60 years worth of home videos. 6 generations of family. Some mullets. Mild violence. Bikes. Hugs. Cake. Double Dribble. Balloon showers. All the necessary ingredients for a bittersweet lil meditation on the meaning of life itself. I rate this video five teardrops out of five.
Real proud of this sweet sweet lil jam I helped write with my buddy William Fitzsimmons for his new record coming out later this month. His voice is like sweet buttered honey chicken on a bed of mixed greens. Please listen.
*ok it just came out so technically not a hit yet but I mean come on. We can all see where this is going.
Did a session with Scene SC a few weeks ago at Papa Jazz in Columbia and here go a song from it. Go here for another performance, some cheeky interview questions, and then blow an afternoon watching other performances and reading about cool shit happening in SC. Thanks David & friends.
Like a slightly-younger Jake Tapper with music to promote instead of a new book, I’m doing some media appearances this week. You know, promoting the new CD (available now at fine digital storefronts everywhere) and the show this Saturday night at Eclectic Cafe on Spring St downtown w/ Bill Carson. So if you want to experience any of that sweet sweet promo tune your various dials accordingly:
—Today (5/3) I’ll be on WYLA (97.5FM) at 2pm for live performance/interview
—Tomorrow I’ll be on Box in the Morning @ 8:30am doing the same (https://www.boxinthemorning.com/)
—Tomorrow sometime between 10 and 11 I’ll be on Lowcountry Live (WCIV-ABC) for live TV interview/performance
Going to try my best not to say anything that would get me compared to current-day Kanye. Early 2000s Kanye comparisons would be an honor though. Guess we’ll see!
Welp. Here we are. Release day. Hope everybody had fun getting in line for the midnight launches at Tower Records and other music stores all across the… wait what? It’s 2018, Tower Records is over, and I’m not actually successful enough to warrant lines of people physically waiting to purchase my music? And people don’t even purchase music any more? Really??? Wait AND BIFF TANNEN IS PRESIDENT TOO???? My God. What kind of hellscape did I wake up in?
Last year I was playing a show and decided to try and write a song so I’d have something new to play. Hadn’t otherwise been writing much and was starting to think maybe my time would be better spent doing something responsible, like day-trading black market crypto on the silk road. Anyway I wrote this song called ‘Burning Bridge’ and somehow it unlocked a secret trap door inside me, out of which tumbled an album’s worth of songs. Now logic would tell a reasonable person not to invest hundreds of hours slaving over lyrics and string arrangements and themes that are hardly commercial or relevant. Those black market cryptos (just made that up and really liking it) aren’t going to day-trade themselves, right? Why waste all that time and effort lovingly crafting something only to throw it into the dark gaping maw of modern life, which will almost certainly swallow it, shrug, and keep slouching along unaffected? Well it turns out I’m JUST dumb enough to go all-in on that kind of proposition. Makers gonna make, players gonna play, dreamers gonna dream.
So here we are. You can stream it on all the usual places. You can buy a physical CD if for some reason you’re still clinging to that medium (let’s be honest, we know the reason: your car doesn’t even have an aux jack so it’s CDs or nothing). You can also buy it in the usual digital places, including Bandcamp, where you can pay more than the low asking price if you want to help subsidize some art and feel good about yourself (think of it as a one-time Patreon subscription). I loved the agony of making this record. It’s my dream record. I hope you listen to it all alone in your comfiest, safest spot. Thanks.
Your favorite country mouse is traveling to the big city this week. Going to be in New York for some stuff n things:
--Going to the 'All These Small Moments' premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival Tuesday. Really hoping I end up in an accidental photobomb of someone actually famous. There's a chance. I WILL get to walk the red carpet and then hear a song I wrote play over the opening credits of a movie that looks awesome. So the ol' bucket list is about to get a little thinner.
--Playing a few songs in the Paste Magazine offices in NYC on Wednesday at 12:30. It'll stream live on my Facebook page, or the Slow Runner Facebook page, or the Paste Facebook page. Watch me pretend to be comfortable! Will be playing songs off of the new record.
--Wednesday night I'm playing a show at Berlin featuring a few artists who all have songs in 'All These Small Moments'. It'll be a fun night with lovely music, a bunch of people who worked on the movie, and probably a healthy mix of laughter and tears. More details over on the tour page.
Ok, let's all try and keep our shit together this week and BE COOL. Normally more than 48 hrs in NYC and I start clawing at the walls. Appreciate your Ts and Ps.
Uh oh, shit's getting real. The album is less than two weeks away and the fine folks at Vinyl mag were nice enough to debut another track off of it. Go forth and listen. Next I'm going to talk shit about how Friendster is ruining our lives. Social media sillytalk + existential dread = #1 hits baby.
