Feb 8 2013

KDGE’s Jessie Jessup interviews Justin Furstenfeld

Justin called 102.1 KDGE and chatted with Jessie Jessup extensively about the new album that they are currently recording. They also talked about Justin’s upcoming solo tour, the updated version of Crazy Making (250 pages!!!) and much more. As with all of Jessie’s interviews this is a great one- listen to it here or embedded below.


May 17 2011

Blue October on Philadelphia’s Radio 104.5

Yesterday Blue October was on Philadelphia’s Radio 104.5. They played Ugly Side, Into the Ocean and Dirt Room. Justin talked about Ugly Side: An Acoustic Evening with Blue October and Any Man in America.

Pictures from the studio session can be seen here.


May 10 2011

Ugly Side: An Acoustic Evening with Blue October Available Today!

Today is the official release day of Ugly Side: An Acoustic Evening with Blue October. Those of us that pre-ordered it from Bandwear got it last week but today it’s available everywhere. Here are a few links if you still need to purchase it:

  • Bandwear (You really want to order it from here. Bandwear is the only place the bonus tracks are available and you definitely want Jump Rope and Schizophrenia. Trust me on this one.)
  • Amazon
  • iTunes
  • Best Buy

I’ve been sitting here staring at my computer trying to figure out how to put my thoughts about Ugly Side: An Acoustic Evening with Blue October into words. My first impulse is to gush like the fan girl that I am- “OMG, I love it!! It’s fabulous!! Amazing!!” But I wanted to try to be a little more professional about it. Writing isn’t my forte and I have no musical background so it’s proved to be a bit of challenge to actually go beyond the fan girl comments. I decided to stick with what I know- cooking. I know, it sounds a bit odd but stick with me and hopefully I will make sense.

I love to cook. It’s pretty much the one and only thing I do that is creative. I can’t sing, I can’t draw, I’m not artistic at all but I can cook one hell of a meal. So when trying to put my thoughts about the acoustic album into words this cooking analogy popped into my head.

A “regular” Blue October album/concert is like a pot at a full boil. It’s scalding hot, in your face and cannot be ignored. This acoustic album, to me, is like turning that pot down to simmer. Simmering requires low heat and causes the flavors to blend and allows the flavors to become stronger. Simmering a sauce (or album) allows the subtle flavors come out. You taste (or hear) things you never tasted (or heard) before. I’ve listened to this acoustic album multiple times and every time I hear something different. The lyrics have taken on new meaning because of the different emphasis put on them. I’ve heard Justin’s voice in a whole new way because of the toned down mood of the album. All of the music is so different- Ryan’s violin, Jeremy’s drums, Matt’s bass and C.B.’s guitar are all beautiful and moving in a whole new way.

I could go on and on about how much I love this album but I think you all get the point (even if you don’t cook, I hope I’ve made sense). If you think you don’t want to buy it because you already have these songs I highly suggest you go over to iTunes or Amazon and listen to the samples. Then you’ll see that these songs that you know by heart are brand new again.


May 2 2011

PLAYBACK:stl interviews Justin Furstenfeld

PLAYBACK:stl  has a fantastic interview with Justin about the acoustic tour, acoustic album, studio album, C.B. leaving the band, Blue October fans and much more.

Tell me what’s behind the whole idea of the acoustic tour.
We did some acoustic dates last year. We were just so happy. It was a chance for us to just sit back and tell the stories of each song, and not just be so rock ’n’ roll. As much as I love doing that, I love also just sitting down playing guitar and not having to worry about shoving it all down your throat.

I think you’ve always been a somewhat unclassifiable artist. It’s in the genre of rock, but it’s not just one sound.
I think that’s what I kind of love about our fans—listen to me; I hate that word, fans. The people that believe in us, the ones that actually allow us to be who we are. Not the radio and the corporate record labels who are like, “OK, you guys are too all over the place. Which one are you going to be?” It’d be so boring to just play one style of music for the rest of your life. Why not try everything, but do it with a passion?

Tell me about the lineup switch.
C.B. [Hudson] wanted to be a family man. (I tried to do that once.) We still love him to pieces, he still loves us to pieces; it’s a healthy split. Julian [Mandrake] is just an amazing guy and we believe in him completely. He’s always been there for us. When I broke my leg on that last tour he came with us for eight months, all over the world, and when I was better he had to leave. He’s an amazing guitarist, too, a really good guy.

Read the entire interview here.


May 2 2011

InsideSTL interviews Jeremy Furstenfeld

InsideSTL talked to Jeremy about the upcoming acoustic tour, the acoustic album and Blue October’s new album, tentatively titled Any Man In America. I love it when reporters that are actual fans of the band. You can tell J. Boyd is just by the opening sentence of the article.

Blue October is a band that is hard to describe. One part energy, one part immense talent and many parts emotion, all adding up to one of the most powerful bands I have ever come across.

I had a chance to catch up with drummer Jeremy Furstenfeld to chat about their upcoming live release “Ugly Side” and impending 14 date acoustic tour in support. One of those dates will stop at The Pageant in The Loop on Friday, May 6th. Furstenfeld was very upbeat in talking about the tour saying “I am looking forward to getting back to the way these songs were written and to play them in a more intimate, exposed setting.”

I asked Jeremy if this was a planned release, he said “We planned to record it, but not on the release…. but after going back through it, we were like you know there is some good stuff in here”. He also stressed the importance to stay out there in front of people in this age of mass information so this release would be a good bridge to their next studio album because “people are quick to move on to the next thing.”

I asked Jeremy about the new the new studio album, Blue October’s 6th, which is planned for a late Summer release. He said it is in the final mixing stages and the working title is “Any Man In America”.

