Monday, December 17, 2012

To Fade Away So Young... With So Much Left Undone...

Up for air now after shows, studio stuff...
And I'm finally looking at the television this Monday morning.

★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★

A long time ago, I heard a friend say "Nothing will change until there are dead babies in the streets."

We've had warning signs for a long time, and actual horror shows for just as long. That time has now come - we finally have my friend's prediction right at our feet.

It's easy to relentlessly badger your elected officials. Email them, call them, post on their FB pages: Pick a component to complain about... Gratuitously violent video games & entertainment; under-funded mental health care; and most obviously, the proliferation and sale (to anyone with a pulse, in some states - you know who you are) of military-grade assault weapons. Or give them the trifecta of all three.

Two of my students came to my show Saturday night. I caught a glimpse of them from the stage as we were about to go on. I immediately wondered how I would feel if the the worst had ever happened to any of my students, and couldn't imagine it. Then I tried to imagine how I would feel as a parent, and the degree of my total inability to do so... pinned the meters. My mouth dropped, I choked up a bit, but then the band circled up, did our show, and I looked straight at those two students most of my time on stage. They made my night, really.

Whatever you do, do it for the babies. But make sure you let your elected officials know how you feel.

I have no doubt that the vast majority of NRA members are responsible, safety-minded hunters and target shooters. For you guys, the time has never been better to change your organization from within. Get rid of the military-grade weaponry. Only people assaulting people en masse need these things.

And do it for the babies.


Monday, December 10, 2012

MEET THE KING GUYS: Sister Jennifer Hargreaves-Pawliczak

Jennifer Hargreaves-Pawliczak, singer with The King Guys
It can't be denied; there's something about sibling vocal harmonies that just plain sound good, and my sister Jen nails 'em here at Mick Hargreaves and The King Guys. I don't even have to look at her onstage; the parts are always there, and rock-solid. Come say hello when the band has our year-end "company party", open to the public at the Stephen Talkhouse (Amagansett, NY) 8pm Saturday December 15th, 2013. Gene Casey & The Lone Sharks take the stage at 10pm.

We posed some questions for Jen earlier in 2012:

Name some things you like.
My kids, the peeper frogs at my house in spring and diminishing the number of things on my mental to do list.

Now identify the exact opposites of those things.
Other peoples kids, the traffic noise outside my office when you open the window on a spring day and swimming in my mental to do list.

What's so great about this music thing? I don't get it.
It's extremely liberating.

If you could eat one person from the Civil War who would you eat?
Ummmm, Grant had a lot of meat on him...but don't think i could eat a Union man.

Would you rather: Have a car that flies but can only run on apple cores OR Be able to produce cooked frogs legs whenever you want to, up to 20 times per day?
Flying Car, I like apples.

Hey, where'd ya get that?
Salvation Armani.

Please detail your most embarrassing memory involving an animal.
Got nothing here.

Would you rather: eBay your groceries for a year OR Have tiny light-sabers for fingernails?
Ebay groceries - that walk from the driveway to my house carrying the groceries for the last 8 years has been killing me.

Please theorize on why manhole covers are round.
No sharp corners.

What's the favorite "can't do without" instrument you own, and... wanna sell it?
Voice / No.

How many gas stations would you say there are in the United States, and how have we become so good at striking oil wherever one is built?

Tons.....should have bought one early on and franchised.

Symmetry: Overrated, or Underrated?
I like it in quilts and hemlines.

Are you gonna finish that?
Always.  Lifetime achievement award in the Mickey Mouse clean plate club.

If you were a car, what kind of salad dressing would you choose?
I'm an Alfa Romeo.....creamy Italian.

Can you describe an atom?
Complex and explosive.

There's no keyboard player in Mick Hargreaves & The King Guys. Why?
Hmmmmm, i hadn't noticed.

Favorite beer?
Cold on my patio, twilight with friends, grill going.

Worst beer?
The one you try to have the day after you had too many.

How good are you at faking sincerity?
Depends how well i know the person asking the question.


Should it be illegal to play harmonica while driving?
Only while wearing your head gear - the original hands free device!

Next up: Platooned drummers Chris Mehos and Tom Ryan.

mick hargreaves dot com

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Suggested Non-Electrical Activities

Storm prep complete, the very last electrical thing I did before Sandy Frankenstorm knocked the power went out Monday afternoon was do a sub-frequency kick drum transducer test at a friend's cottage in the eastern Long Island woods. The winds really hit hard from about 1pm to 7pm. A creepy yellow full moon came out at about 10pm. Tuesday morning, enter chainsaw. Ten to twelve oak trees either snapped at the lower trunk or shedded major limbs on the property, three blocking the driveway exit. Finally getting back home to the studio apartment (further west) late Tuesday, I was happy to see the only thing to deal with was one large oak tree limb that had just missed the apartment, taking out the porch railing and a (already-cracked from stem-to-stern) ceramic chiminea, but not much else. Easy work. I have propane gas heat, flowing (cold) water, and a little bit of hot water left.

There's no stopping an Oak Tree determined to take out a Chiminea
After seeing newspaper accounts of what happened further west on LI, in NYC and NJ, it's obvious that the further east on LI we are, the less we have to complain about this time around. We barely got any rain, and anyone who whines about not having power for X amount of days (or weeks) should go have a peek at the images coming out of Breezy Point, Queens, or Staten Island, or anywhere, it seems, in New Jersey.

UPDATE: Benefit for family of local Montauk woman washed away by storm.

Saw bucket-truck repair crews from North Houston, TX working on downed power lines around here today. Beep and wave at an-out-town crew near you.

