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A chat with Mark Eitzel and Neil Hamburger
October 22, 2012 9:09 AM   Subscribe

Mope-rock titan Mark Eitzel (former frontman of American Music Club) gets some constructive criticism of his excellent new LP Don't Be A Stranger from "America's $1 Funnyman" Neil Hamburger. This is the sixth video of Eitzel's Life Lessons video series where he solicits career advice. After having a reformed AMC crumble after two great albums last decade, as well as suffering a heart attack in 2011, it's a treat to see Eitzel's fit and working again.
posted by porn in the woods (9 comments total) 9 users marked this as a favorite

 
Love this dude's voice. His eyebrows need work though. Neil should have given him some grooming tips.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 10:29 AM on October 22, 2012


I believe Billy B was the consultant on his looks- that was one of my favorites. Although the Drew Droege and the Nadya Ginsberg ones were fantastic.
posted by whm at 10:40 AM on October 22, 2012


Mark previously mentioned Neil Hamburger in his cover of Kris Kristofferson's "Help Me Make It Through The Night", touting his wizardry with the one-liners.

"Who's playing Friday night? CANCEL IT! Neil Hamburger's in town!"
posted by porn in the woods at 11:47 AM on October 22, 2012


I saw Eitzel play solo in a tiny London club, some time in the late nineties/early noughties. He was pretty good, but what I mainly remember was that he saw off almost three bottles of red wine during the show. Man after my own heart, I thought, if a bit of a lightweight.
posted by Decani at 12:03 PM on October 22, 2012


The new record is GREAT.

My long-time musical partner in crime is going to be the pianist (and only other person on stage with Mark, I believe) on his upcoming tour. People will not be disappointed.
posted by mintcake! at 12:07 PM on October 22, 2012 [2 favorites]


Mark Eitzel is cool and he has a great sense of humor.
posted by brando_calrissian at 12:55 PM on October 22, 2012


My long-time musical partner in crime is going to be the pianist (and only other person on stage with Mark, I believe) on his upcoming tour.

Holy smokes, that's very cool. I've listened to the new LP about 50 times and it's my favorite solo Eitzel since 60 Watt Silver Lining.

On the strength of Don't Be A Stranger I'm tempted to hit the Bay Area in early November for the start of his tour (a 600-mile round trip from my home base in Humboldt County.) Mark - come play up here! I'll feed and house you & your band.

Here's hoping Mark's recording these shows for a future release.
posted by porn in the woods at 1:09 PM on October 22, 2012


Been a fan of his since his AMC days. And next month my band is opening for him in Baltimore. Very psyched for that.
posted by jetsetsc at 1:29 PM on October 22, 2012


Very jealous for those of you going to see him next month.
posted by arcticseal at 5:26 AM on October 23, 2012


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