You can read the entire article and enter to win a copy of Ugly Side: An Acoustic Evening with Blue October here.


Apr 12 2011

Autographed Copies of Ugly Side: An Acoustic Evening with Blue October available for pre-order

I posted yesterday that Blue October’s acoustic album, Ugly Side: An Acoustic Evening with Blue October, would be available for pre-order today. What I didn’t know at the time was that there are a limited number of autographed copies available to order for only $3 more. Both the regular and autographed copies include a digital download that will be available at 12:01 am on May 10th. You can order your copies, autographed or not, here. If you don’t want a hard copy of the cd, a digital download can be pre-ordered here.

Remember that the 2 bonus tracks are only available on copies purchased through Blue October’s store. (Still no word on what songs the bonus tracks are.)


Apr 12 2011

Blue October Acoustic Tour T-Shirts Now Available

T-shirts for Blue October’s 2011 Acoustic Tour are now available for purchase here. In addition to the dates and cities, the track list for the acoustic cd is also listed. (I love that!)


Apr 11 2011

Blue October’s Acoustic Album Available for Pre-sale on April 12th

An exclusive edition of  Blue October’s acoustic album, Ugly Side: An Evening with Blue October, will be available for pre-sale through their online store on April 12th. This exclusive edition will contain two bonus tracks. (Crossing my fingers Holler is one of them!) You will be able to pre-order a digital download or physical copy. You can reserve your copy starting tomorrow here.

You can see the track list for Ugly Side: An Evening with Blue October here.


Mar 17 2011

Cover Art and Track List for Ugly Side: An Acoustic Evening with Blue October

Amazon has Ugly Side: An Acoustic Evening with Blue October available for pre-order. They also have the cover art, track list and a new release date of May 10th.

 

  1. Ugly Side
  2. The Answers
  3. Dirt Room
  4. Come In Closer
  5. Into The Ocean
  6. Colorado 5591
  7. Picking Up Pieces
  8. Tomorrow
  9. X Amount of Words
  10. Amazing
  11. The End

I’ll admit I’m disappointed that Holler isn’t on the list- it was my favorite performance from the acoustic shows last summer. Oh well, I will still love the album and am excited to add it to my collection!


Feb 19 2011

Blue October to Release Acoustic CD on April 26th

I just received this press release about the acoustic tour and acoustic cd:

Blue October, known for its captivating live performance and platinum-selling albums, will offer fans a rare chance to see them in a stripped-down, intimate concert setting.

The band performed several acoustic performances at Austin’s historic Paramount Theater, garnering overwhelming reactions from fans. The positive response prompted the band to take the experience on the road.

In conjunction with the tour, the band will release The Ugly Side: An Acoustic Evening with Blue October on Say It To My Face Records via Brando Records on April 26. The album features 12 acoustic versions of fan favorites, recorded during various 2010 performances.

“We’ve always been known as a Rock band and that’s where our roots lie.  Over the years I’ve been lucky enough to have the freedom to express myself and fully utilize freedom of speech through music and lyrics,” said lead singer Justin Furstenfeld. “Sometimes the meaning can get lost, so we’ve turned down the distortion so the message can be heard.”

Tickets for the general public will go on-sale starting Friday, February 18.

Blue October has risen through the ranks to become a platinum-selling rock band with a body of work that includes modern rock hits “Hate Me” and “Dirt Room”, and the No. 1 VH-1 smash, “Into the Ocean”. The band is putting finishing touches on its sixth studio album, due out end of the summer.

An Acoustic Evening with Blue October

  • 05/04 – House of Blues, Chicago, IL
  • 05/05 – Pabst Theater, Milwaukee, WI
  • 05/06 – The Pageant, St. Louis, MO
  • 05/07 – Orpheum Theater, Omaha, NE
  • 05/10 – House of Blue, Cleveland, OH
  • 05/11 – Water Street Music Hall, Rochester, NY
  • 05/12 – Irving Plaza, New York, NY
  • 05/13 – House of Blues, Boston, MA
  • 05/15 – Theatre of the Living Arts, Philadelphia, PA
  • 05/17 – Ram’s Head Live, Baltimore, MD
  • 05/18 – The Fillmore, Charlotte, NC
  • 05/19 – Center Stage, Atlanta, GA
  • 05/20 – House of Blues, Orlando, FL

Additional ticket information can be found at blueoctober.com.

Blue October is represented worldwide by Rainmaker Artists.

Update: Please see this post for the track list, cover art and new release date.


Jan 6 2011

Update on Blue October’s Acoustic Album

When the 2010 Acoustic Tour was announced it included the information that the shows would be recorded for “a future live acoustic release”. Other than that first announcement there has not been any mention or news regarding the acoustic album. Jeremy posted this information on the Open Book Forum today-

I have seen a little bit of concern about the acoustic shows we did and their not being a recording out yet. Well, let me ease your concerns. I have in my possession the master files for all 5 shows. Our FOH,( T Hater) and I dropped and transferred all the files last night here at Mousseroom Studios. It might be a little bit, but ….. after much discussion, and searching, THE FILES DO EXIST. I will try to keep you guys updated, and let ya know if we find anything on those files that is worth releasing. We are our own worst critics ya know.

Happy New Year Everybody.

Jer

Keeping my fingers crossed that they find something they like on those files!!

ETA: Jeremy posted this on the Open Book forum on January 10th-

I’m sitting in my tiny little studio going thru Acoustic songs. Listening to you guys sing back to us is UNREAL, EMOTIONAL, and EXQUISITE! I am very lucky and blessed. Thanks very much.

Jer

 
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