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Detour checks in with Motor City Rocks
The Sultan’s eyes look a bit heavy. hmmmmm.

Photo collection of libraries.

Bad celebrity wax heads.

Dickin Medal.
What? No, Voytek on the list?
Long live Voytek!

From awhile ago,
but still funny…Tap Reunion.

carry on, winter…

People who died laughing.

There are real mermaids/mermen out there.
Not what you thought, huh?
Click the top galleries to see more.

50 signs you are a bad bartender.

Bourdain AV Club interview.

PTAnderson AV Club interview.

“You’re Not Fooling Me.”


So, I’ve been listening to Martin Brummeler’s Easy Mark record alot lately
and had some questions about that record and Mass Solo Revolt’s The Sap.
I decided to get ahold of Brummeler and have him resolve some of my issues.

Here’s what he had to say through email exchanges:

Spokesman of the Ghost: Why were both records released in 2007, when The Sap
was recorded in 2004 and Easy Mark in 2006?

Martin Brummeler: Man, that’s a long story. In 2004, The Sap was ready to be released
on Community Billygoat but I got the offer to go up to Inner Ear/Silver Sonya in D.C.
and turn a couple songs from it into a single… a label from Chicago heard the single and
offered to put out a full length in Spring 2005… So I went back to D.C. and made Easy
Mark… before that record could come out it had generated a bunch of word of mouth…
and suddenly I was talking to pretty well-known indie labels. We decided not to release
it on the first label and wait to see what happened with the bigger boys. In the end, what
the bigger labels wanted was for me to be out on the road making a name for myself, they
felt like I was still too much an unknown quantity. While all this was occurring, I had
been invited to move to D.C. and partner up in Silver Sonya Studios to manage the place
as well as record, mix, produce and master records. This ended up totally monopolizing
my time and money. I was simply too busy with the studio to get a band together and out
there in front of people. Luckily (?), the studio partnership was pretty dysfunctional, and
I decided to cut my losses and get out. I moved back to Georgia in February of 2007, got
my shit back together, and here we are.

SOTG: What is the story behind different band names for each record? Is Easy
Mark a solo record? Was Mass Solo Revolt a band when you recorded The Sap? Do
you have a band now? Considering that you write all the songs, what has changed to
make you revert back to the name Mass Solo Revolt?

MB: Ha. Well, technically… There is NO name on the Easy Mark jackets! It ended up
being called a “Martin Brummeler” record because it was obviously not a Mass Solo
Revolt record… and I made it, and Martin Brummeler is my name.
Despite the MB label…Easy Mark is absolutely not a solo record. It was an intense
collaboration between myself, Chad Clark, and Andrew Becker.
Originally Mass Solo Revolt was drummer James Broussard and myself. We played a
couple of shows, but the focus was on writing and recording The Sap.
Mass Solo Revolt of today is a band in the true sense. My oldest friend Jim Frye plays
the bass and keeps me in line, and the rookie Tim Terilli fits in like we’ve known him for
years. I still come in with the songs, but both of those guys add a lot to the end result.
The main thing we are trying to do is be ourselves, do what WE think is cool, not worry
about what anyone else thinks. That is what Mass Solo Revolt was originally about, and
why I am back to calling my musical project that these days.

SOTG: You seem to get interesting guitar tones throughout both records. How do
you create this sound? Is it studio magic? And/or, do you recreate these tones live?

MB: Thanks!! That’s definitely something I work hard at. What’s magical about the
studio for me, is that I’m able to stop and tinker until what I’ve got in my head is what
we’re getting back through the monitors. I have been recording myself long enough now
to know which guitar/amp/pedal/etc… combination will get me close to what the mix
needs. Usually that means multiple guitar tracks, panning tricks, eq… Stuff that’s not
always possible to pull off live in a 3 piece setting. On stage… I do have plenty of tricks
up my sleeve though. I run 2 different guitar amplifiers, one is set up behind me and I
use that as my main amp. The other is over on the other side of the stage. I have a foot
pedal that allows me to use them separately, or simultaneously. This means that by using
the different distortion, fuzz, modulation, delay, sampling, switching and eq pedals I have
on the floor in front of me, I can get a tremendous amount of layers, textures,direction,
bombast… It’s a performance in itself. Personally, I think our live shows are better than
the records.

SOTG: Was there any specific thing that influenced you while making the Easy
Mark record?

MB: Inner Ear Studios. On The Sap, I had worked in my own studio, I had been in
control of every single aspect and detail… and I made it piecemeal over months and
months. On Easy Mark, I was up in D.C. working in a world famous, equipped to the
teeth studio. I had someone else worrying about the technical engineering stuff, and
someone else to act as editor, and producer. All I had to do was make music! Our
process was to go through demo recordings of songs or ideas and pick stuff out to try.
Next Andy Becker (drummer) and I would go out into the tracking room and mess
around until we got an arrangement worked out, then we’d roll tape… The process was
so much fun. We tracked and mixed over 17 days… I slept on the couch at the studio and
there was one period that I didn’t see the outdoors for a full 4 day stretch..didn’t leave the
building! It was like living in a capsule. I lost all track of time. We’d work 15-18 hour
days, then everyone else would go home and I’d be there, locked into the studio where so
many records that made me want to play rock music were made. In the morning, people
that I had idolized as a teenager would walk through the door and say good morning as I
was sprawled out in my sleeping bag . It was surreal and awesome. It still feels like a
dream.

SOTG: What are your plans for 2008 and beyond? More record releases? Touring?

MB: Big plans. We’re working on a new record, which should be ready by the Fall.
We’ve also got The Sap and Easy Mark to promote. We’re booking tons of shows, with
a goal of making it to all the major U.S. cities and points in between this year. It’s past
time to just get out in front of people and do our thing.


There is nice review of the Easy Mark record at Allmusic and on the Allmusic Blog.

Martin Brummeler myspace.

Mass Solo Revolt myspace.

Community Billygoat Records

oscar glass

Something that Philip Glass did for Sesame Street.

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i’m gonna phoenix

Snow Globes.
Did I post these before?
I’m ill and losing it!

Another old possibly:
One Man Video Game Band.

Dead Malls.

Interesting optical illusion paintings.

Textbook disclaimer stickers. 

a list off the top o’ the head? sure! everyone loves lists, right?

no order, of course.

WelcomeSirs
CaribouAndorra
Magik MarkersBoss
Field MusicTones of Town
DungenTio Bitar
GravenhurstWestern Lands
Panda BearPerson Pitch
Jens LekmanNight Falls Over Kortedala
Martin BrummelerEasy Mark
Good ShoesThink Before You Speak
Nina Nastasia/Jim WhiteYou Follow Me

I’m sure there are more,
just can’t think of any that were on heavy rotation right now.

I was gonna put the Little OnesSing Song Ep,
but realized that was released in 2006.
Danga. Guess I listened to it a shit-ton in summer of this year.
Any which way, it is good.
Listen to it.

Tally it up. How many hipster tokens did I earn?

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