- Fullerton, CA 2010. Max and the Makeups
tour for self titled EP. Photo by Lea Schiller
Alvarez formed Not Records
Tapes music recording company in Austin Texas in 1984.
Before moving to Los Angeles in 1988 to expand his
work in music, film and television, he produced the
likes of Haunted
Erickson, The True Believers with Alejandro
Jones, and many other influential, independent
and amazing artists.
Records Tapes is the founding company of NRT
Entertainment Group (NRTEG), which includes film
production and music
has been a professional musician since 1970, beginning
in high school as a guitarist for the Mc Allen, Texas
rock group Medusa ("Medusa
Seduces" was our slogan).
In 1981, Alvarez joined Austin's Max
and the Makeups and has been an independent music
producer, singer-songwriter-guitarist, and entertainment
entrepreneur ever since.
Mike Alvarez Single
"Big and Small" (single) 2018
Alvarez: Electric guitars, vocals.
Jansky: Wah Wah guitar on "Big
Lusitana: Bass Guitar on
"Big and Small" and "I'm Gonna
My Love In" (Bonus Track).
by Mike Alvarez - using
discontinued color dandelion
hearing the color was no
used by Crayola.
on song titles below
Big and Small (M. Alvarez)
I'm Gonna Send My Love In (M. Alvarez)
to purchase "Big and Small" at CD Baby
to purchase "Big and Small" at iTunes
available at all major streaming services, Spotify,
Pig N Whistle Show Review
Pig N Whistle show May 11, 2018 was a gas. Drummer Bill
Dumas was in from the East Coast and
longtime friend, got up and joined the show with a 3
song ending along with Mike
Alvarez and Matt Jansky.
Alvarez (left), Josh Cobos (right)
Dumas (left), Matt Jansky (right)
highlight of the evening was the performance of Nuremberg,
Germany musician Deniz
Tapes head, producer musician Mike Alvarez later recorded
a 4-song ep for Deniz
on the Santa Monica Beach. The ep will be ready
shot a video of Deniz performing the song "Let
me Know", which will be on the ep.
to view Deniz's video
"Let Me Know"
Alvarez and Friends at Pig n Whistle
May 11, 2018
his long-time band mates Bill
Dumas and Matt
Jansky, play Pig and Whistle Friday May 11 at 9PM. The
Pig N Whistle is located at 6714 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood,
CA. Cover: $10 (all ages).
Street and Hollywood/Highland parking structure near.
Also, public parking lots available one block south
of the Pig N Whistle. Great food, reasonable
Bill Dumas (left), Mike Alvarez (center),
Matt Jansky (right)
Art by Schuyler Hupp
it took a while, but the John Lusitana mastering of
the Urbel Gleezoo sessions is here for your listening.
Gleezoo, featuring Lisa Gamache, Mike
Alvarez, Matt Jansky and Bill
Dumas, completed work on the experimental project/LP
"Urbel Gleezoo" in early 2014. Nine
songs were tracked and were available only on iTunes
briefly until now.
started out as a test session using the Pro Tools set
up sent to Alvarez by Jonie Hell turned into an albums'
worth of material two years later.
brought the song "Play on Birds" to his interview
with Brian Parrish at San Antonio College's Casbah
Radio during his 2012 Summer Tour (see below).
"I was surprised Brian played this wild stuff,
and we talked about the sessions that were going on
at the time. The songs kept on coming.
Gleezoo means absolutely nothing. It was just a thought
but it works with the music", says Alvarez.
the sitar tabla interludes, Not Records Tapes' head
Mike Alvarez and Schuyler
recorded American sitar master Stephen
Slawek and tabla master Swapan
Chaudhuri at the University of Texas in 1986. "I
let Steve and Swapan know this stuff would eventually
be on this recording", says Alvarez.
on songs to listen for free. Purchase not available
at this time.
White Sand (M. Alvarez-M. Jansky)
Living in Hell (M. Alvarez-M. Jansky)
(M. Alvarez-M. Jansky)
to Five (M. Alvarez-M. Jansky)
on Birds (M. Alvarez-M. Jansky)
Up (M. Alvarez)
(M. Alvarez-L. Gamache)
General Fog (M. Alvarez)
Alvarez and the Cricket Eaters Live LP at Anti Club
Alvarez Birthday Recording (2017)
the song title above to hear the tune
Here's how you write songs when you
or just know you can lay something down.
