Say something longing about Miracle Legion/Polaris/Pete&Pete

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Back to school - Autumn is the perfect time/weather for listening to Mark Mulcahy.

Why is that?

dave225 (Dave225), Wednesday, 4 September 2002 11:31 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

New "Kreb"answers, lounge-act!

dave225 (Dave225), Wednesday, 4 September 2002 12:05 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

I was around, I was around
(nobody knows, nobody knows)

Al (sitcom), Wednesday, 4 September 2002 14:05 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Can you settle a sure bet?

My name is Kenny, Wednesday, 4 September 2002 16:43 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Can you settle a sure bet?

I wish I could. Can you sell me a 'shroom, babe?

dave225 (Dave225), Wednesday, 4 September 2002 17:23 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

seven years pass...

The Polaris album is indeed perfect for the fall. You can smell the leaves off this album.

I wonder if the third season of "Pete & Pete" will ever get a DVD release.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Thursday, 15 October 2009 18:23 (nine years ago) Permalink

When are they going to release Miracle Legion's earlier stuff on CD?

Jazzbo, Thursday, 15 October 2009 18:32 (nine years ago) Permalink

They're goin' DOWN!!!! to Snacks and Candy, goin' down....

kingkongvsgodzilla, Thursday, 15 October 2009 18:36 (nine years ago) Permalink

five months pass...

this guy's music deserves much more love.

hard not to fall in love with it: reminds me of The Go Betweens' 16 Lover's Lane and it's as much as good and authentic.

Ciao My Shining Star: The Songs of Mark Mulcahy - a tribute album was released in 2009:

"All For The Best" (Thom Yorke) [5]
"Ashamed Of The Story I Told" (The National)
"Everything's Coming Undone" (Michael Stipe)
"Loves The Only Thing That Shuts Me Up" (David Berkeley)
"The Backyard" (Dinosaur Jr.)
"Micon The Icon" (Chris Harford & Mr Ray Neal)
"Bill Jocko" (Frank Black)
"Little Man" (Vic Chesnutt)
"Ciao My Shining Star" (Unbelievable Truth)
"I Have Patience" (Butterflies Of Love)
"Cookie Jar" (Chris Collingwood)
"The Quiet One" (Frank Turner)
"In Pursuit Of Your Happiness" (Rocket From The Tombs)
"Wake Up Whispering" (Ben Kweller)
"I Woke Up In The Mayflower" (Josh Rouse)
"Paradise" (Autumn Defense)
"Happy Birthday Yesterday" (Hayden (musician))
"We're Not In Charleston Anymore" (Juliana Hatfield)
"Sailors And Animals" (Mercury Rev)
"She Watches Over Me" (Elvis Perkins)
"A World Away From This One" (Sean Watkins)
[edit] Deluxe Edition bonus track listings
[edit] CD 1
Gigantic Transatlantic Trunk Call (A.C. Newman)
Butterflies (Buffalo Tom)
Mr. Mingo (Laura Veirs)
Resolution #1 (Joe Purdy)
Hey Self Defeater (Syd Straw)
Tempted (The Pressure Room)
Apartment Murders (Dumptruck)
4:04 (The Parkway Charlies)
And Then? (Winterpills)
Be Sure (Biet Simkin)
[edit] CD 2
Closer To The Wall (The Gravel Pit)
Country Boy (The 'Mericans )
Even Better (The Autumn Defense)
Everywhere (Lo Fine)
I Hate To Needy Need You (TW Walsh)
I Just Shot Myself In The Foot Again (School for the Dead)
Nothing But A Silver Medal (The Slugos)
Pasadena Love Story (Spouse)
The Way That She Really Is (Senator)
You're The One Lee (The Late B.P. Helium)

Zeno, Friday, 26 March 2010 01:33 (nine years ago) Permalink

Much of that is pretty damn good. A well-chosen best-of Mark Mulcahy's work would be stellar.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Friday, 26 March 2010 02:56 (nine years ago) Permalink

Miracle Legion were stellar live back in the day. That first EP was magic.

that's not my post, Friday, 26 March 2010 05:04 (nine years ago) Permalink

BTW, I like what Thom Yorke did with "All for the best." It sounds great updated for 2010.

that's not my post, Friday, 26 March 2010 05:26 (nine years ago) Permalink

eight months pass...