Suggested Non-Electrical Activities

1. Meet and help neighbors. Check on friends. Offer water if needed.
2. Repair (missing springs) and tune (using a wrench) an Auto-harp. Scary.
3. Read. Don't lose reading glasses.
4. Early to bed, early to rise.
5. Drive around town, listen to radio, look at damage. Say "wow" often.
6. Cut wood. Lots of it. Stack it. Keep the chain oil flowing.
7. Go look at the boats, beaches, woods. Watch for downed wires.
8. Play an acoustic instrument. Write about the hurricane, but not obviously.
9. Find repair crew that traveled from far away. Thank them.
10. Get hand-cranked radio you where always thinking of buying.
11. Eat all the food. Then clean the 'fridge.
12. Cook up ideas for local disaster relief benefits. Attend existing ones.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Recording During a Hurricane

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A few days ago, we did a line-check recording test with the new sub-kick transducer we recently built, and it went well. We were very anxious to do a real-world kick drum test with this thing, and what better time than right now, on a day when a record-setting storm (Sandy) pproaches...

We'll make this blog post quick, before the power goes out:

1. For reference, channel one of the digital I/O accepted the input from an EV RE320, pointed at the sound hole in the front kick drum head.

2. Channel two of the digital I/O accepted the input from the sub-kick, placed about a foot from the front of the kick drum. The sub kick's -20 dB pad was engaged.

Happily, all has gone well. Track one has attack and clarity we want from a kick drum sound (we'd have spent more time with stuffing the kick drum and precision-placing this mic properly, but there was a hurricane coming), and track two has plenty of low-end WHOMP. Just a quick test, and we're lucky it even happened at all today, what with all the power going out everywhere.

On the audio clip of this recording, with RE320 is panned all the way left, and the sub-kick transducer is panned all the way right. Mick Hargreaves

RE320 mic close to kick, Sub Kick is one foot from front head

Top track: RE320; Bottom Track: Sub Kick

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

LSRR Sub-Kick Test a Success...

A peek behind the curtain into how we do things...
At Lantern Sound Recording Rig HQ just now, the new sub-kick transducer (essentially a dynamic microphone) passed the first test with flying colors. With the sub-kick placed about a foot away, an empty lite blue Samsonite suitcase hit on the opposite side with a closed fist generated these waveforms. The transducer was plugged straight into the FA-101 interface mic pre, with gain very low. Top track has -20dB pad engaged, while bottom track has no pad. This thing has a lot of gain, and a very low-ended sound, of course, which is what we're going for. It's designed to add super low end alongside a conventional kick drum microphone setup.

Later this week, we'll get this thing in front of a real kick drum and see what it does. We'll simultaneously record the same kick with an EV RE320, and post some mixed sound files over at the Sound Cloud. MH

The LSRR Sub Kick Transducer is a 12" driver in a 12" wood drum shell.
Track 1 : -20dB pad engaged / Track 2 : -20dB pad disengaged

Monday, October 15, 2012

SETLIST / PHOTO: MH & King Guys, Rodeo Bar NYC 10/6/12

We're inching towards using this blog thing to be the main "update place". Facebookers and Twitterers, you'll see clickable blurbs in your feeds. First up, the setlist from last week's MH & The King Guys SAT 10/6/12 show at the Rodeo Bar, NYC USA. - MH






Sunday, October 14, 2012

POSTERS: 10/19, 10/20, 11/30

Hi-resolution JPG and PDF versions
are available for printing, free. Just ask.
MH

Grey Horse Tavern FRI 10/19
Stephen Talkhouse SAT 10/20

Brickhouse Brewery FR 11/30/12

Monday, October 1, 2012

POSTER: SAT 10/6 10:30pm Mick Hargreaves & The King Guys, Rodeo Bar NYC

Mick Hargreaves & The King Guys SAT 10/6 Rodeo Bar NYC
SAT 10/6 - Mick Hargreaves & The King Guys, Rodeo Bar NYC

Its the "official" unofficial Libra Birthday Celebration at the Rodeo Bar, with one of our favorite Libras.... Chris Mehos, guesting on drums for the evening.

http://mickhargreaves.com

Saturday, July 14, 2012

SETLIST: MH & King Guys, Great South Bay Music Fest 7/13/12

Drummer Tom Ryan worked so hard he started growing a beard during the set
Mick Hargreaves & The King Guys kicked off the GSB Fest (Patchogue, NY USA) as first band on the main "Blue Point Brewery" stage at 5pm Friday July 13th, a date also notable as birthday of Mick's dad, Robert Hargreaves, who's still going strong at 39 1/2 years of age. Many thanks to the crew, staff, and security personnel of the GSB Fest, who made things run smooth-as-butter, and kudos to the "early bird" fans (including many band-family members) who showed up in droves. We love you all.

1. Hard to Get
2. Stuck in The Stable Blues
3. Can't Keep Track of You Blues
4. Dallas
5. Hangdog Hotel Room
6. Paralyzed
7. Crystal Ball
8. The Liberty Tree
9. Always Come


MH: Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Harmonica
Electric Guitars: Mike Bifulco, Gary Dawson, w/ Pete Mancini
Bass, Crotch-Camera: Don Mangels
Drums: Tom Ryan
BU Vocals: Jeff McLary (Lead Vocal on "Paralyzed"), Jen Hargreaves-Pawliczak
Guitar Tech: Pete Mancini (Butcher's Blind)

Friday, June 29, 2012

Musician's "To Do" List for June 29, 2012

  1. Fill out, return performance contracts
  2. Make setlists for Rodeo Bar, GSB Fest
  3. Run over setlists (figuratively, not with Jeep)
  4. Test out changes/enhancements in guitar rig
  5. Black paint touch-up, 1x15 custom cabinet
  6. Change strings on Guild Acoustic
  7. More booking calls/emails, Sept/Oct/Nov 2012
  8. More mixing for Redemption Center II
  9. Coordinate parking/backstage passes for 7/13
  10. Contact Skip English about Mambo #9
  11. Prep lesson plans for Sat morning at Crossroads Music
  12. Coordinate travel plans for tomorrow's NYC show
  13. Bass, guitar overdubs for (project names withheld)
  14. Contact booker for 7/7 details
Just in case you thought we were goofing off over here, we figured we'd give you some insight into "what it's like". And this is just one day's worth of stuff. Fee free to add more.

