New music comes my way everyday in Studio G at the Mohn Broadcast Center. Today seemed to be the DARK SIDE OF THE MOON day. Yikes! With titles ranging from "Wear Ruin," People Go Missing," "Slash and Burn," and "Thorns"--well, you get the idea. None of those titles and matching tunes made the cut for production use today. What a welcomed change when the production request came in for me to produce an underwriting spot for recording label, Netwerks Records featuring the group, The Weepies. I needed to be uplifted and this was the perfect remedy. Nettwerks Records is now a KPCC supporter and has released The Weepies, new album entitled, "Be My Thrill."
The Weepies are an indie pop-folk band fronted by singer-songwriters Deb Talan and Steve Tannen. Their music has been described as "subtly intoxicating folk-pop." The two musicians, who were both active in separate singer-songwriter careers, met in 2001 at a show Tannen was playing at Club Passim in Cambridge, Massachusetts. They quickly found a deep musical bond and began playing together. In 2005, they were signed to Nettwerk Records. Talan and Tannen are married and reside together in Topanga, California.
Other supporting members who have recorded and toured with The Weepies include Meghan Toohey on keyboards and electric guitar.
The band received mainstream attention with their second album, "Say I Am You." In February 2006, the album reached #1 on iTunes' list of most-downloaded folk albums in eight countries. The single "World Spins Madly On" from that album hit #1 on iTunes' US folk song charts. In 2007, the band collaborated with Mandy Moore, writing and playing on her new album, Wild Hope. The Weepies' recorded their next album at home, with the aid of fellow musicians and friends; Hideaway was released in April 2008 by Nettwerk Records. Hideaway marked the Weepies' first entrance into the Billboard Top 200, charting at #31 and selling 14,000 copies in its first week.
Songs by The Weepies have been featured on many popular TV shows, including Grey's Anatomy, Everwood, One Tree Hill, Scrubs, The Riches, How I Met Your Mother, Gossip Girl, GRΣΣK, Kyle XY, Life Unexpected, and Dirty Sexy Money, the last of which involved an on-screen performance by The Weepies as one of the show's subplots. They have also been featured in the Sex and the City Movie.
(Audio is Nettwerk Records underwriting spot with SCPR voice talent, Rita Pardue and music bed is The Weepies featured on "I Was Made for Sunny Days."