You can't release a compact disc without a compact disc release show, silly! This is mine. Eclectic Cafe in Charleston is nice and intimate and perfect for somber piano dirges. Joining me will be longtime friend and musical spirit brother Bill Carson. We're going to trade songs back and forth for two hours instead of going one at time. This has always been one of my favorite things to do, just hanging out w/ him soaking up inspiration; it should make for a fun show too. If not, we're done at 10 and you've still got the rest of the night to wander the streets of downtown using Cinco de Mayo as an excuse to behave irresponsibly while trying to fill the unfillable void inside you. Good times! Please come. Tickets: http://bit.ly/2GEBC0Y
Really happy today is here and I can finally share a song off of the new record and announce some more stuff. The song is called Greater Charlotte and I know what you’re thinking: did a tourism board commission this? Is the song about banking and outlet stores and vintage Kelly Tripucka t-shirts? Luckily it’s not. Just a little metaphor, uninfluenced and unaffiliated with the city itself. Listen here. It’s a good summation of what the whole record mostly feels like.
To celebrate the song debut, and because the synergy is too palpable to resist, I’m also announcing a show IN CHARLOTTE June 1. Finally getting back to The Evening Muse, one of my favorite venues among all metropolitan areas. Snatch your tickets here and come watch me trade songs with Young Mister. It’ll be a fun night. When I play Greater Charlotte IN GREATER CHARLOTTE I believe a Stargate will open up and we can finally see what inter-dimensional travel is all about.
If you like the song and want to go ahead and lock in a physical purchase you can preorder the CD here. It will release Tuesday May 1.
There’s an adorable, harrowing little movie called ‘All These Small Moments’ that’s debuting at Tribeca Film Festival in April and if/when you see it you will immediately notice that ‘My Love Will Bring You Back,’ a song I wrote for the last Slow Runner album, is all over the opening credits. There will be some cool stuff surrounding the premiere and more details to come. So honored to be a small part of such a lovely thing. It stars Molly Ringwald, Jemima Kirk, Brendan Meyer, and other smooth operators. More info here.
Just a heads up that tickets for these fall shows with Jump go on sale TOMORROW at 3pm. And they are probably going to go fast so plan accordingly and snatch em up like rare Pokemon. These will be special shows in classy listening rooms. In a flashback younger me is staring out a classroom window daydreaming about my musical future and these shows will be me LIVING THAT DREAM SEQUENCE. Links for all the available tickets are at http://www.michaelflynn.com/tour/ Join my dream sequence! Wear something you'd only ever wear in a dream! Don't be like the guy who Indiana tossed out of the zeppelin.
Like Hugh Grant dancing down the stairs in 'Love Actually,' I'm kind of feeling myself. I've got a new snazzy website thanks to the genius at Small is the New Tall, I've got some amazing tour dates on the books with my special boys Jump, Little Children (that are being announced today but going on sale March 1), and most importantly I've got a new record coming out later this year. It's called 'Pretend Like' and it's pretty different than the last solo release but hey I'm just out here living my truth, hollering into the void while the world shrugs and keeps walking. If you really listened to the lyrics of Bon Jovi songs growing up you knew damn well life wasn't going to be easy and sure enough he was right. But sometimes it feels temporarily easy, or full of the possibility of easiness, and 2018 is kind of feeling like that to me so far. Feels good. Can't wait. More to announce soon. Thanks for being my special friend.
Oh hi. Is your face OK? Did I accidentally melt it with this searing white-hot dad ballad? I sure hope not. If you rock with this you're going to LOVE 2018 me.
Guster is one of my all time favorite bands. I was living in Boston when 'Lost and Gone Forever' came out and it had a profound effect, specifically that it was ok to make pop music that didn't sound like pop music but was still undeniably pop music. As in, it was accessible and catchy and almost cheesy in some places but still challenging and organic and unique. I also saw them play with Run DMC. Run DMC opened. It was at a college gym somewhere in Cambridge I think and they were great (Run DMC wasn't too shabby either). I'm super excited to announce that my kickass band and I get to open for Guster at their Music Hall show here in Charleston on Wednesday June 10. I'm going to try not to be That Guy. I'm going to try real hard.
The very next night, June 11, I'm playing at the Pour House with a bunch of friends to celebrate my buddy Sadler Vaden before he gets married and loses all his cool points. There will be lots of classic rock and white guys biting their bottom lip and really getting after it. Not a Michael Flynn thing per se (I'm playing on lots but only singing 1 song) but the talent involved is no joke so maybe come on out to that too. The week of June 10-11 2015 only comes around once and is then gone forever, don't let a missed opportunity for musical triumph haunt you the rest of your days.
Well ok maybe not MASSIVE massive... but certainly, undeniably not a disaster. Thanks to everybody who came out, thanks to Johnny Delaware and Grace Joyner for playing beautiful songs, thanks to the Music Hall for having us, and thanks to Ron Wiltrout, Nick Jenkins, and Dan McCurry for playing with me. Still kind of feels like something I dreamed, not real life. Hooray for doing stuff that moves you even when you doubt it'll move anybody else. Sometimes it does.
Recorded a few weeks ago at home with a bunch of lovely, talented friends.
