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Hear Mike Adams at his Honest Weight cover ELO, Erin Tobey, Julieta Venegas and The Wonders in Lagniappe Session for Aquarium Drunkard, plus fall tour dates!

There Is No Feeling Better dropped on June 14, purchase it here

STREAM / DOWNLOAD – Lagniappe Session

Today Mike Adams at his Honest Weight shares a four song Lagniappe Session for Aquarium Drunkard featuring covers of ELO, Erin Tobey, Julieta Venegas and The Wonders (the band from That Thing You Do) stream or download it here and also read Mike’s thoughts on each track.  He has also shared the first batch of fall tour dates, with more dates TBA soon – see below for full details.

There Is No Feeling Better, the fourth album from Bloomington, Indiana’s Mike Adams At His Honest Weight finds the titular Adams—the singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist/producer at the center of the independent pop institution—focused less on who he is and more on where he is. Though the album’s not short on truthful introspection, it’s an outward gaze that defines these eleven songs. In their hovering melodies and warm tones, Adams tries to make sense of an increasingly baffling world. He comes up with a couple of answers, but more often than that, he’s come up with good questions: “What if I was wonderful to love?” Could a modest getting by be enough to build a life? What if our best guesses turn out wrong? Who’s going to remember us when we’re gone? Why is it so hard to tell the difference between the good guys and bad guys? “How come the laugh track ain’t the last thing before the fade?”

It’s the kind of record you can make only after really knowing how to make records. It’s ambitious, but never labored sounding, sweeping but always intimate. All the qualities that have made the Adams songbook such a joyful collection to engage with—the witticism of 2011’s Oscillate Wisely, the playful experimentalism of 2014’s Best of Boiler Room Classics, the gigantic melodies of 2016’s Casino Drone—are on display here yet again, but they feel heightened, deeper, funnier, sweeter, and more resonant. Pulling from disparate sources, like retro-pop era Starflyer 59, ELO, the Beach Boys at their most transcendental, the Southern gospel of the Isaacs, and the dead-serious humor of The Roches, Adams has shaped these touchstones into a new world. The sock hop mysticism of “Free & Reduced,” the noir mood of “That’s One Way,” the lush cooing of “Educated Guess,” the daydream pop of “Olivia”—you can live in songs like these. They’re testaments to the act of creation and recreation, examinations of the glee that can be accessed by ripping up the map and getting lost: “Even if it gets so we hate that sound, if heaven isn’t great we can waltz right out,” Adams sings like a choir boy on “Do You One Better.”

Whereas past albums were mostly recorded by Adams on his own, There Is No Feeling Better was built, slowly and over the course of a couple years, with longtime collaborators and members of the Honest Weight touring crew (with whom Adams records his tour diary/travelogue podcast Tan Van Tour Talk). Though Adams plays plenty on the album, providing guitar, keys, bass, and vocals, it’s the least he’s ever played on an Honest Weight album. Armed with ace musicians in the room and structured workbooks custom built for the process, challenges became excitements. Adams was freed up to chase down the songs as he heard them in his head. “What’s that sound everyone’s on about,” Adams asks on the chiming “Datsun Dashes.” With There Is No Feeling Better, he’s gathered up his ideas and given them names. He’s figured the sounds out.

Lagniappe photo by Anna Powell Teeter


July 26 – Pioneer – Indianapolis, IN
August 18 – Daviess County Public Library – Owensboro, KY
September 18 – Mahall’s 20 Lanes – Cleveland, OH
September 19 – Everybody Hits – Philadelphia, PA
September 20 – TBA – Baltimore MD
September 21 – Alphaville – Brooklyn, NY
September 22 – O’Brien’s – Boston, MA
September 23 – Songbyrd Vinyl Lounge – Washington DC
September 24 – Mr. Smalls Funhouse – Pittsburgh, PA
September 25 – Spacebar – Columbus, OH
September 26 – Brass Rail – Fort Wayne, IN

Mike Adams At His Honest Weight
There Is No Feeling Better
(Joyful Noise)

Street Date: June 14, 2019
Purchase it here

Track List

1 – Pressing Mesh
2 – Do You One Better
3 – Free & Reduced
4 – Wonderful To Love
5 – That’s One Way
6 – Educated Guess
7 – No Feeling Better
8 – Datsun Dashes
9 – Olivia
10 – I Need You
11 – So Faded