Shadows of His Self by Harvey Eyeballs (Brooklyn, New York)
Harvey Eyeballs makes lounge music for the current — or perhaps some upcoming — millennium. At least that is what’s to be gleaned from their most recent release, the three-song EP Shadows of His Self. The EP opens, in true casino-singer style, with a cover of Johnny Mercer and Rube Bloom’s ‘Fools Rush In‘ that makes exceptional use of the flute and also of frontman Fox Schwach’s inimitable voice. That this song, performed in such a traditional manner, serves merely as a lead-in to the original track ‘Young Jane‘ speaks volumes of the talent.
‘Young Jane’ is a warm, pensive piano movement accompanied by goofily forlorn vocals. The song itself is a clever mimic of jazzy ballads that contrasts the implied old fogeyishness of the music with clever, youthful lyrics. That Harvey Eyeballs’ synthesis of old and new pulls so mightily from one side on this EP is more than excused by the exceptional and interesting playing (especially on the end of ‘Young Jane’) and the stellar, wrap-itself-around-your-head warmth of the production.
Shadows of His Self is a craftier nod to Harvey Eyeballs’ velveteen influences than earlier releases, though it is missing some of the Zappa-inspired rock flair there present. Nevertheless, Shadows of His Self represents a clever artistic maneuver for a band whose aesthetic is already built on the clever appropriation of disused themes and tones. This is an EP that could have been released in the 50s, but which would not be more pointedly comic and refreshing if it had been released anytime other than now, or anywhere other than Brooklyn.
get physical if…
just download if…
-you’re looking to get pumped (any iteration of the term)
-you won’t go within 50 miles of a Foxwoods Resort
-you’re only familiar with Tom Waits as an actor
I’m going to call this…
End of Days Crooner Music
Showods of His Self by Harvey Eyeballs (Brooklyn, New York)
For those who can listen to Nighthawks at the Diner on repeat enjoying the softly studded melodies laced with contemporary jazz piano, Harvey Eyeballs’ latest soundcloud release will hit the spot. Shadows of His Self is a step back from the big band aura that Fox is known for in live routine, a contemplative set of three tracks turning the possessive passion inwards onto the singer/song-writer. There is something wildly adaptive about the mechanics behind the piano driven tracks that unwind themselves turning metaphors of stripping into metaphors of unlacing- never mind the difference. @Dingusonmusic
Lost lovers connect; lost friends, re-administer the inner-junction, the sanctity that draws a perpendicular through the headstrong attitude of CMJ and join us for our recovery parties this weekend. Nice long relaxing sets, drinks provided by your favorite bartenders and who knows, maybe a nice long, and I mean long, walk on the beach. Tonight at Freecandy, we lounge. [Facebook Event] @Dingusonmusic
Well last night I went to bed around 8am. Now it’s three in the afternoon on a show day and the juices are flowing as I climb out from under the sheets because today is Sour Stash. Dingus has been teaming up with The Snake to bring you free DIY shows all year and it’s Harvey Eyeballs‘ time to run some thunder. The Jean Jackets will be co-headlining and releasing their record- a record recorded at the famous Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen. This morning, the first single leaked on their basists Soundcloud site and on the bands tumblr; an old track we know from demo but easily one of my favorites ‘Myth of Sisyphus‘ shows off a puffed chest while letting individuality shine within insecurity. Alfonso Velez and Carroll will be opening the show starting at 930pm but be sure to get their early, you’ll want to nurture that buzz for the first set. [Facebook Event] @Dingusonmusic
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Tagged A: Dingus, Alfonso Velez, Carroll, DIY, free, Harvey Eyeballs, live show, muchmore's, The Jean Jackets, the Snake
Soulbound Volume Eleven by Various Artists (New York, New York)
For the first time ever, our Soulbound series is recalling artists from the past, bringing you up to date on some of our favorite musicians careers. Inviting back the likes of Harvey Eyeballs, Tours, Avidd and Seabiscuit to check in on their growth proved a rewarding experience. Surrounded by this months favorite newbies, the core of our compilation is an eclectic genre whirlwind that will tickle every part of your audio heart. We are proud, delighted and overwhelmed by the coming of our one year anniversary- and as for year two, Monday marks the start of another DIY onslaught. [Free Download] @Dingusonmusic
Posted in A: Dingus, C: Best New Music, C: Free Music, C: Staff Favorites, T: LP/EP
Tagged Avidd, Compilation, EULA, free, Harvey Eyeballs, Jeremy Panda, Jewellers, lil kids, New York, Oxykitten, Seabiscuit, SOULBOUND, Tczeebo, The Flower Drums, the wild eyes, Tours, Young Jesus
‘Little Snowflake’ by Harvey Eyeballs (Brooklyn, New York) *
‘Little Snowflake‘, the latest release from one of my local favorites, Harvey Eyeballs, definitely lands in my top 3 Eyeball’s tracks, but does it reach number one? The track carries some of the experimental tendencies that we saw in Harvey’s last release, where instrumentals erupt with a sense of confidence and lasting joy; this was what made me love ‘HIYA’ so much. But, ‘Little Snowflake’ sacrifices something inside of its structure to apease a pop-centric audience, and it is this martyrdom that does indeed put the track at the top of my list. In the end, it’s about love, like all good songs are [Free Download] Dingus
Posted in A: Dingus, C: Best New Music, C: Free Music, C: Staff Favorites, T: Single
Tagged A: Dingus, Brooklyn, DIY, Experimental, Harvey Eyeballs, Little Snowflake, New York, rock
‘c.k.f.’ by High Diner (United States)
Reminding me of Harvey Eyeballs (although not as eclectic), High Diner announced their arrival with ‘c.k.f.‘ a pop tune that, if searching for an adjective, pops. Wonky pianos line the surface as saturated vocal sparks jump in and out of the fire. It’s the perfect song for bobbing down the sidewalk amidst the beautiful people. [Free Download] Dingus
Soulbound Volume Three by Various Artists (October 31, 2011)
We present to you, the October installment of Soulbound. The third volume of our compilation series features new music from Basic Printer, Oh! My Blackbird and Harvey Eyeballs along with a few releases from netlabel, Cut. As always, it’s free for your downloading pleasure. Enjoy the newcomers and get a taste of what we’re all about.
- Dingus, Big Boss, Solidus, Dandlions, Yvonne & Honey Baby
Posted in A: Dingus, C: Best New Music, T: LP/EP, T: Single
Tagged a.I91, A: Dingus, Adam & Naive, Andrea, Basic Printer, Bryn Thomas, Christopher Wood, Compilation, cut, Harvey Eyeballs, Joe Jack Wagner, Oh! My BlackBird, Oulipo, Rain Dog, SOULBOUND
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Shot by Oresti Music. Harvey Eyeballs is a mysterious package. He’s like the brown paper bag wrapped, shoe-string tied box that shows up on Christmas Eve smelling of gasoline. You never quite know what you’ll get, when he might explode and hell, that’s why we love ‘em.