hello! the sylvie and bruno project is officially underway!!!!!!!
i just got back from Nashville where we recorded 10 songs! yeeee- haw! playing on the record -- besides sylvie and bruno -- are all of our super friends! jill sobule, brad jones, & roger moutenot. hopefully the sylive and bruno record will be out in the summer???
right now there is a little place holder webstie for the project -->
on april 7, 2012 - i am playing a little folk show opening for my pal lianne smith. it is her cd release party!!! it has been in the works since i met her 10 years ago!! so i am super happy for her and honoered to be invited to open. show is at the living room, i go
on at 7pm. lianne goes on at 8pm. hope to see you there.
this is an old picture i found of "the rock" as you enter hudson. it makes me laugh.
as many of you may have noticed -- i went underground after releasing "underground". i kind of planned that when i came up with that *clever* little title.
i am hoping to step out with some pals to do some shows. in the meantime, i am working on a new band project called "sylvie and bruno" with my good friend robin eaton.
may 5, 2009 -- i have been hiding out avoiding swines. a new review came in today from the most fabulous people at
fencepost who say:
Celebrating the bizarre and ever changing spirit of
the bottom society is not a new idea at all. In this age
of less is more, to be more than you really are is a
state of humanity; it is convenient that
Marykate O’Neil celebrates these ideas by naming her
latest release, Underground. But, few can match
the genuine artistic reality of this angel and poet of
the modern day New York singer songwriter’s spectrum.
“Green Street” contains the perfect amount of chirp
to have the everyday bohemian spinning in medium paced
circles filled with love and joy for all. But, the slow
burning cigarette in a 2 a.m. dive bar spirit is
portrayed best on the title track. Marykate describes
her fears of change and loss of resistance in the most
wonderful fashion. But, each song on this ode to the
mistaken merchants of poetic injustice is a gem in their
Her songs mean something to someone, this cannot be
denied. Even if you have no idea what she is talking
about, you can sense the importance. Dylan spoke of Mr.
Jones first. O’Neil seems to reiterate him to the world
This gently paced album is a delicacy that fits well
into this singer’s body of work. Her penetrating
insights of the world are sought after, yet rarely a
relic of magnificent importance as this. The entire
embodiment of this grossly talented individual is a
topic that all human beings of any spectrum would enjoy
and care for in all it’s exceptional being.
to which i say....I YAYAYAYAYAYYYAAA!
in other news i got a new bicycle! i am very excited!!!
they mighty fine folks at
cycles are building it for me and when done it
should look something like
this. the frame used to belong to the owner so good
karma abounds. IYAYAYAYAYAYAYYA! i am hyperactive today
with excitement! hide the adderall!
february 20, 2009 -- in the next issue
underground gets 4 STARS!!:
"Marykate O’Neil’s fourth release,
retro ‘70s singer-songwriter sound. It is true that her
musicianship is above par, but it’s the Brooklyn-based
artist’s clever use of words that are most striking.
O’Neil peppers colorful New York lyrical detail (from
exiting the subway at Union Square on the title track,
“Underground,” to meeting at McCarren Park in the
yearning-filled “Attention”) throughout her sharp
stories. — Kim Newman
february 11, 2009 - i am officially
sold out of 'underground'. i only pressed a few
thousand of them. i am not sure if i will repress yet???
but right now what is in stock at cd baby, amazon, etc.
is all there is. it is available everywhere as a download
february 3, 2009
- "underground drops" - cd release date!!!!
"underground" here! or download @ !!!!!!!!!
today's free daily download at
- is "one thousand times a day"! who has named "underground" a recommended new
"one thousand times a day" is on KEXP
as a download of the day! WOW!!! i love that station!!!
the power of pop
reviews "underground" &
says: Simply magnificent! An
essential for 2009.
Last year’s mkULTRA Ep was a tasty
appetizer for the main course, Underground, and by all
accounts, its a sumptuous feast! Underground (MK’s third
album) encapsulates all that is wonderful and delightful
about pop music. And when I use the term “pop”, I am
talking in the classic sense, as in the kind of music
that the world lapped up from Bob Dylan, the Beatles,
the Beach Boys, the Byrds, Carol King, Laura Nyro et al,
all those years ago.
Thus, the eleven songs on Underground
bear testimony to MK’s grasp of melody, reverential pop
sense and literate lyricism. Whether intentional or not,
Underground can be split into two halves. The first five
songs are sophisticated, smart pop that combine
technical brilliance and instinctive coolness. Tracks
like the smooth Green Street (last heard on mkULTRA with
the line “And I lived back in the village/Where there’s
no more any sign of Dylan” prominent), the melancholy
Easy to Believe At First, the countrified Nashville
(resplendent with its Harrisonesque slide guitar), the
provocative Saved (where MK protests against being
judged), the Nyro-Rundgren channeling Mr. Friedman (and
perhaps my favorite of the lot) and song #10, the Honeys
produced by Brian Wilson influenced One Thousand Times A
The rest of Underground tends to a
little more folky, with MK’s acoustic guitar high in the
mix, whilst MK either tugs at your heart strings or
challenges your thinking processes. The wistful Me, the
Bee and the Miner, the strident title track (”I don’t
wanna leave the underground” the declaratory statement
of intent), the pleading Attention, the twangy Joe
Jackson cover - Different For Girls and the closing So
Long, a loving tribute to the late great George Harrison
- “I have found religion/I follow the sun/I don’t care a
smidgeon what you are/Or who you have done”.
