Exciting news! Two weeks from today (10/14), Mischief Brew will release a single and music video for a brand new lovesong to our fair state of Pennsylvania, called “O, Pennsyltucky!” It will be released on Fistolo as a digital download (iTunes, Amazon, Bandcamp, all that), as well as a CASSINGLE (!!!) limited to 300 copies available through our webstore. The video was shot entirely in the near-ghost town of Centralia, PA by Jon Foy (Kettle Rebellion bassist, friend, and Sundance award winning director of “Resurrect Dead”). While “O, Pennsyltucky!” will appear on the next LP, there are two B-sides that will not appear anywhere else: “We Are The Ground,” and “Dirty Overhauls” (a sorta-Woody Guthrie cover).
Click the headline! Oxblood vinyl! Digital version comes out Tues April 1st. CD version comes out in UK/Europe in mid-April on Different Circle Records.
An exclusive stream of the Kettle Rebellion record is now up at Punknews, click the headline above to check it out! Let us know what you think!
At long last, here are the CORRECT song titles (the thief had made up his own titles because they were not listed on the disc he stole). So you can stop requesting songs like “Flesh And Bone”…
1. Seeking The Brave
2. Victory Dance Of The Outlanders
3. A Liquor Never Brewed
4. Away With Purity
5. Barratry Call
6. The Master Is A Drunkard
7. Doomsday Evening
8. Storming The Sandcastles
*(‘Away With Purity’ was mistaken for ‘Flesh And Bone,’ ‘Barratry Call’ was mistaken for ‘Free Trade’ which I still don’t understand, ‘Doomsday Evening’ was mistaken for ‘A Song Of The Free,’ and ‘Storming The Sandcastles’ was mistaken for ‘We Are The Brave.’)
We’ve been teasing a limited vinyl release, and here it is: 12 years after its recording, the “Kettle Rebellion” album will finally see the light of day! Kettle Rebellion was the first full-band incarnation of Mischief Brew in 2001, playing only five shows under the name. Eight songs were recorded but never mastered or released. Two years later, the mixes were stolen from Erik and Denise’s house and put on Soulseek, with invented/incorrect song titles. Word spread of a “rare Mischief Brew recording” on messageboards. We suddenly realized, in horror, why so many kids were requesting songs that we didn’t know the names of. Punx: do not steal from punx! Anyway, upon recently discovering that only parts of adequate mixes existed and were deteriorating, we seized the opportunity and mastered it. We even put the original intended insert back together (rubber cement does NOT hold up in the longrun, FYI), and are using it. The record will be available April 1st from our webstore on oxblood vinyl limited to 250 copies, so snatch one up! A CD version will be released in the UK/Europe through Scottish label Different Circle Records. Meanwhile, it will be available worldwide through digital stores and through the MB Bandcamp page. So excited to finally have this out!
Since Philly has been stalled by 7586 inches of snow, Mischief Brew has put together a FREE/PAY WHAT YOU WANT demo/outtake/rough mix/rarities collection of their Bandcamp page! Check it out… the songs:
1. Busker’s Wages (Acoustic Demo)
2. Dirty Penny’s Pogo (Demo)
3. Bury Me In Analog (4-track Demo)
4. Thanks, Bastards! (Rough Mix)
5. All Our Comrades (Rough Mix)
6. The Lowly Carpenter (Acoustic Mix - Outtake)
7. Ten Thousand Fleas (4-track Demo)
8. Jobs In Steeltown (Early Solo Version - Outtake)
9. This Girl (Chumbawamba Cover - Acoustic Demo)
10. Three Chord Circus (Demo)
11. The Tardy Barker (Demo)
12. Pompous-Ass Manifesto (Demo)
13. The Barrel (Early Version - Outtake)
14. My Hometown (Bruce Springsteen Cover - Demo)
15. Goodbye Under God (Alternate Mix)
16. Punx Win! (Acoustic Demo)
First off, thanks for downloading and contributing to… whatever it is we do. We’ve been meaning to put something like this together for a while, but it involved going through a ton of CDR’s and sorting the bad from the…kind of bad.
It took a snowday in the middle of one of the worst winters in Philadelphia history to pull the box out of the garage and pick out 16 tracks that we thought were worthwhile (curious, funny, interesting) enough to unleash. The fact that we live in an era where an album can be created out of thin air and spontaneously put online for free/pay-what-you-want, instantly reaching hundreds to thousands of people, should be enough to convince you that we live in the best era for independent music, maybe ever.
Hopefully it goes without saying that this stuff isn’t for everybody. If it pops up on the shuffle setting on your iPod at a party, you’ll probably be met with a lot of “what the hell is this?” type questions. Yet I don’t think it’s necessarily for only diehard fans. In the middle ground, hopefully it provides a window into how our songs develop into the versions you know and love. It’s a long, arduous, at times sickly and cringe-worthy process. From the acoustic guitar in the living room to the 4-track, or the pre-production stage in the studio, to the early rough mix, to the final mastered versions, to the vinyl on your turntable, there’s a lot that goes into this crazy lifestyle that somehow keeps us jumping into a van in our mid-30s and traveling around the country, playing punk rock for you smelly bastards. We’ve said thank you a thousand times. Here’s another way of saying so. We hope you enjoy it, and laugh along with us at some of the early lyrics, the false starts, and the weird twists-and-turns that the songs nearly took.
And yes, “Busker’s Wages” nearly name-dropped Pez.
Mischief Brew has a new Bandcamp page, and in addition to the three LPs (available for download for only $7), you can get some 7”s, The Orphans download for only $5, and the rare Erik Petersen “Live On WKDU” set for FREE/pay-what-you-want! All this for a limited time so don’t delay. And more neat stuff coming so stay tuned!
Random post: for the best news earliest, follow Mischief Brew on Twitter! We’ll blab there about stuff before we do it here. Like the addition of Absinthe Rose LPs to the webstore this week, for example! Or a low-key Mischief Brew Philly show…
Happy hellidays, boils and ghouls. Check these out! When they’re gone, they’re gone. Lyric is from “Lucky No. 31.” Because Halloween is our Xmas!