Dickie on Iowa Public Radio’s Java Blend

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Found out recently that Host Ben Keefer and the good people at IPR posted audio of our November visit to the Java Blend program.  They record the show live in the back room of a very small coffee house on a very small stage (as you can see by the pic.)

I played the whole show using VF Tala Wands but my Yamaha Tour Series drums and Impression cymbals sounded pretty darn good.  It was tough to get a feel for how loud the loops were since the show goes direct to hard disk but I balanced it the best I could.  That’s showbiz!

Listen Here: Dickie combines dark content with light pop

2015 Keeps on Rolling!

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It’s already April!

Starting to fill in the Spring and Summer dates of 2015, here’s what is on the books so far:

With Nineteen Thirteen
April 4, 2015 @ 7PM – George’s Tavern – Racine, WI
April 17, 2015 @ 7PM,  w/ The Shift & Parallel – Linneman’s – Milwaukee, WI
June 4, 2015 @ 8:30PM – The Bay – Whitefish Bay, WI
June 13, 2015 @ 1PM – Museum of Wisconsin Art (MOWA) – West Bend, WI
June 20, 2015 @ 4PM – Lakefront Festival of The Arts  (MAM) – Milwaukee, WI
July 12, 2015 @ 5PM – Bastille Days: Cathedral Square Stage – Milwaukee, WI
August 7-8, 2015 Mile of Music Festival – Appleton, WI

With Devil Met Contention
April 11, 2015 @ 9PM, w/ The Local Strangers & New Boyz Club – Club Garibaldi – Milwaukee, WI
April 30, 2015 @ 8PM – Linneman’s – Milwaukee, WI
May 1, 2015 @ 8PM – Club Garibaldi, Milwaukee, WI
May 5, 2015 @ 5PM – Live on 91.7 WMSE Radio – Milwaukee, WI
May 28, 2015 @ 7PM – UWM Honors Martin Jack Rosenblum – Milwaukee, WI
May 30, 2015 @ 7PM – The Great Unknown Radio Fundraiser – Appleton, WI
July 11, 2015 @ 7PM, w/ New Red Moons & Tree Party – Club Garibaldi, Milwaukee, WI
August 7-8, 2015 Mile of Music Festival – Appleton, WI

With Dave Fitzpatrick Band
April 23, 2015 @ Harley Davidson Museum – Milwaukee, WI

In the studio with Devil Met Contention

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More intimate details to come but the short story is we gathered together to cut as many tracks as we could on Sunday, October 12 at the fantastic Howl Street Recordings with Milwaukee legend Shane Hochstetler at the helm.  And we are very tired today but also very happy with the marathon tracking session.

 

Goodbye to Summer!

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Well, it’s been a great Summer for playing shows (weird weather not withstanding) but September in Wisconsin basically means it’s time to start booking shows indoors.

It also means it’s time to do some recording!  I can’t wait to line up some studio time and test out all of the cool new gear I’ve been working with this year.  Especially Crescent Cymbals and Aquarian Drumheads, both of which have been more and more impressive every time I’ve used them.   (Thanks Chris Brady and Michael Vosbein!)

Here’s a link to a little flyover from my most recent show with The Dave Fitzpatrick Band – it’s a quick shot of what I’m using and loving right now: LLRLRR on Instagram

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MKE Unplugged with WMSE

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It’s hard to believe that this show was already a month ago!

It was alot of fun playing for the good people of Milwaukee at the UWM Zelazo Center and big thanks to WMSE for broadcasting the show live on the radio. More shows coming soon. (Finally getting a little busy in 2014!)

Looking Back on 2013

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I was updating the Video of the Week page and Discography page recently and realized I had a pretty busy year. Lots of shows with MMTU, a few with Sulek and another great ILC show at COLDWAVES II this year. Also got to sit in with my pals Zach Steinback, Michael McDermott* and 1913 playing a little cajon and percussion. And I had five different projects release this year! It’s crazy how fast this year went by and I think I’m going to do a 12 Days of Christmas type review of my top 12 favorite shows of the year.

In the meantime, Let’s plug some product- they make great stocking stuffers!
Mike Mangione and The Union: Red-winged Blackbird Man (CD 2013)
ILC: Body Snatchers (CD 2013)
Rally and Sustain: The Cracknation Documentary (DVD, 2013)
Rally and Sustain: Cracklogues and Tour Logs (book, 2013)
Justin Heron: The Justin Heron EP (digital, 2013)

*maybe? haha

Red-Winged Blackbird Man is out now!

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Finally!

We recorded this awhile back and toured the songs all last year, talked to a few folks and got our team in place and it’s out now. We’ve got a great media team and a great pr team and the rest we’re doing on our own.

Who needs a label these days? 🙂

We’ll be out on the road in September, October and November to promote the new release so stop bye and say hi!

MMTU Fall Dates
Sep 7 2013 Madison-House Concert Madison, WI 8:00pm
Sep 13 2013 REPUBLIC at Calhoun Square Minneapolis, MN 9pm
Sep 14 2013 North Dakota State Fargo, ND 8pm
Sep 20 2013 Precinct Somerville, MA 8pm
Sep 21 2013 Saint Peters Church New Brunswick, NJ 8pm
Sep 27 2013 The Trinity House Livonia, MI 8pm
Sep 28 2013 Modern Formations Gallery Pittsburgh, PA 8pm
Sep 29 2013 IOTA Washington, DC 8pm
Sep 30 2013 St.Ignatius Church Hickory, MD 7pm
Oct 1 2013 The Thought Lot Shippensburg, PA 7pm
Oct 2 2013 Burlap and Bean Philadelphia, PA 8pm
Oct 3 2013 The Living Room New York, NY 9pm
Oct 4 2013 St. Paul Inside the Walls Madison, NJ 8pm
Oct 5 2013 Catholic Underground NY, NY 7pm
Oct 10 2013 Cafe Paradiso Fairfield, IA 8pm
Oct 11 2013 318 Cafe Excelsior, MN 8pm
Oct 12 2013 Eronel Dubuque, IA 9pm
Oct 18 2013 CSPS Cedar Rapids, IA 8pm
Oct 19 2013 Private Party Iowa City, IA 8pm
Oct 24 2013 Old Rock house St Louis, MO 8pm
Oct 25 2013 The New Vintage Louisville, KY 9pm
Oct 26 2013 Molly Malone’s Cincinnati,OH 9pm
Oct 27 2013 The Barking Spider Cleveland, OH 7pm
Nov 1 2013 Shank Hall Milwaukee, WI 9pm
Nov 2 2013 Old Town School Of Folk Music Chicago, IL 8:30pm
Nov 23 2013 Windy City House Concert Chicago, IL 8pm