Asked a favor from a friend and got some nice pix taken. Here’s one – will be posting the rest shortly.
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THE BREAKDOWN TRAIN is an up and down and up again story of false confidence, confusion, despair, and new hope. The idea for the concept album came from looking back on the challenges and happy breakthroughs of moving from single man to father, and feeling odd parallels in the recent struggles and new hopes for the country. Over the course of writing the album, the two started to seem interchangeable – the weary drunkard of Man Gone Wild could equally be a country going through the motions, hoping to find its way.
Musically, the material draws from a diverse set of classic artists like Beck, Prince, Depeche Mode, and Curtis Mayfield, and has been placed by some in the new categories of indietronica or bedroom pop.
Lucky Cat is a solo effort devoted to exploring the grey area between pop, rock, and soul, in the vein of artists like Prince, TV on the Radio, and David Bowie. The one-man band is Michael Tuminello, who writes, arranges, performs and produces all of the music.
Previous experience includes a long-term stint in modern blues rock band Prankstar, which had a successful if underpromoted stint in New York City, playing well over 50 club dates, including well-known venues like CBGB’s and the Continental. The Village Voice described the music as “a toughened-up Dave Matthews band”.
The debut album takes the “vocal vibe that’s as cool as menthol smoke” (Tangerine Magazine) away from blues-rock in favor of pop and funk. The 11 tracks of the album were selected from 77 tracks recorded to shake off the blues (the initial goal was 100, but 77 did the trick). “My goal here”, says Tuminello, “was to draw from all the sources I had to put on hold in a guitar-driven bar band, which for me was a lot of 80’s and 90’s pop – artists like Depeche Mode and George Michael – as well as newer material, and also take a much more electronic approach.”
THE BREAKDOWN TRAIN is an up and down and up again story of false confidence, confusion, despair, and new hope. The idea for the concept album came from looking back on the challenges and happy breakthroughs of moving from single man to father, and feeling odd parallels in the recent struggles and new hopes for the country. “Everyone seems to be moving towards singles now, because of digital music. I love to get a new album and listen to it end to end, and I wanted to make an album like that, with an overall picture, as well as whatever people take from the individual songs.”
Just moving all my music to a new laptop, and realizing that DVDs are a very bad way of installing software that takes up a lot of space. Logic and Kontakt both involved about 10 discs. Logic says something like “39 hours remaining” when you start the install process…