4/1/15

It's been a long time since we rapped at ya

Jeez, it's been a while, hasn't it? FUN FACT: We last played a rock show in October 2012, with Police Teeth, Elusive Parallelograms, and Like Like The The The Death. Since then, Police Teeth's also gone on hiatus (check out Seminars and Burn Permits! They smoke!), Elusive Parallelograms changed their name to Tapebenders (and i played on their Chasing Ghosts CD! Crazy!), and LLTTTD have become one of the best bands in the city (and i'm not just saying that because Rev.Ever's in the band or because their drummer spent much of his personal income on putting out our last two records). Meanwhile, some of us have switched jobs, some of us got engaged, one of us even got married (hi!) and put out a record with the band he plays in with his wife. Pretty crazy. But we ain't done shit, IfIHadAHiFi-wise, since then. We even let our domain name expire! Whoopsie!

It was a good time for a break, though--after nearly 13 years of high-volume, high-intensity rock shows, 7 national tours, 4 records, an online-only EP, and countless bruises, broken teeth, concussions, and hearing problems, it was time to take some time off. I don't know that any of us expected it to be almost two and a half years off, but we knew that we would know when the time was right to ramp it up again. Right now, it's about that time.

On Thursday we'll reconvene for our first band practice in a loooonnnng-ass time. We'll run through some old tunes that we're not still sick of and start to sort through the hours of practice recordings we were putting together before our hiatus, deciding what still cuts the mustard and will form the basis for our next record (that's fucking right, fools--like we'd come back just to play the "hits"?). We're pretty damn pumped to start making music together again, although it's safe to say we won't be approaching everything the way we did things for nearly 13 years. What that means, we'll figure out over the next few months.

When will you guys be seeing us again? Not sure yet. But soon. First order of business is to put a set together. We have two bandmates that haven't played a show with their full-time band in a long-ass time, and man, i can't imagine what that's been like for those dudes. I will warn you, though--one of the guys that's had noise-rock blue balls for the past two years and five months once put a bass guitar through my face, and the other guy's Yale Delay. I make no guarantees regarding the safety of the first three rows.

-DrAwkward

6/19/12

BREAKING: "Sexy Results" to receive new physical format release

Folks, it's a whole new game of tiddlywinks out there. Kids who were born in the early 90s and thus have no memory of a world before the internet are consuming music now, and if they're all like this Emily goofball over at All Songs Considered, none of them place any value whatsoever on recorded music. Like, none. (They may or may not place value on raw yet sentimental vocals or nostalgic songs about hometowns, best friends, ex-girlfriends etc., but that's neither here nor there.) Meanwhile, on the other end of the spectrum, you've got Old Rocker Dudes railing against the new paradigm like it's a murder of windmills (DISCLAIMER: i'm not sure that's the collective noun for windmills). "Your refusal to pay for music killed my friends," and so forth, all the way to sort of sticking up for the way major labels used to do business. What the what?

With all this yelling and gnashing of teeth about, it's clear that some thinking outside the box is A Thing That Should Happen now. With that in mind, let's go back to Emily's blog post:
As monumental a role as musicians and albums have played in my life, I've never invested money in them aside from concert tickets and T-shirts.
Hmmm...t-shirts, you say...??

ITEM! IFIHADAHIFI TO RELEASE Songs From Sexy Results: Cedar Block's Dig for the Higgs and How the Quest Was Won IN DARING NEW T-SHIRT FORMAT




That's right, fools -- these dapper new "Captain Kitty" tees will cost $12 and include a download code that will permit the fashionable music aficionado to add our latest sonic misstep, Songs From Sexy Results: Cedar Block's Dig for the Higgs and How the Quest Was Won, to their iTunes or equivalent digital music exhibition system via our Bandcamp site. We're not entirely sure about this, but this may make IfIHadAHiFi the first Milwaukee band to ever release a record on cloth, although it obviously isn't the first ever Milwaukee band-related release onto a t-shirt (amirite Gordon Gano?). 

Sexy Results Captain Kitty t-shirts will be available for purchase at the 2012 PRFBBQ in Chicago on June 30 and July 1. And yes, many of them will be pink. We're certain that with this torso-hugging apparel on your back, you'll be guaranteed some truly sexy oh god i'm sorry i almost actually made that joke.

If you're wondering why the blue hell a t-shirt featuring a Sexy Results download features artwork from Nada Surf +3, you just shhh your pretty little head. Ain't none a' yo' concern. (Hint: IT'S A GODDAMN KITTY.)

3/7/12

You should be downloading all of our awesome crap.

You're aware that we released two EPs already in 2012, right? No? What, haven't you been paying attention? It's ok, i get it; we're an old band, and no one cares about old bands that never got famous or whatever, so y'all are busy grooving to Washed Out or what the fuck ever. Well, turn that Top Gun soundtrack d-side nonsense off and throw your mp3 player out the window (or, just take the Washed Out mp3s off it if you're feeling practical instead of dramatic), because you should be paying attention to:



Songs From Sexy Results: Cedar Block's Dig for the Higgs and How the Quest Was Won

Six songs about particle physics, recorded for a killer night of science and art at Turner Hall in February, now available as a $5 download from our Bandcamp page:



Meanwhile, DUH, Latest Flame Records continues to pimp our most recent physical release, the Nada Surf +3 EP:





It's the EP that got us mentioned in an NPR interview with the band, Nada Surf, and that was snuck into the Barsuk Records warehouse to get this choice photo taken:



Sure, it's not headlining Coachella, but we take our victories where we can.

Also, we're gonna be playing some shows in March and April. March 30 at Quarters Rock 'N' Roll Palace with the mighty POLICE TEETH, STRANGE MATTER, and LIKE LIKE THE THE THE DEATH. And then Friday April 13th at the Riverwest Public House with NERVOUS CURTAINS, CATACOMBZ and HEAVY HAND.

These shows will hit you like a Mike Awesome chair shot to Masato Tanaka's god damn head.