Hey kids - welcome back to the ol' Lisik newsletter,
and Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and all that stuff. It's been quite the busy past few months
around here, and I'd just like to send out a very special thank you to all the
club owners, studios, DJs, radio show hosts, photographers, engineers,
videographers, gas station attendants, bartenders, waitresses, drunks, graphic
artists, writers, editors, city and township officials, priests, pirates, poets
and pests who have in one way or another supported our music over the past
year. It’s been one of the best ever,
with the release of our new CD The Mess
That Money Could Buy and a plethora of great shows – made possible by even
greater fans - intermingled in there.
Special thanks to all at Cherokee Queen and the team we’ve worked hand
in hand with all year - particularly Gerard
Dominick, Mike Farley, Clint Holley, Eddie Tomecko, Kim Price,
and Michael Papatonis – and of
course, the boys and girls who made me sound so good in the studio and on stage
– Joe Waller, Steve Norgrove, Craig Lisik, Ben
Evans, Jen O’Neal, and Christian Lisik.
UP 2012 AND LOOKING TO 2013, I had a great time at
Brother’s Lounge Dec. 19 for Brent Kirby’s
year-ending 10X3 show. Quite the packed house/impromptu holiday
party with old friends like Tim Johnson, Ray and Sarah Webb, Eric from WJCU,
Peanuts, and great performances from Jordan
Genovese, Kevin Gibson, Ken Metz,
Scott Stuewe, Becca & Red, Nate (damn
whatta voice!) Jones, Larry Trupo,
Ray (He’ll always be a Cool Rancher to
me) Flanagan, Rachel Brown, and –
of course – Mr. Kirby himself. Look for a
2013 releases from Jordan – and about a thousand 2013 releases from Brent,
including CDs from the Jack Fords, The New Soft Shoe, Brent Kirby and the Lost
Fortunes and the Ohio City Singers. And just for kicks, the long-awaited Lisik
documentary film by Eddie Tomecko,On
the Wrong Side of the Canal, along with the live Brian Lisik and the
Unfortunates concert DVD by Henry J.
Konczak, Save Me From My Life,
and the book I am co-writing with former Northfield, Oh. mayor and Michael Stanley
Band photographer Victor Milani are
all set to be released in 2013 – while the Unfortunates and I head back into
the studio with the incredible Mr. Benjamin
Payne behind the boards, to record with a CD of all new material.
DON’T FORGET TO PICK UP A COPY OF MESSfor all the fans of really cool, sorta nasty, somewhat sloppy, but
ever-endearing rock bands on yer list. Oh,
and we’re all really good looking and humble too. Forgot to mention that. Mess and all our other
records are available on-line at brianlisik.com, cdbaby.com/all/lisik, and amazon.com. Or better yet, support yer local CD store by
picking ‘em up at Time Traveler in Cuyahoga Falls, Square Records in Akron, and
the all new Frankenstein Records in Canton.
“Lisik’s not reaching for any sort
of artistic legacy here. His approach springs from the most pure
conceptualizations of rock and roll: It’s great music that’s kind of fucked up
at its heart” – The Telescope 10/18/12
WE HOPE TO SEE YA AT THE SHOWS remaining in 2012,
including a full-band appearance at 9 p.m. Dec. 27 at Stone Tavern in Kent with
Bocoma (featuring my old buddy/guitar fixer/ and smoking guitar player Robb Myers); a duo show with Joe at 9 p.m. Dec. 28 at Amvets in Canton;
and our big New Years Eve show, starting at 9 p.m., at Jimmy’s in North Canton.
The full Brian Lisik and the Unfortunates line-up will be appearing at the Stone Tavern in Kent Dec. 27 as The Mess That Money Could Buy tour rolls on. Stay tuned for appearances near you in 2013! Visit the Brian Lisik store at brianlisik.com to pick up the new cd - and the entire Lisik catalog if yer so inclined!
"A rough and tumble garage-y sound blasts from the first strains of the opening track, "Small Town Royal Family," with singer-songwriter Brian Lisik's hoarse, heartland-rocking voice soaked deep in an ocean of chunky guitars." - Jon Sobel
"Five Other Rooms" - the first official video from Brian Lisik's new CD The Mess That Money Could Buy. Available now at brianlisik.com, Amazon, iTune, and Spotify.
Meanwhile, the Messy Tour 2012-2013 rolls on, with scheduled stops in Akron, Oh.; Canton, Oh.; Cleveland, Oh.; Kent, Oh.; Youngstown, Oh,; Cincinnati, Oh,; Newport, Ky.; Pittsburgh, Pa.; Williamsport, Pa.; Plattsburgh, Ny.; and New York City.