Monday, June 4, 2012

SETLIST WPKN Benefit June 3, 2012


Mick Hargreaves & The King Guys
Brickhouse Brewery, Patchogue NY
June 3, 2012
 
MH: Guitar, Vocals
Mike Bifulco: Guitars
Gary Dawson: Guitars, Vocals
Don Mangels: Bass
Jeff McLary: Drums, Vocals

1. Hard To Get
2. Queen of Hearts
3.  Can't Keep Track of You Blues
4.  Dallas
5.  Hangdog Hotel Room
6.  Crystal Ball
7.  Paralyzed (Jeff McLary vocal)
8. Liberty Tree
9. Always Come
10. Twirl
11. Never Take The Place Of Your Man 

Thanks to everyone at WPKN 89.5 FM (Bridgeport, CT)
and the Brickhouse Brewery (Patchogue, NY).


Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Thoughts on the Montauk Music Festival 2012

Of course it's always better to get paid for performing music, and hopefully the Montauk Music Fest can get to that point, but right now it's really a showcasing event, designed to give up-and-coming bands a shot at new business / paying gigs. Some established area acts seem to feel threatened/left out by this arrangement, but I don't think they need to take a position of provincialism.



PHOTO (Megan Collins, L to R): Brandi Hart (Dixie Bee-Liners), Mick Hargreaves, Chris Mehos (Ghost Rockets), Pete Mancini (Butcher's Blind) perform in their super-group "Crucifix Hovering Over 12-Point Buck"

I booked one showcase at the fest this year (at 668 The Gig Shack, an  establishment I have a good relationship with) so that I could host a few outta town acts (Butcher's Blind, Jeff McLary, Brandi Hart of the Dixie Bee Liners) that I'm currently producing. They get a shot at new business, I get to promote my recording rig. I wound up playing a grand total of five of my songs for free, solo acoustic style - oh the horror, I performed for FREE - then handed things over to the other artists. I wasn't about to ask my band (Mick Hargreaves & The King Guys) to haul all the way out to Montauk to play for no bread, in an area where we already have a periodic gig at the Stephen Talkhouse. What purpose would that serve?

Last year, I played two showcases solo, and got paying solo gigs out of it in an area where I had none before. The fest is the artist makes it - Established acts that are playing tons of gigs already and making good money... should wait until there's a real revenue stream involved and paid slots materialize OR come up with some totally outlandish, one-time only performace idea that will trigger a bunch of CD sales and garner new fans. Creativity is in order there. Have patience - It'll happen - this thing is only three years old, an infant, and still fraught with a list of challenges as long as your arm. I experienced them myself, but my reaction is to suggest, converse, debate, provide advice, not portray the MTK fest as something akin to "end of the world for local artists and we should fight back" as some are doing. We're lucky there's a fest at ALL. Thank you, Ken G.

It's Montauk, and a full awareness of the machinations of the "music biz" really don't exist there yet. At least everyone's eating with forks. Yeah, the fest needs to pay ASCAP/BMI/SESAC fees (they are minimal), but I'll GUARANTEE that a large number of the venues involved aren't paying those fees either, and some of the artists who are complaining this week have performed in those very venues. Yeah, clubs need to provide sound systems - but they have no idea how to do that, and don't seem to want to. Providing hotels free for out of town artists doesn't work - hoteliers need to make money, which was made very apparent when two rooms were sold right out from under my artists, and one had no choice but to drop out of the fest. Solving everything is daunting, to say the least.

But to paint the situation as "local bands" vs. "non-local" bands is unsavory, needlessly pitting people against each other. One East End musical "heavy hitter" has "defriended" me on Facebook because I pointed this out in the course of spirited on-line debate: The awesome Moto-Wrays (wreckless careening Surf instrumentals) are from Hampton Bays, and I really enjoyed their brief set at the fest - would they qualify as a "local" or "non-local" band in this person's proposed caste system, where there would be a "special show for local artists only"? Very few of the bigger acts in the Eastern LI area are originally from these environs, and all were in the same situation once, doing whatever they had to do to get better, and more numerous, paying shows. And without the MTK Music Fest, I would have never seen the awesome Moto-Wrays.

The brand-new Montauk Project (a 100% "local" act", if Sag Harbor counts) played the situation nearly perfectly. They extensively showcased, got paying gigs for their effort, sold merch, and now they seem to be at a slightly elevated level. Guess what - now they don't need to do the same thing at the fest next year (I wouldn't) because they got what they came for. Besides, their future lies beyond the Shinnecock Canal, doing road dates, in my opinion, on the Jam-Band circuit. For them, the festival served its purpose, and it really seems that up-and-coming acts are the ones that benefit the most at the Montauk Music Fest.

Say no to provincialism. Your mileage may vary.

Monday, April 23, 2012

SETLIST: MH & Jeff McLary Song-Pull, Vail-Leavitt Theatre 4/19/12


Mick Hargreaves & Jeff McLary were featured artists at The Vail Leavitt Theatre's monthly "Original Voices" series on April 19, 2012. Setlist is in alphabetical order.
 
