My New albums cover and a little backstory


So, here’s the cover of my new album “Interludes after midnight”. We’re looking at an April release.
Just some backstory, the artwork was done by my buddy Owen Brozman AKA Omega one. He did the covers of both “Uncle tony’s coloring book” and “The Music Scene”. He also just completed illustrating a graphic novel called “Nature of the beast”. Peep that here:
http://www.amazon.com/Nature-Beast-Graphic-Adam-Mansbach/dp/1593762453/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1330477544&sr=1-3
It’s awesome…you should buy it.

As for the whole idea behind the art work, the idea came from me thinking about a time before the internet and cell phones. Basically, the late 80’s/early 90’s. The album is a homage to that era in my life. While, this by no means , is saying it sounds like the music made back then, it’s more trying to touch on the feelings of that era (if that’s even possible).
Initially , the album was gonna be called “The robin Byrd Era” but that got nixed due to legal issues with using the name of a person in the title. For those who don’t know, Robin Byrd was/is a staple of NYC public/leased access. She’s an old porn star who’s show (that still airs in re-runs to this day on channel 35 in manhattan) has her introducing strippers, applying lip balm and emanating all sorts of peaceful vibes via nudity. Basically, the album was an ode to the years I spent growing up. The formative years, if you will. Those years were spent watching inappropriate television like Robin Byrd , running around the city with my friends and just enjoying being young without any real responsibilities. Back when you could get drunk drinking a 40 oz. on a stoop as a 15 year old or hang out in a pool hall until 2 am as a 13 year old if your parents were away. All set the back drop of a new york city that was pre-9/11, pre guiliani, pre-technological explosion and pre-complete disney overhaul.
Anyway, because I couldn’t use the Robin Byrd title, I was wracking my brain for another old public access show title I could play with…that’s when Omega came up with it. He mentioned a show called “Interludes after midnight” and , right away I knew he was on to something.
“Interludes after midnight” was a show that aired on the same channel as Robin Byrd (Channel J or channel 23 depending how old you are). It was basically a show where this gross old dude interviewed strippers in the nude. If i recall, his name was ugly george and he was a hairy little man with absolutely not problem being naked. The interviews were so casual it might as well have been taking place in your swinger parents living room.
Anyway, the title worked for me cause it functions on two levels. On one hand, it’s an instrumental hip hop album of somewhat melancholic vibes that would work quite well as something to play in the later hours of the night. So, on a literal level, it works. The songs are “interludes” and if you play it after midnight…viola! But I more see it as my initial idea. An ode to the days of cassettes, VHS tapes, Old cable boxes, four tracks and wonderment.
So, that’s about that. I hope that makes a little sense…but regardless, peep the album when it drops. Please? Okay…thanks.

41 thoughts on “My New albums cover and a little backstory

  1. This is an epic year for new music…
    – new music from you, new Aesop Rock, the Uncluded album, new Rob Sonic, new El-P, new Killer Mike with all El-P production, new Tomahawk, a Melvins Lite album, the Philm album, new Muse, the Sir Jarlsberg album, a new Converge album….maybe even a new Tool album….good gravy, my sensors are going to go into overload…and I didn’t even list everything….

  2. Will this be available to buy in the shops (I live in the UK)?

    I cant think i have ever seen your cds in the shops over here. If not in the shops, is there an option to buy from your site?

      • I’ve been curious about this….why isn’t Uncle Tony’s Coloring Book on iTunes….I have a hard copy but I’ve wanted to gift it to a couple of people and it’s the only album not on iTunes

      • That cause it was a special cd only release. We pressed up 5000 copies and that was it. No vinyl, no Itunes. Well, that isn’t true..there’s a shorter version called “A page from uncle tony’s coloring book” that features 6 songs. It has to do with sample clearance issues.

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  4. Love the backstory, man. I also grew up in Manhattan during the late 80s/early 90s. However, the guy who hosted “Interludes after Midnight” was not Ugly George. Ugly George had his own show where he got women on the street to show him their boobs. The “hairy little man” you speak of was somebody else lol.

    • I think you’re right…they’re both similar though…naked dues talking to strippers.
      Big Al, I actually know you. I’m Tony from Baby Show. We met a few times back in the day. MAd props for still having your show on after all this time. It’s been like 2o years!

    • The “hairy, little man” is named Daniel Jay, and while the show may have had some strippers “interviewed,” that was more Robin Byrd’s thing. Interludes had on swingers (many were Plato’s Retreat clientele, IIRC), and every interview basically went, “So, how long have you been into swinging? How did you get into swinging? What do you like about swinging.” It was basically boring talk from unattractive naked people.

  5. the guy from interludes after midnight name was daniel j……. ugly george used to take girls in alley ways and stairwells to have them disrobe his favorite was names carol the barrel…

    • Absolutely! Daniel J. was this slimy little weasel who ran a swingers club. He would take calls and half of them would call him a crook for taking their membership fees, after which they still didn’t get laid. Some of them would call him “rabbi,” which he insisted he was not. I recall seeing a very young Ron Jeremy on the show (he was already girthy but not nearly as humongously fat as he eventually would become) and when they started in on demonstrating “swinging” action the girls wouldn’t let the repulsive Daniel J. touch them. His chagrin at being dismissed on his own show was hysterical!

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