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Stephen Steinbrink's Condensed Nothing Available to Order From Holy Page Records

When I interviewed Stephen Steinbrink and Christian Filardo for this a column in this week's paper about Kickstarter, I had no idea that they had teamed up for Condensed Nothing, a new cassette from Steinbrink issued on Filardo's Holy Page Records label.

Drawing on recordings made between December 5-23, the cassette represents the three recording from Steinbrink in just under a year, following Rennett, and Desert Wasn't Welcome, which is to say, the guy records an awful lot.

If you're a follower of Steinbrink's music, you know what to expect -- flowing, oddly tuned electric guitars, funky accompaniment, and Steinbrink's singular voice. You can listen to the song beyond the jump.

Condensed Nothing finds Steinbrink in a distinctly pop-focused mode (pretty much a given when Culture Club is mentioned in promo materials), with plenty of piano to help give the proceedings a kind of stately, lonesome feel.

The record comes just as Steinbrink heads out a short tour with Key Losers.

SHOWS w/ Key Losers and the Finches

January 4th, 2012 Los Angeles CA, - The Smell 247 S. Main St

January. 6th, 2012 Irvine, CA - UC Irvine Campus www.acrobaticseveryday.com w/ Foot Foot

January 7th, 2012 Long Beach, CA - Speakeasy Art Gallery 1679 W. 9th St w/ Pageants

January 8th, 2012 Isla Vista, CA - BIKO 6612 Sueno

No longer w/ Key Losers and the FInches

January 10th, 2012 Phoenix, AZ - Funny World w/ Arrington de Dionysio, Sungsang

You can pick up the cassette from Holy Page Records.

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Jason P. Woodbury is a music and pop-culture writer based in Phoenix. He is a regular contributor to the music blog Aquarium Drunkard and co-host of the Transmissions podcast.