I didn't play a live event at Pig N Whistle
this year - had nothing new to offer,
Matthew invited Bill Dumas and I over
for a sorta
session for me - my birthday was April
(the same day President Nixon was buried
the same day Ulysses S. Grant died) A very
day. My dad was born on 4/20....
I dug through my lyrics folder and
I named "None". Pulled a couple sentences
of the sheet, asked Matt what else can I
about. Matt said something about never
the house and I took it from there -
the story of a dove that hung around
and Barbara's house. So the story about
birdy is in there.
came over with his what I call "garbage can" and
these drum tracks. He knows how to use it.
like Matt Jansky is playing acoustic
- but he's actually playing bass. Using
octave divider (that's what it was called
in the 70s, Robin Trower, etc.) to lay a low
N Vomit Releases Max and the Makeups Vinyl LP (2016)
Puke n Vomit
Records of Fullerton California has released a 10-song,
full length Vinyl LP titled "Chasing the Monsters"
(the title track song written by Larry Seaman of the
the second Makeups release on Puke N Vomit Records.
In 2010, the label released a 4-song ep (see below).
to order from Not Records Tapes now.
To go to album information click HERE
Max and the Makeups releases first record 26 years after
the band's demise
Puke N Vomit Records found Max and the Makeups music
here at Not Records Tapes and asked "Why hasn't
this band ever been released?" Puke N Vomit
has released a 4-song ep with the songs Poland, Day
In Day Out, 60-Minute Man, and Let Go. Click below
to listen to MP3 recordings of the songs and all of
Max and the Makeups major studio works.
and the Makeups is back row, left to right: Max
Gottlieb, Mike Alvarez, Lisa Gamache. Bottom row,
left to right: Jon Howard (a.k.a. Jonie Hell), and the
late Karl Remstam. Photo by Kevin Smith.
order disc, click Not
Records Tapes or Puke
N Vomit Records.
Max and the Makeups video and photos from 2010 Summer
California Mini Tour
and the Makeups' Lisa Gamache and Mike Alvarez revved
up for a West Coast mini-tour this past summer.
The group's first show in over 25 years was at the Riff
Haus in Fullerton California. The following day,
the group performed at a house gig near UC Santa Barbara. Also
filling in for the group's original members: Matt
Jansky (rhythm guitar), Bill Dumas (drums) and Schuyler
Hupp (bass guitar).
follow-up LP with Puke N Vomit Records is in the talking
Jones Records "Where Have All the Flowers Gone"
Jones recording vocal tracks - Los Angeles
Jansky arranged the Ken Jones song "Where Have
All the Flowers Gone" with Matt on bass and rhythm
guitar, Bill Dumas on percussion, and Mike Alvarez on
here to listen.
Alvarez , Ken Jones performs at Pig N Whistle, Friday
Sept 26, 2014, 9PM
Alvarez – Bizmeaux
Kelly Shoenholz (2014)
Alvarez will be
performing a short set, acoustic solo, this Friday at
at the Pig N Whistle in Hollywood
. Alvarez will be
following long-time friend/songwriting collaborator/poet
Ken Jones' set that starts at 9PM
. Ken will be playing
a 30 minute set promoting his new works “Face of the
Pig N Whistle
Hollywood Blvd. ,
$5 (All Ages)
Best place to park – There is a public parking lot one
block south of the P n W. Hollywood Highland parking
is close. Street parking possible. P n W is a great
place to dine – and prices are great for the quality
of food served. Make it a night.
Alvarez 2010 ep "Yes It's Good"
It's Good". Art by Angela
2014, the single "Yes It's Good", from the
2010 Mike Alvarez EP of
the same name, has been released on iTunes.
2010, Mike Alvarez recorded
the 4-song EP titled "Yes It's Good". All
four songs are available for free down load. Click
guest artists include Lisa Gamache & Jonie Hell
from Max & The Makeups, Ron Schafer (F.Y.C.K.) and
Schuyler Hupp. Cover art by Angela
and Listen to Mike Alvarez 2012 Tour Dates Performances
here to view
- Live on Casbah Radio
here to listen to July 7 pod cast
- Moses Roses Hideout
here to view live club performance
Minister of Logic Robert Baylis, Saustex Media/head
Jeff Smith and Mike Alvarez in the smoking section at
Photo by Gina Evins.
