My_Mentor_Al-Carpet_and_Other_Ways_to_Die.zip (77.9 Mb)

Somewhere between Page 5 Girl and E.D.I.T.H., Stacy, Matt McGuire, and I decided to start a band called My Mentor Al. There wasn’t a clear direction we wanted to go with it, exactly. Eventually Steve Wilson and Joe ended up joining in, and we started recording stuff. Stylistically, it was a intriguing compromise between the more experimental 4-track recording projects and the more rock guitar-based live performing bands, but we only ended up doing one gig, and it was an annual local band tribute to John Lennon that Stebs used to do. We practiced our three songs for it like crazy: a hip-hop/funk mutation of “Instant Karma,” a sneery punk version of “Paperback Writer,” and a relatively straightforward, somewhat revved-up version of “Ticket to Ride” in which I ended up accidentally ad-libbing “I think that living with me is bringing me down/’Cause I can never be free when I am around.” Somehow the high standards demanded by the original core group drove Joe and Steve away from the project, I guess they never figured it was actually a serious band; we ended up discovering Josh Schneiderman and forming E.D.I.T.H. Matt McGuire now resides in Olympia, WA and plays accordion in the folk-punk (or is it punk-folk?) band The Pasties (not to be confused with the NYC power-pop band of the same name).

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