Posts Tagged ‘Toh Kay’


At first this record may seem like a cash grab, that is until you realize the circumstances Streetlight Manifesto and Tomas Kalnoky (Toh Kay) have been through during their career. The band and Kalnoky himself have been through the ringer with Victory Records, with lawsuits brought against them and the band and Kalnoky have been screwed out of who knows how much money. So when you see Streetlight Manifesto release a 12″ of their first demo from way back in 2002 on Kalnoky’s own label Pentimento Music Company you should be a bit forgiving.

This demo release came out left field. There were no pre-orders, the band simply promoted it on social media and the records shipped right away. The record is fairly cheap too, especially if you buy it in a bundle with the Bandits Of The Acoustic Revolution – A Call To Arms 12″, which was released at the same time as the Streetlight demo. If you bought the Demo alone it cost $10 (BOTAR 12″ cost the same) before shipping, but if you bought it in the bundle, which cost $16, you obviously save $2. Shipping however, is where the affordable/cheap factor is immediately erased. The cheapeast shipping option The Risc Store (merchant hosted Streetlight Manifesto/Pentimento Music’s web store) is priority mail, which costs just under $9 for a single record or a little over $13 for the bundle.

No idea on the pressing info as it was never released, but all copies of the Demo are pressed on black vinyl. I was fully expecting just the record slid into a standard jacket because of how cheap this release it, but when I opened it up I was pleasantly surprised to discover there is a printed dust sleeve. The dust sleeve is single sided, as one side is blank with the other side having the liner notes in the form of a lengthy note from the band detailing the history of every song.

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The first and only Bandits Of The Acoustic Revolution release, A Call To Arms, was finally pressed on vinyl in 2016. It only took 15 years. The EP was pressed as a 12″ and released by Pentimento Music Company, which is owned by Tomas Kalnoky (BOTAR, Catch 22 and Streetlight Manifesto).

This release came out left field. There were no pre-orders, Streetlight Manifesto simply promoted it on social media and the records shipped right away. The record is fairly cheap too, especially if you buy it in a bundle with the Streetlight Manifesto – Demo 12″, which was released at the same time as the BOTAR record. If you bought A Call To Arms alone it cost $10 (Streetlight release costs the same) before shipping, but if you bought it in the bundle, which cost $16, you obviously save $2. Shipping however, is where the affordable/cheap factor is immediately erased. The cheapeast shipping option The Risc Store (merchant hosted Streetlight Manifesto/Pentimento Music’s web store) is priority mail, which costs just under $9 for a single record or a little over $13 for the bundle.

No idea on the pressing info as it was never released, but all copies of A Call To Arms are pressed on black vinyl. I was fully expecting just the record slid into a standard jacket because of how cheap this release it, but when I opened it up I was pleasantly surprised to discover there is a printed dust sleeve. The dust sleeve has the BOTAR logo on one side along with the track listing, with the other side having the lyrics printed on it.


The first volume in the You By Me series, a series of records featuring Toh Kay and another artist covering each other’s songs, was released on vinyl in 2013, well after it was originally released back in 2010. It was pressed on black vinyl, and compared to Volume 2, has a much cheaper feel. While Volume 2 has a printed dust sleeve with lyrics and liner notes, Volume 1 is stuffed into a regular paper dust sleeve and does not come with an insert or anything of that sort with lyrics and liner notes. There is also no hype sticker on the cover of Volume 1 when there is one on the cover of Volume 2. A download code is included with Volume 1 though. I do not know how many copies were pressed, but I expect a couple thousand at the very least.

Volume 2 features Dan P (Dan Potthast) of MU330 fame. The first side of the record features Toh Kay, who covers (in order) “I’ve Set Sail,” “Downtown,” “I Went In,” “Tornado Joe” and “Got Through Another One.” Side 2 is all Dan P, who covers (in order) “A Moment Of Silence,” “Somewhere In The Between,” “Watch It Crash,” “We Will Fall Together” and The Big Sleep.”

For whatever reason the first volume of The You By Me series is not available from distros or record stores, it’s only available directly from the band/artist/label via their merch store: The Risc Store. This is despite the fact that Volume 2 is available from various distros and other online retailers, even though it, logically, came out after Volume 1.

Toh Kay - You By Me Vol. 1 - Copy

 


The second volume is what could turn out to be a long series of releases featuring Toh Kay and another artist covering each other’s songs, was released in mid August 2014. You By Me Vol. 2 features Toh Kay along with Sycamore Smith, with each contributing three songs. This volume was pressed on black vinyl, with an unknown amount pressed. All copies come with a download card and rather than an insert, a printed dust sleeve is included.

All the volumes in this series have been released on Tomas Kalnocky’s label, Pentimento Music Group. I can’t see any reason why future volumes, should they materialize, would not be released by Pentimento. Volume 2 has Toh Kay covering, in order; “Shantanilly Town,” “The Man With The Skeleton Arms” and “Hokum All Ye Faithful. Sycamore Smith covers “The Hand That Thieves,” “Would You Be Impressed?” and “A Better Place, A Better Time.”

Vol. 1 of this series is also on vinyl, but so far it’s only available fromPentimento. Vol. 2 however, seems to be widely available, with places the likes of Amazon selling copies. I would have picked up Vol. 1, but after shipping it’s just too expensive, especially when you compare it to Vol. 2.


Thomas Kalnoky of Streetlight Manifesto and Catch 22 fame released a solo album under the name Toh Kay entitled Streetlight Lullabies, where he did acoustic versions of Streetlight Manifesto songs. A surprising departure, I know. The album is surprising good, as the songs work well without a horn line.

I do not know how many copies of this album were pressed, but all copies were pressed on black vinyl.


Thomas Kalnoky of Streetlight Manifesto and Catch 22 fame released a solo album under the name Toh Kay, where he did acoustic versions of Streetlight Manifesto songs. A surprising departure, I know. The album is surprising good, as the songs work well without a horn line. This 7″ was released ahead of the full length album to help promote its release. The 7″ features an album track, “We Will Fall Together” and a Bad Religion cover that is a b-side found only on this 7″, “Hooray For Me.”

I do not know how many copies were pressed, but all copies were pressed on black vinyl. It was released by Pentimento Music, Thomas Kalnoky’s label. It’s typical that the label does not release pressing info for any of their releases, and may keep them in print for a long time.