This really is the show that didn't want to get put out.
Three times while writing this, I accidentally clicked away from
the blog page without saving in order to look up one of the links
below, thus erasing what used to be a really warming and heartfelt
blog post where these words currently reside, and forcing me to
duplicating a lot of effort looking up all the links below ...
again. Worse still, twice during
the editing of the audio file, I inadvertently filled up the hard
drive on my computer, which as those of you who are familiar with
Audacity know, is an instant silent death sentence, as it means
your file will be corrupted, but Audacity
will not have the courtesy to warn or alert you until you go to
play it back. Mind you it's no small feat editing some of
these things together, especially when it's Brett, beer, and myself
... which requires I identify and cut about 30% of what what
actually recorded because we get off on weird, rambly tangents
about baseball and g-strings. (Seriously, with Jeff DeHerdt
it's Doctor Who and Comic Books; with Brett Wiscons, it's a bit
more esoteric. Just be glad I edit and don't ask to hear the
raw interviews on some of these shows.)
Additionally, there is the problem I allude to in the interview
that, not only have I asked Brett everything there is to ask him,
I've pretty much written everything there
is to write about him. It should be obvious by now: I
like the guy/I think his singing is solid/I think his songwriting
is great/he gets better with every release (even if he doesn't
think so)/you should immediately click on the links below and buy
the Michaels' new CD, Equals, and go catch them at their next
show. Are we clear on these points? Good.
Because I really just want to get this show published once and for
all so I can go clean up my hard drive.
Links referenced in the show:
- The Michaels can be found here: Facebook | Twitter |
- They previously appeared on Show #092 promoting the release of their China Club EP.
- Brett Wiscons also previously appeared on Show #010 with Great Scott! and Show #073 as a solo artist, making him the current
record holder for most "guest" appearances. Yes, believe it
or not, Jenn Cristy has made nine appearances, but only twice has
been a guest; three times a co-guest; and four times a
- Their new CD, Equals is available at iTunes, Amazon, and CD
- They recently played the Super Bowl
Huddle, as well as Forrest Lucas' dilapidated old mansion courtesy of
Smith and Associates.
- At the Lucas gig, they got to meet professional billiard
player, Jeanette Lee, who it turns out
does live in Indianapolis.
- "See You in September" is based on a line Brett heard in his
head while on the ferry to Put-In-Bay,
- While the CD was largely recorded in Jon's basement, it was
professionally mastered at The Lodge
Studios by Corey Miller.
- The Michaels' tour of 2012 was transported by a Ford Focus.
When on tour, the Michaels' occasionally stays at La Quinta Inn.
- While touring, they played several World of Beer franchises.
- As a long-time fan of Hootie and the Blowfish, Brett particularly enjoyed
visiting he University
of South Carolina, and playing Yesterdays.
- Yes, it is confirmed, Cajon's are cool.
- Brett is also a big fan of Bill Withers, and recommends his
"Still Bill" documentary.
- Don't forget the Great Scott! 10-Year Anniversary Show at the
Vogue on October 12. They will be supported by Chad Mills
and the Upright Willies (Show #023 and Show #074), featuring the inimitable Grover Parido on Cello.
- It would seem Andy Cool moved to L.A. on us and is currently
doing bass duties for a band called The Grunge
- In his list of most influential albums, Brett Mentions Bobby
Darin and the movie "Beyond the Sea."
- Okay so we're trying to figure out how a band like Gotye can do
a song, like "Someone That I Used to Know," which can then be
made more famous by Walk
Off the Earth's novel cover version, which is then upstaged by
a parody of the cover version. What a strange
- Yes, we really do sell tote bags, as well as shot
glasses, flasks, T-shirts, and all manner of merchandise at the
In-Tune schwag store.
- Finally, the Michaels recommend Discmakers as a one-stop shop for all your CD release