I repeat, when will they put out Miracle Legion’s earlier albums on CD????

Jazzbo, Tuesday, 14 December 2010 18:45 (eight years ago) Permalink

I have surprise surprise surprise, me & mr. ray, drenched, and portrait of a damaged family on cd. surprise was an insanely expensive japanese import. got lucky on me and mr. ray - found it a couple of years ago on spun sitting there for 6.99 or thereabouts.
would love to grab backyard and glad at some point -they've never been available on cd.
From what I've heard, the back catalog will never be reissued/see the light of day in physical format. may be made available digitaly at some point but wouldn't hold my breath on that either.

jimmy_chop, Tuesday, 14 December 2010 18:52 (eight years ago) Permalink

Waiting for October!

Lazarus Niles-Burnham (res), Tuesday, 14 December 2010 18:54 (eight years ago) Permalink

Well I'll be. Surprise available as digital, remastered download from Mark's website:

jimmy_chop, Friday, 17 December 2010 11:20 (eight years ago) Permalink

Yup, I just bought Surprise Surprise Surprise (my fav) as a digital download here:
Wish they'd do the same for the Backyard EP and Me and Mr. Ray.

Jazzbo, Friday, 17 December 2010 13:05 (eight years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

what do you guys recommend in the way of Miracle Legion?

Poliopolice, Friday, 6 April 2012 16:31 (seven years ago) Permalink


Poliopolice, Tuesday, 10 April 2012 19:13 (seven years ago) Permalink

it was pretty lame when Pitchfork slammed that Mulcahy tribute album that was trying to raise money for his semi-orphaned children

Poliopolice, Tuesday, 10 April 2012 19:15 (seven years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

Going to see Polaris play "Music from The Adventures of Pete & Pete" Saturday night in Rhode Island. I guess it's the first show of a brief reunion tour.

Jazzbo, Monday, 29 September 2014 14:18 (four years ago) Permalink

Polaris - 2014 Tour Dates
Oct. 4--The Met--Providence, Rhode Island
Oct. 9--Hammerstein Ballroom--New York, New York
Oct. 10--Spaceland Ballroom--Hamden, Connecticut
Oct. 11--Pearl Street--Northampton, Massachusetts
Oct. 25--Codfish Hollow--Maquoketa, Iowa
Oct. 26--Lincoln Hall--Chicago, Illinois
Nov. 21--Knitting Factory--Brooklyn, New York
Nov. 28--Johnny Brenda's--Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Nov. 29--Baltimore Soundstage--Baltimore, Maryland

curmudgeon, Monday, 29 September 2014 17:00 (four years ago) Permalink

Just learned that The Backyard EP is on iTunes, along with Surprise Surprise Surprise. Cool.

Jazzbo, Monday, 29 September 2014 17:42 (four years ago) Permalink

Listened to The Backyard in its entirety for the first time in ages. I still remember everything. Must have seen Miracle Legion a dozen times or so at the Cave in New Haven. Closer to the Wall always killed. Can't remember the drummer's name but he was essential. Mark & Ray got all the attention of course. Ramble mode off.

that's not my post, Tuesday, 30 September 2014 05:28 (four years ago) Permalink

the Cave meant the Grotto.

that's not my post, Tuesday, 30 September 2014 05:53 (four years ago) Permalink

Can't remember the drummer's name but he was essential.
Jeff Wiederschall was the original lineup's drummer.

Jazzbo, Tuesday, 30 September 2014 12:28 (four years ago) Permalink

Have to admit, I wasn't very familiar with Polaris or "Pete & Pete" until this week, and now I'm binge-watching/listening before Saturday's show. I'm really impressed with both so far. The songs are catchy and wistful and bring me back to an earlier time, even though I never heard them the first time around.

Jazzbo, Tuesday, 30 September 2014 12:39 (four years ago) Permalink

“Ivy Boy” in particular is just … wow. I wish somebody could tell me what it’s about, though.

