Tuesday, June 19

Mark Mikel - 35th Anniv. Concert 2013 (sbd)

35th Anniversary Concert 
Maumee Indoor Theatre
Maumee, OH
Nov. 23, 2013

soundboard recording (quality: VG++; audio rip from concert video; there's a bit of distortion here and there, but it's only occasional)

01 Thou Doth Warm Me (Like the Sun)
02 I Could Never Be a Bird
03 Black Sombrero
04 Undecided
05 Plastic Surgical Holiday — Paper Aeroplanes 
06 Mark speaks + song intro
07 Backwards Evolution
08 Dive Bombing Space Pigeons
09 Merely Stacking Chairs
10 Feeding Seagulls
11 Girl On a Laser Beam
12 Epapo Funk
13 Don't Listen to Your Head
14 Dream Away
15 Peasant Girls
16 It Seems You Are So Happening (instrum.)
17 Buzz for Aldrin
18 Good to Be Alive
19 In the End (You're Moving On)
20 Scream (Electric Dreams)
21 Idiot Smile
22 Sam the Computer
23 Out In the Midnight Rain
24 Day Tripper
25 Eleanor Rigby
26 Tomorrow Never Knows
27 Just Another Lifetime Please (pre-recorded)

Featured musicians for the evening: Jeff Kollman, Bill Hubauer, Zak Freed, Ian McCormack, Brad Babcock and The Monclovian 1st Irrational String Quartet

ROB SEZ: Here's a far-ranging musical event to commemorate 35 years in music for Mark Mikel, leader of The Pillbugs & producer for many other groups / projects. The set mixes early and later Mark Mikel solo material along with Pillbugs songs. Mikel recruited many friends for the show, which means there are some transcendent moments (eg, songs that feature the string quartet) and some that border on self-indulgence (eg, extended guitar solos, etc.). If you're a Pillbugs fan, you will find much to like. If you're a Mark Mikel fan, you might already have the DVD that's the source for this audio rip (the DVD is pretty much impossible to find anywhere this many years later). ALL PRAISES to Mark for sharing the full concert online, and to Mick for finding a setlist for me (thank you, my musical friend: you always come through).
 
Enjoy Mark Mikel's music at Bandcamp

Friday, June 15

Pillbugs (Mark Mikel) - Live & Rare 2002-2012

Live & Rare 2002-2012
various locations, dates, recording info 

soundboard & audience recordings
(quality range: VG to Ex-)


SAMPLE: "Comburda" (live NYC 2002)

  
01 The World's Most Harmless Villain (live)
02 Comburda (live)
03 Peasant Girls (live)
04 All In Good Time (live)
05 Charlie Blue Car (live)
06 Pretend You're 
     Not Home (live) 
07 And the Days Go By (live)
08 And the Days Go By (demo)
09 Alluring Martha (demo)
10 Closer (studio demo)
11 One Slummy Day
12 When She's Gone
13 Sweet Girl
14 The Future of 
     Computers (live)
15 Out In the Midnight Rain (live)
16 Son of Shirley (live)
17 The Kick-Around Boy (live)

TRACK NOTES:
01-06 = Arlene's Grocery, New York, N.Y. Dec. 2002 
(Int'l Pop Overthrow Fest)
07 = Mark Mikel & Sono Novo Chamber Ensemble, 
Trinity Episcopal Church, 2011-05-21
08 = Mark Mikel demo (undated - 
special thanks to adamic for sharing)
09 = song & demo by Mark Kelley, with 
Mark Mikel and Dan Chalmers
10 = with false starts, live in the studio 2004 
11-13 = Mark Mikel recordings, undated (special 
thanks to adamic for sharing)
14 & 15 = Live on 'The Man Cave' 
with Jeff Lamb 2012-04-08
16 & 17 = Arlene's Grocery, New York, N.Y. Aug. 2004

ROB SEZ: This is a collection of latter-day Pillbugs & Mark Mikel live & rare tracks I put together recently. The first 6 are from the band's performance at the 2002 International Pop Overthrow in NYC, and were recorded with multi-track recording gear: they sound amazing. If you like your rock & pop with a psychedelic edge, check out The Pillbugs and Mark's solo releasesPARTICULAR THANKS to Mark & The Pillbugs for generously sharing so many ROIOs over the years.
 

Wednesday, June 6

New Peter H album in July!

Game Day
  
due July 27 from Omnivore Recordings

pre-order now to get a bonus 7" single
(bonus single is the 2017 release Don't Mention the War / Cinderella Style)
If you don't already own Peter's 1997 solo album Out of My Way, buy it here.
 
Preview video from Omnivore with several song snippets

Here's what Peter says about the album at his blog:

I played almost every note on the record. I recorded and mixed it in my basement studio. I'm so far inside this record I'm breathing dryer lint. So any semblance of objectivity about it and its chances at being loved by the general populace is nil.
 
