September 18, 2019

Live appearance on WMSE radio—listen now!

The band had a blast playing live on Milwaukee's legendary indy radio station, 91.7 WMSE, on that station's Local/Live program.

Hosts Erin and Cal were fun and gracious as always. And nobody twists the knobs like station engineer Billy Cicerelli.

Six songs from the new album + three older songs + conversation with Erin and Cal = a most excellent 60 minutes.

Listen to the broadcast here. Select 9/17/2019 for show date.

--Mike B

September 13, 2019

Olivia Rainmaker: The Video

The brand new video for Olivia Rainmaker is here.

We're humbled by and grateful for the contributions of the amazing crew who made it happen, starting with Robb Fischer and Ira Klusendorf, and continuing with the team listed below. 

Thanks all!

Robb Fischer – Director of Photography
Ira Klusendorf - First Assistant Director
Ryan Reeve - Editor
Nick Eason – Colorist
Andrew Cochran - Set Production Assistant
Griffin Frederick - Set Production Assistant
Tim Moder – A Camera Operator
David Zale – B Camera Operator
Dylan Kurbel – First Assistant A Camera
Cliff Noonan - First Assistant B Camera
Paul Bodi – Gaffer
Spencer Ortega – Key Grip
Ian Lindl – Grip
Ian Pierson – Grip
Todd Pretre – Grip
Mary Pat Fischer – Weapons Master
Ryan Von Drasek - DMX Programming
Vicki Fischer – Stylist

September 11, 2019

"Bygones" now available on Bandcamp; iTunes, Amazon, CDBaby coming soon!

The Compulsion's brand new album, Bygones, is now live on our Bandcamp page, ready for your ears and (as if!) wallet.

Milwaukee-area peoples can also buy the album on vinyl LP or CD at Bullseye Records on our fine city's East Side.

Watch for Bygones on iTunes, and Amazon on the official release date: Tuesday, September 17th.

Speaking of Amazon, we just learned that Bygones is "Explicit." I do recall using the word "shit" in a song or two, but Explicit? Hilarious! Especially in 2019.

--Mike B

September 4, 2019

Meet Olivia Rainmaker!

Meet Olivia Rainmaker: the first single from The Mike Benign Compulsion's fifth album, "Bygones."

Shiny, lush, big and bouncy with a twinge of melancholy. Fans of artists like XTC, Crowded House, Jellyfish, Squeeze and a certain four Liverpudlians will feel right at home.

Available now on iTunes, Bandcamp, Amazon, CD and other online outlets.

"Bygones" drops September 17th on vinyl LP, CD and digital download.

May 29, 2019

The new Mike Benign Compulsion album—our fifth—is complete!

We’re delighted to announce that The Mike Benign Compulsion recently completed work on our fifth album. Titled Bygones, the 12-song LP was recorded and mixed by the incomparable Shane Hochstetler at Howl Street Recordings.  

Bygones is slated to be released in September.

At this point, we know the album will be available on vinyl, via digital download and for streaming through the usual array of digital suspects (iTunes, Spotify, Bandcamp, etc.). We're not sure yet about CDs—we’ll decide that in the coming weeks.

The album cover art comes courtesy of our longtime friend, the fabulous L.A.-based artist Lois Keller. Another old and dear friend, Damian Strigens, did his usual masterful job on the layout. And ace photographer Mark Hines captured the band looking about as good as we can at this point in the journey that is life.

Like its predecessors, this album features a host of frequent collaborators and special guests, including Tyler Traband, Phil Bregant (Wire and Nail, Eagle Trace), Jack Rodee (Radio Radio), Bob Jennings (Semi-Twang, Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound, Panalure), Mary Hinderliter, Ayinde Garry, three of the lads from Something To Do, Kevan Oberdorf, and others.

Watch for a new single, a new video or two, and a slate of live performances in the coming months. 

The Mike Benign Compulsion look up,
probably because photographer Mark Hines told them to.


August 30, 2018

Milwaukee Summerfest 2018: videographic evidence

Here at the offices of The Mike Benign Compulsion, we're all about the timely delivery of relevant content.

To demonstrate how catastrophically we've failed on both counts—timeliness and relevance—here's a video snippet from our July 1, 2018 performance.