Mike Buck on snare drum
to view Alvarez and Buck's in-store video footage performance
of Danny Kirwan's "Jewel Eyed Judy"
to view Alvarez performing the Alvarez-Jones song "The
to view Alvarez performing the Alvarez-Jones song "The
on the blue songs below to listen
Heart Beat (Buddy Holly)
Hungry For Your Love (Roky Erickson)
Rebecca Take Me Away (M. Alvarez, K. Jones)
One Together (Jeremy Spencer)
Jewel Eyed Judy (Danny Kirwan)
Love (M. Alvarez)
music God Larry Seaman and Mike Alvarez at
Mike Jensen on jug
here to listen
to "Tell Me" with John Paraday joining on
the juice harp
Jensen (left), Mike Alvarez (center) jam with Dan Cook
and The Palavers at Plews Brews, Portland, OR July 11.
Alvarez Records Aimee Lane
Aimee Lane at Antone's Record Store July 8, 2012. Photo
by Mike Buck
in Austin performing at Antone's Record Store, producer
musician Mike Alvarez had Aimee Lane jump up and play
at the suggestion of store owner, drummer Mike Buck.
Alvarez recorded some demo material for Aimee the next
day. Click on the track below.
What The Hell Are These Holes
Too Much Time on my Hands
songs ©Aimee Lane Music (ASCAP)
Alvarez Hits the Road in July
IMMEDIATE RELEASE July
Alvarez Mini Tour Continues with Shows in Three Cities
Alvarez continues his “Songs of Influence Tour” which
began on his birthday April 27th , at Hollywood's Pig
N Whistle. You can view the You Tube footage of Alvarez's
performance of Buddy Holly's ‘Heart Beat” and Roky Erickson's
“Hungry for Your Love” at notrecordstapes.com and at
native Alvarez has been writing and performing his Texas
psychedelic rock songs since the 1970s. A former collaborator
with Thirteenth Floor Elevators' icon Roky Erickson,
Alvarez has carried on that psychedelic tradition that
began in the 1960s, adding his own L. A. Influence to
the Texas acid rock-driven sound. A filmmaker as well
as songwriter, he performed with Erickson in the 1984
documentary Demon Angel - A Day and Night with Roky
Erickson. Alvarez later produced an updated version
of the film and soundtrack in 1994 that was released
on Amsterdamned Records.
current tour, which he calls “Songs of Influence,” began
in April at Hollywood's Pig N Whistle. YouTube video
footage of Alvarez's performance of Buddy Holly's ‘Heart
Beat” and Roky Erickson's “Hungry for Your Love” from
that show can be viewed on YouTube and notrecordstapes.com.
songs of influence are artists that influenced Alvarez,
artists that were heavily influenced by the great Buddy
Holly. In addition to original Alvarez material, he
will cover Buddy's “Heart Beat” and songs by artists
Roky Erickson, Danny Kirwan and Jeremy Spencer of the
blues era Fleetwood Mac.
Portland, Alvarez will share the stage at Plews with
The Palavers, a Portland band with a play list ranging
from originals by band members Greene Lawson and Dan
Cook to songs by Robbie Robertson, Woody Guthrie, Neil
Young, The Grateful Dead, Gene Clarke, the Band and
Bob Dylan. Cook and Alvarez describe themselves as “old
L.A. hangin' out buddies” who previously collaborated
in a Roky Erickson tribute band.
July 7, 7PM
on Casbah Radio (
90.1 San Antonio, TX)
online at www.ksym.org
July 7, 10PM
E. Houston St.
Antonio, TX 78205
will be a great Saturday night at Moses Rose's Hideout
as two of San Antonio 's faves Snowbyrd and The In &
Outlaws are joined by out of town amigos Mike Alvarez
( Los Angeles ) and Misty White ( Memphis ). Mike is
a Rio Grande Valley native who played in Austin band
Max & The Makeups, produced Roky Erickson and Daniel
Johnston (among others) and has continued to play and
record over the past thirty years or so. Misty White
is a one of a kind off the wall songstress who was in
seminal Memphis riot-girl out the Hellcats and has also
played drums with Tav Falco, Townes Van Zandt and others.
DJ EPSR will spin between sets. Be there.
July 8, 3PM
Guadalupe St., #101
July 11, 10PM
"Ken Jones' Subpoena: Witness an Empire's
Decay "is now available at CD Baby
Ken Jones' Subpoena: Witness an Empires Decay
Late 80's Austin post punk Peace Corps have remastered
their 1989 album Pastures of Plenty for release on Not