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!)

Drummers like to tinker…

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Been tinkering in the music room downstairs during the off season and this monster has emerged.

It’s my Taye Drums gokit rack tom (12″) and the 18″ gokit kick as a woofer for a 24×14 Yamaha 9000 kick. Also a Yamaha 9000 14×10 rack tom as a floor tom.

There are 4 snares in the pic – A Yamaha steve gadd with vintage hoops, a vintage red slingerland, an LP 10″ micro by the hihat and a Taye 14x7maple/walnut hanging out down below.

Cymbals are: SABIAN Prototype 10″ aero splash, 18″ HH thin, 21″ SR2 thin, 19″ AAX Tremor with rattler and the hihats are 15″ Crescent Cymbals

Electronics are a Roland SPD-S with some sweet e-panda headphones (thanks Dominic at Woodshed for pimping #hooligan stuff haha)

I’m using the new vic firth beaters and Steve Jordan sticks (can’t see them)

Oh yeah. and a cowbell. (LP Salsa bell. mmmm chips and salsa)

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

Big News from MMTU

We are excited to announce the official release of our latest album
“Red-Winged Blackbird Man” due out in stores Sep 3rd 2013!!!

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We set out for 5 days of recording in Iowa City with Grammy nominated producer Bo Ramsey, but the team got along famously and completed the new record in 2.5 beautiful days! “The majority of our experience as a band is playing together live, and we didn’t want the recording process to be any different,” says Mike. “We set the room, took our places, pressed record and came out ahead. I can’t wait for people to share in what happened there”.

For those that have seen the band live since the album’s completion it has been made available at the shows. Sep 3rd marks the official release and moment it will be available to the general public through digital and physical distribution. Spread the word!! Speak of and buy often!!

(Way back during recording of this cd, I took some notes on gear that was used and I’ll rewrite a brief recap soon.)

Daytrotter!

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At the end of our touring cycle last year, we had the opportunity to visit Daytrotter and record a few tracks, including three from our upcoming cd “Red-Winged Blackbird Man”. The Daytrotter experience was amazing and it really felt like a milestone event for our band.

Please visit our little Daytrotter artist page and have a listen for yourself:
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(Oh and for gear heads – I used a Taye 14×7 maple/walnut snare, the house kit which was a C&C Maple/Mahogany kit and some of main touring cymbal set up: 14″ HHX Groove hats, 18 AAX Ozone crash, 21″ Signature ride and 18″ HHX Stage Crash.)

Bring What You Need, Use What You Have

I had the great pleasure recently of subbing for my friend Chris in the band Sulek. Sulek frontman Patrick Hoctor and I play together in MMTU and when Chris was unavailable he called me first. (I love those kinds of calls.)

The Details:
I only had a few weeks to get ready for the show
It was a 45 minute set (7-8 songs to learn)
It was basically a duo onstage (Patrick singing and playing guitar, Ruthie on vocals for a some songs)
It was at a venue at which I’ve never played

So, I listened to Sulek non-stop for 14 days, worked through the arrangements and really zeroed in a on a few things that I wasn’t comfortable playing at first. We had two rehearsals – Patrick and I had a 2 hour practice, and then we did a run through with Ruthie the day of the show for a little over an hour – and then boom we played the show.

Gear wise I kept it super simple since it was just two instruments on stage – kick, snare, floor tom and cymbals.

AND IT WAS A BLAST!

There is video of the show which I hope to post shortly but in the meantime, this pic will tell the story:

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(ooh and Patrick loved the smoke machine! haha)

Well, Hello 2013!

Breaks are nice, aren’t they?

We ended 2012 with some great shows, including a nice arctic adventure with our pals in Field Report up in dreamy Minnesota, we rode out (part of) the winter and now we’re headed to balmy Toronto for the Folk Alliance International conference/festival.

I’ll be packing lots of warm socks and long undies and getting ready for that trek to the Great White North. And, I’ll possibly be rolling out some new gear this year. Canada get’s to see it first but I promise that you’ll see it all over America as well if it works out the way I hope it will. (if not, I’m sure embarrassing Youtube videos will have to be destroyed haha)

So, here’s some upcoming dates with MMTU:

Feb 21 2013 Folk Alliance International – The Monarchs Pub Toronto, ON (Canada) 11:45PM
Feb 21 2013 Folk Alliance International – Access Films Showcase – Room #1059 Toronto, ON (Canada) 1:10AM (technically Feb 22)
Feb 21 2013 Folk Alliance International- Philadelphia Love Showcase – Room #1066 Toronto, ON (Canada) 1:30AM (technically Feb 22)
Feb 22 2013 Folk Alliance International- OFFICIAL SHOWCASE – Rossetti Room Toronto, ON (Canada) 8:15PM
Feb 22 2013 Folk Alliance International – LilFest Showcase – Room #1275 Toronto, ON (Canada) 1:45AM (technically Feb 23)
Feb 23 2013 Folk Alliance International- Arrival Records, Poltz & Pressman Presents – Room #1260 Toronto, ON (Canada) 11:00PM
Feb 23 2013 Folk Alliance International – Access Films Showcase – Room #1059 Toronto, ON (Canada) 1:10 AM (technically Feb 24)
Mar 1 2013 Fitzgeralds Berwyn, IL 8pm
Mar 8 2013 Café Paradiso Fairfield, IA 8pm
Mar 9 2013 CSPS Cedar Rapids, IA
Mar 28 2013 Nines at the River Club of Mequon Mequon, WI
Mar 29 2013 House Concert – email MangioneMusic@Gmail.com for details Madison, WI 8pm
Apr 6 2013 The Tonic Room Chicago, IL 8
Apr 11 2013 Canal Street Tavern Dayton, OH
Apr 12 2013 Velvet Lounge Washington DC
Apr 13 2013 The Thought Lot Shippensburg PA
Apr 14 2013 @ TBA New York City, NY
May 4 2013 Cup O Joy Green Bay, WI
May 10 2013 Trinity House Theatre Benefit Show Livonia, MI


ALSO!

I lent out my drums to my pal Patrick Hoctor, did a little engineering and also tracked some one handed kick drum for his new Sulek CD “Unbound At Last”.

Sulek is Patrick Hoctor, Ruthie Hoctor and Chris Winberg.

Check it out here: http://www.sulekmusic.com

AND!

justin heron epAfter much tracking and re-tracking and mixing and more mixing the Justin Heron ep is done and out as well. I played drums on this and I think it sounds pretty good. Justin records and mixes it old school and it shows (in the best of ways.)
Check it out here:
The Justin Heron ep

 

 

 

OK 2013 – let’s get it on!