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Vigilantes of Love Release “Manicphaseshifter” Live at Schuba’s (2000)

April 16, 2015

On April 27, 2000, the band Vigilantes of Love walked on to the stage at Schuba’s in Chicago, Il and played one of the most incendiary and mercurial sets it’s ever played anywhere.

They played 22 songs. (A bonus studio version of the “swan song,” Hat In Hand, is included here.)

The source tape was mastered & edited by Bruce Neher from the original soundboard recording.

The whole album is available NOW in a download format at: MANICPHASESHIFTER VoL Live @ Schuba’s, Chicago, IL

23 hard hitting songs.  A mere $14.99.
(A studio version of “Hat in Hand,” the band’s “swan song,” is included in this collection.)

Here are Mallonee’s liner notes for the album.
They are reflections on the magic of the evening captured here in this recording, his love for his band-mates & his reference points as a songwriter, one shaped by these experiences of writing, recording and touring behind 16 records over 9 years with Vigilantes of Love.
~Funeral Songs~ by Bill Mallonee

I think songwriting is a type mourning. The older I get, and the more miles I log on the road, the more I am convinced that a wordless, intangible spirit emanates beneath the veil of this reality. And it seems to be something akin to grief.
It is as beautiful as a heart-beat of a new-born or a lover.

I think from day one I’ve always tried to give that hear-beat a nomenclature, if only to make sense of it for myself.
You learn that one can mourn with both tears of joy & grief in the eyes at at he same time. Grieving. In a world of no guarantees perhaps grieving is the loudest declaration of faith left to modern man.

From the git-go, there was always so much inside.
So much needing to get out, then hold up to the light. Fine tuning (in the form of songwriting) came later.
So much to place on the table of the marketplace. Back then, I wrote a a clip of something like 75 songs a year. And while the clip is down to something like oh, 40 songs a year, the thrill of making new songs is still the same as it was in the early days of the band. Writing is a salve. Salvific, even.
“Good work, if you can get it,” I say.

But always first: I wrote to save myself, to make sense out of a broken world within. I never wrote with a particular audience in mind.
Why bother? We’re all living in the same skin.
Me? I played out my quest make sense out of the world within & without via a little rock band called Vigilantes of Love. I divulged as much as I could to everyone who passed through it’s ranks.
I was lucky/blessed to have great band mates, those other passengers on the You Sometimes all one can do is throw on the last shovel-ful of earth, breathe a sigh and then walk away.
Love, Loss & Transcendence. Those are the songs that interest me.
This whole live set sounds freighted with a desperation that is bleeding with such things. Such things always takes you by surprise.
I included the studio song “Hat in Hand.” The coda. A feedback symphony.
The swan song in this collection.
I included this studio song in this collection because it has such a “parting shot” feel to it. A garage anthem.
In essence, a funeral song.
“And then they were gone…”

People ask me if I miss Vigilantes of Love. Of course, I do. Every incarnation, but especially this one here. It had a chemistry that I have rarely seen in any other band. It was brutally honest, gutsy and authentic. We always knew the “end was near.” How we laughed and wrote our way through it is, I believe, a testimony to each individual’s sheer “cussed-ness.” And the grace of God.

Mostly, though, I miss the friendships. I miss them very much.

And yes, I mourn for what should have been and could have been if the right folks in our industry superstructures (managers, labels, agents) had done half the amount of work we did as a band. I don’t know any other band that released so much work & toured so hard over 10 years with so little results than VoL.
That’s simply an observation, not an accusation.

I DON’T miss the truck loads of BS we put up with from such incompetent people.
BUT: Being victimized consistently by incompetent industry people opened my eyes to one thing: You don’t need any superstructure to give you “permission” to be an artist.
How does the song go?
“Sew your heart onto your sleeve…and wait for the ax to fall.”

What to say? I think we took as much of it as we could, romanticized it for another 10 albums over the last 5 years of the band’s run and then said: “Enough.”
This finale is about the “enough.”

At the end of the day we were about the song & the moment; the delivery & the spirit…and the rock & roll.
The bottom line is somply this: For all the mourning; for all the axes that fell; for all disappointments we experienced together as a band, I think what we did was way, way cool.

Jake, Kevin & I hope you enjoy the set here as much as we did playing it.

Oh, and just what is good rock & roll?
Love, Loss, & Transcendence….(Rinse & Repeat.)

~ bill mallonee
Spring 2015

(Copyright by “Once More, This Time With Feeling” BMI 2015)

Chris Taylor Releases “Creatio Ex Nihilo”

April 16, 2015

From Chris Taylor: “This album is meant to be listened to with headphones or while driving in your car with no interruptions. Psychedelic Meditation. Poetic Soundscapes. Guitar Vibes and Chaos with Beautiful Melodies underneath.

It was my vision to use this down time in my life to create a record full of instrumentals and soundtrack pieces for movies that have not been made yet. I was to create these tapestries of music for others to play over. I was to be the Mad Conductor, singing and humming the melodies for Mitchell’s guitar or Onel’s saxophone to play. But I also let them run freestyle over parts of songs and that made them even more three dimensional.

Before there was any music for this project, there was silence.
In the midst of silence, there was creation.
Creation was born from nothing… or was there always something within the silence?”

See Taylor’s BandCamp site to preview or purchase his new album.

