Hello!

Mike Nobody
(Thee Urban SpaceCat)
“Turning Junk Into Punk Since 1985!”

Usually classified as an “Outsider Artist-Musician” by my peers, I create mixed-media paintings, music, and other art. I like to write and perform what I sometimes refer to as “Prog-Punk Noise-Rock.” It is just bits of everything mixed together, actually. I collaborate with many other artists, often utilizing an unusual hybrid rig.

I play Bass, Baritone, and other Guitars / Electronic & Junkyard Percussion / Keyboards & Toys / Plunderphonics & Noise / Words & Vocalization.

I have always been into art and music, drawing, painting, playing with tape recorders and making lo-fi noise. I built my first guitar from a badly beaten-up body that I found in someone’s trash. A friend’s dad gave me the guts from an unknown 1950’s guitar. I got a decent bridge and tuners from a music store. Some other parts I improvised from scrap and junk. Used vinyl LPs make decent pick-guards if you can cut them right.

I  was just a little runt of the Detroit Hardcore Punk/Heavy Metal scene back in the 1980’s. Lacking enough money to buy any decent gear, I purchased a cheap microphone at a pawn shop and passed myself off as a singer. I sang in whatever groups that I could find, to get some experience and learn what I could. Mostly, it was shitty cover bands, playing basements, getting yelled at by uninvited drunks that we suck. I later got into playing bass, as well as guitar. It turns out that I was a better bassist than a guitarist.

I played in many short-lived groups that went nowhere. I wrote for The Jam Rag, a widely-read local music paper while I was still a teenager. I made friends with other musicians and artists in the process. Princess Dragon-Mom, Mog Stunt Team, His Name Is Alive, and others kept me around as a cameraman/roadie for a couple of years. I had a few experimental / noise projects and collaborations with other people; Bionics, Edible Audio, Fresh Farm Raised Catfish, etc.

The Island of Misfit Noise began in the summer of 1998 with Mystic MarshaKat and I. We had both been members of N2-Submission, the S&M-themed backing band for The Impaler “Detroit’s Vampire Poet”. Our band’s name changed a few times. Many other musicians came and went over a period of 15 years, the two of us being the only constant members. She finally also left in early 2013. Then, the band ended.

I resurrected the group as a “virtual band” recording project in late 2014, with collaborators from across the globe. Exchanging music back-and-forth online until we had completed some songs, an EP was released. The style of music we make is very freeform, depending on the contributions put into it. It can range from very pop-sounding and accessible to extremely noisy and irritating. I am usually available when collaborators have expressed interest in recording the next album with me. Not sure when we are doing it again yet.

I have been in a few short-lived groups with others from the Island of Misfit Noise, such as The Riverviews and Fisheads. Some of them are experienced in film and television and are working toward producing a low-budget Island of Misfit Noise movie with me. It is likely to be a no-budget sci-fi sort of thing.

After years of trial-and-error, I have come to the conclusion that I simply lack the necessary social skills to keep a stable group together. MarshaKat was the more sociable person. I am the more introverted one. So, I may focus on home recording for the most part and only be doing shorter-term live projects for the foreseeable future. Finding the right line-up and keeping it together is a big hurdle.
  • Mike Damn Nobody is the moniker of my solo harsh noise project, in the vein of artists like Merzbow, Masonna, Solmania, Hanatarash, C.C.C.C., MSBR, Incapacitants, Evil Moisture, The Haters, and many others. I might book some shows doing this again, eventually
  • Thee Urban SpaceCat (RecycleTape Cassette-Zine) is an upcoming publication of art, music, commentary, found objects, and almost anything else packaged with a tape and other extras. It is very much like the letters & packages that I have sent to pen-pals for decades, but in a zine format. It is being offered as a premium to my subscribers on Bandcamp or as single limited edition issues.

If you want to check out upcoming events, or items available, add yourself to my mailing list.

I have recently been updating it and have included a link on my site .

Telepathic Telephones

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Wednesday, May 13at 7:00pm
Next Week · 61°F / 42°F Overcast
The Phoenix Cafe Hazel Park
24918 John R Rd, Hazel Park, Michigan 48030

Hosted by Archibald Chesterfordson III

Screening of Telepathic Telephones
The Detroit/Ypsi/Chicago made experimental sci-fi made byDEATH CAT.

