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Reclinerland is the music of Michael Johnson, a singer/songwriter of Postmodern Pop, or Pop Art Music.
Started in 1997, Reclinerland has released seven albums and toured in Portland, London, all over the U.S., and around the world, sharing bills with many talented people, including The Red House Painters, Kristen Hirsh, Pete Krebs, Modern English, the cute guy from Tears For Fears, Komeda, Ivy, Michael Johnson (no relation), Brenda Kahn, Joseph Arthur, Dreams Come True (a Japanese Pop band), Audio Learning Center, Damien Rice, The Decemberists, Regina Spektor, Norfolk & Western, The Stratford 4, the Pale, and others. He has performed at notable venues such as Berbatti's Pan and the Roseland Theater in Portland, OR, the Moore Theater, the Crocodile, and the Sunset Tavern in Seattle, CBGB's and the Living Room in New York City, The Whisky A Go-Go in LA, the Garage and the 12-Bar Club in London, the Grog Shop in Cleveland, The Make Out Room in San Francisco, among others.
Reclinerland has performed at festivals such as CMJ, SxSW, MFNW, PDX Pop Now!, and Sasquatch.
In April 2000, Reclinerland appeared on national television on Jimmy & Doug’s Farm Club TV show on the USA network.
Michael has also contributed to other projects, including composing string arrangements for the Decemberists' album Her Majesty, playing Fender Rhodes piano in Chad Crouch's band Blanket Music, and playing guitar in Scott Garett's band Super XX Man. Musicians who have contributed to Reclinerland's eclectic sound include Anthony Georgis, Joe Ballman, Jason Hughes, Ron Guensche (Andiamo) Chris Streng (Stratford 4, Space Face, Mt. Whateverest), Colin Meloy (Decemberists), Jenny Conlee (Decemberists), Pat Gamble, Bob Martin, Chad Crouch (Blanket Music, Toothfairy), Morgan Grace, Adam Selzer (Norfolk & Western), and a host of others.
Journalist-types have singled out certain influences when describing Reclinerland’s sound. Among them The Beatles, The Zombies, Galaxie 500, Nick Drake, Paul Simon, The Push Kings, and The Magnetic Fields. With the release of The Ideal Home Music Library series, of which there are currently two volumes, Reclinerland adds Cole Porter, Franklin Bruno, Chet Baker, Burt Bacharach, and Rogers & Hammerstien to that list.
Reclinerland puts out records digitally on his own label, George Recordings. Reclinerland also enjoys a gentlemen’s agreement with Hush Records in Portland, OR. Other labels Reclinerland has done business with include the now defunct Expanding Brooklyn Records and Lelp Recordings.
Michael also writes musical theater. His current musical projects include an original musical play called Summerhaven, about a teacher's crisis of faith when his esoteric radical free school runs the risk of being shut down.
He recently completed 28 songs for a new romantic comedy musical set in a hospice and entitled Happy Valley, with book by Rich Rubin.
Michael's full length musical Success!, about two feuding adoptive brothers, made the third round of selections at the National Music Theater Conference two years in a row and was a contender for the Fred Ebb award. A showcase performance of Success! is in the works for 2016.
Currently, Michael is hard at work on string arrangements for his other pop band Parks & Recreation's newest album, which is scheduled to begin recording on December 4th of this year.