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!
Tonight at Boot & Saddle! Erik Petersen acoustic mini-tour starts with a set of OLD songs…
Mischief Brew is doing two shows this weekend, Brooklyn on Friday @ The Grand Victory, and Cambridge on Saturday @ Cambridge Elks Lodge! Check the website for details…
Tonight! Not to be missed! Legendary Philly show before it has even happened.
Check out the Fistolo webstore, we have some new items to replace some of the out-of-print ones we just removed!
Absinthe Rose - “The More That We Learn, The More We Learn That We’re Wrong” CD (Boston folk punx, LP coming soon).
The Orphans sticker - red & black. New design!
Mischief Brew sticker - woodcut logo, reprinted.
Pirate Pug sticker - restocked.
OUT OF PRINT/REMOVED:
The Orphans “Raise The Youth” CD, Mischief Brew/Joe Jack Talcum “Photographs From The Shoebox” CD, Franz Nicolay “Major General” CD (LP still available).
Last thing: since Mischief Brew is going on tour 8/14-8/25, we won’t be shipping any orders in that time frame. If you place an order by Monday afternoon, however, we should be able to get it out before we leave! Thanks…