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Mark Dippel - Mild Agoraphobia Album Release Show
Posted March 01, 2019 by Kati Taylor
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Mark Dippel’s album release show happened February 22, 2019 at Healer with Special guest performers Nate B and Robin Goodfellow. The full-length album is titled Mild Agoraphobia and is on the Joyful Noise White Label Series. He did the art on the album insert which is the album cover art on bandcamp where you can listen to the digital album. There were only 500 hand-numbered vinyl albums available and you might still be able to pick one up somewhere but it’s sold out on the Joyful Noise site.

Mark said, “I had a BLAST that night and definitely appreciated all the love from the crowd and the venue. That place is great… I had never been there before.”

‘That place’ is Healer, where I had never been either …and it was a trip. It’s on East Raymond Street in an old strip mall. When I arrived, I remember wondering if I was even at the right place! Once inside I realized it had been repurposed from a cubicle office into a special, funky space where artists have created installations that are tough to describe (so go check it out!). Mark said playing a show at healer was …”Almost like playing a show in an alternate dimension.” I thought the space was perfect for this show and for the energy of that night. I found the fun venue space to complement Mark’s fun style of music. Friends, family, and supporters who attended sat on couches and on an indoor grassy field in front of the stage. But by the end of the show, most folks were standing up dancing and participating.

Each time I have seen Mark Dippel perform live it has been sincere, energetic, original, and unique. It also seems that he has gained confidence and comfort in his art. He has a way of being boldly dismal and approachably relatable through his quirky tones and lyrics. One of my favorite things about Mark’s music is his lyrics and their melancholic humorous poetic angle. Getting used to the intensity of the sound and realizing its softness reveals a real, humble, and deliberate account of dealing with (and perceiving) reality and experiences. Dippel’s live performances are his voice with one percussively played instrument per song (guitar, keyboard, xylophone, or a hand drum – though there’s more layers on the recorded album, even including several auxiliary percussion instruments, trombone, and didgeridoo) - During the last portion of the night, however, he invited the audience to participate by playing rhythms on instruments he handed out.  That got everyone energized because the final medly included: Ice Ice Baby, Jump Around, The Humpty Dance, and Baby Got Back.

Mark wanted to share… “I have always made sure that I do at least one thing at every show that I have never done before (maybe a song I’ve never played, or using a different instrument on a song, or even just a small alteration somewhere in a song… as long as I work something in there). So, even if someone sees every show I ever play, something will still surprise them. It’s always been a personal goal/challenge for myself, and I have managed to stick to it in every show I’ve ever played. Gotta’ keep it fresh and keep people on their toes!”

Check out the video below where you can see how he opened the show—Really grabbing the audience’s attention. You can follow the Mark Dippel facebook events for upcoming performances. Note that Mark Dippel is on the lineup for the 2019 Virginia Avenue Music Festival so don’t miss it coming up in May and in the meantime, download his album and take a listen!


Here’s the full set list from the release show:

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Observe The Destruction
The Sorcerer's Office Supply Store /
Anarchy In The U.K. /
Rehab /
Closer /
I Write The Songs /
Sexyback /
Fight For Your Right To Party /
Mother
An Outdated Model
Hindsight Won't Help Me
3-Toed Sloth
The Total Lack Of Suspense
It's Hard To Get Drunk In South Carolina
Headache / We're Not Gonna Take It (featuring Nate B)
The Shed
Insomnia
Arsenal Of Words
Five Years Older Everyday
This Is Not An Improvement
Someday, Simone
Three Weeks
The Backyard
The Basement
Stare At The Corpse
The Non-Medical Epidemic Blues
Faith
Don't You Forget About Me
Coffee On The Floor /
Scooby-Doo Theme Song
Lost In Your Eyes
Ice Ice Baby /
Jump Around /
The Humpty Dance /
Baby Got Back

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