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D.A. Stern — Aloha Hola (March 30, 2018)

D.A. Stern — Aloha Hola (March 30, 2018)

                         D.A. Stern — Aloha Hola (March 30, 2018)D.A. Stern — Aloha Hola (March 30, 2018)••    
Location: Los Angeles, California
Styles: Indie Pop, Alternative Singer~Songwriter, Alternative/Indie Rock
Album release: March 30, 2018
Record Label: Slumberland Records
Duration:     34:29
Tracks:
01 Am I Ever on Your Mind?     2:39 
02 Bluedgenes     3:22 
03 Giving Up     3:16 
04 In Pain     3:11 
05 Diggin’ for Something     3:06 
06 Home and Dry     2:07 
07 When I Said You Were Right I Was Wrong     2:55 
08 Spirit of New York     3:40 
09 Miami     3:17 
10 Sports Moment     0:54 
11 Rising Suns     6:02
Credits:
••     Jake Aron Mixing
••     Josh Bonati Mastering
••     Danny Gonzalez Back Cover Photo
••     Emily Deutchman Drawing
••     Daniel J Edelman Design, Layout
••     Ross Edwards Keyboards
••     Brian Indig Drums
••     Wade Ridenhour Organ, Piano
••     Will Salwen Bass, Soloist
••     Paul Sicilian Featured Artist, Harmony, Vocals
••     Allen Stern Harmony
••     D.A. Stern Composer, Drums, Engineer, Guitar, Keyboards, Programming, Soloist, Synthesizer, Vocals
••••     Written and recorded by D.A. Stern
••••     Mixed by Jake Aron at Dr. Wu’s in Brooklyn, NY
••••     Mastered by Josh Bonati at Bonati Mastering in Brooklyn, NY
Personnel:
••••     D.A. Stern — vocals, guitars, programming, synths and drums; keys on “Home and Dry” and “Sports Moment”; organ solo on “Miami”
••••     Will Salwen — bass; guitar solo on “When I Said You Were Right I Was Wrong”
••••     Ross Edwards — keys
••••     Brian Indig — drums on “Bluedgenes" and “Rising Suns”
••••     Wade Ridenhour — piano/organ on “Rising Suns”
••••     Paul Sicilian — vocals/harmonies on “In Pain”
••••     Allen Stern — harmonies on “When I Said You Were Right I Was Wrong”
••••     Flower drawings by Emily Deitchman
••••     Layout and design by Daniel J Edelman
••••     Back photo by Danny Gonzalez
••••     Big Thanks to Ben Dorenfeld
Description:
••     D.A. Stern, the solo project of David Aaron Stern, is the musical amalgamation of crossword puzzle obsession, backgammon playing, and working as a recording engineer at Beastie Boy Adam Yauch’s (aka MCA) studio. Stern’s laid back, tongue~in~cheek lyrics effortlessly complement his dreamy pop rock arrangements of dense guitars and swirling organs. The music of D.A. Stern, who is more inspired by filmmakers Albert Brooks and Mel Brooks than any songwriter, could be compared to contemporaries Deerhunter, Real Estate, and Yo La Tengo but with the timelessness of Paul Westerberg.
••     A few years ago, someone lost in the wild of suburban New Jersey would have noticed Stern’s Subaru with a NILSSON vanity plate parked in the driveway of a quaint kosher house, stumbled inside, and witnessed David and his mom, Annette, drinking red wine, cracking filthy jokes, and watching the New York Yankees in the afternoon. By nightfall, however, D.A. would toil away in the basement, recording what would become his debut album, “Aloha Hola.”
••     A move to LA found Stern steps away from Dodgers Stadium, spending nights at The Comedy Store, and releasing “Aloha Hola” in early 2017. “Aloha Hola” is an assured set of classic pop songs that flirt with folk~pop, power~pop and indiepop while remaining comfortable outside of easy genre categorization. Stern’s songwriting talent is in ample evidence on earworm singles like “Am I Ever On Your Mind?” and “Bluedgenes,” packed with smart lyrics, chiming guitars and indelible hooks.
••     Impose Magazine revered the record as “some of the most criminally overlooked power~pop imaginable that is worthy of being an essential part of your collection of audio anthems & gems.” After completing a 2017 west coast tour and shows with Luna and Cherry Glazerr, Stern will be playing more shows and releasing new music in 2018.
AllMusic Review by Marcy Donelson; Score: ***½
••     Aloha Hola is the solo debut of D.A. Stern, aka David Stern, onetime leader of New York indie rock group the Sanctuaries. Stern wrote all the songs on their one release (2012’s Annette), and fans of the band will recognize his knack for ‘60s~style pop melodies as well as an ‘80s college rock that evokes names like Marshall Crenshaw and Elvis Costello. The latter style is more pronounced here as he dials down the dream pop component of his band’s sound a notch, picking up the tempos and sharpening the focus on sunny melodies. Still, reverb, jangly guitars, and humming organ help maintain a certain dreamy quality that flows throughout the track list. Self~recorded in his mom’s basement in New Jersey, the record is loose and spontaneous, and sounds like the work of more than a single pair of hands. Its most explosive track, “Diggin’ for Something,” for instance, passes for a five~piece captured live on~stage as it closes with guitar distortion and improvised feedback. That song is followed by “Home and Dry,” a two~minute synth~and~flute lament that plays more like an interlude. Likewise, the penultimate track, “Sports Moment,” is a minute~long hold~music instrumental. That kind of playfulness is also reflected in lyrics that mix earnest insight and wry humor, potentially catching listeners off guard with both. Sometimes despite the tone of the lyrics, the bulk of Aloha Hola is musically bright and buoyant, offering guitar pop anthems like “Am I Ever on Your Mind?” and “When I Said You Were Right I Was Wrong” among more than its fair share of earworms.
••     https://www.allmusic.com/
Label: http://www.slumberlandrecords.com/
Bandcamp: https://dasternmusic.bandcamp.com/album/aloha-hola
Twitter: https://twitter.com/dasternmusic
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/davidschmavid/
Photos: https://christopherchou.myportfolio.com/da-stern-press-photos
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D.A. Stern — Aloha Hola (March 30, 2018)

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