Hop On Pop is Todd Leiter-Weintraub, a songwriter who is too restless to keep himself chained to a single genre.

The project's first album, As Drawn By Ethan, Age 2, was recorded as a genuine full-band affair and was released in April, 2004 on Spade Kitty Records to positive reviews, but relatively modest sales.

The band splintered in August, 2007, leaving leader/songwriter Leiter-Weintraub alone, to pursue a more fluid format for the next Hop On Pop album.

Todd convinced HoP drummer/percussionist/multi-instrumentalist David Kling to help him out in this new venture. With Kling on-board, he picked up friends, musicians and acquaintances, nerds, and various insects wherever he found them to record a new set of songs for the anxiously awaited follow-up.
Being that the lineup changed from song to song (and that Todd's listening habits range from apples to submarines) the songlist for this new venture is even more stylistically diverse than the debut. It delves more-deeply into Todd's love of traditional American music, as well as into punk, klezmer, and electronic pop.
The new album, Chicken on a Bicycle was completed in late, 2009 and released February 16, 2010 on Spade Kitty Records.

Chicken On a Bicycle at iTunes.

In April, 2012, the first solo album from HoP leader Todd Leiter-Weintraub —an EP titled Well-Enough Alone— was presented to the world. A collection of warts-and-all solo/acoustic recordings, it's the first of a planned pair of releases, featuring different takes on the same songs; the same recordings.

Spinning, Standing Still
A folk/pop song that has mutated into something sinister.



Eclectic Indie Pop
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The Key
The full-band re-record of a song originally done solo/acoustic for the Well-Enough Alone EP. And this recording also marks the recorded debut of George my new Telecaster!



Acoustic Indie Pop
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Here
Fuzz bass clashes with sequencers and sing-song melodies, while a drum machine keeps the (slam) danceable beat. Don't expect the rest of the record to sound anything like this, because it doesn't. Chicken On a Bicycle now available at iTunes!!!



Alternative Pop Rock
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Sheila of the Worms
Jonathan Richman meets Robyn Hitchcock at a Gram Parsons show. Chicken On a Bicycle now available at iTunes!!!



Alternative Pop Rock
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Past Tense
Unlike anything I've done before or since. Clawhammer-style jazz guitar, with sing/spoken vocals. From the Well-Enough Alone EP.



Jazz Pop
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We Made It to the Middle
Todd's channeling of Stephen Merritt or something like that. Or not.



Acoustic Indie Pop
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Tortured Artist
A through-composed pop song that was written around that guitar lick in the central section. Chicken On a Bicycle now available at iTunes!!!



Alternative Pop Rock
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You Wrote This Song
The official demo that I will be shopping around to producers and music supervisors for placement or recording by major artists.



Country
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Leo Goldberg's 2-Step
Minor-key country 2-step instrumental that reminds me, sometimes, of the music played at Bar Mitzvah's that I attended in my youth. Played with punk rock abandon. So: country/klezmer/punk?



Guitar Instrumental
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A Perfect Girl, A Perfect Tune
Calypso-flavored tune with maybe the most-dynamic melody that I've ever written. Probably covers a couple of octaves, which is challenging for me. But I think that it's a nice melody and a lot of fun to play. credits from Well?-?Enough Alone EP, track released 10 April 2012



Acoustic guitar pop
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Come On, Let's Go
A courtship in 3 parts with acoustic guitar, piano, viola, and pedal steel. Don't expect anything else on the record to sound anything like this one, either. Featuring Brad and Auset Sarno of the Auset Music Project! Chicken On a Bicycle now available at iTunes!!!



Pop ballad
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I'm Pathetic
Pure pop? For what people? Chicken On a Bicycle now available at iTunes!!!



Indie Pop
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New Year's Eve
Me and my guitar and quintuple-time strumming, or something like that.



Acoustic Rock
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Say You Will (A Reluctant Soldier's Plea)
Recorded as a demo, to be rerecorded for Chicken On a Bicycle, but I thought that the intimacy of the demo sound suited the song well, so I kept this version for the album.
Chicken On a Bicycle now available at iTunes!!!




Folk/Acoustic Rock/Americana
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Is That Alright?
A talking blues.



Country
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Come Around Again
Whiney-ass lyrics about loosing a band. Set to a very upbeat 3-chord progression. With an (I think) insideous hook. You tell me.



Eclectic Folk Rock
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The Key
Acoustic pop with, hopefully, a timeless feel. From the Todd Leiter-Weintraub solo/acoustic EP Well-Enough Alone.



Acoustic Pop
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If It's Important To You
Wait for it...



Pop
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Ashes On the Water
Layers of guitars, feedback, Moog, etc. With a bouncy beat!!!



