home Jimmer

Navigation Menu

7/18 Fuckin’ A. I actually made a new album!

Posted by on Jul 18, 2013

… play it loud and often. And pass it on to everyone you know …

When most people last heard anything from me, it was during the time I fronted The Rave-Ups, back in the 1980’s and early nineties (indeed, it was a kinder, gentler time). Now, 23 years down-the-road, after a longtime stint as a single dad and a generation come-and-gone (what was the name of that generation again?), I’m returning to the thing I love almost as much as I love my son. With immeasurable help from the likes of Mitch Marine, Brian Whelan, Ted Russell Kamp, Marty Rifkin, Rami Jaffee and others, I’ve returned to the musical fray with renewed passion. The new album is called “The Would-Be Plans” and I sure hope that Rave-Ups fans and others will give this music a listen. I think it’ll be well worth the time spent.

Just to bring things full-circle, the official release date is July 26th, 2013, which happens to be the 25th birthday of my son, Chance, whose cherubic face graced the cover of the last Rave-Ups record in 1990. Yeah, it’s been that long.

So welcome… and remember… play it loud and often. And pass it on to everyone you know.


Read More

Digital Album

Posted by on Jul 12, 2013


Digital Album

Immediate download of 10-track album in your choice of MP3, 320, FLAC, or just about any other format you could possibly desire.

BUY NOW $10 USD (or more)

Read More

Vinyl Album

Posted by on Jul 12, 2013


Vinyl Album

Produced on top quality vinyl for the most authentic listening experience. Custom packaging & a very limited edition vinyl … what more could you want?


Read More


Posted by on Jul 12, 2013



For those of you who still appreciate looking at cool packaging… grab this collectable! It has 10 tracks, and YES, we actually assembled these by hand!


Read More

The New Release “The Would Be Plans”

Posted by on Jul 12, 2013


Produced by Mitch Marine
Recorded & engineered by Mark Rains at The Station House, Echo Park, CA
Additional recording by: Mark Dutton at Dirtyhorse Studios, Sunland, CA; Robbie Rist at ValleyHollah Studios, Woodland Hills, CA; and Paul Horabin at Ready Mix Music, Los Angeles, CA

Who Played What:

Jimmer – vocals, guitars, harmonica
Mitch Marine – drums, percussion
Brian Whelan – electric & acoustic guitars, upright piano, backing vocals, Wurlitzer piano, accordion
Ted Russell Kamp – bass, mandolin, acoustic guitar, lap steel, Wurlitzer piano

And Featuring:

Rami Jaffee – Hammond organ on Empty, Molotov Moon, Just What You Don’t and The Would-Be Plans / Marty Rifkin – pedal steel on Satellite and Molotov Moon / Jonathan Clark – backing vocals on Big Ball O’ String and strings on Fall / Mark Dutton – backing vocals on (She Has) Good Records and Big Ball O’ String / Terry Wilson – backing vocals on Satellite and The Would-Be Plans / Jordan Katz – banjo on Big Ball O’ String / Sarah Taylor – backing vocals on The Would-Be Plans / Mark Mattson – strings on (She Has) Good Records


Executive Producer: Ed Sikov / Mixed by David Leonard at House Of Blues Studios, Nashville, TN / Mastered by John Rausch in Hollywood, CA / Associate Producer: Alison Freebairn-Smith
All songs written by J. Podrasky except: “The Would-Be Plans” – music by J. Podrasky & T. Wilson / lyrics by J. Podrasky.
All songs B’Jingo Songs (BMI) except “The Would-Be Plans” (B’Jingo Songs BMI and Twilsongs ASCAP) and “Molotov Moon” (B’Jingo Songs/Machia Music/Bug Music BMI)

Chief Injustice is:

Jimmer Podrasky (singer/songwriter) is best known as the frontman for the critically acclaimed American rock band The Rave-Ups, whose albums still have a devoted following more than 25 years after their release. After graduating from Carnegie-Mellon University in 1980, Podrasky headed west and quickly made a name for himself as an alt country/rock tunesmith and singer. With The Rave-Ups, Podrasky appeared in Pretty in Pink and Beverly Hills 90210. This is his first solo project and his first release in 23 years.

Mitch Marine (producer) is the drummer for Dwight Yoakam, Andy Timmons, and Smash Mouth and has played with Brave Combo, Tripping Daisy, and Jack Ingram. He has produced albums for The Micro Thrills, Darrel Herbert, Dan Bern, Brian Whelan, Paul Chesne, Honky Tonk Train, and Elizabeth Wills. He also works with the financial advisor Jeff Christenson at Christenson Wealth Management.

Ed Sikov (executive producer) is the author of the definitive biography of Billy Wilder (On Sunset Boulevard: The Life and Times of Billy Wilder), six other books about films and filmmakers, and a novel-with-recipes, The Boys’ and Girls’ Little Book of Alcohol. Chief Injustice is his first venture in the music industry.

Alison Freebairn-Smith (associate producer) comes from a family of music royalty and has been a vocalist on records, commercial jingles and movie soundtracks, including hits by The Carpenters and Neil Diamond. She has worked behind the scenes in the music business for the legendary songwriter Carole King, the groundbreaking film composer Shirley Walker, and the contractor Suzie Katayama, among others. She has worked as music supervisor on many indie films, and her documentary on women jazz musicians is a favorite at the festivals. She is currently working on a film about the vocalists who sang popular TV themes of the 1960’s and 70’s and developing several TV shows and working on a new documentary. Her daughter, Emily Rose Epstein, is the drummer for the garage rock king Ty Segall.