'51 Pontiac (American Automobile)
Baby Doll
Big River
Can't Keep Track of You Blues
Crystal Ball
Deuce And A Half
I Don't Know Why
Women And Children First

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

SETLIST: Rodeo Bar NYC 4/14/12

photo: Jim Marchese
MH, Michael Bifulco, Jeff McLary,
Don Mangels, Jen Hargreaves-Pawliczak, Pete Mancini

Hard To Get
Stuck in the Stable Blues
Dallas
Can't Keep Track of You Blues
Always Come
Headin' For The Coast
Your Cheatin' Heart
Lost Highway
Bridget
Hangdog Hotel Room
Twirl
Baby What You Wanna Do
Alcohol of Fame
Born with A Hammer In My Hand
Willin'
I Hear You Knockin'
I Only Have Eyes For You
Never Take The Place Of Your Man
Major Glitch
Other People's Houses
My Bucket's Got a Hole in It
Love In Vain
Tonight The Bottle Let Me Down
Bang a Gong
Suzy Q
Crystal Ball

Monday, April 16, 2012

FILM: Booking Shows is a Tough Business

Mick & Jeff McLary do an acoustic duet at the Vail-Leavitt Music Hall (Downtown Riverhead, NY) on Thursday, April 19th 2012. Here's a behind-the-scenes look at the deal going down.


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Monday, April 9, 2012

Lantern Sound Adds Ampex 601 Mic Pre's

Hi everyone... Skip English, very constantly opinionated user of recording gear here.

Mick Hargreaves' Lantern Sound Recording Rig has officially added two late 1950's Ampex 601 tube microphone preamps to its arsenal.

These have already been modded for "modern recording", meaning they now sport a) input transformers so they work with modern low impedance microphones, and b) balanced input/output connections and added unbalanced DI jacks. You can see the added DI jacks in the photo, between the mic / line level knobs.

Not only is the 601 the preamp used by T-Bone Burnett (as part of the complete Ampex 601 mono tape recorder rig) to record John Mellencamp's recent one-microphone outing "No Better Than This"... but these two are also the exact preamps used to record the vocal, acoustic and bass guitars for Mick's "Can't Keep Track of You Blues" (paired with an RCA Velocity Junior Ribbon Mic at Buddy Woodward's Spatula Ranch), AND they'll be all over Mick's upcoming "Redemption Center II" release, currently in the mixing phase.


So far, I love these things for mic'd bass cabinets, DI bass, kick and snare, and any and all guitar amp cabinets. There's definitely a built-in compression characteristic - I've noticed that with level properly set, a mic'd guitar amp will make the needle rise slightly into the red, and there it will pretty much STAY. I rarely turn these up past 2-3 for dynamic mics, 4-5 for ribbons. And as Karen Carpenter used to sing... we've only just begun.

The super-cool website "Fix That Mix" has this to say about the 601:

"The Ampex 601 takes some of the best features from other Ampexes: the microphone input transformer from the 351, the EF86* based mic input section similar to the MX-35 (followed by a 12AY7 and a 12AU7 cathode follower - some of the most favored circuits among tube heads,) and the classic Ampex build quality. With... modifications, they are quiet, gorgeous sounding, versatile, mic/line/instrument preamps that look almost as good as they sound."

Others use phrases such as "slow rise time", "clean and airy", "great presence", and "real nice open tone" to describe the 601's. All I know is these things sound friggin' GREAT.

Find out for yourself: Contact Mick using the usual channels; or, if you know what's good for you, you'll consider seeing Mick & The King Guys when they have their NYC debut at the Rodeo Bar on Saturday April 14th 2012.

Skip English - Contributor

Monday, April 2, 2012

SETLIST: Stephen Talkhouse 3/30/12












Mick Hargreaves & The King Guys
Mick Hargreaves - Lead Vocals, Guitars
Mike Bifulco - Guitars
Gary Dawson - Guitars, Vocals
Don Mangels - Bass
Jeff McLary - Drums, Vocals
Jen Pawliczak - Vocals
with Brandi Hart & Chris Mehos, vocals

SET ONE
Hard To Get (Hargreaves)
Stuck in the Stable Blues (Hargreaves)
Can't Keep Track of You Blues (Hargreaves)
Always Come (Hargreaves)
Queen of Hearts (Hargreaves)
Headin' For The Coast (Hargreaves)
Your Cheatin' Heart (Williams)
Lost Highway (Atlas)
Bridget (Anderson)
Hangdog Hotel Room (Lightfoot)
Twirl (Friedman)
Baby What You Wanna Do (Reed)
Alcohol of Fame (TK)
Willin' (George)
I Hear You Knockin' (Bartholomew/King )
I Only Have Eyes For You (Warren/Dubin)

SET TWO
Never Take The Place Of Your Man (Prince)
Major Glitch (Butler, Hargreaves)
Dallas (Gilmore)
Other People's Houses (Baier)
My Bucket's Got a Hole in It (Williams)
Love In Vain (Johnson)
Tonight The Bottle Let Me Down (Haggard)
San Antone (Martin, Kirby)
It's All Over Now (B. & S. Womack)
Bang a Gong (Bolan)
Suzy Q (Lewis)
Crystal Ball (Delia, Hargreaves)
Don't Bogart (E. Ingber, L. Wagner)

ENCORE
Liberty Tree (Tovey)


Friday, March 30, 2012

Meet The King Guys: Jeff McLary


Drummer Jeff McLary is a songwriter/singer who fronts his own band, Jeff McLary & The Heavy Huty Haulers. As part of Mick Hargreaves & The King Guys he's the secret weapon: A singing drummer who drives a fairly-bitchin' '51 Pontiac (American Automobile). He's also got a hot wood pellet stove he'd like to tell you about.


Name some things you like.
Food, beer, coffee, vintage American cars.

Now identify the exact opposites of those things.
Starvation, thirst, nondescript mostly-plastic pieces of crap all painted silver that populate our roads nowadays.

What's so great about this music thing? I don't get it.
Strap on a guitar, get behind a microphone and suddenly people find you interesting. Kinda wish I'd discovered this earlier in life.

