Keely Endorses Blue Ballpoint Pens on “The Century of Self”

centuryNEW YORK, New York (AP) — Artistically eccentric …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead frontman Conrad Keely is poised to shake the art establishment and break down music industry stereotypes with the artwork for his band’s new album “The Century of Self”, done entirely in blue ballpoint pen.

Trail of Dead’s sixth full-length studio album isn’t due to be released until February 17th, but that didn’t stop Keely from vociferously defending his album art months ahead of any potential mainstream criticism. “It’s my favorite medium,” he said of blue ballpoint pens. “I can’t for the life of me understand why artists and critics don’t take it seriously. It’s art in its purest form.” In an interview …

University of Texas Awards Jason Reece with Honorary MBA

utexasAUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The University of Texas at Austin made history on Monday by presenting long-time Austin resident, business investor, and mainstream musician Jason Reece with an honorary Master of Business Administration degree, the first such honor bestowed upon a non-Texas native in the school’s illustrious 125 year history.

University of Texas President William Powers presented Reece with the degree at an intimate ceremony just outside the McCombs School of Business. In his remarks, Powers made reference to the historic nature of the presentation and paid tribute to Reece’s long-standing relationship with Austin’s business community. “Whether it’s with his timeless music, fearless entrepreneurial spirit, or consummate and enduring kinship, Jason Reece has been a respected and valued member of …

“Festival Thyme” Release Show Marks Symbolic Transition

generationNEW YORK, New York (AP) — Far-travelling alt-rockers …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead will make history this Tuesday with an appearance at New York’s Generation Records; it’s their first record release show outside of Austin since the band’s inception.

“It’s sad,” said band member turned small business investor Jason Reece in a press release. “I think, in a way, in its own way, it’s symbolic. It kinda confirms that we’re no longer a fully-fledged Austin band. We’re a band with multiple home bases. Austin, New York, Nashville, Afghanistan– we have band members all over the place. I don’t think it will ever be the same.” Since Trail of Dead was officially formed in 1994, each …

Keely Bucking for Final Fantasy Job with New Album Art

finalfantasyNEW YORK, New York (AP) — Polished album cover bon vivant and regular …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead contributor Conrad Keely has admitted he would be prepared to consider a change in careers should his series of original CG booklet art ever pique the interest of Square Enix Company executives.

A longtime admirer of Square Enix’s Final Fantasy series, Keely confirmed in a recent interview he may be ready to move on from his full-time musical career given the proper situation. “It wouldn’t be easy to step away,” he acknowledged, “and it certainly wouldn’t be a decision I’d take lightly, but everyone has dreams, ambitions, whatever, and this would most definitely fulfill one of mine.” …

New Trail of Dead Album Likely to Be Delayed for Months

todNEW YORK, New York (AP) — Despite recent reports of finality, bohemian Texas troubadours …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead now appear poised to delay the release of their newest album for several months, citing a crowded New Year release slate.

The as-of-yet untitled follow-up to 2006’s critically unacclaimed “So Divided” had been penciled in by band members and management for an early January release, but financial uncertainty and looming industry turmoil has forced the band’s burgeoning self-financed label, Richter Scale Records, to reconsider their bearings and hastily scribble-erase the penciled “January” in favor of the more frugal “to be determined”. Recurring Trail of Dead frontman and apparent Richter Scale Records Chairman Conrad Keely tried his …

Newly Liberated Trail of Dead to Headline Austin’s FFFF

fff2AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Transcendental Texas treasures …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead will emerge from their catacombs this November long enough to headline the third edition of Austin’s Fun Fun Fun Festival.

Over the past few months, the reclusive Austin alt-rockers have been penning a new full-length album under the direction of multiple mid-level producers with the intent to release independently inside six months. The new album looks set to be the first release on the bands own, freshly-established Justice Records imprint, Richter Scale Records. Serial frontman and primary band protagonist Conrad Keely spoke of his pending excitement in a recent candid interview with local Texas public access television station channel Austin. “We’re all looking …

New, Independent Trail of Dead Album Due in September

superball2AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Longtime indie heroes …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead stand poised to return to their roots this September with the worldwide release of an as-of-yet untitled album through a smattering of independent labels.

Trail of Dead multi-instrumentalist and band spokesman Jason Reece hailed the return to independent labels as a “liberating experience” and concluded it would be the masterstroke of the band’s career-revitalizing pièce de résistance. “It feels great,” culled a typically idealistic Reece. “Having behind-the-scenes things sorted has really allowed us to push forward. The last few years with Interscope felt like we were sailing into the wind or plodding up a steep slope with people rolling giant boulders down on …

Trail of Dead Rebuff American Festivals in Favor of Europe

lollapalooza2AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Festival-faring favorites …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead have declined several offers to play two of this summer’s largest American music festivals, preferring instead to save themselves for the larger European festivals.

The Texas-based vagabonds reportedly turned down incentive-laden offers from two of the most prominent American festivals, Chicago’s Lollapalooza and Austin’s own Austin City Limits Festival, to leave the door open for potential appearances during the summer’s European festival run. While completed lineups for the biggest European festivals have already been in place for several months, Trail of Dead focal point and lyrical frontrunner Conrad Keely feels cancellations are inevitable and hopes his band will be called on to make a …

ToD Consider Releasing Digital Greatest Hits Album

eagles2AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Enduring Texas-bred hit factory …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead are in advanced talks with several major online music retailers over the possible release of a digital greatest hits compilation after finding inspiration in an unlikely source, greatest hits champions Eagles.

Many high profile industry insiders had predicted a greatest hits or best of compilation on the horizon for Trail of Dead after their split with long-time providers Interscope Records, but part-frontman Jason Reece revealed the process was never that cut and dry. “We decided a while back when Interscope [Records] came to us and said they wanted to do a ‘best of’ physical release that we weren’t into it. Nobody wants …