The Best Of The Song Of The Day is completed and on it's way to digital stores and streaming services everywhere.
With the band back in the US (a couple of them went to Ireland, remember?), they regrouped to revisit, remix, and remaster 44 of the most popular and best geek-rock songs from the band's TheSongOfTheDay.com project. That's 12%of a year’s worth of music, man.
Here's the official story behind the double album:
Beatnik Turtle, dubbed “remarkably prolific and fiercely independent rock group” by NPR, has created 19 albums and produced countless compositions for TV, commercials, films, podcasts, and theater productions (including Disney, Viacom, and Chicago’s world-famous Second City). But in 2007, they decided to take on a major creative challenge: release one original song for every day of the year. They succeeded, and the result was 365 songs totaling 14 hours 57 minutes and 22 seconds of music that crossed genres, topics, and styles, all based on their horn-powered geek rock sound.
Beyond the hundreds of thousands of song plays the project generated from it’s TheSongOfTheDay.com site, many of their songs found lives of their own outside of the project. For example, their song and video for “Star Wars (A Film Like No Other)” got played in heavy rotation at StarWars.com and AtomFilms, culminating in SpikeTV highlighting and broadcasting the music video in 2008. Other songs were licensed to documentaries and other creative works, featured on radio stations, videos, and played on podcasts all over the world.
After their massive project finished on December 31st of 2007, ending nearly two years of constant in-studio work and songwriting sessions, Beatnik Turtle decided to take some time off -- a month. Once February of 2008 hit, they were right back at it in the studio recording what was to become their award-winning celtic rock album of Irish pub songs, Sham Rock.
Since 2008, the band continued to produce. Beyond writing, recording, and releasing new, original music via the Web, Beatnik Turtle took on many other projects, including releasing three music business books with major publishers (Macmillan, Random House) -- including the second edition of The Indie Band Survival Guide (Remixed and Remastered) -- traveling to Europe to perform, composing commissioned theme songs for TV shows, and, of course, writing even more music.
With The Best Of The Song Of The Day, the band wanted to take the time to revisit fan favorites from the project and give the music the studio time and mastering the very best songs deserved. In this album, you’ll find 44 fan and band favorites. But it’s not just a remastered album -- Beatnik Turtle went back to the studio to revisit the songs, energize them with new vocals, additional instrumentation, and other parts that they always wanted to include but didn’t have time to during the brutal schedule the project demanded. This album allowed them the freedom to go back to the masters and “put on the polish” that some of top and most popular songs deserved.
The result is The Best Of The Song Of The Day, containing songs about machines trying to take over the world, odes to coffee and going commando, a nine part rock opera about ordering a pizza, and much, much more.
Buy the best of a year's worth of music, all in one double album: “One band. One year. 365 songs. 44 of the best. 12% of a year’s worth of music.”