BLURT'S most anticipated records of 2009!!!!
"O'Neil has been releasing solo records of uncommon
delicacy and delight since 2002"
As a continuation from 2008’s EP "mkULTRA,"
the fourth release by Marykate O’Neil not only remains
true to form and style, but lets loose eleven more songs
for the fans who crave more. Well-crafted and filled
with a retro singer-songwriter sound, Underground is a
clever little album from this New York musician.
Marykate O’Neil has gotten her name into people’s ears
with her self-titled full-length, "1-800-BANKRUPT," and
her recently released EP. Now, with Underground she
continues on the tradition of delivering crystal clear
sweet vocals over fun, complex yet simple music
heralding back to a time when songs were new and
creative. Perhaps it is the spirit of the underground
community O’Neil throws into her music that gives it
such a dynamic, intriguing and addictive sound.Songs like “Nashville” spell out a wonderful
story and the beat behind “Mr. Freidman” is the pure
sound of Carly Simon. A ‘70s feel sporting modern
attitude. “Green Street,” also on "mkULTRA," has a
chorus to die for.The
wonderful mixture of new and old puts Marykate O’Neil
not only in a category by herself but also forces the
listener to take a step back and realize how much effort
and skill has gone into this record. This isn’t just
some simple pop record. "Underground" is an intricately
woven set of songs that run the gamut of the
poppy-melancholy singer-songwriter spectrum, but with
class in every word and every pluck of the guitar.
-- Metro Spirit
sometimes wry and sometimes warm (and often
both, as the excellent "Saved" demonstrates
in particular) collection of songs about
life and love in a gentle, attractive vein.
O'Neil and a core supporting duo on both
songwriting and performing —
Jill Sobule and
Ken Maiuri — create, along with the
support of various other performers, a
number of excellent confections throughout
Underground. The rich arrangement on
"Nashville," with O'Neil and
Sobule's voices plus some lovely guitar
work on their parts, sounds like it should
be on some radio station somewhere right
this second, while the slow building glow of
"Me, the Bee and the Miner" is at once the
album's most understated song and perhaps
its most successful, an embrace of near
silence to excellent effect. Meanwhile, a
stellar choice of a cover song —
Joe Jackson's "It's Different for Girls"
— gives everyone the chance to deliver, with
a performance both rollicking and, with its
concluding harmonies, beautifully serene as
well. Often the best lines throughout the
album are delivered with a perfect
straightforwardness — thus on "One Thousand
Times a Day," there are great bits about
taking sick days and walking through
familiar book shops, while on "Easy to
Believe at First" when the song first hits
its chorus and everything shifts from minor
to major keys, it's delightful to hear
O'Neil sunnily sing, with just the right
pause at the right place, "Everything is
going to be much better...when you go away."
--- ALL MUSIC GUIDE
While its title may be a
sly reference to the fact that her
recognition factor still lies well below
the surface, Underground is
worthy of the big breakthrough Marykate
O’Neil has threatened to pull off for
quite awhile now. A record that revels
in traditional pop platitudes, its songs
sound timeless from the get-go, bringing
echoes of Carole King, Gerry Goffin and
that long-ago era when the Brill
Building crowd dominated the musical
charts. Indeed, in songs such as “Easy
to Believe at First,” “Mr. Friedman” and
“Attention,” O’Neil keeps her pop
sensibilities front and center, bracing
them with effusive hooks and a giddy
school girl vocal that’s both shy but
suggestive. A capable songwriter with a
traditional sensibility, she offers only
one cover, a surging version of Joe
Jackson’s “Different for Girls.” It’s an
apt match with the rest of the material,
especially since she easily makes the
song her own. O’Neil’s dewy-eyed
persona, a spunky stylistic stance that
becomes ever more impressive as the
album ambles towards its conclusion.
Coming quickly on the heels of
mKULTRA, a six-song EP released
this past October, Underground
suggests that O’Neil has indeed arrived.
It’s certainly way past time the world
watched her surface. ---- Amplifier
'After the recent 6-song EP this is the
third longplayer by this New York based
singer-songwriter ... and I mean songwriter
in that old fashioned, sophisticated, these
days so hard to find, brainy sense of the
word, as once established by the likes of
Carol King or Laura Nyro. Best heard in
‘Green Street’, she’s most usually sticking
to the mentioned "tapestry" of sounds,
occasionally "name-checking" other
just-as-cool references, old and new, such
as Todd Rundgren, Brian Wilson or Elvis
Costello. To justify the Greenwich Village
folky-beat looks on the cover shot, there’s
a more conventional folky moment or two to
be heard as well. In the covers department,
this time it’s Joe Jackson’s ‘Different For
Girls’, which she makes sound as if it
could’ve easily been written especially for
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common denominator throughout O’Neil’s sweetly girlish
vocals and keen melodic sense, which are strong
throughout and flat-out stunning on “Map,” the EP’s
highlight. Made for: Anyone who’s
ever had a crush on that girl in the horn-rimmed glasses
sipping cappuccino and jotting in a notebook at the
neighborhood alterna-café…or, for that matter, girls who
wear horn-rimmed glasses and frequent alterna-cafés.
lyrics feature the sort of off-kilter insights Emily
Dickinson might make if alive today.
