Posts Tagged ‘Prick’

Monkey on the Lam, April 9th 2009

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

Monkey On The Lam Logo

How’s this for service: the show performed, recorded, and available online within the same hour. Now I need some bands to perform on the show live so I can share them with the world instantly. Anyone? Smallish Acoustic acts preferable – the studio is very very small. I’m serious, drop me a comment, it’s free.

Playlist from tonight’s show:

  1. The Horrors – Mirror’s Image
  2. M83 – Run Into Flowers
  3. Prick – I Apologise
  4. Dirty Projectors – Cannibal Resource
  5. Primal Scream – The Glory of Love
  6. Holy Fuck – Casio Bossa Nova
  7. The National – Bitters and Absolut
  8. Minotaur Shock – Bats
  9. Hot Chip – Colours
  10. Dirty Projectors – No Intention
  11. Tune Yards – Little Tiger
  12. A.C. Newman – Drink To Me, Babe, Then
  13. Clark – Growls Garden

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Lucky Pierre/Prick is alive!

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

Okay, I don’t know if anyone who reads my posts will care about this aside from me, but I was excited yesterday when, on a whim, I decided to hunt for news about one of my favorite musicians, discovered back in 1995 when Trent Reznor was pimping him on Nothing Records, Kevin McMahon, aka Prick, aka Lucky Pierre, aka Fear of Blue, aka a million other pseudonyms (really Kevin, you need to stick to a name if you want to sell records) is still making music! He has a new song, that I won’t post here for the sake of keeping myself from potential trouble with the man, I’ll only say that it’s good, despite being extremely different.

For the uninitiated, Prick was sort of a one hit wonder with “Animal” back when “Closer” was the talk of the town, but the radio loving public failed to realize that the man behind the music was incredibly talented and diverse. Well, perhaps not failed to realize, but failed to care. His reclusiveness and general disgust with record labels didn’t win him any popularity contests either, but he continued to make music. He takes a notoriously long time between releases, but, and this is what I love: he dares to do something completely different every time.

To me, the most exciting musicians are those who refuse to conform to a style. Granted, there are those that do who I dearly love, and there is something to be said for getting a nice little package full of something you expect and are comforted by, but surprises are fun too, and I like to be challenged and blindsided by the music I listen to.

This is where Kevin McMahon comes in. He drops bombs of unpredictability not just with every album he releases, but every song within these albums. And he manages to do so while writing some of the most catchy, poppy songs I’ve ever heard. He is truly masterful, and I only wish he would come out of hiding more often, and maybe drop some of the Pseudonyms: the really big fans will listen to and love everything you release, Kevin. You don’t need to call it by different names, and you confuse our MP3 players in doing so!

Anyway, enough ranting. I found the man, and this website devoted to his music, and wanted to trumpet it to the world, or at least the world that has found this website. I also want to have something here to remind myself to keep checking in with the man behind some of my favorite songs.

A snippet from the recent interview to whet whistles:

The reason I haven’t pursued a recording contract after the Interscope/Nothing deal is mainly to assure myself the freedom that was jeopardized by entering into that experience. Record labels want/demand that you remain in the style of the previous release and give your fans what they “expect”. I don’t agree with that. I know there is a method to their marketing madness, but I’m more interested in songs as an expression of changing perspective or spontaneous fun rather than the same old soda with a different bubble… Even though many fans are lost along the way, I believe those who stay are in for a richer and more interesting experience.

Read the rest here.

(Art by Roger Von Golling – if anyone has a site link for him please comment, he’s awesome too)