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There are two types of people in this world. Those who queue up at Best Buy at 2 a.m. on Black Friday to purchase an off-brand document shredder for $15, and those who don’t.

What’s that have to do with the big holiday sales going on right now at Absolutely nothing. Just a little social commentary is all.

We are currently offering our debut album “How I Learned to Stop Worrying” and the follow up, “Honey in the Hive,” at deep discounts just in time for your holiday shopping needs.

You can pick up the deluxe, limited edition, 10th anniversary vinyl reissue of "How I Learned to Stop Worrying" for just $10. Or download the album for just $5.

And you can also download "Honey in the Hive" for $5.

While you’re in a holiday shopping mood, tickets for the 4th Annual Bigger Lovers/Photon Band Holiday Spectacular on Ice, December 2 at Johnny Brenda’s in Philadelphia make great early gifts. Get ‘em here.

Bigger Lovers to celebrate 10th anniversary of ‘Honey in the Hive’ at Johnny Brenda’s Sept. 8

The slight return continues…

To mark the 10th anniversary of our sophomore album ‘Honey in the Hive’ (released Aug. 27, 2002 on Yep Roc Records) we will be playing that sucker LIVE, in its entirety – along with some of your other TBL faves – at Johnny Brenda’s in Philadelphia Saturday, September 8.

Our good pal Cliff Hillis will open (along with one more support act TBA). You can get tickets right here, right now.

The geekiest of Lovers geeks probably know that September 8, 2012 marks the 10 year and one day anniversary of the ‘Honey’ record release show at the Khyber in Philly, a memorable night for two reasons in particular:

1. Scott Jefferson totaling the van en route to pick up P.B. for soundcheck, necessitating a fireman’s carry load-in wherein we stopped Olde City traffic as we pulled gear from the wrecked van off a flatbed.

2. Pretty sure we set the booze sales per capita record at the Khyber that night.

(It was also a pretty blazing show).

‘Honey’ was recorded in the winter of 2002 at Miner Street studios (when it was located in Manayunk, Philly) with our longtime pal Brian McTear engineering and Thom Monahan producing. It was our first of two releases for the Yep Roc label, and the first time we hit the road at length, touring the U.S. with bands like Centro-Matic, Bobby Bare Jr., the Waxwings, and Los Straitjackets.

There were nice reviews, a World Café appearance, a local TV appearance, semi-fancy dinners charged to record company expense accounts… we even stayed in hotels with ice machines a couple-few times.

Those were the party days, people.

And we will endeavor to re-live them to the best of our abilities September 8.

Call the babysitter. It’s gonna be a rager.

And keep it locked to, and our Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube pages in the coming weeks as we take a trip down memory lane with some nostalgia from the ‘Honey’ era.

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."

So maybe you want to watch a video of The Bigger Lovers sitting around Bret’s living room talking about the night Scott totaled the van en route to the ‘Honey in the Hive’ record release show?

‘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.