After listening to commercial radio, hearing O'Neil
sing is like reading Sylvia Plath's brutally honest
poetry in the wake of watching "American Idol". She
seems to be telling listeners, no matter what the
price, hard-earned truths are the only ones you can
trust". -- The Boston Globe
In a more refined world, Marykate O’Neill’s tuneful
story songs would be heard on the radio
more than the cutesy, advertising
jingle-like compositions of Colbie
Caillat or Ingrid Michaelson. This third
solo release finds the Brooklyn-based
singer-songwriter turning out songs with
such flair that it makes me wonder how
long it'll be until she becomes more
widely discovered. - PREFIX Magazine
"Though too short, there's enough on the six songs
gathered here to remind us just how good O'Neil can
be. With my musical appetite whetted, I'm eagerly
awaiting the release of her third full-length."
3.5 out of 4 stars -Newsday
"Lyrically O'Neil is a mix of sugar
and spice and sometimes everything not so nice. We
like her fire." --
WXPN/world cafe live
creative, mkULTRA’s danceable yet moody sound is a break
from the usual miserable dime-a-dozen
singer-songwriters. When it comes to fighting against
the hordes of girls thrusting their heart out on a
sleeve, Marykate O’Neil stands a full head taller than
the rest" METRO SPIRIT
an indie-pop singer/songwriter, grew up in Hudson,
went to college in Boston, and then moved to
Brooklyn, N.Y. in 1999, or, as she puts it, “right
before the world was going to end according to
Prince.” Due out October 28, her latest EP, mk-ULTRA,
is a bittersweet voyage in both soul searching and
cynicism: the yearnings for a long lost friendship
on “Green St.” are soon traded for boozy
morning-after recollections of a cough medicine and
ecstasy binge on “Trouble.” Moods turn even darker
during a cover of Jill Sobule’s “Happy.” A
spooked-out three-chord synth-piano line sets the
tone as O’Neil recalls forgone dreams “to accomplish
great things,” dreams that have since been replaced
by unhappiness. But judging from O’Neil’s
productivity of late, her real-life dreams look
alive. The full-length LP Underground is set to be
released in February, with a song about her home
town to be included. -- Worcester Magazine
O'Neil has the
unflappable ability to intertwine the sweet and sour
like an expert bartender. -
singer-songwriter-centric music tends to be
decidedly folkie but some of us do remember
a time when pop-rock artists like Randy
Newman, and Elvis Costello would combine
literate messages with well-worked music.
O'Neil belongs to the old school and on
this EP taster (before the release of her
third full length - Underground - in 2009),
O'Neil fully confirms her talent at
fashioning smart pop songs from the
foundation of thoughtful lyrics. -
There’s a lot of praise to be
found while googling around for Marykate
O’Neil info, and with references like Elvis
Costello, Astrud Gilberto, Glenn Campbell
and George Harrison, I just can’t help but
being tricked into the whole thing. I
haven’t heard any of the previous two
albums, but this 6-song EP not only covers
pretty much all of the mentioned, but also
brings to mind other just as cool names. As
soon as you spot the geeky
She-Austin-Powers-like cover shot, you’ll
realize that none of this praise is
surprising after all … and neither is the
brain (!) on the back cover. To me, she
gives her best right away, with the opening
“tapestry” of Carol King-like sounds heard
‘Nothing I Say Or Do’ and ‘Trouble’
is a laid back folky-blues pair that
wouldn’t sound out of place on a Laura Nyro
collection, and how cool must a female
artist be to cover Randy Newman anyway?!
You guessed it, THIS cool, and she’s
doing ‘Living Without You’. Another
cover that closes the CD (‘Happy’),
comes from the pen of Marykate’s co-writing
and co-producing partner Jill Sobule and
Adam Schlesinger of Fountains Of Wayne. -
Marykate O¹Neil immediately wins the
listener over with her incredibly
sweet and captivating voice. It certainly
helps that Marykate has a real knack for
crafting warm, catchy and bubbly melodies
that have a way of getting right into your
head and bouncing around in your brain. The
introspective lyrics hit the touching spot
as well. The arrangements are admirably
tight and tuneful to boot. The tempos chug
along at a gradual tempo and the beats are
pretty subdued, yet still steady. A lovely
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november 4, 2008 -
just got back from voting! long lines -- hopefully this
is a good sign!! this past weekend we did a video for
the upcoming record. it is being directed by michael k. anderson
october 28, 2008 -
september 18, 2008 --
so i have this little
blog. i ask my writer friends to
write for it and other artists i know to contribute. it
is really just a fun way to keep up with what each other
is up to. my pal
philip dray (who has a new book out) wrote
this....and it is so so great - i thought this should be
my real press release for the new record -- i pasted it
in here. i hope that is ok :).
