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 was able to convince David Kling to stay on board, and they picked up friends, musicians and acquaintances, nerds, and various insects to record a new set of songs.
Being that the lineup changed from song to song, the second release was even more stylistically diverse than the debut. It delved more-deeply into Todd's love of traditional American music, as well as into punk, klezmer, and electronic pop.

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.

Sessions are now underway for One By One, an album which will be released digitally, one song at a time, as each song is completed.

We Made It To the Middle
Added to the evolving HoP album One By One on March 4, 2015. To download an mp3 or high-quality (FLAC, etc.) audio file, you can name your own pricewith no minimum at The Hop On Pop Bandcamp page.




Americana
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Break My Heart
Probably the most-pure power pop song that I have ever recorded with any band. Handclaps. Harmonies. And big guitars!



Power Pop
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"And To Think... (performed by BEATLESEX)" by HOP
A cover version of a Hop On Pop original, as performed and recorded by the find lads of BEATLESEX! The original is available for streaming here, or also for download at my Bandcamp page HERE. This version, download it here!



Beatlesque Pop
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This Ain't No Race
Rockabilly country acoustic shuffle thing.



Folk/Acoustic Rock/Americana
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If You Knew
A country 2-step that I can hear being sung by either Johnny Cash or Jeff Tweedy.



Country
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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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You Wrote This Song
Recorded as a demo for shopping around to producers and music supervisors in Nashville for placement or recording by major artists. But it turned out really well and I decided to include it as part of One By One.



Country
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Is That Alright?
A talking blues.



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



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



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



Pop
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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....



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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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Psyche's Muse

1/26/2017 9:04:11 AM
I'm not certain if this problem is on "your" end, but I'll pass along anyway: The Following Songs WILL NOT PLAY for me *** Here, I’m Pathetic, Tortured Artist, Come On Let’s Go, Sheila of the Worms, Say You Will, Come Around Again*** -M-



Duane Flock

5/27/2016 9:53:17 PM
Hi Todd,
I picked one of yours for my veterans gig Say You Will.
With your blessings, please send me an MP3 or link to buy it to Dflock@outlook.com

Thanks!!

Duane




Two Silo Complex

4/5/2016 8:27:15 PM
Thank you for your support on the pipeline.

Waiting to hear the finished version of your new song.
TSC,
Ken




Hop On Pop

2/1/2016 8:16:32 AM
Thanks Dan!
I really appreciate it!




LyinDan

1/31/2016 9:58:20 PM
Hey, Todd

Come on, let's go...that's one great track man.
Poignant lyric, evocative music, great job! Yeah,
I want this on the radio.




Neil w Young

1/17/2016 7:54:54 PM
Todd,

Almost 10:45 p.m. here in Paris (Ontario) and I have just arrived home after been away for the day. Unfortunately, I did not have a chance to listen to the Golden Kayak Awards ceremony today.

My sincere and hearty congratulations on your Country Golden Kayak for "We Made It To The Middle" - well deserved my friend.

It was an honour to share the nomination in the Country category with you, Bright Eye Band and Black Hat Society.

Enjoy the Award, Todd ... and never stop making music - it comes with its own reward.

Best wishes.

Neil




Hop On Pop

1/1/2016 11:00:28 AM
Thanks so much, Bryon!
Really appreciate it! And, happy new year to you, sir!




Bryon Tosoff

12/30/2015 10:31:03 PM
Congrats on your Golden Kayak nomination Todd, your music is always good and sung with such passion and a genuine quality and heart, all the best to you, good luck from bryon



Donna Devine

10/18/2015 6:38:55 AM
I've been listening to and enjoying a few of your songs, Todd. I especially like 'We Made It to the Middle'. Lovely vocals & acoustic guitar. Good job all around by everyone. :)



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!


 

       

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