things with our infrastructure that have impressed both JFK and myself – although it probably all seemed second nature to him. My favorite part about Joe, aside from his concerns about absolutely everything, is his mutant ability to spot someone who is good at what they do. This is especially helpful as we assess technical people.

All three of us have profiles on LinkedIn (me, JFK, Joe), so if you’d like to see more, please check those out.

That’s the core team behind assembling the puzzle that is the NewTunes website. We do have some partners, as well, without whom this would not be possible. We’ll reveal them in due time.

So, that’s who we are… who are you? I invite you to introduce yourself via the comment area, or by email –, to reach me.


One of the submarines

Not one of Thomas Dolby’s submarines. Not in this case.

The Submarines come out of Los Angeles and recently released their second album – Honeysuckle Weeks.

With tambourines blaring, The Submarines have produced a great set of really upbeat indie pop songs. Shared vocals by John Dragonetti and Blake Hazard blend well together to become another powerful instrument.

As I’ve said before about my own musical tastes, what draws me to this duo are the very intricate layering of styles and influences that make every song stand on its own. If you want to hear some of the new tracks, check out their myspace page.

Otherwise, here’s “Peace and Hate” from their last album – Declare a New State! As always, judge for yourself and see if this song sounds like anything you’re listening to now.

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