New Release Rack: Zan Strumfeld’s “Someone New”

March 12th, 2013, 2:00 pm by Greg

Zan Strumfield: Someone New

Review by Matt Mac Haffie

Sometimes a girl singing songs to her guitar can be remarkably effective. Zan Strumfeld claims to be Someone New to the singer-songwriter game. Yet her skill at the craft and mature point-of-view lyrics belie her just over twenty-two years on the planet.

Someone New opens with “Keep on Lovin’ You,” which has become a favorite number in her live sets. “Friday’s Fire” is the best of a very good group of songs, serving as proof of her prowess on guitar. Zan squeezes sparks out of her strings and burns to her very soul with a cracked-note vocal, brooding over a failed relationship and snow. “Carry On” is Zan’s upbeat juggernaut of a song, tempered with guarded optimism, and made genius by the simple yet clever use of the multiple meanings of the word “down.”

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Five Firsts: Zan Strumfeld

March 6th, 2013, 10:00 am by Greg
Zan Strumfield

Zan Strumfield

NAME: Zan Strumfeld
INSTRUMENT: Guitar, vocals

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … Spice Girls’ Spice. Ten years later I bought my first record, Simon & Garfunkel’s Bookends. I won’t tell you which I listen to more now.

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LIVE: M.R. Poulopoulos @ More Bread & Jam, 10/20/12

October 30th, 2012, 4:00 pm by Greg

M.R. Poulopoulos @ More Bread & Jam, 10/20/12 (photo by Timothy Reidy)

Review and photographs by Timothy Reidy

Set Length: 90 minutes
16 songs

M.R. Poulopoulos played a generally quiet set for a full audience at More Bread and Jam in Cohoes on Saturday, October 20. The night began with him and John Rice (from Red Haired Strangers) on slide acoustic guitar for a couple of tunes, including “Sweepin’.”

Then he got together with his four-piece band that includes John Rice, Roger Noyes (from Dan Johnson & the Expert Sidemen, the Arch Stanton Quartet, Grainbelt) and Tommy Krebs (Alta Mira), all of whom plan to record an album with M.R. soon. The next songs started with some quiet tunes “Hard Times” and “Skeleton Dream,” getting steadily louder and finishing up with “White Line.”

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