Into the Future with Mike Coykendall

Mike’s new record Half Past, Present Pending releases this week. It’s a chance for fans, new and old, to reflect on the road he’s traveled over the length of his musical career.




When he finally hit Portland in 1999, Mike dove in to a really deep pool of musical talent he both helped, shape, engineer and play with.

(With Mike’s) duties as a sideman, producer, and recordist via his work with M Ward, Blitzen Trapper, She & HimAnnalisa Tornfelt, & Tin Hat Trio, to name a few, Coykendall has been making his own unique outsider records since the mid ’80s.

To celebrate the record, Mike will be performing a week’s worth of local record release parties!!!


7/18 – Portland @ Doug Fir (Project Pabst Event) w/Fernando, Jeremy Wilson

7/19 – Portland @ Music Millennium in store 3PM, then at Landmark Saloon Unhappy hour 5:30PM

7/20 – Portland @ Powell’s bookstore. Playing behind poet Tim Sproul for his reading.

7/21 – Portland – House Party – Fluff and Gravy Studios w/Carlos Forster

7/22 – Seattle @ Vermillion w/Carlos Forster & Virgin of the Birds

7/23 – Portland @ Kelly’s Olympian w/Carlos Forster, Annalisa Tornfelt, & Virgin of the Birds

7/24 – Salem @ The Governor’s Cup w/Carlos Forster & Annalisa Tornfelt

7/25 – Portland @ Laurelthirst Public House w/Carlos Forster


On this record, Coykendall takes the listener closer to his live performances with what he affectionately calls “ the rig”, consisting of a tin can kick drum, an oversized Kay electric guitar, and a huge set of hi-hat cymbals, all awash in delay and distortion.  The record is a mix of new compositions (check out “Hard Landing”), new recordings of favorite selections from his back catalogue (check out “East of Cheney” or “Spacebaker Blues”) mixed in with fresh interpretations of other classics (he covers Roger Miller, Syd Barrett, etc) .






Did some unplugged songs and conversation. And some additional catching up on the phone. Mike has a really wonderful history that began in the farmlands of Kansas. His edgier older siblings clearly had no small influence on his kid-brain. Great taste in music, Mike!




The website is HERE.

Fluff and Gravy label HERE



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