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Ben Sidran at Yoshi's Oakland


Yoshi's Oakland
510 Embarcadero West
Oakland, CA


Wed, April 10, 2013

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"One must approach the hip experience with a lifetime of preparation," writes Ben Sidran in the liner notes to Don't Cry For No Hipster. If ever there was an example of an artist who lives the song he sings, Sidran is that example, and he has indeed approached his latest recording with a lifetime of preparation. Hipster is his 35th solo record, and on this one, he delivers twelve new original songs.

The contemporary concept of the Hipster, the counter-cultural, progressive pickler, self-styled cat on the corner wearing the hat so small it makes his head look big (as Sidran says), is largely associated with Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Sidran, who identifies himself with an earlier wave of Hipsters those associated with bebop, philosophy and good smoke decided to visit the epicenter of the current zeitgeist for the recording. He and his son, Leo, who played drums and produced the project, assembled a cadre of Brooklyn characters to record at The Bunker Studio in Williamsburg. The musicians, Tim Luntzel, Will Bernard, John Ellis, Orlando le Fleming, Mark Shim, and Moses Patrou, came to the music with a fresh enthusiasm and a classic sense of deep groove....

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Andrew Shepherd uploaded this event on March 18, 2013