Posts Tagged ‘Mishka Shubaly’

Here is Mishka Shubaly’s wonderfully morose version of Darlene Love’s Christmas (Baby Please Come Home).

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You know the drill. SO many songs this week. Dive in. Enjoy. More tomorrow.

1. Chelsea Wolfe – Iron Moon
2. Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin – Trevor Forever
3. Teleman – Strange Combinations
4. Marissa Nadler – Carnival
5. Daughn Gibson – It Wants Everything
6. Rose Windows – The Wanton Song
7. Cayucas – Moony Eyed Walrus
8. Yukon Blonde – Como
9. JAWS – Bad Company
10. Mishka Shubaly – The Last Lost Weekend

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Mad Mackerel Recommends...Mishka Shubaly

On 3rd February Mishka Shubaly releases his third full-length album, Coward’s Path (via In Music We Trust Records), a document of Shubaly’s wasted years—songs he wrote about getting messed up that he was too messed up to record. Twelve tracks of drinking songs, snapshots from a life careening out of control—tunes about death and darkness and failure and the cold comfort of oblivion. Somehow, it’s also incredibly funny.

He says, “In one of the first copyrighted blues songs from 1912, Lee Roy White says ‘the blues ain’t nothing but a good man feeling bad.’ Coward’s Path is the sound of a bad man feeling bad.

In 2008, singer-songwriter Mishka Shubaly was falling apart. His 2007 release, How To Make A Bad Situation Worse, had suffered the curse of being critically acclaimed and largely ignored. He had won a great fan and advocate, the renegade comedian Doug Stanhope, and Stanhope had flown him all over the country, opening for the biggest shows of his life. But his appetite for drugs, alcohol, and chaos alienated even Stanhope. After losing a series of jobs, bands, friends, and girlfriends, Shubaly finally bottomed out. In the spring of 2009, he got sober. He started writing and has had much success publishing six best-selling Kindle Singles, and landing a book deal. His biggest seller, The Long Run, a mini-memoir detailing his rocky transition from blackout druggie to sober ultra-runner has sold more than 80,000 copies and been translated into German, Spanish and Polish.

He recorded the bare bones of Coward’s Path in an unheated, condemned squat in Long Island City in 2008, then sat on those basic tracks for years. After four years sober he came back to his music and the result is a record that is less stripped-down rock ’n’ roll, like his previous releases, and more ensemble work, featuring accordion, upright bass, mellotron, weird percussion, maracas, bells, tape hiss, and even the sound of a passing airplane. Shubaly’s black-hearted paeans to inebriation and annihilation shimmer with damaged glory.

Shubaly brilliantly describes the record as “With Coward’s Path, well, you’ve drank the bar closed, they’ve kicked everyone else out and pulled the gate down so it’s just the bar staff and their friends. The drugs come out. You’re drinking top shelf liquor for free but it’s costing you more than if you paid for it because you’re tipping so much. Everything gets better; everything gets worse. The party turns weird. The party turns bad. Shit gets totally out of control. And then you have to stumble out into the daylight and confront what you’ve done.”

Hear exactly what he means with New Jersey Valentine’s Day Orphan Blues.

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