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little chick tsunami

by astroPuppees

Crunchy guitar girl-pop. 3rd CD contains more catchy hook-filled songs(2 with Gin Blossom Jesse Valenzuela). astroPuppees is essentially Kelley Ryan, a one-woman,multi-tracking wiz-kid who constructs infectious pop melodies from the rawest of ingredients.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Over Her Head
3:35 album only
2. Girlfriend In A Box
3:18 album only
3. Electric Chair
3:53 album only
4. Elevator Man
3:19 album only
5. Long As U Love
4:11 album only
6. Little Chick Tsunami
3:54 album only
7. Girl On A Wire
3:29 album only
8. Any More Words
4:17 album only
9. How It Works
3:59 album only
10. Orange
3:43 album only


Album Notes
Recent News:

The 4th astroPuppees CD, "Sugar Beat", is in the final stages of recording and is due for release in late-2004. Recorded by Kelley Ryan in both her Los Angeles Basement Studio and in her new Cottage Studio in Ireland.

17 astroPuppees songs were featured in the documentary film "Man Hunt", which was shown February 13th, 2003 on the Oxygen Channel.

"Long As U Love" was featured in a recent episode of the TV series "Roswell".

"Girl On A Wire" was featured in a recent episode of "Felicity".

"Long As U Love" from little chick tsunami will be featured in the upcoming film Jane White Is Sick And Twisted. This track has also been featured on Santa Monica College KCRW's awesome "Morning Becomes Eclectic" music show.

astroPuppees have recorded Del Shannon's "Drop Down And Get Me" for inclusion in the upcoming Tribute To Del Shannon CD, due for release sometime in 2002. Del's daughter, Kym Wilkerson, sings background on the track. Kym and Tom Petty sang on the original with Del in 1981.

Marti Jones' new CD, My Tidy Doily Dream has 2 new songs co-written by Kelley Ryan. "Always", co-written by Kelley and Marti and featuring Kelley on vocals and "Innocent Kiss", co-written by Kelley and Don Dixon.

"Girl On A Wire" by Swan Dive, (written by Kelley Ryan and Bill DeMain) recently reached #2 on the Japanese Charts! Hear astroPuppees version on little chick tsunami. This track is featured on WB Network's highly acclaimed show Felicity, Wednesdays at 9:00pm.

'Any More Words'
The new astroPuppees video, 'Any More Words' directed by Eve Bregman is now available for your enjoyment at (Gin Blossoms' Jesse Valenzuela co-wrote and played guitar on this track!)
Note: You will need the free QuickTime player installed on your system to view the video)

New Pup Track!
The astroPuppees are featured on Shoe Fetish: A Tribute To Shoes performing "The Tube"! Hear it in our Audio section at along with many other bonus songs and cover recordings.

"It's ironic that among all the great songwriters affiliated with Bug Music, one of that publishing company's finest was lurking behind a secretarial desk. AstroPuppees is essentially Kelley Ryan, a one-woman, multi-tracking wiz-kid who constructs infectious pop melodies from the rawest of materials." - Russell Hall, Allstar Online Magazine

"The secret to astroPuppees' allure is Ryan's unconventional take on standard lyrical issues that you'd expect from a woman....Ryan's is a decidedly different voice." - James Lien, CMJ

".....a guitar-pop band who sound like a 90's Everly Sisters, for want of a better term. Kelley Ryan and company crank out catchy, stick-to-your-ribs numbers that fall halfway between pop and alternative." - E! Online

"....the songs are so tuneful, so smart; and Ryan's guitar playing is so strong and rooted." -Jim Musser, icon"

The astroPuppees are a new leader in postmodern neo retro rock, and the nation's telephone lines should be crackling with the masses telling friends about this sensational CD." - Doug Collier, RAM

"....Ryan's astroPuppees is pretty much a one-woman affair. She wrote or co-wrote everything on the Pups' 1996 debut, 'You Win The Bride', sings every word, and plays most every instrument...." -Robert Wilonsky, New Times Los Angeles

"Strongly recommended" -Ric Dube, Webnoise Review

Online Reviews

All Music Guide - astroPuppees 'Pet' : The aggressive "Shaken Free" and her cover of Crenshaw's "Crowded Town" are standouts among 13 tracks of rock-solid pop.

Webnoize: astroPuppees, 'You Win the Bride' - Solid effort by Kelley Ryan's astroPuppees reveal a talented songwriter and multi-instrumentalist whose persistence pays off...

Pop Culture Press Online: astroPuppees, 'You Win The Bride' (Hightone) -This CD sat on my coffee table unplayed for several months; it should have been in the last issue, because when I finally plugged it in, I was hooked immediately...

With Pet, pop singer/songwriter Kelley Ryan returns from her 1996 HighTone Records debut, You Win The Bride, with a batch of fresh, catchy tunes which place her at the forefront of the new pop movement that's been brewing overseas and starting to bubble under in the States.

When You Win The Bride hit the streets, it was embraced by lovers of cool pop melodies and gorgeous harmonies, quickly becoming a college radio favorite (16 weeks on the CMJ chart) and becoming a staple in television and movie soundtracks. "Don't Be" was featured in the NBC-TV movie, Friends Til The End, which starred Shannen Doherty and has recently surfaced in multiple airings on VH-1."Underdog" and "Don't Be" were both used in the Warner Bros. feature, The Trojan War, which starred Jennifer Love Hewitt; and "Dead Around Here" was used over the opening credits for indie film fave Colin Fitz.

