Track 03 "And I Fear" from Better Than The Book's Hopes and Dreams is now streaming, Hopes and Dreams featured on idobi Radio, another Ska Show to share, BTTB premiers on Tonic Ska Radio (and more) + setting and reflecting on more goals!
Hello everyone and hope you're having another great week so far! It's been a crazy busy time here at JabunAudio and the press features and news for Better Than The Book's new Hopes and Dreams album just keep rolling in! I managed a little bit of leisurely recording this week amongst the chaos (more on that later), but in terms of news and things to share this is going to be yet another jam packed blog post so let's get straight into it!
First of all this week, it's time to share another track from Better Than The Book's new Hopes and Dreams album and this time I'm going with track 03: "And I Fear", an honest and no holding back ska punk anthem about the fear of not being able to live up to other people's expectations! Check out the YouTube video below to hear it (visualizer courtesy of Vlad from World Beyond, thanks Vlad!), and you can also find it on SoundCloud and Newgrounds if those are your usual haunts! I hope you enjoy it and without further wait, here's "And I Fear":
Purchase the “Hopes and Dreams” album on Bandcamp:
Or grab the full album and complete Better Than The Book discography now when you become a supporter on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/NickStanding
Next in this week's news, following Hopes and Dreams' feature on Spinning Thoughts' "Bands People Tweet At Me" Spotify playlist last week, there was a very quick public voted competition for which the top 3 voted bands from the playlist would be played on that week's Spinning Thoughts idobi Radio show, and thanks to all your support, BTTB made it onto the show which funnily enough was episode 182 (the perfect pop-punk number!)! I just happened to wake up miraculously at 5am to catch the show broadcasting live and it was crazy cool! Thanks so much to everyone who voted and supported BTTB, Hopes and Dreams' PR extraordinaire Meg for letting me know about the competition, whoever initially tweeted the band to ST for the playlist, and to Angelo from Spinning Thoughts for having BTTB on the show! You can check out the podcast rerun of the show on the SoundCloud player below (Hopes and Dreams is the first full track after the talking starts and has some surrounding hype from the DJ as well as my own recorded bumper message!), and see the announcement poster and post on Facebook. Super cool!
From BTTB's Californian radio debut we head southwest across the Pacific and back to Australia as Better Than The Book was featured once again on The Ska Show with Beefy on Southern FM! This time Beefy played the 2nd single from Hopes and Dreams "Artificial Ignorance" along with giving another awesome shout out to BTTB and the new album! Thanks so much again Beefy for sharing the jams, and it feels amazing to be playing alongside my personal heroes Less Than Jake, as well as the big old ska boys Madness (both in the 2nd half of the show)! Awesome stuff and you can listen to the podcast re-run of the first half of the July 23rd Ska Show with Beefy below! "Artificial Ignorance" is on -9:09 before the end (it's the 2nd to last track) following with an amazing shout out from Beefy! I hope you enjoy it:
From Australia, we head back to home soil in the UK as on Saturday, Better Than The Book made its debut on the London based internet radio station Tonic Ska Radio! Check out the post below and tune it, they've been playing some great stuff!
And I'm STILL not quite done with all the radio related news! Better Than The Book is also set to make its debut on another UK ska station Button Down Radio this Sunday at 11:30 BST, with a twice daily repeat of the segment for the following week! More details to come for that so head over to the BTTB Facebook page for more updates closer to the time if you're interested, but check out the announcement poster for the show here! Super exciting times!
Phew... that was a lot of BTTB related news! Getting to the end of this post now so let's finish off with the usual monthly goals and reflections. Here's what was set for July:
1) Release Hopes and Dreams and keep on top of all the promo / press work
2) Try to relax and do some leisurely playing and music projects as much as possible but with no specific targets
Well I can finally say that Hopes and Dreams has been released now and I'm just about keeping up on all the press work, though there seems to be a fair amount left to come (there's STILL stuff in the pipeline I'm not able to share yet)! With regards 2) I have been able to do a bit of relaxing music stuff this month (just about), though I've definitely been feeling that post-release blues and lack of musical energy for the past week or so. Having said that, I did managed to record all the rhythm guitars and bass (some leads too) for a brand new fun cover song I've been meaning to do for YEARS so that's very exciting! Not quite sure when that'll be out but I'll be playing with it as and when I can! Overall (and I'm sure all the press says a good deal for it) it's been a pretty darn good month overall! Time to set some goals for August!
1) Create a "dump" rewards post on Patreon for all the BTTB discography and related rewards
2) Schedule Patreon rewards posts for the next 2 months
3) Have a temporal clean-up on the Patreon page in general (update information etc...)
