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Do What I Want

by Howard Fishman

NY TIMES says the music "transcends time and idiom." Writer Grant Moser calls the band "Moody,dangerous,ancient,modern,ruthless,longing,explosive and quiet."
Genre: Pop: Folky Pop
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1. Good Times
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2. Mary Ann
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3. Don't Wait
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4. In Another Life
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5. Do What I Want
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6. Nervous Breakdown
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7. A New Life
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8. Weary Blues
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9. Get Some Rest
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10. Don't Love Me
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11. What Was it Like?
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12. Want You To Be Mine
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13. Dating Game
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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HOWARD FISHMAN is an underground grassroots sensation, equally at home performing in tony cabaret rooms,hipster indie clubs,big performing arts centers and little honky-tonk joints. With a full-time touring schedule that regularly takes the band from home (Brooklyn, NY) to Chicago, Los Angeles, Boston, DC, Paris and points beyond, HFQ has had its praises trumpeted by no less than The NYTIMES, DOWNBEAT, WASHINGTON POST, THE NEW YORKER and THE LA TIMES. What keeps the band underground is likely its quirky, uncategorizable style. What THE STAR-LEDGER calls its "smart, postmodern pop" is actually a raw mixture of melodic pop, improvisational jazz, old American blues and hillbilly, New Orleans R&B, classical music, early country, indie rock, free jazz, hip hop, punk, ska and soul. DOWNBEAT calls it "something entirely new."

You may have heard Howard and the band on NPR shows like FRESH AIR with Terry Gross and WORLD CAFÉ with David Dye. If not, you've probably not heard them at all. This is music that doesn't come out and grab its audience by throat. You have to find it on your own, and when you do, you'll see why HFQ has a dedicated cult following world-wide. Get in on the secret! HFQ performs some of the most interesting and new music happening in America today.

DO WHAT I WANT received four Stars from the ALL MUSIC GUIDE (www.allmusicguide.com):
"Do What I Want finds Howard Fishman moving away from rural music and early jazz and toward a more rock-oriented sound. The regular members of his quartet — Russell Farhang, Erik Jekabson, Jonathan Flaugher — are still on board, but for the first time they're backed by drums (Mark McLean, Scott McLemore), electric guitars (Geoff Gersh), and Wurlitzer/Hammond B3 (Brian Pearl). The creative thrust of the songs, however, is remarkably consistent with previous efforts — chalk it up to Fishman's distinctive way with melody and phrasing, not to mention his plain yet wonderfully expressive vocal delivery. Certain tracks, like the double-time romp "Weary Blues" and the ballad "What Was It Like?," are closer to the aesthetic of the old quartet. Others, like "Do What I Want" and "Get Some Rest," are driven by rock backbeats and lyrics that are more spoken than sung. Lyrically, Fishman swings between dejection and hope, from the darkness of "Don't Love Me" to the unqualified joy of "A New Life." He also gets fiercely acerbic at times, rebuking a depressed friend on "Nervous Breakdown" and ranting in hilariously exasperated fashion about the "Dating Game." (The latter is sort of like Jill Scott's "A Long Walk" gone horribly wrong.) "Good Times," the opener, is a radical reworking of a song that appeared on Fishman's first album; "In Another Life," one of his finest and most heartbreaking songs to date, is the finale from his theatrical work-in-progress, "We Are Destroyed." The record is very effectively produced, with unexpected instrumental breaks and sonic effects around every corner. In all, a vital statement, issuing from a very different precinct of Howard Fishman's mind. It's a rare artist that can do something drastically different and still sound entirely like himself." -THE ALL MUSIC GUIDE

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