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A long overdue dispatch from your friendly neighborhood Bigger Lovers

I know, I know… we’re getting to be like your deadbeat brother. You don’t hear from us for six months, and when you do, we’re always asking you to do some shit. But this is what happens when you’re a semi-functioning rock band whose members are beating that “40 is the new 20!!!” drum with a little too much zeal.

But enough about your hang-ups. Here’s what we’re peddling…

Wesley Stace, nom de rock: John Wesley Harding - ever heard of him? Of course you have. The man has been crafting incredibly tuneful and literate pop songs since you’ve been in short pants. He’s also an award-winning author, for the love of Pete.

Anyways, ‘ol Wes moved here to Philadelphia recently, and we’ve become friends. No joke. Look at that photo. That’s Wes telling Scott about a bunch of things he’s doing wrong on the bass. We’ve been playing together because we have the honor of being his backing band this Saturday at the 4th Annual F.U. Cancer Music Festival in Philly, which benefits Dara’s Defense, an organization providing advocacy, education and support for women and families that are affected by Ovarian Cancer. The show is sold out. But if you were lucky enough to score tickets, you’re in for a great day. Especially if you bring the family because there’s going to be donkey rides and a moon bounce. Good music too. We’ll do a Bigger Lovers set of all the hits at 8:00, then we back Wes at 9:00.

Here’s what else were peddling…

Saturday, September 8, 2012. Save the date. That is when we will celebrate the 10th anniversary of our second album, “Honey in the Hive” with a big show at Johnny Brenda’s. We’ll play the album in its entirety, along with some of your other TBL faves. And we’ll have our tight bro from way back, internationally renowned entertainer Dave Hill “hosting” the evening. More details soon. But seriously, save the date.

Do not forget, is the number one source for all your Bigger Lovers needs, like the "How I Learned to Stop Worrying" 10th anniversary vinyl reissue, the "Little Giant Maxi Single", the "Honey in the Hive" and "This Affair Never Happened… and Here are 11 Songs About It" CDs, and more!

And don’t forget to check us out on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter, and feel free to inquire about our availability for well paid house concerts, holiday parties, and festival gigs.

Big love,


Remember that time David Fricke gave ‘Honey in the Hive’ 4 stars in Rolling Stone? Our parents sure do…

Remember that time David Fricke gave ‘Honey in the Hive’ 4 stars in Rolling Stone? Our parents sure do…

Free download of a lost track: “Barely 5:30”

The things you find on the hard drive when you’re trying to find ways to celebrate the 10th anniversary of a sophomore album…

Prior to entering Miner Street Studio in January 2002 to begin work in earnest on “Honey in the Hive,” we hunkered down in our freezing cold rehearsal space above Green Street For Pets consignment shop on Market Street in Old City/Philly (don’t look for it, it’s not there anymore) to demo a bunch of songs.

One of those songs was “Barely 5:30,” a ragged stab at some sort of Crazy Horse-meets-the dB’s noise and a staple of our live shows around this time.

While we never got around to tracking it at Miner Street, the song has always been one of our favorites. So what better time to share this mid-fi, warts & all version than on the eve of Honey’s 10th anniversary.

Download the demo version of “Barely 5:30” for free here. But before you do that, indulge “Barely 5:30” author Bret Tobias as he reminisces about hangovers:

"I used to be hungover a lot. “Barely 5:30” is about that. Ya know, waking up mid-morning, sunlight glaring through the blinds, and feeling like, ‘Shit, swear I just went to bed an hour ago.’ I occasionally get nostalgic for that stuff, and then I accidentally reacquaint myself with that kind of hangover and realize how incompatible it is with my current life. Not a bad song though."

‘Honey in the Hive’ 10th anniversary show THIS SATURDAY in Philly

We hope you’re planning to join us THIS SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 at Johnny Brenda’s in Philly to celebrate the 10th anniversary of ‘Honey in the Hive.’

We’ll celebrate the anniversary not with an ACME sheet cake and a hastily purchased Hallmark card, but by performing the album start-to-finish, along with some other choice gems from the catalog. Because that’s better.

Our pals Cliff Hillis (with whom we share a drummer) and Echo Orbiter are also on the bill.

The rock starts at 9:15, and tickets are going fast, so get ‘em here.

In the meantime, in case you missed it, you can download “Barely 5:30,” a lost demo from the ‘Honey’ era for free here, and you can watch us reminisce about the night Scott totaled the van en route to the ‘Honey’ record release show in Sept. 2002 here.

Call the babysitter now – it’s gonna be a rager.