The Best of the Weisstronauts: deluxe LP/CD set out NOW!

The Best of the Weisstronauts: deluxe LP/CD set out NOW!

Control Is In Your Command

Momentous news this week. Still in the throes of a very prolific career, The Weisstronauts (est. 1999) have released a 12-song best of collection this week on gorgeous, deluxe, gatefold vinyl! Control Is In Your Command is a fabulous collection and – as if that weren’t enough on its own – the thing is packaged with a CD that bulks up the song count to a instro-tastic 27 best ofs!1 First 100 copies also include one-of-a-kind hand-drawn art by the band.

Why is this momentous to me, you may well ask? Well, I joined the band in late 2000, just in time to sneak some swingin’ guitar solos onto their first full-length, Featuring “Jaunty.” I was in the band until I moved to Los Angeles in 2005 and played guitar and contributed songs on all installments of the Featuring CD trilogy (the Control Is In Your Command CD features my tune, “Cha Cha Ho.”).

Once I’d settled in L.A., The ‘Nauts were kind enough to make sure not only that I remained an honorary Weisstronaut, sitting in with them whenever I happened to be in the Boston area2, but head ‘Naut Pete Weiss always made sure I was involved in subsequent albums, too. I managed to get some guitar onto each of their long-players and helped to design the artwork for the two In Memphis EPs, their having been recorded live at Ardent Studios.

When the band finally made it to the West Coast for a short tour last month, it was a real treat to be able to join in and play a couple full sets with them on the Southern California dates. Anybody who was at the Molly Malone’s show knows what a fun, musical, and a little bit insane experience the Weisstronauts are. Grab a copy of Control Is In Your Command now! Here’s Pete to tell you more:

1. Since our version of “I’m Black/Ain’t Got No” from the Hair tribute record isn’t on there, I recommend you Spotify it
2. On a particularly memorable occasion I drove to Cambridge after a Matt Nathanson show in Providence, just in time to join in for the last bit of the last set at Toad’s Place, four guitarists crammed on that tiny stage, making a glorious racket.