The first incarnation of astroPuppees was a three piece: Kelley Ryan on vocals and guitar; Maureen Serrao on bass and vocals; and John Oreshnick on drums. They played a handful of LA-area dates, as well as a showcase at South By Southwest in Austin. Then it was back to her basement studio working on new songs. Over a seven-month period, Kelley wrote, sang, played, mixed, teased, hammered and enlisted help from some of her talented friends, many of whom had also answered the call during the production of the first album. Since You Win The Bride was released in North America, Kelley also started to generate considerable interest in her music in Europe and especially in Japan, where the late 1998 release of that album included two bonus tracks not included in the domestic version. In early 1999, she co-wrote and was tapped to produce a track for hot Japanese female pop singer, Chocolat, which will appear on that artist's Sony album, scheduled for release later this summer.

Once again, the three original members of astroPuppees contributed the majority of the sounds heard on Pet. In addition to producing and engineering the new album, Kelley had a hand in writing 12 of the 13 tracks, played guitar on most and added various instruments on others. Maureen co-wrote five of the songs, played bass on many of them and added vocals throughout. John did most of the drumming on the album. Special guests include Marshall Crenshaw, who adds a six-string bass on "Angelica;" Don Dixon plays bass on three songs; and Marti Jones adds her considerable vocal skills to "Woo Hoo Hoo." The lone cover on the album is a way-cool version of the Marshall Crenshaw/LeRoy Preston rarity, "Crowded Town," which Kelley had always dug from her days working at Bug Music.

During the recording of this album, excitement about Kelley Ryan's music continued to grow both here and overseas; consequently several songs from the album have already made their presence known. "Angelica" has been recorded by Japanese pop artist Yuko Yamagucci; while "15 Seconds" was covered and is the debut single for the group Indiana, released on Polygram Records in Europe. Meanwhile - back in the U.S. - an advance astroPuppees track from Pet, "Like A Suitcase," was used on the long-running NBC soap opera, Another World; and Los Angeles radio station KCRW's popular "Morning Becomes Eclectic" show played both "Crowded Town" and "Olive 5" from a preview version of Pet.

With insightful lyrics and powerful, heartfelt vocals, Kelley Ryan and Maureen Serrao sing about what they know best on Pet: love lost, love regained and love that maybe should not have happened in the first place. Their bright, cheerful delivery puts a positive spin on what are often tearful laments; and their vibrant, contemporary singing style soothe the feelings in the most down-hearted sentiments.

The astroPuppees particular girl-group brand of pop-rock is one that is gathering steam from all parts of the world. Fans of honest, exciting music based in solid songwriting should embrace this new album with all the affection and comfort that comes from finding a new friend. And this Pet is coming home to stay!

astroPuppees are about as close to a homemade, basement band as you can get. Recording songs in my little room downstairs, I'd bash away on my guitar. I wrote songs with my friends and about my friends. With a little reverb pedal here, and a wah-wah box there, my small studio was humming.

A songwriting buddy of mine, Steve Toland, and I wrote "It's Not Christmas" and send it to the legendary power pop band, Shoes, and their indie label, Black Vinyl Records. They included the song on a Christmas compilation CD that featured, Matthew Sweet, Butch Vig's Spooner, Don Dixon & Marti Jones, Material Issue, and Shoes themselves. Producer Matt Wallace (Paul Westerberg/The Replacements and Faith No More) mixed the song and added the inspirataion of being involved with such well-respected musicians. Enough inspiration to send me back downstairs to write some more.

As I put together batches of songs, sending them around to friends, it started sounding a bit more edgy and band-like. My friend Maureen Serrao started adding her voice & song ideas to the mix and my sister Teri would stop and sing on a track here and there (in between bites of Taco Bell). Mo picked up the bass, played on a few and never put it down. We were astroPuppees, and a nice little collection of music emerged. Another friend, Dan McCarroll (The Grays, Michael Penn), came by and added drums to six of the songs.

We played one, awesome Christmas gig in 1994. Dan hit the road with a band. Mo felt unworthy of the bass and, becoming disillusioned with the music business, headed for San Francisco and Culinary School. Teri's acting career suddenly got rolling again. I headed back downstairs, a bit bummed, and wrote "Underdog".

Frustrated with just about everything, seeing no way to get my music out, I did the logical thing and moved to Ireland and went to Cooking School. I took my guitar and played in pubs, on cliffs, and in hotel bars, anywhere but L.A. Shaking a few things loose, I came back home on a mission.

I called my friend Don Dixon, an incredible producer and artist, and he told me to finish up a couple of songs I had started and get on a plane to Ohio, where he'd mix my astroPuppees. He is the definitive astroPuppees mentor. I dropped a copy to Mo who by now was wrapping up Culinary School and inspired by Dixon's mix of the stuff, was looking forward to coming back to L.A. and writing some more. Maybe even get a drummer and put together a band and play out.

I sent out some copies of this Dixon mixed collection and really got inspired. Friends offered to pass the tapes on to their friends, who passed the tape onto their friends. I was jazzed. Mo was ready. Very quickly it seemed, Hightone Records was interested in putting it out. The music seemed to develop a little life all it's own which seems like a natural for Hightone.

Like Dr. Frankenstein said, "It's Alive!"

Like Sally Field's said, "You like me! You really like me!!"

Like Kelley and Mo say, "You wanna be in a rock band? Then go to Cooking School!!"

-- Kelley Ryan, September 1996



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simple easy melodies and lyrics to relate to.
realy great easy tunes and melodies that are catchy and easy to sing along to . No acrobatic vocals,but there is something about her voice that you just can't stop listening to. Ihope you go far girl.