Dann Gunn’s “Where The Story Goes” Releases Later in April

April 8, 2015

From Dann Gunn: “Hard copies of my project ‘Where The Story Goes’ have been ordered and will be here in something under two weeks.

You may have heard some of it here, on Soundcloud, etc. Everything has been remixed and mastered. No, I did not engage in overcompressing everything for the sake of volume.

CDs will feature full color art with 8 songs. Price is $6, plus $4 shipping. But wait, you will also receive a copy of ‘…losing steam’, a 9 song classic dg CD from 1997. So you’re looking at 17 songs on two CDs for a total of ten bucks…

Transactions will go through PayPal unless you want to send a check, I guess…if you can’t stand it and want to go ahead and order, the PaylPal account is:

They should be shipping out in mid April or so.


The Prayer Chain 20th Anniversary Mercury Vinyl

April 5, 2015

It was 20 years ago that The Prayer Chain released their final studio album “Mercury.”  For many the album created an emotional, spiritual and musical connection that has lasted two decades.

Now, for the first time, The Prayer Chain hopes to release “Mercury” as a limited edition double vinyl record.  You can help them make it a reality.

(this Kickstarter has actually already been fully funded, but it will be the only place to order the vinyl. So make sure to go to the Kickstarter page and snag a copy if you want one.)

Angel City Cafe Benefit Compilation

April 2, 2015

Thumper Punk Records is pleased to announce the release of the “Angel City Cafe Benefit Compilation,” an album featuring 30 live recordings of fifteen TPR bands to raise money to support the great Christian music venue Angel City Cafe, in Bellflower, California (  The release celebrates the 20th anniversary of Angel City Cafe, and its outreach ministry to the homeless and underprivileged.   Angel City Cafe remains one of the few places where Christian artists share both their craft and their Message.  It also provides jobs, and the occasional meal and shelter, for the local homeless.  It has roots in the community.   It matters.

Participating bands (donating two songs each) include The WAY, The Lonely Revolts, False Idle, Christ’s Sake, Saint Hooligan, Peter118, The Poor Geezers, Ambassadors of Shalom, ABSOLVED, The Hoax, Platoon 1107, A Broken Line, uniSEF, True Liberty and Living Fire.  Thumper Punk Records will be hosting its annual TPR Night at Angel City Cafe again this year on July 11, 2015.

All profits from this album go to Angel City Cafe.  Available for purchase in CD format from the Thumper Punk Records webstore (, and digital versions are available now at the Thumper Punk bandcamp page (   Digital versions are also available for purchase through iTunes, AmazonMP3 and the usual suspects.  All praise and glory to Him.

Thumper Punk Records
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Peter118 Announces Release of New Album “Make It or Break It”

April 2, 2015

In Presence Records and Thumper Punk Records are thrilled to announce the joint release of the debut album from Peter118 called “Make It or Break It.”  On his new 7 song release, Peter118 delivers a positive message of Hope over Beatles influenced punk rock.  Originally a member in the secular punk band Senseless, Peter 118 found a new song to sing in 2005 when he became a Christian.  Dedicating his life to sharing the Gospel through the Punk sub-culture, he founded Ambassadors Of Shalom.  Now focusing his efforts on his solo project, Peter118 released “Radio”, an extremely catchy pop-punk track, which made waves not only in the UK, but also in Japan and the USA.  In this exciting new chapter, Peter118 is taking his exciting brand of pop-punk all over the world.

Music video for song Radio:
Music video for song Break Em Out:

Digital downloads of Make It or Break It are available from iTunes and all major digital retailers.  CDs can be purchased through the In Presence or Thumper Punk web stores.

Fleming and John New Album 2015

March 28, 2015

Yes….really. Help us find our people! Pre-order the album, get cool stuff and help us get it done.

We are Fleming and John; a husband and wife Duo from Nashville, TN. Two Albums (“Delusions of Grandeur” and “The Way We Are”) were released in the 90′s on REX Records and Universal Records. Since then, we’ve been having kids and making music.

Fleming has stayed busy singing on albums (Ben Folds, William Shatner, Train, Jars Of Clay), movies (“Hoodwinked”), studio singing, teaching voice and running singing camps for girls

John has been doing studio playing, producing, arranging, engineering, composing for a wide variety of artists, movies, TV and advertising and as a member of Steve Taylor and The Perfect Foil

We hope that this Kickstarter campaign can help us reconnect with YOU, the fans. And will also help us cover the costs of musicians, recording, mastering, TIME, photography, artwork, manufacturing, shipping, record release show etc…

Players will include drummers; Shawn McWilliams, Lindsay Jamieson and Bobby Huff. Matt Slocum on Cello, Strings from “The Love Sponge Strings” plus some guest appearances.

All the backers will get an immediate download of a new song that will be on the album.

All CD’s and LP’s will come with a super cool custom deluxe book

See the Kickstarter page for more information

Jesse & The Sprinkles Release The Winter Blue

March 21, 2015

Jesse Sprinkle and family have recorded a new album on BandCamp. Here is what they had to say about it: “It’s hope and anger. joy and sorrow, love and restlessness: the human journey…..all wrapped up in a pretty picture of our family trying to make it through the toughest winter we’ve known. We know that we’re not unique to struggle, but we’re working our hardest to make ends meet and use the resources and gifts we have. Our family is extremely grateful for any support.” Check it out on their BandCamp page.

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