I'm being asked by scores of music lovers (okay, it's more like a few friends but STILL) am I touring this new record? Is there a release show? Who do I think I am anyway? Shit, Tony Bennett still hits the road for album releases and he's almost 109 years old! The answer is complicated; I'm not announcing any full-on tours as of now due to circumstances beyond my control that require me to stay where I am for the time being. Life and stuff. But whether you live here in Charleston or you're mired in a distant land with decent internet access, there are things coming up that may just interest you.
--A few weeks ago myself, Nick Jenkins, Ron Wiltrout, and John-Flor Sisante performed a few songs from the album right here in the hobbit hole I call a studio with a camera crew filming us. We're going to release those performances one song at a time over the course of the summer/fall, starting next week. It's not LIVE live in that you can't throw things at me but it's still pretty close and with the money I saved on gas from not coming to your distant land I can buy even more cupcake stock (that market is going nowhere but up).
--I'll be live on TheFIX.fm at 9pm THIS Sunday night (July 20), again streamable online right here. Playing some songs, answering some questions, wishing Brad Cooper was there.
--I'm playing a house show on Monday July 28 in Kevsco Alley downtown. There will be more details for that when it gets closer but it's going to be intimate and fun, like making out with your significant other while watching Wheel of Fortune! The best part is the opener, a guy who just happens to be named... MICHAEL FLYNN. That's right, there's another musician out there in the world named Michael Flynn who released a lovely record last year and lives in Canada but will be close enough around the show such that it's actually feasible for him to join me. WE'RE TALKING ABOUT A MICHAEL FLYNN/MICHAEL FLYNN DOUBLE BILL. That's some bucket list shit right there, people. Not sure if the universe can withstand such a phenomenon (if we jam too hard on each others' songs will we rip the space-time continuum wide open?) but we're doing it.
Finally, August 15 there'll be an actual, honest-to-goodness release party for 'Face in the Cloud' at the Charleston Music Hall. If you can only go to one show (and your name isn't Michael Flynn) go to this one. Aside from me and my talented friendband, we'll be sharing the stage with Grace Joyner and Johnny Delaware. It's going to be a special night, and it's cool to be a part of a bigger series of shows celebrating the art of some talented fellow Charlestonians.
Thanks everybody for your response to the new record. You're just plain swell and that's all there is to it.
Remember when music wasn't free, and you actually had to seek it out in record stores and listen at listening booths and then take it to the cashier and pay for it? Remember when that was normal? Now aside from a few purist holdouts none of us do that anymore. Music is basically free and ubiquitous and it seems like it was always meant to end up that way. Sure it's that much tougher for everybody who tries to make a living creating music, but then again poets used to be like rock stars hundreds of years ago and now they teach English Comp and tend bar on weekends.
I didn't do a kickstarter for this record. I thought about it. People told me I should. They said it was a good way to 'monetize' my small but loyal fan base who are eager to support me. But the curmudgeon in me couldn't do it. I'm still too in love with the simple proposition that I go make something like Ron Swanson in his workshop, you check out what I've made and then IF you like it and IF you can afford to, you buy it. You don't have to take anything on faith. I don't owe you anything.
The record I spent 18 months creating and stressing out about and obsessing over is out today. I think it's maybe the best thing I've ever done. You can stream the whole thing right here for free. You can listen on Spotify or any of the other streaming services and I'll get a solid $.000000003 cents.
My one request from you today is this: IF you listen to it, and IF you actually like it, buy it.
Actually buy it! There are multiple ways to do this: right here on this site (via Bandcamp), in iTunes, on Amazon, on Google Play... the list goes on. Even if you do the streaming thing, even if it's been a while since you bought music...buy THIS music. You buying this record is you supporting an independent artist and his family (who haven't had the easiest year), it's you telling me you want me to make another record after this one, and it's you showing the world that music matters so much to you that you're willing to part with a little money to prove it. On the Bandcamp page you can even pay more than the $8 I'm asking if you're feeling especially generous. Lots of people have already done that with their preorders and I'm extremely grateful.
My second request (yeah I lied before, there are 2 requests here) from you is this: IF you listened to it, and IF you liked it enough to buy it, tell your friends about it. My biggest fear is that I'm going to pour all of myself into a project I end up being incredibly proud of like this one and no one will even notice that it's come and gone. An independent release like this depends on word of mouth. We both know that you have that one music-loving friend who goes to house shows and is always listening to things you've never heard of. If this record comes and goes and they never hear it that would be a gross injustice right? And isn't there enough injustice in the world? How heroic of you to slightly reduce the number of injustices in the world by sharing great music with them! (see what I did there? you're a HERO)
Anyway that's it. Obvious requests 1 and 2. Please buy the record and please share it with people you think might love it. I spelunked down deep inside myself and made it with my eyes closed, hoping when this day came that SOMEBODY would care that it now exists. Thanks for (hopefully) being that somebody.
Come get with this.