posted April 10th, 2018

How to Get Your Record Played In Shops is a new direction in music from Mike Donovan, a busman's holiday from his guitar-based subterranean pop via a serpentine, keyboard-laden path. It makes for fulfilling solo-artist listening; the shards and trickles from his broken music-box are slivers of solitude, echoes of weird scenes and falsetto-hued odes all designed to crack your spirit and seep it into the atmosphere around your ears, while merging with your subconsciousness below. How To Get Your Record Played In Shops (out 4/20 - preorder now!) showcases Donovan's penchant for bright night melodies and his finesse in crafting luminous moods with stark progressions, here balanced atop the creaking of piano and strings.

"Cold Shine" is a beauty in the mold - transposed to guitar with mellotron and synth lines that interact with with the potent images from California's recent Thomas wildfires. Sandwiching drive-by footage of the carnage unfolding with the haunting quiet of aftermath images, artist/filmmaker Betty Nguyen connects us to the awful randomness of a horrific natural disaster - one in this case that claimed more than seven hundred homes in Southern California - placing blazes, scorched earth and blooming desert flowers in such proximity produces a vexatious effect. Mike's haunting vocals floats among the rubble like an invocation for calmness and healing.

the video premiered on Stereogum but you can watch it here; following that, score tickets to see Mike D in concert now! All dates below listed below.


APR 14 LA @ Permanent Records IN-STORE (Highland Park)
APR 20 SF @ Stranded IN-STORE
APR 21 Eureka @ Vista Del Mar w The Tweeners, The Bored Again
APR 22 Portland @ Exiled Records IN-STORE 4pm 
APR 22 Portland @ Turn Turn Turn w Lavender Flu, Dragging an Ox Through Water
APR 27 Springfield MO @ The Outland w The Funs, Crumbs, Cole Ray
APR 28 St Louis @ City Museum w The Funs, Mark Tester
APR 29 Bloomington IN @ The Blockhouse w The Funs, Mark Tester & Ben Lumsdaine
MAY 4  Indianapolis @ State Street Pub w Mark Tester
MAY 5  Louisville @ The Green Room w Cereal Glyphs 
MAY 6  Athens GA @ World Famous w Party Favor
MAY 9  Baltimore @ The Crown w Scroll Downers
MAY 10 Philadelphia @ Philadelphia Record Exchange IN-STORE w Kiel Everett
MAY 11 Philadelphia @ Kung Fu Necktie (Upstairs) w Sparrow Steeple, Yuzo Iwata
MAY 12 Brooklyn @ Secret Project Robot w Ghost Dog II 
       + DJs Luke Calzonetti and The Record Grouch (late show)
MAY 13 Montreal @ Brasserie Beaubien w History Teaches 
MAY 14 Bellows Falls, VT @ Stage 33 Live w History Teaches
MAY 15 Greenfield MA @ Root Cellar w History Teaches
MAY 16 Hudson NY @ The Half Moon w History Teaches
MAY 17 Saratoga Springs NY TBA w History Teaches
MAY 18 Detroit @ Trinosophes w The Funs, 696 Blues Band
MAY 19 Chicago @ The Hideout w The Funs, Matchess

MAY 24 Frankfurt, Germany @ Zoom w Ty Segall
MAY 26 Antwerp, Belgium @ Trix  w Ty Segall
MAY 27 Winterhur, Switzerland @ Salzhaus  w Ty Segall
MAY 28 Vevey, Switzerland @ Rocking Chair  w Ty Segall
MAY 29 Clermont Ferrand, France @ La Coopertive De Mai w Ty Segall
MAY 30 Lille, France @ L' Aeronef w Ty Segall
MAY 31 La Rochelle, France @ La Sirene w Ty Segall
JUN 2  London, Shacklewell Arms 
JUN 3  Southend-On-Sea, UK Twenty One w Ghost Music /early show 1-6 
JUN 4  Brighton, UK @ Concorde 2 w Ty Segall
JUN 5  Manchester, UK @ Gorilla w Ty Segall
JUN 6  Dublin, Ireland @ Tivoli w Ty Segall
JUN 8  Newcastle-Upon Tyne, UK @ The Boiler Shop w Ty Segall
JUN 9  London, UK @ The O2 Forum w Ty Segall
JUN 10 Manchester, UK @ Gullivers w Irma Vep
JUN 11 Edinburgh, UK @ Leith Depot w Irma Vep
JUN 12 Glasgow, Scotland @ Mono w Irma Vep
JUN 14 Paris, France @ Bataclan w Ty Segall

Artists in this story: Mike Donovan