One time many
years ago I was attending an avant garde theater
performance at a loft on Lower Broadway when this Asian
woman walked in and sat down in front of me. She was
wearing a large stocking cap that I feared would
obstruct my view and I was about to tap her on the
shoulder when someone whispered, "It’s Yoko." Then I
noticed that the thin, lanky guy she’d come in with was
The show began. It
was a Richard Foreman play and the actors rode across
the stage on bicycles, made disjointed philosophical
remarks to one another, and occasionally removed pieces
of their clothing. At one point several actresses came
to the edge of the stage and lifted their skirts,
shaking their bare behinds right at the audience, only a
few feet from John and Yoko, while offstage somebody
clanged a cowbell. I felt protective of John and Yoko
for a moment, as in “I hope this ass-display right in
their faces is OK, maybe they wish they’d just gone to a
movie,” but then I remembered they’d invited the press
to join them in bed, and Yoko had made a short film
about a fly crawling around in her pubic hair.
Right after the show
John and Yoko were the first to reach the door, but
instead of making a quick exit, like we all expected,
John held open this heavy loft door while the audience
filed out. He did it without being condescending, nor
did he seem unduly wary of people. It was almost like
an impromptu performance piece of his own. He stood
there looking back and smiling at everyone as we filed
out; he didn’t avert his gaze.
John was taller than
I had imagined, and had a lighter complexion than I’d
ever noticed before, with light brown hair and even some
freckles. He was wearing a jean jacket and looked very
casual; he seemed a little vulnerable, maybe, but in an
Of course within a
year or so John was dead, and Yoko was commissioning
messages of reassurance and love in skywriting over
Manhattan. Reagan got elected and set to making greed
fashionable. Things began to suck generally. I bought
“Double Fantasy” and Yoko’s solo album “Season of
Glass,” but it made me sad to hear them. I didn’t
listen to the Beatles anymore. I started writing
books. I got married. I went to the village in
Lithuania where my family was from – at the end of a
dirt road in-between a forest and the tundra -- and
heard about all the terrible things they’d narrowly, so
very narrowly, missed. I visited Cuba and felt ashamed
at what America, out of petty meanness, had done to the
Then one night I
heard some music by a songwriter named Marykate O’Neil.
I started listening to Marykate tunes in the car, at
home, on my Disc-man CD Player.
is not John Lennon or Yoko Ono, nor should she be. She
is a gifted writer of pop music, and as a performer she
is a real treasure. In-between songs she tells
funny-ass stories (if people don’t get them she cheers
anyway.) Once in awhile she’ll stop a song to go back
and add something to a story. Sometimes she cries out
ay-ay-ay for no real reason, or wails a bit like
her idol Yoko. When you see Marykate you thank God you
live in America, where such people are allowed to roam
If I was cultural
czar of the United States, I would send Marykate around
the world to sing and entertain, maybe with her friend
Jill Sobule or perhaps my friend from Minneapolis, Slim
Dunlap, who was in the Replacements and who onstage is
the closest thing we have to Hank Williams living today
and would complement Marykate well.
The best thing about
Marykate is that she writes songs that come from her own
experience. They never seem contrived. There’s a
feeling of exultation, like you’d get from running off
on your own as a teenager to catch a Monkees show in New
Hampshire (that’s one of her stories). There’s also a
hint of sadness and world-weariness, what Marlene
Dietrich would call Weltschmerz, that feeling
that comes from being ditched by someone you love and
having to drive through a snowstorm to verify it by
illegally entering their house and checking their emails
(that’s another story).
In the remote past
somewhere in Ireland I think a female ancestor of
Marykate’s sat around a fire, barefoot and in a filthy
dress, strumming a lute, singing Celtic ballads; in the
1960’s Marykate would have been cast in a beach movie
along with Terry Garr or been a dancer on “Shindig,” or
maybe hung out with John or Yoko.
Her secret? She
doesn’t try and beat you down with some huge female
vocal that is really too honking big. Instead her
singing sneaks in and around everywhere, finding all the
right nooks and crannies. Even when her voice enters a
cul de sac and you think “no way in hell she gets
out of this one,” Marykate usually finds a way. If not,
she’ll just start the applause herself. -- Phillip Dray
september 12, 2008 -
the song "green street" is going to be featured on a cd
compilation given out at all landmark theatres. in nyc
that means the sunshine and i guess basically means at
an art house theatre near u! also on the record is:
uh huh her.
september 2, 2008 -
videos are being made!!! YAY!! i can't wait to see them!
michael k. anderson -
will be doing "nashville" - learn more about his work
- will be doing "so long" - learn more about sparkle
august 28, 2008 - the
press photos and cover for mkULTRA are up. they were taken
sarah woolley's lab at columbia university where
they study song birds! how perfect is that?!!
besides being the name
of my new album -- what is mkULTRA? read more about it
July - in an act of sheer lunacy i went and recorded
another song for the EP. it is now in LA being mixed by
the most excellent christopher fudurich.
