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Forage & Glean, Vol. 1 & 2

by Mike Spine

A critically acclaimed 32 song two disc anthology complied over 20 years, ranging from sweet and beautiful Americana and folk rock, to rock, hard rock, punk, and a tinge of metal. Volume I: folk rock/rock. Volume II: rock, punk, etc.
Genre: Rock: Folk Rock
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2. Meteorite
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3. Sand in Your Teeth
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4. The French Girl
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5. Crumble
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12. The Beautiful Sunset
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17. Kiss and Remember
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18. Second Hand
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19. Transylvania
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20. Power Broker
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21. Iron Lake
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22. Another Day
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23. Meteorite (Rock Version)
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24. Lick and Squeal
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25. Miklukho-Maklay
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26. La Frontera (Rock Version)
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27. Mott Haven
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28. First Day of Spring
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"Gorgeously arranged folk-rock... Likely to get stuck in your head after the first spin." -- TrebleZine

"Spine balances punk energy, his own political frustrations and bursts of guitar shredding with catchy harmonies, making for a sound that brings to mind the likes of Joe Strummer and Ted Leo but with a slightly gritty edge." -- Glide Magazine

"Personal, political, and variations thereof emerge on this fascinating new collection of Mike Spine's best music." -- Pop Matters

Forage & Glean, Volumes I & II, is the 10th full-length studio album for Mike Spine. It is a 32 track double album, an anthology containing the best of Mike’s songwriting and recordings from the last two decades.

Volume I is a collection of Spine’s best work of folk rock and rock songs, including the memorable and more relevant than ever “Crumble”, personal political songs such as “Meteorite”, and the labor themed “Sand in Your Teeth”. There’s also a hauntingly beautiful version of “The French Girl” and the stripped down “Black Diamond”, the lyrically dense and moving tale of families immigrating to work in the coal mines outside Seattle in the early 1900’s.

Volume II contains Spine’s more explosive rock and punk material. It opens with the dynamic anti-war song “Kiss and Remember” and then launches into fiery, complex and catchy rockers, which touch on the themes of global warming with “Second Hand”, empire “Transylvania” and the anti-corruption song, “Power Broker”, before transitioning into hook filled songs like “Iron Lake”, the hybrid country punk song “Another Day” and the rocker version of “Meteorite”.

For twenty years, Mike Spine bounced between the worlds of folk rock, underground rock and punk, while simultaneously working as an inner city language arts and social studies teacher in Seattle, Portland, New York and London.

Since retiring from public school teaching in 2011, Mike has spent his time focused on music, having performed hundreds of concerts and benefit shows in multiple continents, ranging from Italy to Vietnam, Cambodia and Costa Rica. The last few years he has split his time between the US and Europe, touring extensively throughout the EU and often living out of a motorhome for months at a time.

Credits:
The songs on Forage & Glean were chiefly recorded and mixed at Haywire Recording in Portland, Oregon with longtime engineer Rob Bartleson (Wilco, Pink Martini, Pond, etc.). The album was predominately mastered by Ed Brooks (Pearl Jam, REM, Heart, Fleet Foxes, etc.) at RFI/Resonant in Seattle, Washington.

The recordings were made with a highly talented pool of band mates from the United States, Europe and South America over the last decade.

Core musicians on Volume I include Joey Prude and Chris Croft on Drums, Martin Flores on guitars, Katie Toft and Ali Ippolito on piano, organ, accordion and backing vocals, Amelia Claire on backing vocals, Robert Bartleson on electric bass, Brian Casey on upright bass, Barbara Luna on violin and Mike Spine on guitars, vocals, songwriting, arrangements, etc.

Core musicians on Volume II include: Jeff Gall and Chris Croft on drums, Martin Flores on guitars, Richie Parish on guitar and bass, Jack Peters on bass, Amelia Claire on backing vocals and Mike Spine on guitars, vocals, etc.

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