Todayshits is a self-described now-school punker from Chicago with an affinity for pop melodies and a subversive disregard for production value. His new compilation Today's Favorites 2014 is available for pick-your-price download online at todayshits.bandcamp.com
Below is an interview I conducted with todayshits earlier this year:
I've gotten into your music as a total outsider to the Chicago underground music scene and it's hard to find much information about todayshits on the internet. I know you have some degree of involvement with Burger Records - to my knowledge, the extent of it is playing some shows with a few of their groups and rocking a Burger pin. And I know you have some degree of involvement with fellow Chicago band Magic Milk - I actually got into your music after taking a chance on a Magic Milk & the Goons cassette in Austin, looking them up in Bandcamp, and stumbling on your page somehow. But just how exactly you're involved with Magic Milk, whether you are/are a part of/are involved with all the Bandcamp pages on your Tumblr fakebands section, etc is a total mystery to me. Could you maybe shed some light on your projects and how all these groups fit together?
At the beginning of the song a day project I was sure it would be pretty low key and that fake bands would be cool, so I would take songs and make fake bandcamps. Some were a band that only played songs of the same length. Or a band that loved pizza I think, but I guess I'm less bored now? Kenny the guitar player for Todays Hits when we play live he is the guitar player and singer and guy who takes his pants off in Magic Milk. He had been telling people after we met one time at a festival called Cataracts that if they were not listening to me they were crazy and then he went so crazy he pretty much picked all the songs we play and told me we were a band. Then we got Andrew Martin from locals The Sueves to play drums and there we were! We will have a tape out on Burger Records and Gnar Tapes and Shit as soon as the world is ready for it. (editors note: the tapes have come out and are on the Burger website for free!)
What’s up with your crazy YouTube video for "Cooler Jerk"? ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fu1kJgPiVlA) How'd you get to perform it on cable?
Chica Go Go is an amazing gem we have in our city. It is a kids dance show that plays things kids can dance to. I was asked to preform, and gladly accepted.
How aware are you of, and to what degree are you inspired by, other classic singer-songwriters like R. Stevie Moore, Daniel Johnston, and Bob Dylan who have released massive amounts music at a similar pace?
Have not really listened enough to any of them to properly place myself amongst them. Would not consider any a real idol. I am sure their work and dedication is the reason this path exists for me, but I'm more inspired to go to work by 2Chainz being on every song this summer.
A big focus of the website is the lo-fi/bedroom recording scene. Do you consider what you do "lo-fi"? If so, do you seek more of a lo-fi sound purposefully for idealistic or aesthetic reasons and what reasons are those? Your cover art with the aquarium background for The Boy Can't Help It seems to support that you do, but I might be totally wrong about that.
I had a grandpa I never met but I heard he played hobo songs. Would do anything to hear them. I live in a time where I can make sure that doesn't happen to my grandkids. By any means necessary.
You give away almost all your music for free online with the exception of HOMECOURT ADVANTAGE. Why charge for that album? Why give away the rest? What are your feelings in general on the value of music, charging vs. giving away for free, music piracy, etc?
We did a tour this summer out to the west coast and that was our fundraiser slash tour tape so we tried to make money to do that and people bought it, and so I don't wanna make em feel like they bought it for nothing. That $5 for those 20 songs is an homage to all that helped us have a great summer
You're stranded on a desert island and can only bring with you one person (celebrity, musician, or otherwise), one album, and one book or movie. What do you choose?
Rihanna, and whatever album and book or movies she wanted.
And lastly, any plans to play any shows in New York in the near future, or any other dates/info readers should be aware of?
No clue right now. I really want to play with The Beets again, and I've been known to get my way.