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

http://mickhargreaves.com





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