Sunday, December 04, 2011


Annie recording her new song "Amber's Getting Married" with the 60s Pop, Rock & Soul PBS special on TV.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

IKEA bass line

Mark and Steven are working on a new song called "IKEA."

Friday, November 11, 2011

Caffe Frascati

The Tonics discuss their plans to conquer the San Jose music scene.

Saturday, November 05, 2011


Is what the new song is going to sound like. Mark and Steven continued to work on the chords and melody. They also practiced some vocal harmonies on several Beatles songs and played through "Amaj7," "I Wish My Name Were Snoopy," and another song Mark wrote recently.

More intriguingly, the band rehearsed some of their old songs, including "Neanderthal," "Mean Song," "Telegraph Avenue," "Mad Men," "Distance," "Apart," and "Love Makes People Stupid." I was particularly pleased when they ran through "Neon Phosphor."

"This is beginning to look like Tonics circa 2005. Are we going to see a new album soon?"----Wrong, the Tonics weren't going to make it circa 2005.

"I heard a rumor that the Tonics are going to turn into an a cappella group."----That's not a rumor. You've confused us with the Harvard Din and Tonics.

Wednesday, November 02, 2011


Steven and Mark worked on a new song, "South Pasadena." It's going to have tempo changes.

"Are the Tonics going prog?"----No, that's a job for Sculpted Static, who are no longer with us.

"Wait... is there going to be a new Tonics album???"----Actually, it's going to be an old album, from 1989.

"Are you referring to Steven's '1989' album project?"----No, I was referring to Doolittle.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Ten years

"I heard you're playing at your high school reunion!!!!!! Are we finally going to hear a live performance of 'Heart of Darkness'?"----No. You'll probably hear songs like "Music" by Madonna and "Bye Bye Bye" by *NSYNC. It'll trip you down memory lane. And true to the spirit of 2001, we won't be playing.

"If they actually finished Chinese Democracy and released Duke Nukem Forever, that means the mythical second Tonics album shouldn't be far behind, right??"----Wrong. That means we're going to be playing Duke Nukem Forever.

"How about the rumors that you'll be releasing a 10th anniversary edition of 'The Lorax'?"----Actually, it's been 40 years since it was released. And we're not releasing it. It'll probably come from Random House.