4) Record lead and harmony vocals (+ the guitar solo?) for the mystery cover song (low priority)
Lots of Patreon related goals this month; "housekeeping" of sorts. It's set to be a busy month with some time off and some other big things going on which I'll reveal in the coming weeks when things are more concrete, but after a busy month of July, I think it'll be nice to have some hopefully less intensive goals while I keep up with all the promotional work for the new album too. Goal 1) is for the convenience of potential new supporters on Patreon while goal 2) is in case I can't get to those posts when the time comes due to things which I'll reveal later. Goal 3) is just a temporary update to the Patreon page. I intend to record a new intro video and do a full spruce up later on before the end of the year, but with the Hopes and Dreams album now out, some of the information there needs updating so it seemed like a good time to start sorting things out. With regards the cover song, I've no idea whether I'll have time to work on it, but goal 4) is the target I'd like to make if I can. Still no ETA on release date but I hope to have it out before the end of the year. Wish me luck and feel free to share your goals in the comments so we can keep each other accountable. Best of luck to you too!
And that just about wraps up this this post! What a post it was! Next week I'll be onto sharing track 05 of the Hopes and Dreams album which is the end of the first side, and I've no doubt there'll be many more pieces of news to share too! I'll likely be busy with the promo work and working on those Patreon related goals next week too so I'm sure it'll be busy (might get some time to record too hopefully). Until the next one, thanks as always for supporting JabunAudio, Better Than The Book and my various projects! Have a great rest of the week, enjoy the new music and podcasts and take care!
Better Than The Book's 2nd full-length album Hopes and Dreams is OUT! Patreon rewards have been sent out, "The Hardest Part" is streaming, The Ska Show re-run is here, TONNES of good press to share + Happy 50th Anniversary to the Moon landing!
Hello everyone and hope you've all had a fantastic week so far! It's been a boiling hot and busy as heck time here at JabunAudio with the launch of Better Than The Book's 2nd studio album "Hopes and Dreams" which released last Friday 19th July, and man oh man is there a lot to share in this scorcher of a blog post! TONNES of exciting news today so let's not delay and get straight to the big news: Better Than The Book's Hopes and Dreams album!
The time has finally come and I cannot tell you how excited I am to announce that Better Than The Book's 2nd full-length album "Hopes and Dreams" has finally been released! You can check out the teaser / launch video below (featuring track 01 "The Hardest Part") as well as listen to the full Hopes and Dreams album, pick up a copy, and see the full album credits and special thanks on Bandcamp via the link below! I hope you enjoy it all!
I'm also super happy to announce that Hopes and Dreams has been approved for worldwide distribution and can now additionally be found on iTunes, Amazon, Google, Spotify and all the other places you'd expect digital music to be found in this day and age! Horray!
With the new album comes a new set of rewards on Patreon too, and boy is there a lot to share this time! With such a huge and special event as an album launch, all patrons will be receiving:
1) A full download of the brand new Better Than The Book - Hopes and Dreams album in mp3 and WAV format as well as high resolution album art ($1 Patrons will only receive the mp3s and artwork, not the WAVs)
2) A selection of high resolution photos from the press shoot for the album, including photos used for the album's press releases and marketing campaign
3) High resolution lyric sheets for the album
4) A behind the scenes studio photo and story from the Hopes and Dreams album production
And all that for as little as $1 a month when you sign up! Not only that, but I'm once again hosting a Patreon exclusive Ask Me Anything / Q & A session to celebrate the album's launch! Hope to hear some interesting questions from you all!
And remember that on top of all that when you sign up, you'll gain access to the entire history of rewards for your tier including the complete Better Than The Book discography (including the One Small Step EP and Two Years On albums) + many Patreon exclusive bonus tracks and more! If you're a $10+ patron too, then you'll have access to the entire series of monthly behind the scenes and demo posts too! There's never been a better time to sign up to Patreon than today!
With the Hopes and Dreams album finally out, I think it's time for a well earned break, so the next Patreon reward posts will be on the final Wednesday of August (the 28th) for the $5+ patrons, and first Wednesday of September (the 4th) for the $1+ / $2+ patrons when I start releasing the Jabun back catalog of music on the new Patreon rewards schedule. There will undoubtedly be more posts and things to share in the mean time though I'm sure! Until then I hope you enjoy all the new music and extra rewards and I want to express my biggest thanks to all the patrons and readers for supporting Better Than The Book and the Hopes and Dreams album, and my various other music projects on Patreon! Hope to see you over on the Q & A post!
