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Firewater

New York-based band Firewater incorporated a global range of musical influences into their highly dynamic sound. A loosely knit ensemble centered around the lead vocals of ex-Cop Shoot Cop bass player Tod A. (born: Tod Ashley), Firewater tied together such influences as Klezmer, Indian wedding music, art-punk, and Tom Waits-style cabaret poetry to create their heady, often quite danceable sound. Coupled with Tod A.'s acerbic, post-apocalyptic, and death-obsessed lyrics, Firewater was a band to be reckoned with almost from the beginning.

Shortly after forming in 1995, Firewater released its debut, Get Off the Cross, We Need the Wood for the Fire. Both it and 1998's The Ponzi Scheme featured guitarist Duane Denison of Jesus Lizard, drummer Yuval Gabay of Soul Coughing, and saxophone and accordion player Kurt Hofmann of the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. The sultry vocals of Elysian Fields' Jennifer Charles also drifted through both albums. Charles returned for 2001's more pop-oriented Psychopharmacology; other contributions came from saxophonist Ori Kaplan and sitar player Oren Bloedow. In 2003, Tod A. and his "wedding band gone wrong" returned with a stripped-down, razor-wire-wrapped effort for Jet Set entitled The Man on the Burning Tightrope. The covers album Songs We Should Have Written appeared early the following year. Tod A. then went on an extended trek through Thailand, India, Pakistan, Turkey ,and Indonesia, which he chronicled on his blog Postcards from the Other Side of the World. A. also recorded music on his travels, collaborating with producer Tamir Muskat and local musicians along the way. The results were The Golden Hour, which Bloodshot Records released in spring 2008. After touring in support of that album, A. settled in Istanbul, and recorded there and in Tel Aviv during 2011's Arab Spring, reuniting with Muskat as a collaborator. International Orange arrived in September 2012. ~ Johnny Loftus, Rovi
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I'm an a**hole an wholeass i tell you "daN"
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Wow! Thank you pandora! Never heard these guys until today. I'm now a fan. Great sound better lyrics. These guys kick some a$$!
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Oh come on. Waits wasn't the first, he's just the first you heard of.
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TOM WAITS IF HE WAS A RABBI
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Tom Waits called.. said he found his stunt double.
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satmansd
I'm turning everyon I know onto the Golden Hour - an alum that seems accidently brilliant. Lyrically it is funny and ascerbic and poiniant all at once. Musically, it is a rich mix of South Asian stylings that improbably work in a rock and roll context. Very cool, imaginiative music. I hope the tour the West Coast soon.
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tgomez4
Firewater is the best band I've heard in a long time. These guys are different and way beyond average music and bands. I'm turning everyone I know to them. I've never heard anything like this and I'm hoping for a next album/CD soon. I owe all their music and can't get enough and yet they are not yet well known in New Mexico and for that matter hip people in LA still haven't heard of them yet. Keep going please and Please tour in the west would love to see them live.
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Seriously, get The Golden Hour. One of the best albums of the 2000s. If the Clash formed today this is what they would sound like.
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Buy this album..Not u , me
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this is pretty kick-a**!
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jlobonj
i saw them a few years ago at Bowery Ballroom in NYC & had the chance to hangout w/ Tod before & after the show. he was a cool dude & the show was F'N Amazing! no Ponzi Scheme?!?!
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Firewater is amazing Live. If you every get the chance, GO and buy shirts and CDs. I always do.
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Where is their album "The Golden Hour"?
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michaeldblak e
yes... cop shoot cop... and more albums... seriously guys...
firewater is my number one favorite band. we all seem the have the same opinion...
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Remember cop shoot cop, saw them in long beach ca,,,,,,,,,, p o n z i scheme is still my favorite firewater
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haha
bromIde knows aLL the good stuff.
csc was even meaner...aLw a y s amazing lyrics by tod a.
pandora reaLLY SHOULD put
ponzi scheme,psych o p h a r m a c o L o g y and get off the cross up here...
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can we have the rest of the albums please? pretty please? you have the cover and the ONE that i already have. which is a great one, but i want MORE!!!!
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Just to echo the chorus, these two albums are a sad representati o n of an excellent band with an impressive catalog of powerful tunes. They have five original albums and the one of the two you picked was their cover album? Huh? What?
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bromide01
Remember Cop Shoot Cop? Just wondering.
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bromide01
I guess.
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motoital
What they (all) said below...
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bromide01
Maybe if you pray real hard, Jesus will answer your prayers.
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"Songs We Should Have Written" is a cover album - it's not particularly representati v e of Firewater's regular style. It'd be great to get "Psychopharm a c o l o g y " and "The Golden Hour" on here.
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You forget "The Ponzi Scheme","Psi c h o p h a r m i c o l o g y " , a n d "Get Off The Cross (we need the wood for the fire)". I apologize for the bad spelling. Firewater does some damn good tunes!
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these are the two albums you chose to license?!?! sad.
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i heart firewater
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Umm. Guys. Get some more goddamn Firewater on here.
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rainplace
I listened to them play live on KEXP yesterday, having never heard them before. Wow, what a band to have missed. They are awesomeness.
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chw1
missing a couple of albums there in the discography. . . w h e r e " s get off the cross..., the ponzi scheme, psychopharma c o l o g y , or the golden hour???

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