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How I Want to Live -- The Catman Chronicles 2

by Catman Cohen

"Sounds like Neil Diamond and Satan, joined together in a band, while sweet voice girls sing in the background."
Genre: Rock: Album Rock
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1. How I Want to Live
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2. Water is Blood
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3. My Key to the Stars
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4. Dancing With Mr. Daddy
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5. If I Could Divide the Smell of Flowers
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6. The Captain of Industry
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7. Heaven in my Mind
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8. Lovers After the Twilight Ends
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9. Ingrid Knows Who I am
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10. Tomorrow's Not Always Like Today
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11. No Luck at All
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12. Sounds of Love
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13. My Vegas Pussy
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14. Superman (It's Not Easy)
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15. Father, You Believed (Iglesias Vocal)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Catman Cohen is the mysterious mastermind behind the dark, provocative CD...HOW I WANT TO DIE... featuring such powerful songs as "Prayer for America," "The Crime of Being Me," and the anguished remake of the Kylie Minogue mega-hit, "Can't Get You Out of My Head." Described as "a songwriter for the 21st Century," Catman is already receiving critical acclaim from Nobel Prize winners and MacArthur Fellows.

Now Catman presents the second Chronicle...HOW I WANT TO LIVE...featuring the song, "Water is Blood," an ominous warning of the impending fresh water crisis; "Tomorrow's Not Always Like Today," a chilling cry for social activism; and Catman's latest salute to America's rescue workers, the touching rendition of , "Superman (It's Not Easy)," made popular by Five for Fighting.

Assisting Catman is his inspired producer/arranger, Henry Iglesias, who also plays keyboards with feverish intensity; James Lum, engineer/mixer extraordinaire, who also plays guitars and touches God with each and every note; George Englund, whose soulful, wailing Sax penetrates right through the heart; and drummers James McCarty / Gabriel Santana Falcon, who both pound skins with enough zeal to raise the dead.

In the vocal department, Catman's deep-bullfrog is joined by a tremendous cast of guest singers, including Jimmy Swan, Shea Alexander, Simonne Simmons, Sarah Taylor, Elly K, Annette Lum, Barabara Ochoa, Shasta Strange, and last but not least...........Henry Iglesias, who delivers a song with the kind of skillful, melodious, dreamy voice that Catman only wishes he had!

10% of CD sales proceeds to be donated to PACIFIC INSTITUTE (www.pacinst.org)

10% of CD sales proceeds to be donated to BLUE PLANET PROJECT
(www.blueplanetproject.net)

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Reviews:

“I absolutely LOVE his voice. It has to be one of the deepest I have heard. Like a giant toad with laryngitis singing in the center of a spacious hollow planet.”

Reviewed by Marcus Stanlec

WTFMusic.org

March 11, 2010

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“Catman Cohen's music goes further into the strange and weird.”

Reviewed by Paul de Bruijn

http://www.rambles.net

May 9, 2009

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"Reminded me of some music from Gino Vannelli, some songs with sweet female voices, but again others with Catman’s Serge Gainsbourg-like bullfrog vocals."

Reviewed by Gary Levinson

Indie Music Review
http://www.indiemusicreview.net

May 24, 2008

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"Heaven In My Mind" shines as a hauntingly melodic thumper -- it's the perfect dance track … addicting and orgasmic."

Reviewed by Adam Mico

ApeQuake
http://www.apequake.com/catman.html

April 11, 2008

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"Think Chris Rea and Nick Cave on holiday with Leonard Cohen watching a Tarantino movie."

Reviewed by Dave Chislett

Matchbox Radio 24
http://www.matchboxrecordings.co.uk/artists/sitb2

December 23, 2007

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"The raw poetry, the depth of feeling and caring, the times when he is really lucid and the sheer good music in many cuts are such that Cohen is worth checking out."

Reviewed by Jay Levin

Real Talk LA
http://www.realtalkla.com/

December 21, 2007

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"Catman himself sounds like a cross between Tom Waits and Leonard Cohen, a raspy bullfrog voice that grabs your attention."

Joe Frietze

INK 19
http://www.ink19.com

May, 2007

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"Catman Cohen's series of music CD's are becoming the talk of the town."

Kat Kramer

Entertainment Today
http://www.entertainmenttodayonline.com

April 7, 2006

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"Musically strong, just as the first CD and full of great tunes and artistic ideas."

Reviewed by Joeri De Ren (Antwerp, Belgium)
http://www.dogmatik.be

December 29, 2005

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"It is great to see someone trying to revive the time-honored tradition of music with both a soul and a purpose. Having just seen the first part of Scorsese's documentary on Dylan, I'm reminded of how important this is for society. And I'm delighted (Catman) is tackling the issue of water...I'm afraid we are indeed heading into an era of growing conflict over water, and anything we can do to avoid that is worth doing."

by Dr. Peter Gleick
MacArthur Fellow
President
Pacific Institute for Studies in Development, Environment, and Security

http://www.pacinst.org/

October 3, 2005

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"The album is interesting, ambitious and rarely dull."

by Helen Sadler
www.subba-cultcha.com

September 8, 2005

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"Cohen's music is blunt and intriguing...All fifteen tracks on his second release are unique. Each song could be from a different band with the assortment of people involved but the unifying force is Cohen's supportive, distinctive vocals and his vision."

