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The Old Ceremony

by The Old Ceremony

Old world pop-noir songs for modern times.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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1. Shadows
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2. American Romeo
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3. Ole
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4. Pennsylvania
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5. Carry the One
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6. Out of the Blue
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7. Morning Glories
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8. You Left Something Out
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9. God Said I Could Have You
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10. Late Shift
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11. Blood and Oil
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12. The Motions
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
The Old Ceremony on the Half Shell
The Old Ceremony is a pop-noir musical association from Chapel Hill, NC figureheaded by songwriter/raconteur Django Haskins (International Orange, Django & the Regulars). The Old Ceremony includes pianist James Wallace, bassist Matt Brandau (Sankofa, Remix Project), drummer Dan Hall (Countdown Quartet), vibes/organist Mark Simonsen (Jackie O. Pillbox), Violinists Gabriele Pelli and Daniel Hart, Jil Christensen on accordion, and cellist Josh Starmer. They are joined by a rotating cast of musical luminaries which have included Vamsi Tadepalli on sax, Will Caviness on trumpet, and Harmony Keeney on vocals.

Inspired by the Great American Songbook (and its finest interpreters such as Sinatra and Chet Baker), as well as the theatricality of Tom Waits, Serge Gainesbourg, Astor Piazzolla and Nick Cave, The Old Ceremony creates their own shoebox panorama of a world of paper palm trees, unsolved mysteries and unopened air mail. It is distinctly American and faintly exotic.

"Moody and very fine old-world pop." - Raleigh News Observer


"Whether he be the acoustic singer/songwriter, the focal point of cabaret pop-noir group The Old Ceremony, or the punchy power popper with International Orange, [Django Haskins] is a pop stylist, with a quick lyrical wit and a card shark's finesse in delivering a hook." - Independent Weekly

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E. McGrand (www.myspace.com/ellizam)

Intelligent, complex, diverse fusion of jazz, alt, rock, folk, all around cool.
Syncronicity is a funny thing. Just as I got this album out I started thinking of how somehow I'm reminded of Chet Baker. What is it? - the off, odd, personal phrasing. There is a brush of Vegas/Martin/Sinatra, cool jazz, finger-snapping rat pack. But there's also that devastating almost-speaking-out quality Chet Baker has at his best. What I love about Django Haskins in his various incarnations is the big fat musical lexicon, the homage/references to so many things. I could list, other reviewers do, but let's get to this album. "Pennsylvania" makes me think of the Stones' "Wild Horses" in that with relatively few words it conjures up worlds of feeling, story, reference. It's haunting and I sing it for days after every time I hear it. "Carry the One" is a rich, funky, R&B extravaganza complete with bodacious horns. "American Romeo" makes me giggle - SO Sinatra, yet so charming. "Ole," a bitter, rich, bitchy riff on the Ugly American at work that makes me think of Tom Waits at his most premenstrual and scathing. "Morning Glories" breaks my heart. Once again DJ and his crew manage to sing something new about that old standby, the broken heart. "You Left Something Out" is a rich, complicated song about authority figures, clay feet, lost gods. How many stupid songs are on the radio about love love yawn love, and here we have an amazing song about for sweet jesus' sake the loss of childhood gods and it NEVER gets played? "Late Shift" and "Blood and Oil" are more of Django's intense, perfectly tuned stories. What can you say about songs so well written you want to read them? What can you say about a perfect album, except that it's perfect.
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Wonderful

A very well rounded, relative album that draws inspiration from all my sources o
The Old Ceremony is *not* an extremely well rounded album but it is slighlty relative which is what I like when I buy a CD and the sound of the album was just enough to hook me in. *g*
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