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99 Cent Dreams

by Makar

Acoustic Guitar and Piano driven Indie Rock that will make Punk and Poet rejoice and dance together.
Genre: Rock: Acoustic
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  Song Share Time Download
1. I Hate My Job
3:39 $0.99
2. The Country Song
2:36 $0.99
3. What Can I Tell You
1:49 $0.99
4. The Monkey
4:42 $0.99
5. Alligator Agents
4:02 $0.99
6. Another Day
3:14 $0.99
7. Damion Day
2:53 $0.99
8. All I Know
2:20 $0.99
9. Honey-Colored Time
3:26 $0.99
10. 99 Cent Dreams
2:31 $0.99
11. After Autumn
3:56 $0.99
12. Erase Face
2:45 $0.99
13. Soonest Mended
2:33 $0.99
14. Show Me The Real World
3:12 $0.99
15. No Shot Was Fired
1:22 $0.99
16. Lost Voices
3:19 $0.99
17. I Don't Know God
3:08 $0.99
18. Andrea
2:46 $0.99
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Album Notes
Makar (Mah-Kar) is a 15th century Scottish term meaning Poet and also a dark and groovy little New York band. An acoustic guitar and piano driven indie-rock band that makes Punk and Poet rejoice and dance together.

Makar began with Mark looking for a band to join as a singer and finding nothing appealing, so Andrea said "why don't you write your own songs?" So he did! But Andrea kept butting in and adding her 2 cents, so Mark said, "why don't you write a song?" So she did. And that's where it all began!

Makar consists of Andrea DeAngelis, co-singer/songwriter/guitarist from New Jersey and Mark Purnell, co-singer/songwriter/pianist from New York.

Beginning in 2002-03, Makar played their first, nail-biting, exciting NY gigs at places like Luna Lounge, CBGBs gallery, Knitting Factory and Pianos and began recording their 18-song debut album, 99 Cent Dreams, on July 14, 2002 at Multiway Studios in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

In 2005 the debut album, 99 Cent Dreams, arrived and Makar went to work promoting the hell out of it! Our songs got played all over the world on indie and internet radio stations. We received many wonderful and heartfelt reviews from fans and critics alike, had thousands of downloads, sold many physical as well as digital copies. We even did a TV appearance or two!! Our first music video for the song "I Hate My Job" directed by Brian Schulz got played on MTV2 and won honorable mention on Mendham NJ cable tv. We made many incredible fans and played many a great show, even got signed to a non-exclusive deal with a little indie label named Sizzleteen Records! And that's only the beginning kids!!

Makar began work on our 2nd album, Funeral Genius, August 2008 at the Seaside Lounge in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Funeral Genius is now available on CD Baby, Itunes and everywhere digital music is sold in the universe. Watch out for tour dates as we plan to put a rock 'n roll smile on your face while shaking your hips and minds awake. No more living thick and slow my friends! As Jim Morrison used to say “wake up!” There’s a revolution on the internet and in indie music, so come with Makar on its magical musical journey!




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Monk from IndependentsOnly.com

musical genius worth telling people about
New York's Makar finds a delicate way to mix their influences into something all their own defying comparison to anyone. Maybe it's the shared vocals of Andrea DeAngelis and Mark Purnell that stand out inside of each song. Maybe it's the small things that really start standing out the more I listen to the disc… the piano lightly chugging like it were in a Mississippi juke joint? Is it the guitars resembling the psychedelic sixties or the post punk clang heard in the eighties? Whatever it is that I'm hearing, makes Makar a musical genius worth telling people about. So pile into the van, make it fast and throw on this disc!

Monk's Picks - I Hate My Job, Show Me the Real World, Honey-Colored Time

Tom Kelly, USA

Upbeat acoustic rock!!!
This album is truly a find! All 18 songs are very listennable and well crafted. Today they turn out albums with one good song if your lucky and the rest is album filler. You get the sense that every song counts here. Well done!


Do You Like American Music?
Makar's music is a quintessentially American sound, evoking the particular blend of optimism and melancholy that is an authentic response to living, creating, and playing in the fractured cultural and musical milieu that yields a New Jersey/New York band in the early millenium. This is apparently their first album, recorded as studio opportunities became available, and the result is a fine, fine listen, a thoroughly charming collection of songs that will indeed grow on you.

That this is a debut effort and home-recorded should not dissuade anyone from checking it out -- the material is varied and developed, and the recording is warm and rich. There is a simplicity to the arrangements but a deceptive simplicity to the music -- many times Makar's songs build upon basic chord patterns and extend melodic ideas in unexpected directions. In some of the standout tracks -- "Another Day", "All I Know", "After Autumn", "Erase Face" -- one can hear a sophisticated band that has digested the pop music of earlier eras and produced their own unique synthesis of melody, urbanity, and pastoralism.

