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[Mixtape093] Thanksgiving “Live Mixtape”

I wanted to do something special for the Thanksgiving Mixtape so I invited some of Chicago’s finest singer songwriters to join me at Pieholden Suite Sound studio for an afternoon of songmaking. These were four dudes who all knew each other to various degrees, there were no rehearsals and no real planning but I am super excited about what we came up with.

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Listen To Live Thanksgiving Mixtape093 Now:

(cover art picker = Jason Frederick / Sketchbookcity)

In their words…
Maimone: We all brought songs, but Donnie brought whiskey, too. Donnie wins.

Phalen: Mike Musikanto on drums! Donnie Biggins rocking the banjo and bass! Mike Maimone on guitar. This was like a musical version of the Twilight Zone.

Biggins: I was thrilled to play all of Will Phalen’s instruments. I feel like we’re much closer now.

Meehan: I thought we were trying to make a record in 4 hours but then Will says “we have to be out of here in an hour and a half” so I began to unwind cables a bit faster.

Seslowsky: Discovered another use for duck tape! See Will Phalan tambourine pic on the Mixtape Website. Also Booze and Music do mix well.


Track 1
Intro: Sugar Magnolia (instrumental)
Donnie Biggins: acoustic
Mike Maimone: drums
Mike Musikanto: electric guitar
Will Phalen: bass
Written By: Robert Hunter and Bob Weir

Track 2
Musikanto’s Song #1: Common Way
Donnie Biggins: percussion
Mike Maimone: electric piano
Mike Musikanto: acoustic, vocals, harmonica
Will Phalen: electric guitar
Written By: Mike Musikanto

Track 3
Donnie’s Song #1: My Heart Fell For You
Donnie Biggins: acoustic, vocals
Mike Maimone: drums
Mike Musikanto: electric guitar
Will Phalen: bass
Written By: Donnie Biggins

Track 4
Mutts’ Song #1: “Mama’s Boy”
Donnie Biggins: acoustic
Mike Maimone: electric piano, vocals
Mike Musikanto: electric guitar
Will Phalen: percussion
Written By: Mike Maimone

Track 5
Will’s Song #1: The Saw Song
Donnie Biggins: banjo
Mike Maimone: electric piano
Mike Musikanto: electric guitar
Will Phalen: acoustic, vocals
Written By: Will Phalen

Track 6
Donnie’s Song #2: Faviola
Donnie Biggins: acoustic, vocals
Mike Maimone: drums
Mike Musikanto: electric guitar
Will Phalen: bass
Written By: Donnie Biggins

Track 7
Will’s Song #2: Drunk and Mean
Donnie Biggins: bass
Mike Maimone: electric piano
Mike Musikanto: drums
Will Phalen: acoustic, vocals, harmonica
Written By: Will Phalen

Track 8
Mutts’ Song #2: Throwback
Mike Maimone: acoustic, vocals, kick drum, melodica
Will Phalen: acoustic, tambourine
Written By: Mike Maimone

Track 9
Outro: Drunk and Mean (reprise)
Mike Maimone: melodica
Will Phalen: tambourine
Written By: Will Phalen

On Thanksgiving:
Maimone: I would’ve thought the plural of turkey should be turkeies. It’s turkeys? What the hell. I’m thankful for everyone I know who’s making it up as they go along, just like the English language.
Phalen: The greatest of all holidays. No gifts, no stress, just family, friends and food, and a moment to be grateful for the good lives we have.
Biggins: Cowboys, Lions, potatoes, green beans, beer and pie.
Meehan: “Love iz a big fat turkey from hell and every day iz thanksgiving.” – C. Bukowski
Seslowsky: Who said this quote “I love Thanksgiving turkey. It’s the only time in Los Angeles you see natural breasts.” a: Arnold Schwarzenegger

Charity Links:
Maimone: http://www.sitstayread.org/BecomeADonor.aspx
Phalen: http://www.msichicago.org/education/case/
Musikanto: http://www.theshamsband.bandcamp.com/
Biggins: http://www.opportunityknocksnow.org/
Meehan: http://www.rockforkids.org/donate.html
Seslowsky: http://www.rmhc.org/

Hear More of…
Will Phalen: http://willphalen.com
Donnie Biggins: http://www.theshamsband.bandcamp.com/
Mike Maimone: http://download.muttsmusic.com/
Musikanto: http://musikantomusic.com/

Produced, Engineered and Mixed by Casey Meehan on November 12th at Pieholden Suite Sound (Studio B) with assistance from the musicians and Matt DeWine.

Special Thanks to Photos and Documentary by Eddie Seslowsky

Special Thanks to Donnie Biggins for his massive organizational skillz and donation of the last sips of his birthday bottle of whiskey.

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