New 2009 CD "Admitting There's a Problem" cover concept and track listing.
NOT LAME RECORDINGS
The songs jangle away effectively. McElhenney wisely leads with his best known Blue Cartoon track, "She's Gone", one of those classic longing pop tunes with an indelible hook that will be showing up (in both the Blue Cartoon and Buzzie versions) on compilations for years to come. A few tracks come near that extremely high standard. I really like the moody "99 Days" – this is so simple, McElhenney letting his voice carry the melody with minimal guitar, drums and organ providing just enough support. "The Same Thing" has a great hook, finding an urgent melody that is not only catchy but get across the feelings of the lyrics. There are some fine happy love songs – "I'm Inside You" is a soaring jangle rocker and "Beautiful Beautiful" is more playful and soulful – this is one of the few numbers where the low key playing may have been misguided, as it might sound better if it were played with a bit more vigor. Not as smooth as McElhenney's former band, but John still shows his love for easy going songs that are relaxing and engaging. -- M. Bennett / Fufkin.com
Glory Daze Music Reviews
A google translation attempt below:
Assumptions suddenly become the talk of this "Are You Feeling Anything Yet?" CD Press that if it was definitely my best year ranked in the top 10 was a quality album.
The main issue. (WOI) 2002 in late, Blue Cartoon previous album, the band is "Downtown Shangri-La" from the very first time in three years a new drink. "Gin Blossoms than the roots of the band, Smithereens and Bill Lloyd in a pop band." Blue Cartoon although the reputed media, I have been a modest favorite band. 1st alternative is first past the rejection. 2nd installment of "Downtown Shangri-La" is a few songs, but the shiny, and Roots Rock and Power Pop????
Arrange on a synthesizer and sampling noise is the equivalent of an increasing number of songs inspired it, compared with the previous album, Luzi atmosphere, a thin shadow of the side and had a turnover of yet. However, How do their songs, Blue Cartoon mouth is a big pitfall of space. It was the vocals that it is very weak. Starting at, "Downtown Shangri-La" to hit immediately after the band was John Mcelhenney RIDOVOKARU resigned from the band is gone.
John Mcelhenney Blue Cartoon is the successor of the interlocking vocalist of the keyboard, David Loren as the main performers hired to 3 rd album recording of the translation. This keyboard instrument that was played to join the Blue Cartoon RIDOVOKARU the dreamy pop of the keyboard on the promotion of the imagination to anticipate. That's essentially Adult Alternative Power Pop and the comprehensive nature of the Blue Cartoon suitable arrangements also can get.
But too fine a line of women's RIDOVOKARU David Loren is the OVAVOKARU and layered harmonies, and echo effects and even the help, but helpless.??, the presence of John Mcelhenney??????. Where is he to the people The white-and-tumble without ever writing this to the project as Buzzie John Mcelhenney music activity is still ongoing. Here, Blue Cartoon mention of why you??No
The problem is, Buzzie low profile as is done, John Mcelhenney Blue Cartoon itself, to say nothing, so too is a minor, Blue Cartoon name that brought that to be understood as the power pop fans eager layer It may be only limited, but not too late to??also said about that?.
Well, that's all, John Mcelhenney and a singer, songwriter, guitarist and sometimes a source of the Blue Cartoon MEINVOKARISUTO their own music to explore their own, said "peaceful" Blue Cartoon resigned from the project formed Buzzie is to become.
What is the history of the band or withdrawal will have little to show to know that the songwriter John is also content, including three with a nearly equal proportion (30 percent each) to write songs that are equal responsibilities Blue Cartoon been made is made, he just likes to write songs and musicians????desire is not enough and it was not hard to anticipate it.
The other two co-writers to write songs there is, John has always been alone and writing, his songs have two percentage Although it is always the best light Their way to someone wants to have a need for Mcelhenney said it was an accumulation of frustration might be.
In any case, as in 1999, the group released its second album after, John Mcelhenney independent from the band, Blue Cartoon is the hometown of Texas at Austin to begin a solo career.
The same old haunts in the city to do so now because we are resigned and play a suffix, the play can also knew no peace and security is held as a truth. First, a quick withdrawal after the Blue Cartoon??try to track it.
Blue Cartoon away from old haunts of the following year, John Mcelhenney is also self-released solo album released in early. The title is "Diablo Del Soul", which also is regrettable that the blue disc.
John's style is almost as a solo acoustic WANMANPUREI majority of the track is a very personal one. Naturally, not just acoustic, drums and the songs are participating in the BAKKUVOKARISUTO even though there is a second-The album "Are You Feeling Anything Yet?" Unplugged-charged nature of a demonstration / AKU Stick versions of most songs.
