Cass McCombs with special guest Mike Bones
Cass McComb’s current release, Dropping the Writ, represents another shift in the career of this amazing songwriter. Most of the songs were written when McCombs moved back to California in the fall of 2005. Assisted by friends, including some who had contributed to his album, A, the new album was recorded partially in a studio as well as in the solitude of his newfound home. The music alternates between mania and wonder, within a song-form that McCombs continues to expand upon lyrically, often with the humorous, wry use of stories plucked from his own life experience. Dropping the Writ, an informal term which Wikipedia defines as “the procedure in some government systems where the head of government goes to the head of state and formally advise them to dissolve parliament,” is the first release by McCombs on Domino Records of London.
"Mike Bones is the not-so-secret identity of guitarist and songwriter Mike Strallow; as Strallow, he's established himself as one of the top guitarists on the New York underground/independent scene for his work with Soldiers of Fortune, Damon McMahon, Lizzie Trulie, and the Mighty Flashlight, while under the name Mike Bones he's stepped out as a solo artist, recording his own songs, which allow him to show another side of his musical personality. The first Mike Bones album, The Sky Behind the Sea, was released by the independent label The Social Registry in the fall of 2007."
–All Music Guide