MICAH P. HINSON "THE BABY AND THE SATELLITE" CD EP (JT1113) OUT NOW


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Today marks the release of MICAH P. HINSON‘s introductory release on Jade Tree. The Baby and The Satellite harkens back to a stripped-down, self-professed “lost” period for the critically aclaimed singer/songwriter. Hailing from Abilene, Texas, MICAH P. HINSON’s first EP, The Baby and The Satellite, animates the emptiness of back country roads and late-teenage displacement. Micah’s distinct brand of country-noir is delivered over hushed vocals and subdued guitars, shaded by fragments of Dylan’s storytelling and Bill Callahan’s (Smog) ability to tap into the darker emotions of real life. The Baby and The Satellite (JT1113) is an endearing journey through MICAH P. HINSON’s fractured past, searching for signs of hope in the somber halls of a downtrodden middle America. And as mentioned earlier, it’s available today.

Following dates with KT Tunstall earlier this year and a recent UK tour, MICAH P. HINSON will be on tour in support of The Baby And The Satellite throughout the Summer, playing West Coast dates alongside label mate David Bazan in July.

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TRACK LISTING

1. The Dreams You Left Behind
2. Wasted Away
3.
4. Or Just Rearrange
5. For Your Eyes
6. The Last Charge of Lt. Paul
7. The Day The Volume Won
8. The Dreams You Left Behind (Reprise)
9. The Baby and the Satellite

MICAH P. HINSON [i]AND THE OPERA CIRCUIT[/i] REVIEW

I’m not entirely sure what it is, but Micah P. has it.

I hear a fuckton of records. More than I dare say. More than get reviewed on Never News. I’ve heard almost all of it—from the noisy to the traditional, from the lauded to the forsaken.

A lot of the albums I review are follow-ups to records I loved in the past. Sometimes they’re from MySpace bands I heard and actually liked. Generally, all of the music I review is music that I have an interest in before they release the album that I’m reviewing, whether it be seeing them live or chatting with them before hand.

Micah P. Hinson is an exception—I hadn’t heard him, saw he had a record coming out, and got it. I wasn’t one of those guys that heard his earlier and extremely well received discs. In fact, I didn’t even know about him.

But I’m in love with his music.

He’s got a self-assured voice unlike most songwriters in the indie folk scene (where, if a voice is genuinely powerful it is usually cracked and worn or female), and his writing is pitch-perfect and magical—Micah P. is a guy with a fantastic poet’s gift who just happens to have the ability to write fantastic folksy songs and sing them with complete abandon.

It’s hard not to compare musicians in the here and now, especially if you want to get people to understand what you hear if they haven’t. We’ve got a ton of fantastic songwriters in our pool of current musicians. We’ve got some great musical genius, some powerful members to the circuit of noteriety.

Micah P. Hinson doesn’t sound like any of them.

He’s been compared to a number of people (Bright Eyes, Lambchop, the Sadies or Wilco and Jade Tree’s site alone), and the comparisons are somewhat warranted, but not entirely. I think, vocally, the closest thing we’ve got is Willy Mason, but Micah’s got him beat in the realm of poetic enterprise.

This album’s got all the traditional flares you could ever need without steeping over the bounds into overdone. Banjo is here, drums and harmonica and brass. But, essentially, these are extremely intimate little numbers with a force behind them that propels them to the realm of classic. This is a record that, while not everyone will buy it, will be of extreme interest forty years down the line the same way that Nick Drake is now—fantastic songs that, in a media barrage of hype, may or may not be overlooked.

But I hope not.

MICAH P. HINSON HITS THE UK


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Only a few weeks from the release of MICAH P. HINSON‘s The Baby and the Satellite CD EP on June 6, Micah is already on tour in the UK supporting Richard Hawley. The press has been embracing the gifted songwriter for sometime. Here are a few words our friends overseas have had about The Baby and the Satellite

Remarkable sketches of talent – NME
The full, rich intensity of a veteran – Uncut
Remarkable Beauty – Mojo
Up there with Bob Dylan – London Times

Micah begins garnering attention in the US press by gracing the cover of CMJ Weekly that streets May 29.

