Wine And Pickles

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Wine And Pickles Mike Keneally

Wine And Pickles
Mike Keneally

Released 2008

  1. 2CTV
  2. Feelin’ Strangely
  3. Li’l (Signature Sound version)
  4. Backwards Deb (3rd person)
  5. Bubble Creek
  6. Never Ever Wrong
  7. Unused Hum
  8. I Heard About What You Said
  9. Inhale (with Lyle Workman)
  10. 4S
  11. Skull Bubbles (uncut)
  12. Stop For Flashing Red Light, Part One
  13. Lonely Man (studio)
  14. Selfish Otter (uncut)
  15. A Concise Piano Statement
  16. AeroDef
  17. Kevorkian 3
  18. Thou Shalt Not Kill
  19. Paloma (alternate version)
  20. Kevorkian 17
  21. The Endings Of Things

Studio recordings 1998-2006
Being a collection of unreleased things, rarities and allsorts from the last several years or so

[Four stars] “Keneally’s guitar work is of the highest order, and his shrewd production values hold true in the most informal settings. From structured rock tunes to solo piano improvisations and orchestral interludes, he consistently leads the way with studied and earnest musicianship. Keneally’s standout guitar, vocal and production skills all come together on beautifully arranged tracks like ‘Feelin’ Strangely.’ His postmodern approach allows for a bold assimilation of influences, as evidenced by the dynamic closing track, ‘The Endings Of Things.’ Keneally is sustaining the Zappa legacy as well as anyone in music today. Frank would be proud.”

–DownBeat, October 2008

Mike describes Wine And Pickles as “the album I didn’t know I was making over the last ten years.” Lovingly assembled from a wide array of archived sources, W&P serves as a surprisingly cohesive alternative history of Keneally music. Notable among the 21 gems are the legendary original version of “Backwards Deb;” “4S,” a piece written for Holland’s acclaimed Metropole Orchestra; “Inhale,” a gorgeously melodic collaboration with Lyle Workman; and “The Endings Of Things,” a stark, confessional performance from 2000’s Dancing sessions. The CD contains an eight-page booklet with Mike’s original artwork, pithy personal notes about each song, and lyrics.

Wine And Pickles’ songs:

  1. 2CTV (from Court TV sessions, 1999)
  2. Feelin’ Strangely (from Dog sessions, 2003)
  3. Li’l (Signature Sound version) (from Dog sessions, 2003)
  4. Backwards Deb (3rd person) (from Dancing sessions, 2000)
  5. Bubble Creek (from Dog sessions, 2003)
  6. Never Ever Wrong (from Dog sessions, 2003)
  7. Unused Hum (from Nonkertompf sessions, 1998)
  8. I Heard About What You Said (from Court TV sessions, 1999)
  9. Inhale (with Lyle Workman) (from Tabula Rasa, 2000) *
  10. 4S (demo for orchestral piece, 2005 – 2006)
  11. Skull Bubbles (uncut) (from Dancing sessions, 2000)
  12. Stop For Flashing Red Light, Part One (solo recording, 2004)
  13. Lonely Man (studio) (from Dancing sessions, 2000)
  14. Selfish Otter (uncut) (from Dancing sessions, 2000)
  15. A Concise Piano Statement (from Wooden Smoke sessions, 2001)
  16. AeroDef (limited edition single release, 2002)
  17. Kevorkian 3 (from Court TV sessions, 1999)
  18. Thou Shalt Not Kill (from 156 Strings, 2002)
  19. Paloma (alternate version) (from Wooden Smoke sessions, 2001)
  20. Kevorkian 17 (from Court TV sessions, 1999)
  21. The Endings Of Things (from Dancing sessions, 2000)

Inhale Mike Keneally
“Inhale” free downloadable single cover

* About “Inhale”:

Mike describes the genesis of the track: “Lyle [Workman] composed, performed and produced the instrumental backing track by himself, then asked me to write a vocal part for it. His track was so fantastic, I could hear the vocal parts screaming at me just listening to it and I had the lyrics and melody written inside of a couple of hours. It was recorded in 1998, and released in 2000 on Lyles brilliant second album. Ive gently begged Lyle to record an albums worth of killer instrumental tracks that I can stick vocals on, but hes been busy providing the soundtrack to the Judd Apatow cinematic empire– and good on him Lyle is entirely a genius and a sweet man and deserves all great things.”


