Professional Musician with C’vello

Mark Galasso was a keyboardist, bassist and singer with the RCA recording artist C’vello.  He performed frequently with the group throughout the 1990’s.

At the height of C’vello’s popularity they became a regional phenomena culminating with the innovative techno rap song, This Jam is Cold.

Perchaplectic (CD)

Perchaplectic
Released: 1997
℗ 1997 Daddy’s Tutti Music, BMI

Perchaplectic is a one of a kind collection of songs & recordings reflecting this artist’s range of musical interests. Presented in an album format, the CD is 74 minutes long.

All of the material was recorded & mixed by Galasso in his home studio and the musicians playing on the CD are all exceptional. Many of them were child prodigies, and all of them are from Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

 

New Orleans’ “Offbeat” magazine called PERCHAPLECTIC:  “A Perfect Piece of Ear-Candy… Perchaplectic does have its share of expert playing, tasteful while exploratory, especially Gary Don Smith’s blues licks and Galasso’s own Prince-like mastery of almost every instrument he puts his hand on. Imagine a Double Fantasy-era John Lennon transported to the Nineties and blissfully ignoring the Alternative and Electronica explosions and you’ll get some idea of what’s going on. And the sole break with convention-the medley of “I’m Comin’ Over/Perchaplectic” and “Heaven”-works so well that one realizes even this is not the limit of Galasso’s talents. Where are the A&R suits when you need ’em. – The best local pop record of this new year.”

 

In 1999, Galasso singed on with Labrador Records in England where Perchaplectic was the featured CD on Audiostreet.com who called the CD, “a stunning eclectic collection of 17 songs”.

In 2001 his song “Let’s Make it Work Somehow” charted at #14 on the garageband.com “Pop” charts and was featured as “Song of the Day” based on enthusiastic reviews by listeners from all over the world.

Two songs off of Perchaplectic, the Bowie-ish “Blonde & Fair”, and his Epic “10 Miles Away” were licensed by Shockwave.com for use in their Photojam application.

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Pop CD

“Pop” is an enigmatic CD. None of the songs are anything alike,
other than that they are all bound by strong back beats.

This limited CD release is primarily targeted for the Global Digital Download Market. You can buy the CD or single songs on music websites like: Spotify, iTunes,  Rhapsody  or CDbaby.

***CD Notes and Commentary***

FIRST: There are 3 Slammin’ Club Songs:

-Cut #4 -“Come Feel My Love” is a humorous, super-frank techno song.

As expressed by a contemporary composer: “It’s a testosterone driven, everybody wants to do it, to the point, lyrical composition. The entire thing just stayed in my head. I woke up the next day and it was the first thing I thought of…a very controversial creation. I love it.”

-Cut #12 – The CD ends with an extended “Come Feel My Love” -(CLUB-MIX) for DJ’s to work into their sets easily.

-Cut #7 -“Chote’ Vi” is a high energy instrumental with a really cool swing to it. Feels like it’s pushing the beat the whole time. You will dance!

** The rest of the CD is songs about all kinds of things:

Cut #1 – “Love When You Want It” is an over the top, keyboard oriented, super/pop/funky song that is dramatically orchestrated, laced with lust and fairy tale ideas about love that never comes when you want it to….

“Felt like I was flying I was half way ’round the world
She sat still & listened to my stories about everything
Suddenly I was wishing I could hold her for a while
And I stood there unwilling to be lonely once again let’s face it…
Love when you want it never comes on time”…

Cut #2 – “Think for Yourself”, is a fantastical concept piece originally documented as three separate spontaneous vocal improvisations. They were edited together into a song and all of the production was built around what you hear.

“Take a long ride on a pirate ship somewhere beyond the sea
Get your life in a sailor cap & set your soul free
Yea say I’m sailing, nothing left to do
Big wide gropin’ sails, across for me & you

Nobody really saying much of anything, Think for Yourself”…

“Think for Yourself” readdresses a topic that has always been a problem especially now that unprecedented global media access has produced “Group Think” issues on a new scale. Fanaticism & the repetitive nature in peoples thinking is the greatest enemy to humanity. Simply stated, the most important thing humans can do is make informed decisions for themselves, independently of peer groups and external pressures.

Cut #5 -“Kiati” is an acronym for “Kind is all there Is”.
The song is about hope and forgiveness when you lose your foot hole to the world:

“Part of they sky will open when it’s dark
There’ll be a time when hope will resolve and love renews
The promise is made when you fall
When you fall be kind is all there is”…

Cut #6 -“Functional Dysfunctional”. This is a song about all of us who are dysfunctional by many standards, as some would have it. And then there are the people who are “Functional Dysfunctional’s”. The song is about the cycle of dysfunction in families/society… The kid is dysfunctional because his dad messed him over, kid grows up, has kids, beats his son and the cycle of dysfunction keeps on going through generations of families. etc…

Cut #9 – “Please Don’t Smoke I’m Singin'”. I was cutting a vocal track one night and a friend was smoking in the studio, blowing it right in my face, and I turned and asked him… “Please Don’t Smoke I’m Singin’!” That’s how this funny song came to be.