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Dates:

May 18, 2006 London England @ Shepherds Bush Empire
May 22, 2006 Southsea England @ The Wedgewood Rooms
May 23, 2006 Bristol England @ Fiddlers Club
May 24, 2006 Nottingham England @ Rescue Rooms
May 25, 2006 Liverpool England @ Liverpool Academy
May 28, 2006 Manchester England @ The Lowry – Quays Theatre
May 30, 2006 Birmingham England @ Glee Club
May 22, 2006 London England @ O2 Wireless Festival

Please consult the Micah P. Hinson for complete tour information.

MP3:

MICAH P. HINSON VISITS THE WEST COAST


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MICAH P. HINSON embarks on a West Coast run with today. The dates will take him from Seattle back to his home state of Texas. MICAH P. HINSON‘s The Baby and the Satellite CD EP will be released on June 6 and is available for now.

05/04/2006 Seattle, WA @ Neumo’s
05/05/2006 Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
05/07/2006 San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
05/09/2006 Hollywood, CA @ Henry Fonda Theater
05/11/2006 San Diego, CA @ House of Blues – San Diego
05/12/2006 Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
05/15/2006 Dallas, TX @ Gypsy Tea Room
05/16/2006 Austin, TX @ La Zona Rosa

MP3:

Please consult the Micah P. Hinson for complete tour information.

MICAH P. HINSON "THE BABY AND THE SATELLITE" CD EP (JT1113) PRE-ORDER INFO & MP3


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MICAH P. HINSON’s first release for Jade Tree harkens back to a stripped-down, self-professed “lost” period for the critically acclaimed singer/songwriter. Hailing from Abilene, Texas, Hinson’s introductory EP, The Baby and The Satellite, animates the emptiness of backcountry roads and late-teenage displacement. Hinson’s distinct brand of country-noir is delivered over hushed vocals and subdued guitars, shaded by fragments of Dylan’s storytelling and Bill Callahan’s (Smog) ability to tap into the darker emotions of real life. The Baby and The Satellite is an endearing journey through Hinson’s fractured past, searching for signs of hope in the somber halls of a downtrodden Middle America.

Each will include a free Micah P. Hinson poster.

TRACK LISTING

1. The Dreams You Left Behind
2. Wasted Away
3.
4. Or Just Rearrange
5. For Your Eyes
6. The Last Charge of Lt. Paul
7. The Day The Volume Won
8. The Dreams You Left Behind (Reprise)
9. The Baby and the Satellite

Please consult the Micah P. Hinson for current dates.

JADE TREE WELCOME MICAH P. HINSON TO THE FAMILY

Jade Tree is proud to welcome the addition of the gifted MICAH P. HINSON to the label. In the next few months, Jade Tree will begin its association with Micah by releasing the EP, The Baby and the Satellite, for the first time in the US.

Following closely in succession will be the release of an entirely new full-length album in late 2006. In addition, Jade Tree plans to give MICAH P. HINSON’s debut album, Micah P. Hinson and the Gospel of Progress a proper US re-release in early 2007.

Micah Paul Hinson has gone from being a skate kid down on his luck, stuck in the middle of nowhere (Abilene, Texas to be exact), to releasing one of the finest and most critically acclaimed debut albums in the UK, Micah P. Hinson and the Gospel of Progress (which made numerous “Best of 2004” polls including Uncut, The Independent and Time Out) and garnering such stunning reviews as:

• Truly, a gospel of redemption to believe in‚ 4/5 Uncut
• An astonishing debut of country noir‚ 9/10 NME
• Remarkable beauty‚ 4/5 Mojo
• Up there with Bob Dylan‚ 5/5 London Times

Before Micah P. Hinson and the Gospel of Progress came The Baby and the Satellite. An eight song recording that predates the Gospel of Progress album in terms of songwriting, The Baby and the Satellite was actually the recording Micah made during his much documented “lost” period, with his then muse (or the “Black Widow” as he now refers to her).

As Micah remembers, “I was about 18 or 19. These songs, over the course of a few months, were written and recorded on a broken 4-track in a small, rundown old farm store-turned-home, out on a small two-lane dirt road called Farm Road 620.”

“I was living out there in the country with the “Black Widow” and there wasn’t enough money to live a normal life, so the days held only cheap booze, cigarettes and recording.”

Micah then took these recordings to his friends Brandon Carr and JM Lapham (who would later form The Earlies) and “using slightly better equipment and a bit more intention to do something well”, The Baby and the Satellite was born.

