MIX-MSP, a downloadable “mixtape”/playlist, was released today on the Mr. Furious [blog]. Punk, Rock, and How is a compilation of great rock songs by Minneapolis-St. Paul local musicians. All of the music is free and legal to download, burn, and share. Mr. Furious has carefully assembled, selected, and sequenced the absolute finest in Twin Cities rock ‘n roll for your listening pleasure.
And that’s not all – a second “mixtape”/playlist, Beats, Pop, and Why arrives next Wednesday (8th) with a big shot of hip-hop, hooks, and other unclassifiable sorts of music happening in and around MSP!
Coming Soon: new Furious Instance, Coming After: Sally Ride.
Mr. Furious Records is proud to present Points of Parallax, the first-ever recording by free-jazz duo GILMO. Scott Morris (howie&scott) and Allen Gilbert (“Gilby”) have done themselves, and us, proud with naught but a saxophone, drums, and the spur of the moment. Entirely improvised, Points of Parallax brings a new sound to MFR and, after many trips through the music, we like it more and more.
In the process of updating mrfuriousrecords.com for GILMO, some of the artwork changed. Who knew? Enjoy.
In related news, today marks the re-launch of www.howieandscott.com. The site compiles stories, images, and info about h&s shows and recordings. The collaboration/brotherhood is resting at the present, with howie in Minnesota being echoes and Scott in Nebraska being GILMO; you can hear, however, from nickel and Points of Parallax that the musical journey continues – the future is rich with possibilities.
First, the music – Today’s Mr. Furious update includes a brand-new bonus track for Bike’s How Is That Possible, “Great Distances.” Thanks Nate for a great addition to an album we love; Bike continues to be available in full for downloading, so rock that.
Furious Instance #2 is a re-mixed, re-mastered “Was I In Bon Jovi For A Second There” from howie&scott. Did you think that howie and Scott were off-beat, creative, rocking guys with a penchant for self-questioning? You were right!
In addition to the new jams, MFR has made an update to the structure of the website! mrfuriousrecords.com is more browser-friendly than ever with our new look. Not a drastic change, but a significant improvement. Check out the Furious Instance’s permanent spot on the left side of the page, new navigation on the right, and a bigger and better-exploding main frame in the center of the page. Netscape friends & other non-IE users will like the new layout we think.
Mr. Furious Records: Giving Great Music into spring, and beyond (next up: Sally Ride!). -Mr. Furious
Yesterday’s update included a broken link to Gilby’s “Lunch By Yourself” – the link is fixed now, so GO. DOWNLOAD. IT. (it’s to your left!). Many, many thanks to (in order of email): Nick, Allen, and JT for catching the break and emailing MFR about it. Sending FuriousMail now…
In other news, over 120 mb of BEACH-PUPPY served yesterday! Congratulations, Cory Kibler.
Mr. Furious Records has released Beach-Puppy’s first recording, Creepy Eepy, today at mrfuriousrecords.com. Download it from the m u s i c page. Beach-Puppy is Cory Kibler from Shacker writing pretty, folky songs.
As if Beach-Puppy wasn’t enough, today we launch the FURIOUS INSTANCE. The Furious Instance is an ongoing collection of songs from artists both inside and outside of MFR. Al Puff Gilbert (“Gilby”) starts the madness with “Lunch By Yourself,” a punk-rock tale of noontime lonliness and hope for its eventual defeat. On the Mr. Furious [blog] is a post from Gilby about the track – and ounces + ounces of cobwebs on music in the archives.
Printable PDF artwork for Beach-Puppy is on the way in coming weeks, as well as “Great Distances” – Bike’s new *bonus track* for How Is That Possible – the second Furious Instance track (howie&scott) and new echoes material. Killer!
One of Shacker’s records (either Knowing Her Best… or The Dimly Lit Room or (though unlikely) Pardon My Pretension…) has received an Honorable Mention on Transit Librarian‘s end-of-year best music of 2004 list. Congratulations, fellows!
Full disclosure: the Transit Librarian is a friend of howie’s. But we still think Shacker earned their spot among artists as diverse as Franz Ferdinand, Air, Wilco, and A.C. Newman.
The album How Is That Possible by new Mr. Furious Records artist Bike was released this morning. Ten songs of guitars, robot beats, and texture are available on the M U S I C page.
mrfuriousrecords.com has seen a spike in downloads over the past three days. !!! Thanks for downloading and sharing our music. We hope that everyone who wanted Shacker’s The Dimly Lit Room downloaded all of the songs last night, before most were taken down to make room for Bike. IF YOU MISSED THE DIMLY LIT ROOM OR KNOWING HER BEST… make sure you sign up for the mailing list (to your left); these albums will be available again in FULL sometime in the future. The FuriousMail list and this very page will keep you informed.
Beach-Puppy’s Creepy Eepy will likely manifest itself here at mrfuriousrecords.com in late January or early February. Stickers and buttons are IN; see howie, Cory, or Nate. More minor updates to the site include bigger album and artist thumbnail images, and adding Bike to the artist page.
Shacker’s The Dimly Lit Room has been released this morning by Mr. Furious Records. 13 songs are up for downloading on the M U S I C page, and you can read all about The Dimly Lit Room on its album page and in the Mr. Furious [blog].
Mr. Furious Records continues to evolve. We’re proud to add Beach-Puppy to our roster of artists, and Beach-Puppy’s first release – the five-song Creepy Eepy – is up for release in December.
The mrfuriousrecords.com site has been through a minor, but significant, redesign. We think the new look is a little slicker, a little deeper, and better accomodates the content on the longer pages. One new page is up; the audio mastering page, with a call for like-minded DIY indie musicians looking for quality mastering at a punk-rock price. Interested parties; contact howie ( mastering (at) mrfuriousrecords.com ).
We are working on: stickers & buttons, album art & lyrics, shows, the MFR store – plus Sally Ride, Bike, and more new music.
Every day we are sending out more and more music, which is the best news of all. THANKS to all who are downloading and sharing Mr. Furious with others through links, burning, file sharing, and the best thing of all – sitting your friends down and saying “You’ve got to listen to this!” (and proceeding to play echoes and Shacker… Hilary Duff doesn’t count).
Bits of news include adding Cory Kibler (Shacker) as a contributor to the Mr. Furious [blog], and a significant update to the tech support page. Listed are some potential alternatives to iTunes for m4a-rocking; if you are using one of these programs, or want to test one (or all) for MFR, let us know; mr (at) mrfuriousrecords.com
Today the Mr. Furious [blog] joins the ranks of millions of completely unread weblogs that populate the web. In the blog you can read about music – I imagine quite a bit of behind-the-scenes MFR stuff, things about the songs, and the occasional outside reference or review of something we’ve heard.
If you don’t like reading the blog inside the MFR page, the full link is http://mrfuriousrecords.blogspot.com. -h