New Lee Feldman EP Out Now!

Halo EP cover

Oh happy day!

Lee Feldman has put the finishing touches on a new record entitled Album No. 4: Trying To Put the Things Together that Never Been Together Before.

HALO, an EP of album and non-album tracks to get your taste buds going hits stores TODAY!

Available from iTunes, Amazon, and the usual download suspects, as well as from Lee’s brand spanking new Bandcamp.

More info as we get it, but for now enjoy the trademark whimsy of Lee’s recording diary videos from his Kickstarter Page. (Lee’s Kickstarter posse raised over $15k to the making of his record!)

 

Be Lee Festival THIS SUNDAY!

Lee Feldman

WHY BE YOU WHEN YOU CAN BE . . . LEE FELDMAN?

Lee Feldman launches his “Be Lee Franchise” in a special

BE * LEE * FESTIVAL

With Amy Allison, Dan Bryk, Kevin Corrigan, Pete Galub, Greta Gertler, Henry Hample, Carol Lipnik, Chris Moore, Alon Nechushtan and more
SUNDAY, JULY 26th, 2009 at 6:30 p.m.
425 Lafayette Place, NYC
$12.00
Tickets: 212-967-7555 or www.joespub.com
After being Lee Feldman for 50 years, Lee is ready to let others join the “fun.” 
 
This Sunday, 17 artists step into Lee’s shoes for a night to play his songs and pay tribute to his unique brand of American songwriting.
“Lee Feldman uses a Tin Pan Alley bounce to make twisted or troubled situations sound like parlor songs.” – The New York Times
“Reviving a bit of Brill Building artistry, this New York piano man makes you think and swoon and hum all at once.” – Village Voice
 
“Lee Feldman plays the piano in just the dry, subtle, understated manner that his dry, subtle, understatedly hilarious songs call for.”  – Atlantic Monthly
In an identity-obsessed and money-driven world, songwriter Lee Feldman’s “Be Lee Franchise” hits a nerve and runs with it.  Lee invites you to cast off the stress of your own daily concerns and discard your fears of identity theft by becoming Lee Feldman.  
 
How can you do this?  Visit Lee’s website and Watch the Infomercial!  Then make a donation and you can actually become Lee.
 
You’ll get a nice certificate, a copy of Lee’s latest album I’ve Forgotten Everything and you will be encouraged to perform a song of Lee’s and post it online. It’s quick, it’s easy, and most important of all . . . it’s safe.
 
On Sunday July 26th, artists from New York and beyond will celebrate this revolutionary way to take an “identity vacation” by becoming Lee on stage at Joe’s Pub.  Since many of Lee’s songs can be classified as public acts of introspection, they will have plenty of material to work with, including tunes like “Lee Feldman” (which features Lee’s Social Security Number), “If I Were You” and “Mr. Feldman,” a fantasy as told by a nursing home resident.  (See the listing below for a complete roster of guest artists.)
 
For more than 25 years, people have been beguiled, amused, provoked, and moved by Lee Feldman’s songs, which he typically delivers himself from the piano bench.  His sincere and unadorned vocal style has a great foil in his expressive, sometimes-meaty, sometimes-delicate playing.  He rolls songs out, as one friend put it, like a “demented jingle mill,” capturing the details of life and the dilemmas of existence in 3-minute songs that can include stride piano, waltzes, pop, rock, jazz and free improvisation. 
 
With influences including Bartok and the Beatles, Miles, Monk and Morton Feldman (not related), Lee himself has inspired many artists.  The BE * LEE * FESTIVAL presents some of these amazing musicians who love Lee and his work; they are all listed below.  
 
A lifelong New Yorker, Lee has lived in Brooklyn for the past 22 years, and has released three albums:  Living It All Wrong (Pure/Mercury); The Man in a Jupiter Hat (Mercury/Bonafide); and I’ve Forgotten Everything (Urban Myth), as well as a 30-minute animated musical STARBOY.  
 
A short documentary about Lee titled “Lee Feldman, Lee Feldman” can be viewed at Vimeo. Academy Award nominated director Bennett Miller (“Capote”) says, “If you like Lee Feldman, you’ll love ‘Lee Feldman, Lee Feldman’.”
 
Artists performing at the Be Lee Festival: 
 
Jim Allen, Amy Allison, Alice Bierhorst, Dan Bryk, Peter Cherches, Kevin Corrigan, Dennis Cronin, David Feldman, Lee Feldman, Pete Galub, Greta Gertler, Henry Hample, Carol Lipnik, Chris Moore, Alon Nechushtan, Steve Swartz, Bob Windbiel. 
 

Embed of the Day: Lee Feldman’s On The Moon

Just found on YouTube, a chill-inducing video for Lee Feldman’s On The Moon:

 

Video directed by Chris Tokar.

UM’s YouTube roundup: Diner Scene from Starboy | I’m A Mathematician from Starboy | She Doesn’t Mean A Thing To Me Tonight video | I Can Change The World video | Dan Bryk Live at WE Fest XI | Kobe Meetup….kkajapan, Kainsai PJ,and Busan Kevin hangout(!)

Bull City in “Great 8”, Lee Feldman gets “5 Bagels”

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We all use numbers, every day.

Like today, since Bull City are on the Raleigh News & Observer‘s list of 8 Great Triangle Bands To Watch in 2008.

Quoth the N&O’s David Menconi: “There is much to admire about Bull City, particularly ex-Dillon Fence drummer Scott Carle’s time-keeping, guitarist John Kurtz’s effortless playing and the overall level of songcraft. But the most impressive part is how well the pieces fit together on Bull City’s debut mini-album, ‘Guns & Butter,’ a mixture of jingle-jangle catchiness and blues-rock whomp…”

Read the rest of the review, watch a video interview, listen to a pair of tracks from Guns & Butter or just download the nifty wallpaper pictured above at the N&O site

And speaking of late reviews, Lee Feldman‘s 2007 platter I’ve Forgotten Everything received the prestigious Five Bagels (with whitefish) rating in a lengthy review at Lucid Culture yesterday.

“Impeccably and tersely produced, this album has cult classic written all over it. Shame on us for taking so long to review it. Five bagels. With whitefish. Because it’s full of mercury and makes you forget everything.” Read more…

(See, we didn’t make that particular ratings metric up.)