No sooner had the Baby been born then it was forgotten, until during the recording of the Gospel of Progress album when a plan was hatched to re-record the Baby using Brandon and JM (of The Earlies). It seemed like an easy task, however it took almost two years, two countries, countless tours and the recording technique of “recording when and wherever possible to finish the record.”

This album is a much more stripped down, less produced affair than the Gospel of Progress album, relying more heavily on Micah’s beautiful cracked voice and songwriting that belies his mere 24 years. Tracks 1 to 8 are the new, re-recorded versions, while track 9 is the original 2001 recording of The Baby and the Satellite. This eight-song recording should be viewed more like a road map that has led Micah to where he is today, and less like a follow up to the Gospel of Progress.

In terms of other upcoming news for 2006, it looks set to become another fine year for MICAH P. HINSON. He will continue to tour in the UK and Europe, and plans to focus on the States immediately following the release of The Baby and the Satellite.

Within his hectic schedule, Micah, has already demo-ed a new album proper‚ which he is currently in the process of recording. More details as they become available.

MP3:

Micah P. Hinson, Chin Up Chin Up Sign New Deals

David Nadelle and Amy Phillips report:
Formerly troubled Texan Micah P. Hinson has seen his luck and life change drastically since his flat-broke days which, according to the singer, "held only cheap booze, cigarettes and recording." While his tales of addiction, bankruptcy, tough love, and brushes with the law are all pretty bad, it’s hard to get past the most miserable and degrading thing we’ve heard about Hinson’s pre-fame existence: that he had to work as a telemarketer to make ends meet. Yikes! You’ve got a whole discography’s worth of suffering right there.

Thankfully, veteran punk imprint Jade Tree has announced that it will soon take time off from all those hardcore bands you loved in high school and will start feeling Hinson’s pain. First up is a re-release of Hinson’s debut EP, The Baby and the Satellite, which will be available in the U.S. for the first time in the next few months. The reissue will feature new versions of the EP’s songs, recorded with members of the Earlies. Tracklist:

01 The Dreams You Left Behind
02 Wasted Away
03 The Leading Guy
04 Or Just Rearrange
05 For Your Eyes
06 The Last Charge of Lt. Paul
07 The Day the Volume Won
08 The Dreams You Left Behind (Reprise)
09 The Baby and the Satellite

Hinson and his new label plan to issue an LP of brand-new material later this year, and to re-release his debut album, Micah P. Hinson and the Gospel of Progress in early 2007. Hinson is also busy with his side project the Late Cord, a collaboration with John Mark Lapham of the Earlies. Their debut EP, Lights From the Wheelhouse, is due early this year on 4AD.

According to Spanish label Houston Party Records, the Primavera Sound Tour, pairing Hinson with Portland-based folkie Erick Messler, begins February 10 in Barcelona.

Dates:

02-10 Barcelona, Spain – Apolo
02-11 Valencia, Spain – El Loco
02-13 Madrid, Spain – Moby Dick
02-15 Farmilacao, Portugal – Casa das Artes
02-16 Vigo, Spain – Vademecum
02-17 Bilbao, Spain – Kafe Antzoki
02-18 Santoña, Spain – Club Tropicana

Also turning over a new leaf (several new leaves, actually) are Chicago underdog favorites Chin Up Chin Up. In addition to signing a deal with Seattle’s hotshot Suicide Squeeze Records, the band recently announced that Jesse Woghin of the Narrator will serve as the full-time replacement for bassist Chris Saathoff, who was tragically killed by a drunk driver on February 14, 2004. (As previously reported, Saathoff’s killer, William Giraldo, was sentenced to seven years in prison in August 2005).

CUCU are currently writing material for their Suicide Squeeze debut and are scheduled to begin recording in May at Chicago’s Engine Studios, under the watchful eye of Brian Deck (Modest Mouse, Iron & Wine). The album has already been given the firm release date of October 10, 2006; damn, that label is either super-organized or telepathic.

The only Chin Up Chin Up live date scheduled at the moment is an appearance at the Suicide Squeeze showcase at SXSW, which will take place at Emo’s on March 16. Joining them will be new labelmates Minus the Bear (minus keyboardist Matt Bayles, who recently departed the band to concentrate on being a producer), Crystal Skulls (sophomore album Outgoing Behavior due April 11), and Baltimore teenagers Metal Hearts (debut album Socialize due February 21).