Read More

Catching Up with Jimmer

Posted by on Jul 11, 2013

F. Scott Fitzgerald once said that there are no second acts in American lives, though he probably would have changed his mind if he knew the story of Jimmer Podrasky.

Emerging from Carnegie Mellon with an English degree and a satchel of catchy songs, Podrasky, a former punk and closeted John Prine fan, initially formed The Rave-Ups along with his college pals. A natural lyricist armed with a literary sense of irony and the rare ability to turn a phrase with both humor and poeticism, Podrasky came across like the post-punk poet laureate of Pittsburgh, writing memorable lines redolent with rock and roll smarts. The Rave-Ups made quick work of the local scene and soon blasted their way out of their hometown, moving swiftly from a regional act to a national one.

Their first E.P., Class Tramp (1983), was particularly winning with numbers like the call-and-response howl of “They Do Talk” and the thoughtful litany of “It’s You,” announcing the arrival of one of the best new American bands in years.

But The Rave-Ups were just getting warmed up.

Personnel changes found Podrasky joining forces with Tim Jimenez (drums), Terry Wilson (guitar) and Tommy Blatnik (bass guitar) who became permanent members of the band. Their new lineup intact, the critically-acclaimed Town and Country (1985) came with the underground hit “Positively Lost Me,” which featured Podrasky at his most potent, singing a laundry list of losses with humor, candor and regret. On the strength of numbers like the rootsy stomp of “Remember (Newman’s Song),” the back alley drag of “Class Tramp,” and the fiery blast of “Rave Up (Shut Up)” it sold over 40,000 copies. The band’s name was etched into Molly Ringwald’s binder in Sixteen Candles and they materialized in Pretty In Pink as the house band in several key scenes.

The band’s signing with Epic in 1987 resulted in the release of two of the finest albums of the decade. The Book Of Your Regrets (1988) found Podrasky flexing new narrative muscle on numbers like “Mickey Of Alphabet City” and “Sue & Sonny.” The album’s centerpiece, “These Wishes,” faced the realities of romantic idealism with unflinching honesty. Podrasky sang: “After three years you know that I would die for you / But I would not cross the street to shake your hand…” His storytelling, bittersweet and poignant, and his characters, though battered and singed with remorse, somehow remaining hopeful, this song cycle asserted that Podrasky was indeed one of the best songwriters of his generation.

The band’s valedictory Chance (1990) may have contained trademark rockers like “(She Says) Come Around” or “The Best I Can’t” but it was more introspective than the band’s previous work. Podrasky stepped bravely forward as an open wound of a man, confronting loss, heartache and fatherhood on songs like “The Tallest Tree” and “Respectfully King Of Rain” with the kind of lyrical smarts that most songwriters spend their whole lives chasing.

Then, Jimmer Podrasky vanished.

Well, sort of.

Opting out of the music industry so he could raise his son Chance, Podrasky devoted himself to single-fatherhood and put his career on the backburner. Tom Waits once said that just because your line’s not in the water it doesn’t mean you’re not thinking about fishing and that’s exactly what Podrasky was doing all these years: thinking about fishing in the form of writing songs in his head or on the acoustic guitar propped up by the door. Some came quickly, some came slowly, but after two decades out of the ring, when it was time to come back, his right and left hooks were as strong as ever.

His first album in 23 years, The Would-Be Plans is Podrasky’s strongest work to date. His sardonic wit dangerously sharp, his wordplay as fresh as ever and his voice remarkably unchanged since Chance, this is a staggering return to form.

Produced by drummer Mitch Marine (Dwight Yoakam, Jack Ingram), The Would-Be Plans is an invigorating pop blend of rock and roll, Americana and rootsy soul that finds Podrasky sounding positively reinvigorated. Flanked by a powerhouse band that includes the legendary pedal steel player Marty Rifkin (Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty), keyboardist Rami Jaffee (The Wallflowers, Foo Fighters), Jonathan Clark (Dwight Yoakam), Mark Dutton (The Chris Robinson Brotherhood) and noted singer/songwriters Ted Russell Kamp and Brian Whelan, Podrasky’s compositions come roaring to life.

The jangling “The Far Left Side Of You” boasts Podrasky’s observational genius, the narrative exploring how in love, we’re always at the mercy of each other; the self-effacing “Empty” soars mightily away and the dreamy shuffle “Big Ball O’ String” finds Podrasky wisely observing, “Changes come like summer rain.”

The Would-Be Plans is a stirring work that finds Podrasky poking fun at himself and the world at large, but also confronting new emotional terrain with honesty and aplomb. Self-effacing and whip smart, it’s an album that effortlessly chronicles the follies of love and life and the things that happen to our hearts in between. For example, on “Fall” Podrasky confesses, “I was dying just to see her / And I was dying for her to go,” and later, “Summer came like a phone bill / I knew I couldn’t pay…” Meanwhile, “She Has Good Records” is perhaps the catchiest song of the year; a perfect dose of rootsy pop with an unforgettable chorus, Podrasky acknowledges, “She likes to hear a tune with a poppy groove” and cleverly, it’s exactly what we get.

On the smooth groove of “Satellite” Podrasky sings, “This is my story from start to end…” but what he really means is this is the story … so far.

The end is over, the beginning has just started and Jimmer Podrasky is back for his Second Act. And there’s no stopping him now.

— Alex Green CITC Caughtinthecarousel.com

Read More