NEWS

  • Announcing a special springtime co-headlining show with my good friend Dave Boutette at Ann Arbor's historic underground house venue, Johnny's Speakeasy. Following our fifth Surf & Turf collaboration last November, Dave and I decided it was time we book a show together that focused strictly on our own material. We were lucky enough to book the most exclusive and charming venue in town. If you've been to Johnny's, you know the drill. If you're a rookie, we urge to you check out one of the Midwest's best kept secrets. 

    Tickets are $15 and will be sold in advance only. Doors at 7pm, show at 8. For information on how to join us, please e-mail northerndetective@gmail.com.

    Cheers!
    TM

  • Dr. Spaceman's Spring Calendar

    If you've been disappointed by how few planetariums I've played during my career, 2018 is the year I make amends. On March 9, I've been invited to lay down a wave of phase at Adrian College's Robinson Planetarium & Observatory. It's the most geographically alluring of a series of other great Southeast Michigan shows I'm playing that month which also includes a train station. First up, though, I'll be making my debut at the Hamtramck Music Fest on March 3, followed a few days later on March 7 by an appearance at the On the Tracks songwriter showcase in Chelsea. The following weekend, on March 16, I'm going to be part of a great triple bill of songwriters in Detroit with Danny Kroha and Andy Dale Petty at PJ's Lager HouseCheck out the full show listings here

    Cheers!
    TM

  • Looking Back / Looking Forward

    Calling 2017 a tumultuous year might be underselling it, but amid all the turmoil there was brightness, joy, and progress too. For my part, I'm very proud to have been able to put some new music into the world, film my first video, and play a bunch of fun shows with a great band. Thank you to all who listened to and enjoyed Amber Lantern and especially to my many collaborators throughout the year. Jenny Harley, Brian Lillie, Chad Sturdivant, Matt Collar, Tom McCartan, Leah Diehl, Patrick Herek, Greg McIntosh, James Monger, Fido Kennington, Peter WoodmanGeoff Michael... I'm looking at you! 

    I'm am excited to make as much music as I can in 2018 and already have a number of new songs written and shows on the calendar. First up is a hometown show in Saline, MI on January 27th at my local brewery Stony Lake Brewing Co. as part of the Acoustic Routes series. I'll be co-headlining with my friends Gifts or Creatures from Kalamazoo whose third album, Fair Mitten, was one of my absolute favorite releases of this past year. The poster is another gem from Jenny Harley.

    Wishing you all happiness and health in the new year.

    Cheers!
    TM

  • Hayward

    It is with great pleasure that I announce the release of my first ever music video. The song, "Hayward," is one of the centerpieces of my album, Amber Lantern, and we did our best to give it a striking visual aesthetic to match the recording's pastoral romantic nature. It was filmed in late summer entirely in my old hometown of Brighton, Michigan whose rustic lakes and forests acted as a stand-in for the song's namesake, Hayward, Wisconsin.

    A video is something I've thought about doing for many years, but somehow never made a priority until this year and I have my friend Brian Lillie to thank for helping me finally see it through. It was far less painful than I thought it would be and ended up being one of the highlights of my summer.

    So as the weather grays and the temperatures drop, here's one last bit of Indian Summer warmth for you to view on the small screen of your choice. I hope you enjoy watching it as much as we did making it.

    I also urge you to please read the following acknowledgements as all of these people were crucial in making this project a reality.

    CREDITS:

    Director: Brian Lillie
    Aerial Photographer: Peter Woodman
    Launch Boat Captain: William H. Monger
    Craft Services: Mary Jane Monger + James Christopher Monger

    Starring: Timothy Monger, "Old Paint," Jack Spack's canoe, and...

    TIMOTHY MONGER STATE PARK:
    Matt Collar - trumpet
    Patrick Herek - electric piano
    Chad Sturdivant - drums
    Tom McCartan - bass
    Leah Diehl - keyboard

    Thank you: Brian Lillie, Peter Woodman, William H. Monger, Mary Jane Monger, James Christopher Monger, Matt Collar, Patrick Herek, Chad Sturdivant, Tom McCartan, Leah Diehl, Kristie Brablec, Jack Spack Jr., Natalie + Nathan Zolg, Jenny Harley, and Skylar Woodman

    Cheers!
    TM

  • Surf & Turf, V.5

    A now-annual event whose legs have proven remarkably seaworthy, Surf & Turf enters its fifth year. Once again, my compadre Dave Boutette and I will enliven a Sunday evening in November with songs of the sea (myself) and songs of the west (Dave) while our host venue, Old Town Tavern, serves up a tasty dish to match. 

    As always, our silent partner in this venture is the remarkable Jenny Harley whose artwork has now graced each of the five Surf & Turf posters. 

    Sunday, November 5th
    Old Town Tavern 
    122 W. Liberty St.
    Ann Arbor, MI
    8-10pm | No Cover

    Cheers!
    TM

  • Harvest Gathering 2017

    Back in 2011, while promoting my second album, I was lucky enough to land a slot at Earthwork Farm's annual Harvest Gathering music festival in Northern Michigan. I had few expectations at the time and just a small bit of apprehension about spending a weekend camping in close quarters in a remote field.

    It ended up being a personal highlight for me in an already fortunate year. I met some wonderful people, connected with some old friends, heard a ton of great music, ate amazing food, and spent a very carefree 48 hours lounging about on some of the nicest land I can remember. I always vowed I'd find a way back up there and now, with another new album out into the world, I'm finally trekking back up to Lake City, Michigan. 

    In a wonderful twist of fate, I'll be joined once again by my great friend and Great Lakes Myth Society bandmate Gregory McIntosh, with whom I recorded this amusing video during the 2011 festival:

    It will also mark the unexpected third date on the 2017 Monger/McIntosh reunion tour which has so far included Dexter, Michigan and New York City. Many thanks to Seth Bernard and the Earthwork team for booking us.

    Cheers!
    TM

  • Summer's End

    I know a lot of people mourn the dwindling days of summer, but it's generally one of my favorite times of the year. As someone who is always trying to control his environment, I welcome the dramatic shifts into spring and fall. Whether I'm ready or not, it forces me into a change of surroundings which usually sparks a creative period. Sure enough, as the evenings start to cool earlier, I find myself filling notebooks with the raw material of future songs and feeling like anything is possible!

    Meanwhile, there are live dates on the calendar to attend to. Here's what's on the docket for the creatively fertile months of August and September...

    August 24 / The Blind Pig
    A solo set opening for Canadian indie rockers Current Swell at a beloved hometown joint.

    August 26 / Holler Fest
    State Park returns to this pastoral festival spot in the Irish Hills of Michigan.

    September 15 / Harvest Gathering
    The last time I played at Earthworks' lovely Northern festival was 2011. This time I'll be joined by my dear friend and Great Lakes Myth Society bandmate, Gregory McIntosh for our third appearance together this year!

    September 23 / Flying Otter Vineyard & Winery
    Another solo acoustic show and seasonal bookend to my April show at this beautiful Southern Michigan winery.

    Cheers!
    TM