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Cooling Pie Records: An Adoption Agency or a Record Label?

The Kaplan family dynasty contiues with Cas Kaplan, brother of Wes Kaplan (of Craters fame). Cas' band is called Day Sleeper and we're glad to welcome them into the Cooling Pie family. And yes, now that they are part of the family, it means that Spencer and I are Day Sleeper's new parents. Make sure you guys do your chores or I'll take away your drum machine! Huzzah!

On a more serious note, Drop Your Sword will go up on this blawg on January 10th. Coincidenally, Day Sleeper's gonna be playing a show with some friends at the Middle East upstairs the same day to celebrate the release. The show starts at the rock and roll hour of ONE PEE EM (1 PM) so come celebrate lunchtime with Day Sleeper!

In the meantime, go check out Day Sleeper's myspace page and get excited about the FUTURE.
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CP004 ::: AVA LUNA - TALES OF A NEW YORK CITY PEDESTRIAN (originally released in 2005)

Click to download 'New York City Pedestrian' in its sexy MP3 glory

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!