Releases and Streams New Album, The Black Ribbon Award, Today on Hydra Head!
For most successful musicians, making music is an obsession. Something they think about around the clock, something they live for, something that's an essential part of their being. For Stephen Brodsky, it's more of a compulsion: The onetime Cave In front man churns out tunes for side projects, solo efforts and band as if he'll croak if he stops the stream of music coming out of his brain. - Aversion
Call me unhinged, call me obsessive, call me depressive, call me discomforting, call me any negative adjective you want—even if one of my seven therapists beat you to the punch—but nothing will deter me from creaming my jeans most euphorically and most heinously whenever I hear word that Stephen Brodsky is putting his fingers to a guitar and pressing `record.' - Treble
Whether it was cranking out killer riffs with CAVE IN or his other recently disbanded project THE OCTAVE MUSEUM, Brodsky has been putting others to shame for years with his constant musical output. - Pastepunk
We’re not exactly sure how he does it, but he’s done it again. Our man Stove Bredsky (a.k.a. Stovetop Bredsky, a.k.a. Steev Brawdski, a.k.a. Steve Brodsky) cranks out the sweet tunes like one of those Play-Doh confetti makers cranks out multicolored string-turds. Luckily, Bredsky’s shit won’t get stuck under your fingernails—it’ll just ping-pong around in your skull for a coupla years, during which time our man will have sawed off another 15 albums’ worth of infectious pop-rock delights.
This time, Brodsky has awarded himself The Black Ribbon Award for various questionable behaviors, the nature of which should remain unspoken—at least here, and by us. Fast on the shit-hot heels of last year’s catchy-as-fuck Pet Genius long-player, Brodsky has returned to his signature one-man band format, recording 18 tracks of melancholy melodiousness at Club Awesome in Somerville, MA.
The songs within were all originally written back in the ’90s, when Brodsky was piloting the almighty, ever-morphing Cave In through the thankless stream of commerce. Seriously, the vocal harmonies on this one are enough to make a grown man (read: us) weep.
Stream All of The Black Ribbon Award here!
Tracklist for The Black Ribbon Award:
Dead of Winter
Blood Red Blues
Rainbow No More
Orange Sunshine Medicine
The Coattail Rider
Return to Rain
A Swelling Hope
Stephen Brodsky Live!
May 24 2008 Relapse Records Philly, Pennsylvania
May 25 2008 Generation Records New York City, New York
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