march 10, 2008 - i think the name of the new record
will be called "underground" ... i am working with
my friend criag eastland on the artwork.
go to his website and look at his work. ya ya ya.
march 6, 2008 - my long time pal jill sobule is
funding her next record jerry lewis style. click on
26, 2008 - the 3rd mko record is all mixed...shaked and
baked. it will actually be my 4th full length studio
album. but the thing is the more i make them the less
'studio' and the more homespun they actually feel to me.
my first record i made at
ft. apache in boston with my band piewackit. we did
it all on 24 track analog tape. all vintage all the
time. the knobs were pretty, the board was old. this new record i made in some my
favorite places with my favorite people --nashville,
brooklyn and nyc --- jill sobule, brad jones, robin
eaton, ken maiuri, jacob lawson, roger moutenot. here are some photos from
the sessions in my apartment ---->
recorded 8 songs in nashville. then moved to my
apartment and recorded 7 more. my neighbors in bed-stuy
were not happy (however, during mixing brad heard some
beats coming in thru the windows from across the
street -- so go figure.). i then moved to stratosphere and did some
overdubs. then i went back to nashville and mixed with
brad jones at
alex the great studio. i love alex the great. i made
my first record there. brad and robin have all kinds of
wonderful books there and most of all .
february 2008- going to
sound on friday to record for the recording. i will be
met there with a jack's americano by jill sobule, ken
maiuri and james
mastro. rumor has it my new scooter is
in thank to fine folks at
brooklyn bretta!! YAY!
october, november, december, january 2008 - fall is for back to school and recording.
shut in. shut in. shut in. shut in.
august - in ze studio-io-io. woodshed that is. pens and
notebooks. de de de da dee de. writing, writing,
this photo has nothing to do with anything. but who does
not like airbrushed unicorns?
july - i found the bastard who stole my scooter!
june 2007- the spring fling tours have been down right
bouncy. click here to read all
april 4, 2007 - back from France. it was truly an
amazing time. please go to
to read up on all the existential essentials! i am doing a show in nyc
next week i think...should be super super fun. in other
luggage is still in france. i returned on the plane with
just my guitar and baguette bag in hand. merci thank you to everyone who made it such a
special trip. my only regret is that i didn't accept
that bag from the attic from bruno!! here are some
amelie and i hope yoko would approve!
march 9, 2007 - i had a great time at last nights show.
thanks to everyone coming out on such a freezing cold
night!! like john denver i am leaving on a jet plane.
ooo la la.
20, 2007 -- just got back from nashville. i had the best
time ever and am exhausted. i recorded 4 new songs with
roger and jill. it was so much fun as always. playing on
drums is the most excellent mickey grimm. and my pal ken
maiuri flew down with me from nyc and played many many
instruments. got to visit with robin eaton who is
busy producing in his new bohemian palace of a studio.
in the heart of country i ate an an orange croissant, lots of coffee, really bad chinese food, and really yummy thai. went to katy k's,
a party at joe pisapia's.....and ummmm other places too.
2007- this month i will be in nashville working on the
next record. yee haw. i am really excited to go back in
the studio and work on some new songs!!
january something - i just found out 1-800-bankrupt made
david bash's/amplifier magazines best of 2006. as they
say in hee haw..yee
january - my pal marianne petit just did a cool new
video for the "sky is falling". see it
27, 2006 - happy new year! i always feel that the start
of the new year seems like it should happen in september
-- not now...but this year it kind of does feel like a
new year...so i think i am going to have 2 new years, 2
leaves turning over, and 2 sets of resolutions. i have
shut in lately writing for the new project which is due
out this spring. i am not sure if it will be an ep or a
full length. i keep going back and forth.....which
brings me to my original point...don't be so
indecisive..... new years resolution # 8937493847. the
working title of the record is 'invitation to a tea
party'. speaking of spring i am due back in europe. i
still haven't learned french.....new years resolution
#0980830840928408540...but i plan on it.
september - 2006
- the video for
'past all the stars' is being featured on
IFC as part of
their film short series!! turn on your tv and look for
it :)!!! meanwhile, click
and vote for it :)!
june 30, 2006 - back from paris
here are some photos. more to come!
june, 2006 - oooo la la. paris.
6.07.06 - popmatters asked me to write an article of my
favorite things.hereit is :)!
5.13.06 - just saw 'stephanie daley" it was great. it
stars tilda swinton, amber tamblyn & timothy hutton and
won the screenwriters award at sundance. if anyone gets
the chance they really should go see it :)!.
5.11. 06 - the film, "stephanie daley" is
being show at
on may 12th and may 20th. go get popcorn with butter &
hear my song "mundane dream" being played during the 'party
here is nytimes article on the event
5.10.06 - the record will be
released on june 19th
in France. in September it will be released in Germany,
UK, Spain, Benelux
& Switzerland. this is the
cover for the EU release:
here to visit the EU website. see u in june in paris & i hope to be back to see more of EU in the fall to tour with the September release.
who knew the line would be so
long? not me?! we are already in back order for
1-800-bankrupt. we hope to be restocked within the week.
in other news today i saw a woman on a scooter (which
was a honda passport like mine)..and over her helmet she
had a grocery bag. i got a scary view into my future.
