Holiday Show Announced / Update From The Studio

Holiday Show Announced / Update From The Studio

THE MIKE ERRICO HOLIDAY SHOW Friday, December 9, 7:00p Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2 196 Allen St., NYC Doors 6:30 PM / Show 7:00 PM Featuring new songs from the upcoming album, strange and beautiful surprises, rural synthesizers, and your 2017 HOLIDAY OMENS. What are Holiday Omens, you ask? Oh, you will know. PURCHASE TICKETS HERE   UPDATE FROM THE STUDIO: So, here’s what’s happening. I was planning on recording a five-song EP, but it was going so well that I crashed through the DEAD END sign and kept on driving. It’s now going to be a full-length album, and it’s going to be a killer. Producer Jamie Siegel (Sting, Lauryn Hill, Taking Back Sunday) and I are letting the songs tell us where they want to go, and we’re consistently amazed by what is coming out. I’ll admit, it hurts a little to think it’s going to take more time to get this new music to you, but the end result is going to be twice the size, so I’m just going to stay focused and keep working. Last week’s studio highlight is that I got a bunch of friends and former songwriting students to come in and sing a “gang vocal” for a drinking song/existential crisis called “Here’s to the End of the World,” which I think will close the album. I’m posting video clips and pictures of all the sessions on Instagram – check em out, and let me know what you think. HERE ARE TWO QUESTIONS FOR YOU QUESTION #1: After the record is done, what format(s) do you want it to be in? CD? Vinyl? Thumb drive? Cassette...
Mike Errico: Back In The Studio, With Two Questions For You

Mike Errico: Back In The Studio, With Two Questions For You

Hey, folks: I’m now in the studio making an amazing record I can’t wait to share with you. I have two questions to ask you about how to make this the best release ever. I’m so grateful for your support over the years, and I want to make sure you know it. So, here’s the story. ABOUT THE RECORDING A good chef will tell you it’s all about the ingredients, and I bet that’s true, though I mostly just grill hot dogs and pour bowls of Grape Nuts. Luckily, this is about music, not food, and for me the main ingredients are the songs. And I’m telling you: These songs are killers. They’re urgent and sexy and snarling, and they’re dying to meet you. (I pulled that from a friend’s Tinder, but it applies, here.) Recording has begun, and you can witness the progress, meet the musicians, hear clips, and watch it all unfold on my Facebook or Instagram pages, as well as right here. There’s already a lot of stuff there, so check it out HERE ARE MY QUESTIONS FOR YOU QUESTION #1: After the record is done, what format(s) do you want it to be in? CD? Vinyl? Thumb drive? Cassette (forget it)? QUESTION #2: What other stuff would you want? Tee shirts; house concerts; lyric sheets; short stories; podcasts; guitar lessons; a reincarnation of Tallboy magazine; a special cover song; Omens; Skype songwriting class; something else? Send me your answers by emailing me here or going to my web site’s contact page. BECAUSE I WANT TO GIVE YOU WHAT YOU WANT TO HAVE That’s the story....
Mike Errico: Story Songs Playlist

Mike Errico: Story Songs Playlist

I’ve been working on new material, and for me, that means taking a look at where I’ve been. I’m finishing the writing phase, and drawing lines through my songs, dating back to the beginning of my career. I thought I’d share what I’ve been noticing, in playlist form. I’ve been drawn to what some people call “story songs.” I found my writing voice listening to punk-folk, rock, country and early hip-hop artists, and particularly loved when the songs told, well, a “story,” as opposed to capturing a mood, or rallying around a single phrase, and so on. Some that immediately come to mind: – Space Oddity, David Bowie – oh, man. When communication cuts off from Ground Control? I’ll never forget when I first heard that. I actually wrote about it here. And here. – Cover Me Up, Jason Isbell – This guy gives me faith. I put him with Sturgill Simpson and Father John Misty, who sang about “subprime loans” and made me feel that there were no limits. – Main Street, Hollywood Nights, Night Moves, Bob Seger – I’m there every time he awakes to the sound of thunder…”How far off, I sat and wondered…” Me, too, Bob! Me, too! – The Distance, by Cake – I love the insane determination of that driver! “Someone for whom…he…still…BURNS.” Me, too, Cake! Me, too! – I Left My Wallet in El Segundo – Tribe Called Quest. In a similar vein as Cake, and maybe a goof, but it isn’t to me. It’s a cockeyed story in which the journey itself far outstrips the destination. Which is kind of the...
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