July 28, 2014

German magazine Coolibri: "Thirteen lovely pop gems"

Here's a late breaking review of "Here's How It Works" from Coolibri, an entertainment magazine that's widely distributed across Germany. Nice to see the album striking a chord overseas. And always good to see drummer Mike Koch getting some well-deserved love from the press.

(Then again, what follows is Dr. Koch's translation, so who knows what Coolibri really thinks of the album.)

Old heroes never get rusty – like the Düsseldorf drummer Mike Koch, who has come out with a new album with his friends in The Mike Benign Compulsion: “Here’s How It Works” delivers thirteen lovely pop gems that are convincing whether slower in tempo (such as ‘Bay Window’) or uptempo (like ‘Professional Jealousy’). This LP has the effect of the antidepressant mentioned in one of the song titles: ‘Me And My Fluoxetine.’ This is how unpretentious Americana can sound.

Truthers and Google Translate users can review the original online here and judge for themselves.

May 22, 2014

Rock + Outside = ROCK OUTSIDE!

Most people like to rock. And almost everyone likes being outside. So when you combine the two, well, that's pretty much just the best thing ever.

This was the thinking behind The Mike Benign Compulsion's upcoming set of Milwaukee-area outdoor festival shows. Here are said shows, in the order in which they'll take place:

  • Chill on The Hill, Humboldt Park in Bay View, Tuesday, June 17th - With special friends, Killer Joe opening. Killer Joe hits the stage at 6:30; TMBC is on at about 7:30. Chill details are here
  • Summerfest, Friday, June 27th, 6:30 - 7:30 pm - The men of TMBC rock the Uline Warehouse, formerly the Rock Stage. That's appropriate given the earlier thing about rock and outside. (Also, the stage is outside, which gets us back to the "pretty much just the best thing ever" concept. There's a website, too.) 
  • Bastille Days, Friday, July 11th, 5:45 - 8:30pm - The Compulsion is delighted to bring its brand of whatever it is they do to this most excellent and French of festivals. TMBC plays one song—that's all—on the Gruber Law Offices Stage. (Actually, the band will play 40+ songs with lots of surprises and maybe even some special guests. Also, it's Joanne's birthday. And Ralph's, too. More details on that later.) More info at the Bastille Days website
Make your plans now to join The Mike Benign Compulsion this summer and ROCK OUTSIDE, okay?

May 7, 2014

Tonic Tavern with Sugar Stems: Saturday, May 17th

We've admired the terrific Milwaukee power pop band Sugar Stems for years.

This explains why we're so delighted to be part of a double bill with Sugar Stems at Tonic Tavern in Bay View on Saturday, May 17th. It's an early show, with TMBC hitting the stage around 8:00.

Please make plans to join us on the 17th, and then actually join us. In the meantime, enjoy this most excellent pop nugget in the form of what is known in the industry as a "music video."

--Mike B

April 17, 2014

Justin Currie US Tour postponed

Due to unanticipated immigration/visa issues, Justin Currie's US dates this month have been postponed until September. Apologies to anyone who was planning to see Justin (with The Compulsion opening) in Chicago and Evanston on April 24th and 25th. Full details and Justin's note are on his Facebook page

You can still catch The Mike Benign Compulsion at Elbo Room in Lincoln Park on Friday, May 9th at 8:30. So please do that. 

Rock on, Land O' Lincoln!

April 11, 2014

The new, unspeakably awesome video for "Professional Jealousy/Saw Your Post"

Introducing the second video from The Mike Benign Compulsion's "Here's How It Works" album. Trust us: you'll want to share this one with your friends, and also with some people you don't like very much at all.

After enduring another soul crushing day at a non-descript office building in the dead of winter, our hero exorcises his personal demons in the privacy of his own home, busting out a dizzying array of dance moves to the Who-inspired hooks of "Professional Jealousy/Saw Your Post."

His struggle is our struggle. His dance moves, our dance moves. His khaki pants and running shoes? Entirely of his own making.

March 26, 2014

Hello Chicagoland! Two acoustic shows with Del Amitri's Justin Currie + full-on electric at Elbo Room

Mr. Currie in happier times.
The Mike Benign Compulsion and its various associated corporate entities, domestic and overseas, are delighted to bring the "Here's How It Works" junket to the greater Chicago area in April and May.

First up, two acoustic shows opening for the inimitable* Justin Currie, purveyor of three sublime solo albums and a slew of top-notch records with Del Amitri. If you haven't heard Mr. Currie's latest, "Lower Reaches," then you deserve whatever you get.

75% of The Mike Benign Compulsion will join Mr. Currie at Schuba's in Chicago on Thursday, April 24th (tickets still available) and at Space in Evanston on Friday, April 25th (sold out). These are two rare opportunities to hear the Compulsion's songs performed quietly, laced with panting and wincing, in a throwback of sorts to the whole "How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria" era of acoustic guitar-fueled, pent up sexual longing. Show up at either performances, and you'll hear loads of songs from the new album. (Look left and up on this page for online venues at which you can trade money for said album.)

Then, to give the brand new and critically-not-panned "Here's How It Works" LP a full-volume Chicagoland rogering, The Compulsion rocks Elbo Room in sweaty, electric majesty as part of a three-band bill on Friday, May 9th.

Fear not, ye patrons of the over 40 variety: TMBC takes the Elbo Room stage at 8:30 pm. This affords plenty of time for post-Compulsion activities ranging from further rocking and alcohol consumption, to smoking cigarettes aplenty outside the club, to settling up with babysitters post-show to delicious and glorious sleep.


*That means, essentially, awesome beyond all reasonable calculation.**

**Actually, that's not exactly the meaning. But on the scale of Reasonably Awesome to Totally F*cking*** Awesome, Mr. Currie is way toward the latter end of the scale.

***Yeah, as if not typing the "u" in there suddenly makes the use of this word a-ok with the more Puritanical types among us.****

****They're everywhere. Still. And it's 2014. What the heck?