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Dog Eared

by Michael Cerveris

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DOG EARED, Michael Cerveris' 2003 debut record, recorded with a low key supergroup of 90's indie rockstar friends, is a unique, confessional “family” project for Cerveris, encompassing the skills of his diverse network of  musician compadres and friends:  co-producer/engineer Adam Lasus (Madder Rose, Clem Snide, Helium), Sleater-Kinney’s Corin Tucker and Janet Weiss, Ken Stringfellow (Posies, REM), Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth), Laura Cantrell, Norman Blake (Teenage Fan Club), Jeremy Chatzky (They Might Be Giants), Kevin March (Guided by Voices, Dambuilders), Anders Parker (Varnaline, Space Needle), Lara Gray (Luna, Ben Lee), Joe McGinty (Psychedelic Furs), strings arranger David Arnold (Bjork) and Alex Lutes (Nightnurse, Retriever) for recording sessions that took place sporadically over the course of six months in locales ranging from Brooklyn’s Red Hook waterfront to Portland, Oregon to Glasgow, Scotland. The album was mixed by Adam Lasus, Cerveris and Nick Brine (Oasis, Stone Roses) at the famed Rockfield Studios in Monmouth, Wales and mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound NYC.

Nothing is quite as compelling on record as the restless fluctuations of the fractured heart, as singer/songwriter Michael Cerveris proves on his ferocious and fragile solo debut album dog eared.  From the roiling anthem “SPCA” (Cerveris’ cheeky, power-pop collaboration co-written and sung with Sleater-Kinney’s Corin Tucker) to the melancholy, but muscular musings of “Can’t Feel My Soul” and “Snowbound,” dog eared is Cerveris’ lush declaration of liberation not only from lousy love affairs, but from his parallel life as a critically-acclaimed, Tony Award winning actor -- an extraordinary, but convoluted path for a rock musician. Cerveris -- former frontman of British band Retriever (Hinterlands) and the U.S. group Lame, as well as touring guitarist/vocalist on Bob Mould’s 1998 US/UK “Dog and Pony Show” sojourn – starred as Sweeney Todd on Broadway and originated the title role in Tommy and in the late 90s, he starred in the smash cult hit Hedwig and the Angry Inch on London's West End, in New York Off Broadway, and in Los Angeles and won the Tony Award in 2004 for Assassins on Broadway at Studio 54.
--© Kara Manning 2003


released February 24, 2004

1. CROSSHILL (cerveris)
Cerveris: acoustic guitar/vox
Norman Blake: harmony vox, electric guitar, keyboards

2. DISCONNECT (cerveris) strings arranged by David Arnold
Cerveris: acoustic & electric guitar/vox, programming, synth bass,
Jeremy Chatzky: bass
Claudia Chopek: violins
Leah Coloff: cello
Lara Gray: harmony vox, keyboards
Steve Shelley: drums
Ken Stringfellow: 12 string guitar, keyboard

3. SPCA (cerveris/tucker)
Cerveris: guitars/vox
Corin Tucker: vox
Ken Stringfellow: bass, guitars
Janet Weiss: drums

4. TWO SECONDS (mccreedy)
Cerveris: acoustic & electric guitars/vox, toy piano
Laura Cantrell: harmony vox
Jeremy Chatzky: bass
Lara Gray: harmony vox
Joe McGinty: keyboard
Anders Parker: percussion
Steve Shelley: drums
Ken Stringfellow: acoustic guitar

5. DOG EARED (cerveris)
Cerveris: acoustic & electric guitars/vox, percussion
Corin Tucker: guitar
Anders Parker: harmony vox, percussion
Ken Stringfellow: bass, guitar, keyboard, harmony vox
Janet Weiss: drums, harmony vox

6. CAN’T FEEL MY SOUL (cerveris)
Michael Cerveris: acoustic and electric guitars/vox, percussion
Jeremy Chatzky: bass
Adam Lasus: stomp box manipulation
Joe McGinty: ARP synthesizer
Steve Shelley: drums
Ken Stringfellow: bass
Corin Tucker: harmony vox

7. DRINKER’S PEACE (pollard)
Cerveris: guitars, keyboards/vox

8. SNOWBOUND (cerveris)
Michael Cerveris: acoustic & electric guitars/vox, percussion
Lara Gray: accordion
Adam Lasus: bass
Alex Lutes: drums, percussion, harmony vox
Anders Parker: guitar, harmony vox

9. ANOTHER TIME (cerveris)
Cerveris: acoustic & electric guitars/vox, keyboards, programming,
& Optigan
Jeremy Chatzky: bass
Joe McGinty: keyboards
Anders Parker: percussion
Steve Shelley: drums
Ken Stringfellow: harmony vox

a brief INTERLUDE (cerveris)
Cerveris: Optigan

10. GOLDEN (cerveris)
Cerveris: acoustic & electric guitars/vox, casio, bass, synth bass,
& programming
Lara Gray: harmony vox
Kevin March: drums
Ken Stringfellow: bass, guitars, organ

11. ELEVEN (cerveris)
Cerveris: keyboards, Kaos 2 Pad/vox

12. MONKEY TENNIS (cerveris)
Cerveris: Optigan

Produced by Michael Cerveris and Adam Lasus
Recorded by Adam @ Fireproof, Red Hook, Brooklyn
Crosshill recorded by Norman Blake in the wee back room, Glasgow
SPCA & Dog Eared basics recorded by Adam and Sean Flora
(asst. Julia Stiles) @ Alberta Music Collective, Portland, OR
Drinker’s Peace recorded by Michael at home in NYC

Mixed by Nick Brine, Adam & Michael @ Rockfield Studios, Wales
Crosshill, Snowbound & Golden mixed by Adam & Michael @ Fireproof
Drinker’s Peace mixed by Michael at home

All songs music & lyrics by Cerveris ©2003 Super Gibbo Music BMI

SPCA by Cerveris/Tucker ©2003 Super Gibbo Music BMI/Code Word Nemesis ASCAP
Two Seconds by Robert McReedy © Safe House Music BMI
Drinker’s Peace by Robert Pollard © Needmore Songs BMI

Mastered by Greg Calbi @ Sterling Sound, NYC



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Michael Cerveris New York, New York

raised in West Virginia, Cerveris' career spans country, folk, indierock, theater, film and television. A 2x Tony Award winner and 3x Grammy nominee, Cerveris toured the US/UK in Bob Mould's 1998 band. He has played with a range of artists from Pete Townshend to Frank Black,The Breeders to Stone Temple Pilots. TV includes Fringe and Treme. Broadway includes Fun Home, Sweeney Todd, Hedwig and more ... more

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Track Name: SPCA

Go back to bed and start again
This day’s a bust-I’d rather rust

Last night’s events weigh on my head
The noise and the fight, the breaking of lights

Unsteady departure, you love like an archer
Take your aim, hit your mark and then suddenly walk

I should have know you wouldn’t stay

The first time we met, thought I was your pet
Call the SPCA ‘cause I’d rather be stray

Left me out in the cold when I got too close
Said I wanted more and you walked out the door

Unsteady departure, you love like an archer
Take your aim, hit your mark and then suddenly walk

I should have know you wouldn’t stay

I’ll go back to bed-I’ll try and forget
And I won’t look back on a lover who’s whacked

And someday you’ll regret leaving your little pet

I should have know you wouldn’t stay
I should have know you wouldn’t stay
I should have know you wouldn’t stay

Tucker & Cerveris@ new york & portland 2003