April 28, 2017

Weighing in on Donald Trump via the magic of song

Last weekend, the band scooted into Shane Hochstetler's Howl Street Recordings, to lay down our contribution to the forthcoming compilation album, "Unpresidented." The album is a collection of original songs by dozens of artists—the common thread being our disdain for the current president.

The Compulsion's song is called "The League of Professional Celebrities."

Props to DJ Hostettler, Anthony Weber and Shane for making this project happen. All proceeds go to Planned Parenthood. Read more about the project in Piet Levy's feature in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. And watch this space for more info about the album's release date.

April 6, 2017

March 31, 2017

Announcing the release date of our new album, "Kid"

The CD face for the new album.
Designed by Damian Strigens.
We're pleased to announce that the Mike Benign Compulsion's fourth album will be released on Tuesday, May 16th. Titled "Kid," the 11-track album will be released on CD and via digital download at Amazon, iTunes and our Bandcamp site.

"Kid" was (mostly) recorded with Shane Hochstetler at Howl Street Recordings. Shane also mixed six of the songs, with Chicago-based guitar and production lord Danny Shaffer mixing the rest of the tracks.

The album features guest appearances by our great, talented friends Brian Wooldridge (Compulsion Bassist Emeritus), Tyler Traband, Betty Blexrud-Strigens and Ed Spangenberg.

Mark your calendars for our Saturday, May 20th CD release show. We'll have more details about that show soon.

November 29, 2016

New Year's Eve: The Party Before The Party!

Testa Rosa, having just finished rocking.
We're delighted to announce that The Compulsion will be playing New Year's Eve at Shank Hall in Milwaukee along with the wonderful Testa Rosa and the alluring Liv Mueller.

The show starts early—8 pm—and will wrap up by about 11 pm.
Liv Mueller, about to sing like nobody's business.
That will leave you plenty of time to head to another party to ring in the new year, or head home and leave the roads to the amateurs.

Rock is good!

July 15, 2016

Get the new single: The Best Years of Our Lives

Per the paisley banner at the top of this page, we're proud to offer our new single, "The Best Years of Our Lives," for your listening and purchasing pleasure.

Get yours now at Bandcamp, iTunes, Amazon or CDBaby.


May 24, 2016

The Mike Benign Compulsion at Summerfest with Neil Finn?

Yes, indeed.

We're delighted to announce that we'll be sharing the bill with the venerable Neil Finn at Milwaukee Summerfest, on Saturday, July 9th at the Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard stage.

Neil takes the stage at 5 in a special early headlining slot, followed by The Mike Benign Compulsion at 6 (that's us), our pals The Wooldridge Brothers at 8 and Ben Folds at 10.


November 16, 2015

Mike to open for Old 97s' Rhett Miller

And then there's this—

Shank Hall in Milwaukee, Wisconsin has enlisted my services to open solo for Rhett Miller: member of the most excellent band Old 97s and creator of a slew of quite fantastic solo albums. 
The show is on Wednesday, December 9th, and starts at 8 pm sharp. 

It's a safe bet that the evening's headliner will deliver the following: great songs galore, buckets of sweat and that spinning arm thing he does. Any one of these three phenomena would be well worth the price of admission. But you'll get all three—plus 30 minutes of musical fluffing from yours truly—for the cost of your ticket.

See you at Shank on December 9th!

--Mike B.