4.09.06 -- click
here to watch the revolution. it is not
televised just up on the internet.
the blogs have spoken - this just in ...and under
the headline "never been so happy and full of beer".
actually the lyric is never been so happy and full of
fear...hold me closer tony danza!
5 - filter magazine
has called me an artist to watch. i'm
watching!!!! are you watching? and then you can
here to listen to the song "stay"! listen and watch.....watch and
listen. i like to watch and listen. When I'm in the shower, I'm
afraid to wash my hair. I
might open my eyes and find someone standing there.
People say I'm crazy, just a little touched..But
maybe showers remind me of Psycho too much
april - 4, 2006 -- click
to watch my very first music video by the fabulous
february 28, 2006 -- my pal
is doing a music video for the song "past all
the stars" off of my upcoming album. here is a picture
of me ...in it.
december 20, 2005 - big news!
"mundane dream" is going to be used in a film which will
be shown at the sundance film festival. the name of the
movie is: "STEPHANIE DALEY". it is the story of Lydie Crane...a forensic psychologist who is hired to determine if stephanie daily denied her pregnancy and committed suicide! yikes!!! it stars tilda swinton. did you see her in that movie the deep end? that movie is so good. anyway, here is more info on it:
in other movie happenings, last night the bomahs and myself recorded the basic tracks for the theme song to a short film called: "dale
in other news, it is really cold out. the nyc transit union went on strike and there is no subway service. in a way, i love these small disruptions because it is like getting a snow day when you were a kid....everything is forced to slow down a little bit
and people are a bit nicer to each other. the same thing happened in nyc with the black out.
i just sent the artwork off along with the audio master to begin duplication!!! yeah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! wow!!!
october 17, 2005 - the arms i made for ted are being featured in a japanese music magazine. look!
july 26, 2005 - howdy! just
installed arms on ted's (the man who mastered the
record) speakers. i thought they needed them...what do u
i am playing friday at my friend chris mill's happening.
it will be short set at the magnet
theatre. come on!!
june 18, 2005 - my super super cool pal mikki halpin is launching a new zine called CLOSET. for those who don't know, mikki is the co-founder of Ben is Dead magazine, and the former editor of
Stim (which was called "The Next New Yorker" in Time magazine). the first issue is dedicated to break-ups and has both funny and sad tales of woe beneath its sheets. the launch party is on july 12th at black betty in williamsburg. the paaaaty starts at 10pm. COME ON! it begins with a showing of the film ROBOT PIZZA BUTLER. come on by and get your copy of the zine. it comes with a groovy cd compilation as well which features songs by: Nada Surf, J-Church, Jill Sobule, Cheeseburger, Julia Marvel, The Brought Low, National Stranger and ME. i just realized i will not be there...as i will be in LA. i have a show at the hotel cafe on the very same night! so NEW YORKERS go paaaty. get your copy of the cd. WEST COAST PEEPS please come to my show. i only get out there every couple of couple.
june 8, 2005 -- don't you think this family looks nice?
may 22, 2005 -- i got new jeans. i
found this poster from my old band. i wish i kept more
may 10, 2005 -- friday i am doing a wacky salon happening so-low. hope to see yaz (carl) there!
may 3, 2005 -- just got back from seeing my friend
mia theodoratus play a show on east 27th. it was called the harp consortium. she sang and played harp while a boozy dancer put on make up and rolled around on the floor. it was great. AND to top it all off, i scooted there! all, i have to say is, it is a bit i ya ya ya going over the bridge! the next 2 shows i will be joined by my most fab backing band the
bomahs: alec berlin; clancy (pop star kids); and david shuman
(lilys). meep meep.
april - 25, 2005 -- have a bunch of nyc shows coming up. they should be lots of fun. each show will have a differnt cast of characters sitting in and playing with me. i have no idea what will happen. so, in a way they will much like all my other shows. in other news my friend fran unlocked my scooter from the fence! she picked the lock. (so emma peel) yeah!! i can ride again. now i just have to get license plates.
march something, 2005 -- talking to yourself is something your are not supposed to do, especially in public places such as buses, sidewalks, hot-dog stands, and church. i bought this 101/2 by 71/2 thing called Theme Book. it has a shiny yellow cover and wide marginal ruled pages and cost 25 cents, which anyone will tell you is quite a lot of money these days....just go ask daisy clover. i am busily working on the artwork which is always one of my favorite parts of putting out a record. bleep.
february - 01, 2005 -- i put this show together with a group of my friends. down with hallmark! down with whitman's samplers!!! mark your calendars for feb 14th & the "i don't heart valentines day hootenanny!" i will be playing at pete's candy store along with my pal mia a.k.a
as the angry angel on harp, wire monkey (improv right out of
the windy city) matthew caws
and lianne smith. spooning with an RX.
january 16, 2005 - january chow chow chow chow chow. february chow chow chow chow chow. this friday (the 21st) listen to wfuv. my friend jill will be dj'ing from 8-11pm. i gave her large amounts of payola (crack, kitkats, cafe bustello) so she would play a song off my upcoming album.
