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by John Hodel

lots of words, simple melodies, Tom Waits' friend
Genre: Rock: Acoustic
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Delores
3:32 album only
2. Kisses In The Snow
3:43 album only
3. Whitebread Boy
4:18 album only
4. Marie
4:13 album only
5. I Don't Care If She'll Change
2:41 album only
6. This Day Will Forever Be Good
3:02 album only
7. In Her Grey Room
3:55 album only


Album Notes
Kisses In The Snow got John Hodel in trouble one time, but by the end of the song things changed...



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I feel proud to have Johny Hodel as my uncle. Uncle Johny is different, he's not just a face in the crowd, ya know? He makes a statement when he walks in. A lot of people, including myself have given up on dreams after awhile because we weren't patient. But, my Uncle Johny proves that "Just because you dont have something today, doesn't mean you won't have it tomorrow." He has determination, and immense passion for music and I admire that. He does what he loves, and doesn't think twice about it. I just listened to all of his music and I can't put into words how his music made me feel. His music is dreamy, I can get lost in it. I feel feelings that I dont usually feel when I listen to it. I admire my uncle very much =)

Miller Farrell

Captures the feel of a live Hodel show.
It sounds like he's in my living room.

Dan Herman

Tongue-locked-in-cheek NYC anti-folk
John goes back to the Fast Folk music magazine days, the pinnacle of contemporary folk of New York in the 70's, not to mention the present-day anti-folk scene. "Whitebread Boy" is best example of John's music both in studio and live; the in-out vocals in his phrasing which seem equal John's relative position to the mic...or perhaps the help of fellow musician Jack Grace twiddling the knobs. One can only wonder who this tune is about..whoever it is, seems to describe the subject as a perfectionist ("While adjusting his bib he cell phoned his mother on where to put the peroxid on his knees").
Lots of dark humor on these songs, yet "Marie" breaks this mold...soft wistful reminiscing of a Helen of Troy female figure "How the moon puts its white on you/And your shirt pains your body blue". Little gems of couplets all through the CD. There's also an educational passage on how the CD was conceived, plus a piece about his native Woodside, NY community. But, as he says, "if anything, listen". His voice, guitar, extra vocals and accordion, and a deft production touch. Check JH out at a NYC show, or open-mic, or better still, purchase this above-average CD.

Dave Golden

Hodel, Model, Holiday Inn!
Hodel is a one-of-a-kind. It's appropriate that there's not much written in the description area. Hodel's one of those guys who proves the old saying true that "talking about music is like dancing about architecture." You just gotta hear this guy! Several times, actually. My only critique is that "Suburbia" isn't on the record, 'cause damn I love that song.

Amy Emerman

John Hodel is a one-of-a-kind singer/songwriter. He's a songwriter's songwriter. John's been religiously attending Jack Hardy's songwriting circle for years where he has honed his particular brand of sardonic bukowski-inspired waits-like sometimes dylan-like on a good day lyricism. John's lyrics and style often beget raised eyebrows (at least on the open mike scene), but sift through the lyrics and you will find some incredible lines. Hodel's been on the East Village music scene for years with his infamous cowboy hat and idiosyncratic style. This is his first CD, well-produced and long-awaited.

kira kondratiev

i agree that some EXCELLENT songs should've been included on this CD...so...Johnny, time to record another one! John Hodel is John Hodel and always has and will be. if you don't expect and just listen, you won't be disappointed!

frank mazzetti

Hodel As Archetype
Put point blank, there is no one like John Hodel. He is unpredictable and thought provoking. There is no key to comprehension so just enjoy the paradoxes and hyperbole. Maybe I can't always catch his curve ball but I can marvel at it.


hi john,glad to hear that life has been good to you and that you have finally made success of your music