Jesse Malin Live Album


Jesse Malin
Jesse Malin is set to release his first live album, Mercury Retrograde, June 3rd on Billie Joe Armstrong's Adeline Records. The record was recorded over two nights at the Mercury Lounge in NYC right around Christmas 2007 and captures Malin telling tales of New York City life and playing fan favorites.

"Leaving the house and going out to see live shows is a ritual for me - a physical experience that I can't get at home just listening to a studio album. For my first ever live album, I wanted to record the songs differently by going back to the original essence of how they were written, on an acoustic guitar either holed up in my little apartment, layin' back in some transient hotel room, or locked up in a bathroom," says Malin. "Over the past couple years I've been touring with a full band, but for this album, I wanted to go back to the way it was in the beginning and just do a stripped down acoustic set. I've always said that songwriting is like masturbating - you have to have a private, quiet moment when no one's around, which can be hard when you're on the road. But once you've perfected the art, you're ready to show the world."

"These recordings were made over 2 nights at the Mercury in New York City a week before Christmas 2007. I figured I should return to one of the spots I played when I was starting out. Talking between songs or doing 'bits' as I call them, is something I did early on to kill time while I was tuning my guitar as I toured solo. These true stories evolved into a spoken word aspect of my live shows that hasn't been represented on any of my studio releases. Yackety yack."

Jesse Malin's critically acclaimed 2007 release Glitter In The Gutter spawned two singles, "Don't Let Them Take You Down (Beautiful Day)" and the Bruce Springsteen duet "Broken Radio."

Mercury Retrograde Tracklisting:
1. High Lonesome
2. Wendy
3. Hotel Columbia
4. Lucinda
5. Cigarettes & Violets
6. Little Star
7. Since You're In Love
8. Helpless
9. Aftermath
10. Black Haired Girl
11. Broken Radio
12. Subway
13. Going Out West
14. Swingin Man
15. Xmas
16. Christmas, Baby Please Come Home

Tour Dates
4/6 - Pontiac, MI The Crofoot Pontiac MI
4/7 - Cleveland, OH House of Blues (Cambridge Room)
4/8 - Chicago, IL Martyr’s Chicago
4/9 - Milwaukee, WI Shank Hall
4/10 - Minneapolis, MN Varsity Theater
4/11 - Madison, WI The Majestic Theatre
4/16 - Buffalo, NY Mohawk Place
4/26 - New York, NY The Bowery Ballroom

[Published on: 4/6/08]

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Cosmicsailor Sun 4/6/2008 09:05AM
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