It's All About Me!

by The Headwhiz Consort Moderne Internationale

Released 2017
Mind Fry
Released 2017
Mind Fry
Experimental World Jazz
NOTES
This is an instrumental piece composed by our mallet player Lady Bret Fastley. It’s title is a reference to herself however she has pointed out that it could also be a reference to the newly minted POTUS Donald Trump a.k.a. President The Donald. While Lady Bret admits to her own vain glorious ways she is in awe of the massive ego that this particular POTUS has displayed and felt to mention him …
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Thor's Hammer

by The Headwhiz Consort Moderne Internationale

Released 11/20/2016
Mind Fry
Released 11/20/2016
Mind Fry
Experimental World Jazz is what we refer to the Consort's music! If you Have a better idea lets hear it! Seriously we don't really know where this music falls....
NOTES
Most people are aware of the God of Thunder from Norse mythology as Thor. Most people probably also know that he appears in the Avenger movies. They probably are aware that he has this hammer, Mjölnir, that he uses to pummel his enemies and defend Asgard and the people of the earth, in his role as a God and an Avenger. What they probably do not know is that in his down time from …
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Ice Dragon

by The Headwhiz Consort Moderne Internationale

Released 2016
Mind Fry
Released 2016
Mind Fry
A song of love and hate in many ways.
NOTES
This is a piece our programmer Robert Kohn brought in. He had previously never presented a composition to the Consort so we were intrigued. After listening to it we were also impressed. Working from the demo Robert had worked up we had Barney replace the leads with guitar, Robert had synths doing them... although he envisioned the electric guitar. He also suggested that our good friend John McGrail come in and do the lead vocals. …
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Head in the Ground

by John McGrail

Released 2016
Mind Fry
Released 2016
Mind Fry
Modern progressive folk.
NOTES
Categorized as a folk musician he accepts that and on some level even agrees but his influences range far beyond that and they all contribute to the ‘folk’ music that he creates. Never one to be pigeonholed John uses whatever he has at his disposal to present his music. Live it is often just a voice and guitar, although lately he's had a trio and even a quartet accompanying him, in the studio he grasps …
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Knightclub

by The Headwhiz Consort Moderne Internationale

Released 2016
Mind Fry
Released 2016
Mind Fry
Experimental World Jazz
NOTES
Taking their cue from Mandolicious The Consort once again takes to the dance floor fusing a weird guitar solo with an irresistible dance beat. What more could anyone ask for?

No Lamentations

by The Headwhiz Consort Moderne Internationale

Released 2016
Mind Fry
Released 2016
Mind Fry
Experimental World Jazz
NOTES
The Consort over the Holidays this year were able to gather in Cleveland and turn out this tune. Going into the session only I had heard it, none of the others knew of its existence. Within a 5-6 day period the song was learned and several takes were in the can. If only making albums was this easy... -Babakar.

Extraordinary Times

by John McGrail

Released 2015
Mind Fry
Released 2015
Mind Fry
Modern Progressive Folk
NOTES
This is a tune that deals with those times when emotions are palpable. When they are so thick that it’s like humidity.
Here are the words:

these are extraordinary times
you may or may not agree
but still you searched for rhymes
and the deep roots of the tree
I can’t ask for much more
you gave all that you could
you knew what it’s all for
you did just what you …
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It Doesn't Matter

by John McGrail

Released 2015
Mind Fry
Released 2015
Mind Fry
Melodic experimental folk/pop with incisive lyrics
NOTES
An old, old tune I pulled out, dusted off and applied the technology of the modern day folk musician, whatever the hell that means. Here are the words

I don’t belong
my words are not heeded
sometimes I’m strong
but never when its needed

it doesn’t matter
that I have no song
it doesn’t matter
that I’m wrong

I’m searching and have been
for what I'm not sure
if …
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You Will Smile Again

by John McGrail

Released 2015
Mind Fry
Released 2015
Mind Fry
Melodic experimental folk/pop with incisive lyrics
NOTES
Originally this tune appeared on a cassette only release way back when cassette only releases were the going thing. It was on a release called The Millet Stalk by John’s rock band A Grey Sky. While that band turned to dust upon the release of that legendary cassette the music did not. Recently John has set about doing new versions of songs from that storied release. “You Will Smile Again” is just the latest. (…
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Ain't Got the Money (To Buy Me a Politician)

by John McGrail

Released 2015
Mind Fry
Released 2015
Mind Fry
More melodic experimental folk with incisive lyrics
NOTES
With people talking about the 2016 election already I thought it was a good time to share this with whoever wants it.

Would You Take a Stance?

by John McGrail

Released 2014
Mind Fry
Released 2014
Mind Fry
Melodic experimental folk with incisive lyrics
NOTES
As far as this tune goes it deals with a certain type of person. Their ethics are shaky at best. The question of taking a stance is one that is posed while wondering just where would this type of person draw the line on right or wrong. Are they capable of self-doubt? Is there a generosity of spirit? If they have something good will they share? Would they take what is not theirs if they …
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They're Dishing It Out

by John McGrail

Released 2014
Mind Fry
Released 2014
Mind Fry
A Live Recording of the Headwhiz Consort Moderne Internationale with John McGrail joing them on lead vocals! First time EVER!
NOTES
This is the first known recording ever of The Headwhiz Consort Moderne Internationale performing live with their good friend and longtime collaborator John McGrail. The exact location is not known but we believe it was recorded in Ireland during the Consorts tour of that country. The date would be have to be 1999 as that was the only time John has been in Ireland. He recalls performing with them and thinks it was near Galway although …
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Mandolicious

by The Headwhiz Consort Moderne Internationale

Released 2013
Mind Fry
Released 2013
Mind Fry
Fearlessly going where no one ought to. The Consort once again bashes styles together until they fit…. sort of. Taking Bluegrass into the clubs………

Can't Find My Way Back Home

by John McGrail

Released 2013
Mind Fry Music
Released 2013
Mind Fry Music
Folk Rock leaning towards rock but not always. Why be pigeonholed eh?

Nothing Good About Losing

by John McGrail

Released 2012
Mind Fry Records
Released 2012
Mind Fry Records
Just a happy little tune that reminds you no matter how bad things are it's not the end of the world..... probably.
NOTES
There is always a bright side to even the most miserable of circumstances. Sorry that is as cheery as I can get.

Don't Resist

by John McGrail

Released 2012
Mind Fry
Released 2012
Mind Fry
A reggae tinged rock song that hints the world can be better and it is everyones responsibility to make it so.
NOTES
This is a song I wrote many years ago when I was a rebellious youth. Having gained the wisdom that comes with age I am now a rebellious old man. It is a song that says do not be afraid to question authority or the powers that be. If they cannot answer your questions, or refuse to, then there is probably something wrong. Resistance is not futile. In fact sometimes resistance is the only way …
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I Just Don't Like Christmas

by John McGrail

Released 2013
Mind Fry
Released 2013
Mind Fry
The happiest little Christmas tune you'll ever hear. Channeling Charlie Brown...............