5J Barrow is the band that makes you stop what you’re doing and stare. That’s what i did the first time i saw them at an art-share party on St. Marks Pl. There were about 60 or 70 of us in a circle around Jason and Eryn, stomping, singing and banging strings. 60 or 70 people stopped and stared.
Their music is everything i want music to be. Energetic, evocative, unfiltered and beautiful. In an age of autotune and quantization, top 10 charts without any real instruments on them, 5J Barrow is the cure. I still haven’t seen them with their full band, only as a duo, but they get a bigger sound with two people than should be possible. With dynamics that range from a whisper to a tsunami, their songs tell stories of love, loss and longing. Their songs remind you of feelings that you lost track of. They take you to a place and leave you there without a ride.
The band was conceived in a living room on Barrow St. in Greenwich village. Jason had just moved here from California and he and Eryn would share ideas and create music to take down the street to Washington Square Park. It’s a routine that continues today. When i spoke with them to arrange a meeting, they told me, “Just drop by the park, we’ll be there playing there all day.”
I heard them from down the block. There they were under the arch. Perfect. Portrait of the artists in a New York City summer. Sink in.
More THEM at: http://5jbarrow.com/
Mike Mineo Might Be All We Need – Scene 2 (A Walk In The Park)
So we got out of the cab at Washington Square Park, paid the driver and grabbed all of our stuff. You won’t BELIEVE what happened next.
Unless you believe that he played his new single “Real Deal” while i filmed it. I mean, you’d have to be pretty skeptical to not believe it, honestly.
Mike Mineo is the real deal, dig it.
PART 1 HERE
Polina’s entire life comes gushing out of her eyes when she talks to you, and it fills the room and the world around you. That’s Polina’s world, and it operates at a different speed. It’s a world of Go and Yes and Now, with not a lot of room for Later and Maybe and Stop. We spent 5 or 6 hours together where she was playing song after song and when i was exhausted and headed home, she stayed out to play a gig at the Path Café. I had barely told her about my website, i mentioned that i run a something and was wondering if she might like to- And i was cut off. “Yes. Send me an email. Let’s do it.”
So we did it. It’s hard to film somebody when you just want to dance. I was constantly stopping myself from bopping up and down while she was playing. Dig her tunes, cause i sure do. Dig her vibe, dig her voice, dig her chops, she plays with heavy strings on a Martin and doesn’t take breaks because she’s got a destination in her head and she’s gonna play until she gets there.
Check her out at her bandcamp, soundcloud, facebook, and keep an eye out for her shows if you’re in the NYC or Cleveland areas.
I was with Polina heading to the Music Inn to record a couple tunes for her episode and when we got there, we saw a group of people outside hanging out and playing guitar. We walked in to set up but eventually put it on hold and went outside to see what was going on. It turned out to be some members of the band Sean Flinn and the Royal We from Portland, Oregon . They were on a summer tour and spending the day after their show at Rockwood relaxing in the Village, making music on the street. Here’s Sean playing “Salt That’s In Our Blood” from the album Write Me A Novel, available for purchase here
A quick preview of TSNP Ep 1: A Day With Polina, out in a couple weeks
I met Ariah at the Sidewalk Cafe (or is it just called Sidewalk?) a couple weeks ago. She took me around LES playing a few different songs, eventually running into Vincent skating around a basketball court in ABCity. Outside a record shop on 5th or 6th, we stopped for a few minutes and got existential. Here’s the result-
for more, check out her bandcamp