Next this week, I've also uploaded the first of the non-single tracks to YouTube, SoundCloud and Newgrounds! There'll be a new track coming out each Wednesday until mid September and the first of the bunch is the opening track of the album "The Hardest Part"! Get ready for a motivational ska punk anthem to get you pumped for the rest of the new music, and hope you enjoy it:
Onto the next piece of news, some more exciting times as the podcast re-run for the radio show which featured BTTB on it a few weeks ago is here! Thanks so much to Beefy for giving "(The Travelling To See Eva Song)" its Australian FM radio premier playing along side some HUGE ska and punk names such as Madness (first half of the show), The Clash, The Jam, and my personal ska punk heroes the Mighty Mighty Bosstones (first half of the show as well), as well as for the amazing shout out for the "Hopes and Dreams" album! Check out the July 9th Ska Show's podcast re-run (second half of the show) via the Facebook post below for some great ska covers, new and old tunes, and a tonne of skankin' fun! "(The Travelling To see Eva Song)" is on -20:37 before the end and there's a shoutout to BTTB at -15:33 too! Amazing stuff, and I hope you enjoy the show!
Beefy tells me that "Artificial Ignorance" made it onto the show this week too, so expect another re-run to be shared up here in the coming weeks! Thanks again Beefy!
A quick stop to catch my breath before I share even MORE press news for the Hopes and Dreams album, and it's honestly felt non-stop this week! First of all some amazing and kind words from my musical colleague and great friend Vlad from World Beyond about the Hopes and Dreams album! Thanks so much Vlad! Next Better Than The Book's Hopes and Dreams has been featured on Pete's Rock News And Views, thanks so much to Pete for featuring the project! And lastly (for now at least), Better Than The Book's Hopes and Dreams (the title track of the album) has been featured on Spinning Thoughts' "Bands People Tweet At Me" Spotify playlist! Amazing, and thanks to Spinning Thoughts and whoever tweeted BTTB to them for having me on the list! Check out all these press featured in more detail via the links below and I hope you enjoy reading and listening:
Vladimir Kuznetsov of World Beyond on Better Than The Book's Hopes and Dreams album (Release announcement)
Better Than The Book's Hopes and Dreams album featured on Pete's Rock News And Views
Better Than The Book's Hopes and Dreams featured on Spinning Thoughts' Bands People Tweet At Me Spotify playlist
Finally this week, as the new Hopes and Dreams album comes out, it's nice to reflect on where Better Than The Book started, and on Saturday 20th this week, I had the perfect reason to go back and look at my very first EP One Small Step, and the historical events which inspired not just the title, but much of the imagery in the first 2 songs of the album (as well as the sample in the intro). I'm talking of course about the first moon landing which happened 50 years ago this week: 3 brave souls taking the meaning of "Leaving Home" to the next level, and taking that One Small Step where no human had ever gone before! Truly inspiring! A huge celebration for 50 years since the first humans walked on the moon, and I wish and wonder for what the next 50 years will bring for human space exploration! Only our Hopes and Dreams can tell!
Check out the One Small Step EP on Bandcamp and all those other streaming places or pick it up when you become a patron! I think it was the first Patreon reward I ever gave!
And that just about wraps things up for this post! It's looking to be a hectic week ahead keeping up with all the press features that have been coming in, and next Wednesday I'll be sharing around track 03 from Hopes and Dreams "And I Fear"! Not sure what else the week has in store, but I hope it starts to cool down soon at least! Until next time, thanks so much for supporting Better Than The Book, JabunAudio and my various projects, and I hope you enjoy Hopes and Dreams and all the exciting news that comes with it! Take care!
Better Than The Book's new Hopes and Dreams album is out TOMORROW, BTTB makes its Australian radio premier with (The Travelling To See Eva Song) + some more updates!
Hello everyone and hope you're having a great week so far! Super exciting and busy times over here at JabunAudio as Better Than The Book's new Hopes and Dreams album is released TOMORROW, but I had a great few days away seeing family and friends for a little pre-launch break too. I also went to see KISS on Thursday night which was unbelievable and a pilgrimage of sorts for my first band and I (as well as my dad and more friends)! Just phenomenal! With more amazing stuff to share in this post, this whole week's just been amazing, so let's get on with the news and start with the big one, Better Than The Book's Hopes and Dreams album release tomorrow!
The time has finally come and after over 2 months since the first single Meteor Shower was launched, Better Than The Book's sophomore album Hopes and Dreams will be released tomorrow (Friday 19th July) at 6pm BST on Bandcamp! I'm super happy to announce too that worldwide distribution across all major platforms including iTunes, Amazon and Spotify has also been approved and will be up for people to enjoy very soon as well! To celebrate the launch I've put together a short teaser for the album which will go live on YouTube at the launch time so if you're free, come join me for the premier below and I cannot wait to finally show you this album I've been pouring my heart and hard work into over the last year or so!
