Friday, July 24, 2009

New music from Michael Penn!

It's pretty amazing to realize that this year marks the 20th anniversary of Michael Penn's solo debut March, and that it's been that long since the great "No Myth" marched up the Top 40 (good luck with tunes like that today). Anyway, I've been a big fan of MP since I first saw the "No Myth" video on MTV, and I'm excited to bring you the news that he has some new material out, his first since 2005's Mr. Hollywood Jr. 1947.

These three tracks (which can be streamed in full and/or purchased below) are from the upcoming IFC miniseries Bollywood Hero, starring Chris Kattan. They're all quite good: "Untouchable", given its title and the subject of the miniseries, has some Indian instrumentation but is otherwise classic Penn; "In Two Worlds" is a duet with wife Aimee Mann, and "This is the Life" is the real standout of the three, a classic slow-build Penn ballad in the vein of "Bucket Brigade" or "I Can Tell".

And here's that "No Myth" video that hooked me back in the day:

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