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Casper & the Cookies @ NYC Popfest (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Casper & the Cookies

Casper & the Cookies are now out on tour this July. The band's NYC-area stops include tonight (7/21) at Cake Shop and tomorrow (7/22) performance at Bruar Falls. Opening both dates will be tourmates Everything, Now. Also opening Bruar Falls will be Boy Genius and Knight School.

Athens, Georgia resident Jason NeSmith has been using variations of the Casper moniker for nearly 15 years, and the Cookies have been in existence since 1999. NeSmith was also a touring member of Of Montreal around the time of Satanic Panic in the Attic, and the Cookies share with that band a love of glittery makeup and off-kilter pop. Casper and the Cookies, however, look more to the power pop of Big Star and Cheap Trick for their inspiration. I thought they were great at this year's NYC Popfest. There's video from their performance at the bottom of this post.

Casper's newest record, Modern Silence, came out May 12th on CD through Happy Happy Birthday to Me Records. The vinyl edition was released on July 20th release via People In a Position To Know Records (who are also handing some of the new Wand releases). Details on the record are...

Casper and the Cookies - Modern Silence GATEFOLD 2xLP + 5" lathe cut!: They come in a beautiful, gatefold cover with a different design than the CD. There are only 500 copies made, and only 200 copies are on AUDIOPHILE RED vinyl, in honor of [singer] Jason [NeSmith's] obsession with the Japanese red-vinyl version of Sgt. Peppers and their reputation of being the best sounding version of that album. The first 50 preorders will receive a special clear 5" lathe cut with exclusive songs.

Check out that album art and tracklist below. Two songs off the new record are posted above.

About the upcoming tour, the band writes, "We're planning on keeping you updated with Twitter, sooo if you're out in Tweetyland, and you wanna know what's happening (who knows, there might be a surprise performance or something!!), you can follow us at"

All tour dates, NYC Popfest video, album art and tracklist, below...

Casper & the Cookies
Modern Science tracklist
1. Little King
2. You Love Me
3. Pete Erchick Bicentennial Service Area
4. Sharp!
5. Song Across the Sea
6. Little Lady Larva
7. Cloud of Bees
8. Moldy Flower
9. Meredith
10. New Day Zero
11. Nagoya
12. Keep Talking
13. Sunshine Girl
14. Eulogy for Marcel Marsalis
15. Chocolate Cake and Coffee
16. I Am Happy
17. Your Eyes of Gold
18. I Am Gone

Bonus 5" record...
Casper & the Cookies

Casper & the Cookies - "Sid From Central Park" | NYC Popfest 2009

Casper & the Cookies - 2009 Tour Dates
7/21 - New York, NY - Cake Shop
7/22 - Brooklyn, NY - Bruar Falls
7/23 - Philadelphia, PA - Danger Danger Gallery
7/24 - Washington, DC - Solly's
7/25 - Fredericksburg, VA - Eyeclops Gallery
7/26 - Baltimore, MD - Joe Squared
7/27 - Charlottesville, VA - Twisted Branch
7/29 - Athens, GA - Caledonia Lounge
7/30 - Knoxville, TN - Pilot Light
8/1 - Little Rock, AR - TBA
8/3 - St. Louis, MO - The Firebird
8/4 - Columbia, MO - Mojo's
8/5 - Lawrence, KS - Replay Lounge
8/6 - Des Moines, IA - Vaudeville Mews
8/7 - Minneapolis, MN - Nomad World Pub
8/8 - Ames, IA - Ames Progressive
8/11 - Iowa City, IA - The Mill
8/13 - Madison, WI - The Frequency
8/14 - Chicago, IL - Beat Kitchen
8/15 - Fort Wayne, IN - Bill's City Grill
all shows with Everything, Now!

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