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8X8 Band – Azalea’s Room New Release

azalea-1thmb8X8 is the unique and mystical collaboration between Lane Steinberg (New York, US) and Alex Khodchenko (Kiev, UKR). The two met in the Myspace days and have since developed an intuitive working relationship despite the fact that they have neither met nor ever spoken. At first listen, one could file under ‘Psychedelic Popular’, but the strength of the compositions and performances are the real tribute to their influences. ‘Azalea’s Room’, their 2nd collection, has been two years in the making. The title track typifies the kinetic 8X8 energy with its Arabic sounding melody set to a jungle groove with lyrics describing a seaside refuge belonging to a woman who makes a fantastic cup of tea. What follows are songs about star-crossed werewolves, cold war-era spies, a retiring obstetrician, a person trying to erase their identity from the internet…the usual rock n’ roll subject matter. It closes with a cover of ‘Tears of Rage’, by Bob Dylan and Richard Manuel. The idea to do the song was batted around one evening with R. Stevie Moore, who plays bass on the track. It’s a bittersweet ending to an album of impressionistic nostalgia via loping grooves and enchanting melodies.

Azalea’s Room Oct 15th. Release
Some words about 8X8’s debut album, 2011’s ‘The Anatomy Of An Apricot’

“Amazing Sounds”
-Trip Inside This House

-The Active Listener

“A stunning piece of work”
– Now Ear This

“This isn’t simply music you listen to – you let it wash over you like a lush warm breeze.”
– Powerpopaholic


April, 2014|Uncategorized|

Gary Pig Gold’s Best of 2012

grahame_steinGrahame Steinberg debut CD made Gary Pig Gold’s best of 2012! Click here to see the list.

Click to purchase

April, 2014|Uncategorized|

Top 50 New Albums of 2012

resize-2Brazil’s Power Pop Station named 8X8 (The Anatomy Of An Apricot”) #11 and Grahame Steinberg #15 to the top 50 best albums of 2012. View the full list here.

April, 2014|Uncategorized|

The Wind Reunion Album

the_wind_tmbWork continues on The Wind reunion album and the upcoming 8X8 album, “Springtails”.

April, 2014|Uncategorized|

Sobs In December (Preview) – Cracked Latin

A new Cracked Latin video just appeared, a teaser for a soon-to-be completed piece. Animation is by Serge Volsky.

April, 2014|Uncategorized|

The Red Wine Haiku Review

resize-1Been updating The Red Wine Haiku quite a bit more in the past few months, and I plan to continue to do so. Check it out here

April, 2014|Uncategorized|

Lane Steinberg: Pop’s Stunt Double

resizeWriting this post pains me. And it will pain you too, deeply, if only you’d let it. It hurts me because I am not sure all Pig State Recon readers – or even PSR family members – will agree with what I have to say. But say it, I must.
Read the article on mrowster.wordpress.com >

April, 2014|Uncategorized|

New Collaboration with David Grahame

grahame_steinLane’s latest album is a collaboration with his old schoolmate, David Grahame. They haven’t been in the same room for decades, but that hasn’t stopped them from making one helluva debut.

April, 2014|Uncategorized|

Lane Steinberg & His Magical Pony

JUST RELEASED! ‘After Taxes’ is the first single from Lane’s upcoming album
FREE DOWNLOAD FOR NOW. If you want it, grab it! – http://lsandhismagicalpony.bandcamp.com

April, 2014|Uncategorized|

NEW! Wall of Orchids

654864681-1NEW! Lane’s new solo album, ‘Wall of Orchids’, is available now on Bandcamp
Download it here – http://walloforchids.bandcamp.com/

April, 2014|Uncategorized|