The wonderful people at Dittytv.com in sunny Memphis, TN hosted the band a couple of months ago. If you were not able to join us, no worries. Sit back and allow us to entertain you right now, right here. Enjoy! CLICK—-> Mike Mangione & The Union at Dittytv Memphis
There is something about traveling so much that makes the most unusual…usual, the uncommon becomes common and the waves become still. I am in Minneapolis getting ready to mix our album and I don’t have a guitar, and I don’t know how to feel about that. I have grown to become comfortable with routine…late nights, late mornings and little sleep, lots of sweat, some music and great conversation. i have grown to become comfortable with discomfort and a simple routine to comply with it. Not having a guitar blindsides me and leaves me to feel a little helpless in this strange arctic city.
…..But why would I expect anything different from this whole experience. When we entered the studio in Iowa City with Bo Ramsey I expected to….maybe get some sounds, plan our approach and track a song or two. I didn’t expect to play through 5 songs, be recording the whole time, loose my sense of the recording process and have someone I respect so much repeat “a take is in the performance not the overdubs”. I have never finished something so fast and felt so comfortable with it in my life. And I see clearly…Comfort lies in the community we build around us and, so far, this album echos that ethos. So, why should I be surprised I am here, vulnerable and naked in this city without my guitar…my support. If there is one thing I have learned in this process its trust the communion…the engagement, not the second guessing… Which is good…because without my guitar before me…ill be a lot closer to the action.
Mike and the band travel to tropical Iowa City to record their 4th studio album. According to the band the theme of the album is “good” so we will see what kind of inspiration they can till from that. More info to come along with some video bloging of the experiance. Stay tuned.
Also, the band returned from Spain tired, sweaty, 5 pounds lighter and filled with tapas (weird juxtaposition). While over seas they ran into one of their favorite people and top blogs You sing I write. Check out the love from writer Annie Reuter
The band will be having a soft release of the album next month for fans through its website, Myspace, iTunes and at live performances. An official release date will be determined later, but right now we just want to get it to those who love us the most!
Stay tuned for more details…
Mike and the band have finished their studio work and now proceed with the mixing process for their follow up to “Tenebrae” called “Offering”. The band teamed up with producer Duane Lundy (Tenebrae, Ben Sollee, These United States) last January in beautiful sunny Lexington KY to work on 10 tracks for the new album. The album will feature the bands newest member, Nez, on drums and has a special appearance by female vocalist Ruthie Cullen.
Release date is yet to be determined…but maybe fall 09…??..??..maybe..