March 23, 2015
If Tom Waits and Radiohead could reproduce, Scott Mickelson would be their love child. A perfect concoction of American Folk-Rock with a Post Punk vibe, Mickelson is this week’s featured artist.
San Franciscan Scott Mickelson has already accomplished more than most within a lifetime. Mickelson’s success began with his former band Fat Opie’s debut release Biscuits back in 1994. Fat Opie hit a high point with 1999’s Airstream winning a national band search and a prize of $15,000. This lead to performances on NPR as well as the CBS Morning Show, and single “Mouth Like a Trucker’s” appearance in the film Along The Way. Fat Opie’s original line-up disbanded in 2001, and Mickelson turned to art and illustration after falling to an undisclosed illness in 2003.
Not only has Mickelson’s illustrations appeared across an array of magazines and newspapers, his children’s books (including Artichoke Boy) were well-reviewed and widely accepted. While planning a solo exhibition in San Francisco, the gallery owner came to the realization that Fat Opie’s frontman was hanging art in her studio space and insisted he play at his own opening. Reluctant at first, Mickelson went along with it. He recounts, “I told her I didn’t perform anymore but in the interest of getting people to my art show I reformed most of Fat Opie, did a couple of rehearsals and played what I’m sure was a horrible set BUT—I never picked up a paintbrush again.”
Scott Mickelson’s debut solo record, titled Flickering, is set to hit stores May 4th. It features nearly two dozen guest artists including members of The Family Crest and artists like Jeff Campbell, Megan Slankard and Rivvrs. The album was self-recorded and produced in his home studio and mixed by Jay Pellicci (The Dodos, Sleater-Kinney, Deerhoof) at Tiny Telephone in San Francisco.
Mickelson’s voice has an intense honesty; a strange compliment of comfort and tragedy which resonates throughout his music. He expresses, “This is the first time I wrote songs that were 100% personal and without any motivation but to make the most expressive record that I could with whomever I wanted and however I envisioned it. This is my first honest record.” Although Flickering’s release date is over a month away, Scott is giving away signed copies. All you need to do is email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don’t miss Scott Mickelson March 23rd at Kung Fu Necktie w/ Amy Faden, Dan Coyle, and Curtis Jr. Tune in all this week to hear Scott in heavy rotation. Catch a track at the beginning of every Gashouse Live (weeknights 6pm ET), and if you like what you hear please share your opinion by using the thumbs up/down buttons. Check out the below links for more info.