And if you've still yet to hear them, go check out the 3 pre-release singles over on Bandcamp and even pick up a pre-order if you'd like:
Or head over to Patreon to get the full album now when you join the $5+ tiers! You can also join the $10+ tier for a special thanks in the album credits (last chance today), and remember that you'll get all previous rewards for your tier too including the full BTTB discography including many Patreon exclusive bonus tracks! I'll also be hosting an Ask Me Anything session for the patrons when the album goes live so feel free to join me on Patreon, and I look forward to hearing your questions!
Finally this week, some amazing news as Better Than The Book made its Australian FM Radio debut last Tuesday night with "(The Travelling To See Eva Song)" on The Ska Show with Beefy on Southern FM! Thanks so much Beefy for having it playing alongside the music of my heroes including The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, as well as HUGE names like Madness, The Clash, and The Jam! Amazing stuff! You can check out the show playlist via the link below, and hopefully there'll be a re-stream of the show to share soon:
That about wraps things up for today! Big day tomorrow with the Hopes and Dreams album launch and I'll be sharing tracks from the album in the coming weeks with each blog post too! Next week's looking to be busy continuing with promo work, but I'm sure there'll be more stuff to share as well! Until then, thank you as always for supporting JabunAudio, Better Than The Book and my various projects and I cannot wait to share with you all this new music! Hope to see you at the premier on YouTube and until the next post, take care!
The 3rd and final single from Better Than The Book's upcoming Hopes and Dreams album "(The Travelling To See Eva Song)" is out, Patreon rewards sent out, various BTTB press features + a FS4Ks dinosaur compilation!
Hi everyone and hope you're having a great time whatever you're up to this week! It's been pretty busy over here sorting out everything for the new Better Than The Book single (more on that in a moment) as well as the upcoming Hopes and Dreams album which releases a week tomorrow! I'm currently away from the studio as I post this, but there's still lots to share in this blog post so let's get straight to the big news for the week, Better Than The Book's new single, "(The Travelling To See Eva Song)"!
The time has come once again and the 3rd and final pre-release single from the upcoming Hopes and Dreams album, "(The Travelling To See Eva Song)", has just been released accompanied once again by an animated visualizer courtesy of the one and only Vladimir Kuznetsov of World Beyond! Cheers again Vlad! Check out the song via the video link below, and I hope you enjoy this lighthearted track about distance, love, and National Rail, featuring BTTB's first organ solo! I'm sure this must be Better Than The Book's most lighthearted and ska track to date! Fun times!
Pre-orders for the Hopes and Dreams album are open on the Better Than The Book bandcamp page, so head over to Bandcamp to pick up a download of "(The Travelling To See Eva Song)", the 2nd single "Artificial Ignorance", and lead single "Meteor Shower", and pre-order the Hopes and Dreams album today:
Or get even more value when you become a monthly subscriber on Patreon! With the new single released, I've just put out another load of Patreon rewards and this time patrons will receive:
$1+ tier - Mp3 downloads of all 3 pre-release singles from the upcoming Hopes and Dreams album.
$2+ tier - Mp3 and WAV downloads of all 3 pre-release singles from the upcoming Hopes and Dreams album.
$5+ tier - The ENTIRE Hopes and Dreams album (artwork, mp3s and WAVs) right now, 2 weeks before the public release on July 19th, as well as press photos for the album launch campaign, lyric sheets, and a behind the scenes photo and story from the album's production too!
$10+ tier - All the above rewards + an in depth look into the making of track 03 from the upcoming album, "And I Fear"! This is also the last chance to get your name / alias included in the special thanks section of the Hopes and Dreams album credits on Bandcamp (as I'll be setting the credits in stone when the album goes out on the 19th) so if that's something you're interested in, act now before the album goes out and I'll add you to the list!
Not only that, but when you sign up, you'll gain access to the entire history of rewards for your tier including the complete Better Than The Book discography (including the One Small Step EP and Two Years On album) + many Patreon exclusive bonus tracks and more! There's never been a better time to subscribe to Patreon than today!
Next this week, some excellent news as the previous single from the Hopes and Dreams album "Artificial Ignorance" has been featured on the front page of Newgrounds.com! If hometowns were websites then NG would surely be mine and thanks so much to NG for the feature! Check out the Newgrounds upload of the track below and feel free to leave a review and rating if you're a fellow Newgrounds user! I look forward to reading your comments!
