The Lagniappe Sessions :: Mikal Cronin


Lagniappe (la ·gniappe) noun ‘lan-ˌyap,’ — 1. An extra or unexpected gift or benefit. 2. Something given or obtained as a gratuity or bonus.

The Lagniappe Sessions return with Mikal Cronin, whose sophomore solo LP and Merge Records debut, MCII, lands at your favorite record store today. Five months into 2013, I can tell you it’s one of my favorite records this year. Below, the multi-instrumentalist concentrates on the ukelele — paying tribute to a pair of FM radio staples from his youth. Cronin, in his own words, below.

I recorded these songs a little while ago to send to my girlfriend when we were living in different states. We share an affinity for cheesy 80s and 90s pop songs, and since she can play ukelele well we could trade cover songs back and forth. On my computer I titled the album these songs belong to as “(F)ukin’ around with Mikal Cronin”… which I stand behind as a mildly funny name for a dumb uke cover album.

Mikal Cronin :: I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) (The Proclaimers)

The trickiest part of recording this song is not trying to sing with their awesome thick Scottish accents (may be my favorite accent of all the world). My favorite part of this recording is when the phone rings right before the break. This is a really really brilliant simple and affective song.

Mikal Cronin :: Kiss Me (Sixpence None the Richer)

I’m not sure if I first heard this on the radio or in the movie She’s All That. Either way I was probably 11 or 12 and it would periodically get stuck in my head up until today. Looking it up on wikipedia right now it was stuck on number 2 in the charts behind TLC’s “No Scrubs” and Ricky Martin’s “Livin’ La Vida Loca”. That’s pretty rough. My favorite part of this recording is the out of tune melodica solo.

Aquarium Drunkard Lagniappe Sessions Archives / original illustration  for AD by Ben Towle.