Happy Hanson Day!

That’s right, today marks twelve years since the release of Middle of Nowhere. This important date was declared Hanson Day in Tulsa by Oklahoma’s then-governor Frank Keating, and fans have been celebrating on May 6 ever since. Hanson wrote this in the band’s blog:

Well today is Hanson Day! We are back in the studio today after taking a little break for the release of the Tinted Windows album. We figure the best way we can celebrate is by recording. The real celebration for us is going to take place on the 15th and 16th of this month at the members only event in Tulsa.

Have a great day, and thank you for being awesoem [sic] fans!

Here is a video of an acoustic performance of the song that started it all, Mmmbop. Ah, nostalgia.


May 6, 2009 Posted by | Hanson | | Leave a comment

Tinted Windows Releases Debut Album

Tinted Windows It’s been a couple months since the world first heard about Tinted Windows, the supergroup comprised of Taylor Hanson, James Iha of Smashing Pumpkins, Adam Schlesinger of Fountains of Wayne and Bun E. Carlos of Cheap Trick. That might seem like an unlikely combination, but it’s not as odd as it appears. In an interview with Spin, Adam explains that he first became friends with Taylor in 1996 while Hanson was working on Middle of Nowhere. Years later, Adam attended one of Hanson’s songwriting retreats in Tulsa, and the two sat down and wrote the group’s first song, “Take Me Back.” Guitarist James Iha, who co-owns a recording studio with Adam, became involved, and the trio started searching for a drummer. Thinking it was a long shot, they decided to get in touch with Cheap Trick drummer Bun E. Carlos, who liked the music and agreed to take part.

Since then, the group has performed at SXSW and released a self-titled debut album, which they are busy promoting. On Tuesday night, they appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman and performed their single, “Kind Of A Girl.” They are scheduled to appear on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon tonight.

Taylor told Rolling Stone that the group aims to deliver “lots of guitars, pure songs and simple production.” It’s fun, catchy pop music that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Here is the video for “Messing With My Head”:

Meanwhile, Taylor’s other group, Hanson, is hard at work at their next album and will be touring in the fall. You can follow Hanson on Twitter for updates.

April 23, 2009 Posted by | Hanson, Music | Leave a comment

And I’m Back

It’s been a while since I posted, but now that I have a working computer I’m going to try to post more often. So, some updates…

On May 3, I’ll be participating in Project Bread’s Walk for Hunger. If you would like to make a donation, you can do so here. It’s my first year doing the walk, so I’m looking forward to it.

Exciting news: Joss Whedon announced plans for a Dr. Horrible sequel. According to Sci Fi Wire, there is a possibility that it could end up being a feature film, but nothing has been decided yet.

More exciting news: On Tuesday, Tinted Windows released their self-titled debut album, which you can stream here. As a longtime Hanson fan, it’s really cool to see Taylor collaborating with different artists. I’ll write more in a separate post.

I’ll end with a video by Matt and Kim, who I had a chance to see when they opened for Cut Copy at the House of Blues (formerly Avalon) in Boston last month. I don’t think I’ve seen a pair of musicians more enthusiastic than these two. The crowd was equally energetic and started moshing, prompting me to move to a quieter corner of the venue, but it was still a fun show. Kim, whose family was present, told the audience about how her brother, a DJ, used to sneak her out of the house to go to Avalon when she was younger. Here is the video for Daylight:

Also, happy belated Earth Day!

April 23, 2009 Posted by | Hanson, Movies, Music, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Tinted Windows

Rumors have been floating around that Taylor Hanson, James Iha of Smashing Pumpkins, Adam Schlesinger of Fountains of Wayne and Bun E. Carlos of Cheap Trick are forming a “supergroup” called Tinted Windows. Born to Rock & Roll and The Daily Swarm wrote blog posts about the side project earlier this week, and Tulsa World attempted to contact Hanson’s publicist but was unable to confirm the rumor. In a post on Hanson’s blog, Taylor announced that the rumors are indeed true. Taylor writes:

First off, we hoped to be the first to officially tell you guys about it on hnet, but there was a mixup…anyways. Over the last couple years, Adam Schlesinger from fountains of Wayne and James Iha have been working on this project – We first met Adam years ago when we were making Middle Of Nowhere. So the deal is a band that I am mostly taking the vocals on, with James and Adam on bass and guitar, as well as the legendary drummer Bun E Carlos of cheap trick. All of us have just sort of made time for the creation of the album when we could over the last couple years, and now it is going to be coming out, with all the trimmings.

