CP004 ::: AVA LUNA - TALES OF A NEW YORK CITY PEDESTRIAN (originally released in 2005)

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Here's the masterpiece. Originally recorded throughout 2004 and 2005 at Ari Zeiguer's house in the Bronx, "Tales..." is an record that I'm very proud to stream up here. The first time I heard this record, I was a junior in high school and I was sitting in Ari's dorm room, stoned out of my wits. He asked if I wanted to hear his band and I absolutely did not--for me, there's nothing worse than listening to crappy bands when I'm stoned. I want the good shit: slow, hard music in waltz time. Maybe that makes me weird. Anyways, it's not that there was anything particular about Ari that gave me cause to think his band would suck, it's just that, you know, I'm a skeptical person and I really wanted to listen to Radiohead or something. So he puts on this little record and...suprise, I nearly wet myself.

First track "Love" gave me my Radiohead fix and with that satisfied, I was able to enjoy the rest of the album for what it is: classically arranged rock music minus any "prog" pretensions. I fucking hate prog. Seriously. But I love this album. I think "My Summer" might still be the best song that anybody I know personally has ever recorded. "Song for a Movie" ended up getting redone for Ava Luna's next record Lemming which we'll toss up on the site soon. "Sandpaper" has a real, live choir on it. How do you do it Carlos? I do not know. All I can say is that I invite you to enjoy this album with all (two) of us at Cooling Pie Records. Do drop us a line and tell us what you think!


Spencer | February 5, 2009 at 10:18 AM

"yo prog iz awezome"
-Robert Fripp