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POLARIS TO EMBARK ON “21ST CENTURY TOUR” IN SPRING AND SUMMER 2020 MUSIC FROM THE ADVENTURES OF PETE & PETE TO RECEIVE DELUXE REISSUE TREATMENT ON VINYL

January 14, 2020

Harris, Jersey and Muggy Polaris reunite to bring the 21st Century Tour to life! Photo by Tony Healy

The Band That Lives Inside Your TV are back! Polaris, the house band from cult-classic Nickelodeon show The Adventures of Pete & Pete, are escaping from your childhood television set and busting out on a national tour for only the second time ever.

Polaris are Mark Mulcahy (Muggy), David McCaffrey (Jersey), and Scott Boutier (Harris). The three were longtime bandmates in underground favorite Miracle Legion, who’ve also reunited in recent years. Post-Polaris, Mulcahy went on to start an eclectic solo career, becoming one of the most celebrated and revered songwriters making records today. McCaffrey and Boutier played bass and drums together in several acts including Frank Black and the Catholics.

The 21st Century Tour will find Muggy, Jersey and Harris venturing out to 14 US cities between May and August. They’ll bring a mix of Polaris and Miracle Legion songs, plus some surprises to the sets. These shows will be the first since the band’s highly successful Waiting for October Tour in 2014-15, a jaunt across the country that found a generation of now grown-up Nickelodeon fans singing along to every word. The joyful reunion tour culminated in the beautifully recorded and packaged Live At Lincoln Hall double album.

In addition to touring, Polaris’ hit vinyl record, Music from the Adventures of Pete & Pete, will be receiving a special reissue to mark the occasion. The release will be a deluxe vinyl package, including a CD of original demos dating between 1992-95, liner notes from Pete & Pete co-creator Will McRobb, and a complete album lyric sheet. It’s the ultimate edition of a record that Consequence of Sound called ‘a collection of songs that perfectly capture the confusion, whimsy, and wonder of adolescence.’
The 21st Century Tour begins on May 14th in Pawtucket, RI, at The Met and wraps up on August 8th in Maquoketa, IA, at Codfish Hollow. See below for the full itinerary, and keep an eye out for additional dates and news from Mezzotint.com as more information becomes available.

2020 Polaris Tour Dates

May 14 – The Met – Pawtucket, RI
May 15 – Gateway City Arts – Holyoke, MA
May 16 – Spaceland Ballroom – Hamden, CT
May 29 – The Foundry – Philadelphia, PA
May 30 – Mercury Lounge – New York, NY
June 4 – The Sinclair – Boston, MA
July 7 – The Crocodile Seattle, WA
July 8 – Mississippi Studios, Portland, OR
July 10 – The Chapel – San Fran, CA
July 11 – The Hi Hat – Los Angeles, CA
July 12 – Soda Bar – San Diego, CA
Aug 6 – 7th St Entry – Minneapolis, MN
Aug 7 – Lincoln Hall – Chicago, IL
Aug 8 – Codfish Hollow – Maquoketa, IA

For more information, go to the Mezzotint/Polaris/Mark Mulcahy social media pages.

WHO’S THAT MAN? ED RANDAZZO IS THAT MAN CELEBRATING 10 YEARS IN THE PA MUSIC BIZ

October 24, 2019

A comprehensive compilation of an artist’s survival in a local market for over ten years. A rare feat for that market. Photo courtesy edrandazzomusic.com

One thing this blog has taught me is, “Stay in your lane”. I’ve dabbled in jazz reviews, world reviews, indie reviews, Americana reviews, and it has brought me to the point where, I need to stay within my personal wheelhouse of expertise. While I may not be the world’s foremost authority on Goth music, I will continue to bait all the Daniel Ash fans with my opinion (yes, Vinnie, that last word, OPINION, stupid Bauhaus loser arguing with my opinion) but I will pick and choose my reviews carefully from this point forward.

