Saturday, January 21, 2017

"We Can See America From Here"

So proud that my song "We Can See America From Here" recorded by The Campfire Flies, was selected as the lead-off track for the very fine Rock Against Hate benefit compilation for Planned Parenthood and the Trevor Project, released on Inauguration Day. Here's a photo from our recording session:

Friday, August 26, 2016

The Campfire Flies

Sharing songs with friends turned into a wonderful new group called The Campfire Flies featuring Jon Fried from The Cucumbers, Matt Davis from The Thousand Pities, John & Toni Baumgartner & Ed Seifert from Speed The Plough . Everybody plays multiple instruments, sings and writes songs. It's been lots of fun! Here's a video from our debut performance at The HiFi Bar in NYC on August 24, 2016. It was so much fun, I can't wait for the next performance!

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Great Review of The Cucumbers!


The Cucumbers / The Fake Doom Years (1983-1986) / Lifeforce (www.thecucumbers.net)
Part of the 1980s Hoboken scene that also spawned The Feelies, The Bongos, Yo La Tengo, The Fleshtones, The dB’s, and Rage to Live, The Cucumbers were the most adorable of the bunch, The college sweethearts, then husband-and-wife team of vocalist-guitarists Deena Shoskes and Jon Fried penned a catchy, comic catalog first heard on the local indie Fake Doom Records. Before the advent of CD, the Cukes released three critically acclaimed vinyl efforts for Fake Doom that landed them on MTV and in Rolling Stone: the 1983 self-titled EP, the 1985 full-length, “Who Betrays Me … and Other Happier Songs,” and the 1986 single of the Elvis Presley classic “All Shook Up.”
Now available digitally for the first time, the three releases have been collected on the 19-song “The Fake Doom Years (1983-1986).” If you love indie pop, then you’ll dig one of its local pioneers. If The Cucumbers’ biggest hit, “My Boyfriend,” doesn’t make you tap your toe, check your pulse.
The 1985-era band, featuring John Williams on bass and Yuergen Renner on drums, will perform one show only to celebrate the release of the digital retrospective on May 13 at the nonprofit Rent Party in Maplewood. http://rentpartylive.com/.

- Bob Makin

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Great Review of The Cucumbers - The Fake Doom Years!

Thanks to the Post Punk Monk!

https://postpunkmonk.wordpress.com/2016/04/20/cucumbers-still-fresh-33-years-later/

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

The Cucumbers - The Fake Doom Years (1983-1986)

The Cucumbers was my very first band!  I'm thrilled to announce the digital release of  The Fake Doom Years (1983-1986).
 
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Restored and remastered, the collection includes our first EP, The Cucumbers (1983), our first LP, Who Betrays Me & Other Happier Songs (1985), our first 12-inch single, All Shook Up (1986) and two previously unreleased songs.   
 
Check out the website with liner notes, credits, photos and more,
you can buy it on cdbaby, which also has the liner notes, itunes and/or if you prefer streaming, listen on Youtube or Spotify

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Cucumbers Remaster And Re-release Early Recordings With The Fake Doom Years

Cucumbers Remaster And Re-release Early Recordings With The Fake Doom Years: (HOBOKEN, NJ) -- Early recordings by the Cucumbers, the beloved NJ indie pop band, have been restored and remastered and are now available for the new century in digital format. The Fake Doom Years (1983-1986), to be released on March 27, 2016, features the band’s first EP, The Cucumbers (1983), first LP, Who Betrays Me & Other Happier Songs (1985), and first 12-inch single, All Shook Up (1986). The compilation also includes two previously unreleased songs, a studio recording of “Keep Your Cool” and a live recording of “The Body Groove.”

Thursday, December 17, 2015

"Light Shines Through" video


Here's a video Jon Fried made for "Light Shines Through."  We recorded on one of the coldest days of winter, and it took a long time to heat up the big room at Water Music.  (That's why we're all wearing hats and scarves!) The joy of playing and singing together warmed us up nicely.

Monday, November 30, 2015

"Light Shines Through" - new holiday single, released today!

"Light Shines Through" is a new song for the holidays by Deena & Jon (from The Cucumbers) with the Hoboken Holiday All Star Band. All proceeds will go to the Community FoodBank of NJ. 
"....a great and warm piece of music" Rob Ross, Popdose 
 
"Light Shines Through" is an original holiday song performed by Deena & Jon (from The Cucumbers) with the Hoboken Holiday All Star Band featuring Julio Fernandez (lead guitar), Ed Fogarty (guitar), Gary Frazier (bass), Dave Stengel (drums), Tom Vincent (mandolin), Annalee Van Kleeck & Abbe Rivers (background vocals). The song has become part of the fabulous annual Hoboken Holiday Banding charity celebration set for several years. Dedicated with love to Geri Fallo, muse and instigator of wonderful happenings. Recorded at Water Music Studios, Hoboken, NJ. Mixed by Rob Friedman at littleife studio, NYC.

Available now on  itunes cdbaby  and spotify

Monday, November 23, 2015

"Talkin' Turkey"

Check out "Talkin' Turkey" a new song for Thanksgiving!

The You Don't Know Jersey blog & songwriter Michael Aquino  gave eight New Jersey songwriters less than a month to write and record songs inspired by Thanksgiving."Talkin' Turkey" is my contribution.

Happy Thanksgiving!