The music is not without its precursors and sonic touchstones, and this leads me to an interesting (well, to me, anyway) sociological observation. There is a married couple at the core of this band, a couple who are comfortable enough with each other to subject their relationship to the additional dynamic of playing in a band together. Thinking on other pop/rock bands where this is also the case, there is some definite musical affinity with other groups that incorporate couples, a lived-in seemingly imperturbable warmth. Fans of Ida, Low, Yo La Tengo, and X may very well hear what I mean, and, by extension, I believe would like this record. I certainly do, and I recommend it heartily.

Dan Herman

boy-girl piano/guitar avant-garde sing along music
A superb, balanced palette of drums, guitar and high crooning voices. A completely satisfying album with no real start or endpoint to it, nor concept. File it next to Velvet Underground's "Loaded" for sheer pop loveliness from your curators, Mark and Andrea. Singles include "I Hate My Job" (a rousing rant against the corporates), "Damion Day" (the requisite piano-guitar rave up, a crowd favorite). It's hard not to like the strong piano sound from Mark on "All I Know". "Honey Colored Time" has the most crossover potential...a song against the man.....but under what flag? Shimmer, slowness, even salaciousiness, so much to love about this rock quartet.

David Byrne from Pop Making Sense, Windy City Times

Makar is a breath of fresh air!
The New York music scene recently flourished with electro and ‘80s-inspired bands, the band Makar is a breath of fresh air with its full-length debut 99 Cent Dreams. Timeless folk-based pop gems manifest Makar’s 99 Cent Dreams. The opening track “I Hate My Job” offers everyday man fantasies about leaving the 9 to 5 drudge to become a rockstar. The standout tune “What Can I Tell” also appears on the compilation Freshly Squeezed Music vol. 1. Husband and wife Mark Purnell and Andrea DeAngelis not only share lead vocal duties, but also co-wrote 15 of the 18 songs jointly and arranged the album’s artwork. Purnell’s voice is surprisingly theatrical and DeAngelis, who proved her own at various poetry recitals in the Big Apple, flavorfully adds chirps, complementing the cadence.


Thank you for a wonderful album!!!
I want you to know that i purchased the CD from Cdbaby.com and i ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!!!
This is worth more to me than what I paid for it. I wish commercial radio sounded like you! I hope your music catches the public ear. Keep making music. this is so great to hear.
Thank You for a Wonderful AlBUM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Makar don't take no shit!!!
Makar is a New York based indie rock band who ain’t gonna take no shit no how. Whether it’s a diatribe and rant about work or religion, Makar tackles the issues head on with horns ready to stab anyone in the gut dumb enough to stand in their way. But based on these comments you’d think they had a hard edge to them; couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, Makar writes catchy pop-rock songs that could be mistaken for T-Rex writing folk-rock numbers. Good stuff.


Makar's sound is essentially acoustic folk punk
"MAKAR's music is strangely normal. They play their instruments like they were in a punk band...but the music they are playing is very classic sixties rock. The result is a feel somewhere inbetween the Sex Pistols and Lovin' Spoonful. The vocalist duet is right out of Belle & Sebastian, except the mans voice is deeper. This makes for a nice contrast. Both voices carry the sort of inner humor that allows them to make serious lyrics fun. The bands sound takes some getting used to and the first song will most likely scare you away, but if you listen to this CD a couple of times you will start to notice that there is some real genius behind the lyrics and the sound."

Brooks from Myspace

Another Day is Hypnotizing!!!
Well -- Another Day is streaming through from my first listen - "I suspected at the beginning that this would be a rehash of the 1971 Paul and Linda hit. The Paul and Linda style vocal blend here (Bowl of Cherries or Ram) is very nice tho. I'm grooving hard right now!!! Speaking of groove, this song is more like a serious 1967 sound. Now I think I'm listening to something that could have been on a Jefferson Airplane or Moby Grape album circa '67. It's hypnotizing meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee------whew! Snap out of it! This is good. Good enough to hit repeat." After a couple or three listens -- I like the Abby Road chords at the beginning, the ethereal yet gritty vocal blend in the changes, and the fact that it rocks. This is mellow rock that remembers its roots. The last time I heard a sound that made me feel like this was the last time I played the bluer cuts from Surrealistic Pillow. Or, maybe blue Guess Who or Bad Finger tunes. Yet this is more textured - it has more feel. Maybe if it was a little crunchy - not sure. Great snack like it is. Few sounds grab me on the first listen. This did. It's always fun to find a new favorite song. WooHooo!!!

George from New York

This album transports you to places in time
Man, I hear Another Day as I write this. What a great song!
I love this album. It transports you to places in time. Hard to find with material recorded nowadays. I think the album is a treasure of rhythm, intensity and mood variations. The more I hear it, the more I notice that the tempo variations such as those in Damion Day, 99 Cents Dream, and others are subtle compared to the texture of sensations shifting from intense joy to distant melancholy.