McGinty & White Sing Selections from the McGinty & White Songbook
(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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Instruments (L-R): Baldwin Electric Harpsichord, 360 Systems Digital Keyboard, MiniMoog Model D, Moog Little Phatty, ARP 2600, Nord Electro 2, DSI Prophet 08, DSI Poly Evolver Keyboard, Oberheim Xpander.
Instruments (l-r): Yamaha CP60M, Hohner Clavinet, Clavioline, Conn Electric Band, Optigan, Fender Starmaster Organ, Hammond M3, Hammond Synthesizer, RMI Keyboard Computer KC-2, ARP Omni, Casio MT-600, Wurlitzer Sideman, Fender Rhodes, Hohner Contessa, Farfisa Combo Compact, Mass-Rowe Vibrachime, 1914 Steinway Vertigrand Upright Piano, Toy Piano, Jenco Celeste, Mellotron M400, Vox Continental, Omnichord System 2, Hohner Melodica
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Today (January 20) is legendary Moog pioneer Jean-Jacques Perrey's 80th birthday. Perrey made groundbreaking Moog records in the 60s, "The Amazing New Electronic Pop Sound of Jean-Jacques Perrey" and (with Gershon Kingsley) "The In Sound From Way Out" and "Kaleidoscopic Vibrations". He was a huge influence on me, particularly my "Space Nutz" project (see previous post). At 80, he's still going strong. Here's a brand new video from his current CD (with Dana Countryman), "The Happy Electropop Music Machine" (it features my keytar!):
I was honored to be the support act for Jean-Jacques Perrey's recent NYC gig. As a surprise we worked up a version of his "Moog Indigo". Here's a brief clip from rehearsal (I had a 2 measure rest--I grabbed the camera):
And footage from the actual performance at Le Poisson Rouge:
Featuring Circuit Parade: Mike McGinnis, Leon Dewan, Eleanor Norton with guests Natalie Weiss (Unicornicopia), Dave Amels, and Dorit Chrysler.
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.
*McGinty archives: Several shoeboxes filled with unlabeled cassettes
Patrick Hambrecht of Flaming Fire has graciously agreed to release these long lost tracks on his label, Cuniglius Records.
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. Personel: Connie Petruk, vocal Joe McGinty, piano Julian Maile, guitar Jeremy Chatzky, bass Denny McDermott, drums Stuart Bogie, sax