???and this, "Diablo Del Soul" is a full-fledged solo career as a tentative collection of demo recordings before the instrument was a one-take?????collection, and should be tried.
In addition, Blue Cartoon and it comes to the relationship, "Downtown Shangri-La" was created by John Mcelhenney, singing his songs, She's Gone, # 1 and # 3 at the I'm Inside You Yes, this album with a new version of 3-take. Certainly these two songs are "Downtown Shangri-La" best performances, representing a track record. Inside You, is also the icebreaker.
John McElhenney is the guitarist, singer/songwriter at the front of Buzzie, a rock/pop band with an emphasis on the rock side of things. After three years as the vocalist and songwriter for Blue Cartoon, Are You Feeling Anything Yet? is John's debut solo album. The band members that make up the rest of Buzzie are Cotton Mather's Dana Myzer (drums) and Whit Williams (lead guitar) along with a host of guest players including Michael Ramos, Ron Flynt, Scrappy Jud Newcomb, and Mark Hallman. Buzzie's first release strikes into alt/pop/rock territory with sharp-edged guitar licks wrapped around warm vocals and timeless lyrics MA
Original Sin (Germany)
UNITED STATES: 1-800-BUY-MY-CD (800-448-6369)
Diablo del Soul (2000)
• Former frontman for Austin based pop-rockers Blue Cartoon, John McElhenney, has been threatening to release a full length solo studio album for some time now. That release, titled 'Are You Feeling Anything Yet', is still in the works, so for now, this collection of acoustic demos, outakes and re-workings, has been released via MP3.com to whet the appetite.
Despite the rough and ready recording environment (John's bedroom), 'Diablo Del Soul' is captivating not only because of the chance to hear the songs take shape acoustically., but also because the majority of the songs reveal McElhenney's knack for writing true pop gems.
Opener 'My Little World Of Love' shows what the term 'unplugged' REALLY means - if a busker was strumming these original songs outside Grand Central Station, his guitar case would be stuffed full of dollar bills in a matter of minutes - and gives a tantalising glimpse of how the full band version would sound.
'Beautiful, Beautiful' is next up and
built around a sunny vibe and great hook, it shows how some of the
most effective songs are the simplest,
as McElhenney sings "It's a beautiful beautiful beautiful world/I’m
the happiest boy and she’s the happiest girl".
In truth, 'Diablo Del Soul' is not an album, but more of an eclectic collection of intimate acoustic demos that is raw, honest and above all else, throughly enjoyable. Hopefully, the forthcoming studio album will follow suit.
— Andrew Ellis 2/6/2003 // Pop Matters / www.popmatters.com
A good song should also work reduced to the necessary. The songs on Nirvanas unplugged album are a good example for that. The same can be said about the tracks on "Diablo del Soul" by Buzzie, a band from Texas. Whereby it must be stated that musically both bands don't have much in common. And that "Diablo del Soul" is not hundred percent a unplugged album, sometimes its just the fresh feeling the songs reveal. John McElhenney (formerly Blue Cartoon), the man behind Buzzie, writes Pop Songs with America and Folk influences. Notable beside the great singing harmones is the mellon collie feel that some of the songs get when reduced to the necessary. Songs like "You’ve got that Way", "She’s gone", "I want to know you" oder "The same Thing" show a sad longing. That's also a part of what makes them attractive. On the other side show merry sounding Songs like "My little world OF Love" or "Beautiful beautiful" how simply McElhenney writes fine Popsongs. Only the last two tracks should John have left of the album. "Taking my guitar to bed" und "I love you so much I can’t even draw it" sound pretty uninspired. -- Robert Pally
Above review in German (for our international fans)
Pop Overthrow (2001)
• LIVE at IPO 2001 (Review)
• LIVE at IPO 2000 (Review)
And at the end of gig from Buzzie a made cross beside their name! -- Robert Pally
|Purchase NOW on iTunes (you can listen too)|
John Mac w/ Blue Cartoon
(1999) / Not Lame Recordings Review
Blue Cartoon (1998) / Not Lame
for Amplifier Magazine
Criminally Unsigned (1997) / Not Lame Recordings
Goldmine Magazine Reivew
International Pop Overthrow (1998)
|Around the Universe in 80 Minutes... a Klaatu Tribute (1999)||Bullseye Records|
|Shadows Breaking Over... The Left Banke Tribute (1999)||Brobdingnagian Records|
|Pop Under the Surface Vol. 3 (1999)||Yesterday Girl Records|
|International Pop Overthrow 1999||Del-Fi Records|
Hit The Hay (1999)/Not Lame
|Sound Asleep Records|
Listen on the Downloads Page
this site and all content are © 2000-2010 all rights reserved happy mac tunes (ascap) | contact buzzie