Monday, November 30, 2009

NRBQ's "Christmas Wish" goes viral . . .

NRBQ's "Christmas Wish (TV Mix)" backing track is freely available as a downloadable MP3 file at The NRBQ Website - Here's a re-mix with my vocals over their backing track, loaded up at the Sound Cloud, followed an adorable music video treatment of "Christmas Wish" (written by "Q" bassist Joey Spampinato) by Japan's Takako Minekawa on You Tube. So now that there's more than one, I suppose it's officially "viral":

Friday, November 27, 2009

Thankful for... great fellow musicians!

I'm honored to have made sounds with some great musicians this year: Steve Prisco, Tom Ryan & Rich Umbach of The Blaggards; Caroline Doctorow and her band (including Andrew Carillo, Robin Gould, Gary Olayer, Chris Tedesco, Pete Kennedy); Matty Liot, Chris Mehos, Will Hren, Skip EnglishLibby Johnson, Mark Boquist, Caitlin Cannon, Kathy Moser, Carrie Johnson, Mason, Shannon & Dan WiseSkip Krevens, everyone involved with The Lost Keys, likewise The Elvis Show 2009 (See you all on Jan 30th 2010), and standard-bearers The Lone Sharks, whom I sat in with on multiple occasions. I hope I didn't leave anyone out... 2009 isn't over folks, and 2010 will be even better... see you around campus.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Thankful for... Eastern Long Island Radio!

WPKN 89.5 FM (WPKM 88.7FM in Montauk) - And not just because they let Caroline Doctorow and I do the The Songtrails Radio Hour there. It's because WPKN is true Freeform Radio - tune in, and turn on your mind.

WLIU 88.3 FM - A new day dawns for this gutsy survivor and supporter of local arts. Invaluable community player - Many folks can't start their day without listening. Essential.

WEHM 96.9 and 92.9 FM - A commercial radio station playing great music, not owned by some big conglomerate, with engaging, super-cool (and funny) on-air staffers who not only are out there, interacting with listeners, and supporting local music, but they also have sandwiches named in their honor. Travel to other US markets and realize: We're lucky to have as "one of us".

NORTH FORK SOUND RADIO - Rock and Roll as only Howard Thompson can do it. Connected, informative, opinionated, totally supportive of the local music scene, and a font of information. A pint with Howard is worth two pints in the bush. I'd say there are many imitators... but there aren't. Streaming on the internet:

Monday, November 23, 2009

The Holidays & The Music

Editing for my "Bridget" music video continues, The Blaggards continue a very ambitious recording schedule, and meanwhile, it figures to be a busy musical holiday season - here's where I'll be, and where. There are actually a couple more dates that will get added to this schedule. Remember, when cooking Thanksgiving dinner, y'all be sure the flip the bird. (photo: p. donnelly)

Sat Nov 28th 9:30pm - Matty T's, Deer Park NY
Thanksgiving special - Mick plays bass w/ The Blaggards, who perform two sets, with the Vendettas opening... at Long Island's last roadhouse-styled venue.

Fri Dec 4th 8pm - Honky Tonk Angels @ Hank's Saloon, Brooklyn, NY
Mick plays bass for Caitlin Cannon

Sat Afternoon, Dec 5th - Songtrails Radio Hour @ WPKN Studios, Bridgeport CT

The Songtrails Radio Hour hosts (Caroline Doctorow and Mick) stop by and join in the fun at WPKN's Bridgeport, CT studios during their two-day fundrasing marathon.

Sat Dec 5th 8pm - Club Passim, Boston MA
Mick plays bass w/ Caroline Doctorow at this legendary venue.

Thur Dec 17th 9pm - Vail-Levitt Music Hall, Riverhead NY

Quick SOLO ACOUSTIC set - Original Voices at the Vail-Levitt - 9pm SHARP

Fri Dec 18th 8:30pm - Murf's Backstreet Tavern, Sag Harbor NY
Mick guests with The Lone Sharks, sittin' down home acoustic-family-style. Other special guests will be in attendance...

Sat Dec 19th 8pm - Hard Luck Cafe, Huntington NY
Mick plays bass w/ Caroline Doctorow.  Gary Olayer back in the fold on fiddle, Pete Kennedy subs in on guitar for Andrew Carillo, who's on a live show with Joan Osborne this night.

Sat Dec 26th 9:30pm - Matty T's, Deer Park NY
Back at Matty T's, it's a Boxing Day Blowout!!! featuring The Blaggards, The Lone Sharks and The Buzzards. Mick plays bass w/ The Blaggards, who will perform Rockpile's "Seconds of Pleasure" LP in it's entirety!!!!

For further details, visit MH @ ReverbNation

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Rare MP3 Music

A REALLY cool site from the U.K. - Rare MP3 Music - A great blog featuring downloadable super-rare and out of print vinyl releases... in the MP3 format.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Barnraising Benefit Concert NYC Fri 11/13/09; NERFA w/ Caroline Doctorow Sat 11/14/09

Friday Nov 13th's Barnraising Benefit Concert (NYC) features Libby Johnson, Carrie Johnson, Taylor Giacoma and special guests (Mick Hargreaves on bass with Libby), where we'll collectively support building schools in Tanzania and Kenya. Concert sponsored by the New York Quarterly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends. It all happens at the 15th Street Meetinghouse, 15 Rutherford Place NYC. 7PM Sharp. Advance Tickets are available...

Saturday Nov 14 I'll be wearing (and playing) the bass guitar with Caroline Doctorow at the annual NERFA conference, held at the Hudson Valley Resort. Caroline has showcases at 2pm (this one sponsored by - A Long Island Sound Showcase & Wine Tasting! ROOM 1318), a 5pm videotaped showcase, and who knows what else in between.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Bridget - The Skip English Instrumental Remix

Just in from Memphis, TN... BRIDGET - THE INSTRUMENTAL REMIX, with background vocal glory shoved to the forefront. We've added comments in the SoundCloud player so you can get some insight on how the original recording was arranged... meanwhile, the music video for the full vocal version is in progress... due 12/09. Happy Happy Joy Joy.

Bridget (Instrumental) Skip English REMIX by mickhargreaves

Another post tomorrow detailing shows with Libby Johnson 11/13 (NYC), and Caroline Doctorow 11/14 (NERFA).

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Libby Johnson, Dixie Bee Liners releases...

Two new releases by some great musical friends, one of which I perform on...

Libby Johnson's (NYC) Perfect View is now available on iTunes. I'm playing some Fender bass and a little bit of acoustic guitar on this one. More detailed release info, etc. is forthcoming.

The Dixie Bee Liners' (southwest Virginia) second full-length work, Susanville, delivers their "Bible Belt Noir" custom blend of traditional and contemporary sounds. It's available on iTunes, at Amazon Dot Com, and they are on tour right now. I'm not on this record, but I did "sub in" with them a couple times back in the day. Co-leader Buddy Woodward also engineered some of the sessions for my song "Can't Keep Track of You Blues".


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