Our song Take This Town took 6th place (Honorable Mention) in the 2009 Indie International Songwriting Contest, in the Rock category. 

You can check it out on the winners page for their spring/summer 2009 songwriting contest. Better yet, just download the song for free or send it to a friend.

Several years back, The Spelunkers cut this track for our little music project. I think this was take 2 of 2. John tuned the drums to match the key of the song and played with tympani mallets. Tommy added the guitar solo bit before packing up and later overdubbed the strummy baritone guitar. The song also features strings from Shannon Sullivan and backing vocals from Clay and Diann. Take This Town was always one of my favorites from 'As Tall As The Sky' so we entered it into the contest for fun.  

About Indie International

"The Indie International Songwriting Contest is a semiannual song competition to give recognition to some of the best emerging songwriters in the world, help develop their talent, and provide useful tools for developing the success of the artist."  www.indieinternational.com  

Thanks again Indie International.


We just found out we took 2nd place in the pop category with "Looks Are For Free." You can check it out on their homepage or on the winners page for their fall/winter 2008 songwriting contest.  

This is a song that Greg Pare and I wrote together as an experiment through email. Greg played a huge role in this particular arrangement. I sent him this little acoustic track with ideas for melody, chord progression, and song title, and a few days later, he sends me back a slew of lyrics and this big idea of a production. The track also features stellar arrangements and performances from Kurt Hoffman on cello and Ken Thornton on the slide guitar solo. Don't tell anyone, but we recorded it in Garageband.   

About Indie International
"The Indie International Songwriting Contest is a semiannual song competition to give recognition to some of the best emerging songwriters in the world, help develop their talent, and provide useful tools for developing the success of the artist."  www.indieinternational.com
 
That seems like a good cause. Thank you Indie International.

It is always nice to know that people continue to discover the music. Here's a sweet little review from the Chicago-based print and online pub, the Illinois Entertainer:  

"Bloomington duo 100 Year Picnic delivers a stunning collection of songs on Tales Of A Modern Splash. Friends/neighbors Jeff Greeneberg and Edwin Pierce revel in family and the everyday humdrum of life lived to the fullest while channeling The Beatles and Wilco. Greeneberg dons a slithering John Lennon on “I Don’t Know What To Tell You” before switching gears into Calexico’s Joey Burns’ twin brother on “Isolation.” Guests Brian Choban and Jennifer Rusk imbibe the funky “Everything’s Perfect” with sweaty trumpet bleats and Prince-worthy calisthenics. (www.100yearpicnic.com)"
– Janine Schaults

Thank you Janine.

It's thanksgiving weekend here in the states, and we'd like to say thank you to all of the hard-working podcasters out there still playing independent music.  100 Year Picnic has now been featured on over 90 podcasts around the globe.  Here are some from the past two years:

2008
Mevio Radio, Florida, played Hot Balloon on February 4.
The Redboy Podcast, Bloomington, IL, featured a live interview with Edwin and myself on March 16, including a live performance of Looks Are For Free.
The Philosophy Guy Show, Wisconsin, played Heaven on March 22.

This Week In Podcast, Texas, played Hot Balloon on April 4.
A Quiet Time Podcast, Wisconsin, played Someone's In The House on April 11 & Mary Faye Tucker on April 14.
Dalecast featured Make Things Right on April 14.
A Quiet Time Podcast put together a special feature of our music on April 16, playing Marilyn County, Take This Town, and I'd Take You Anyplace.  Thank you so much Terry!
Belle of the Ball played Come On on April 18.

A Quiet Time Podcast, Wisconsin, played another 100 Year Picnic tune on July 1: Catch This Crazy.
Lost Bearings chose Take This Town for their July 5th show.
The Double M Show, Netherlands, featured Make Things Right on August 12.
Homecast, California, played Hot Balloon on September 18.

Sounds From The Yellow Room, Florida, put together a 100 Year Picnic double feature with Looks Are For Free and Hot Balloon on October 10.
Cirque de Sophie, California, played Heaven on October 17.
Winchester Journal, Germany, played I'd Take You Anyplace on November 24.
Dalecast, UK, played another 100YP tune, this one on November 26: Another Phase.
Poddycast, UK, also played Another Phase on November 26.
Pick Of The Day, featured Come On on December 1, with a little intro from yours truly.

2007

Legendary Pirate DJ, Dave Rabbit, featured us in a fun interview in January 2007.
da-rum, Germany, played Marilyn County in January.
Digital-era, UK, played I'd Take You Anyplace in January.
Rusty Chain Commute, Virginia, featured 100 Year Picnic on two shows in January, playing Marilyn County and Someone's In The House
The G Spod, Pennsylvania, played Someone's In The House in February.
Podcast9, Poland, played I'd Take You Anyplace in May.

Supanova, Australia, played Heaven in June.
Under The Carpet, Pennsylvania, played Hot Balloon in July.  
Hit The North, Northern Ireland, featured Hot Balloon in July.

Filmed But Not Forgotten, Canada, played Hot Balloon, October.
JJFM, New Zealand, played Marilyn County in October.
Comedy Music Cellar, Utah, played Billy Bob Joe in November.
Playlist Mix, Ireland, featured Hot Balloon in November.
Reaching for Lucidity, North Carolina, played Hot Balloon in December.

It's wild to see Hot Balloon being our most popular tune featured by podcasters these past couple of years, followed by I'd Take You Anyplace.  Both songs were originally recorded and released 10 years ago in 1998 on the 10 Gallon Cat EP.  I guess that's what they call the long tail...

For more podcasts featuring 100 Year Picnic checkout this, this, and this as well.  


Once again, we are happy to share another excellent review of Tales Of A Modern Splash, this one from writer Eric Anderson in Northern Colorado.  Think Rocky Mountains and Fat Tire beer. 