What was your favorite TV show when you were a little kid?
The Rifleman! When I watched that show I'd bounce up and down on my rocking horse wearing nothing but a small felt cowboy hat and plastic chaps while waving my pistol in the air shouting "Shuck Connors! Shuck Connors!" Funny how some things never change.

Hey, where'd ya get that?
Probably my old man.

Please detail your most embarrassing memory involving an animal.
I thought we weren't allowed to mention [Name withheld to protect person named].

Please theorize on why manhole covers are round.
I'm still researching this idea, but I'm pretty sure it has something to do with a road in the Hamptons named Daniel's Hole.

What's the favorite "can't do without" instrument you own, and... wanna sell it?
Gibson re-issue 1962 Western accoustic guitar. I'm not allowed to sell it.

Symmetry: Overrated, or Underrated?
Overrated Symmetry Underrated.
There. 

Are you gonna finish that?
Sigh.......I really should.

If you were a car, what kind of salad dressing would you choose?
10-W40 and vinegar

Can you describe an atom?
In a box or with a fox? On a train? In the rain?

There's no keyboard player in Mick Hargreaves & The King Guys. Why?

There's no horn section, either. Why?

Favorite beer?
The 1st one. 

Worst beer?
One too many

How good are you at faking sincerity?
Apparently pretty good, since you're still talking to me.

Should it be illegal to play harmonica while driving?
I once played a tree while attending elementary school. Should that have been illegal?

Friday, March 23, 2012

Meet The King Guys: Bassist Don Mangels

Bassist Don "The Mangler" Mangels has, at various times, surfed in a hurricane, locked eyes with a black bear at 30 yards, performed live music with his father in a dirty bar, lost his car for 2 days, been among the 200 attending  Stevie Ray Vaughn's 1st NY show, driven a Camaro 130 mph on Ocean Parkway, hitched a ride on the outside of a freight train, stuck his head in an actual cannon, stayed awake for 4 days, fallen asleep in the jury box, boogie boarded in a rain-swollen drainage ditch, jumped a Schwinn Sting-Ray over 4 garbage cans, driven a postal jeep on 2 wheels, flown a kite with 2000 ft (10 rolls) of string, broken his ankle on HS graduation night, gotten spit upon by Miles Davis, and once even tapped Buddy Guy on the shoulder during a solo (and lived to tell about it). We liked him the minute we saw his license plate, which is a tribute to the Fender P-Bass, and caught up with him long after the dry cleaners took care of Miles' saliva.

Don, please name some things you like.
Puppies, walks on the beach, and watching Nascar in underwear.

Now identify the exact opposites of those things.
Kittens, running on a rainy parking lot, and watching Harness Racing in a down parka.

What's so great about this music thing? I don't get it.
Money, women, and beer! And, you're correct you won't get any of it.

If you could eat one person from reality TV, who would that be?
I would eat Barry from Storage Wars, just so I could get his super-cool glasses. Then I'd eat Brandi.

Would you rather: Have a car that flies but can only run on apple cores OR Be able to produce cooked frogs legs whenever you want to, up to 20 times per day?
No question about it, I'd want a car that flies, especially after that 2 hour drive to get out here to bum-fuck south fork.

Hey, where'd ya get that?
I've had it since puberty and it's kinda growing on me.

Please detail your most embarrassing memory involving an animal.
In high school I harpooned my biology teacher's pet goldfish. I believe he was 6 years old, the fish I mean. I noticed that when you look thru the corner of the fish tank you could see 2 images of the fish. I took that "frog dissecting pokie" we used in biology lab and harpooned it into the water toward the fish image on the right. I won, fish lost, teacher was pissed.

Would you rather: eBay your groceries for a year OR Have tiny light-sabers for fingernails?
Ebay would suck, I'd be constantly sniped and probably starve to death. Light sabers for fingernails would be so cool and useful. It'd be like Edward Scissorhands but with the ability to turn them on and off when needed.

Please theorize on why manhole covers are round.
It's basic geometry, square or rectangle could fall in when lifted.

What's the favorite "can't do without" instrument you own, and... wanna sell it?
My junk....and NO.

How many gas stations would you say there are in the United States, and how have we become so good at striking oil wherever one is built?

There's actually only about a dozen gas station in the US. The rest are either service stations or minimarts, which always have those clear lens sunglasses that I love so much. There's no way there's an oil well under each one, although now I'm gonna look.

Symmetry: Overrated, or Underrated?
Equally both.

Are you gonna finish that Godzilla movie?
Yes, once I get an Apple computer and some fresh Bob Marley.

If you were a car, what kind of salad dressing would you choose?
Oil and vinegar, I'd be a female car with that not so fresh interior.

Can you describe an atom?
Well, he's tall, plays killer sax, tends to under-dress for shows, likes Ducati Motorcycles, and I think he looks kinda silly in a cowboy hat.

There's no keyboard player in Mick Hargreaves & The King Guys. Why?
Good question, probably because all keyboardists took lessons as children.

Favorite beer?
COLD.

Worst beer?
Warm.

How good are you at faking sincerity?
I probably am, but I'm honestly not sure.



Should it be illegal to play harmonica while driving?
With the mouth YES, with fingers holding the harp out the window NO. I wonder if the pitch would go up the faster you drove?

See Don onstage when Mick Hargreaves & The King Guys perform at the Stephen Talkhouse FRI 3/30/12, The Rodeo Bar (NYC) SAT 4/14/12, and The Grey Horse Tavern SAT 5/12/12. 

http://www.donmangels.com

http://mickhargreaves.com

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Meet the King Guys: Guitarist Gary Dawson

Guitarist/vocalist Gary Dawson, born and raised in the land of the MC5, is a Red Wings fan (surprise) and as with everyone we like, he pays very close attention to his guitar tone AND beer selection. When performing with Mick Hargreaves & The King Guys, he wears Gibson, Telecaster, Gretsch guitars and a couple of other things plugged into a variety of amplifiers. We caught up with him while he was flying over "that middle part of the country" on a six-hour flight with no on-board movies, and kindly decided not to chastise him yet again for the Detroit Lions having Nickleback perform during halftime on Thanksgiving day. [MH]

The King Guys: (L to R) Michael Bifulco, Gary Dawson, Don Mangles, Jeff McClary, Mick Hargreaves

Name some things you like.
Talent and humility.

