- Start: 16 May 2018 8:00 pm
THE PEACERS/SIC ALPS lead sing- er MIKE DONOVAN steps out from behind the ash-stained cur- tain for his second solo album in the past five years: “How
to Get Your Record Played In Shops.”
The DONOVAN oeuvre is not some- thing 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. But if you had time to think, you might re- flect that this music blooms from ’neath the gritty carpet of the USA herself, sighted psy- cho-acoustically via SF futures and pasts, through rose-colored lenses shoved in and now crack- ing at the edges, amid hoots
and cries from mystery pursuers in the historical, but now- less-than-fully-existent boho jungle. Yep: four SIC ALPS,
two (THE) 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 door- ways. Then retiring for a mel- low moment around the chambers, staring above the rooftops, through the tangle of aerials and wires. And then lifting the music-box lid….
“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 increasing- ly-imagined place, MIKE D.I.Y.s it to the maxx, recording ev- erything himself and playing most of it too, basing it large- ly 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 combi- nation of these colorful back- ings with MIKE’s synapse-shift- ing lyric wit leads us into new odd corners, where the only option seems to be the mirror, and eyes looking back deadly
at us. Yet, in the chilly sling of S.F., the legend of commu- nal lifestyle rules on, and with help from the lads in spots,
and a BO “BOZMO” MOORE cover to boot, this record can be stowed safely ‘neath the THE PEACERS umbrella — even in the solo-ist of moments, when MIKE’s hand
on the piano is delightfully blurry among the reverbs, his voice listing along the falsetto borderline, smile frozen, as a feeling of aloneness and abso- lute nothing becomes poignantly alive….
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 communica- tion outside the lines of cor- poration entertainment, news media and the rest of the con- temporary corruption influenc- es. Here’s to MIKE DONOVAN, to “How to Get Your Record Played In Shops” and here’s to being free!
Greg Farley was born in Highland, NY, a small town on the Hudson River. His dad was a teamster who drove tractor trailers and his mom worked at the A&P. In 2006 he began touring out of his car, playing house shows, small bars, and on the street, burning CDs, wrapping them in road
maps, stamping GF on the front. From the east coast to California and back, he saw landscapes and cities that
most of the people he grew up with never got the chance to see. Upon returning he was lent a fiddle by a good friend, took up learning some old time, and joined The Felice Brothers. He played with them for the next ten years, working other jobs in the down time off tour: He mucked stalls on a horse farm, waited tables at a vegetarian
restaurant, layed concrete, worked as a
carpenter, arborist, woodworker,
sawmill operator, and even took a run at the state
troopers. Through it all, his music was the only constant. Now, striking out on his own with his debut LP Taker Easy, recorded in Stanfordville, NY, with producer/engineer Nick Kinsey,
he mines his own life for stories of class struggle, nature, love, pain, work, and family, all set against the backdrop of the northeast. End of the day, Farley has nothing to lose and something to say, and he’s saying it from the gut.