This record is designed as a double CD deluxe set containing 33 remastered songs across 20 years of Michael's music.
Painstakingly remixed by Frank Marchand from the original recordings at Waterford Digital and remastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music, this collection of songs shows the breadth and depth of Michael's songwriting. More importantly, it showcases the talent of his collaborators and collaborative songwriters across four bands.
Featuring tracks from Pupa's Window, lowell, The Seldon Plan, and a new song from his current project Underlined Passages (the first new UP track in 2 years), this double CD set will introduce or re-introduce you to the work of these awesome bands.
Because we live in an unprecedented time, Michael is donating 50% of the sales of this retrospective to the American Red Cross for COVID-19 and disaster relief.
Please consider supporting this cause and all the great music Michael and his friends have brought to us over the years.
released November 6, 2020
// lowell (1998-2002) was: //
Chris Shelley - Percussion
Michael Cichocki - Bass
Gregory Rago - Guitars
Michael Nestor - Guitars and Vocals
The Ten Houses and the Falling Leaves was originally released on February 1, 2002.
B-Sides and Hidden Treasures was originally released on April 5, 2002.
Dave Marsalek played cello on "The Days Run Away Like Wild Horses Over The Hills" and “Yoko Ono Love Song”
“The Closer You Are To Center, The Farther You Fall” was originally part of the compilation album, “Maryland Music Cooperative: A Sampler of Sorts”, released October, 2002.
// The Seldon Plan (2003-2013): //
Michael Nestor - Vocals/Keys/Guitars
Bobby Landle - Vocals/Guitars (2002-2008)
Chris Ehrich – Guitars/Vocals (2010-2011)
Dave Hirner – Bass (2002-2011)
Kresimir Tokic – Bass (2012-2013)
Mike Landavere – Percussion (2003-2008)
Frank Corl – Drums (2010-2013)
The Living Room EP was released July 2003
Making Circles was released April 2005
The Collective Now was originally released September 2007
Coalizione del Volere was originally released January 2011
That Time You Dreamed EP was originally released April 2013
// Underlined Passages is: //
Michael Nestor – Guitars, Vocals, Keys, Programming, Bass, Percussion
Jamaal Turner – Drums and Percussion (2015-2020, 2021)
Frank Corl – Drums (2014-2015)
Rich Marcinek – Bass (2014-2016, 2020, 2021)
Roy Colquitt – Bass (2017-2020, 2021)
Underlined Passages was originally released April 2015
The Fantastic Quest was originally released April 2016
Tandi My Dicafi was originally released September 2017
Remixed by Frank Marchand @ Waterford Digital
Remastered by Alan Douches @ West West Side Music
Remixing and Remastering occurred between March and October, 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic.
It is difficult to put something like this together without coming off as self-indulgent or self-important. I have always been someone who fights the trend of psychological walled gardens in music.
This feeling has been both a blessing and a curse for my music. It has both opened and closed doors to more people hearing these songs that come from my soul.
I see this record as a celebration of all the relationships and collaborations that have enriched my life in music over the past 20-plus years.
Without all the thousands of people who have come into and out of my life and musical life, none of this music would have happened. I am so very thankful and grateful to each and every person, every experience, every love, and every heartbreak that made this music possible. I never imagined, when I bought my first bass to play in a local band in 1992 that I would have been able to do so much and go so far.
I have shared hopes and dreams on and off stage with my musical friends in tour vans, rest stop bathrooms, and gritty late-night eateries in New York City, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Boston, and Chicago among others. I have laughed and cried with these same friends in smoky ballrooms and pristine theaters, on trains to gigs and car rides late at night with the windows down after amazing shows.
There is no more amazing feeling in life than walking on stage to a packed room, playing a killer show, and hopping sweaty and exhausted into a air conditioned car for a 3 hour drive home in the full moonlight-while music and conversation about hope for the future swirl.
I can only hope that you have had this type of feeling at least once in your life. As everything worth anything, it is both beautiful and fleeting. I cherish the opportunities my family and friends have given me to engage in these experiences. I do not have the space to name everyone individually, but if you are reading this, you know who you are and how much you mean to me.
I do want to thank Frank Marchand by name. I met Frank when I was barely 21 years old, and he served as a mentor to me and a source of musical strength for more than 20 years. If you read the accompanying autobiography, you will understand how reluctant I was to work with an engineer in a studio when I met Frank.
Frank has touched so many lives through his records and has a million fans, but for me Frank’s encouragement kept me making music all these years. It is so rare to meet a musical soulmate during a journey in music. I have been lucky to meet four, Austin Stahl, Chris Shelley, Jamaal Turner, and Frank Marchand. Frank is the only one of that group who is an engineer and producer.
He is the reason for this retrospective, and for that I thank him so much. He, like me, still believes after all these years. Thank you, Frank, you have meant more to me than words can express, and I am still amazed at what we have created together.
Dear reader, I wish for you even one tenth what I have experienced-the highs and lows, the loves and heartbreaks, the hopes and concerns-in your musical life. It is an understatement to say that music changed my life and formed the foundation for my perspective. No matter where you are, keep going, no matter what you do, do not stop.
I wrote a lyric in 1996, “if you understand, you will know and be right here.”