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Just Now Finding Out

by Fojimoto

California-soaked indie popsters twist listeners with tightly wound harmonies upon sweet, melancholic and instantly classic tunes; has been compared to The Stone Roses, REM, The Byrds and Big Star.
Genre: Rock: Roots Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Lovely Daughter
3:40 $0.99
2. Easy To Lose
4:14 $0.99
3. Nostalgia
6:38 $0.99
4. Summer Day Parade
3:37 $0.99
5. Sleepwalking
3:25 $0.99
6. Zig Zag Kid
4:33 $0.99
7. Map
4:34 $0.99
8. Dry
4:21 $0.99
9. Elizabeth
5:06 $0.99
10. Upside Down
6:08 $0.99
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Album Notes
It's a rare moment when a group of artists can come together, set aside their egos, and simply make great rock music. In the summer of 2000, that's what happened when Fojimoto was formed by singer/songwriter Marwan Kanafani, bassist Ryan Waggoner, and drummer Jon Fojtik. Under the cloak of such influences as Big Star, the Kinks and REM, Fojimoto quickly grew into a tight friendship.

Ryan and Jon grew up together in the Michigan cow town of Blissfield, playing on stage together in Jon's father's family wedding band since seventh grade. Twelve years later, the pair shipped out to California in search of new avenues for musical expression. Marwan was a 20-year-old St. Louis emigrant in Berkeley when he met Jon through a mutual friend and bass player David Simon. The three of them formed Solarcane, and made a beautiful record called "Book of Alibis." When Solarcane split up, it was only natural for Ryan and Jon to begin playing music with Marwan to form Fojimoto.

In the past year and a half, Fojimoto has been developing the garage-mod-beach-melodic sound that first caught the attention of musicians throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Wherein, through late night hootenannies and local gigs, a community of artists including Splintered Tree, Luster, John O'Brien and Priscilla Ederle are re-tooling the new sounds of pop rock and roll.



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Courtney Collins

The recording mixes lush, pretty melodies with modern rock. The tunes stick in your head after the first listen - they have great hooks without being predictable or common. Marwan has a great voice that's perfectly suited for Fojimoto's songs. I love it!

Mo Recanati

Sonofabitch it's good!
Well polished, well produced yet still real enough that you can feel the sawdust and gravel under your boots while listening to Lovely Daughter. The pedal steel guitar and soft harmonies make the album a really pleasing aural experience.

Paul Daniels

Great tunes. The best of Alt-Country, Indie, and Rock and Roll
This album gives you everything that's good about modern rock. They have tunes that do emo justice "Summer Day Parade", alt country on "Loveley Daughter", and good ole' fashion rock and roll on "Map" and "Zig Zag Kid". For $10, this record's a steal.

Pimpy Mc Nutt

Fojimoto Roxx, and how! Find out for yerself
Three words, ZIgZIg Kid - THree part harmonies that make the hair on the back of my neck stand up. Each song is a punch, with hooks and lyrics for days and days. Sad and dusty songs like Dry, and Easy To Lose are something straight off a the back porch in the summertime...


Unforgettable Melodies & Lyrics
This album is fantastic! My copy of the album almost melted away because it was playing in my car stereo for a couple weeks straight (it's pretty hot in there). The songs keep following me around everywhere. I can't get them out of my head! "Nostalgia" is produced amazingly. But I really like "Sleepwalking" because it goes from this gritty/ballsy Neil Young/Crazy Horse vibe to this sweet pop chorusy thang.

Alex Catalona

Just Now Rocking Out!
Fojimoto have incredible melodies, songwriting and they like to rock out! The production is polished yet at the same delightfully original. The majestic arc of Nostalgia and Zig Zag Kid stand out on this disk chock full of lush country-rock harmonies and punk-poppy gems.