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Praise for Joe Norkus EP from Shuffle Magazine

EP, the new release from Embarrassing Fruits frontman Joe Norkus, is out now.  The excellent new collection of Norkus solo material just received a glowing review from Shuffle Magazine.  We could agree more:

Joe Norkus — EP (Trekky)
Every once in a while, a record comes along that redefines an artist by simply refining and highlighting the things that made them great. The debut solo effort from Embarrassing Fruits guitarist Joe Norkus is such an album. Norkus has always written catchy indie rock songs replete with clever wordplay and ironic detachment. But EP strips back the thick-as-Pavement distortion, allowing Norkus’ words and melodies to shine through. Guitars tangle and unravel with remarkable nuance as Norkus drops his typically mumbling delivery for a warmingly dry croon. “I’m tired of writing songs that no one will hear,” Norkus sings on the Buddy Holly-esque “Last Night.” With the right exposure, EP may well allay his concerns. (JL)

Order your copy of the limited-edition CD here
Or download the album via Joe’s bandcamp

Joe Norkus Live:
6/29 – Chapel Hill, NC @ The Cave

Joe Norkus EP Out Now!

Embarrassing Fruits’ Joe Norkus has been quietly assembling an EP of solo tunes in various bedrooms and home studios over the past few months, and the collection is out now on Trekky Records. Long known for his love of guitar-based “slacker rock”, Norkus here lets many more influences shine through, harnessing more atmosphere and space to let his songs breathe. Collaborating with Josh Kimbrough and Peter Lewis of Butterflies, Norkus creates biting, sad and dryly hilarious jangle pop anthems that explore the struggles of balancing artistic ambition with the seemingly inescapable weight of “real life”. These are feelings that ring true for anyone who punches the clock but doesn’t feel defined by their 9-to-5.

Listen to the first track from the EP, “Call You Up” below:

MP3: Joe NorkusCall You Up [from the EP EP]

Pick up your copy of the limited edition CD from the Trekky Online Store here.
Or, if you’re digitally inclined, stream and download the EP here.

Joe Norkus of Embarrassing Fruits to release solo EP

Embarrassing FruitsJoe Norkus has been quietly assembling an EP of solo tunes in various bedrooms and home studios over the past few months, and the collection will be released on Trekky Records on May 22, 2012. Long known for his love of guitar-based “slacker rock”, Norkus here lets many more influences shine through, harnessing more atmosphere and space to let his songs breathe. Collaborating with Josh Kimbrough and Peter Lewis of Butterflies, Norkus creates biting, sad and dryly hilarious jangle pop anthems that explore the struggles of balancing artistic ambition with the seemingly inescapable weight of “real life”. These are feelings that ring true for anyone who punches the clock but doesn’t feel defined by their 9-to-5. You can listen to the EP, simply titled EP, now and limited edition CD copies will be available on May 22. Joe Norkus will also appear live, with a full band featuring members of Midtown Dickens, Butterflies and Jenny Besetzt, this Sunday at Nightlight in Chapel Hill. You can ALSO download the first single from the EP, “Call You Up” below:

MP3: Joe NorkusCall You Up [from the EP EP]

Joe Norkus offers free Halloween EP



Embarrassing Fruits
‘ Joe Norkus continues his prolific history of amazing, free, home-recorded music with a new Halloween EP, titled Hollerin’ Haints, available now for free download. Yes, he was a few days late on this, but who says you can’t celebrate your holidays anachronistically? Enjoy these seven eerie new songs, and if you’re hollerin’ for more, check out Joe’s classic Livin’ in the Wrong Times and Digital Hiss, also available for free from Trekky’s arch-nemesis label, Sufficient Records.

Also, check out the video for “Casper” from Hollerin’ Haints, composed of public domain footage from the golden age of American culture:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hkvuWZ8WlKg

Embarrassing Fruits’ Joe Norkus releases free music online

Embarrassing Fruits‘ Joe Norkus just released Community / Exploitation with his proper band, but he just can’t stop recording things here at Trekky Headquarters, so he’s begun releasing solo material under his given name. He borrowed a digital 8-track recorder about a week ago and now we have the Digital Hiss EP available for free download online. You can also stream it on his MySpace page. While you’re there, check out his other free online releases, Livin’ in the Wrong Times and Covers.