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Fine Art Of Self DestructionJesse Malin segued from a decade as frontman for NYC's D Generation, a band whose glam-metal pose was as ironic as it was misunderstood, to this reincarnation as shrewd, stripped-down Gotham singer-songwriter. Comparisons to Bruce Springsteen have already been floated, but Malin's sensibilities here are as subtly shaded and introspective as the Boss's are broad and declamatory. Midwifed by producer/ex-Whiskeytown frontman Ryan Adams, Malin's affection for the likes of Bob Dylan, Neil Young, and Steve Earle is obvious, but filtered through a savory, pop-conscious mÉlange of musical textures that evoke everything from Motown to Tex-Mex. Malin's lyrical sense is no less evocative, with simple lines conjuring up worlds of possibilities. It's a debut whose heartfelt country-by-way-of-Delancey-Street songs may bolster notions that irony is indeed dead in the post-9/11 world, but also one whose honesty of voice and purpose ensures the wake will be brief. -Jerry McCulley1. Queen of the Underworld
6. The Fine Art of Self Destruction
7. Riding on the Subway
8. High Lonesome
10. Almost Grown
12. Cigarettes and Violets
13. Brooklyn (Band Version)$25.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Meet Me At The End Of The WorldVinyl pressing of this EP from the New York-based singer/songwriter. Malin is best known as the frontman for alt-rock outfit D-Generation. Malin began his music career at the age of 12, as the frontman for the seminal New York City hardcore band Heart Attack. The band auditioned at CBGBs but were denied because they wouldn't bring in a drinking crowd to the bar. Following the demise of that band in 1984, Jesse worked on several other projects, including the band Hope, before joining glam punk band D Generation for which he was the lead singer for eight years. As one of New York City's most noted bands of the 1990s, D Generation released three albums, including No Lunch, before eventually disbanding in April 1999. Malin has since carved out a critically successful solo career.1. Meet Me at the End of the World
2. Fox News Funk
3. Revelations / Thirteen
4. London Rain$10.9912 Vinyl EP - Sealed Buy Now
New York Before The WarJesse Malin returns in the New Year with a brand new album: New York Before The War, preceded by a single, Addicted.
Arriving almost five years on from his last record (2010's Love It to Life), Jesse's artistic ambitions for New York Before the War, were high: he knew he had to make it count. "I wanted to make a record that encompassed everything I've done, since I started with my hardcore band, Heart Attack, when I was twelve or or thirteen through bands like D Generation and then my solo career, but I also wanted to challenge the listeners who have been with me - and challenge myself."
Pared down from close to forty songs, New York Before the War album more than matches that ambition: A soundtrack to a life lived with meaning. "This is an era when music is so disposable," Malin worries. "People talk about the death of the album and even the death of rock & roll. But this is not just a shuffle of songs. There is a cinematic thread, a story."
Sessions for the album began in Virginia, Nashville before moving on to New York, finishing up at the Magic Shop in Soho. Players include such downtown New York all-stars as guitarist Derek Cruz, bassist Catherine Popper and drummer Randy Schrager. Don Dilego produced early sessions for the album in Virginia, and Malin and Cruz co-produced in New York. Brian Thorn, who worked on David Bowie's The Next Day, engineered and mixed the album.
Opening with The Dreamers, a haunting ballad that evokes both the alienation and the sense of deep connection that travel can bring (and very nearly became the album's title track), the album moves on through darker meditations like She's So Dangerous and Bar Life. Elsewhere, taut, upbeat rockers like Freeway (which features a blistering solo by the MC5's Wayne Kramer) and Turn Up the Mains (with Alejandro Escovedo on backing vocals) dictate the pace and Peter Buck contributes a vintage R.E.M.-style guitar part to I Would Do It For You, a tale of personal loyalty filled with longing and an aching sense of conviction.1. The Dreamers
3. Turn Up The Mains
4. Oh Sheena
5. She's So Dangerous
6. The Year That I Was Born
7. Boots of Immigration
9. Bent Up
10. She Don't Love Me Now
11. Death Star
12. I Would Do It For You
13. Bar Life$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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Outsiders (On Sale)Back in March Jesse Malin returned with his first album in five years, New York Before the War, a hymn to everything Malin believes in most: respecting your roots, grabbing the future by its throat, and creating a soundtrack for a life filled with meaning.
'Outsiders' meanwhile, recorded concurrently to that record is an altogether different beast.
And Jesse is no slouch when it comes to writing either - that album's 13 tracks were pared down from close to forty songs and post release it was apparent that there was a great deal of quality material left over. More significantly than that, Malin realized that the songs were thematically similar - "Outsiders is a record built out of optimism and disgust," says Jesse.
"It's autobiographical to the point where I even visit my own funeral! (laughs). I had recently cut ties with a lot of people and was really in my own dark bubble while we were recording it. We all made a deal to stay off the phone and the net during the making of this record, and it felt good to just live in the moment - we just let it roll."1. Outsiders
2. Whitestone City Limits
3. San Francisco
4. Here's The Situation
5. Edward Hopper
6. Stay Free
7. Society Sally
8. The Hustlers
9. All Best Are off
10. In The Summer
11. You Know It's Dark When Atheists Start to Pray$17.99 $14.21 Save $3.78 (21%)Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock