Do you have an album that helps to define a particular your of your life? I have a few, and one of the most important for me is Sluggo! by Mike Keneally & Beer For Dolphins. I got this album in 1998 and that was a year that was pretty huge for me in terms of that whole ‘defining your sense of self’ thing. I didn’t yet know who I was going to ultimately be, but I knew which things resonated with me. And Sluggo! hit me hard (probably even harder than Scambot did a few years ago). It’s so creative, expressive, funny, intense, melodic, virtuosic… and it was also a little raw, at least in its sonics, which is why it’s awesome to hear that Mike has given Sluggo! the remix treatment! It’s available in a variety of formats featuring a great deal of unreleased audio and video material, and featuring new stereo and surround mixes of the album. “I’ve always felt the album is really good, but I’ve had reservations about the mix forever,” Mike says. “It’s a long story (told at length in the new liner notes in the reissue packaging), but the upshot is I’m finally completely happy with the sound of the album. Sixteen years after recording it, I finally feel like I’ve finished Sluggo!” Continue reading
You Must Be This Tall, the new album my Mike Keneally, is out now! It’s Mike’s 24th album, and it features 12 largely instrumental pieces with musical assistance by Marco Minnemann, Bryan Beller, Joe Travers, Rick Musallam, Missy Andersen and XTC’s Andy Partridge. And Mike says “this is an album that rewards dedicated attention with a good set of headphones,” which bodes well! Get more info and find out how you can help Mike promote the album here. And below you’ll find “You Must Be This Small,” a sampler of bits and pieces of the album, as well as the video for the song “Popes.” Enjoy! Continue reading
Mike Keneally – one of the greatest musicians you’ll ever hear and one of the nicest dudes you’ll ever meet – has just announced a new album titled You Must Be This Tall, to be released on August 27. It’s Mike’s 24th album, and it features 12 largely instrumental pieces with musical assistance by Marco Minnemann, Bryan Beller, Joe Travers, Rick Musallam, Missy Andersen and XTC’s Andy Partridge. And Mike says “this is an album that rewards dedicated attention with a good set of headphones,” which bodes well! Get more info and find out how you can help Mike promote the album here. And below you’ll find “You Must Be This Small,” a sampler of bits and pieces of the album, as well as the video for the song “Popes.” Enjoy! Continue reading
Devin Townsend is many things: composer, lyricist, vocalist, guitarist, producer – hell, you could even stretch that to ‘humourist,’ and in the process draw some pretty solid parallels to Frank Zappa. But no matter which hat he puts on, whether it’s releasing albums with the Devin Townsend Project, playing intense-yet-uplifting live shows (like his impending Australian tour) or as the lead vocalist on Steve Vai’s 1993 Sex & Religion album, Devin has always been about the pure expression of the idea. As a guitarist his style is instantly identifiable, so it seemed like a good point to kick off our conversation. Continue reading
Joe Satriani is about to release his new album, Unstoppable Momentum, on May 7. Preorder it here! It features Vinnie Colaiuta on drums, Mike Keneally on keys and Chris Chaney on bass. Oh and his live band will feature Keneally as well as Bryan Beller on bass and Marco Minnemann on drums, which is an utterly killer line-up. I’ve heard Joe’s new album and without giving too much away let me just say that it continues along the vein of his last few but with a really engaging, human feel thanks to the talents of misters Colaiuta, Keneally and Chaney. Think The Extremist but with more push and pull from the rhythm section. The first single, A Door Into Summer, offers a bit of an indication of what to expect but it certainly doesn’t tell the whole story. Check it out below! Continue reading
Joe Satriani has just announced the May 9, 2013 release of his next album, Unstoppable Momentum, and a pair of killer bands associated with the project: the studio band consisting of Mike Keneally, Vinnie Colauita (whoa!) and Chris Chaney, and a new live band consisting of …Mike Keneally, Brian Beller and Marco Minnemann! That’s right, Keneally Minnemann Beller! This is mind-melting news for me and I’m sure many of you too.
Below is the news in Joe’s words, but before we get to that, let me add that Beller, Minnemann and their buddy Guthrie Govan will hit the road for a huge US Aristocrats tour this summer. Their second studio album, tentatively titled Culture Clash, is targeted for a July 16 release, and the US tour will go for six weeks, from mid-July to late August. Check out tentative dates here, but bookmark the tour page to keep an eye on the dates once they’re locked in.
And now for that word from Joe Satriani…
Back in 1998 I was in second year at university and my listening diet basically consisted of Mike Keneally’s Sluggo, XTC’s Skylarking and Devin Townsend’s Ocean Machine. )(Okay, add of Dream Theater’s Awake too, which had already been out for four years by that point but which I’d finally got my own copy of instead of nicking my brothers’ all the time). So the combination of Keneally and Partridge writing songs together is like a bizarre mash-up of a particular period of my life. This song sounds great and I can’t wait for my copy of the album to arrive.
You can buy the album here.
Mike Keneally “Wing Beat Fantastic: Songs written by Mike Keneally & Andy Partridge”
RELEASE DATE: JULY 24, 2012. PRE-ORDER NOW!
This magical new album from composer/producer/multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Mike Keneally is the highly anticipated result of a songwriting union between the famed rock experimentalist and legendary XTC tunesmith Andy Partridge.
Their collaboration produced eight new songs, combining Partridge’s innate sense of angular pop melody and beautifully intelligent poeticism with Keneally’s experimental bent and surrealist tendencies. For Partridge fanatics, the album will be a trove of rare new material from a songwriter who’s released precious little new work over the past decade. For Keneally enthusiasts, Wing Beat Fantastic represents his most melodic and pop-oriented release ever, while still maintaining the rich, detail-studded arrangements, love of sonic adventurism and superb musicianship for which he is renowned. More than any other Keneally album, Wing Beat Fantastic has an emotional resonance that engages the heart as adeptly as it does the mind.
Woo! I can’t wait to hear this album! Read about it here.
There was a particular year of my life where my musical diet consisted of walloping amounts of Mike Keneally (particularly Sluggo! and Boil That Dust Speck) and a few XTC albums (along with Devin Townsend’s Ocean Machine – Biomech). So the very thought of an album featuring songwriting collaborations between Mike Keneally and XTC’s Andy Partridge is just too awesome to comprehend – in the ‘awe’ definition of the word awesome, not the surfer dude one.
I’ve thought about this a lot lately: what’s the greatest guitar solo ever? I know that’s a purely subjective thing, so really what I’m asking is, what’s the greatest solo ever to me? Well, that’s surprisingly easy: Frank Zappa’s lead on “Any Kind Of Pain” from Broadway the Hard Way. In true Frank style this solo is improvised, and I’ve heard bootlegs of various shows from the 1988 tour which are cool, but not as magical as this one. The take heard on the Broadway The Hard Way album is actually an edited version of this performance, chopping out a big section in the middle. Although the solo’s great in its full version, the edit on the album seems to really kick it up a notch. Here’s the solo as it originally went down.
And here’s Mike Keneally playing it at the Zappa’s Universe concert, very much like the album version.
Awesome! Click here for cinema locations. Can’t wait to see this – after all, it represents a rare chance to see Joe Satriani live (in a way) with one of my other favourite musicians in the world, Mike Keneally.
ONE NIGHT ONLY 3D HD CONCERT PERFORMANCE SCREENING ON MARCH 7 IN SELECTED CINEMAS AROUND AUSTRALIA
CinemaLive is proud to announce the Australian premiere of Satchurated: Live in Montreal- a concert film featuring the amazing talents of world- renowned guitar virtuoso, Joe Satriani in 3D with 7.1 Dolby Digital sound.
The concert was filmed live in Montreal, Canada in December of 2010 during Satriani’s The Wormhole Tour, supporting his studio album Black Swans and Wormhole Wizards.
Captured expertly by GRAMMY and EMMY award-winning filmmakers Pierre and Francois Lamoureux, Satchurated captures Satriani at his searing best, with every chord documented by ten 2D and 3D high definition cameras. Fans will delight in the opportunity to catch this spectacular preview of the master at work ahead of his visit to Australia as the headliner and creator of the G3 concert series.
Screening around Australia on March 7th for ONE NIGHT ONLY, Satchurated promises to be a true musical spectacle and an absolutely unique cinematic experience.
Ticket price- $25 at the Box Office or pre-sale details via www.cinemalive.com