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- Me, Myself, and I
- MICHAEL BEHM
“Saving America,” the title-track single off Michael Behm's forthcoming fifth album, is a clarion call for progressive change from a Canadian to his neighbors south of the border. “We love you America,” sings Behm, who begins the track with an audio clip of JFK’s famous speech before suggesting (in cleverly veiled metaphors) that the country needed another leader.
Recorded and produced in Behm’s state-of-the-art home studio, “Saving America” is as artfully written, smoothly crafted and densely hook-laden as his previous single “The Art of Letting Go,” which scored significant radio airplay across Canada in 2007/08. The song was mixed in Vancouver by Mike Fraser (AC/DC, Elvis Costello, Metallica, Sam Roberts) and mastered at Bernie Grundman Mastering in Los Angeles by Brian “Big Bass” Gardner (whose credits stretch from Creedence Clearwater Revival in the 1960s to a who’s who of contemporary hitmakers).
Behm sang, played guitars on the CD
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Behm is mixing new material with engineer Delwyn Books http://www.discogs.com/artist/Delwyn... in Behm’s Oceanside studio on Vancouver Island Canada. The songs are for an up and coming release out later in 2009. “There will a new single from these sessions to radio next month.”
Michael Behm dropped by to launch his new live venue on Vancouver Island this week Voodoo Live will be playing host to local and national touring bands. Behm says, “It’s great to have a live room for young bands to play in.”
Behm is #1 on Reverb Nation
If I Could Learn to Fly so far in a few short weeks on net radio.
Best Male Vocals in Power Pop, week of 9Mar2009
Best Male Vocals in Power Pop, week of 16Mar2009
Best Male Vocals in Power Pop, week of 23Mar2009
Best Guitars in Power Pop, week of 23Mar2009
Best Keyboards in Power Pop, week of 23Mar2009
Best Programming in Power Pop, week of 9Mar2009
Best Production in Power Pop, week of 9Mar2009
Best Lyrics in Power Pop, week of 23Mar2009
Best Melody in Power Pop, week of 9Mar2009
Best Melody in Power Pop, week of 23Mar2009
Best Beat in Power Pop, week of 9Mar2009
Best Mood in Power Pop, week of 9Mar2009
Best Mood in Power Pop, week of 23Mar2009
ROCK 101 picks "Bro Jake Is Gonna Make Your Day" by Michael Behm for the Bro Jake shows theme song
Monday March 16th/09
CMW Canadian Music Week a great time to say hello to industry friend's and measure a year and what a year it's been!
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FM Radio: US stations playing Michael Behm KDHX 88.1 FM (St. Louis, Missouri) (added)KXCI 91.3 FM (Tucson, AZ) (added)WPKN 89.5 FM (Bridgeport, CT) (added)KAOS 89.3 FM (Olympia, WA) (added)KMUD 91.1 FM (Redway, CA) (added)KBUT 90.3 FM (Crested Butte, CO) (added)WFDU 89.1 FM (Teaneck, NJ) (added next week)
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We Americans may have elected Barack Obama for the job, but Canadian Michael Behm is Saving America as well - one power pop fan at a time. The Vancouver rocker's second disc is a great way to start off 2009, and its late 2008 release date means I have one slot on this year's top 125 list already filled.
Vocally, Behm sounds quite a bit like Tommy Keene, and a listen to the opening track "Don't Believe" will have you thinking you stumbled on a lost TK disc as he shares Keene's melodic ways as well. The title track follows, opening with a soundclip from JFK's inaugural address, and while its lyrical content may not please a certain (shrinking) segment of the US population, it's a tuneful number with a big chorus. Elsewhere, "If I Could Learn to Fly" is a fine 80s-influenced midtempo number, "The Art of Letting Go" would have fit in nicely on the recent Rob Bonfiglio album, and "Ticket to Heaven" has that Bleu/Mike Viola feel to it. Also of note is "Underground Epic" a nearly 5-minute song collage similar to those fancied by fellow countrymen Sloan on their last couple of discs, and closer "Take Me Down to the River", which in keeping with the Canadian comparisons has a Tal Bachman feel to it. While Behm may not end up Saving America, he will save you from listening to mediocre power pop.
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