Al Berkowitz

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Al Berkowitz
Al Berkowitz photo session for "The Frenchman and The Rabbitman" in 2012.jpg
Background information
Origin Madrid
Genres Psychedelic rock, neo-psychedelia, art rock, space rock, Experimental rock
Years active 2006–present
Labels Temple Records, Green Ufos
Associated acts The Inhabitants, Traummerstzung!, Simon Aschenbach
Website http://www.alberkowitz.com
Members Ignacio Simón
Lorenzo Palomares
Santiago Estrada
Past members Aldous Berkowitz, Daniel Garabito

Al Berkowitz is an art rock/psychedelic rock band located in Madrid and Barcelona, Spain. The band was founded in 2006 by Ignacio Simón, Lorenzo Palomares, Santiago Estrada and American musician and beatnick, Aldous Berkowitz. They have released two studio albums to date. Their last album A Long Hereafter. Nothing Beyond has received critical acclaim[1][2][3][4][5] in Spain and has found a positive reception in other European countries as Austria[6] and United Kingdom.[7][8]

Biography[edit]

Early career[edit]

Al Berkowitz was founded from blues rock/space rock band The Inhabitants. The Inhabitants consisted of Simón (guitar and lead vocals), Estrada (bass guitar), Palomares (drums) and Daniel Garabito (guitar and vocals). The band started performing steadily around Madrid in 2005 and became a scarcely known underground act in the city. In June 2006 The Inhabitants crossed their paths with American musician Aldous B. Berkowitz (born 1949) and asked him to join the band.[9] With the addition of Aldous B. Berkowitz [10] (vocals and harmonica), the band renamed the Al Berkowitz Band and moved briefly to Berlin, where they recorded an EP, Man in the air,[11] and worked on the songs for their first album Barely Nice.[12]

Barely Nice and Apprenticeship and Attitude[edit]

Live performances with Aldous Berkowitz as a frontman eventually became erratic and chaotic[13] and the rest of the band decided he would step aside from it and stay just as a mere advisor and exceptional contributor.[14] Garabito would also leave the band shortly afterwards. However, the band retained the name Al Berkowitz Band either as an acknowledgement of Aldous Berkowitz's influence or as a joke[10] and relocated again in Madrid in September 2007.

Barely nice[15] was recorded in Gandía, Spain, in November 2007 but wasn't released until March 2009 by independent Spanish label Producciones Psicotrónicas[16] and the band's own label Temple Records. Barely nice had a short print of 2,000 copies and made a moderate impact in Spanish music scene.[17]

The same year, Al Berkowitz Band released a live album, Apprenticeship and Attitude,[18][19] which featured songs included in Barely nice and in their forthcoming album A long hereafter. Nothing beyond. Besides, Apprenticehip and Attitude included covers of "Light: look at your sun", by krautrock champions Ash Ra Tempel,[20] and "Movoco Synthaca", by Belgian new wavers Nacht Und Nebel (band).

A Long Hereafter. Nothing Beyond[edit]

Al Berkowitz live

Al Berkowitz Band started working on their second studio effort in July 2010. Around that time, they dropped the word '"Band" from their name, even though Aldous Berkowitz was not a member of the band anymore.

A Long hereafter. Nothing beyond' was produced by Al Berkowitz's frontman Ignacio Simón[21] and its main core was recorded at Paco Loco [22] studio in El Puerto de Santa María, Spain in November 2011.

"The Frenchman and the Rabbitman" was the first single from the album and was released in March 2012 along with a videoclip.[23] The band kept working on the album until September 2012 and then signed to Spanish independent labels Green Ufos[24] and Taliban Music[25] to release the album in the beginning of 2013,[26] though the album was available online from November 2012. A long hereafter. Nothing beyond is a two part album, each of them featuring six songs.[27]

Discography[edit]

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Albums[edit]

  • Barely Nice (as Al Berkowitz Band)[15]
    • Recorded: November–December 2007
    • Released: March 2009
    • Label: Producciones Psicotrónicas / Temple Records
  • A Long Hereafter. Nothing beyond[26]
    • Released: January 2013
    • Label: Temple Records / Green Ufos

Live albums[edit]