So when it was proposed to me that I could do the new Ed Randazzo retrospective, I jumped at the chance. Admittedly, Randazzo’s style of traditional, Americana folk-soul borders suspiciously close to some of the music I have recently sworn-off. For personal reasons I will pay no more attention to Sam Llanas and his crew. Since I will not be committing any further column space about his Americana, why not support a local boy who isn’t a full-of-himself douche who doesn’t appreciate those who were pulling for him, and promoting them to the best of their ability? Randazzo never made any promises, connections or forged any allegiances to go back on.

I have no problem promoting someone who is genuine, earnest, and has bon-a-fide talent. Like Ed…

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THE BEST ROCK AND BLUES BAND YOU’VE NEVER HEARD OF, MEET DOUG AND THE SLUGS!

May 30, 2018

The Facebook Cover Photo for Doug and The Slugs 40th Anniversary. We thank them for this photo.

I was first introduced to Doug and The Slugs by MTV in the 80’s. Their first video grabbed my attention and I never looked back. Here was this portly, greasy haired singer (I thought that was the look for the video, nope) that, basically, in my head, I was seeing Squiggy from the Laverne And Shirley TV show. Remember him? David L. Lander was the actor’s name. But here in the U.S., he looked like the buffoon from the TV show.

America is stupid.

But the resemblance aside, this guy could wail! I mean the expression in Doug Bennett’s vocals were unmatched down here. No one was doing torch songs like “The River”. But when Doug did them, man you felt it. To be clear, I HATED Laverne & Shirley and really hated the Squiggy character. So for Bennett to make me love their music was an uphill battle but after the song “Real Enough” started to get rotation on MTV, it was hard to hold the grudge.

Then in 2004, the unthinkable would occur. As he was wont to do, Doug would be onstage with an adult beverage. It would lead to his demise is the word we have down here. He had toured with various incarnations of the band up until 2004-ish. He was 53.

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MARK MULCAHY, THE MUSICAL MACHINE, MARCHES TO HIS OWN BEAT DURING MINI-TOUR, ALSO RELEASES NEW VIDEO!

September 7, 2017

Mulcahy blends into the time-forgotten background while staying on the grid. Photo courtesy Mezzotint

I know I promoted a story about Devo on the Facebook page for this blog: https://www.facebook.com/groups/bouleblog/?ref=bookmarks

I was not expecting Mark Mulcahy to fire up something so quickly after the whirlwind Miracle Legion tour. He did a three show stint in June in NY, Northampton MA, and New Haven CT. At the same time he releases a new video from his brilliant album Possum In The Driveway, Mulcahy also announces he will traverse the Mid-Atlantic and New England areas.

The following comes from Mulcahy’s label, Mezzotint…

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YOU CAN GET IN ON A ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME OPPORTUNITY TO SEE POPTONE, AND EXPERIENCE BAUHAUS, LOVE & ROCKETS AND TONES ON TAIL!!!

July 19, 2017

Reviving his desire to perform live, Daniel Ash is touring his personal brand of dark wave music to the East Coast with POPTONE. This blue moon opportunity still has tickets available at various venues. DON’T MISS IT! Photo courtesy of Sunshine Jacobson

Way back in the late 80’s, when a friend of mine introduced me to Tones On Tail, never did I think I would have a chance to see them. They were so niche, so target-marketed, there was no way they would be coming to my area, much less would I hear about the shows in NYC or Philly, unless by chance, they happened to be promoted in a New York Daily News or Village Voice that I happened to pick up at my fave newsstand (who would special order both of those newspapers for me). Nearly 30 years later, not only am I getting to see some remnants of Tones On Tail, but they are tossing in Bauhaus, Love & Rockets as well as Daniel Ash solo material into the set list.

Who are ‘they’? They are POPTONE!

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BAUHAUS, LOVE AND ROCKETS, TONES ON TAIL, ALL LIVE ON AGAIN WITH DANIEL ASH, DIVA DOMPE AND KEVIN HASKINS AS POPTONE!!!