The best thing is I did the record all by myself (that may also be the worst thing I did), and it's absolutely the record I wanted to make. People will undoubtedly hear it and scratch their heads and say it sounds weird and eccentric, at least I hope so.

   
(read the rest of Peter's comments — including plans to play live 
with Will Rigby on drums)

First solo album in 21 years from 
the veteran musician and songwriter.

Omnivore Recordings says:

You would think being an integral member of one of the most beloved power pop bands, the dB’s, would be enough for a guy and his resumé. But no, Peter Holsapple just had to tour with R.E.M. and Hootie & The Blowfish, join Continental Drifters, and collaborate with John Hiatt, Indigo Girls, The Troggs, The Cowsills, Juliana Hatfield Three, Better Than Ezra, and so many others. Not one to rest on laurels, Peter has continually been in motion since his first recordings in 1972 with Rittenhouse Square.

Perhaps that’s why he’s releasing his first solo album in 21 years—he’s been a busy, busy man. And, as Peter himself says, “And it’s really ‘solo,’ too! I played and sang 99 44/100ths of the notes on this record. I wanted to be responsible for all of it, so I dove deep inside myself and the songs and came up with Game Day.”

Game Day contains 13 new tracks, a bonus track, and two “super bonus tracks”—Holsapple’s critically acclaimed single “Don’t Mention the War” b/w ”Cinderella Style,” originally released in 2017. “After putting the single out on my own last year, I made the decision to put out an album. Some tunes are brand new, some have been in rotation for a bit, but all are worthy. My ‘middle-aged Pet Sounds fantasy’ is real, with the issues of middle age put to memorable melodies. The old guy at work in ‘Tuff Day,’ watching my parents’ place get cleared out in ‘Inventory,’ a decades-late thank-you note to a college girlfriend in ‘Commonplace’—they’re all a part of the present-day me.”

Game Day is prime Holsapple, whose recording career spans nearly five decades. It contains all the hooks, clever lyrics, and deft instrumentation one would expect. As he paraphrases Jeff Beck in the packaging, “Today, with all of the hard competition in the music business, it’s almost impossible to come up with anything totally original. So I haven’t, but I had a lot of fun making Game Day, and I hope it comes through when you hear it.”

    
CD / DIGITAL TRACK LIST:
  1. GAME DAY
  2. COMMONPLACE
  3. CONTINENTAL DRIFTERS
  4. IN TOO DEEP
  5. INVENTORY
  6. I GOT HIGH WITH YOU
  7. TUFF DAY
  8. THE BETTER MAN
  9. SHE HANDED HIM A PENCIL
  10. DON’T EVER LEAVE
  11. YELLING AT CLOUDS
  12. NOT RIGHT NOW
  13. THE SMARTEST THING I’VE EVER DONE
BONUS TRACK:
THEM CHANGES / SING LADY SING

SUPER BONUS TRACKS:
DON’T MENTION THE WAR
CINDERELLA STYLE
You need this, right? OK, go order it.

Friday, June 1

Don Dixon, M. Crenshaw, etc. - Boulder, CO 1992 (sbd)

'In Their Own Words' 
The Fox Theater
Boulder, CO
May 28, 1992

soundboard recording (quality: VG; sounds like a 2nd- or 3rd-generation tape source)
The greatness of Don Dixon extends all the
way down to his Chuck Taylors...

DISC ONE
01  Cheap Chatter (cuts in)
03  Walkin' Around *
04  If She Knew What She Wants + 
05  Your Man of Steel ^
06  [untitled, unfinished song]
08  Someday Someway *
09  Much Too Much +
11  Darlene ^
12  Borrowed Time
14  Your First Love *

DISC TWO
01  If We Never Meet Again +
02  Hometown ^
03  Renaissance Eyes (fades in)
05  (You're My) Favorite Waste of Time *
06  All Through the Night +
07  Rain Just Falls ^
08  Dark End of the Street 
10  Julie *
11  Love Hurts +
12  Didn't He Know? ^
















WHO SANG WHICH SONG?
Don Dixon (no symbol)  *Marshall Crenshaw
+Jules Shear   ^David Halley
(James McMurtry also performed, but his performances & comments are not included here. This explains the funky numbering: McMurtry's stuff would've appeared where numbers have been skipped.)



ROB SEZ: I usually don't go in for a lot of chit-chat between songs, but I'll make an exception for talent like Marshall Crenshaw, Don Dixon & Jules Shear. Each singer takes the lead on 5 of his own songs or a choice cover, and much of the talk about songs & song-writing is a pleasure to hear. MEGA THANKS to lilpanda for another of his extraordinary shares. (Don Dixon & Marti Jones fans take note: be sure to poke around a bit for the bonus share.)