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:
MMTU on Daytrotter

(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!

On the Road Again…

Lots of shows coming up with both Mike Mangione and the Union and with Justin Heron from now until the end of the year.

Here’s a list of what’s happening starting this week.

2012 TOUR DATES
Oct 2 2012 NBC Milwaukee-The Morning Blend Milwaukee, WI 9:00AM
Oct 3 2012 WUWM @ Nite with Bruce Winter Milwaukee, WI 8:00PM
Oct 4 2012 WGN Radio with Brain Noonan Chicago, IL 9:00P
Oct 5 2012 Fitzgeralds Pub Berwyn, IL 8:00 PM
Oct 6 2012 Linnemans Riverwest Milwaukee, WI 9:00 PM
Oct 12 2012 St Norbert Fall Fest De pere, WI 6:00 PM
Oct 13 2012 FARM Folk Alliance Official Showcase Saint Louis, MO TBA PM
Oct 13 2012 FARM Folk Alliance Pump House Concerts Gorilla Showcase Saint Louis, MO 12AM
Oct 13 2012 FARM Folk Alliance QUENCH Showcase room 266 Saint Louis, MO 1:45am PM
Oct 25 2012 The Mill link to venue Iowa City, IA 9:00P
Oct 26 2012 The Aster Cafe Minneapolis, MN 9:00P
Oct 27 2012 Fill These Hearts- with Christopher West link to venue Minneapolis, MN 7:00P
Oct 28 2012 Beaners Coffeehouse Duluth, MN 7:00P
Oct 30 2012 The Frequency Madison, WI 8:00P
Nov 1 2012 Private Performance Harrisburg, PA N/A
Nov 3 2012 The Public House, Milwaukee, WI
Nov 9 2012 Sharon Lynn Wilson Center For The Arts Brookfield, WI 8:00P
Nov 10 2012 Cup O Joy link to venue Green Bay, WI 7:00P
Nov 14 2012 http://www.dittytv.com Livestream Watch us LIVE at 12pm CST Memphis, TN 12:00P CST
Nov 14 2012 The Fleming Center Nashville, TN 8:00P
Nov 15 2012 Uncle Slayton’s Louisville, KY 8:00P
Nov 16 2012 Molly Malones-3rd Floor Newport, KY 9:00P
Nov 17 2012 Fill These Hearts- With Chrsitopher West Sylvania, OH 7:00P
Nov 27 2012 IOTA Arlington,VA 8:00P
Nov 28 2012 Temple University- Newman Center Philadelphia, PA 8:00P
Nov 29 2012 The Living Room New York, NY 9:00P
Dec 1 2012 Trinity House Livonia, MI 8:00P
Dec 7 2012 The Aster Cafe Minneapolis, MN 9:00P
Dec 8 2012 Oak Center General Store Lake city, MN 8:00P

All Dates are MMTU except for Oct 6 (playing with both Mike and Justin that night) and Nov 3 (with Justin).

FUN!!!!!

New Year, new gear, new music, new shows – YES!

2012 is here and I’m already behind but I wanted to jot down a quick note about what’s coming up this year –

New gear – as usual I’ve acquired a few new cymbals over the past year thanks to my pal Bob Rupp  at Sabian and I’ll be working those into the live rotation this year.  Some HHX, AAX, OMNI and prototypes that are all pretty cool.

Music! The new Mike Mangione release rounded out nicely in mixing at the end of last year and went off to be mastered in December. We haven’t decided on a release date yet but new songs are creeping into the live set and people seem to really like them.  Also, working on both the new Sulek and Justin  Heron releases (even playing some bass!) and those should come out some time this year.

Shows – lots of upcoming shows with Mike Mangione and The Union as well as some shows here and there with my pals in Sulek and Justin Heron.

MMTU dates can be found here: http://mikemangione.com/tour and I’ll try to keep updates on the others as they arise.

Speaking of new and live – here’s Mike Mangione & The Union live on WGN America (and local Chicago channel 9) previewing a song called Burn in My Belly.  Enjoy!

Mike Mangione and The Union in the WGN TV Midday Music Lounge

 

 

 

 

Cymbal fever!

Tracked multiple takes of four songs yesterday and they may all be keepers!

So far I’ve used the following sets:

14″ HHX groove hats
20″ HH French (Crash/Ride)
21″ Hammer with 3 rivets (Bosphorus)
18″ AAX Ozone
18″ HHX Stage Crash

Or

14″ Mastersound hats
20″ HH French (Crash/Ride)
21″ signature Andre Ceccerelli ride
13″ AA Thin Crash
17″ Vault Crash

I also did a little Mastersound top (nice and thin) with the groove hat bottom (a little heavier) which worked really well.

Snare wise I’ve used the Ludwig twins (supra and black beauty) and also the Spaun 5.5 x 14 wood hoops with the snares off.

Drums have all been my Taye kit, rack and 14″ tuned up tight and the 16 and 22 tuned low and fat.

Can’t wait to get over there today for more tracking, these sessions are off to a great start!

(ooh and just got back to the studio and realized that I used this set up last:

14″ Mastersound top Groove bottom
20″ HH French (Crash/Ride)
21″ signature Andre Ceccerelli ride
18″ HHX Stage crash
17″ Vault Crash )