For the countless MP fans looking for
"March" or "Free For All", which unfortunately are out of
print, I recommend you check out the following sources. These are also great places to find MP rarities (sheet music, promo CDs, live performances, etc.).
[October 26, 1999] From
"The new album MP4 (Days Since A Lost
Time Accident) is completed and will be released next year. Stay tuned for
[August 21, 1999] I've been receving MANY emails recently from people who've read or heard about Michael's supposed upcoming album, "Days Since a Lost Time Incident." Some of you have said it's coming in August, some in September, some in October... your guess is as good as mine. :-) I'll let you know definitively as soon as I find out.
Also-- FYI: Regarding updating announcements and replying to emails--- I'm between residences right now (just got a job in Boston... very cool), so my Internet access is limited right now (since I often can't get to a computer). I'll be more settled in a week or two, and by then I'll be in much better shape to keep on top of things. Thanks for your patience.
[August 13, 1999] Whew... the page is finally back. I'll be switching over to a new server very soon, so you won't have to put up with these annoying pop-up ads much longer, I promise. :-) Not much news to report about Michael, unfortunately... haven't heard much. (Although he did just recently celebrate his 41st birthday...) If you have any news, however, please let me know. In the meantime, check out the links section for a site about Paul Thomas Anderson... a frequent collaborator of Michael Penn. (Boogie Nights, Hard Eight...)
[April 24, 1999] Please note that the following announcement should have gone up a month ago, but my server had some serious issues, and the posting never made it. Sorry about that…
[March 17, 1999] Sorry there hasn't been much to say lately... I suppose it's partially cuz I've been busy as ever, but also cuz there hasn't been much to say. However, thanks to Brian for pointing out Brian Wilson's top album picks of 1998. Stay tuned for some stories about Mann/Penn shows in LA... (Stories about past shows, not upcoming ones... I have no info about any touring.)
Also... as an advanced warning... I graduate from here (Cornell) in a couple months (May 30, 1999 to be exact). And as soon as I graduate, I lose my server space which I have been alotted here. Therefore... I have to find a new server pretty darn soon. If there are any breaks in service during this transition, I apologize in advance, but I'll do the best I can to make this move as uneventful for you as possible. :-) Thanks for your patience.
[December 31, 1998] Looking for March? I know many of you have been... Well, thanks to one MP fan (Sasha), I found out you can pick it up at www.cdcellar.com which carries a variety of in-print and out-of-print music. Just do a search for Michael Penn, and you'll find March ($10), Free For All ($8), and Resigned ($13.11). I hope this helps the hordes of you who've had trouble finding any of these disks (particularly March). Thanks again to Sasha for this tip!
[December 28, 1998] Well... this semester has been quite busy for me. But now that it's done and the holidays are past, I have a little more free time. I apologize that the page hasn't changed much, but there hasn't been a whole lot to report. One of the most pressing issues I'm trying to work on is finding out what's up with "March"... so many of you have had such hard times locating it. Most of you have been unsuccessful in your search. I've contacted someone at 57 Records about this, but I haven't received a response in quite some time. So, I'll see what I can do.
In the meantime, I've appreciated all the emails you've sent, although I've often been tardy in responding. I'll try to keep that from happening anymore!
I've been toying with a new idea for the page (an idea echoed by a fellow MP fan). What do you think of having a new section in which people can offer their interpretations of MP songs? Good? Bad? Don't care? Let me know what you think about this.
Lastly-- One person told me they saw Michael on old reruns of St. Elsewhere on Nick at Nite... if you're lucky, maybe you can catch him, too! Thanks for all your support and kind comments.
[September 03, 1998] I was shocked and elated to have received this e-mail from Michael Penn himself this morning. And even though he specifically mentions the Birthday Gallery, I'd be willing to bet that he's looked at the original MP Gallery as well. Both Michael and I thank you for all your support. [And btw, please don't ask me for his email address, cuz I don't have it... :-) Sorry...]
[July 23, 1998] Michael's birthday (August 1) is rapidly approaching.... Post your own birthday greetings in the MP Birthday Gallery! (For obvious reasons, this won't be around much longer... so if you want to post in the Birthday Gallery, do it soon!)
[July 20, 1998] "No Myth" has been featured on VH-1's Pop-Up Video a few times, and someone has kindly given me all of the text that appears in the bubbles during the video.
[June 06, 1998] I apologize to Robert for not responding to this sooner, but he's discovered that the video for "Try" is included as a bonus on the DVD for "Boogie Nights." (He said he did NOT find it on Laserdisc... Videotape?... who knows.)
[June 06, 1998] Thanks to James for pointing out the reviews and articles about Michael at Music Boulevard.
[June 06, 1998] Here's my own little query... a year ago or so, I heard about Michael doing a cover of Madonna's "Like a Virgin." (A tribute to his ex-sister-in-law?) Now, you people did such a good job hunting down info about "Strawberry Fields Forever" that I pose this new challenge to you... Lemme know if you know anything about it.
[June 06, 1998] I've gotten a lot of e-mails from people with addresses like "resigned@" or "nomyth@" and even "MichalPenn@". My challenge to you is to WRITE TO ME with these kind of things... Do you have an email address that has an MP theme? How about your car? Somebody once wrote me saying that they have MP license plate frames (or something like that). Do you have MP stuff?? Do you even have a Penn State jacket just cuz you like that it says "Penn"? (True story!... someone told me that, too...) Let me know!!
[June 05, 1998] Thanks to all of you who responded to the "Strawberry Fields Forever" query. If you're interested to find out more about this, go to The Official MP Page OR go to The KCRW Radio Station site where you will find MP's Real Audio interview and performance. The song itself is 26-27 minutes into the interview, but you can fast forward to it. He also does acoustic versions of a bunch of songs from Resigned. [Thanks to Edison, Ed, Joe, Andy, and Brian for this.]
[June 02, 1998] I recently received an email from Ed, a Penn fan, asking about a MP cover of "Strawberry Fields Forever" that he caught on the radio... does anyone know anything about this re-make? Please let me know.
I wanted to thank you for the lovely site you have set up and also for
all the birthday greetings. Please pass my thanks along to all those who
posted. Now let's spread the rumor that I am actually 30 and see if it
flies. Thanks again.