UFO Art on exhibit featuring work by Melinda Bylow, Rob Chope, Steve Czapiewski, B.B. Foxx, Steve Gamburd, Steve Goossen, Chettara Hunter, Joshua Kern, Brian Lewandowski, Crystal Mielcarek, Owen Strzelewicz, Emily Vastbinder, David Winters, and Amy Wipp.

live la musica by:

Mike Nobody – Prog-Punk Noise-Rock
http://mikenobody.com/

Doogatron – Techno
https://soundcloud.com/doogatron

New Centaur – avante-garde rock
http://soundcloud.com/new-centaur
and
Casino – new age-primitive
https://soundcloud.com/tryyourluckatthecasino
Collaborative set

Bearfoot -chill psychedelic
https://www.facebook.com/bearfootmusic143?fref=ts

LOOKING FOR ARTISTS OF THE SCI-FI/PSYCHEDELIC/AVANTE GARDE

e-mail: planetcereal9@yahoo.com

BEST ALIEN COSTUME CONTEST!

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Telepathic Telephones

Featuring live performances by Mike Nobody and Doogatron

MAY 13 2015

Unintentional Intentional Art in the form of
“Telepathic Telephones”

(A Detroit made movie!)
Telepathic Telephones

Wednesday, May 13 at 7:00pm

The Phoenix Cafe

24918 John R Rd.

Hazel Park, Michigan 48030

(248) 439-0334

for booking contact steve at:

http://www.artisnormal@yahoo.com
Hosted by

Archibald Chesterfordson III

Screening of “Telepathic Telephones”

The Detroit / Ypsilanti / Chicago made experimental sci-fi movie made by DEATH CAT.

Live music by:

Mike Nobody

Doogatron

-tba-

http://mikenobody.com/

This coming April…and beyond!

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Next month should keep me pretty busy…and broke.

I haven’t been paid and I am already $200 in the hole.

Hey, I gotta eat and keep motor oil in the van if I go anywhere.

I need to see my doctor about this pain in my right hand.

I do not know if it is arthritis or carpal tunnel syndrome.

But, I have been in constant pain for months and taking tons of painkillers daily.

Some days I can’t even move the sonofabitch.

He needs to refill my meds, too.

My van needs the transmission to be fixed, very badly, and the oil leak has resumed at full hemorrhage.

The first Island of Misfit Noise EP, Stone Soup & Mulligan Stew should be out soon.

I am wrapping up a few details and will be painting a cover for it, soon as I can get the materials.

I want to make up a bunch of buttons, magnets, and stickers to celebrate.

I also want to finally get myself a domain name and make this a legit website.

I want to re-establish my publishing company /label (Van By The River) and get hooked up with BMI and some distributors.

I am gonna record some new Mike Damn Nobody material.

This is my solo noise project.

So, if you enjoy artists like Merzbow, Masonna, Solmania, C.C.C.C., The Haters, etc. then it may be to your liking.

I want to rebuild a new-and-improved “Shitkit”, the “Not-So-ShitKit”

It will still be mostly composed of scrap metal and whatever junk I can find cheap or free.

But, I would like to add a Roland Octopad or Korg Wavedrum, maybe a nice brass piccolo snare, Lucite floor tom or bass drum.

Sometime this summer I would like to contact Mike Koontz, a local Michigan guitar luthier (one of the best in the country), to help me design a custom instrument or two.

I probably won’t have the funds to purchase it all at once.

So, I thought maybe he could help me work out the details in advance, so I don’t make a lot of costly mistakes.

Then, I could farm out each piece to a different manufacturer as I can afford it; a neck here, a body there, some electronics and hardware from this place or that.

After a few months, I should have all the necessary parts that I require.

Then, I could take them to the guy here in Michigan to assemble them and finish it up for me.

My live band, The Riverviews, is kind of in limbo right now.

I dunno what is going on with us.

I am focusing on home recording for the time being.

After I get a couple of songs done I may perform live again, with or without a band.

Maybe I am doomed to always be a solo artist.

I hope to produce more paintings and artwork too.

Maybe I can sell a few pieces and catch-up on my expenses.

Hey I can dream, can’t I?