Well, that rules ME out. Now identify the exact opposites of those things.
[Persons named here by Gary have been removed from the text of this interview in order to protect the "totally, completely, guilty" - Editor.]

What's so great about this music thing? I don't get it.
You too? I thought it was just me?



If you could eat one person from the Civil War who would you eat?
Nobody named Johnson, that’s for sure.



Would you rather have: A car that flies but can only run on apple cores OR... Be able to produce cooked frogs legs whenever you want to, up to 20 times per day?
Don’t be so absurd by making this an OR rather than AND condition. Why can’t I have my car and eat it too?



Hey, where'd ya get that?
From someone who obviously doesn’t practice good personal hygiene.



Please detail your most embarrassing memory involving an animal.
Why don’t you ask the flirtatious llama that question? Like I made the first move!



Would you rather:
 eBay your groceries for a year OR Have tiny light-sabers for fingernails?

For anyone into self-pleasure, the light saber fingernail thing is a little scary.



Please theorize on why manhole covers are round.
Everyone knows it’s so they can’t fall into a man’s hole.



What's the favorite "can't do without" instrument you own, and... wanna sell it?
I consider this question a prelude to entrapment.

How many gas stations would you say there are in the United States, and how have we become so good at striking oil wherever one is built?

I don’t know, but that [name removed to protect drummer] guy is a walking natural gas mine.

Symmetry: Overrated, or Underrated?
Bilateral: overrated. Radial: underrated. Mirror image: let me reflect on that before answering.

Are you gonna finish that?
Right after I finish this.

If you were a car, what kind of salad dressing would you choose?
Volvo vinaigrette with a dash of fresh ground brake dust.

Can you describe an atom?
Small, self-centered and prone to attachment to others. Can be found hanging out in compounds, or sometimes just comfortable in its own element. Some highly refined ones are da bomb.

There's no keyboard player in Mick Hargreaves & The King Guys. Why?
We don’t need some guy tickling the ovaries on every song.

Favorite beer?
The one that’s handed to me.

Worst beer?
The one that I have to fetch.

How good are you at faking sincerity?
I must say in all honesty that this is without a doubt the best question I have ever been asked. I really mean that. How incredibly astute of you to include it in this questionnaire.



Should it be illegal to play harmonica while driving?
No, it should be illegal to play harmonica.

http://mickhargreaves.com

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Mick Hargreaves & The King Guys @ Stephen Talkhouse FRI 3/30/12

Everyone over here at Mick Hargreaves & The King Guys are super-excited and all prepped up to enjoy our Eastern Long Island debut at the Stephen Talkhouse (Amagansett, NY) on Friday, March 30th 2012, 10pm. Cover charge is $10. Expect a guitar extravaganza, and we're pleased to have sister Jen pitching in on harmony vocals. Please share the news...

Facebook Invite Page 3/30 Stephen Talkhouse


The King Guys at the 3/30 Talkhouse show will be: Mick Hargreaves (Guitar, Vocals), Michael D. Bifulco (Guitars), Gary Dawson (Guitars, Vocals), Don Mangels (Bass), Jeff McClary (Drums, Vocals), Jennifer Hargreaves Pawliczak (Vocals).

Meanwhile, I'm working hard finishing my second full-length solo effort (due first half of 2012), to be titled "Redemption Center II", but right now, I'm busy producing other recording artists with the Lantern Sound Recording Rig, so the RCII release date has been pushed back a bit to accommodate this enjoyable workload.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

NYRMA's "Nuggets Vol 1" 3/30/2012 Setlists


March 31st 2012, The New York Roots Music Association presents "Nuggets Volume 1" in its entirety at the American Legion Post 1812, Plainview NY, complete with psychedelic light effect show (thanks, Joe Lauro!).

3/31/2012 Facebook Event Page
NYRMA presents "Nuggets Vol. 1"

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1.
Guitars: Steve Prisco, Dave Wise; Keys: Chris James;
Bass: Mick Hargreaves; Drums: Tom Ryan 
1. The Electric Prunes "I Had Too Much to Dream (Last Night)" (Dm)
Russ Seeger http://youtu.be/F-kVFfKezVo
2. The Standells "Dirty Water"  (E)
Joe Lauro, Jon Geffner (Harmonica), Howie Silverman (Drums)
http://youtu.be/kqKHqWaTv9g
3. The Strangeloves "Night Time" (A)
Jon Geffner http://youtu.be/x62HYcoj9K
4. The Knickerbockers "Lies" (D)
Danil Deger http://youtu.be/1n03a7cLf0M
5. The Vagrants "Respect" (D)
Annie Mark http://youtu.be/1iXPrFlqTds
6. Mouse and The Traps "A Public Execution" (C)
Bill Walsh http://youtu.be/LqmzLgoWl3w
7. The Blues Project "No Time Like the Right Time" (Eb)
Oneman Elbows - http://youtu.be/I9GXTZIYRr4
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2.
Guitars: Russ Seeger, Dave Wise; Keys: Chris James; Bass: Steve Kaplan; Drums: Howie Silverman
1. The Shadows of Knight "Oh Yeah" (F)
Stephen Lombardo http://youtu.be/8uVahzTl-6o 
2.  The Seeds "Pushin' Too Hard" (Bm)
Tom Pfeifer http://youtu.be/n_kxG2QwDew
3.  The Barbarians "Moulty" (C#)

