Music News From: The Sharp Things, Matthew Perryman Jones and Steve Moakler

The Sharp Things – Back Down The Rabbit Hole [Official Music Video]

The band that brought us the rich and melodic Green is Good has released another video called Back Down the Rabbit Hole. The band is known for its awesome use of orchestral instruments and sweeping melodic lines that fly in the great expanse of the conscious and  subconscious. The soaring melodies simply lift your mood. The arrangement sends your imagination traveling unknown galaxies of the mind.

Back Down the Rabbit Hole, their official video is the last track off Green is Good. It is also a song that sounds different from the rest due to its relative sound to pop electronica: with hooks that could have come from KC and the Sunshine Band. I love it! Check it out and also buy their new album Green is Good. Yes it is good, and healthy!


“Stones From The Riverbed” | Matthew Perryman Jones

I have become really possessive with my Land of the Living album by Matthew Perryman Jones. It is an album with rich sounds and haunting melodies wrapped around his voice. Yes it is a voice that sounds like a cross between Bono of U2 and Ian McCulloch of Echo and the Bunnymen. I have to admit I have my own favorite tracks off the album : O Theo and Sleeping with a Stranger. But it is still great to get a video every now and then from this fascinating artist.


Spring Tour Dates Announced‏ from Steve Moakler

Here is a little news from this cool singer/songwriter:

It’s good to be sitting here writing to you. I know that the percentage of people who will receive this message will be a fair amount larger than the amount of people who will read it. I’m not sweatin’ that though… Instead, I’m sincerely thankful that you have chosen to taken the time to care. You are the reason that we sent this and I’m glad we’re in touch.Over the next couple of months, I’m gonna be back on the road! For the large majority of shows, I’ll be headlining (playing last) for the first time in many places. I want to thank those of you who have supported me by repeatedly coming out to see me as an opening act over the last couple years. We’re thrilled to finally have the chance to play more songs and to have more time to sing and dance with you.  I hope that we’re coming to a room near you so you can be a part of our memories.Steve
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March 25 – Alvernia, PA – Alvernia University
March 27 – Lexington, KY – University of Kentucky
April 6 – Waco, TX – Common Grounds – TICKETS
April 11 – Knoxville, TN – Square Room – INFO
April 17 – Norman, OK – University of Oklahoma
April 23 – Greenville, NC – East Carolina University
April 24 – Atlanta, GA – Eddie’s Attic – TICKETS *
April 26 – Nashville, TN – 3rd & Lindsley – TICKETS *
April 27 – Bowling Green, KY – Crossland Church
April 29 – Birmingham, AL – Workplay – TICKETS **May 1 – Columbus, OH – Woodlands Tavern – TICKETS ***
May 2 – Pittsburgh, PA – Hard Rock Cafe – TICKETS ***
May 4 – Philadelphia, PA – MilkBoy – TICKETS ***
May 5 – Washington, DC – The Hamilton – TICKETS ***
May 6 – New York City, NY – Rockwood Music Hall – TICKETS
May 11 – Evanston, IL (Chicago) – S.P.A.C.E. – SHOW 1SHOW 2
** with Ben Taylor
*** with Elenowen

Green Is Good by The Sharp Things is Out!

Official video for “Lights,” from the album Green Is Good, released February 26, 2013 on Dive Records. Music by Jim Santo and Perry Serpa, lyrics by Serpa. Video by Beachfront B-Roll:

Video clips from Beachfront, Jim Santo edited them to create the video.

The months of hard work the band has done, can now be revealed to the world. The Sharp Things has all the hooks the melodies and yes the attitude to be one of the biggest folk bands to emerge from New York. Check them out. I enjoyed reviewing Green is Good and also listening to the tracks off the new album. I assure you, there’s never a dull moment. An interview with the band’s lead vocalist will follow soon so better keep this site bookmarked ok?

That video you see above

Green Is Good, the new LP by The Sharp Things, is out as a digital download. Yes folks you can now buy the album. For those who haven’t heard of the band yet, you can stream the album and download it from Bandcamp on a name-your-price basis:

Green is Good: The Sharp Things


Green Is Good will be released this Feb. 26 on Bandcamp

The Sharp Things is a New York City-based chamber pop collective led by singer/songwriter Perry Serpa. Current members include Steve Gonzalez, Jim Santo, Aisha Cohen, Michelle Caputo, James Pertusi, Andrea Dovalle and Adrienne Day.

Tracks: Blame the Bankers/The Piper/Here Comes the Maestro/Flowers for my Girl/Eric of Norway/Lights/Goodbye to Golders Green/I Know You’re Gonna Break my Heart/Dogs of Brunswick/Back Down the Rabbit Hole

Interesting lyrics, awesome melodies and intelligent arrangements: these are the things that make Green is Good an album worth anticipating. The Sharp Things have a sound that is a refreshing protest against the lackluster styles that have plagued our radio and internet these days. Listening to any of their albums is like stepping into that time when music was really good and having an album is an investment worth taking care of.

Green is Good is composed of 10 artfully crafted tracks that resonate with social commentaries and deep lyricism. Band influences vary from Jimmy Webb, Roxy Music, Burt Bacharach, Randy Newman, Brian Wilson, Elton John, Marvin Gaye to The Smiths. No wonder their song writing style is complex.You can’t claim to be influenced by those artists without living up to their standards.

There are grand arrangements here comprising of strings, horns and pianos. Each song is meticulously made to ensure that what you get is a full bodied creamy sound that has the warmth of analog sound with the precision of digital technology. I think Here Comes the Maestro is a potential single teeming burlesque swagger and 60s songwriting style. Listening to it makes me feel like da boss! It is a feel good album that will become one of your most played in the collection of novel sounds originating from the sophisticated New York music scene.

My personal favorites are:The Piper, Here Comes the Maestro, Flowers for My Girl, I Know You’re Gonna Break My Heart and Back Down The Rabbit Hole. But I am sure you will find your own personal choices here because the band ensures that they don’t reproduce the same arrangement you hear from one song to the next. But they always maintain that distinct style that will tell you it’s the sound of The Sharp Things.

Green is Good is an evolution of the great music they have created with A Moveable Feast from 2007. If you haven’t listened to that album yet, better do because anything from The Sharp Things always sound good!