Mikey Jukebox

Mikey Jukebox


In short, (Mikey) lives the music, and his energy, drive, and desire are products of that lifelong quest for a hook that won�t quit. (Check out Mikey's new single!)


You sometimes hear of a musician described as a �rock �n� roll lifer,� but few fit that idiom better than Rochester NY�s Mikey James. Literally: he�s been playing gigs since he was six (!), amassing a collection to die for of 2000 albums since. He�s toured the world as the drummer for respected New York City post-punk stars Longwave, for whom he wrote a few songs (and where he hung about with inspired period peers Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Strokes, White Stripes, Vines, Ok Go, Donnas, Walkmen, Flaming Lips, and Mercury Rev�not a bad life). He�s also launched a series of hard-hitting groups he�s fronted as guitarist and singer back in Rochester, going back to his first EP with The Blood nearly a decade ago, and another after his Longwave days with The Footage in 2005. These earlier forays culminated in his thoroughly infectious, punkish power-pop group The Mercies, whose self-titled LP produced by Bill Racine (Rogue Wave, Mates of State, Comas, etc.) garnered deserved favorable reviews last year. Quite a busy decade, indeed.
In fact, in an era where too many indie-pop groups sound like they�re merely pursuing a peer-approved lifestyle, one listen to James� estimable and growing catalog bears the heart of an artist who writes, sings, and makes music because he has to. Edgy melodic music is in his blood; there�s a beat, a tune, and a sound in his head at all times that must gain release, or, like the also prolific Robert Pollard, he will all but explode in creative expression looking for release. In short, James lives the music, and his energy, drive, and desire are products of that lifelong quest for a hook that won�t quit.
Which isn�t to say that James has no sense of fun, or is dourly po-faced. He just has a knack for a tune, that�s all. And his apparently boundless enthusiasm remains in no short supply, now that he has decided to strike out on his own as Mikey Jukebox, a one-man Brian Wilson, recording and playing everything himself (even piano). With nothing between him and his songcraft, he�s struck first with the Racine-produced Insatiable EP, and now follows on those heels with his upcoming Hello Dreamer! LP.
Inspired by his emancipation from the give and take of group dynamics, James uses that freedom on Hello Dreamer! to stretch out to encompass the greater totality of his lifelong passions� influences than ever before, from the �50s pop of the swingin� title track to classic �70s power-pop and glam, to the �60s R&B-like �Open Up Your Heart,� to even his pre-teen fixation with the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack�see the white suit Bee Gees-channeling �Don't Stop ('Til the Kids "R" Dancin')"for a surprising change. And though many who have retreated alone in solo careers have gotten lost in the heightened sense of self-importance, what permeates Hello Dreamer! is not just the author�s multi-talents, but also his boundless sense of fun and unpretentious, exuberant pop music.
A mix of rollicking guitars, exhuberant textures, and snappy tunes is a combination that has never grown old, now has it? No, there�s no stopping him now. Who would want him to?

-Jack Rabid (The Big Takeover)


"Come On Along (single)"
-out 6-2010

"Mikey Jukebox" (full length)
-out 9-2010

Set List

The set list is a 10-12 song set, roughly 35 minutes. A few obscure covers are scattered from time to time. (ex. David Bowie's, "New York's In Love")