New Year’s News from Mike

Mike Keneally with Ed Palermo Big Band and Napoleon Murphy Brock

Hey your eyes are pointed at words I wrote!

I hope you’re having a splendid 2014. So far this year I’ve been mostly sequestered away working on Scambot 2, although I did guest with Joe Travers and Friends at the Potato one night, which was beyond beyond, and I had a scintillating detour to The Iridium in NYC for a couple of nights with the Ed Palermo Big Band and Napoleon Murphy Brock – intensely fun and severely musical.

And did I mention how much I loved playing those four shows with Bryan, Joe and Rick in December? I adore those goofballs, the shows were great and I want to thank everyone who came to see us. It was necessary for me to get out and play some songs from You Must Be This Tall live for the first time, and it was also great to bust out tunes from the recently reissued Sluggo!.

Speaking of which: the response to the Sluggo! reissue has been crazy. I definitely felt we were taking a risk remixing one of my albums for the first time – the “messing with peoples’ memories” angle is definitely something that has to be considered. And I’ve heard too many remixes of albums where it was considered some form of victory for it merely to not sound way worse than the original. We were shooting for way more with Sluggo! We worked for a long time on the stereo and surround remixes (as long as it’s taken me to make some albums from scratch) and we took the process very seriously. After it was done I was utterly convinced that we had improved the sound of the record hugely, and with all the supplementary audio and video material we gathered for the new edition I was certain that we’d created a really nice package – now we had to see what everyone else thought of it all.

Sluggo!So it’s been gratifying that every bit of feedback we’ve gotten, and every comment we’ve seen online, supports our belief that the remix is a genuine improvement. I seriously haven’t seen a single negative comment, which is stunning. The response to the surround mix has also justified the time and hard work spent on it, and people are enjoying the vast quantity of archival video and bonus audio contained in the deluxe package. I couldn’t be more happy about it all.

Here’s a couple of responses which give the flavor – a review from “Jeff” on the alt.music.mike-keneally newsgroup– a brief excerpt:

“I thought Wing Beat Fantastic and You Must Be This Tall were new milestones for MK as far as mix quality and clarity, but the new mix of Sluggo! might just surpass them. Clearly a huge amount of work into this remix, and it shows. Rediscovering an old friend in this very new light is a special treat.”

And this review on the Something Else Reviews website.

There are still a good batch of Super Deluxe Editions available, but they’re going pretty dang quick. That’s the signed numbered edition of 1000, which comes with the additional CD Live At Mama Kin in its own digipak. This is a burning Beer For Dolphins gig from 1998, and it also features superb audio quality.

If you’ve already gotten the new Sluggo! I am very grateful and I hope you’re enjoying the heck out of it. If you haven’t, treat yourself – I promise you’ll dig it. If you don’t, I’ll do one of these three things:

A. Watch the movie 1941 1,941 consecutive times
B. Let you hit me on the big toe with a spoon
C. Eat a bag of Fritos which has been underwater for a week

Speaking of underwater, I’ve been obsessed with the show Sea Hunt lately. It is absolutely fantastic. More about that, perhaps, in the next exciting installment of THE KENEALLIST!

Love,
Mike

Listen to “Sluggomatic,” A Brief Tour of Mike Keneally’s Sluggo!Order Sluggo! today at The Mike Keneally Store. You’ll get the stereo download NOW, and your multi-disc Sluggo! package will ship right away.

Sluggo! is available in four formats:

Sluggo!

1) Sluggo! Deluxe (1-CD/2-DVD package) $34

Contains:

  • Same-day download of the 2013 Stereo Mix of Sluggo! in mp3 or FLAC
  • CD with 2013 Stereo Mix of Sluggo! plus 2 bonus tracks
  • DVD-A with PCM 16/48 Stereo, DTS 24/48 5.1 Digital Surround, MLP 24/96 Lossless Stereo & MLP 24/96 Lossless 5.1 Surround
  • DVD with over two hours of unreleased stereo live and studio video material, a commentary track by Mike, the original 1997 stereo mix, more bonus audio tracks, shots of the original tracking sheets and more
  • Digipak & 20-page booklet with all original artwork plus new liner notes

Sluggo!

2) Sluggo! SuperDeluxe (2-CD/2-DVD package), $49
Signed, numbered edition of 1000

Contains all items in Sluggo! Deluxe above, PLUS:

  • Live At Mama Kin, a CD of Mike Keneally & Beer for Dolphins performing live in Boston on August 15, 1998 (newly mixed by Mike Keneally and Mike Harris)
  • Hand-numbered and signed by Mike Keneally

3) Sluggo! 2013 Stereo Mix download in mp3 or FLAC, $10


4) Sluggo! Original Stereo Mix download in mp3 or FLAC, $10


Order today at The Mike Keneally Store. You’ll get the stereo download NOW, and your multi-disc Sluggo! package will ship right away.

MIKE SPILLS DETAILS ON SLUGGO! DELUXE PACKAGE

Sluggo! (remixed in Stereo & Surround) on sale now!
Mike reveals details on the Sluggo! Deluxe packages!

