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Middle Brother played their first show at 2010’s SXSW – a tiny, late-night, unannounced event under the moniker “MG&V.” Other than recording the album and rehearsing once, they had never played the songs live. The audience (and the mob of onlookers crammed in the doorways and windows) was treated to an impossible-to-forget set by a band of musical comrades who ... Read more in Amazon's Middle Brother Store

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  • Audio CD (March 1, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Partisan Records
  • ASIN: B004FS2SHG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,960 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Daydreaming
2. Blue Eyes
3. Thanks For Nothing
4. Middle Brother
5. Theater
6. Portland
7. Wilderness
8. Me Me Me
9. Someday
10. Blood and Guts
11. Mom and Dad
12. Million Dollar Bill

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Middle Brother is:
John McCauley (Deer Tick)
Matthew Vasquez (Delta Spirit)
Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes)

The lead singers of Deer Tick, Dawes, and Delta Spirit now come together to form the groundbreaking musical project, Middle Brother. McCauley, Goldsmith, Vasquez - three songwriters with an amazing sense of purpose, balancing themes of their own playful self-indulgence with humbler notes of heartbreak and hope. Alt-country folk mixed with soulful rock n roll. Middle Brother is the master collaborative event finally risen out of the roots of their genre; a moment we ve been waiting for.

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I bought the cd and listened to it over and over!
pixiepies
Great tunes, great melodies, great lyrics, great voices.
wondermagott
Blue Eyes - One of my favorite tracks on this album.
Daniel G. Lebryk

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Daniel G. Lebryk TOP 50 REVIEWER on March 9, 2011
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Studio recordings tend to be pristine with all the energy produced out of them. Not so with Middle Brother, the three members of this band are used to the long hard work on the road, playing in small clubs. This album captures the raw edges of these three remarkable musicians.

Delta Spirit, Matthew Vasquez; Deer Ticks, John McCauley; and Dawes, Taylor Goldsmith are Middle Brother. The three singer songwriters got together to make a really good album. They sound like a great bar band. It's easy to imagine them playing in some smoke filled, stale beer bar. The album has the flavor of 50's rock ballads, with folk country and blues thrown in for good measure. I'm a Delta Spirit fan, this album sounds like an extension of that group - the same musical tone, beat and twist of song lyric. I'd guess that if you like Delta Spirit, this album will be just wonderful.

Daydreaming - the morning after drinking too much, being woken by neighbors having morning sex, and probably dumped by his girlfriend, MacCaulley daydreams about how much he'd like to be back with his girlfriend.
Blue Eyes - One of my favorite tracks on this album. Has the most Delta Spirit flavor, the dirty bar feeling is all over this song. This song has their distinctive upright piano sound.
Thanks for Nothing - Goldsmith performs an almost classic folk ballad about the girl that has broken his heart and how he's so thankful for her help.
Middle Brother - classic rock and roll with a little rock-a-billy flavor, about the pain of being a middle brother in Nashville.
Theater - deliberate folk-rock with a hint of Neil Young, Vasquez sings about rough life can be.
Portland - A seemingly happy road song with a light acoustic guitar, hints of The Beatles, Here Comes the Sun.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By D. C. Casey on March 7, 2011
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Three songwriters at the top of their game have teamed up here to produce an album of timeless tunes --- Great lyrical pieces wrapped around a solid American musical foundation of blues, country, folk, and rock. John McCauley of Deer Tick, Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes, and Matt Vasquez of Delta Spirit are the voices of this album, from three bands traveling the same under-the-radar road of straight-forward, no indulgences music, which stands on its classic songwriting rather than on a gimmicky hip-for-the-moment sound. These songs will always work. McCauley lends his rough and tumble, life-beaten voice and words, Goldsmith brings heartfelt ballads and stirring harmonies, and Vasquez, who I was less familiar with, is an enormous vocal presence, with a voice that has tinges of rock n' roll John Lennon and songs that are easily the most catchy on the record.

The great thing about this album is that, if you've never heard of any of these three bands, you'll most likely come away from your first listen with three new bands to check out (I can vouch for the back catalogs of Dawes and Deer Tick, which are well worth your time. I'll be checking out Delta Spirit soon!). If you're already a fan of these bands, you won't be disappointed with this collection. Some of their finest work can be found here. It's especially great to hear them each take a verse on the closer, "Million Dollar Bill".

The live show (particularly Dawes) is outstanding and very much recommended as well!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By J. Luiz on March 19, 2011
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I got this CD first because I'm a big Deer Tick fan, and all the songs with John McCauley on the lead vocal -- "Me, Me, Me," "Daydreaming," "Middle Brother" and "Mom and Dad," I took an immediate liking too. The songs with Taylor Goldsmith on lead -- like "Blood and Guts" and "Wilderness" -- are much slower tempo and more solemn than John's usually upbeat stuff, but they grew on me very quickly. ("Daydreaming" is the one slow-tempo McCauley song. When my wife and I first had that one at a Deer Tick concert in October of last year, it immediately blew both of us away -- it's a beautiful, beautiful song.) I did have a little more exposure to Delta Spirit than I did with Dawes before getting this, so the quality of Matt Vasquez tunes were a little less of suprise to me -- "Blue Eyes" is rocking fun, and "Theater" is more contemplative in the way the Goldsmith songs are, and both songs are excellent. The one song in which they all share lead vocals, a la the Highwaymen, "Million Dollar Bill" is a standout, with some very clever lyrics about how each of them could stay in the lives of the women who spurned them while she's off dating other, richer men. Their live show in Boston -- with Dawes and Deer Tick as the opening acts -- was a real treat. (I'm building up my Dawes & Delta Spirit collection now, as a result of this album.) They also do a cover of The Replacements song "Portland" on the album, and their version is terrific.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Prashant on April 20, 2011
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I am not one to write a lot of reviews. I only do so when compelled by the product.
This is one of those!
Beautiful music that is reminiscent of early James Taylor, Jack Johnson and the Beatles.
The lyrics are so well thought of... and they really pull on some heart strings.
This album for me has a Deja Vu quality that makes it very special. This inspite of the fact that I had never heard any of the group members before. Inspite of the fact that I purchased this album on an impulse and a whim after listening to their one song on npr.

Highly recommended. 5 stars dont do them justice!!
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