The latest on the Urban Myth Collective and its peeps.

Yes, literally in the studio.

Check out this super cool footage of Corey and arranger Joey Newman putting a string section through their paces. It kind of reminds us of that studio footage of Short People from the Little Criminals DVD by Joey’s cousin Randy

Corey’s new album, currently titled Corey Landis drops in 2007.

Warren Truitt, the NY Public Library’s Children’s Librarian (who previously weighed in with a glowing review of Starboy on his Kids Music That Rocks blog) has posted his 2006 Top Twenty Albums for Kids, and…

Lee Feldman’s animated rock music soundtrack STARBOY is #5!

If you love your child, you should buy it!!

More on Starboy at or become Starboy’s myspace friend. Take that, Cathy and Marcie!!

Yes, it’s that most commercial time of the year, and who better to capitalize on it than the Brykster? Bryk launches today not only his didactically-titled Christmas Record [listen here] but a fresh and highly alliterative new website. (All you code generator haters are gonna hate on it, but necessity was the mother of intervention.)

But back to the Christmas Record, it’s 7 to 9 songs depending on the format/download service, it’s mostly overdubbed solo by Bryk with some late-game assists from guitarists Tad Dreis, Jim Brantley and Tim Carless (all awesome singing songwriters in their own right…) and extra special guest vocalist Erin McGinn. The songs are a mix of originals and non-traditional covers. Dan explains the album’s genesis fully on his new blog.

Of course, you can buy Christmas Record direct from Dan’s new web shop or a tasty variety of online retailers. If you’re already on Dan’s mailing list keep an eye out around Thanksgiving for a special discount coupon code on everything from the webshop until the end of December. So gosh, golly, sign up if you haven’t already, and give the gift of Bryk this Christmas.

Check out the reams of critical praise for Christmas Record from places like Pitchfork and the Toronto Star!

Now this is intriguing! Lee Feldman’s celebrated music/animation spectacular Starboy will be presented to the Secret Science Club.

The details:

Wednesday March 7, 2007
Astrophysicist and Director of the Hayden Planetarium Neil deGrasse Tyson lectures, followed by a showing of Starboy.

And in case you were wondering,

The Secret Science Club is a series of talks by scientists followed by music.
It is open to the public and meets the first Wednesday of every month in the basement of Union Hall bar in Park Slope, Brooklyn.
Union Hall is at 702 Union St. (at 5th Ave.) in Park Slope

It doesn’t get much nerdier than that! Mark your PalmPilot.

In recent financial news, Lee Feldman (NYSE: ROCK) will be performing at New York’s International Pop Overthrow Festival on Monday, November 13th at Baggot Inn, NYC. (That’s Baggot with a B.)

In other exiciting Feldman news, young and upcoming filmmaker Maya Mumma is making a documentary about Lee, “focusing on his life, music, apartment, etc.” Apparently the soundtrack may actually feature music by… Lee Feldman. Imagine that!

Luke Jackson Upcoming Shows
(Some might even call it a “European Tour”)

Thursday October 12th
the Pony Club
Hamburg, Germany
Opening for the Swedish pop group Labrador

Wednesday October 18th
The Bedford in Balham
Balham, London, England

Didn’t John Lennon piddle on a nun in Hamburg? We’re trying to remember if the “Pony Club” was in that montage in Cirque de Soleil LOVE… Kids, never get stoned in Vegas.

Looking forward to Luke Jackson’s poppiest album ever in the ’07… Go Luke!

Some reviews of I’ve Forgotten Everything you might have missed…
“Imagine if Charlie Brown made pop records…”

Blog in Dm
“Blending irony and wit, seasoning with tasteful piano improvisations and grooves, Feldman and his band –a tight group– sing and play sensitive songs about uncomfortable situations. Tin Pan Alley on Prozac.”

Talkin’ Broadway Sound Advice
“It’s a change-of-pace dreamy trip, not in any particular genre for any length of time, but some of this is theatrical in its own little way.”
“Zip up your Chicken Little suits. Fall’s coming.”

And lastly, a post-post-facto rave review of Always Till Always from Mocking Music that begins “I’m pretty sure Feldman is a pop genius.”

Man, are we ever in love with the “-O-Rama” today!!

First, a flurry of Dan Bryk activity! The Bryk’s about to issue a cavalcade of one-off tracks while he finishes up his long-rumoured “difficult third record” Pop Psychology (which he keeps tweaking… most recently cutting some vocals at My Morning Jacket soundman Ryan Pickett’s Durham, NC studio.) While Dan was there, Pickett asked him to contribute some keys to veteran NC bluesman Skeeter Brandon‘s upcoming record.

But first, THE NEW TRACKS:
“We Don’t Care” (b/w “BecaRebecca”) is going to be the third release of PopUp Records’ Singles Club. (Their first track was Eric Mingus’ “Child As Target”, and the second was by Florida shoegazers Whirlaway, so let’s just say Bryk’s going to be in eclectic company…)

An overhauled, PG-rated version of “You Won’t Love Me For Christmas” is going to appear on Have a Holly, Raleigh Christmas” a Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa benefit CD put together by the Greater Raleigh Merchants Association. Other Raleigh-based artists who contributed tracks include the Rosebuds, Nathan Asher, Schooner and the Brantley Family Singers. CDs will be on sale October 18th.

Yet another new song called “Hang Around” is going to be on the Raleigh Hatchet‘s upcoming compilation CD, and he will be playing Hatchetfest 2006 at King’s in downtown Raleigh Friday October 27th.


The next morning he will hop a plane to Boston for the 5th Annual ALL-DAY PIANOFEST, at the Lilypad in Cambridge’s Inman Square.

This venerable event will also feature UM artist(e) Lee Feldman (and a host of others who play piano much, much better) celebrating Boston’s unique piano culture. (The non-profit Lilypad, located in a national historic building registered as Cambridge’s oldest functioning commercial structure, serves as a community clearinghouse for a variety of innovative, disparate and often underrepresented voices in music, poetry, performance and visual art. The Gallery’s annual piano festival serves as a fundraiser to help defray costs associated with maintaining the building and the Gallery’s programs. Recently, The Improper Bostonian honored the Gallery with its “most fun you’ll have looking at art” award. UM fave Greta Gertler recently raved to us about playing the Lilypad’s 7-foot grand piano.)


Bryk will um, promote all this activity with a live interview with DJ SteveO on Raleigh’s WKNC Friday, October 20th. Dan will be on air sometime between 6pm and 8pm on 88.1 FM or the interweb.