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Jostle It!#*

by Von Robinson and His Own Universe

Intelligent, lyric and melody-driven indie pop. Politically and socially aware, with a refreshing sense of contagious optimism.
Genre: Pop: Power Pop
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1. Polaroid Lenses
4:55 $0.99
2. Satellites and Totem Poles
3:44 $0.99
3. XXXtraordinary Rendition
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4. Briana
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5. Time To Think
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Album Notes
Von Robinson & His Own Universe (VR&HOU) truly has created a universe of its own with a refreshing sense of contagious optimism inherent in the work. Robinson has pegged a sound that has more Beatles, Elvis Costello, & Elliott Smith sensibility than one should dare to shake a stick at, and whooped it into a Elephant 6 Collective modernity.
Von writes big, melodic, driving pop-tastic tunes, infused with intelligent and darkly-humorous lyrics. Influenced by his fellow Hoosier, Kurt Vonnegut. Jr., Von’s songs resonate respect for the softer qualities of individuals and offer resistance to man-made establishments that distort and devalue those qualities. More accessible than your typical protest songwriter, Von uses pop to connect, jostling the populous with pop.
Von began writing music in the 80’s. After design school, he had a successful career as an industrial designer, but 21st century world affairs got him writing, again. His new songs drew the attention of several Brooklyn producers, leading to the Jostle It!#¢ sessions and the formation of His Own Universe, a highly talented group of recent jazz school grads.
Given the political climate and eagerness of the public to discover the subversive next big thing, Jostle It!#¢ is a much-needed breath of optimism for a vast audience.

REVIEWS of Jostle It!#¢

“Von Robinson is best described as a musical force of nature with a mission. "Satellites and Totem Poles" is not just a great melodic slice of genius, but a scathing political commentary as well… Just think, this is his first EP - I am just drooling in anticipation of a full length album. He is a really accessible artist and I hope you buy his album and encourage him to make more great music!” Powerpopaholic

"On their debut EP, Von Robinson & His Own Universe have crafted a political outcry album like no other in that it’s total sugar pop, a la Elvis Costello. The arrangements and vocals are sunny and pleasant and the songs are weighty, but don’t press down on you with urgency. For an album that contains lyrics like “The leaders went to rape the planet” and “If you see love as a non-renewable resource/You’ll understand greed”, it’s amazing how POPPY this record is. It almost fools you, it really does. No doubt, though, that this is socially conscious material. It isn’t all press hype. Von Robinson has something to say… There’s a message here and a brilliant packaging made perfect for singing along to. It’s not propaganda, but it’s also propaganda at its best." Mitch Michaels, 411mania

"It sounds like pop. It reads like poetry. This is such heavy social commentary delivered with a surprisingly subtle hand. This is a smart recording. It is worth understanding the message of the artist." Neo-zine

"These sleek, harmonious pop rockers bridge the gap (very neatly I must say), between 80's New Wave and current pop punk bands like Bowling for Soup, or The Raconteurs." Pop Vulture



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M. Rombus

I've definitely become a disclosed fan!
Henry Reamsy is absolutely right. Jostle It!#* is power packed with smart lyrics drenched sometimes in humor and cynicism (a la The Daily Show and The Colbert Report - my favorite shows)and sometimes in raw sincerity (a la Linus of the Peanuts). The background vocals are a pleasant surprise - refreshing and provocative.

Henry Reamsy

Pop-tastic indeed! With a capital "smart".
Your ear kind of catches when these songs start playing. At first it's all just an allure to the sound which is pleasant and invigorated. But the structure of the songs isn't a typical, lulling, prazac-smile kind of structure, but rather, complex and constantly intriguing. It does have plenty of 60s pop tendency, but with a fresh ear for production, and an updated group of themes. This guy is singing about the same things that drive us to watch Jon Stewart or for that matter, vote. (speaking of which, it's nov. 7th. I need to get out of the office for a minute...). IN any case, I'm pleasantly surprised with Von Robinson & His Own Universe's EP, Jostle It!@$. Definately worth a listen.

Jenna Z

This music is both fun and smart. I’m jostled.
This music is both fun and smart. This isn’t a searching, confused, introspective indie smarts; its a bright outlook that pulls us out of our introspective shells and into a world where we can affect change, or at least recognize the ridiculousness of the ridiculous. I’m jostled.

Monkeyfeesh Music

If any band deserves to be signed, it’s VR&HOU
Genuinely talented and intelligent, with a firm grasp of the technicalities of song writing and a real knack for fresh, sunny indie pop. Few bands nowadays seem to realise the importance of good melodies and harmonies, but Von Robinson have it down to a tee. You could make comparisons with American indie bands such as The Shins or The Decemberists ; however there is a hidden gem in the lyrics...This is where [VR&HOU] shine, they manage to combine lyrics which make you think with a style that makes you feel chirpy and happy. It is refreshing and unique, and I eagerly await the arrival of a full length album. If any band deserves to be signed, it’s Von Robinson and His Own Universe, as they provide the antidote to shallow, samey pop music of today.

Frank Stein

Intelligent, fun and crisp; Impressive pop subversives!
The universe of NYC’s Von Robinson can be compared to a poppy field: looks and sounds cheerfully packed full of bright, red petals from afar, but when you think about poppies main use, illegal substances, life’s not so rosy. So too with VR—the music on this EP packs a melody-driven, multi-harmony punch, yet it’s armed with lyrics like “write it off as business or charity if we happen to discuss God or poverty,” that make the message more than a sarcastic subtext. Intelligent, fun and crisp, with vocals that recall Elvis Costello and a boundless energy with a bit of Flaming Lips’ grandeur. Impressive pop subversives!