Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Concert Pics.

Photos: Ivan Oransky
This morning I found two pictures that our friend Ivan took during that online concert thing a few weeks back.

I especially like the top one because it makes me look quite a bit taller than I really am.

I'm only five-six, and was standing next to someone who is six-four. The lower pic is somewhat more accurate, obviously.

A lot of you have asked whether the event was archived, but that wasn't an option at the time (at least not through Stageit). If anyone recorded it somehow, let us know.

See you 'round.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

The Community Room.

My friend Ken Maiuri's column Clubland is always a great read. This latest one looks back at the show that The Prestons and Luke Cavagnac recently played down in the Community Room at the Forbes Library. It's a wonderful concert series, and cheers to Jason Mazzotta (aka Jason Bourgeois) for organizing the fun each month.

NOTE: The photo accompanying the article was taken by Sarah Palmer.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Good As Gold.

There's a super review of the album over on the Power of Pop website. This pop culture site is run by the Singapore pop maven Kevin Mathews, and is well worth bookmarking.

"Wednesday Child is the kind of musical treasure the card-carrying members of the Pop Underground spend hours obsessing over." - Kevin Mathews, Power of Pop

Kevin followed up the review by asking me to answer his PoP10 Questions.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Top Pick in Performer.

Performer Magazine has some very nice things to say about Wednesday Child in the May issue:

Beautiful, psychedelic material suitable for any day of the week.

There is an endearing quality to Wednesday Child, one that can be attributed to the incomparable warmth of Rick Murnane’s voice – a voice that calls to mind Beatle-esque psychedelia, Beachwood Sparks, and SMILE. An album marking the end of a twelve-year reign with the bluesy, pop-driven outfit, Group DeVille, Murnane’s full-length solo debut signals the beginning of a new musical era – one that is a heartfelt outpouring of emotion through lyrics that are both introspective and relatable to all generations. Although Murnane has enjoyed considerable success, this endeavor brings him back down to earth and he comes across as an approachable individual with much to share. Wednesday Child is the perfect compliment to lighthearted mornings spent reclining in a hammock or porch swing, or even relaxing by the gentle waves of the ocean. Murnane’s compositions, namely the title track, “Wednesday Child,” “Shoulder This Burden” and “Everything” evoke California dreams within listeners. We are subconsciously being advised to stop, breathe for a moment, and become fully present in our surroundings – reveling in the surrounding beauty.  —Julia R. DeStefano 

Reprinted with the kind permission of Performer Magazine.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Mersey Sakes Alive.

As was previously foretold, Wednesday Child was reviewed by the Juke Box Jury panel on the BBC Merseyside show On The Beat this past Saturday. You can either listen to the entire program (it's a great show, featuring a wide range of artists), or scroll ahead to my bit. They play the title track at 0:48:44, and the panel review follows (also: my song Damage Is Done plays out the show at 1:28:45).

The show will be archived until this Saturday, so listen while you can. If you like what you hear (the panel seemed to), remember that there is a convenient link over there in the right-hand sidebar.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Liverpool Calling.

My song "Any Other Town" from Wednesday Child played out the BBC Merseyside program On The Beat this past Saturday (click the link and either listen to the show or scroll forward to around 2:27:00). The album gets reviewed by their Jukebox Jury next Saturday.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Why Wednesday Child?

Like lots of people, I was born on a Wednesday. But while the title song refers to the classic children's rhyme, it is about an imagined someone. It's not autobiographical. I'm generally a pretty cheerful guy. And yes, I'm also big fan of Charles Addams, but the little girl in his cartoons has nothing to do with the title, either.

What happened was my friend Chris and I got together for dinner and a recording session just about every Wednesday evening for a year or so, and this album was one of the eventual results. The original idea was to get familiar with some new recording software and hardware that Chris was installing in his studio, and I was a convenient conspirator with some songs lying around. After a while, the project began to take shape into something more than just an excuse to learn more about engineering.

Long story short: Wednesdays were when we worked on the songs. It just seemed natural to treat Wednesday Child as a title track and name the album that.  If you find any fault with the songs, the singing, the playing, or the production, blame me and not the other guy. But I hope you enjoy at least one or two of them, and on whichever day you like.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year.

Today seems like a good day to introduce this new blogsite to those of you who were wondering what was coming next. The packaging design is finally finished, so the new album gets sent off this week to have the first run of CDs burned. Welcome to 2012. Here we go.