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Daydream Radio is Smiling Static

Daydream Radio is Smiling Static
Liner Notes

Whether you saw us at an all-ages show in a church basement, a beer-soaked dive bar, a jam-packed house party, a random college ballroom, or a crazy outdoor show with a million other bands, this album is for you. With your help, every Ultimate Fakebook show became a party.

Our party officially ended in 2003, but five years later, we got together to play a friend’s birthday show and a benefit. That was fun. Then our pals in Motion City Soundtrack asked us on a special three-night run in Chicago and that was fun too. One more show over this past New Year, and we were starting to get a groove on!

After I heard Bill’s amazing song on the Seven Degrees of Stephen Egerton record a couple months later, I called him up and was like, “What’s up? Wanna make a UFB record?” His reply kind of shocked me.

You see, we’re kind of perfectionists. So when Bill said he’d listened to a lot of the unreleased UFB songs from back in the day and was surprised at how they made sense as an album, I thought he was a little nuts. (When he told me the song order was alphabetical, that thought was all but confirmed.) Then I listened to them and realized he was right.

These songs are from at least four different sessions. The first batch were supposed to be on the major-label follow up to This Will Be Laughing Week that never happened. We saved some of our favorites and purposely didn’t put them on Open Up and Say Awesome. The others were sessions of new stuff recorded in 2003. They were supposed to come out on the record that was to follow the Before We Spark EP.

After a little bit of space, we heard them with new ears and thought “Why didn’t we ever put these out?”

It’s not perfect. Rock n’ roll never is. Normally, we would have fixed some things—performances, specific parts, lyrics… (I’m looking at you, “Bitter Doll!”) But there is a certain charm and honesty to this stuff. It sounds really fresh now, like a radio broadcast from another, less cynical time and place. We came to the realization that it’s kind of our “lost” record. Why not give people a peek into our process?

Since This Will Be Laughing Week came out 10 years ago this month and since there’s also a pretty strong lyrical summer theme going on here, we thought, why not just put these songs out right now? Bill added the brand new title track just a couple of weeks ago and it wraps up the album on a kind of nostalgic note that really ties this collection together. Hopefully, everyone who listens will get that same wistful feeling.

Then again, if you’re new to Ultimate Fakebook, maybe you’ll just dig the songs on their own terms like we do.

Anyway, it was a last-minute decision to put the record out now and give it away as a free mp3 download. If you want to burn a CD, you can do that too, but we loved the idea of getting it out there as quick and painless as possible. It’s our gift to you.

Our friend Kliph mastered it to sound awesome, so crank it up in your car or stereo—don’t just listen to it on crappy computer speakers. We sincerely hope you enjoy the 17 Ultimate Fakebook songs that we like to call Daydream Radio is Smiling Static. Thanks for being the coolest fans ever.

Eric Melin, July 2010

Comments (11)

BentonJuly 27th, 2010 at 8:36 pm

Love it. uhm, you guys know we will never be satisfied, and will always want MORE UFB. Thanks for bringing it back. Here’s hoping that it keeps coming…

Bill McShaneJuly 27th, 2010 at 8:50 pm

Hey everyone…Bill here. Thanks for coming to this site! Hope you dig the record. You’ll hear more from us soon. But for now, tell us what you think!

WillJuly 28th, 2010 at 6:02 pm

I refused to believe it was real until I got a response from Eric. At that point I went into pure Fanboi mode and downloaded the first song to play in my car. I can’t wait to see you guys live again (hopefully)!

RyanJuly 29th, 2010 at 2:39 pm

Thanks so much for all the wonderful music over the years, including this awesome surprise in the form of Daydream Radio Is Smiling Static. It sounds absolutely fantastic.

Your little vignette video made me tear up a little bit; I saw you in Milwaukee with the Impossibles in 2000, just as This Will Be Laughing Week was coming out, and it was sincerely one of the greatest (and hottest) shows of my life.

Thanks again, guys. We all appreciate it.

Eric MelinJuly 31st, 2010 at 3:19 am

Now I’m tearing up!

bernidamiAugust 4th, 2010 at 10:48 am

I’m a big fan. I love the album “Open Up and Say Awesome”. Cool the song “Wallflower Zero”.Thanks for the album, guys.

Kate from MilwaukeeAugust 4th, 2010 at 11:48 pm

Oh my god, this is what I’ve been waiting for! I used to go to every UFB show in the Midwest that my beat up old station wagon could take me to. I have so many fond memories from those days.. trading winter hats with Nick at the Fireside Bowl in Chicago, singing “Soaked in Cinnamon” with my best friends on stage at the Rave in Milwaukee, and countless road trips blaring Laughing Week on my speakers and screeching falsetto at the top of my lungs. My heart broke when UFB ended and seeing that this is out here is a huge band-aid! Thank you guys so much for this. Hopefully I’ll see you at a beer-soaked dive bar soon. xoxo

ChadAugust 13th, 2010 at 4:18 pm

What a record…!

SethAugust 20th, 2010 at 3:11 am

I randomly searched for UFB to see what you all were up to and found this! Love it. Makes me think of such good times at the M-shop and all around the Midwest. Hope to see you guys out soon!

erikAugust 23rd, 2010 at 1:42 am

Wow. Same as Seth. So many great shows. The highlight of course was the show in storm lake Iowa where I joined you guys on stage, and sang a few songs! I never got tired of being mistakfor being nick! Enjoyed nick at every ful show u guys were at calling me his brother! Thanks for every fond memory, and here’s to more to come!

Lisa Marie DeadlyAugust 28th, 2010 at 1:55 am

Cannot tell you how cool it is to have something “new” from UFB! UFB is the soundtrack to so many great memories…working the “rockbox” at shows at the Bottleneck and racing down the highway to Manhattan or the Hurricane in KC to see them again the next night. My heart still skips a beat when “Little Apple Girl” pops up on my ipod. I’ll be a diehard fan forever. Hope this means a tour is on the way! :)

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