Another, the new album by the Human Hearts, is out now on Shrimper Records. CDs, and a double 10" vinyl edition designed by graphic novelist David Heatley, are for sale here. Digital downloads are available from Midheaven, Amazon, and iTunes.
From Robert Christgau's Expert Witness review: "Franklin Bruno knows pop ... My favorites on this consistently and straightforwardly songful album are the rocking 'Cheap Sunglasses,' about the girlfriend he saw through, and the rumbaing 'Not Just When We Kiss,' about the one he stuck with."
33 1/3 Book:
My book on Elvis Costello's 1979 album Armed Forces, published in Continuum Books' 33 1/3 series, is still available.
"Loyal Opposition" b/w "Distracted" is a brand-new single by the Human Hearts, featuring vocals by Jenny Toomey (Tsunami, Simple Machines, Future of Music Coalition). Out Nov. 22 on UK pop label WIAIWYA; also available as part of their 7777777 subscription series. Order vinyl or download here.
A download-only EP, anchored by the live favorite "Flag Pin," is available through Bandcamp. All four songs exclusive to this release; no physical version currently planned.
The Accordion Repertoire (Edge Books) is my first full-length collection of poems; copies are available here. From the publisher's description: "Franklin Bruno's poems move through the languages of commerce and philosophy, the forgotten codes of old Hollywood and the radio serial, and the contested spaces of the contemporary city with musicality, anger, and wit."
News and Appearances:
Tue. Oct. 4, 8 pm, NYC: Hi-Fi, 169 Avenue A. Allen Callaci, co-founder of Refrigerator, reading from his new memoir Heart Like a Starfish (Pelekinesis), about life before, during and after his 2012 heart transplant, and singing with the Human Hearts. We'll also play our own set, and St. Lenox (Anyway Records) will open. $10, in advance or at the show; portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Cedars Sinai Heart Institute.