JANUARY 2013 DIGI COMPILATION
Okay, this is a major treat. Pay Attention. Ears astride by my words. Come hither and listen, dear one.
This man, Michael Simmons is pretty darn special. Most of you, sadly, just don’t know that.
See, he had this band some 10-15 years ago, in Los Angeles called Sparkle*jets U.K. (www.myspace.com/sparklejetsuk) They had all the right influences, all the right tunes and…not a prayer to gain the attention of za masses, let alone the power pop masses. This guy, Simmons decided to just let go, do other things.
He continued to write. Record. Write. Record. Get better at pretty much every instrument under the sun. Write. Record.
No one’s heard the dozens of tunes he’s written.
OR the 17 cover songs that you are about to experience. And enjoy.
They’re yours. Why?
Because…Michael Simmons is freakin’ B-A-C-K.
This…is Phase 1. Step One.
It’s called “It’s the End of the World as We Know It and I Feel Live”.
Maybe, if you are nice and drop him a note of appreciations([email protected]), Michael(see, he’ll be “Michael” by the time you finishing listening to this project), he’ll start letting us hear some of these dozens of most assuredly awesome songs he’s been writing the past 10 years.
So, let’s get to it.
DOWNLOAD – MICHAEL SIMMONS – It’s The End Of The World – HERE
(full album, all 17 songs from this link. “Right Click” and ‘save’ – then unzip.)
DOWNLOAD – the PDF of the art work – HERE
Want to get some info on Sparkle*Jets UK – Click HERE
How about some information on the project you about to enjoy? SURE!
“WARTS AND ALL…. ” and how can one guy play ‘live’? These songs were done in the Fall of 2012 for a Facebook group called ‘Theme Music’. Each week a new theme is posted, and memebers record a song that fi ts the theme, and post it (as a video) to the group online. Most of them are either solo acoustic performances in one take, or big studio productions with a lip/sync video. I choose to do something in between. My tracks are usually still ‘live’ with all the normal mistakes you’d expect, but I play all the instruments. It’s what it would be like if I could clone myself and got together to jam on songs I don’t really know. Most of these songs were first attempts of songs I don’t know how to play. Enjoy! FYI there is also a Blu-Ray and DVD edition of this with all the videos, lots of commentary (excuses!) by the artiste, and a physical CD. If you’re just drying to have one, drop me a note on Facebook and we’ll see what we can do.
All performances by Michael Simmons, live in one take, except:
Drums on ‘She Said, She Said’ by Wyatt Theobold
Bass on “Don’t Look Back” by Cameron Lew
Rhythm guitar on “Don’t Look Back” by Robbie Rist Recording was typically done on multi-track equipment, but each take was done ‘live’ in one go, with a camera running. Some songs (mostly the 2nd half of the album) were recorded live with a webcam or iPhone, which is why they don’t sound as good. Recorded and Mixed by Michael Simmons at Crab Apple West Studios, Huntington Beach CA
“How Can You Mend a Broken Heart”
“(This Could Be) The Last Time”
“Bluebird is Dead”