Wow, right?

Thursday March 20 2020 5:00:39pm

Wow, right?

About a week ago I was on the road with Devin Townsend, and also in the midst of composing a big old essay for this website…a super long one, like an old-school Mike Types To You missive from the halcyon days of keneally.com, full of solid info and tangential, irrelevant asides – and then the world had other plans for all of us, and made a whole lot of the stuff I was writing about REALLY irrelevant, especially regarding future gigs which can now best be described as “up in the air.”

So, I won’t burden you with all that. But boy, it was a great essay! (Actually I just re-read it and I’d describe it as pretty good. But everything looks different through March 20 eyes than it did through March 11 eyes, which was the night we called a halt to the Devin Townsend tour halfway through and all headed home as quickly as we could.)

More than anything I really hope you and your loved ones are feeling okay, and just like all of you, I hope we all find our way out of this truly surreal situation sooner than we expect to.

This is a shot of the dressing room after the last show of the foreshortened Devin tour, in Dallas. Audience members brought us stuffed animals every night at Dev's request, because there was no budget for more elaborate staging, so animals decorated the stage every night. This was a really good bear.
This is a shot of the dressing room after the last show of the foreshortened Devin tour, in Dallas. Audience members brought us stuffed animals every night at Dev’s request, because there was no budget for more elaborate staging, so animals decorated the stage every night. This was a really good bear.

Meanwhile, the world of music moves forward…I’ve got a lot of projects underway, and one of them was just released, the mighty MFTJ.

MFTJ is the result of producer/musician Scott Schorr and myself communicating musically over a vast geographical expanse (he lives in Australia and I do not, so we recorded separately and he edited everything together). It’s extremely groovalicious, textured, nasty and appealing. Absolutely the right music for your upcoming indoor barbecue.

You can hear it and purchase it at our Bandcamp page here:
mftj.bandcamp.com/album/mftj

And you can read me doing a track-by-track commentary on the album right the heck here:
progsheet1.hypermart.net/mftj2020tbt.html

I’ve heard from a number of people that they’ve been quite obsessed with it. It seems to demand repeat playings. I hope you dig it big time. Bryan Beller thinks it’s great, if that helps!

There is a lot more music from me coming this year. More about all that later.

Thank you and TAKE VERY GOOD CARE OF YOURSELF.

Love, Mike

Hello! Baby, hello!

That’s an Elton John quote, did you recognize it?

I’m playing in Escondido at the California Center For The Arts on Sunday Feb. 16, which, if you’re reading this on the day it’s been posted, is today. This is me trying to get back in the swing of keeping this website updated with relevant info. How’m I doin’ so far?

I’ll be playing a set of my music, including some brand new stuff, and several enticing cover tunes, with the marvelous San Diego group Back To The Garden backing me up. We have been working on a new album together over the last few months and we’ll premiere a couple of the tunes from it at this gig. 

Spin Doctors are headlining, we’re the middle act and Tim Flannery/Jeff Berkley are headlining. Beautiful venue. Beautiful players. Come be in our beautiful audience! It’s an early show, Flannery/Berkley hit at 6pm and my set starts at 6:40. 

Here’s a ticket link: 
http://artcenter.org/event/the-spin-doctors/

Use the code SOS2020 for a 20% discount off your online ticket purchase, why don’tcha?

Rock for the Environment featuring the Spin Doctors, Mike Keneally & Back to the Garden and Tim Flannery with Jeff Berkley.

Devin Townsend North American tour starts very soon and I’ll be touring with The Zappa Band opening for King Crimson this summer, and I’ve got multiple other projects happening simultaneously which I’m gonna be talking about here at Keneally.com all this year. 

Thanks to Antal and Scott for keeping this page alive for years waiting for me to write something for it. Will this be the year I actually become a consistent contributor again to my very own website? Will this be a return to the halcyon mid-90s, to the grand productive days of Keneally.com? Let’s see!

Love,

Mike

A few words from Mike

Hello! I’ve returned to this website which bears my name to tell you of some stuff.

Particularly the fact that I’m touring in Europe this month and the next with Devin Townsend. We’re supporting his new album Empath which I co-produced with him. I love the album so much – I’m as happy to be involved with it as anything I’ve done musically, and I feel the same about the tour we’re doing. We’ll be touring North America next year too.

Devin Townsend rehearsal photo
Devin Townsend rehearsal photo

Additionally there will be more gigs with the Zappa band (me, Scott Thunes, Ray White, Robert Martin and Joe Travers) next year and I’m writing some new music with Todd Rundgren and there’s some secret stuff going on in Exowax-land too…lots to talk about at a later date.

For now though, if you’re in Europe, come see me with the Devin band over the next few weeks, yeah? 

Thanks, you!

Mike
Devin Townsend Empath Europe - Volume 1