Neon and Shy | I Don't Want to Be Your Friend

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I Don't Want to Be Your Friend

by Neon and Shy

Songs about lost loves, evil scientists, inappropriate metaphors, questioned sexual identities, Microsoft Excel, and defunct ice cream establishments, all rendered on the accordion and toy piano.
Genre: Pop: Quirky
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Our Snog
2:50 $1.00
2. Ladies
4:02 $1.00
3. Health Food Girl
3:13 $1.00
4. Unrequitable
4:02 $1.00
5. Songs in Excel
3:38 $1.00
6. Peaches and Honeydews
2:40 $1.00
7. Bad Metaphors
3:03 $1.00
8. Always I
2:50 $1.00
9. O Dairyland
1:11 $1.00
10. Dairyland So Sweet
2:36 $1.00
11. Nothing Ties Me Anymore to Main Street
2:27 $1.00
12. Geriatric Grave Robbers
2:28 $1.00
13. Love At 25
3:00 $1.00
14. Wedding Day
5:48 $1.00
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Album Notes
Looking for quirky and witty songs played on the accordion and tiny toy pianos? Finally, an album just for you!

Neon and Shy is the music project of Dan Nosheny, multi-instrumentalist and writer of eclectic songs. As a conservatory trained tuba player, Dan has delved into genre-bending performances with such artists as the Violent Femmes, Christian McBride, McCoy Tyner, and Laurie Anderson. He has recorded with Gordon Gano and Brian Richie of the Violent Femmes on their solo projects, and is an in-demand studio musician in the Philadelphia and New York area.

In Neon and Shy, Dan employs the accordion, toy piano(s), and assorted keyboard instruments in his songwriting. In the studio, he augments his sound with tuba, trombone, and assorted percussion. When it comes to live shows, it’s always a surprise as to which instruments he’ll be playing, be it the accordion, the Barbie toy piano, the set of bells from a defunct elementary school music program, or some combination of each.

His songs bridge the gap between irony and sincerity, and include such ageless themes as love, loneliness, hope, and zombies. They fluidly run the gamut; one minute he’s singing about the closure of his favorite ice cream parlor, the next he’s lamenting the lack of closure from a lost love. There is often an absurd quality that is matched only by how absurd life can be. While the tongue is often firmly planted in the cheek in his music, that's only because he has stored a delicious green apple Jolly Rancher in there.



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Whimsical, thoughtful, and a must-buy
In all, this is an impressive and talent-packed first album that will live in my headphones and my car CD player (how old school!) for a long time. In addition to his exquisite composing skills, his musical talents are formidable. Dan’s songwriting ability is strong in any capacity and his lyrical talents really shine through on some of his slower songs.
If you have one album you purchase this year, make it Neon and Shy’s “I Don’t Want to Be Your Friend.”

Bryce Moore

Fun, Quirky Awesome, All on One CD
When's the last time I did a CD review? (Answer: never.) However, I just bought my first CD in a very long time, and I listened to it with the fam on the whole drive home to Maine yesterday. (That's a lot of drive, in case you were wondering.) And when you get your paws on something you like, you pay it forward. Share the love.

Even if the love is called "I Don't Want to Be Your Friend."

First off, you need to know a bit about me and my musical tastes. I'm pretty eclectic, when you get right down to it. I like things that are different. Quirky. And Neon and Shy's CD features songs played on the accordion, tuba, and toy piano. Ya don't get much quirkier than that. However, there's such a thing as too quirky (or so I've been told), and I'm thinking some of you are wondering right now if accordion/tuba/toy piano CDs cross that line.

No, my friends. It doesn't.

The album is just flat out fun to listen to. I'd heard some of the songs before, but after listening to the whole thing several times, let me pick out a few of my favorites:

The Dairyland Trilogy--This is something I never "got" until I listened to the album. Neon and Shy's been talking about Dairyland for a long time. Extolling its virtues. Mourning its departure. From what I'd gathered, it was an ice cream place somewhere in Philadelphia, and it was popular with accordion players. So popular that songs were written in its honor. And then, tragically, in its memory. I wasn't prepared to see just how much an ice cream place could mean to a man. The first song (O Dairyland) is a hymn to the store. It was recorded in the store, and you can hear all the store's patrons singing along. In the second (Dairyland So Sweet), we hear all about the store's move, and how great it is. It's peppy, fun, and extremely catchy. In the final song (Nothing Ties Me Anymore to Main Street), we hear of the store's passing. This last song is one of the best ones on the album. It's contemplative, it's got great lyrics and a wonderful melody, and I find myself laughing and feeling sad at the same time. I never thought a song about an ice cream store could be so moving, and I mean that sincerely.
Geriatric Grave Robbers--This is a song that took me a bit to get used to. It's discordant, and kind of disturbing. Based on a single quote overheard in the park, "The whole thing is getting the skull size big enough for the brain to expand." I just didn't "get it." Then TRC and DC listened to it, and they just love the song. I can't wait for the next baby sitter to come over and hear TRC mumbling to himself, "The whole thing is getting the skull size big enough for the brain to expand."
Wedding Day--Synth, moody, with great lyrics and a fantastic duet at the end. This is another song that I find myself singing in my head, days after I last listened to it. I've always been a fan of synth (I grew up in the 80s, after all), and this captures that blend of quirky and accessible I really like.
Ladies--I'd really like to see George Costanza singing this one in a musical Seinfeld episode. In the meantime, I'm perfectly happy to hear it on accordion. An autobiographical song about all the singer's ex-girlfriends, and how they've all switched sides, so to speak. It's really funny, and very catchy. If the CD had a single that would be released for a wide audience, this would likely be it.
I don't want to give away the whole thing. The entire album is available to purchase (or listen to in its entirety) right here. Full disclosure: I'm not just a fan of Neon and Shy, I'm a friend, too. I've known him since high school, but anyone who knows me also knows I wouldn't just plug someone because we were friends. My musical reputation's on the line here, folks. I stand by this one. It's a great album, and I'm really happy to have my own copy. Give it a shot, and pass it on. It's just as hard to get noticed in the music scene as it is to get seen in the publishing industry. As always, word of mouth is king. So if you hear/read/see something you like--make sure to tell other people about it.


A perfect blend of musicality and wit
If you haven't yet had the privilege to hear the unique music of Neon and Shy, then you may be surprised to learn his go-to instruments are accordion, toy piano, and tuba. And you'll be even more surprised to hear how well they work together on this clever and quirky album.

The variety of subjects and styles offers something for everyone and many things for each one--my literary side is endlessly amused by "Bad Metaphors," and the computer-geek in me identifies strongly with "Songs in Excel."

The album builds to what I find is the catchiest and most resonant sequence: the duet at the end of "Wedding Day," in which Neon and Shy belts out the title lyric, "I don't want to be your friend." Give the album a listen and you'll find yourself hoping, as I do, that he doesn't mean you.