And moving onto the next single, more cool news as "(The Travelling To See Eva Song)" has been featured on HappyMetalGeek.com! Thanks so much for the feature HMG and nice choice on the picture of me at Nicko McBrain's Drum One in Nicko's kit (drummer of Iron Maiden)! That was a fun day!
And finally this week, I have something special to share with you from Fun Station 4 Kids, an 18 minute compilation of all the Dinosaur Fairy Tales the channel as told so far! I didn't actually do any editing for this one, though it features many animations I've worked on. I shan't spoil which animations are in here, you'll have to check it out for yourself, but I hope you enjoy this compilation of stories from T-Rex and the other prehistoric critters!
That about wraps things up for this week! I'm still away for a few more days, but next week is set to be an intense one with Better Than The Book's Hopes and Dreams album finally being released on Friday 19th July! It's going to be busy I'm sure but I can't wait to finally show you this music I've been working on over the last year! Until the next blog post, I hope you have a great week, enjoy the new music, and thanks as always for supporting Better Than The Book, JabunAudio and my various projects! Hope you're as excited as I am for next week and take care!
The 3rd and final single from Better Than The Book's upcoming Hopes and Dreams album "(The Travelling To See Eva Song)" comes out TOMORROW + setting and reflecting on more goals!
Hello everyone and I hope you've been having a great week so far! It's been fairly busy over here at JabunAudio sorting various things out, but I've managed for the most part to get all the preparation for the upcoming single and album releases sorted which has given me some time to pursue new and fun recording projects and take things a little easier than I have been which is nice! Everything's just about ready for tomorrow's launch, so let's start this week's news with that!
So first and foremost this week, some more exciting news today from Better Than The Book as the 3rd and final pre-release single from the upcoming Hopes and Dreams album "(The Travelling To See Eva Song)" will be released 6PM (BST) tomorrow! Join the premier on YouTube via the link below and get ready for some skankin' good times with this one; it's undoubtedly the most upbeat and ska track on the record (maybe even in the entire BTTB discography)! For all the Patreon subscribers too, you'll be getting an MP3 / WAV download of the track and more depending on your subscription tier as soon as the track goes live on Friday! More details to come on Patreon tomorrow and I hope you enjoy "(The Travelling To See Eva Song)"!
Check out the other 2 singles "Meteor Shower" and "Artificial Ignorance" and/or pre-order the album on Bandcamp:
Or if you can't wait to hear it in its entirety, then sign up to the $5+ tier on Patreon to get the entire BTTB discography as well as the new album in full before the public release on July 19th now. Enjoy!
Next and finally this week, it's the beginning of another month so let's finish off with the usual monthly reflections and set some new goals for July. Here were the goals for June:
1) Sort the launch/teaser video for when the album drops on July 19th
2) Decide on and sort the $5+ Patreon reward for July 5th (when the 3rd single is released)
3) Start on a new leisurely recording project
And it all looks pretty successful to me! 1) and 2) are done with not much to comment on, and I finished the first full length demo for a new leisurely recording project on Sunday so I'd count that as done too! Still a lot of work left to do on that track and with everything going on it'll likely not be out for a few months, but I hope you enjoy it when the time finally comes! Onto some new goals for July, with the Hopes and Dreams album just around the corner, as well as being away for a week and a few other things, July is looking to be an intensely busy month, so I've just 2 goals to set this time:
1) Release Hopes and Dreams and keep on top of all the promo / press work
2) Try to relax and do some leisurely playing and music projects as much as possible but with no specific targets
I have a whole bucket load of non-musical stuff to do on my to-do list this month, and with the album launch I figured this month is going to be a super busy one so I thought I'd try to take things easy with the goal setting this time. The release date is set in stone for the Hopes and Dreams album so no backing down now, but I think I've prepared as much as I can beforehand to make sure everything runs as smoothly as possible, so fingers crossed it all works out great. With regards goal 2), if I can get some more stuff done for leisurely recording projects, then that'd be great, but I'm not going to put too much pressure this time and just focus on relaxing, gathering ideas, playing instruments and having fun. We'll see how it all goes! Wish me luck and feel free to let me know your own goals in the comments so we can keep each other accountable! All the best!
And that about wraps things up for this post. Tomorrow's going to be an exciting evening and I hope you enjoy "(The Travelling To See Eva Song)" when it goes live on YouTube! I'm actually away (but still partially working) for most of next week and the following one, so I'll be aiming to get as much stuff done beforehand as possible, and keeping up with everything I need to while I'm away too, ready for the album launch 2 weeks tomorrow. It's looking to be a very busy time! Until the next post, I hope you have a great week whatever you're up to, enjoy the new music and thanks as always for supporting JabunAudio, Better Than The Book and my various projects. Have fun and take care!
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