The reissue of my 2003 album Rooster Nudes is now available HERE on 140 gram vinyl. You can also find it on iTunes, Spotify and Amazon as a digital download… thank you Schematic Records for making this release happen!! The Austin Chronicle gave it a nice review too, which is very cool:
“When Minnesota-to-Austin-and back (and forth) transplant Mike Nicolai released his third album Rooster Nudes in 2003, the Chronicle savaged it. A decade-and-a-half later, now remastered on vinyl, it deserves reappraisal. Part of a wave of solo auteurs more influenced by Paul Westerberg and Jonathan Richman than Bob Dylan or Joni Mitchell, Nicolai marries bar band melodies to lyrics that sound stream-of-consciousness, but affirm their craft through multiple spins. Deep dives reveal a sensitive heart behind the allegedly glib “Broken Window” and “I’m On to You” (guesting Replacements axe dude Slim Dunlap), with stunning album-closer “Rope” channeling its author’s soul directly into the grooves. Once Rooster Nudes achieves traction, its charms won’t let go. “
In addition to the above-mentioned cyber-places, you can pick up a copy at any of my shows. Also they are in stock at Waterloo Records, End of an Ear Records and Breakaway Records here in Austin, and at Barely Brothers Records in St. Paul. I feel like it’s held up well over the years, hope you like it!
In other news this month, I’m working on mixing my new record A Line Cook’s Guide to New Satanic Empires with Mark Creany at the helm. This project has been in the works for some time and it feels great to be finishing it up. We should have it in the can in a couple of weeks, hope to have it out early in 2018.
I have been thoroughly enjoying the “Circles of Joy” weekly vinyl nerd-outs at Hole in the Wall. Me and some friends sit around and spin records from our collections and drink beers on Sunday afternoons between 4 and 7. I have been turned on to some cool shit at these and heard some great things that I knew but kinda forgot about. Stop by, record geeks!!