(A new album from downtown scenester Joe McGinty and tippling gadabout Ward White)
The duo that launched a thousand Tiger Beat pictorials is coming to your town in support of their new collaborative album, a first for both the performers. Stemming from an idea proffered over dinner, the duo set out to make use of unfinished material that lay outside their traditional stylistic ranges; for keyboardist McGinty, it meant exploring straightforward ballads and bubblegum inspired pop tunes—for White, a stepping away from familiar singer-songwriter territory to something more atmospheric.
Adhering to a DIY aesthetic, the album was recorded entirely in McGinty's project studio, making use of his extensive collection of vintage keyboards and exotic synthesizers. White contributed the guitars and takes the vocal lead, creating block harmonies and layered choral effects. McGinty augments his keyboard duties with three lead vocals. As the project blossomed, the two enlisted talented friends to help round out the songs with bass, percussion, strings and brass, resulting in a lush sonic palette.
The album closes with a single cover tune, Wichita Lineman, a unique tribute to M&W favorite, Jimmy Webb.
The unenviable task of sorting out the whole mess for mixing was adeptly handled by producer/engineer Ken Rich (Joseph Arthur, Ani DiFranco, The Gutter Twins) at his Brooklyn studio, Grand Street Recording.
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The Loser's Lounge backed up hit songwriter/producer Dennis Lambert at Joe's Pub. Dennis Lambert is the subject of the award-winning documentary "Of All The Things". Videos are now on YouTube.
More videos here: http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=6F3E3AE79D95464E
For more information on "Of All The Things" go to http://www.ofallthethingsmovie.com/
I was honored to play in the all-new Alice Tully Hall with Stew last Friday night. There's a good review in the Times here:
Unfortunately, I'm on stage right...
Recently retrieved from the McGinty archives*: "Space Nutz", a cartoon created by myself and Bob Kathman. The idea was that the Space Nutz are an outerspace rock group, who learn about music from radio waves traveling through space. I recorded a bunch of Space Nutz tracks in my East Village apartment, using analog synths, cheap music-making toys, primitive samplers and a Tascam Portastudio. Some of these tracks were later recorded by actual earthlings, The Kustard Kings. These are the original versions.
Space Nutz Theme
I Think I Love You
Listen to more examples and download tracks from Amazon.com
The obligatory MySpace page.
Here's a slideshow featuring some of Bob Kathman's original Space Nutz artwork:
The new Dustin Hoffman film, "Last Chance Harvey" features Connie Petruk singing Van McCoy's "Baby I'm Yours"
The track was produced and arranged by Joe McGinty, and recorded by Bryce Goggin at Trout Recording in Brooklyn.
Connie Petruk, vocal
Joe McGinty, piano
Julian Maile, guitar
Jeremy Chatzky, bass
Denny McDermott, drums
Stuart Bogie, sax
Connie Petruk: "Baby I'm Yours"