This is the pat mAcdonald (aka Purgatory Hill) website. I'm pat, and i maintain this myself. Purgatory Hill serves double duty as a pseudonym for my Lowebow-playing persona (now on break) and the name of the band Purgatory Hill which is a duo project with melaniejane who is currently on haitus, saving the world from the ravages of chaos and mediocrity. You can listen to and/or download the tracks listed below. Click "INFO" for full credits and lyrics, or "LYRICS" for lyrics only. Either option brings you to the "play" page for that song. Some tracks are free downloads, but you can opt to pay something if you want to. For CDs and other merchandise, go to the BUY page.      

The Ragged, Jagged Way Back Home

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This is the latest collection of new songs, written, played & recorded solo in late summer 2018 (July 22 - Sept.17) in the Boom Clozet of The Tambourine Lounge. Songs were recorded while being written, in the order they appear. Thanks to all who gave inspiration and support, especially melaniejane <3

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The only complete testament to the full range of the performing duo in its prime, this expansive set from 1989 covers some unusual terrain, securing Timbuk3's status as the weirdest band ever to play Austin City Limits. Never released in any format, this NEW 30th ANNIVERSARY REMIX includes all 8 songs from the ACL broadcast, plus 6 that were unseen and unheard.

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Begging Her Graces

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Recorded in Barcelona (1999), produced by John Parish (PJ Harvey, Eels, Giant Sand), this Anniversary reissue is fully remastered and includes a fresh remix of the song that inspired the novel Space Kitty Blues. Now available for the first time stateside on CD and downloads.

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Invisible Pistols

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Our second album of songs played on the Lowebow. "FANTASTICALLY TWISTED... GORGEOUSLY DARK... A HARSH YET BEAUTIFUL MAIN-LINE INJECTION FROM THE DARKEST SIDE OF THE BLUES AS IT EXISTS TODAY" - Living Blues Magazine

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Lockbox Babies Vol.2 (1970s)

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Ten previously unknown tracks from the '70s, dubbed from the original 5" and 7" reel-to-reel tapes show sides of the 18-26 year old songster few have known. "This is a record of a time when I was living out of my car, on couches, cots, etc. It reflects my '70s living conditions: crude, minimal, and kinda dirty."

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Purgatory Hill

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This is our first album released in 2009.

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pat mAcdonald - Lockbox Babies Vol.1 (Solo Acoustic)

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"A number of people over the years have expressed interest in hearing an album of just me singing and playing a bunch of my songs on acoustic guitar.
While it is true that most of them are written that way, i was never really excited to do a whole album like that. This one just sort of slowly materialized out of spare parts. "Lockbox Babies" are the songs that go into storage soon after they"re written. They're the misfits, the ones that don"t make it onto albums. This is not to say they were bad songs. They just didn"t seem to fit anywhere. Some showed sides of me i didn"t want people to see. Many were memoirs of loneliness and heartbreak appropriately played solo and privately. But some could be barroom anthems and i don’t know why i stopped playing them. None have been released before in any form that i know of. A few were never played again after these recordings were made. I shouldn"t be surprised that they all fit together (all being such misfit birds of a feather) but i am.
The oldest (tracks 2 & 6) are circa 1995, captured by Paul Dieter at Jackson Browne's studio in Santa Monica, CA. The opening song was recorded by Vincent Gates at his home in Seattle -a 2006 session my friend Joe Kaftan helped set up. Track #9 was written at the St. John Songwriter Festival and recorded there by Steve Hamilton. The rest are all self-recorded, sonically improved in the mastering by Holiday Music Motel engineers Billy Triplett (at the Holiday) and Steve Hamilton at Makin’ Sausage Studio in Milwaukee. I can’t thank these guys enough. Thanks to melaniejane too !!! And thank you for investing a little listening time. It"s only twelve songs. Most are under three minutes." -p.mAcd

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