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January 2011
Itamar Ziegler
"Memories of Now
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Born and raised in Israel, Itamar Ziegler might find himself pigeonholed and subsequently ignored by indie aficionados whose instincts will firmly place him within the “World Music” genre. It’s a shame, because anyone who overlooks "Memories of Now" will be missing a real treat. A treasure chest of tinkly instrumentation, dexterous acoustic play, poetic lyricism and strong pop melodies, the album is a slightly zany experience, with the song writing and arrangements rarely treading any kind of obvious ground. For example, opener ‘The Story Must Be Told’ captures that big-top, funhouse feel with its peculiar flutes and Arabian-esque guitar lead. ‘To Father’ is reminiscent of White Album-era McCartney with its delicate acoustic plucks and hypnotic vocal. An ode to his sadly deceased father, the record rarely shies away from important subject matter, often touching on themes of life, death, social injustice and war. On ‘Lordy Lord’, the militant percussion is the backdrop of the album’s most politically charged track as Ziegler bemoans the senselessness of war in God’s name. “We know you love us/We know you hate them/And when a child dies/It’s in your name,” he croons desperately. Indeed, the whole piece has an emotional core that coupled with Ziegler’s clever musicianship makes "Memories of Now" an unexpected winner. - Dean Van Nguyen

2010 CDs of the month can be found HERE





Deli CD of the Month: Itamar Ziegler - Memories of Now

Born and raised in Israel, Itamar Ziegler might find himself pigeonholed and subsequently ignored by indie aficionados whose instincts will firmly place him within the “World Music” genre. It’s a shame, because anyone who overlooks "Memories of Now" will be missing a real treat. A treasure chest of tinkly instrumentation, dexterous acoustic play, poetic lyricism and strong pop melodies, the album is a slightly zany experience, with the song writing and arrangements rarely treading any kind of obvious ground. For example, opener ‘The Story Must Be Told’ captures that big-top, funhouse feel with its peculiar flutes and Arabian-esque guitar lead. ‘To Father’ is reminiscent of White Album-era McCartney with its delicate acoustic plucks and hypnotic vocal. An ode to his sadly deceased father, the record rarely shies away from important subject matter, often touching on themes of life, death, social injustice and war. On ‘Lordy Lord’, the militant percussion is the backdrop of the album’s most politically charged track as Ziegler bemoans the senselessness of war in God’s name. “We know you love us/We know you hate them/And when a child dies/It’s in your name,” he croons desperately. Indeed, the whole piece has an emotional core that coupled with Ziegler’s clever musicianship makes "Memories of Now" an unexpected winner. - Dean Van Nguyen

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Barry Louis Polisar Tribute Album

You've heard him singing "All I Want is You" in the opening credits of the hit film JUNO... but Washington, DC based songwriter Barry Louis Polisar has actually been singing for children and families for 35 years, releasing his first record, I Eat Kids and Other Songs for Rebellious Children, in 1975. Now, some of those rebellious children he used to entertain have banded together and released a 2-CD, 60-song, tribute album of his songs called We're Not Kidding! A Tribute to Barry Louis Polisar.

 "It's great fun for me to hear my songs re-created this way," Polisar said. "Having my song in 'Juno' was great--but this is even better." The project is the brain child of Aaron Cohen, lead singer of the LA punk band The Radioactive Chicken Heads. Aaron had Barry's albums as a child and claims him as his biggest influence.

The 2-CD set is now available from iTunes, Amazon and CDbaby. Hear free samples on Barry’s web site: http://www.barrylou.com/tributeAlbum.html   

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An interview with George Glass

Your new eponymous EP was just released, how long was it in the making?
I suppose we started work on this EP (our first) at the band's inception. We formed in October of 2009. We were fresh out of other musical projects that all sorta dissolved simultaneously. So when we decided to start playing together, we were all really eager to hit the ground running. Our first live show was played about a month after our first rehearsal.

Who are your major influences?
Everything from The Kinks, The Who and Love to Elliott Smith and Grandaddy. Also, I'd say some of our biggest direct influences would be the bands that we've been playing with and hanging around for the last few years (One Trick Pony, Death To Anders, Les Blanks, Radars to the Sky, The Happy Hollows, to name a few).

You can read the whole article here

-Kevin Bennett

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Shilpa Ray & Her Happy Hookers release debut CD + play Brooklyn Bowl

Shilpa Ray and Her Happy Hookers have been hustling and grinding on the underground NYC circuits sans official releases for quite some time now and it's great to see that Knitting Factory Records is about to release their debut album "Teenage And Torture". This Friday the 21st the band will play Brooklyn Bowl to celebrate its release with Soft Black and She Keeps Bees. Shilpa is a spirited performer, so if you like original music that's intriguingly in your face you should not miss this CD release party.

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