It is a fun thing that is musically different but i think (hope) you will dig. We will premier it at sxsw this year, and we will be telling you guys more about what will be happening with it as it rolls out.

For me and the other guys in the group this is a great project that is an addition to who we are in our core bands.

This is exciting news, and I am looking forward to hearing their album. Hanson fan club members can read more here.

February 18, 2009 Posted by | Hanson, Music | , , , , | Leave a comment

Taylor Hanson and Natalie Have Fourth Child

Taylor Hanson and his wife Natalie

And the Hanson family keeps growing!

Taylor Hanson, 25, and his wife Natalie, 24, welcomed their fourth child, Viggo Moriah, on Tuesday, December 9, 2008. The couple told PEOPLE, “Viggo is doing great. He is the perfect early Christmas gift. We look forward to being home to enjoy the holidays with him and his very excited brothers and sister.”

The newest Hanson baby will have plenty of company, including siblings Ezra, 6, River, 2, and Penelope, 3. The baby’s cousins include Isaac and Nikki’s sons Everett, 1, and Monroe, 5 months, and Zac and Kate’s son Shepherd, 6 months.

According to PEOPLE, Hanson is planning to head back into the studio and release a new album by the summer.

December 10, 2008 Posted by | Hanson | | Leave a comment

Hanson: Foxboro 10/19/08

The Walk Around The World Tour (from night was a reminder that no matter how I feel on the day of a Hanson concert, I can’t be anything but insanely happy once Isaac, Taylor and Zac walk out onto the stage. It’s been a little over a year since my last Hanson concert (Philadelphia, 9/27/07). Over the past 11 years, I have continued to be amazed by Hanson’s passion, talent and dedication to the music and their fans, and the show in Foxboro on Sunday night did not disappoint. The set list was amazing, Hanson seemed to be having a blast, and nothing can match the energy of a room full of Hanson fans singing along to a band we’ve been following for over a decade. After opening with a few upbeat songs, Hanson toned it down a notch and played a beautiful acoustic set. Taylor took the opportunity to share some of his experiences traveling to Africa and introduced a song based on his trip. Several times throughout the show, Taylor thanked the fans who took part in the walk and urged the audience to take action to fight poverty in Africa. After Zac and Isaac’s solos, Hanson launched into Yearbook, which was introduced into their set last year and was definitely one of the highlights of the night. Other highlights included Get Up and Go, Blue Sky, and SoulShine, an amazing cover that I hadn’t heard before. For the encore, the two opening bands, Everybody Else and Dave Barnes, joined Hanson onstage for Long Way to the Top. One of the guys did a handstand, Taylor jumped off of his piano, the crowd went crazy and most of the fans probably lost their voices. It was a great end to a memorable night.

Here is the set list (taken from here):

1. Somethin Goin’ Round
2. Hole in my Life (cover)
3. Great Divide
4. Get Up and Go
5. Follow Your Lead
6. Higher (cover)
7. Penny and Me (acoustic)
8. Deeper (acoustic)
9. Lay Me Down (acoustic)
10. Where Did It Start (Zac solo)
11. Everyday (Isaac Solo)
12. Yearbook (acoustic)
13. Blue Sky
14. Minute Without You
15. Can’t Stop
16. SoulShine (cover)
17. Running Man
18. Been There Before
19. MMMBop
20. Cried
21. If Only
22. Hey

23. Long Way to the Top (w/ Everybody Else & Dave Barnes)

October 20, 2008 Posted by | Hanson, Music | , | Leave a comment

Another reason to love Kimya Dawson

I just listened to Kimya Dawson‘s 2004 album Hidden Vagenda for the first time, and I was pleasantly surprised to hear a Hanson reference in one of the songs. Being a Hanson fan, I thought this was pretty awesome and it makes me love Kimya Dawson even more. Here are the 5 Years lyrics describing Kimya’s crush on Isaac Hanson:

and i said “nick although you’re handsome, i’ll hold out for isaac hanson,
and he’ll get his braces back when i become his wife”
me and hanson will go dancing, me and hanson true romance
me and hanson take a chance, lock the door it’s party time
all our babies will be born november seventeenth i’m sure
and we’ll get a cookiepuss from the local carvel store
then our brothers will come over for a big game of red rover
everybody holding hands, break the chain, break the chain

For those who don’t know, November 17th is Isaac Hanson’s birthday. Yes, I know way too much about Hanson, and apparently Kimya does too. Anyway, I love the album even without the Hanson mention. Her music comes across as very sincere and quirky, and I wish I caught her set when I went to see Ani DiFranco last month. If anyone is in or near Philadelphia, you can see her next weekend (August 15-17) at the Philadelphia Folk Festival. She’ll also be at the End of the Road Festival in the UK in September.