december 28, 2004 - i bought a new calender. this could be the year my luck will turn around...or not. did u know that on jan 1, 1934 prohibition of alcohol ended in the US? did u know that on that same day in 1804 the haitian slaves, led by jean jacques desalines declared independence? me neither....but now that i bought this new organizer...2005 is bound to be a banner year. i am playing this thursday as a guest for an improv group. the show is called "beauty, love & truth". It is at juvie hall under the gene frankel theatre on bond between layfayette and bowery here in nyc. i play 5 songs starting @ 8:00pm and people act them out. could be good....could be awful. kind of like 2005.
december 8, 2004 - hey look! there is an interview in
indiepoprock.net! also, please check out my new and possibly
favorite holiday song of all time --
bigfoot and santa. i heard it while i was down in nashville finishing up my record. i went back and recorded 6 more songs. i had a great time and bought more socks.
november 3, 2004 -- maybe not.
november 2, 2004 --just got back from voting!! the
lines were very long. it took me an hour and 1/2. i hope this is a good
october 29, 2004 - This goes under the
title --- what was I thinking. This is not new
by the way. Many of my friends have made fun of me over the years for
things like this --- driving into the subway; getting eaten by an
escalator; falling thru a window that wasn’t there. My friend Jill says
my life is a continuing Lucile Ball episode. My friend Brad came over a
little while ago and left saying, thanks for letting me make a guest
appearance on the sitcom. But it isn't like they all know they saying these things independently
of each other. Ok back to the story, so maybe
I have seen Roman Holiday one too many times. And maybe it was
just a fashion thing. But, I bought a scooter on eBay. I was very
excited. I was thinking helmets. Outfits. The nice people at Brooklyn
Bretta accepted shipment and put it together for me. I went to go pick
it up last week. When I got there, I realized I had
gotten more than I bargained for.
First of all, it came in the wrong color. Green not Red. Somehow it
looks more serious to me in green. But I then I thought....well,
I guess it is not so bad. But then, I found out it has things like
clutches and gears. I thought it would be like driving the mopeds you
rent when you go to Hampton Beach or something. I was wrong. So I just
left it there. I went back yesterday. This time I brought my friend
Matthew who drove me home on it. It was fun riding on the back. It was
little like a Williamsburg holiday. I started getting excited again. I
started thinking more about outfits. And the green really isn’t so bad.
It is kind of Emma Peel British. So, I locked it up. Ran back to work.
After work, I went to visit my friend Tracy. She’s just got a new pug
puppy named pancake. I had a glass of wine, I played with pancake. I
sang pancake "on the edge of country".
I subwayed it home. And, I just couldn’t resist!!!
The scooter was sitting there shinny and new. All I wanted to do
was see if I could start it. I live in a brick building with an iron
gate around it --- you know, with those rod
iron fences that are around every city apartment building
in NYC? I turned the key..nothing. I pushed down on that metal
kickstand kind of start thing. Biiillllah. Stalled out. Again. Again.
Again. Again. Again. Again. And ---then -------woooooooooosh
--- BLAM. The scooter it is fine. Not a scratch. Me? Not so fine. I ripped my jeans.
Cut up my ankle, which is bumpy in new ways. Bruises
are developing by the hour. The fence, it is
bent. Bent by the impact of my ankle crashing against the rod iron. Yes, I guess it
is hard to crash a scooter within a five-foot radius. But I did it. And
now, I have a scooter for sale. Anyone want to buy a scooter? It
is REALY NICE. In other news, I am going back into the studio at the end of next month. I can't wait! I am recording five new songs and finishing things up.
august 26, 2004 - thanks to everyone who came to the
LA show. hope to be back soon!!!
july 12, 2004 - more macaroni facts...this one i
learned from my friend Bernard.
july 6th, 2004 - a couple of songs that i co-wrote the
music for will be featured in a musical which is starting on July 20th. the name of the play
and the platypus. it is a piece yoko herself would love!!
july 5th, 2004 -
learned that in the song yankee doodle dandy when it says... "put a
feather in his hat and called it macaroni"...they are not talking about
spaghetti. macaroni is an italian word for fancy dandy dress --- who
february 23, 2004 - i am home! i am done! well, i am
done recording and mixing. i had a great time. we recorded and mixed 12
songs. i did not bring
enough socks. but, i bought some new ones. i ate at fat moe's and
pancake pantry. i did not get
february 13, 2004 - i am packing to leave for
nashville. i hate packing. i am the type of person who forgets
everything. i always seem to forget socks and
toothpaste. i don’t know
what to bring....should i bring my
rocket or just my 335? ok, well
i guess i better get
back to it.
february 6, 2004 - it is a rainny day in brooklyn
today and i am being a shut in. did you know that in nyc approximately
110 manhole and service box covers along with
157 light poles have been found to have
stray voltage. did you also know that the "marykate
o'neil" record is available to be downloaded at
real player and
napster. woo woo woo woo woo woo wo.
