September 11, 2017
The audio reference lacquer has been approved. Next step is the actual test pressing on vinyl. That should take about 3-4 weeks. More patience!
September 7, 2017
The lacquer has arrived! Officially adorned in black marker with "Do Not Bend!," the packaging just screams IMPORTANT STUFF INSIDE! So this lacquer thing is pretty unique. It looks like a record, with all the grooves and shiny black surface. But it's not vinyl. And only one side of the disc is pressed. There is a separate lacquer for side A and B. The album is now a step closer. Time to kick back and preview. If it gets a thumbs up, then it's on to the actual test pressing stage.
August 11, 2017
With mastered audio files approved and all album artwork complete, today is the day that everything was submitted to the vinyl pressing plant. I'm going through Gotta Groove Records. GGR has handled many of the vinyl pressings for artists on the Bloodshot Records label, which sound excellent. Solid pricing and great customer service.
August 2, 2017
What do you do when you need a photo of yourself for the interior of the album but don't have a professional photographer connection? How about a Sony Cyber-shot with a 10-second timer, a tripod, extra lamps, painter drop cloths for a backdrop, and a laundry room? Yep, instant photo studio. The only thing missing was mood music and someone to shout out encouraging instructions! Okay...yeah, it was pretty awkward.
July 26, 2017
Final audio files for the new album, "The Ghost of the Muse," have been delivered to Melograf Mastering (UK), officially getting the ball rolling. The work done will produce separate results suited for both vinyl output as well as digital. Now I turn my attention back to the album design. Can't rest just yet!
April 15, 2015
LIMITED TIME OFFER: The Point of Collapse, the brand new track by Reanimation, is now available for download from the Reanimation Bandcamp site for the low, low price of only $1! The version included is the final mastered version, just finished this week by Mark Beazley at Trace Recordings (UK). This song will only be available for a short amount of time, so check it out soon!
April 1, 2015
Check out THE POINT OF COLLAPSE, the first new Reanimation song since last year's CD release of "Under the Last Tree on Earth." A haunting, reflective composition driven by piano and drums - and eventually swept up in layers of synths and rock elements. Michael Shanahan: vocals, drums, atmospheric and lead guitars, bass, piano, synths and percussion.
March 19, 2015
Many thanks to Steve Mecca and Chain D.L.K. for the very kind words about UNDER THE LAST TREE ON EARTH, described as "...a remarkable and diverse album that defies categorization." I'd call that a pretty strong statement. Steve goes on to categorize the music as "Experimental, post-rock, psychedelic, ambient, progressive, space-rock, art rock, trip hop and even a touch of goth, it's all here on 'UTLTOE' in one form or another, often mixed together so there is no way this can be pigeon-holed." Check it out here.
December 16, 2014
Check out the new review here for "Under the Last Tree on Earth" in the new Terrascope Rumbles! Scroll down about 90% of the way.. third review from the bottom. This one makes me smile.
November 9, 2014
More radio exposure for Under the Last Tree on Earth, with Dead Heart Souvenir making the playlist at Naperville's WONC 89.1 FM Local Chaos show (Sunday evenings, 8-10 pm CST).
September 29, 2014
Some outstanding press given for Under the Last Tree on Earth by the folks at Music Morsels. Click here to give it a read!
September 27, 2014
G.W. (Gary) Hill, from the Music Street Journal, has given Under the Last Tree on Earth some very kind and favorable praise. Check out the review here!
September 8, 2014
Under the Last Tree on Earth continues to get radio exposure, this time with Dead Heart Souvenir making Don Campau's September European edition of NO PIGEONHOLES on Radio Marabu. Look for the song at the 40-minute mark - with VERY kind comments following the song at 46 minutes.
September 1, 2014
Reanimation's Dead Heart Souvenir just cracked the Aural Innovations radio lineup for September 1st (show #336). Comes in about 1 hour, 31 minutes in. Fantastic...
August 21, 2014
Every once in a while, you read something that makes you want to pour and enjoy that chocolate oak-aged imperial stout. This is one of those times. Click here to read a VERY kind and humbling review of Under the Last Tree on Earth from Jerry Kranitz at Aural Innovations.
August 17, 2014
More new Reanimation hits the airwaves - as Growing With the Growing Light was added to the fantastic NO PIGEONHOLES showcase by Don Campau, the European edition, August 2014, Program 1. The song appears about the 25:30 minute mark - with brief comments around 37:00. Check it out!
July 30, 2014
A double dose of radio/podcast play today for Reanimation and songs from Under the Last Tree on Earth. Surprise Hitchhiker appears on Don Campau's NO PIGEONHOLES KKUP, Edition 27 (broadcast in San Francisco) and Opiate of the Hoi Polloi plays on Aural Innovations (The Global Source for Space Rock Exploration), Radio Show #334, along with a surprise reprise of That is All, from the 2011 Reanimation debut, Giants Hide Among Us.
July 15, 2014
Dead Heart Souvenir makes a radio podcast appearance on Captain SIB's Psychedelic Freakout, Chapter 74. Check out the spectacular playlist of artists. And Reanimation shows up around the 54:00 minute mark.
July 8, 2014
Captain SIB, "Intrepid Explorers of New Music" (Scotland) have given Under the Last Tree on Earth a sparkling review! Click here to read what they had to say about the new Reanimation release.
June 27, 2014
Under the Last Tree on Earth is complete and available for purchase! The album's nine tracks run nearly 60 minutes. This limited edition, 4-panel digipak CD arrives at your doorstep shrink-wrapped and ready to provide instant gratification. Digital download formats coming soon!
June 15, 2014
Fully mastered audio and CD packaging artwork for Under the Last Tree on Earth have been uploaded to the manufacturer. Expectation is that the finished product will be available before the end of the month!
May 26, 2014
The last song of the new release is complete! SURPRISE HITCHHIKER is officially the 9th -- and final -- song for Under the Last Tree on Earth. Total running time of the CD is just a hair under 60 minutes. Final play order to be determined and then mastering. Getting close! Michael Shanahan: vocals, drums, guitars, bass, synths, piano, e-bow and percussion.
April 30, 2014
A page of song lyrics has been added to the website. Click on the WORDS tab at the top for the lyrics to songs such as AND YOU, DEAD HEART SOUVENIR, SHE NEVER SLEEPS and THE SERPENT FIRE (EVERYTHING FADES).
April 25, 2014
Reanimation has wrapped up the final mix of AND YOU, a deep inward look, a sort of sonic primal therapy, taking the listener down kicking and screaming during this tension-filled five minute ride. Michael Shanahan: vocals, drums, guitars, bass, piano, and synths.
March 26, 2014
Mark your calendars for April 19th - Record Store Day!
Reanimation's new song DEAD HEART SOUVENIR is part of an artist compilation CD being produced and distributed at Kiss the Sky (Batavia, IL), FREE to the first 200 customers making a music purchase! Now LISTEN for the first time to the "mastered" version of the song, just completed by Melograf Mastering (UK) yesterday. Michael shanahan: vocals, drums, guitars, e-bow, bass, synths, zither, tin whistle and sandpaper.
February 15, 2014
At long last... it is complete. Dark and bittersweet. Forlorn and yearning. THE SERPENT FIRE (EVERYTHING FADES). Michael Shanahan: vocals, drums, mridangam, acoustic and electric guitars, bass, synths, chinese zither and violin.