Excess Baggage Vol. 9 Issue 5
Very long time no talk to – but as you will soon see, it’s been a very eventful month or two. And things are cranking up to get even busier in the coming months.
Of course, the big news is that the long-awaited new cd The Mess That Money Could Buy was released by Cherokee Queen Records Sept. 18. We have had a wonderful outpouring in response to the disc, both in person and in the press – special thanks to our amazing publicist Mike Farley from Michael J. Media http://www.michaeljmedia.com/. Be on the lookout for upcoming reviews in Pure Grain Audio, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Youngstown Vindicator, and the Kent Record Courier. In the meantime, here are a couple recent reviews ya mighta missed.
Special thanks to all our fans who have come out to the shows – please keep that up! The Mess Tour continues with upcoming shows in New York City at ZirZamin http://zirzaminnyc.com/ Nov. 8 with Scott Stein http://scottsteinmusic.com/ , The Barrel Room in North Canton Nov. 9 http://www.barrelroomwinebar.com/ , and Uncorked Wine Bar in Akron Nov. 10 http://www.uncorkedwinegallery.com/rental.html. Shows are currently being booked in Plattsburgh, N.Y.; Cincinnati, Columbus, and Youngstown, Oh.; Altoona and Williamsport, Pa.; and Madison, Wi., as well as shows back home in Canton, Akron, Cleveland, and Kent. Stay tuned to brianlisik.com for updates.
Speaking of the tour (in a sense) the band and I shot some raw footage for a music video to the song “Five Other Rooms” on our way to and from a show at Howler’s in Pittsburgh Oct. 5, where we played with the incredible Chet Vincent and the Big Bend and Grand Piano – to an even more incredible crowd in a claustrophobically jam-packed club. Most of the “road footage” (it’s a song about the road, so we are going all “Wanted Dead or Alive” on it..) was shot by the mighty Mr. Joe Waller…except for the upside down shots when I was manning the iPhone. And Steve Norgrove curses a lot on it, but you probably won’t hear that above the music when the video is done. We’ll be working on the more controlled “studio” footage (i.e., I can stop the filming and fix my hair more often) with the wonderful Mr. Henry J. soon and we are hoping to have the video out by mid-November. Along with that, we are also hoping to release a live-show video shot by Henry back in July at Buzzbin Art & Music Shop in Canton, tentatively titled Save Me From My Life. All goes as planned, that will be out by the end of the year as well.
You might have caught part of part one of Eddie Tomecko’s stunning Brian Lisik documentary On the Wrong Side of the Canal when it went up on YouTube last month (check it out here if not http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-_1BcZQUkg)A great film, in spite of its sometimes boring subject, that still has lots more footage that never made it into “Part one” (which, incidentally, was screened at First Night Akron in 2010, but never released to the public). We are hoping to get at least the completed parts – and perhaps the entire film - on the street by early next year. So stay tuned.
I am also continuing to work on my seemingly endless writing projects including my co-write of My Town Let Me Down, the uproarious – and utterly irreverent – memoir from former Northfield Village, Ohio mayor and sports and entertainment photographer Victor Milani; and a collection of my previously published Sun News columns that I am trying to somehow merge together with some of my weirder on-the-road-playing-music recollections from over the years. I’m calling it Don’t Shoot Me Till Deadline, or Cool Rockin’ Daddy, or This Book Sucks But You Should Buy It Anyway…or something. At any rate, both these titillating tomes are due out next year as well.
That oughtta do it for now. See ya at the shows kiddies!