Aural Fix Magazine, March 2006
Scenes from the TV Screen
One day we'll make the OC!
by Matt Jasper
LI Acoustic Movement founder
Deborah Lombardi gets songs placed on Animal
Planet's new show "Horse Power". This is profoundly
appropriate, since sometimes I like to imagine her ideal target
audience: the teenage girl who likes horseback riding, writing in
notebooks, and dealing with life, will love Deborah Lombardi's music.
If you listen to her songs, you'll think of that grade school crush
with the freckles who really liked unicorns, maybe a little too
much... (Actually wasn't that Deb from Napoleon Dynamite?)
Less equestrian, more ritual animal sacrifice, Steve Leiberman, "the
Gangsta Rabbi", shot a special for News 12, a seven minute segment
repeated on the 28's, filmed in Babylon's Pisces Cafe. Steve heads up
Long Island's "Orthodox Jew, punk, bass and flute with a drum machine"
circuit, and has developed a rather large internet following. He will
be the partial inspiration (along with Dee Dee Ramone) for my
upcoming, as of yet unwritten "LI Jews Who Rock the Punk Bass" book,
which is the follow up to that Jews in Sports book all about Hank
Greenberg. That's how hardcore this notorious hooligan Rebbe is.
Another funny musical Jew, Evan Wecksell (formerly of Great Neck)
does comedy rock songs, in the style of Adam Sandler's Hanukah song,
or Steven Lynch's song about illiterates. He is currently bi-coastal
(possibly bi-polar?), and a VH1 mainstay on shows such as Remember the
______. When I last saw him, he was working on material for Remember
the Toys of the 80s ("Silly Putty, what's so silly about that?"). No
Remembering the Long Island rock mainstays of the 90's, Iridesense get
their song "Gasoline" on the Nickelodeon's Zoe 101, with more Nick
shows pending. If you don't think Iridesense fits this "Nickelodeon
high school drama" bill, realize that they were the kickin' Kennedy
H.S. pit band for that venue's original Shakespeare showcase Blood,
back in the mid to late nineties...
Away from the clean pop shine of Iridesense, Dirty Bath Water's Feb
11th Vintage Lounge show was filmed for MTV2's Voice Box. DBW is an
extremely tight groove-based band, known for out of the ordinary
instrument arrangements and frogs on their heads. Maybe the frogs can
explain why the water is unsuitable for bathing...
Also recently at Vintage was Early Grace, for the release of their new
record. I had the opportunity to open that solid show, later taking in
their original indie rock styling with a fresh ear. Imagine if the
Replacements had Natalie Merchant as a front woman, and wanted to
sound like The Band. Their music has been cleared for MTV's Parental
Control, about Moms and Dads taking revenge on bad boyfriends. Hmm.
Well, at least more quality Long Island music is finally making it
And then there's Tom Cavanagh, who has probably already done all the
music for each of the channels listed above, as well as many others.
We'll get into that for the Ken Burns' Scenes from a TV Screen
documentary, a 12 hour miniseries.
Matt Jasper is a local singer songwriter who saw
the OC once at some girl's house. It was decent, and had some good
music, but a Hanu-qua-mic-akah bush? What would the Gangsta Rabbi
think? Matt would rather just be a guest on the Daily Show, or have
the incentive to get free tickets for it. Feel free to advertise
staying in and watching TV shows with your music in them, by emailing
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