Tim Cohen

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Tim Cohen
Also known as Feller Quentin, Smif Carnivorous, Magic Trick, AmocomA
Origin Syracuse, New York
Genres Folk, Rock, Hip Hop, Experimental
Years active 2002 – present
Labels Empty Cellar, Captured Tracks, Secret Seven
Associated acts The Fresh & Onlys, Magic Trick, Black Fiction, 3 Leafs

Tim Cohen is a San Francisco based musician and visual artist. He has played in a variety of acts including The Fresh & Onlys, Black Fiction, 3 Leafs, Amocoma, Sonny & The Sunsets, Hattattak, The Latter, and The Forest Fires Collective. He also releases solo albums, first as Feller Quentin, then under his own name and, more recently, Magic Trick. He has been recognized as a figurehead in San Francisco's independent garage and psychedelic rock music scenes.[1][2]

Music[edit]

Tim Cohen is widely recognized for the prolific and eclectic nature of his work,[3] and has released albums in genres ranging from Hip-Hop to psychedelic-folk. He has stated in several interviews that he grew up listening almost exclusively to Hip-Hop,[4] and has recorded and performed songs in the genre both solo and in groups, The Latter and The Forest Fires Collective.[5] His interest in other musical genres increased while attending college at Wesleyan University. After college, he moved to San Francisco where he recorded and released albums with bassist Evan Martin and several others under the names Hattattak and Feller Quentin. Martin and Cohen later formed Black Fiction, a collective of San Francisco musicians centered around the record store that Cohen worked for at the time, Amoeba Music. Tim Cohen is most well known for his work as the lead singer and co-writer in the psych-garage outfit, The Fresh & Onlys,[6] formed with bassist Shayde Sartin after the break-up of Black Fiction. The Fresh and Onlys have released numerous 7’’s, EP’s, and LP’s on noteworthy labels such as Sacred Bones, Captured Tracks, Woodsist, and In The Red, and toured extensively in the United States and Western Europe. In 2009 he released Go To Hell, a solo black metal album, under the guise, Amocoma. Jon Bernson of San Francisco band Exrays and Cohen record and perform together as Window Twins.[7]

Tim Cohen has recorded four solo LP’s and one EP. The first, The Two Sides of Tim Cohen[8] was released in 2009 and was a split release by San Francisco labels Empty Cellar and Secret Seven. Brooklyn’s Captured Tracks released the follow up, 2010’s Laugh Tracks,[9] along with 2011’s Tim Cohen’s Magic Trick and its accompanying EP, Bad Blood.[10] Later that year, Cohen returned to Empty Cellar to release The Glad Birth of Love,[11][12][13] a four-song, 43 minute LP under his new moniker, Magic Trick.

Cohen is known for his home recording style, and has served as the audio engineer on many of The Fresh & Onlys' releases, the debut Wet Illustrated 7",[14] and all of his solo works.

Visual art[edit]

Tim Cohen is also a visual artist. He produces drawings and paintings, and his work has been featured as part of group shows in San Francisco, South Carolina, and Berlin, Germany. Cohen is responsible for the artwork featured on many of his solo albums.[15] One of his pieces was used as a t-shirt design for Soundscreen Design's "Musician as Designer" collection.[16]

Discography[edit]

Feller Quentin[edit]

  • I Want To Be Black Kind Of (self-released, 2002)
  • Cat In A Tree With A Mouse In His Teeth (self-released, 2003)
  • I Am Not A Monster (Echelon Productions, 2004)

AmocomA[edit]

  • Go To Hell (tUMULt, 2009)

Tim Cohen[edit]

LPs[edit]

EPs[edit]

Compilations[edit]

  • In A Cloud: New Sounds From San Francisco (Secret Seven, 2010)
  • City Limits Presents: San Francisco (City Limits, 2011)
  • "100 Records Volume 2: I Miss The Jams" (Turn Up, 2011)
  • In A Cloud II: New Sounds From San Francisco (Secret Seven, 2012)

Magic Trick[edit]

  • The Glad Birth of Love (Empty Cellar, 2011)
  • Ruler of the Night (Hardly Art, 2012)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "3 Musical Experimenters Forge Indie Success in Area". The New York Times. February 24, 2011. Retrieved March 6, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Positive Destruction: San Francisco's New Garage Rock". Pitchfork. April 11, 2011. Retrieved March 6, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Tim Cohen’s Magic Trick". SF Gate. March 31, 2011. Retrieved February 29, 2012. 
  4. ^ "SOUNDTRACKING: Thus Spake Tim Cohen In Advance Of "The Fresh & Onlys" Show". Scout Magazine. December 8, 2011. Retrieved February 29, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Tim Cohen of The Fresh & Onlys". Impose Magazine. March 24, 2010. Retrieved February 29, 2012. 
  6. ^ "In The Studio: The Fresh & Onlys Talk Gut-Punching 2012 LP". Spin. December 5, 2011. Retrieved February 29, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Window Twins: I’m This Tall City". The Bay Bridged. March 5, 2009. Retrieved February 29, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Tim Cohen’s Possessed Psych". SF Weekly. September 30, 2009. Retrieved February 29, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Tim Cohen: Laugh Tracks - Album Reviews". Pitchfork. August 10, 2010. Retrieved February 29, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Tim Cohen: Tim Cohen’s Magic Trick/Bad Blood EP – Album Reviews". Pitchfork. February 22, 2011. Retrieved February 29, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Magic Trick: The Glad Birth of Love – Album Reviews". Pitchfork. August 30, 2011. Retrieved February 29, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Magic Trick: The Glad Birth of Love – Album Reviews". Tiny Mix Tapes. September 8, 2011. Retrieved February 29, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Tim Cohen’s Birthday Present to Himself". Impose Magazine. July 26, 2011. Retrieved February 29, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Wet Illustrated". Pitchfork Magazine. November 10, 2011. Retrieved February 29, 2012. 
  15. ^ "SOUNDTRACKING: Thus Spake Tim Cohen In Advance Of "The Fresh & Onlys" Show". Scout Magazine. December 8, 2011. Retrieved February 29, 2012. 
  16. ^ "Tim Cohen". Soundscreen Design. February 11, 2011. Retrieved March 5, 2012. 

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