Rich Wisneski http://youtu.be/-yZ9PyykZkE 
4.  The Remains "Don't Look Back" (C)
Stephen Hunking http://youtu.be/df5kD5sEXh8 
5.  The Magicians "An Invitation to Cry" (Ab)
Andrew Fortier http://youtu.be/oA2WUJwA0tY 
6.  The Castaways "Liar, Liar" (C)
Mary Lamont http://youtu.be/OrGVr0QqLAk 
7.  13th Floor Elevators "You're Gonna Miss Me" (F)
Tom Ryan, Jon Geffner (Harmonica) http://youtu.be/sPj9HDrZDtM     
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3. 
Guitars: Steve Prisco, Rich Umbach; Keys: Chris James;
Bass: Mick Hargreaves; Drums: Tom Ryan 
1. Count Five "Psychotic Reaction" (F#)
Mick Hargreaves, Jon Geffner (Harmonica) http://youtu.be/-9a4W2FZnpc 
2. The Leaves "Hey Joe" (A)
Randy Hudson / Anthony Liberatore http://youtu.be/XNmu3z8XEzw 
3. Michael and the Messengers: "Romeo and Juliet" (F#)
Steve Prisco http://youtu.be/4ViWsbGd3G 
4. The Cryin' Shames "Sugar and Spice" (C)
Mick Hargreaves/Anthony Liberatore http://youtu.be/Fe7RlzkVS3U 
5. The Amboy Dukes "Baby Please Don't Go" (E)
Chris James http://youtu.be/QYaf3FuKxlU 
6. Blues Magoos "Tobacco Road" (C)
Paul Schmitz http://youtu.be/b6_MluUnbmE

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4.
Guitars: Russ Seeger, Dave Wise; Keys: Chris James;
Bass: Steve Kaplan; Drums: Tom Ryan 
1. The Chocolate Watch Band "Let's Talk About Girls" (F)
Eammon Bowles, Rich Umbach (guitar) http://youtu.be/pxACdI4uCcY
2. The Mojo Men "Sit Down, I Think I Love You" (Bb)
Terry Day http://youtu.be/VO2hDNPs8zE 
3. The Third Rail "Run, Run, Run" 
Stephen Hunking http://youtu.be/N31CUzkJZ94 
4. Sagittarius "My World Fell Down"
Eric Crugnale w/ Vocalists http://youtu.be/N31CUzkJZ94 
5. Nazz: "Open My Eyes" (E)
Dave Wise http://youtu.be/erC9qkaOHn 
6. The Premiers "Farmer John" (F#)
Chris James http://youtu.be/IeXhUsuLK6E 
7. The Magic Mushrooms "It's-a-Happening" (D)
______________ http://youtu.be/0wfosoj8oxQ

Friday, January 27, 2012

Consider This: Add Your Segment to "Major Glitch"


Mick Hargreaves "Major Glitch" Short Film | Mick Hargreaves on Vimeo

Sometimes you can fix something by adding a song-segment...

Chris Butler's playful, joyous, and just plain FUN "Major Glitch" is an ever-lengthening crowd-sourced song. Begun in 2008, the "Major Glitch" expands on Butler's original 69-minute "Devil Glitch", which was released in 1996 and certified "World's Longest Recorded Pop Song" by the Guinness Book for World Records in 1997.

I like to say that the "Major Glitch" is kind of like a record label that accepts ALL artists, but where each artist contributes verses to the same song. You record and mix your segment, then send it in to Scott Anthony at the Viewing Room, where it gets mastered and then added to The Glitch, appearing at this page. After segments from Jim Turner and myself (both recorded with the Lantern Sound Recording Rig) were added this past week, the total running time of the Major Glitch is now at 3 hours, 2 minutes and 32 seconds!

SO... Please consider contributing a segment. People like Kramer, Freedy Johnson, The Cucumbers, Gary "Pig" Gold, Ralph Carney, R. Stevie Moore, and Harvey Gold (and Manny Moore, as they say) are in on this thing, so you'll be in good company. All the details on how to do it can be found at:

http://www.majorglitch.net

Monday, January 23, 2012

Tequila Jazz Bass gets Sexy: "Extra Life" DR Black Beauties


An update on stringing the basses. I had some round-wounds on the Fender Midnight Wine Tequila Jazz bass, which reminded me why I don't like round-wound bass strings. They eventually snap, wear out, and they sound... too bright. It's called a "bass", not a "treble".

Anyway, the update to the last bass/bass string post is this: I put a set of DR "Extra Life" Black Beauties on the Tequila Jazz Bass, and I'm liking them so far. I may actually have this bass onstage as a backup behind my Lakeland "Duck" Dunn bass at The Elvis Show 2012 (YMCA Boulton Center, Bayshore NY, SOLD OUT).

The Black Beauties are certainly brighter than conventional black tape-wounds, and not as smooth to the touch. Like I've said before, if I'm gonna have a brighter / less smooth string set on a bass, it may as well be on one with a Jazz pickup configuration. If I get to liking these, I may put a set on the Fender Jaguar Bass...

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Major Glitches, Everywhere...

The original cover art for Chris Butler's "The Devil Glitch"
Full details at http://www.majorglitch.net

Being alive to finish things feels good, especially in light of the life-sized Major Glitch that my summer/fall of 2011 wound up being. But that was then. Fast forwarding to NOW, two musical "Major Glitches" (plus an accompanying film) are done and being mastered, and will soon see the light of day at majorglitch.net.

Begun in 2008, Chris Butler's web-based, crowd-sourced "Major Glitch" expands on his original 69-minute "Devil Glitch", which was released in 1996 then certified "World's Longest Recorded Pop Song" by the Guinness Book of World Records in 1997.