  • Apprenticeship and Attitude (as Al Berkowitz Band) - Producciones Psicotrónicas (December 2009)

EPs[edit]

  • Man in the Air (as Al Berkowitz Band) - Temple Records (October 2006) (limited edition 300 copies)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lados Mag Issuu 25 by jose ujidos". ISSUU. Retrieved 2013-08-03. 
  2. ^ "Al Berkowitz - A long hereafter/Nothing beyond". Antoniamag.com. Retrieved 2013-08-03. 
  3. ^ "PDF Nº 21, mayo 2013 de INDIEFERMAG digital". Indiefermag.com. Retrieved 2013-08-03. 
  4. ^ "Islas de Robinson - Un largo más allá - 31/03/13 en mp3 (01/04 a las 13:46:38) 59:09 1910977". iVoox. 2013-04-19. Retrieved 2013-08-03. 
  5. ^ "Al Berkowitz. Hay mucho, más allá. ~ Gotcha". Gotchamusica.com. 2010-06-08. Retrieved 2013-08-03. 
  6. ^ "Musik". Oe1.orf.at. Retrieved 2014-02-18. 
  7. ^ "Al Berkowitz Band - London". Spoonfed.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-08-03. 
  8. ^ "Blog Archive » Al Berkowitz". TheSirensSound. Retrieved 2013-08-03. 
  9. ^ "Musik". Oe1.orf.at. Retrieved 2013-08-03. 
  10. ^ a b "2013/04/03 Murmuri - Al Berkowitz en mp3 (04/04 a las 11:19:26) 57:43 1920448". iVoox. Retrieved 2013-08-03. 
  11. ^ "Al Berkowitz Band - Man in the Air" (in Spanish). Gruposmadrid.com. Retrieved 2013-08-03. 
  12. ^ "AL BERKOWITZ BAND – Barely nice | Producciones Psicotrónicas". Produccionespsicotronicas.com. Retrieved 2013-08-03. 
  13. ^ "Entrevista a Al Berkowitz Band - Terra". Entretenimiento.terra.es. Retrieved 2013-08-03. 
  14. ^ "Entrevista de Tania Llasera a Al Berkowitz en Fly Music en 2007". YouTube. 2013-02-15. Retrieved 2013-08-03. 
  15. ^ a b "Al Berkowitz Band on Spotify". Open.spotify.com. Retrieved 2013-08-03. 
  16. ^ "Producciones Psicotrónicas | Funcionando desde 2008". Produccionespsicotronicas.com. Retrieved 2013-08-03. 
  17. ^ "taller issue # 1 by jose ujidos". ISSUU. Retrieved 2013-08-03. 
  18. ^ "AL BERKOWITZ BAND – Apprenticeship and attitude | Producciones Psicotrónicas". Produccionespsicotronicas.com. Retrieved 2013-08-03. 
  19. ^ "Carne cruda - Al Berkowitz Band - 18/12/09, Carne cruda - RTVE.es A la Carta" (in Spanish). Rtve.es. Retrieved 2013-08-03. 
  20. ^ "Al Berkowitz Band - Light: look at your sun (live) | Video Youtube - NMETV Latest Music Videos and Clips". Nme.Com. Retrieved 2013-08-03. 
  21. ^ "Al Berkowitz en acústico - Capitán Demo". Blog.rtve.es. Retrieved 2013-08-03. 
  22. ^ Miguel Morán (2013-07-06). ""Los Locos solo fuimos profetas en Asturias". El Comercio". Elcomercio.es. Retrieved 2013-08-03. 
  23. ^ "Al Berkowitz Band - The Frenchman and The Rabbitman on Vimeo". Vimeo.com. 2012-02-20. Retrieved 2013-10-02. 
  24. ^ "Green Ufos". Greenufos.es. Retrieved 2013-10-02. 
  25. ^ "Taliban Music: Al Berkowitz". Talibanmusic.blogspot.com.es. Retrieved 2013-10-02. 
  26. ^ a b "CD album - Fnac.es - A Long Hereafter - Nothing Beyond : Al Berkowitz". Musica.fnac.es. Retrieved 2013-10-02. 
  27. ^ a b "Al Berkowitz". Alberkowitzband.bandcamp.com. Retrieved 2013-10-02. 

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