january 14, 2004 - recording recording recording in
the cold...and in the snow. this time at
the magic shop in nyc. it is a very neat-o place. they have all this
recording gear that looks like it came from a 1950's space movie. klatu
verada nepto...or something like that. next month, i go back to
nashville to finish the record. wooo hoo :). here are some
from the magic shop.
december 31, 2003 - HAPPY NEW YEAR! this year i am
going to join the gym and actually go. i am going to pick up my clothes off of the
floor. i am going to find a new apartment for the same price...but one
that doesn't leak every time it rains. i am going to watch less of the
superstation. i am going to grocery shop. i am going to eat out less. i
am going to try and not to be late all the time. i am going to learn to
speak french. i am going to take piano lessons. i am going to start and
then quit smoking.
december 18, 2003 - howdy! just got back from nashville where i have begun the beginnings of the next record. i had a great time. here are
some photo's of
everyone. it is being produced by my pals
jill sobule and
the very talented
mr. mickey grimm is playing drums along with various
rhythmic objects. a lovely fellow named
mr. hags is the man on the
bass and bill demain is making his piano debut on a song.
is playing keyboards on most of the songs and i met a nice
man at the luggage store who is a big fan of my hairdresser. also
participating is matthew caws --
who is doing some singing;
robin eaton -- who is doing some singing;
rob burger -- who
is doing some playing and
eli aka LIJ -- who is doing some playing.
october 10, 2003 - "make a mask smaller than your
face. let it drink wine instead of you". yoko ono 1962
october 3, 2003 - i am listening to
Neil Diamond -
Live in America. VERY highly recommended!! :) for everyone in the
nyc area i am doing a free show at pete's candy store on october 26th.
come on down if you can, i will be playing some new songs. i am just
about done with the writing of the next record and will begin recording
next month. can't wait! thanks to everyone whose been writing....and i
am sorry for all the pigeon stories. i hope that my brushes with
them will end soon.
september 9, 2003 - this morning i did a fun
interview with john broughton in melbourne, australia at 3SER-FM.
did anyone hear it?
august 26, 2003 - ok this isn't really news. but what
are the odds. today, a pigeon shit on me. it was unpleasant. but the
thing is...last week a pigeon shit on me in the very same spot! i am
told that if a pigeon shits on you it is good luck. i had never heard of
this prior to being shit upon. i think it is a made up nyc myth. i guess
it is supposed to make u feel better for getting shit on. but, it
doesn't make me feel better. i just think i should stop walking under
tress all the time.
june 3, 2003 - bonjour. just got back from paris. had
a wonderful time. here are some photos.
may 13, 2003 - can it be called a world tour if you
are leaving the country? SURE IT CAN. so i am getting excited to
embark on my world tour. it begun in bayshore, then goes to LA, then to
the exotic land of williamsburg, then paris, lyon, london (maybe), back
to paris. i hope i have time to buy some new outfits.
april 22, 2003 - spring is here!!! and not a moment too soon. it was the
winter from hell here in brooklyn. but now the flowers are in bloom and
i am getting very excited for my french tour -- ooo la la!! i will also
be doing an east coast/west coast thing in mid may. i have also been busy doing some home recording with my friend
lawson running those knobs and levers.
it has been great fun. other than that...i have no good stories....ok..well
i have one. the other night a bunch of friends went to
in the LES -- it was so fun. they serve chicken liver and bottles of
blocks of ice. AND i got to sing "you don't bring me
flowers" with my pal richard
julian --- i was neil of course!
january 8, 2003 - HAPPY NEW YEAR!! to start off the
new year the record will be released in France, Switzerland, Italy and
Portugal on Polaris records. Yea!!! Also, there is an article about me always being late in
the new issueof rockrgrl. AND...i
got a new pair of jeans for x-mas!!
november 26, 2002 - "mundane dream" is one
of the songs being featured
on a compilation of artists selected by
november 16, 2002 - i just picked up from the williamsburg post office a
package sent from koji
in tokoyo. tomoyo
has recorded "radio shack" and "sunny day" and i
think they sound GREAT :)! as my boston friends would say (without any
irony intended) -- it's wicked awesome!
november 12, 2002 - japanese pop star
tomoyo harada has
recorded 2 of my songs which will be featured on her upcomng alblum. i
haven't heard any of it yet, but am looking forward to it!
november 1, 2002 - cmj was very fun. there are a
whole bunch of pictures up from it in the pictures section. also, there
are a bunch of new photo's in the live section taken by some nice folks
who came to the shows.
september 16, 2002 - just recorded "traffic jam" for a teenage
fanclub tribute which is due out in november. had a fun time recording
it. my friends dennis diken,
derby, james mastro,
jill sobule, and chris
collingwood all played on it. also...apparently tripping over
pigeons is not an unusual thing!!!? who knew?!?! a couple of people
wrote me and told me
the same thing has happened to them!!! one person even rescued their
injured pigeon and nursed it back to health before freeing it into the
wild. what is that carpenters song...bless the beast and the
children...? does that song apply? is this what they had in mind?
1, 2002 - today when i was walking down the street i tripped over a
pigeon. has this ever happened to anyone? it was alive by the way.