Alan Cohen Experience

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The newest self-titled release finds him collaborating with Brooklyn Producer, Roger Greenawalt (The Pierces, Ben Kweller, Nils Lofgren). With a studio approach reminiscent of legendary band leaders Duke Ellington, Frank Zappa, and Steely Dan, the Alan Cohen Experience conducts a variety of studio musicians to help achieve his musical vision. Set for release on November 4th, 2008, this six track EP comprises lush string and horn arrangements, vocal harmonies and thickly layered guitars to flourish the clever and catchy songwriting.

The album starts with a Stevie Wonder-esque funky tune called “Elephant," which builds a musical vision around the line “all's quiet on the waterfront/it's just me and my elephant.” Both “Bonita” and “Saturday Morning” portray gorgeous arrangements and melodies, and through poetic lyrics, paint scenes of an emotionally liberated musical love letter (“Bonita”), and of a sunrise stroll on a quiet early morning (“Saturday Morning”). A heavy-hitting rock song filled with vicious guitar licks, “Roy’s Rock” sets the stage for a song about Alabama Judge Roy Moore and his attempts to erect the Ten Commandments in his court house, told with the issue's context in the American constitutional concept of “separation of church and state.” The EP ends with “Space Watch," a song inspired by an elementary school lesson about different philosophies of God and perception, told through lyrics about space travel in a musical soundscape that brings the listener along for the ride.

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released November 4, 2008

Produced, recorded, and mixed by Roger Greenawalt at Shabby Road Studio, Brooklyn. Engineered by Michelle Barry.

Mastering by Nathan James at The Vault Mastering Studios, NYC.

Artwork by Daniel Harris (ithinkwethink.org).

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Track Name: Elephant
all's quiet on the waterfront
it's just me and my elephant

the townspeople dance under the moon
they dance to the sound of the pouring rain
they celebrate the harvest of their fields of grain
they honor all their fathers by proclaiming their names
they feast and then they sleep
Track Name: Roy's Rock
born alabama bread
did what your mama said
values gonna be spread
at the cost of our rights

it's easy to convict
and the judge will afflict
what the monument depicts
in the shadow of the night

if roy's rock stands
then roy's rock hands us away

believe whatever you want
but there's no need to flaunt
when you're holding the font
and you take a vow

moore's the visible sign
of what we will find
when we go down this line
if we don't stop now

if roy's rock stands
then roy's rock hands us away

from the mouth of king james
cant trust a mans aims
who sleeps in a bed of flames
and to who i owe

moore's the visible sign
of what we will find
when we go down this line
if we don't stop now

if roy's rock stands
then roy's rock hands us away
Track Name: Communist Park
statues point to the sky
with no regard for who is nearby
stoic and poised they're fountains and toys

dead grass and crumbling paths
the tourist go there for a laugh
with fanny packs
and camera bags

communist park
communist park
where lenin and his friends
they run around at dark

communist park
communist park
for two dollars
you'll get a communist mark

they hang costumes from their heads
they dress them up in the latest trends
low cut pants
and trampy stamps

they send postcards to their friends
they write about pictures they will show them
stoic and posed
lined up in rows

communist park
communist park
where lenin and his friends
they run around at dark

communist park
communist park
for two dollars
you'll get a communist mark
Track Name: Saturday Morning
warmth it radiates into my soul
when i go out on my morning stroll
no specific place where i need to be
gonna let the morning sun guide me

i've never seen a saturday morning

children are playing out on a field
sun reflects off the car's windshields
the city sounds are a little bit lower
the flags wave just a little bit slower
Track Name: Bonita
my bonita
your life's a treat
you make me complete
you are so sweet

baby this love song's for no one
and i'm sitting at this microphone
i'm singing you this song
it's for everyone
Track Name: Space Watch
what if a space crew flew their space ship
on a real long space trip
with the destination around the stars
over to mars

they followed their mission as was planned
to be the first to land
on this barren planet to obtain
some sample terrain

and what if on top of the soil
they find a watch perfect in kind
would it be plausible
to say the watch was causable
by nature or could it have been designed?
what an interesting find