Ethan Lipton & his Orchestra | Mr. Softy

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Mr. Softy

by Ethan Lipton & his Orchestra

“Charming and bewildered … sepia-toned music that evokes 1930s blues and jazz and goes all over the musical map…” (The Villager)
Genre: Rock: Americana
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1. Old People Don't Whisper
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2. Bossy Man
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3. Hit It
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4. Girl from the Renaissance Faire
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5. You Knocked Me Down #1
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6. You Knocked Me Down #2
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7. Bug
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8. Thrift Store Blues
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9. For the Last Time
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10. In My Car Again
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11. The Flora and the Fauna
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12. If Devils Can Slow Dance
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13. Cat Don't Know
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14. Place to Go
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15. Sweet & Understanding
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17. Pirates of the Heart
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Album Notes
After great success in New York’s downtown scene and two well-received live albums, Ethan Lipton has taken his Orchestra into the studio to record MR. SOFTY, a groovy and ticklish collection that invites the listener to bask in the confounding joy of Lipton’s mixed-message sincerity.

MR. SOFTY comes courtesy of Lipton’s own Muckraker Records and spotlights the eclectic talents of his “Orchestra”: Eben Levy on guitar (Chucklehead), Ian M. Riggs on bass (One Ring Zero, Howard Fishman) and sax man Vito Dieterle (Joel Forrester).

Produced by Huck Bennert (Chip Taylor, Carrie Rodgriguez), with arrangements by Levy, Riggs, Dieterle and Lipton, MR. SOFTY lives where jazz, country, rock and folk intersect and bears the imprint of the songwriter’s influences, from John Prine to Donna Summer, from Leonard Cohen to Ben Webster, from Tom Waits to George and Ira Gershwin to The Ramones.

Ethan Lipton & his Orchestra play all over New York (Celebrate Brooklyn, Joe’s Pub, Rockwood, Barbes, The Living Room), Los Angeles, (Tangier, Silverlake Lounge, The Derby) and the Northeast (MassMoCA, AS220, Pop!tech). The band recently contributed a song to the SANDINISTA PROJECT, a Clash tribute album.

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"Some music makes you go "wow". That's pretty rare. Mr. Softy by Ethan Lipton + his Orchestra is an album which takes you back to a few decades to the age when singers spoke their mind." (Here Comes the Flood)

"Hilarious, dark, sophisticated, schleppy and sad all at once… songs that take the mundane of life and twist it." (NPR's Weekend Edition)

"Sad little songs packed full of absurdity." (Fluxblog)

"Crazy whack music. We’re talking funny and poignant and sassy. Melodic and well-orchestrated. Clever and fully enjoyable." (The Late Greats)

"A sardonic voice that offers an unlikely kind of comfort against the vagaries of everyday life." (Popmatters)

"This is some of the weirdest, but most fun, music I’ve heard in a while."
(Berkeley Place)

"Ethan Lipton & his Orchestra are not your average band. They're not even your non-average band. They are out there...I'm talking past Pluto the non-planet out there. And that's a good thing." (Mainstream Isn't So Bad)

"It’s always enjoyable when a singer-songwriter throws some humor into his
misery." (Timeout NY)

“Big of schnozz, thick of moustache and dulcet of voice, Mr. Lipton croons unlikely urban haikus and wry ballads.”
(New York Observer)

"Instead of listing metaphors comparing Ethan Lipton to a Eucalyptus tree, or his music to a recently acquired dairy farm, I will instead list reasons why it is Ethan Lipton's world, and you are paying the rent." (The Deli Magazine)

"A soft, relaxing, hilarious and dark look at everyday life." (Circles of Concrete)

"Hysterical, poignant story-telling." (Manchester Journal)



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Pari Farmani

Saw them live in Barbes on a visit, went home to DC and bought the CD. Must say, both experiences have be ah-may-zing.

casey dellicarpini

pretty cool
got this cd in anticipation of joe's pub show...what a great group of musicians! EL has such a smooth voice - and a terrific wit. good stuff!

Bill Mann

highly recommended
After seeing Ethan and his Orchestra at Joe's Pub I had to have their CDs to relive the amazing performance. Now I can't turn the music off and have taken to telling everybody I know to check them out. I believe they use mind control subliminal messages somewhere in the music because its addictive.

Martin Lipton

Artist's father finds great merit in son's new CD.
I loved it, the whole thing, and you will too. If you don't buy this CD, you will be unhappy until you die.
Ethan's Dad


What a fun cd - makes you tap your foot and smile. Great job!

Corey Weiss

To think that I thought it was just beginner's luck!
When I heard Ethan Lipton & his Orchestra's first album I liked 'em but thought, "Ah, it's just beginner's luck." But now after hearing "Mr. Softy" I am convinced that these guys are actually really good! I can't wait for their next CD.

Michelle Beshaw

I should have gotten 2
If only I could listen to this every day, it would be a nearly perfect world, but I gave it to my sister. We both love seeing Ethan Lipton play live, but the CD with all our favorite tunes is really dreamy.