There is a very ethnically mixed line-up on this song. Two Italian Americans, two Black Americans (add..Creole & Italian) and one redneck! This makes for a good Louisiana Creole Funk Gumbo!

Cut #10 – “Luv Talk”  Is a Funk/Pop song.

Cut #11- “Space Dock 9”. This is an improvised instrumental recording. The ending is in direct contrast with the material that preceded it. It is as if a “Light” came on to bring order from chaos.

-Cut #12 – The CD ends with an extended “Come Feel My Love” -(CLUB-MIX) for DJ’s to work into their sets easily.

Lottery Jingles CD

Lottery Jingles CD is a compilation of commercial Lottery Jingles.  It contains nine radio spots composed and produced by Mark Galasso, aka Antifluff Superstar.

The first four of the jingles on the CD have won National & International awards in advertising.

“Pick 4” the first cut on the CD, won BEST RADIO SPOT at the NORTH AMERICAN LOTTERY AWARDS, in Halifax Nova Scotia, 1999. There were 47 Lottery companies at the competition, from all over North America.

Also included on this CD is the “Brocato Piece.” This was composed for Brocato International’s 1998 appearance at the “ALTERNATIVE HAIR SHOW”, at the ROYAL ALBERT HALL, LONDON. Every year a video of the show is made and distributed throughout the world wide hair industry. The “Alternative Hair Show” is one of the biggest Leukaemia fund raisers in the world.

The CD ends with a re-mastered version of “ANTIFLUFF SUPERSTAR”.

This CD will make you dance and funk ya up and leave you with a smile. If you want to hear what fresh, Louisiana-Mardi-Gras Party- Funk sounds like, you’ll get ya some on this fo’ sho’!

 

Antifluff Superstar CD

Antifluff Superstar was composed & recorded during a period of unprecedented self-growth. All of the material was conceived, recorded & mixed without any constrictions regarding when the music was documented as a musical expression. This creates a spontaneity and freshness not easily duplicated in the recording studio.

“OFFBEAT”, New Orleans’ premier music magazine wrote:

“Mark Galasso who gifted us with some of the best modern Louisiana pop around on 1997’s PERCHAPLECTIC, returns with a new persona as Antifluff Superstar, completing his studio-perfectionistic control-freak journey full circle. He’s even starting to sound like other wizards and true stars: his funk is becoming positively Princely, his twisted classicism Rundgrenian, his confessionality Lennonesque. The title track dips and weaves between three decades of damaged art-pop like a drunk on a binge. Just when he seems unfathomable, he polishes off a Beatlesque gem (“Jin’s Jet”), rips out a solid groove (“Stuck Here Without You”), or takes the piss out of his ambition by re-working one his commercial jingles (“Bonus Lucky 7″) and all is well. Mark’s colossally, wonderfully self-obsessed. The sheer audacity and frightening intensity of his ambition is absolutely thrilling. In a state that forgot how to make solid, non-derivative pop music a few decades ago, that’s to be celebrated.”

Mark Galasso-a.k.a “Antifluff Superstar”-has been recognized Nationally and Internationally for nine spectacular radio jingles he has written for the Louisiana Lottery Corporation. In 1999, “Pick 4” won “Best Radio Spot” at the North American Lottery Awards in Halifax, Nova Scotia. “Bonus Lucky 7” & a Gambline Hotline Tv Spot were also finalists in the competition, which involved 49 lottery companies from all over North America. Additionally, his Jingles “Mambo Money” & “Let the Good Times Roll” won Audio Communicator Awards in 2001, and “Mambo Money” was given the “Crystal Award for Excellence”.

(See: “Lottery Jingles” also available on CD Baby, iTunes & many PC download sites)

For further information about Antifluff Superstar please visit:

www.markgalasso.net

ANTIFLUFF SUPERSTAR is also available for Digital Download on the following sites:

Apple iTunes http://www.apple.com/itunes/store/
Rhapsody http://www.listen.com/
Sony Connect http://www.sonyconnect.com/
Napster http://www.napster.com/
PureTracks http://www.puretracks.com/
MusicNet http://www.musicnet.com/
AudioLunchbox http://www.audiolunchbox.com/
MusicMatch http://www.musicmatch.com/download/music_intro.htm
Emusic http://www.emusic.com/
BuyMusic http://www.buymusic.com/
NetMusic http://www.netmusic.com
DiscLogic http://www.disclogic.com/
Emepe3.com http://www.emepe3.com/
Etherstream http://www.etherstream.com/
Linspire http://www.linspire.com/
Music4Cents http://www.music4cents.com/
QTRnote http://www.qtrnote.com/
TriaSite http://www.gimmemusic.net/
CatchMusic http://catchmusic.net/catchweb/

SONIC ADVICE: If you are concerned about the audio fidelity of these recordings it is recommended that you buy the actual CD.