Peacers/Sic Alps lead singer Mike Donovan steps out from behind the ash-stained curtain for his second solo album in the past five years: How to Get Your Record Played In Shops.
The Donovan ouvre is not something you're meant to think about - instead, enjoy the soupy soak, sliding beneath its opaque and filmy surface to discover the sensual world in the moat below. Four Sic Alps, two Peacers and two Mike Donovan albums along the line, Mike is still jiving down on main street, a footloose man of the world, twisting the dial, running ahead of the pack and through twists and turns, past dark characters in shady doorways. How to Get Your Record Played In Shops is a tribute to the streets where you find the shops that play the records. To pin down this increasingly-imagined place, Mike DIYs it to the maxx, recording everything himself and playing most of it too, basing it largely off of piano riffs, which is something different, esp. with adding touches of other keys and notes of whatever fuck-all fits into the scape. The combination of these colorful backings with Mike's synapse-shifting lyric wit leads us into new odd corners, where the only option seems to be the mirror, and eyes looking back deadly at us.
Despite (no, because!) of all the carnage, How to Get Your Record Played In Shops is something to make you really happy when you stumble upon it in the bin, a secret communication outside the lines of corporation entertainment, news media and the rest of the contemporary corruption influences. Here's to Mike Donovan, to How to Get Your Record Played In Shops and here's to being free! Out 4/20, bruh.
Join Mike D on the following solo dates across the world!
FEB 10 San Francisco, CA @ RPMetaspace (Closing Party for William Keihn's "Trapdoor" exhibition)
MAR 1 Ojai, CA @ Ojai Rancho Inn (w/ Sun Foot)
MAR 3 SF, CA @ RPMetaspace (Opening Party for Jesse Wiedel exhibition)
MAR 15 Oakland, CA @ The Octopus Literary Salon
MAR 20 LA, CA @ Zebulon^
MAR 21 Phoenix, AZ @ Lunchbox^
MAR 22 Tucson, AZ @ Fly Catcher^
MAR 23 San Diego, AZ @ Bar Pink^
MAR 24 San Francisco, CA @ Light Rail Studios^
MAR 25 Oakland, CA @ Ivy Room^
MAR 29 San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop w/ U.S. Girls
MAY 24 Frankfurt, Germany @ Zoom*
MAY 26 Antwerp, Belgium @ Trix*
MAY 27 Winterthur, Switzerland @ Salzhaus*
MAY 28 Vevey, Switzerland @ Rocking Chair*
MAY 29 Clermont Ferrand, France @ Coopertive de Mai*
MAY 30 Lille, France @ Aeronef*
MAY 31 La Rochelle, France @ La Sirene*
JUNE 4 Brighton, UK @ Concorde 2*
JUNE 5 Manchester, UK @ Gorilla*
JUNE 6 Dublin, Ireland @ Tivoli*
JUNE 8 Newcastle, UK @ Boiler Shop*
JUNE 9 London UK @ O2 Forum*
JUNE 14 Paris, France @ Bataclan*
*w/ Ty Segall and The Freedom Band
^ w/ Lars Finberg and The Bakersfield Moonlighters