Joshua Gizelt (swashbuckler332) wrote,
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Way to go John... soon the album will be out for all to hear!

Lester Swing to release "themusicalbum"
Oct...9th 2004

Lester Swing will celebrate the release of their second full-length album, "themusicalbum", with a party at Fulton St. Pub in Farmingdale, NY on Saturday October 9th. There will be a complimentary hot & cold buffet, giveaways, jams, and general weirdness. The band will be playing a 90 minute set featuring selections from "themusicalbum", plus many more favorites.

"themusicalbum", produced by Lester Swing and Jim Sabella, features 11 recordings of songs that have been part of the band’s live act for the past year. The sound of the album reflects the chaotic times of when it was recorded, as well as the anti-modern approach to getting the emotion on tape. At the band's insistence the album was recorded, mixed, and mastered on analog equipment using vintage microphones and guitar amps. This approach has drawn a clear line in the sand against the current "Pro-Tools" system of making rock records. The result is a raw-powered, unpolished portrait of a band wearing its collective heart on its sleeve.

Trapeze-act rockers like "Move", "So Shameful" and "Big Fist", along with the sing-along anthems like "Watch Me Waiting" and "Little Man", set the tone for this sharp and precise second outing. Sprinkle in beautiful ballads like “Intersection” and “I’m Outta Here” and what you have is the most creative and ground-breaking album from the band that is already being hailed as the best band in New York.

Visit to listen to the first single "Move"....

Following the Oct. 9th release the album will be available at all Lester Swing shows as well as select stores throughout the tri-state area and on the internet.

The release party starts at 7:30 pm on Saturday Oct. 9th
Admission: $8, 18 AND OVER.
For more info call the Fulton St. Pub 516-752-7119

For more information, visit the Lester Swing website.

I have a copy of "themusicalbum," and it really is a phenomenal-sounding record. The fullness and presence of the recording is very apparent, and it does give the album something that modern rock recordings just don't have. I have been working on their Electronic Press Kit (much of the DVD work that I've been doing lately is, in fact, a dry run for that).

Malcolm X

I had always intended to see this, but I never got around to it until the other day. I was quite shocked after viewing the film to find friends of mine commenting that only Spike Lee could make Malcolm X's life boring. This didn't make any sense to me for two reasons:

1.) Spike Lee remains the most consistently interesting and stimulating filmmaker out there right now; even if I don't neccesarily agree with the conclusions of his films (although, to be honest, I often do), they never fail to raise important questions and promote discussion. Lee represents a valid alternative view of the American landscape, and I laud him for sticking to that. And that's not even getting into how brilliant he is at communicating via the cinematic medium.

2.) Malcolm X was most decidedly not boring.

Every scene drew me in further, Lee's artistry connecting with Denzel Washington's masterful performance, creating a portrait of an important figure in American history. Terence Blanchard's emotive score was fantastic. The journey of Malcolm Little is one that is filled with elements that may or may not connect with the viewer (I remember Lee himself mentioning that he was somewhat uncomfortable with the Nation of Islam material when the film came out), but those aspects of his life, including the flaws, is what makes this film interesting.

This is the first epic I've ever seen that didn't feel larger-than-life. This works quite well for the film, and a lot of the credit must go to Lee and Washington, both of whom deserved much better showings at the Oscars than they got. Unforgiven is the film that won Best Picture that year, while Malcolm X wasn't even nominated, but Washington's outstanding portrayal lost to Al Pacino's overblown performance in Scent of a Woman; of course, the politics of the Academy dictate many of these decisions (Pacino wasn't really winning for Scent of a Woman, any more than Washington was really winning for Training Day) but the fact of the matter is that there is no way around the fact that the sidelining of this film was because its politics made Academy voters uncomfortable.

Either way, I thought the movie was fantastic and very thought-provoking.


I have class tonight until 9:30, which means that I may not be able to watch the Vice-Presidential debate, although I have my grandparents taping it for me. Hopefully, trial lawyer John Edwards will manage to get Dick Cheney riled up and angry. I hope to see this not so much because of the voters it will sway to The Cause, but because I really want to see Cheney pissed off. It's a funny sight.


I have found I much prefer the Mohira/Netscrape browser to MicroSoft Internet Exploder. In particular, the ability to cycle through tabs is a great boon, but I also have found Mozilla to be a much more stable platform than Explorer. This revelation came because when at school, I use the Mac lab, which has Mozilla browsers. Much, much cleaner.
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