Plus, the Mike Keneally Band tours in two weeks!

Mike talking about Sluggo! and December's California Tourette

Click for a short video of Mike talking about Sluggo! and December’s California Tourette.

Sluggo!Hey there, you glorious panoramic cross-section of music lovers you.

I thought you might like to have a little more specific information about what’s on the discs in the upcoming Sluggo! Deluxe and SuperDeluxe packages.

SLUGGO! DELUXE EDITION

One CD, one DVD-A and one DVD in a digi-pak, plus booklet with all original art and new liner notes.

Disc one is a CD containing the new stereo mix of Sluggo! (done in 2012 and 2013 by Mike Harris and myself), plus two bonus tracks.

1. Potato
2. I, Drum-Running, Am Clapboard Bound
3. Why Am I Your Guy?
4. Looking For Nina
5. Frozen Beef
6. TRANQUILLADO
7. What Happened Next
8. Chatfield Manor
9. Beautiful
10.”I Guess I’ll Peanut”
11. Voyage To Manhood
12. Egg Zooming
13. Own
14. I’m Afraid
15. Cardboard Dog
16. Sluggo

(bonus tracks):

17. Craney
18. Bob Dylan’s Nose (studio version)

“Craney” was recorded during the Sluggo! sessions, and originally released on Something With A Pulse, a benefit record for drummer Mark Craney. “Bob Dylan’s Nose” was previously only available in a live version on the Soap Scum Remover VHS); it was originally intended to be part of Sluggo! This studio version of “Nose” was never completed, but it is a pretty scorching track recorded live in the studio by Bryan Beller, Joe Travers and myself.

Disc two is a DVD-Audio disc with the complete album in:

PCM 16/48 Stereo
DTS 24/48 5.1 Digital Surround
MLP 24/96 Lossless Stereo
MLP 24/96 Lossless 5.1 Surround

Disc Three is a standard DVD containing a plethora of material, including over two hours of live and studio video footage, the original 1997 Sluggo! CD mix, more bonus tracks, and additional ephemera.

1. MIKE KENEALLY & BEER FOR DOLPHINS
Club Tavern – Madison, WI – 8/8/98

Lineup: Keneally/Beller/Ziegenhagen/Smith

1. Frang Tang, The Valentine Bear
2. Killer Fish
3. Voyage To Manhood
4. Top of Stove Melting
5. Egg Zooming coda
6. My Dilemma
7. Spoon Guy
8. Uglytown
9. Blameless
10. Frozen Beef
11. Day Of The Cow 1
12. Snowcow
13. Day Of The Cow 2
14. Pencil Music/Credits

2. MIKE KENEALLY & BEER FOR DOLPHINS
Club Clearview – Dallas, TX – 8/26/98

Lineup: Keneally/Beller/Ziegenhagen/Smith

1. Intro
2. ‘Cause Of Breakfast
3. Frozen Beef
4. I, Drum-Running, Am Clapboard Bound

3. MIKE KENEALLY & BEER FOR DOLPHINS
Sacred Ground – San Pedro, CA – 6/12/98

Lineup: Keneally/Beller/Ziegenhagen/Travers/
Tedde/DeCerbo

1. Beautiful
2. TRANQUILLADO (rare live version with Mark DeCerbo and Bob Tedde on vocals)
3. Own
4. Gloss

4. SLUGGO! PIANO SESSIONS
Footage from Signature Sound Studio of the original album sessions, with MK on grand piano

1. SLUGGO take 1 (master)
2. SLUGGO take 2 (unreleased alternate)
3. DRUM-RUNNING take 2 (unreleased, incomplete)
4. DRUM-RUNNING take 3 (master)
5. TRANQUILLADO take 1 (excerpt; unreleased, incomplete)
6. TRANQUILLADO take 2 (unreleased, incomplete)
7. TRANQUILLADO take 5 (complete; some parts are in final master)
8. DRUM-RUNNING take 4 (unreleased alternate)
9. TRANQUILLADO take 6 (complete; some parts are in the final master)

5. SLUGGO! 1997 CD mix

1. Potato
2. I, Drum-Running, Am Clapboard Bound
3. Why Am I Your Guy?
4. Looking For Nina
5. Frozen Beef
6. TRANQUILLADO
7. What Happened Next
8. Chatfield Manor
9. Beautiful
10.”I Guess I’ll Peanut”
11. Voyage To Manhood
12. Egg Zooming
13. Own
14. I’m Afraid
15. Cardboard Dog
16. Sluggo

6. BONUS TRACKS

1. Craney
2. Bob Dylan’s Nose
3. Frozen Beef (original studio demo recorded in 1996)
4. Cardboard Dog (solo piano track)

7. ORIGINAL TRACKING SHEETS FROM THE SLUGGO! DOUBLE TIME STUDIO SESSIONS
Accompanied by reduction mixes from the multi-tracks

8. CREDITS
Featuring photos from the 1998 tours and an instrumental mix of “I’m Afraid”

9. COPIOUS AMOUNTS OF MENU MUSIC
With unreleased snippets, reduction mixes from the multi-tracks and an unreleased piano solo version of “Beautiful”

Plus some additional stuff for you to poke around and discover.