“Stop For Flashing Red Light” Lyrics[expand]

“STOP FOR FLASHING RED LIGHT”

If you’re interested, here’s the text I was forced to sing and/or recite along with the entire 40-minute track, lest I be subjected to the fiendish whims of studio-invading Norwegian hooligans:

I. guitar/voice unison

Dear Mr. or Ms.,
There are five things –
Five things in a total of four languages –
The first one is a parable:

In the village known as Kimwan, time stands still.
Oxen futilely scraping, nothing tilled.
The owner of the oxen, fixing his gaze upon the neighbor’s garden, the rich and fertile soil, beats his breast and says…
Worried man, worried man, I am a worried man.
Worried man, worried man, I am a worried man.
And the fields did boil
And the blood did flow over the land, oh lord, oh lord
Caves, filled with the destitute, collapse under the weight of despair
In boardrooms, this is nothing
In boardrooms, there is laughter
and your fate in the hands of jackals.

II. voice w/piano accomp.

“Hair from the beards of the gods found!”

These are the words which Hillary Duff
said in her pay-per-view concert
Witnessed by something like 70 million
as she transformed into Queen Of All Lizards
Snacking on audience heads.

closed-circuit high-definition big-screen therapeutic…
What you make of all this, Bob?
Well, Vinny, I’ve been working this desk for 49 years.
You know the things I’ve seen. But first, this story:

I will taste this glory.
I will absorb the grandeur of this day like a Def Leppard remix.
You and me, Vinny, in a bubble of eternal hooray…
That’s the second thing.

III. voice/guitar unison

Tired brain.
Good and fried from ear to ear.
We, the undersigned Norwegian hooligans,
Propose the following regimen:

Six bags of pumpkins
Balanced on your head
A box of boxes every day
From now until you’re dead
Those posters of Ivana Trump
You threw away last fall?
Retrieve them from the dumpster and
Put back upon the wall
Zoomers and galaxies
Ripped jeans and water
Baby lambs and cows and stuff
Rescued from the slaughter
And fluffballs and foosballs
Chris Rock and Chris Potter.
Lessons learned from Wesley Willis
Light that we allow to fill us.
Light that we allow to fill us
Creeps we don’t allow to kill us
Creeps we don’t allow to kill us
Frequent trips to see gorillas.
Frequent trips to – change of scene:
Riding in a submarine.
Submariney reeny ree.
That there’s thingy number three.

IV. voice w/guitar & piano accomp.

Thing number four:

Oh take your time
Tired brain
Chew the apple slow
Give you a break
You tired brain
Chew the apple slow

And Charlie Brown’s head
Bursts through the surface of the water
And Charlie Brown
Can breathe again
Can breathe again

Lining up the peas on your plate that way
You ain’t gonna ward off nothin’
You gotta line ‘em up 3 – 2 – 1 – 2 – 3
Before the India man come to set you free

Oh take your time
Tired brain
Chew the apple slow
Give you a break
You tired brain
Chew the apple slow

(recorder solo)

(guitar solo)

And Charlie Brown’s head
Bursts through the surface of the
WATER
And Charlie Brown’s head
Can breathe again
Can breathe again
Can breathe again

(voice/guitar unison:

Our strength insults the world
And everything beyond

Karma kareens, returns,
Don’t have to like the taste

Excuse us. We’ll go home
Stop poisoning the pond

And learn what we’ve become
Before we show our face
Again)

V. guitar/voice

Wing-dee fantastic!

Ain’t you a hoodley-doo
Get yourself over here
Wing-dee fiddley-dee
I brought you a bag of beer

Easy-bake oven
The Last Curlew
Rock’m sock’m robot
Cat Ballou
Easy-bake oven
The Last Curlew
Rock’m sock’m robot
Cat Ballou
Rock’m sock’m robot
Cat Ballou
Rock’m sock’m robot
Cat Ballou

One rose held lightly in your fingers
Dragged lightly down across my chest
I like where this is headed
I must say I’m impressed

(Rock’m sock’m robot Cat Ballou
Rock’m sock’m robot Cat Ballou
Rock’m sock’m robot Cat Ballou
Rock’m sock’m robot Cat Ballou)

(improvised monologue about the Norwegians and wishing they were there to help me now. The voices of the Norwegians are then heard on the backing track, singing:)

Sometimes I look like I know what I’m talking about
Even worse:
Sometime I feel like I know what I’m talking about
Well I’m sorry
Yes I’m sorry
‘Cause I just want to cry
Almost all the time

(I say “Thank you! Thank you, Norwegians!” and sing along until the end of the piece.)

© 2008 Spen Music, BMI. All rights reserved.
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Mike posing with his original Wine And Pickles cover painting
Mike posing with his original Wine And Pickles cover painting.

Releases:
Exowax / EX2409 / 2008 (cd)