The two new segments were recorded with the Lantern Sound Recording Rig (LSRR), one featuring Jim Turner in a stompin' wood-cabin send-up (complete with Harp-Tar and Electronic Tennis Racquet instruments), while the segment from yours truly will be a rock-pop freak-out with an accompanying film. We're confident that these additions will push the total "Glitch Length" to over three hours. No release dates have been pegged yet. The moment it's known, we'll send up a flare. Soon.

Listen to any/all the existing segments, and get info on how to add your piece at majorglitch.net. There's also a 2008 interview with Chris about The Major Glitch at NJ dot com.

We now return you to our previously scheduled program, titled "Mick Gets Back to Finishing His Next Solo Record".

And, darn it, I just Lost The Game. Sorry.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Update: A New Year.

December 2011 was a wild musical finish. Me 'n' The King Guys (Michael D. Bifulco, Gary Dawson, Don Mangels, Jeff McLary, and sometimes even Sister Jen on backup vocals) were able to return to the Grey Horse Tavern (Bayport, NY). At a performance on Friday, 12/30/11 we, Matthew Grimm, Jeff McLary & The Heavy Duty Haulers, the GHT, and you guys stood up for all that is good.

A card sent, something said on the phone, a visit, a post in the internet, a movie sent, the book loaned, a song played, the time you came and hung out for a while, the benefit you played and/or helped organize, the joke you made onstage or in person about me getting attacked followed quickly by "sorry Mick, too soon?" (This Hangdogs on-stage gag never gets old, by the way)... you were SO there for me at the best and worst of times in 2011. Now that stink-year is over. There's a lot of thank-you cards to write (with trinkets maybe, even), and they are coming. Meantime, a continued, gigantic, THANK YOU. Onwards. MH

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2012 begins. Feeling great, doing everything I want to do. Some of the last medical red tape involved, such as that which needs to be sent to the NYS Crime Victims Bureau, almost complete. When that dust settles, much more will be known, and haggling with medical creditors will commence. Then a pony will come.

Booking a lot of solo and MH & The King Guys shows for 2012. Lantern Sound Recording Rig making some good things. There will be a Redemption Center II release as soon as possible. Finished segment/contribution to Chris Butler's Major Glitch, awaiting release, with promotional film. There's a new music vid for the song "Crystal Ball" (written by whole lotta Joe Delia, and little bit o' Mick), now also in the live set.

GET TIX: NYRMA presents The Elvis Show 2012 at the YMCA Boulton Center Theatre (Bayshore NY) on Saturday January 28, 8pm. This is a particularly meaningful event to me, as it benefits emergency food supplies courtesy of the efforts of the Rock CAN Roll organization, and it will sell out for sure. Tickets Link


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Things previously viewed as vital become meaningless. Television. The "10 Items or Less" express lane. Most magazines. The surfing "scene". 

Things formerly taken for granted become powerful. Stuff kids say/do. Raisin toast. The "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" chord changes. Calling to say hello. Writing stuff down. Surfing.

R.I.P. Tommy Ardolino (1955-2012)

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Mick's New Year Update

December 2011 was a wild musical finish, especially since Mick Hargreaves & The King Guys were able to return to the Grey Horse Tavern (Bayport, NY) and stand up for all that is good at a performance on Friday, 12/30/11. You were SO there for me at the worst of times in 2011, so you deserve news, and stuff. Here's an update.

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Twenty-Twelve begins with a light shining at the end of the medical paperwork tunnel, and even good news perhaps. It's been difficult pouring over the bills, forms, opening mail, essentially re-playing everything each time. I got a lot of help from Mom and Dad. Some of the last red tape involved, such as that which needs to be sent to the NYS Crime Victims Bureau, is being completed this week, and when that dust settles, much more will be known, and haggling with medical creditors will commence. This part will be settled way before the criminal case, trust me. Then a pony will come.

I'm physically fine, feeling great, doing everything I want to do. However, being a victim of violent crime and coming so close to losing so much, so quickly... means you can't help but see things a lot differently.

Things previously viewed as vital become meaningless. Television. The "10 Items or Less" express lane. Most magazines. The surfing "scene".

Things formerly taken for granted become powerful. Stuff kids say/do. Raisin toast. The "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" chord changes. Calling to say hello. Writing stuff down. Surfing.

The bizarre journey through 2011 was made infinitely easier by the support of so many people in so many ways; the card sent, something said on the phone, a visit, post in the internet, a movie sent, the book loaned, a song  played, the time you came and hung out for a while, the benefit you played and/or helped organize, the joke you made about me getting attacked followed quickly by "sorry Mick, too soon?" (this Hangdogs on-stage gag never gets old, by the way). There's gonna be a lot of thank-you cards (with trinkets maybe, even) to send out this year, and they are coming, but in the meantime, a continued, gigantic, THANK YOU.

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Meanwhile, getting ready to book a lot of solo and full-band shows for 2012, the Lantern Sound Recording Rig is making some good things, and the musicians known as "The King Guys" (Michael D. Bifulco, Gary Dawson, Don Mangels, Jeff McLary, and sometimes even Sister Jen on backup vocals) will continue to grace the stage to help bring my songs to life in the New Year. I'm pushing to complete work on the Redemption Center II release as soon as possible, and my segment contribution to Chris Butler's Major Glitch is already in the can, awaiting release, to be accompanied by a promotional film, which is also finished. I've even been playing the "Crystal Ball" at shows, a song largely written by Joe Delia, with a bit o' help from me.

Get your tickets now: NYRMA presents The Elvis Show 2012 at the YMCA Boulton Center Theatre (Bayshore NY) on Saturday January 28, 8pm. This is a particularly meaningful event to me, as it benefits emergency food supplies courtesy of the efforts of the Rock CAN Roll organization, and it will sell out for sure. Tickets Link

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