May 27, 2017

The promo photo for the new band Poptone playing the familiar sounds of Bauhaus, Love And Rockets, and mostly Tones On Tail. With Diva Dompe (l), Kevin Haskins (c) and Daniel Ash (r). Photo courtesy of Poptone

Throughout the 80’s and into the 90’s, there was a “Goth” movement in art, fashion, music, etc. I use quotations around Goth as that was the label affixed to the style of music that Bauhaus, Smiths, Cure, et. al. came out with. Loosely associated with pale face paint with black accents, high hair, etc. etc. yawn etc.

Besides, and most importantly, I wouldn’t know Goth if it bit me on the neck.

I have a hypothesis, I’m willing to proffer it here…

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OUR MULCAHY CUP RUNNETH OVER. IT RUNS OVER A POSSUM IN THE DRIVEWAY, OUT TOMORROW!!

April 27, 2017

 

Well I have barely gotten over my ear bugging from the Miracle Legion Boot & Saddle show (you West Coast folks need to get to the Mezzotint or Miracle Legion web or Facebook pages and get tickets for these last two rockin’ shows!). Haven’t wanted those memories to fade, so I have been putting off sampling my wares from the show, the two disc Polaris Live CD and the two disc live Miracle Legion CD!

Well it looks like I have to (as they used to colloquially say in my youth) shit-or-get-off-the-can.

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WE RETURN WHERE WE LEFT OFF! ANNOUNCING THE NEW MARK MULCAHY ALBUM AND THE NEW MIRACLE LEGION LIVE ALBUM! WE ARE RESPLENDENT WITH GOODNESS!

April 8, 2017

A future look at the new Mark Mulcahy album “Possum In The Driveway”. Photo courtesy Mezzotint

It has been 366 days, to the day since I last posted. I will only say this was out of a legal necessity. I have waited out that contract so now, I am free to publish what and how often I do so. I choose to do so by picking up where we left off last year. Promoting the works and music of Mark Mulcahy and Miracle Legion.

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WELCOME BACK MIRACLE LEGION! MR. RAY AND MARK MULCAHY WILL BEGIN THE TOUR WITH AN INTIMATE DUO SHOW IN NYC, OTHER DATES

April 7, 2016
The prodigal son (and band) return to the limelight with several appearances scheduled, two in NYC as well as other countries. Photo by Jeff Raspe

The prodigal son (and band) return to the limelight with several appearances scheduled, two in NYC as well as other countries. Photo by Jeff Raspe

I’ve been touting Mark Mulcahy and Miracle Legion (as well as Polaris) for a long time now. While Mulcahy was off the radar, there wasn’t much to post about. However, since his latest album dropped (the venerable Dear Mark J. Mulcahy, I Love You), he has toured solo, and with his post Miracle Legion band, Polaris. Releases haven’t been lacking as well. Alongside … I Love You, the Nickelodeon requested band Polaris re-released their seminal Music From The Adventure From Pete and Pete on vinyl, we are being treated to another reissue gem, Miracle Legion’s Portrait Of A Damaged Family (this blogger’s favorite ML album). With a plethora of reissued as well as new material, it would make sense that touring be part of the release promotion.

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MIRACLE LEGION REUNITE, ANNOUNCE REISSUE AND TOUR DATES! THIS IS NOT A DRILL

February 24, 2016
The cover for Portrait Of A Damaged Family coming out on vinyl during April's Record Store Day.

The cover for Portrait Of A Damaged Family coming out on vinyl during April’s Record Store Day. Photo courtesy of Mezzotint

I’ve been away from this blog for a while and for good reasons. The only one you need to know is, I wanted to show my support for Eagles Of Death Metal. I said I would not take down that post until they got back to form. For all you EODM fans, you KNOW the boys came back strong and loud in Paris, with Josh Homme joining in!

So let’s move on to the real meat of the matter, the reunited MIRACLE LEGION!!!

I never thought I’d type that…

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