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The Draghounds proposed Crackpot Records single- early 1990s- four songs

24 Dec

I found another Draghounds cassette recently (the band made MANY), and I noticed the markings indicated that these songs were for a “Crackpot single”. The band did a couple of albums for the Crackpot label, but I don’t remember a second Draghounds single,  just their debut from 1988. So, I asked Mike, he said Brian Paulson recorded these songs in the old Rykodisc office. (side note: I used to work in that building, and I heisted the abandoned display rack from the Rykodisc conference room for my office.) Crackpot Records folded before the single could be put out, and the band broke up soon after. SO- these might be the last songs they recorded? Dig the ‘Spider’ John Koerner song! This might be my favorite recording The Draghounds did, and solidifies my opinion that they were perhaps that era’s best local band.

Thanks again to Mike for allowing me to present these great songs to you.Here’s what Mike is up to lately: mikenicolai.com/

One Cliff to Climb

Running Jumping Standing Still

Screaming Party Vulture Blues part 1

Screaming Party Vulture Blues part 2

Here’s a couple of early Draghounds cassettes


The Draghounds- two cassettes from 1987 and 1988

8 Nov

The Draghounds roared out of Austin, Minnesota in the mid-1980s along with The Gear Daddies & The Third Eye. I have a friend named Chris who claims that The Draghounds were “like gods”, they played all kinds of wild musical events & parties in southern Minnesota, even at High School dances. They put out a 7″ single (culled from the 1988 tape- “Never Live Without” made it to vinyl), a double LP, some CDs and A TON of cassettes. Bassist Davin Odegaard eventually joined the Rank Strangers; singer/guitarist Mike Nicolai has put out a grip of solo releases, and spends his time in the other Austin, you know, the one in Texas. Thanks to Mike for granting me permission to post some oh his earliest recordings here, all three are from the 1988 tape. Included here is a tiny letter that Mike wrote to Ed Ackerson & I when he submitted the tape- it is written on the back of a matchbook cover.

Here’s another Draghounds cassette I found

Never Live Without

Naked Transit


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