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POLARIS (Adventures of Pete & Pete)! First ever tour and new music!

August 26, 2014
The band that only lived on your TV in the 90's resurrects in 2014!  Dave McCaffrey (L),Scott Boutier (C) and Mark Mulcahy (L). Photo courtesy of Mezzotint

The band that only lived on your TV in the 90’s resurrects in 2014! Dave McCaffrey (L),Scott Boutier (C) and Mark Mulcahy (L). Photo courtesy of Mezzotint

Polaris, the band that once only lived in your television is coming to a galaxy near you. Known as the house band for the Nickelodeon show The Adventures of Pete & Pete,  Polaris have never toured and only ever played live once. The fans have been waiting 20 years for this October and now in 2014 it’s finally happening.
The show and the band have become a legend since going off the air. The Adventures of Pete & Pete was about two brothers named Pete, and featured an amazing list of guest stars, like Steve Buscemi, LL Cool J, Patty Hearst, Debby Harry, Michael Stipe, Adam West, John McLaughlin, Iggy Pop and many, many others. Polaris wrote much of the music including the shows iconic theme song “Hey Sandy“. They released an album of music in 1999 and then waited till now to play it live! For a fan of the show, every song in instantly recognizable and this will be the world’s first chance to hear it in person.
Polaris is Mark J. Mulcahy, Scott Boutier and Dave McCaffrey, aka Muggy, Harris and Jersey.  Mulcahy has several solo records. McCaffrey and Boutier were members of Frank Black and the Catholics. All three of them were in the band Miracle Legion.
There is a single planned to coincide with the tour. The song, “Happy Green Moon Face” is the first new Polaris music since the show went off the air in 1996.
The Waiting for October tour dates are:
10/4   – The Met, Providence, RI
10/9   – Hammerstein Ballroom, NYC
10/10 – Spaceland Ballroom, Hamden CT
10/11 – Pearl Street, Northampton MA
10/25 – Codfish Hollow, Maquoketa IA
10/26 – Lincoln Hall, Chicago Il
11/21 – Knitting Factory, Brooklyn NY
11/28 – Johnny Brenda’s, Philly PA
11/29 – Baltimore Soundstage, Baltimore MD
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That was a press release I NEVER thought I’d see.  If you read either the review for Mark’s most recent album Dear Mark J. Mulcahy… or his live performance at World Cafe Live, you know he is one of the most talented songwriters as well as being a highly entertaining presence onstage.  If you are local to any of the above listed shows, I HIGHLY recommend you check out the show.
I guarantee Mulcahy will at least make you laugh.

LONG LOST ALAN PARSONS ALBUM THE SICILIAN DEFENCE SURFACES AS PART OF THE PARSONS COMPLETE ALBUMS COLLECTION BOXSET

August 26, 2014
The chess themed CD that was used to leverage a contract between Clive Davis and Parsons/Woolfson.  Photo courtesy Sony/Legacy Recordings

The chess themed CD that was used to leverage a contract between Clive Davis and Parsons/Woolfson. Photo courtesy Sony/Legacy Recordings

The mythology behind the lost album, The Sicilian Defence, goes like this… The Project’s contract with Arista records was up for renewal. While the Project had scored multiple FM hits with tracks like “I Wouldn’t Want To Be Like You” and “Breakdown” from the magnificent I Robot LP, and even lesser hits like “(The System Of) Doctor Tarr and Professor Feather” from their debut LP Tales Of Mystery And Imagination – Edgar Allan Poe and even “Damned If I Do” from the album recorded in tandem with The Sicilian Defence, Eve. So it isn’t like they didn’t have the leverage to say ‘If Arista wants us to deliver an album, we’ll give them an album!”.

But what kind of album would make a good negotiating tool to go up against Arista Records President Clive Davis…

Enter The Sicilian Defence.

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