 

SLUGGO! SUPERDELUXE EDITION

A signed, numbered limited edition of 1000 copies.

Contains everything in the Deluxe edition, plus a fourth disc in a gatefold digi-pak:

MIKE KENEALLY & BEER FOR DOLPHINS
LIVE AT MAMA KIN
Boston, MA August 15 1998

Lineup: Keneally/Beller/Ziegenhagen/Smith

1. Guest Host Intro
2. BSSOC
3. Immigrant Song
4. Natty Trousers
5. Why Am I Your Guy?
6. Them Dolphins Is Smart
7. 1988 Was A Million Years Ago
8. Yep, Them Dolphins Is Smart, Alright
9. Bullys (sic)
10. Tug
11. Vent
12. Potato
13. Pencil Music
14. The Car Song
15. Voyage To Manhood
16. Top of Stove Melting
17. Inca Roads

That’s everything!

We’re doing a few shows in California in December, playing music from Sluggo! and You Must Be This Tall and other songs too. If production schedules go according to plan we will have Sluggo! for sale at the shows. All info about the four shows is located HERE.

Thanks to all who’ve pre-ordered and have had such great things to say about the new stereo mix (which you receive as a download link when you pre-order Sluggo! for no additional charge). It’s a little unnerving to present a brand new mix of an album so many of you know and appreciate, and the fact that the response to the new mix has been so overwhelmingly positive validates my choice to remix the thing. I’m ridiculously thrilled about the audio on the MLP lossless surround layer on the DVD-A – I’ll be eager to hear what you guys think of it.

All right, time to drive home! Talk at you soon!

Love,
Mike

 

Order today at The Mike Keneally Store. You’ll get the stereo download NOW, and your multi-disc Sluggo! package will ship in early December.

Sluggo! is available in four formats:

1) Sluggo! Deluxe (1-CD/2-DVD package) $34

Contains:

  • Same-day download of the 2013 Stereo Mix of Sluggo! in mp3 or FLAC
  • CD with 2013 Stereo Mix of Sluggo! plus 2 bonus tracks
  • DVD-A with PCM 16/48 Stereo, DTS 24/48 5.1 Digital Surround, MLP 24/96 Lossless Stereo & MLP 24/96 Lossless 5.1 Surround
  • DVD with over two hours of unreleased stereo live and studio video material, a commentary track by Mike, the original 1997 stereo mix, more bonus audio tracks, shots of the original tracking sheets and more
  • Digipak & 20-page booklet with all original artwork plus new liner notes

2) Sluggo! SuperDeluxe (2-CD/2-DVD package), $49

Signed, numbered edition of 1000

Contains all items in Sluggo! Deluxe above, PLUS:

  • Live At Mama Kin, a CD of Mike Keneally & Beer for Dolphins performing live in Boston on August 15, 1998 (newly mixed by Mike Keneally and Mike Harris)
  • Hand-numbered and signed by Mike Keneally

3) Sluggo! 2013 Stereo Mix download in mp3 or FLAC, $10


4) Sluggo! Original Stereo Mix download in mp3 or FLAC, $10


Order today at The Mike Keneally Store. You’ll get the stereo download NOW, and your multi-disc Sluggo! package will ship in early December.

Mike Keneally Band California Tourette 2013

Friday, December 6, 2013
The Baked Potato

3787 Cahuenga Blvd.
Studio City, CA 91604
Tickets: $25
Doors open: 7:00 p.m.
Showtimes: 9:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.
Info: 818-980-1615

Saturday, December 7, 2013
The Loft @ UCSD
9500 Gilman Drive #0077
La Jolla, CA 92093
Tickets: Advance $22.50, UCSD Student: $12.00
Doors open: 7:30 p.m.
Showtime: 8:00 p.m.
Info: www.boxoffice.ucsd.edu

Thursday, December 12, 2013
Biscuits & Blues
401 Mason Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
Tickets: 7:30 p.m. show $24, 9:30 p.m. show $20
Doors open: 5:30 p.m.
Showtimes: 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
Info: 415-292-2583

Friday, December 13, 2013
The Jambalaya
915 H Street
Arcata, CA 95521
Tickets: $15
Doors open: 8:00 p.m.
Showtime: 9:00 p.m.
Info: 707-822-4766

‘SLUGGO!’ DELUXE ON SALE TODAY!

The Keneallist

Sluggo! remixed in Stereo & Surround on sale today!

Plus, the Mike Keneally Band tours in December!

Sluggo!SLUGGO! DONE RIGHT!

My 1997 album Sluggo! has been out of print forever, but it’s finally coming back!

It’s now available in a variety of formats featuring a great deal of unreleased audio and video material, and featuring new 2013 stereo and surround mixes of the Sluggo! album.

I’ve always felt the album is really good, but I’ve had reservations about the mix forever. 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!

Order today at The Mike Keneally Store. You’ll get the stereo download NOW, and your multi-disc Sluggo! package will ship in early December.

Sluggo! is available in four formats:
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