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Small Victories

by Michael Slawter

Small Victories is a collection songs from Michael's previous incarnations as Neidermeyer and The Saving Graces. The songs span a period of about 10 years with three full length albums and one ep.
Genre: Rock: College Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. GIving Up The Ghost
Michael Slawter
3:19 $0.99
2. Count To 10
Michael Slawter
3:28 $0.99
3. The Things That Make You Strange
Michael Slawter
3:02 $0.99
4. Rest Of The Day
Michael Slawter
3:47 $0.99
5. Faster Than The Speed Of Life
Michael Slawter
3:09 $0.99
6. Motorbikes and Pretty Girls
Michael Slawter
3:31 $0.99
7. I Belong To The Jet Set World
Michael Slawter
3:28 $0.99
8. Rare Violet
Michael Slawter
2:28 $0.99
9. Obvious
Michael Slawter
2:39 $0.99
10. Song For Anyone Else
Michael Slawter
3:08 $0.99
11. I Feel Fine
Michael Slawter
4:20 $0.99
12. Girl Automatic
Michael Slawter
3:45 $0.99
13. The Harbour Song
Michael Slawter
3:20 $0.99
14. Ticker Tape Plan
Michael Slawter
2:39 $0.99
15. Beth
Peter Criss, Bob Ezrin and Stan Pendridge
2:50 $0.99
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Album Notes
Far too often, journalists seem to consult the same laundry list of
terms when writing about pop records. From "tuneful,"
"melodic" and "well-crafted" to "jangly guitars," "throbbing
bass" and "propulsive beat," the clichés and redundancies spill
forth to yield text better suited to catalog entries than used as
actual reviews. Don't you wish the critics would simply tell you
how the music makes them feel sometimes? True, pop's a
language, and it has its own signifiers and shorthand. But it's
also a dialect rich in emotion, and dispassionate analysis doesn't
always do it justice. Michael Slawter clearly holds a doctorate in
the dialect of pop. “An Assassination of Someone You Knew”
will transport you back and make you feel things you haven't felt
in ages.
A veteran of the North Carolina music scene, Slawter fronted the
short-lived pop/punk quartet Neidermeyer and The Saving
Graces. Neidermeyer’s sole recorded offering, "For Those About
to Pop" won them 2001 pop-rock album of the year honors from
The Winston-Salem Journal. The newspaper praised Slawter for
creating tunes as "smart and entertaining as (the band's) name."
Slawter soon decided he wanted a band that reflected his own
vision. In 2002, the Saving Graces were born.
In the fall of that year "These Stars Are For You," was released
by respected Portland, Oregon indie The Paisley Pop Label to
almost unanimous critical acclaim. Over five songs, "These Stars
Are For You" effortlessly blended 60s-vintage Britpop ("The
Things that Make You Strange"), bouncy New Wave-style rock
("Idiot Proof") and gorgeous balladry ("Sad Golden Waves
On their first full-length LP, Slawter upped the ante to produce
"Outside Guiding Lights." Joined by veteran producer Jamie
Hoover (Spongetones, Van Deleckis), the 11-song collection
presents a fuller picture of Slawter's songwriting capabilities,
veering from the energetic, Buzzcocks-inflected "Giving Up The
Ghost," to the lovely sturm und jangle of "Southern Gothic
Sound," to the deeply personal meditation that is "Why Don't
You Cry."
In the summer of 2005 Slawter retired from the live music scene,
focusing instead on songwriting and recording in his own home
studio. Deciding that a solo album was eminent, he once again
teamed up with friend and producer Jamie Hoover and
Greensboro, NC newest label Just Plain Lucky Records to help
bring focus to the project. From opening cut "Count to 10," a
buoyant love devotional awash in cross-cutting strums and a
tune that could pass for one of Tommy Keene's great anthems,
through album closer "Crashing Down," a breakup song with
Searchers-style jangles and luminous harmony vocals. The album
now titled “An Assassination of Someone You Knew” shows
Slawter’s remarkable pop ability with his sweet, urgent vocal style
and knack for memorable riffs and classic arrangements.



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