14 songs. All KILLER! + these quotes:
'Your new album is one of your best and a wonderful addition in a long continuum of a uniquely fascinating musical career. Terrific band as always and you keep maturing as a songwriter. You are the rare musician who follows his own muse and in turn takes us to unexplored emotional territories in song. You are an inspiration to all true musicians who must create in order to sustain their very being. Your purity, daring and vision elevate you to the refined air with other musical gods.'
'Whoa! Another phenomenal heartcheck!
Once vowing to never work with a band anymore, we, the avid fanbase, can only thank our lucky stars that Mr. Rick Berlin was seduced by the karaoke glory & musical brew of The Nickel & Dime Band. Like barflies & best buddies, this album is a match made in heaven (well if not, at least your favorite neighborhood bar). Every single song will nail you to the wall, from the musical simplicity of the arrangements which somersault over and through your ears & mind, to the phenomenal reality of each theme & context that songwriter Rick chooses to pursue. Absolutely perfect that at this latter stage of his life, he has chosen a perfect vehicle to amplify, to illuminate, and to enliven the long dark journey unto........tomorrow. We'll be groovin' right along with him!! This is an incredibly enjoyable collection of songs - a stunning victory for the zeitgeist. Bravo!!!'
- Mr Curt
'Dude N+D is the best band in the hood right now. You guys erupt. Someone told me the I'm a slut vid "Stopped Traffic"...?'
- Morgan Shaker (Whitehaus)
" The Nickel & Dime Band has more gravitational pull than the Earth"
- TJ Wenzel (The Temple)
"A great party in the best sense of the word"
- Adam Sankowski (The Grown Up Noise)
"They CRUSH it live!"
- Brandon Beaver (Buried Beds)
"Ya know what? They have soul. True soul"
- Patricia Sheehan (Burke Distro)
"Berlin is the consumate front man"
- Scott McMicken (Dr. Dog)
'Thank you so much, Rick Berlin, for just fucking existing. You are so awesome. You are a fucking inspiration and always will be'
- Amanda Palmer
'You guys opened up a new passage in here (points to his heart)'
- Caleb Hannon (14 years old)
'I think everyone wishes they had your guts, Rick. You are one in infinity'
“In another world, far, far away, Rick Berlin will get million-dollar produc- tion from Lee Townsend, Larry Klein, or T Bone Burnett. Stephin Merritt will reject him as an opener on his tour because he feels threat- ened. All the same, Berlin will take his place among the pantheon of American singer-songwriters, along with Merritt, Randy Newman, and Tom Waits.” -Jon Garelick, The Boston Phoenix
“Rick Berlin doesn’t make records. He makes movies. I called his last one a mas- terpiece, and ‘Paper Airplane’ pretty much dwarfs it.” -Joe Coughlin, The Noise
“Rick Berlin is a giant on the Boston music scene. His colorful songwriting and strong stage presence have influenced countless other artists since the early 1970s, when
his innovative band Orchestra Luna was on Epic Records and harnessed a potent blend of theater and music years before the Tubes. Throughout the decades and the shifting fortunes of the business Rick has continued to make music with intelligence and integrity, building an international rep- utation around his knotty, singular piano playing, straight-from-the-heart singing and a style of character-based songwrit- ing that’s drawn favorable comparisons to the likes of Tom Waits and Leonard Co- hen - although Rick rocks more than both. His most recent band, the Shelley Winters Project, recently split after two terrific CDs, but Rick’s still busy creating. He recently (2004) completed a new solo album, Me & Van Gogh, at Hi-N-Dry Studio with Billy Conway (Morphine) producing. He fol- lowed this (2006) with Old Stag (2008) - solo piano plus string quartet (arranged by Brendan Cooney who writes string parts for Buried Beds and Dr. Dog). Then Paper Airplane (2010) produced by Rick and Dennis Brennan. Always On Insane (2012) is with a full, intense 8-piece band.” -Ted Drozkowski, The Boston Phoenix
“Rick Berlin’s one of only a very small handful of people who would dare to even attempt this kind of music and then have the mystifying chops to pull it off all-around.” -Mark S. Tucker, Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
released July 4, 2012
rick mclean (guit, vox)
tom appleman (bass, keys, vox)
rob manochio (guit, bass)
al radzikowski (kit, vox)
jesse adams-lukowsky (guit)
sammy dudley (trombone, vox)
dino govoni (sax)
rick berlin (vox, keys on 'as long...')
dimension sound (jamaica plain, ma)
joe stewart (engineer)
rick berlin (producer)
the nickel & dime band (arrangements)
bob weston (Chicago Mastering Service)
all songs by rick berlin (lobsterland music, ascap)
the whitehaus familly record (label)
adam wells (gonzo photographer)
nick kent (design)
carol bednarz (benfactor)
all friends & fans (especially those who pledged our kickstarter campaign)
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