Jazzbo, Tuesday, 30 September 2014 13:00 (four years ago) Permalink

I felt the same way about all of the Polaris songs I'd never heard before the past couple of years.
There is something so transportive about it, and it isn't just 90s nickelodeon nostalgia.

Evan, Tuesday, 30 September 2014 13:34 (four years ago) Permalink

Seriously, this song has been stuck in my head all week. Help.

Jazzbo, Wednesday, 1 October 2014 15:24 (four years ago) Permalink

Wired article on Polaris tour:
Thought Mulcahy lived in Springfield, Mass. these days, but this says New Haven, Conn.

Jazzbo, Friday, 3 October 2014 15:14 (four years ago) Permalink

Saturday's kickoff to the Polaris reunion tour was fantastic. They opened with "Baby Tae Kwon Do" from their new cassingle (available here: Also played a Magnetic Fields cover ("Why I Cry") and a Sesame Street song ("I Don't Want to Live on the Moon," also covered by the Queers). And, of course, Little Pete's favorite song.

Jazzbo, Tuesday, 7 October 2014 18:42 (four years ago) Permalink

Ahhhh the Philly show is sold out! Seriously considering driving to Baltimore to see them.

DavidLeeRoth, Tuesday, 7 October 2014 18:52 (four years ago) Permalink

The most recent Mark Mulcahy solo record is quite excellent and it appears most of the Miracle Legion stuff is a available once again via the Mezzotint website.

kwhitehead, Wednesday, 8 October 2014 10:25 (four years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Can't believe I haven't heard this until now. Mulcahy released this as a single/download in 2006. About a soldier wounded in war, it takes on new meaning in this performance from 2009, a year after his wife died. Just devastating.

Jazzbo, Friday, 24 June 2016 12:04 (two years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Caught the first show of the reunion tour last night in a sweaty little theater in Providence and it was great. Nice to see Mark and Mr. Ray back on stage together. Mulcahy had a strange getup — Member's Only jacket zipped all the way up — and he came across as a crazed homeless guy with his new Civil War-era beard, but he sang like an angel.
Here's a snippet (not my video).

Jazzbo, Thursday, 14 July 2016 15:10 (two years ago) Permalink

ten months pass...

Seems like some reissued stuff just showed up on Spotify.

Guidonian Handsworth Revolution (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 4 June 2017 19:21 (two years ago) Permalink

(-the Cave-) meant the Grotto.

Knew exactly what you went meant before you corrected

Guidonian Handsworth Revolution (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 4 June 2017 19:22 (two years ago) Permalink

Feel like once I saw Mark + Ray did a song called "Valentine's Day," but I can't find mention of it anywhere except some weird stub on BBC music. Did they end up recording this song under another title?

Guidonian Handsworth Revolution (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 4 June 2017 19:27 (two years ago) Permalink

Oh wait BBC page has sound, so I didn't dream it after all:

Guidonian Handsworth Revolution (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 4 June 2017 19:34 (two years ago) Permalink

Weird/frustrating when you remember something pretty strongly but can't seem to find confirmation on the intranetz

Guidonian Handsworth Revolution (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 4 June 2017 19:45 (two years ago) Permalink

Maybe it became the song "Velvetine"?

Guidonian Handsworth Revolution (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 9 June 2017 02:01 (two years ago) Permalink

I've only dabbled in Miracle Legion, but thanks to this thread I finally gave Fathering a listen. Christ, it's magnificent.

The shard-borne beetle with his drowsy hums (Chinaski), Friday, 9 June 2017 20:05 (two years ago) Permalink


Maybe it became the song "Velvetine"?

Yes, this seems to the case.

Guidonian Handsworth Revolution (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 10 June 2017 15:24 (two years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Listening now and realizing Mark Mulcahy can sound amazing like Bob Dorough. Perhaps they should have done a kid's show collabo

Guidonian Handsworth Revolution (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 30 June 2017 03:31 (one year ago) Permalink

one year passes...

MaresNest, Monday, 7 January 2019 22:19 (five months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Mark played a great but too-brief set in support of j. Mascis last night in Rhode Island. They'll be in Northampton, Mass. tonight.

Jazzbo, Friday, 15 February 2019 17:05 (four months ago) Permalink

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