Here are a few highlights:

"The reflective songs leisurely unspool over a variety of catchy rock music, each a completely realized story..."

"Tales of a Modern Splash" is an eclectic mix of alt-pop songs about the journey from post-college adulthood into early middle age family life. Maybe that's just the 40-something, father-of-teens in me talking, but these are pop songs I can identify with..."

"Like super heroes with secret identities, the two guys behind 100 Year Picnic are in fact Jeff Greeneberg and Edwin Pierce: self-described dads, husbands and next door neighbors with a basement full of instruments and enough tech skills to run their own recording studio and website..."

"If their first album reminded me of a cornfield-based Fountains of Wayne, this wide-ranging new album sounds a little like a lot of all our favorite music but it reminds me of nobody except themselves. 100 Year Picnic has a grown-up pop sound all their own."

Read the full review by Eric Anderson, Colorado. 


Hi kids, more fun to report.  First off, our song "Greener Than The Trees" was recently featured on four awesome music blogs:

Largehearted Boy

We are also excited to share with you another excellent record review, this one from James in Utah, a music blogger and podcaster.

Checkout what James has to say about Tales Of A Modern Splash:

"100 Year Picnic, one of my favorite independent bands has released their newest full length release, Tales of a Modern Splash. The album is full of great songs; multi-layered and perfectly textured, each song has it’s own story to tell."

"One of my favorite songs on the new album is Looks Are for Free. It, like a few other songs on the album has properties that remind me of the Beatles, though to call Jeff Greeneberg and Edwin Pierce another John and George would be to misunderstand their motives. 100 Year Picnic’s music is mostly based around their families that they both love and tolerate, and this can be seen in their songs."
 

Read the full review by James.

Also, the local magazine TCStyle just hit the newstands, and here's what they had to say:

"This is rock 'n' roll evolved; it's pop music for grown-ups."

"The influences are both obvious and welcome. "Looks Are For Free" sounds like Rubber Soul era Beatles with a touch of David Bowie. That song is followed by "Another Phase," which blends vintage '80s synth (when did the '80s become vintage?) with the alterna-pop-bounce of XTC. Fans of Tears For Fears' post- "Big Chair" material will enjoy both the lush "Greener Than The Trees" and the fantastically layered "Everything's Perfect."

"There are plenty of more contemporary influences to be found as well. "We Were Not The Same" could pass for a lost Ben Folds Five track, and "Slow Down" would not sound at all out of place on a Chris Cornell album.

Read the full review by Kyle Schiebel.


Kyle Schiebel over at pantagraph.com has written our first Tales Of A Modern Splash review, and an awesomely good one at that.  He didn't just dip his toes into the water, he dove in head first!

For those of you in the hometown, Kyle is also the featured music writer for TCStyle, an excellent print publication promoting the best in local arts, music, culture, and cuisine.  So... the review will also appear in the May 2008 issue of TCStyle.   

This point in the process is quite an interesting one, where you create your art and send it out into the world, and you hope it takes on a life of it's own.  This is an album we really believe in, so it's great to hear it is connecting to an audience. 

Check out some of the cool things Kyle has to say about the new record, and while you're at it, read some of his other great reviews and recommendations on his Big Music Blog.   


For those of you in the hometown of Bloomington, Illinois, tune into The Susan Saunders Show on WBNQ 101.5 on Thursday morning, March 6. 

Ed and I will be doing a live interview between 7:00 a.m. and 8:30 a.m.  This week Susan is doing a salute to independent artists in the area.  I know our friend Tony is going to be on Wednesday morning talking about Backyard Tire Fire and some other groups he's been recording and producing.

So anyway, tune in, it will be great fun.  I'm guessing we'll talk about the new record, independent music, sample a few cuts, and we may even bring in our guitars to do something live in the studio. 

Speaking of the new record, our pre-release promotion ends on March 10, and we'll be releasing Tales Of A Modern Splash to the public on March 11.  Locally, to start out with, you will be able to buy copies at Monster Pawn (of course) and the very cool and independent Waiting Room Records in uptown Normal. 


Modernsplashcover_2 We now have the final master and cover artwork for the new record, TALES OF A MODERN SPLASH! 

The record will be released on our own independent record label, Wheelie Pop Records.  We are planning a pre-release early February, with the official release a month or so later.  We are very excited about this piece of work and we can't wait for you to hear it! 

We will have a few ways for you to get your copies early, including a way to get a free CD during the pre-release, so stay tuned for more information on this special pre-release promotion. 

As you know, we recorded and mixed the entire record here at home, in my basement studio.  Many of the songs started as improvisations, and we literally built these melodies, words, and further orchestration on top of these original improvisations.  In typical 100YP fashion, we also invited a bunch of our friends to join in the fun.  Well more on all of this later...

The master from Carl Saff turned out absolutely fantastic.  If you are curious about what mastering is, join the club!  It is a bit of a mystery to most of us, but basically it is the final professional step after mixing all of the songs.  Carl does a much better job explaining all about mastering, right here on his website.  Edwin and I traveled up to Chicago to see (and hear) Carl in action.  He's a great engineer and a great guy, and I've learned quite alot in this process.  For you musicians out there, I highly recommend getting your music professionally mastered, and I highly recommend Carl. 

We are also super-duper happy with the artwork from Ruth Buzzy rocker and artist Phil Schuldt.  So, all we have left is the final manufacturing, a fair amount of rehearsing to play more shows in 2008, and the truly fun part...marketing and promotion...  Hey, if you have any ideas, let us know!!!  We will need your help to get the word out about this record.   Meanwhile, more details coming soon about the release, the music, the musicians...