You can find mp3s of some of Kimya’s songs at her website here.

August 9, 2008 Posted by | Hanson, Music | , | Leave a comment

Hanson Updates: Tour dates and the newest Hanson baby

As most Hanson fans are probably aware of by now, Hanson has announced dates for The Walk Around The World Tour. They will be starting their eight-week tour of the U.S. and Canada in September 2008. The list of tour dates can be found at If anyone is planning on going to any shows, post it in the comments!

People Magazine has a brief article on the upcoming tour and the band’s efforts to raise awareness about poverty and AIDS in Africa. Hanson will continue to hold walks before each concert, and fans are encouraged to start their own walks. For each mile walked, Hanson will donate a dollar to one of five causes. Go here to learn more about The Walk Around The World Campaign.

In other news, Isaac and Nikki had their second baby, James Monroe Hanson, on July 1, 2008. The newest Hanson will go by his middle name, Monroe.

Isaac told People Magazine that he is excited to watch Monroe and Everett grow up together and that “two little boys is going to be twice the fun.” That makes a total of six kids for Zac, Taylor and Isaac so far!

July 21, 2008 Posted by | Hanson, Music | , , , | Leave a comment

Zac Hanson and his wife Kate have baby

Zac and Kate had their first baby, John Ira Shepherd Hanson, on Tuesday May 27, 2008. Following family tradition, the baby will go by his middle name, Shepherd.

Zac told People Magazine, “There is not an audience or concert that could ever stand up to the feeling of meeting your baby for the first time.”

The proud parents haven’t released any photos of Shepherd yet, although fake pictures (and fake baby registries) have been floating around. Zac explained on the band’s blog, “We are so happy that he is finally here, and when the time comes we will show him off proudly, but for the moment know that all of his pictures are in an air tight underwater vault.”

Other Hanson kids include Taylor and Natalie’s children, Ezra, Penelope and River, and Issac and Nikki’s son Everett. According to People Magazine, Isaac and Nikki are expecting their second child in June 2008. Who else thinks that Hanson is building an army and planning to take over the world? Or maybe the little Hansons will start their own band?

I’m glad the arrival of the newest Hanson has been deemed newsworthy by People Magazine, but I hope non-fans won’t be left with the impression that the Hanson brothers are putting their music careers on hold to raise children. As I mentioned in an earlier post, Hanson will be touring again in fall 2008, although dates have not yet been announced. While I wouldn’t blame them for taking some time off, I don’t think they would stop making music and playing shows if they had enough babies to fill a tour bus.

June 3, 2008 Posted by | Hanson | , , | Leave a comment

Hanson to tour again this fall

I found out from the Hanson Livejournal community that Hanson will be touring again this fall. They sent out this newsletter to fans:

Thank you so much to everyone who come out over the course of the Walk Tour this spring. We had a lot of fun playing those shows and felt really blown away by the amount of people who joined us on the walks. The amount of people who came out to each walk was almost double on average from the first walks we did last year. We have big plans for this summer, and hope that The Walk is only the beginning.

We are planning on getting back on the road in the US this fall, and plan on touring in Europe at the same time. We will let you know more as all the details come together.

Isaac, Taylor, Zac

Apparently they’ve figured out how to clone themselves and will be touring two continents at once! Woohoo!

May 21, 2008 Posted by | Hanson, Music | | Leave a comment

And so it begins

Antithodoxy = antithesis + orthodoxy

Credit for this silly yet brilliant word combination goes to Taylor Hanson. In the second episode of Hanson’s Taking The Walk podcast, Taylor exclaimed, “Forget ‘The Walk’…the new title of the album is ‘Hanson: Antithodoxy…slash hot dog flavored water!'” And that is how antithodoxy came to be.

I created this blog to discuss current events, books, movies, music, and whatever else interests me and the other bloggers. Some discussion of Hanson will, of course, be included.

May 15, 2008 Posted by | Hanson | | Leave a comment