Alternative Pop Rock
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For My Friends
Jangly guitar and atmospheric synth.



Alternative Pop Rock
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Miles From Monday
With an extended Middle-8.



Alternative Pop Rock
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Cary's Here
Piano-driven English dancehall-style number about the overwhelming feelings associated with being a dad. Features trumpet from Ivo Braun of the Maxwell Street Klezmer Band and backing "ooh's" and "aah's" from Pamela Richardson of The Pralines.



Pop
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And To Think...
Sometimes you happen upon a chord progression that feels right.



Pop
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Bound To Fail
Jagged little guitar chords slash apart the groove, but are mended and healed by lovely little piano fluorishes.



Alternative Pop Rock
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Don't Speak
Short, sharp, and harpsichord-y



Alternative Pop Rock
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Suckers
Fast, loud, and melodic... but NOT punk.



Alternative Pop Rock
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I Do
My Everly Brothers-cum-Nick Lowe retro ballad, complete with honking sax solo.



Retro Pop Ballad
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I Got It Back
Our drummer, Dave got his MA from University Of Chicago. He loves the lyrics. Our bassist loves Naked Raygun. He loves the "woah-woahs".



Alternative Pop Rock
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The Yummy Song
It's amazing what you can get away with when you know the recording is gonna sound like crap anyway.



Alternative
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Suckers (lo-fi)
The demo version of a song that was re-recorded for As Drawn By Ethan....



Alternative Retro and Psychedelic
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I Do (demo)
Acoustic. Recorded in the basement, actually.



Pop
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Ashes On the Water (live/acoustic)
A live recording of me alone with my acoustic, playing what is probably (and surprisingly) my most-popular song.



Rock
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New Year's Eve (live)
I held back a bit on my vocals... it's a coffee house dontchya know. But I normally belt it out a bit more. We're gonna record this for the album as a bluegrass number banjo, mandolin, upright bass, fiddle, and dobro (if I can rustle up all them folks).



Live Performances
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Happy Days (live)
Just a 3-chord ditty about finally finding my place, and the person with whom to share it.



Live Performances
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Todd in Conversation with Raymond Porter
Todd Rambles to a patient Scot.



Ambient
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Slimdog Productions

5/9/2011 10:23:11 AM
Yeah!!! Congrats Todd on being featured as "Artist Of The Week" on IAC. Well deserved my brother!!!


Slim


Stephen John

3/5/2011 9:29:24 AM
Hey, how are you? It's been a lil while.


Vincenzo Ardilio

12/28/2010 12:46:54 PM
Here is proper sing a long stuff...I think you knew it would be right up my street! Keep it coming! Thanks Todd :)


Chandra Moon

12/9/2010 5:30:02 AM
Your song Here is so stuck in my brain ha ha!!!! Love it!


Jesse Adams

10/27/2010 8:46:13 AM
Hey Todd! Thanks for the love man... but I wouldn't say I'm back. Just passing through... :)


Chandra Moon

10/2/2010 10:20:53 AM
Just been enjoying some of your other tracks - Sheila of The Worms - great - now I understand why you like Shadow Puppets!


Chandra Moon

9/24/2010 4:41:46 AM
I've added your song Tortured Artist to Over The Moon as I think it's a great track and I can relate to it! I enjoyed listening to the others as well. x


Tom O'Brien

8/23/2010 12:52:23 PM
Hey Todd, I'm really loving you record "Chicken on a Bicycle." You really are a talented songwriter. I have several favorites, but for my money, "I'm Pathetic" is just stellar, and worth the price of the CD!


Stephen John

6/27/2010 7:30:11 PM
Just popping in to say hi how you doing...


SILVERWOODSTUDIO

6/2/2010 8:25:32 PM

In the end-it had to be-C'Mon Let's Go

Ewe Know why I think?? this is classic!!

Rob


Jo Ellen

5/18/2010 1:33:30 PM
YUMMY YUMMY MUsic!


Auset

2/3/2010 10:08:08 PM
HERE is sooooooooooooooooooo FUN!!!!!!! Added to The Sound Cafe! : )


J. Patrick Sharpe

1/31/2010 1:02:21 PM
Todd,

Love the new tunes from Chicken on a Bicycle!!! I'm Pathetic is my favorite- it's an instant classic!!! Should be on the radio and seems like it would be a good pitch for a movie soundtrack (I mean that- you should serously shop it around).

JP Sharpe


THE JACK PADDLE COVER BAND

1/12/2010 4:12:17 PM
I see you kept my seat warm for me.........I too have kept something warm for you!!!


Slimdog Productions

1/11/2010 9:46:29 PM
Todd, "Come On, Let's Go" is an EXCELLENT piece of work!!! You and Auset Music Project should be proud!!!

 

       

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