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west 4th & charles

by Philip foxman & prime 8

Acoustic rock with strong melodies and poetically insightful lyrics
Genre: Rock: Acoustic
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1. Here it comes
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2. You're everything
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3. My valentine
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4. Buddha in the bathroom
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5. Sheltering sky
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6. Random fire
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7. Little brother
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8. I'll be there
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9. Spanish Armada
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10. Nervous in the night
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11. When shadows fall away
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Album Notes
Billboard magazine says:
Philip Foxman and prime 8 deftly contrasting elements of dark worldly story telling with vibrant folk-fueled rock instrumentation. Who knew fiddles could kick so hard.


New York City based, Australian born singer- songwriter Philip Foxman and his band prime 8 have built a solid local reputation playing to sellout shows at the Mercury Lounge and the prestigious Bowery Ballroom Lounge. They have opened for major label artist such as Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha, U.K sensations Catatonia, MCA band DADA, and Buffalo Tom.

The music on the current release, entitled, West 4th and Charles, can best be described as dark, emotionally-charged songs, infectious melody lines with large choruses and sweeping, cinematic arrangements. The lyrical themes have a distinctly urban point of view which is poignantly underscored by the band's sophisticated blend of fiddles, mandolins and keyboards. This is folk-rock with an ambitious difference
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Members: Philip Foxman: vocals,guitars, Brad Tolinski,: fiddles, mandolins,
Mark Sidgwick: bass, Aaron Conte,: drums, Neil Thomas: keyboards


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West 4th & Charles is an interesting mix of songs about NYC, relationships and l
Philip Foxman and prime 8. " West 4th and Charles"

PHILIP FOXMAN & PRIME 8 – WEST 4TH & CHARLES: West 4th & Charles is the latest release from singer-songwriter Philip Foxman and his band Prime 8. The Australian-born Foxman wrote the 11 tracks on this CD named after an address in Greenwich Village. This New York City-based band uses an array of instruments such as the violin, the mandolin and keyboards in conjunction with traditional rock and roll instruments to produce compelling songs. All the tracks are well-crafted stories that have powerful imagery. There are dark undertones to many of the songs, which ironically are upbeat in tone, a prime example being ‘Random Fire.’ This music is emotionally charged and captures the urban tone of the band’s origins in a unique style that merges various forms including folk rock. The opening song ‘Here It Comes’ melds various sounds with a catchy hook. ‘My Valentine’ is a heartbreaking, well-orchestrated song about his dying valentine, which brought tears to my eyes. ‘Spanish Armada’ has good instrumentation that sends the listener sailing. West 4th & Charles is an interesting mix of songs about NYC, relationships and life in general and a good addition to any CD collection. Recommended Tracks: (1,3,9) [USA, NY 2000] (Review by Laura Turner Lynch for Kweevak.com)
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Varied heartfelt music
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The Drum Media: Michael Smith

Philip Foxman proves himself a songwriter who has imbibed deeply in the life of
PHILIP FOXMAN

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He may be an Australian in New York, but with the West 4th & Charles, Philip Foxman proves himself a songwriter who has imbibed deeply in the life of the world's most complex city and come up with a batch of tunes, that are quintessentially New York. Then again, these intimate, gritty urban tales, of lovers lost, friends dying of aids and violence stalking the streets could just as easily been spawned by our own sprawling, glamorous, grotty metropolis. Sometimes, it takes an outsider to tell the story with Spanish Armada. But for the most part, West & Charles is very much a personal reflection on Foxman's experiences and observations of life in New York over his past decade there, and his stories are crouched in musical contexts very much in American accents, rootsy, acoustic and occasionally with a country rock twang.

That said, there's a definite pop sensibility ringing through the almost anthemic urban country of the opening cut. Here It Comes. The country comes further to the fore with the mandolin of Foxman's main musical collaborator, Brad Tolinski; on You're Everything. Basically Foxman sits in that acoustic popbased singer songwriter area that has given artists like Shaun Mulins and Ron Sexsmith thc odd hit and solid if lowkey profiles both in the college circuits in the US and here. In fact, his paean to a dying friend, My Valentine has echoes of Luka Bloom in the main musical hook, so Foxman's aspiring to some pretty impressive company, and for the most part succeeding.

He seems to have found himself working in that space in New York where folk, toots and pop intersect to create something else, like the Bleeker Street of the 1960's, which spawned the likes of Dylan and Paul Simon. Just add a rhythm section, as he has - the album is credited to Foxman & prime 8 - then you've got some really punchy stuff likeBudha in the Bathroom, complete with some pretty solid violin-sawing from Tolinski, or the lyrically pretty dark Randon Fire, jogging along in an uptempo country rock kind of vein, alongside the more moody, lyrical ballads, like When Shadows Fall Away or Sheltering Sky.

West 4th & Charles is an impressive introduction to a young man whose credentials might surprise readers, but you'll have to wait till my interview with Foxman is published. Meanwhile, you can check the album out yourselves either at Parade Music in Bondi or

Michael Smith

Feb 6th 2001 issue
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Samuel Barker

. His songs are well thoughtout and really catchy. They're not stupid pop tunes
Few times before have I heard anything quite as refreshing as Phillip Foxman and Prime 8. When you picture a band led by a singer/songwriter that has a violin, mandolin, drums, bass, and various other instruments, you are expecting an Austin, TX folk/country artist. Well, New York's Phillip Foxman is nothing like that. He and his band use these instruments to make a unique mix of folk/rock with some worldly overtones. It's really a treat for the ears.
Foxman's vocals are a bit strange at time, fading between a near Tom Waits to a cleaner Dylan. His songs are well thoughtout and really catchy. They're not stupid pop tunes trying to pull you in with hooks, this is pure music that pulls you in with it's simple beauty.
Even the violin on this album has a punch. This album is something to be proud of for all involved. From the opening chords of "You're Everything" to the fading melodies of "When Shadows Fall Away" you are entranced by this menagerie of sound.
"Here It Comes" explores a darker feel in the beginning, but when the band kicks in you are given a wall of sweet beautiful sounds. The vibe of the music is pleasing to your soul.
"Little Brother" has a great mellow bass intro and the accoustic guitar work is nice. This is one of the songs that showcases Foxman's songwriting ability. It's a pretty cut and dry folk song that comes at you with a very Tom Waits-ish vibe.
The final song on the album, "When Shadows Fall Away," is the highpoint you'd love to close with. The guitar playing flows and the violin adds to the mellow vibe. This is a truly beautiful song. It's well played and well thoughtout like most of the album.
I know this review will read like a fluff piece, but I promise you, this album is that good. It's a testament to the American singer/songwriter. I was impressed with this album from open to close. It's definitely something worth checking out.
Samuel Barker is Senior Editor. Contact him at suma@rockzone.com.
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by Samuel Barker
July 11, 2001
File Under: Folk/Rock
rating: A-
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Laura T. Lynch of Kweevak.com

Interesting mix about NYC !
This New York City-based band uses an array of instruments such as the violin, the mandolin and keyboards in conjunction with traditional rock and roll instruments to produce compelling songs. All the tracks are well-crafted stories that have powerful imagery. There are dark undertones to many of the songs, which ironically are upbeat in tone, a prime example being ‘Random Fire.’ This music is emotionally charged and captures the urban tone of the band’s origins in a unique style that merges various forms including folk rock. The opening song ‘Here It Comes’ melds various sounds with a catchy hook. ‘My Valentine’ is a heartbreaking, well-orchestrated song about his dying valentine, which brought tears to my eyes. ‘Spanish Armada’ has good instrumentation that sends the listener sailing.
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