The Trouble with Sweeney

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The Trouble with Sweeney was a band from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania that existed from 1999 to 2004.[1]

The band's songwriter and frontman Joey Sweeney started the band 5 years after leaving The Barnabys and recording a solo album, Heartache Baseball. They released two full-length albums and two EPs on Burnt Toast Vinyl, as well as a self-titled EP which was released shortly after their formation. They also released an EP on the Basement Life imprint called Play Karen (and Others) in 2002.[2] Many of the band's songs depict life in the city of Philadelphia and the surrounding area, and their final EP, Fishtown Briefcase, is named after a Philadelphia neighborhood.[3][4] "The Counterfeiters" from I Know You Destroy! and "Waiting for Gary" from Play Karen (and Others) directly refer to or quote the writings of André Gide, a French author.[5][6]

Joey Sweeney wrote for alternative weekly newspaper Philadelphia Weekly in the 1990s[7] is now the editor of the website Philebrity. Producer Brian McTear has gone on to mix, engineer, and produce albums for a number of notable artists, such as Marissa Nadler, Espers, Sharon Van Etten, Jens Lekman, Meg Baird, Danielson Famile, Mazarin, and Greg Weeks.[8]


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  1. ^ The Trouble with Sweeney at AllMusic
  2. ^ Review, Pop Matters
  3. ^ Review of Fishtown Briefcase, Pitchfork Media
  4. ^ Review of Fishtown Briefcase (Google cache). ChartAttack, July 6, 2004
  5. ^ Review of Play Karen (and Others), Splendid Magazine, June 12, 2002.
  6. ^ Review of Play Karen (and Others), Hybrid Magazine.
  7. ^ Interview with Joey Sweeney. Citypaper, June 19–25, 2003.
  8. ^ "Brian McTear: Credits". Allmusic. Retrieved 29 April 2012. 
  9. ^ Fink, Matt. "Dear Life - The Trouble With Sweeney". Allmusic. Retrieved 29 April 2012. 
  10. ^ Jones, J.R. (31 May 2001). "The Trouble With Sweeney". Chicago Reader. Retrieved 29 April 2012. 
  11. ^ Cavalieri, Nate (11 September 2002). "Waiting for Sweeney". Metro Times. Retrieved 29 April 2012. 
  12. ^ Steenberg, Andrew (June 2003). "Trouble With Sweeney - (I Know You Destroy)". Exclaim!. Retrieved 29 April 2012. 
  13. ^ Saraceno, Christina. "The Trouble With Sweeney". Allmusic. Retrieved 29 April 2012. 
  14. ^ Falk, Renee (6 May 2002). "Trouble with Sweeney: Play Karen and Others". CMJ New Music Report. Retrieved 29 April 2012. 
  15. ^ Klinge, Steve (2004). "The Trouble with Sweeney: Fishtown Briefcase". CMJ New Music Monthly (125): 42. ISSN 1074-6978. Retrieved 29 April 2012. 

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