Johnny Polonsky first hit the music scene with an LP released by American Recordings in 1996 on which he produced, recorded and performed everything himself. More recently he's been a touring musician in other peoples bands (Pete Yorn, Johnny Cash, Neil Diamond, Dixie Chicks).
Now he's doing a RocketHub fund-raiser to get his new record out on vinyl. His description of the music: "3 parts Gary Numan 2 parts David Lynch 1 part Depeche Mode Add a pinch of Nine Inch Nails Sprinkle liberally with Prince" is very accurate. There's a bunch of interesting premiums including the art print seen at left. Link.
I've known guitarist Stephen Ulrich since the late 70's when he played guitar in a New Haven based instrumental ska and reggae band call "Skunkadelique" and have always loved his guitar style. He played a few gigs in my band some years ago and played parts, off the top of his head, that ended up becoming permanent parts of the arrangements.
He's since gone on to much success in composing for movies and TV, including HBO's "Bored To Death" and several PBS American Masters episodes. Link.
Now his band Big Lazy (formerly Lazy Boy) have a Kickstarter going to fund a new CD. Link.
"We are extremely excited to return to the studio and make the new album so many of our fans have asked about. This campaign is how you can make sure that happens. For the past year I’ve enjoyed countless hours writing for this fifth album. I’ve renivented the band with Yuval Lion on drums and Andrew Hall playing bass and we’ve further refined Big Lazy’s sound - stripped down highway twang and raunchy crime jazz - in a Brooklyn basement. We will record the album at Vibromonk Studio in an industrial loft in Brooklyn. This is the same time tested environment where all the Big Lazy albums were made. We have a classic approach to making records where we inhabit a recording studio for two weeks getting our hands dirty and capturing raw performances with a focused and collaborative approach. We’ve been performing the new material in NYC clubs for the past year. Big Lazy is now a finely tuned machine and ready to record! If you’ve been to our shows you know we capture the essence of this live experience in our studio work." Link.