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Beautiful Californian Failure

by Mollycoddle

It's nigh time for kisses and wine. Love Is is the best song for your Valentine.
Genre: Pop: Swedish Pop/Rock
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1. Love Is
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2. Ms. Crow
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3. Maintain the Tension
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4. She's Down
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5. Physics
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6. Cosmic Dancer
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7. Something
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8. Ordinary Life
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9. Strange Romance
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10. No Warranty
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11. Bee Line
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12. Won't Let You Down
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13. I'll Come Running Back to You
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Album Notes
Buy me. I will love you. I will arrive in the mail and you can open me up. Real mail is so nice. Place my silver surface in your machine and turn me out into your head. Independent is good.

"only the severely suicidal could listen [to this music] without feeling uplifted and warm inside
Eric Schmider simply has one of the best voices on the local scene." "the noise"

"Beautiful Californian Failure," a gorgeous mix of acoustic, sunny pop melodies and Schmider's talent for a clever lyric."
--The Boston Globe

Mollycoddle explore the relationship between passion and nurture in their first release, "Beautiful Californian Failure" (Fall 2004). The disk is as much a series of moments as it is a collection of songs, each one reflecting the intimacies, the promises, and the traumas that have afflicted lovers since love began.

Arriving in Boston in 1993 from Albuquerque, New Mexico, Eric fell into the local folk scene where he soon joined creative forces with singer/songwriter, and musical comedy mastermind Faith Soloway. In the years that followed, Eric acted as musical director, guitarist and co-producer for Soloway's successful series of "Schlock Operas," including the hits "Jesus Has Two Mommies" and "Miss Folk America," both of which played to sellout crowds at Boston's legendary Somerville Theater. At the same time Eric fronted Skinny Tee, a super-pop harmony-driven band that was quickly creating a buzz around Boston when a tragic accident brought the band as well as a chapter in Eric's life to an abrupt end. As with all endings, the accident created a new beginning, laying as it did the emotional groundwork for the evolution of Mollycoddle.

It was October 1998 when Eric and his girlfriend were in a terrible car crash. She broke her back. He became her full-time caregiver. After a slow year of recovery, they moved to Spain to study Flamenco. She danced, and he played guitar.

Eric returned to Boston in 2001 intent on making a record about the interplay between care and love. He recorded with Dave Locke at Squid Hell Studios. Eric and Dave approached each song individually instead of aiming to produce a "type" of record. The result is "Beautiful Californian Failure," music with lyrics as honest as Emo, and a melodic sound similar to T Rex, George Harrison, and Flaming Lips. A bit Lennon lemon sprinkled with some Chet Baker blue. Some tunes roll like a Motown groove, while others drive like California pop. Melody is the fabric of Mollycoddle's music, and this is what makes it different from the beat-box rhythms driving music today.

In addition to Eric on guitar and vocals, Mollycoddle is Jefferson Davis (Amelia White) on drums, Russell Chudnofsky (Confidence Men, Amelia White, and Skypaint) on lead guitar, and Joe Klompus (Amelia White, Jack Drag) on bass. Among the many musicians who appear on the record are Kris Delmhorst, Richard Gates (Paula Cole, The Story), and Nolan McKelvey (The Benders). Mollycoddle performs as a band with complete orchestration or in quieter combinations.

Eric can also be found lying on stage playing guitar for the Dirty Ticket, a local with members from the Pills, the Shods, the Details, and the Mighty Bosstones. The Dirty Ticket is Corin Ashley on bass and vocals, Dave Aaronoff on guitar and vocals, Eric Schmider on Guitar, and Matt Burwell on drums.


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Julie Falatko

This CD makes me happy
We can't stop playing it. I love it, my four-year-old loves it, we're a happy family thanks to Mollycoddle. Each song is a little storybook.


Excellent from start to finish!
Every song on this diverse CD is outstanding! Schmider's rich voice weaves in and out of beautifully choreographed music, and his poetic and thoughtful lyrics leave you staining your ear to hear every word. This is one of those CDs that I would give to just about anyone. Buy it – you won’t be disappointed!!!

Ethan Young

1/2 of my breakup selection
I agree with the previous review--this cd has no weak parts to it. There is plenty of musical variety w/o being helter-skelter, chaotic genre hopping (although I never really minded that in bands like the Flecktones), and it has a consistent lyrical theme of love and relationships: still here, still good, working through problems, gone bad, etc. Together w/Ani Difranco's excellent "Knuckle Down" they are "keeping me company" through a difficult breakup. Too many of the negative songs ring true to my current situation, and too many of the positive songs ring true to my memories. Both cds together get at the deeper truths of being drunk on love and waking up abandoned and lonely with only a nasty hangover to show for it all....and still, as the last track suggests, we keep coming back for more, always with hope that "next time" will have a different, happier (i.e., no) ending.

To me, the two cds together pose this problem: "All relationships are hard work. How do we know when to try harder, and how do we know we need to call it quits?"