Looks like we made it.
The 17th Annual St. Nicholas Markos Christmas Revue will happen on Monday, December 23, 2013, at Chief O’Neill’s. We’ll have an assortment of guest stars (Hot Doug on tambourine, I’m looking at you) and musical fun. The music will start at 8:00pm.
Here are the relevant details for your calendar:
Chief O’Neill’s Pub & Restaurant
3471 N Elston Ave, Chicago, IL 60618
Hope to see you there.
Producer/remixer The Hitmaker teamed up with bluegrass band Hayward and other special guests to record a set of songs by INXS, performed in bluegrass style; The collection is called Pickin’ Like Thieves (a play on INXS’s breakthrough album Listen Like Thieves). And all proceeds will to go Intonation Music Workshop (IMW), a nonprofit that provides free music education to kids in low-income and dangerous neighborhoods.
“The songs themselves are strong enough that they really shine when performed in a different style, with fresh arrangements,” says producer The Hitmaker. “It really shows off the quality of the songwriting.” He goes on to say, “We’re not re-creating some kind of period piece or emulating a vintage bluegrass recording or anything like that. We just wanted to perform the songs in the present day with bluegrass-type arrangements.”
The Hitmaker rounded up popular Chicago-based bluegrass outfit Hayward, along with shredding dobro master Dan Fuchs (of Bubbly Creek bluegrass band), and vocalists Heather Simons and Scott Robbin. “Everybody is great on the record,” The Hitmaker says, “but Dan Fuchs absolutely kills it! Every note he plays is so expressive, and he just burns up the tracks, especially on ‘Not Enough Time.’”
The set was mastered by Grammy-nominated engineer Marcos Sueiro, who worked with The Hitmaker on previous releases like Don’t Stop Believin’ (featuring Deen Castronovo).
Pickin’ Like Thieves is available now from iTunes, CD Baby, and numerous other online music sources.
“Goodvibe Girl” is the new single from the band bee, masterminded by songwriter Nicholas Markos. A mesh of pure pop melody and inventive beats near the crossroads of Babybird and Jellyfish, the single furthers the experiments in melody and sound that Markos pursued on bee’s debut album Break Through Overground.
Coproduced by renowned drummer Todd Sucherman (Styx, Brian Wilson), “Goodvibe Girl” has enough ear candy for the careful listener, as well as a chorus that makes you want to turn it up. “Todd and I grew up together, listening to the same records as kids,” says Markos. “In addition to being a world-class drummer, he’s got a great ear for song structure and arrangements, and he added some key elements to the production of this track.” The single also features keyboards, backing vocals, and mastering by Grammy-nominated mastering engineer (and longtime Markos bandmate) Marcos Sueiro.
Terrific pop songwriting sets this record apart from other indie pop music–the hooks are deep and giant. Grooves like “Cool Water” and “Computerman” combine rock with modern beats and production.
Give yourself a taste of “The Uzshe.”
Whatever, the first full-length studio album from Nicholas Markos, is an eclectic mix of pop-rock songs in the vein of Paul Weller, or the Beatles’ Revolver. Contains the popular tracks “I Get the Feeling,” “Building Up,” and “4th of July.”
Tie Records International is a small independent record label serving up various flavours of pop music. Founded by Marcos Sueiro, we are dedicated to putting out pop music that tantalizes your ears and reaches your soul.
The debut album from Nicholas Markos is a 100% live recording of his solo-acoustic set at the Vic Theatre in Chicago, opening for Concrete Blonde back in their heyday. He’s got the crowd from the get-go. Not bad for dude’s first opening set and third gig ever.
BA is a rhinestone cowboy with monster hooks who makes a mean deviled egg.
We’ve reissued his debut album, a postmodern masterpiece called My Gay Estranged Father. Though not for little kids or the faint of heart, it’s highly recommended. “You and Whose Army” is a modern classic:
Jordan, a transcontinental duo, creates popular music that is, prima facie, multicultural. Spanish national Marcos Sueiro, from a small town in the hills outside Barcelona, met American Nicholas Markos as each of them worked on album projects in Chicago.
Jordan’s debut album. Epiphany, was meticulously constructed over the course of three years on a vintage 4-track cassette machine, due to budgetary and technological constraints. You’d never suspect the low-tech approach, though, after hearing the epic soundscapes and thunderous tones of this album. Sounds that you think are keyboards are actually guitars, and vice versa. “Marcos is a wizard; it’s simply unreal what he can do with a 1984 Ensoniq keyboard and a 4-track cassette machine,” marvels Nicholas. “He can make so much magic out of those old devices. You would never guess that this record was made the way it was. Marcos knows how to get the machines to bend to his will.”
Comparisons are frequently made to The Blue Nile, Ultravox, and other evocative, innovative groups. All of these are valid and flattering, though Jordan also draws on the compositional inspiration of The Who’s Quadrophenia and Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro.
It is masterful, epic synth-pop, but not retro. This is definitely not shtick–it is heartfelt, forward-thinking music, with sophisticated composition. Melodies appear and reappear, weaving through different songs to create a unified whole. Instrumental pieces provide context and transition for a distinctly coherent album.
You can check out a great review of the Epiphany record on Leonard’s Lair, a wonderful UK music-review site.
Yes, it’s the offical theme song to the world’s most happening hot dog joint. “The Theme From Hot Doug’s” by bee. All profits from the sale of this 5-track CD single will go to Intonation Music Workshop. Make it so.