Laura Turner Lynch, Reviewer
KWEEVAK.com

August 31, 2005

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"SUPERMAN (It's Not Easy), the disc's one cover is done in a way that far outstrips the schmaltzy Five For Fighting original."

James McQuiston, Editor
NEUFUTUR.COM

August 28, 2005

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A new fan

Vegas Pussy is nasty
Makes me want to go to Vegas and get some.

But nothing compares to Dancing With Mr. Daddy for perv music. Catman's got to be a split personality. How did the guy who wrote the tender sweet Father You Believed also write Dancing with Mr. Daddy??????????????????????????
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Ben in NJ

Dancing With Mr Daddy is a DIRTY song
Starts out sad, then gets rough.

Oh, I love dirty songs like that - and two of the strangest singing voices I've heard in years.
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Stellaah V, Vancouver, Canada

Best thing about "Live"
I luved Molly Zenobia singing on Catman's "Vancouver" and luv Shea Alexander even more singing "Live" and "Heaven.". She's got a breathy cum and fuck me voice like G. Stefani after a percodan.
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Anon.

Catman exposed!
I found the following paragraph while trying to discover more info about the identity of Catman Cohen - and this has to be real reason why Catman hides from the public:

"The actual person "Catman" is also widely known to be Dennis Avner of Whidbey Island, Washington, USA, who has spent considerable resources to modify his body surgically to resemble that of a cat."

The man probably looks freaky beyond all description. Probably tried to have his throat "cat-ified" and that's why he's got the strange singing voice.

Hell, if I were him, I would hide too. Forever,
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sleepless in Brooklyn

bizarre but so cool
Whenever my neighbors are having loud sex, I crank this one up at full blast and it usually shuts them up. Thank you, Catman, for making music that stops horny people from doing the wild thing.
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Roberta Christgau

What a trip!
After first listen, I did not know what to think. Upon finishing the second listen, I had to call some of my know-it-all rock encyclopedia geeks to see, if in fact, Catman Cohen were the love child of Leonard (Cohen) and one of Barry Whites' daughters. What strikes me as perhaps the most interesting thing about Catmans' approach on this CD, is that he often times has guest vocalists, as rangewise, his voice is that of Tom Waits after a hard night of blow and moonshine.
First off, we have Shea Alexander, who sings on the title track and Heaven in My Mind. She delivers with no pretense and has a believable feminine quality that you find in the truly gifted contemporary female singers of today. Next we have Jimmy Swan on My Key to the Stars and Sounds of Love. Catman must have known that if you get a rock singer with range to sing a Steinman/Meatloaf like ballad, you cannot lose. Sounds of Love has Mr. Swan doing his best Frank Gorshin to a Euro-cabaret type ditty that could one day be a favorite of Doctor Demento. Simone Simmons was a real surprise. Sounding more like Terrence Trent than Dionne Farris, she delivers on My Vegas Pussy and Dancing with Mr.Daddy. Henri Iglesias holds the line on various tracks throughout the disc, as well as providing super clean, untarnished sound by way of production.
The thing that really stands out about his disc, is the lyrics and the sentiment behind them. Catman is not happy with the status quo, as evidenced on Water Is Blood and Tomorrow's Not Always Like Today. After reading the liner notes, Catman is either a voice that we need joining the charge to social reform, or he is one polically eccentric gent. Either way, if you are a fan of Meatloaf, Tom Waits, goth, Gil-Scott Heron, Bruce Cockburn or the Cookie Monster, this is for you. That fact that this disc exists, is a testament unto itself.
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Delilah, sending you love from Oh Canada!


heard the remake of my favorite 'Superman is not Easy' on webradieo and that got me looking into Cat Cohen's songs. what a strange different voice, sure haven't heard anybody sing like that before. the other singers on the CD sound fine but the Cat should have sung all a songs cause the CD really kicks booty whenever the man's raspy voice comes in.
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Cherry, 17, St. George, Utah

"my key to the stars" is wonderful
Discovered Catman Cohen while searching myspace. "my key to the stars" is the best song of the year and if the Grammmys don't give him an award then they don't know nothing.
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Emma, United Kingdom

"How I Want to Live" vs. "How I Want to Die"
I found Mr. Cohen's first CD "How I Want to DIe" to be a true original, a dark, offbeat soundtrack such as one finds in cult cinema (think of "Donnie Darko"). I cannot say I liked "How I Want to Live" as much although I think it is equally striking, though maybe trying harder to be commercial than the first work. My favorite selection had to be "Dancing with Mr. Daddy" followed by "Lovers After the Twilight Ends." Both songs stick in one's mind, Mr. Cohen's voice is so very naughty.
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Nathan, Long Island, NY

My Chanukah gift reviewed
One of the most unusual CD's I've heard this year, kind of like a music opera, in the style of The Who. Not a single boring song, lots of emotion on all the cuts, not much else I can say about it.
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