Marykate O'Neil | 1-800-Bankrupt

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by Marykate O'Neil

Filter magazine says: "Marykate O'Neil an artist to watch. 1-800-Bankrupt is a charming sophomore effort and a rare instance where everything simply clicks. This album is pure magic from start to finish".
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1. I'm Ready For My Luck to Turn Around
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2. Stay
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3. Susan Fingerle
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4. Things Are Too Good (they're Bound to Go Bad)
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5. Past All the Stars
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6. Why Don't You Visit
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7. Secret War
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8. I Sleep With My Clothes On
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9. Add
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10. Remember the Year We Were Normal?
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11. Since You've Been Away
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Album Notes
Marykate has crafted a style with humor and irony intact anchored in daily life.
4 stars - Rolling Stone

If Elvis Costello and Astrid Gilberto swapped spit in another time dimension,
singer/guitarist Marykate O'Neil would be the musical spawn of their eros. -- CMJ Essential Listen

Living a post-college cubicle life in lower Manhattan, and living by night as a shut-in in Brooklyn, O’Neil would pen the songs that made up the critically acclaimed self-released, self-entitled, "Marykate O’Neil". The no budget record, funded entirely by O’Neil’s unofficial sponsor, visa (pre-approved), went on to peak at #8 on the CMJ charts, who in turn called the record "spotlessly constructed" and picked it as an essential listen. Rockpile said it was "the perfect blend of metropolitan indie high society and Music City's tradition of sanguine, heart-crafted songwriting." The record was released outside the US a year later in Japan, Australia, and Europe and O’Neil found herself touring both as a solo artist and along side her band throughout the US and Europe. O’Neil’s songs were featured in the Sundance award winning film “Stephanie Daily” and Japanese pop idol Tomoyo Harada covered three of O’Neil’s songs on her album ‘My Pieces’.

Encouraged, O’Neil charged another and got the attention of Nettwerk music group who recently released her latest record "1-800-bankrupt”. It is co-produced by Roger Moutenot (Yo La Tengo; Beulah; Joseph Arthur; Elvis Costello; Sleater-Kinney;) and Jill Sobule. The record was made in pieces, partly in O’Neil’s Brooklyn apartment (which accounts for some of the ambient noise -- i.e. neighbors yelling, rain, cabs honking) and partly in Rogers’s studio in Nashville. The record features performances by Marykate’s Brooklyn neighbors and Nashville friends: Matthew Caws (Nada Surf), Jill Souble, James Haggerty (Josh Rouse); Mickey Grimm (Butterfly); Brad Jones; Jim Boggia and Rob Burger (Tin Hat Trio). Prior to life as a NYC-based solo artist, Marykate was the singer/songwriter/guitarist for Boston indie-poppers Piewackit, who played alongside the likes of Elliot Smith, Mary Lou Lord, Lois, and Ida. Piewackit made a never-released record for IRS in its autumn years with the help of producer Michael Demming (Lily’s; Pernice Bros; Apples In Stereo).

1-800 Bankrupt continues with the sound that first brought O’Neil to the attention of the critics. The Boston Globe says, Bankrupt is a classic singer-songwriter collection, melding genre-defining influences such as brill building songwriting with alt-pop seasonings exploring the tribulations of life in the city with self-depreciating humor in tact. Performing Songwriter exclaims: “1-800-Damnright!” saying, "the record sparkles with classic touches and Marykate's winning vocals are full of tenderness and humor throughout. ”. Amplifier has declared O’Neil “the Carole King of the new Millennium.” Filter Magazine says Marykate O’Neil is an artist to watch and calls 1-800-Bankrupt ‘pure magic from start to finish.” Venus calls Bankrupt “witty, angsty goodness”. Not Lame gives the record a solid, black and white grade A!


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Jan O. - KAOS Radio

Playing it on the Radio - good stuff
I have given this CD some air play and enjoyed it very much. Marykate is definately someone to look out for!

Mary Lou G,

Very Enjoyable
I bought this CD blindly without having ever heard of Marykate O'Neil. I was very happy with my selection. Great songs with hopeful lyrics...great vocals and music. I highly recommend it!