Long before the Miguel and the Ocean Swell project began, I had been working on various recording projects under assumed names. I am thinking of releasing this batch of experimental guitar music tracks as an EP. I call the project Urban Desert Sketches. They were recorded under my pseudonym Trasholine. I played all of the […]

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§194 · November 23, 2012 · Latest News · (No comments) ·


Our show at The Living Room contained three new songs we’re working on for our next release. They are still taking shape but you can check them out in the videos. Thanks to Dave Foster from Bubble for providing the footage which we’ve edited together with another camera set on the venue’s piano! “Don’t Look […]

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§189 · June 19, 2012 · Latest News · (No comments) ·


We have our first air play! WFMU has played Miguel and the Ocean Swell on selected shows. Wednesday, WFMU’s Evan “Funk” Davies played MATOS’s Front Line Holiday on his radio show. As Mark said, “Airplay, motherfuckers! Right before a Guided By Voices song!!” You can check out the show on-demand at the Davies’ playlist page […]

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§176 · April 26, 2012 · Latest News · (No comments) ·


Having a few hours to himself with the kids out of the house a few weeks ago, Mike thought he’d try a little recording exercise. He recorded a quick cover of a Monkees song in tribute to the late Davy Jones. While we all loved Davy, Mike is more of a Mike/Mickey man so he […]

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§146 · April 2, 2012 · Latest News · (No comments) ·


Miguel and The Ocean Swell’s released its debut album ‘With The Star Of The Sea’ for digital purchase and free streaming today. An effort that took nearly two years to record, the album was produced by brothers Mike and Mark Rinzel (lead singer of The Jupiter Deluxe), Alan Camlet (HoboRico studios) and features lead guitar […]

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§127 · February 7, 2012 · Latest News · (No comments) ·


Heading out of town to Ithaca for a much needed break (no vacations all summer, what!??) to recharge. Coming in September we will be mixing and mastering of all of the recordings which are all on “tape” now. Alan Camlet will be mixing as the month goes on then we will send the recordings off […]

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§108 · September 3, 2011 · Latest News · Comments Off ·


So we’ve got 12 songs recorded but we need a kickstart to get through the last lap. We need to raise $2500 to complete the mixing, mastering and pressing of the CD. Deadline is August 15th. If you become a backer you could get a digital download of the album, the physical CD (100% recycled […]

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§103 · July 4, 2011 · Latest News · (No comments) ·


Here is the MP3 streams for Toy On A String / The Ocean Swell which is really a double sided single. In February the group went into Hoboken Recorders and tracked five new tunes! We should have the full album ready this summer. Toy On A String – The Ocean Swell (digital single) by oceanswell

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§81 · January 12, 2011 · Latest News · Comments Off ·


At the end of June I went to Hoboken Recorders to work on the new CD. I had originally set out to do 4-5 songs. As we layed down the basic tracks for 8, I think we decided to try and finish all of them and complete a mini-LP. The process could not have been […]

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§44 · July 7, 2010 · Latest News · Comments Off ·


Here’s the the thing. It’s been years since starting a new band. And frankly, I think this is the first time I’ve done it nearly all on my own. It’s been hard won getting back into writing and playing again. Life has past us all by so quickly. The world, New York City and all […]

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§1 · May 6, 2010 · Latest News · Comments Off ·