Brooklyn Is Sinking
'Best of 2006' -WFUV (staff pick) -NPR.ORG 'An artist through and through...Weinstein is in complete command of his instrument.' --KQMT, Denver 'Leaves the usual crowd of folk-based singer-songwriters miles behind.' --Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange "Few artists still exist that are willing to explore the human condition, and luckily Weinstein is one of them. [Brooklyn Is Sinking] is a polished album that retains it's soul and collects some excellent songs that will hopefully add to Weinstein's existing success as a singer-songwriter. Bravo." -Being There Magazine 'A superb writer, pianist and performer.' --WOR Radio 'Josh Weinstein is a hard man to pin down. His musical style shifts so suddenly and dramatically, it can be hard to keep up. Take equal parts Steely Dan and the Beatles circa 1967, and throw in a little--let's say--Primus for good measure, and you're starting to get the idea...He sounds like a jazz musician at heart with enough spattering of pop to give his songs some sense of structure...Brooklyn Is Sinking is a perpetual balancing act in which Weinstein is constantly pushing the boundaries of what pop music can entail without ceasing to be, well, popular.At the end of the day, Brooklyn Is Sinking is a gutsy and sweeping expedition.' --Upstage Magazine 'Listen to Brooklyn is Sinking and it becomes quickly apparent that Weinstein isn't interested in courting the "cool" sound of today. Though the album has a contemporary feel, thanks to a sardonic writing style and occasional excursions into funk, the album is the sound of an artist who has absorbed his influences not simply by listening to a bunch of recordings...but by paying his dues the old-fashioned way. Brooklyn is Sinking is a soundtrack fit for lonely nights spent in hotel bars with a liberal helping of wine.' --The Daily Vault, featured review 'Josh Weinstein's Brooklyn Is Sinking blends rock, blues and jazz into a neat package of musical perfection. Reviewer's Rating: 9' -Celebrity Cafe 'A richly rewarding album...a magnificent, multi-tiered soundtrack filled with electrifying emotion mixed with imaginative compositions that broaden the boundaries of jazz...Weinstein writes from deep within himself, committing blood, grit, and sensitivity to paper, creating a highly original masterwork filled with remarkable warmth and craftsmanship. Sensational.' --Blogcritics.org 'Like Charles Bukowski minus the in-your-face-vulgarity.' --24/7 'Very, very cool.' --Radio Crystal Blue By the way, I welcome (and dig) your comments, but let's keep it on the up and up: I delete those that use my page as ad space. Thank you for understanding. ********* The 'official' bio/fact sheet: Grew up in Poughkeepsie, NY. Spent childhood weekends in New York City--mostly in bars--with father. Mother was 60's folk singer/songwriter and recording artist, grandmother was a concert cellist who had a weekly radio performance program on the CBC in Canada. Began studying piano and writing music at age 10. English major in college, Literature in grad school. Worked as bartender, jingle-writer and friday-night 'Hey, how ya doing, thanks for listening' cocktail jazz piano player to pay for grad school. Worked in the 'real world' as a writer, editor, and advertising copywriter. Clients included American Express (Blue), Allstate, and other paragons of corporate and personal virtue. Wrote music and played piano in a variety of bands at night. Lived in Colorado, then California. Then Washington, DC and Maine. Moved back to New York City in late 1999. Lived two buildings south of the World Trade Center towers. Was there for the attacks on September 11, 2001. Went underground. Reevaluated. Slowed down. Recovered. Quit job in 2002 to return to music full-time. Moved to Brooklyn. Recorded first album, Petty Alchemy, in August, 2003. 'There Ain't Nothing Sadder Than a Saturday Night,' track 2 from that album, received Honorable Mention in the 2004 Billboard Song Contest. Several cuts from Petty Alchemy received regional and national airplay. New album, Brooklyn Is Sinking, released on October 10, 2006. Release show held at Brooklyn's historic Lyceum showspace on Saturday, December 9. Weinstein has been heard on NPR's 'All Things Considered,' XM Satellite Radio, Sirius Satellite Radio, and hundreds of other stations across the country.