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Heartbreak Hits – Theo Katzman's Second LP
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It was winter 2015, and I was living on a mountain in east Los Angeles.

I was listening to "The Convincer" by Nick Lowe, and "Glass Houses" by Billy Joel. I was staying up late, watching that 3-hour Netflix doc about the Eagles, over and over. I was collecting strange looks as I sat in traffic, blasting Third Eye Blind's first album out of the windows of my newly purchased, delightfully used Honda. Somehow, the mixture of classic rock songwriting and pre-teen Emo angst was making me feel like I was onto something.

I was in a "zone," man.

I started writing songs, and found myself exploring different angles of letdown/loss of expectation/heartbreak: My own personal experiences, as well as the extrapolation of those experiences into my imagination. 

I began to wonder, "what is 'rock and roll' anyway?"

Maybe it's Weezer. Maybe it's Wilco. Maybe she's born with it...Maybe it's Maybelline. 

I went to Ann Arbor later that summer and recorded rhythm tracks for 10 songs in producer Tyler Duncan's home studio. Then I took the tracks back to LA and recorded vocals and overdubs in my attic. One day I got a phone call from Tyler saying that he'd just purchased an old VCR machine at a thrift store. "I think I wanna mix the record to VHS tape," he said.

To which I responded: "HELL YES."

A year and a half later, the album is finished. I never did find out the answer to my question about rock and roll, but I ended up making a record that I'm really proud of. I like it so much, in fact, I bought a thousand copies. And now you can too.

I hope you enjoy listening to it:)

LOVE, --Theo

THE PLAYERS...

   

THE TANK TOP

 

THE ALBUM COVER

 

 

Risks and challenges

The album is being printed as I write this. AND, I'm finally mature enough to get myself to the post office (or to join Stamps.com). SO, If all goes according to plan, everybody should have their Vinyl, Tank Tops, and CD's by February. Rock on!!

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    Your own songwriting journal, with handwritten lyrics to the Heartbreak Hit of your choice on the first page, as well as my recommended reading list for creative process inspiration, and a 1mm gel roller pen (my favorite!). You can use it to write your own song ideas down, or as a regular journal/diary (plus all rewards listed above).

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    A solo performance of "Heartbreak Hits," and a few other songs from my catalog, in your living room. You'll have to cover my travel expenses beyond a 3-hour driving distance from Los Angeles (plus all rewards listed above).

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