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A Stage of Life Rarely Celebrated in Pop Music: Noam Weinstein Explores Parenthood, Middle-Age, Looking Forward & Looking Back on ‘42 ½'
(Published: March 11, 2020)

For Immediate Release
March 9, 2020

A Stage of Life Rarely Celebrated in Pop Music: Noam Weinstein Explores Parenthood, Middle-Age, Looking Forward & Looking Back on ‘42 ½'

A Substantive, Emotional Mix of Songs

"I'm always searching to find the right balance between hope & acceptance"

Favorable Early Coverage Runs, Hotel Café Concert Set for 4/2 in Los Angeles

On his new album '42 ½', Noam Weinstein finds inspiration from the ‘in between' spaces - in a recent interview, he describes focus track ‘Somebody Punch Me' as "largely about the tension between optimism and realism, or between the need to dream and the need to wake up," while other songs are "about the struggle to maintain a sense of wonder as the years pass and familiarity sets in."  Anyone who's been around for a few decades can relate to these themes.

A compelling storyteller's voice shines through on the 14-song album. Weinstein's sound and style evoke artists from Elvis Costello to Jakob Dylan to John Prine to Jeff Tweedy, as he infuses his songs with passion, wit and ace musicianship. ‘42 ½' was recorded and mixed by five-time Grammy Award winner Ryan Freeland (Aimee Mann, Bonnie Raitt, Ingrid Michaelson, Joe Henry & more) and features an army of old and new collaborators on fourteen tracks recorded at Los Angeles's legendary United Recording Studios.  

Weinstein will celebrate his new album with an April 2nd concert at The Hotel Café in Los Angeles. Keep up to date as more shows are added, here: https://www.enoam.com/#shows

VENTS Magazine - Lengthy Interview Feature
2/2020 - Full Interview Here: https://ventsmagazine.com/2020/02/13/interview-noam-weinstein/
Excerpts below:

Somebody Punch Me - This song is largely about the tension between optimism and realism, or between the need to dream and the need to wake up
The song comes off your new album 42 ½ - what's the story behind the title? Since childhood I've been obsessed with time: the way we experience it, mark it, divide it, etc. And so, realizing that a lot of these songs were at least partly fueled by this strange new decade of my life, I thought it'd be appropriate to name the album after the exact age at which it was completed, and to include half-years as I did as a boy.
What aspects of innocence, aging and parenthood did you get to explore on this record? I guess at least a few of the songs (the clearest example being ‘Everything Old Is New') are in part about the struggle to maintain a sense of wonder as the years pass and familiarity sets in... In terms of parenthood, the most direct case is ‘Kiss Your Wounds', which grew out of the creeping realization that my parental powers have weakened as my children's powers have grown. I was also excited to try and capture in ‘The Queen' some of the cryptic and wonderful things my kids have tried to teach me.

The Brooklyn Paper - Color Photo Tour Preview Pick 2/2020
Life, the Universe, and Everything and a Half - Weinstein describes his new album as "inspired by that magical time when both the wild innocence of a 42-year-old and the sober wisdom of a 43-year-old are just out of reach."

The Record-Journal (Meriden CT) - Favorable early review of '42 1/2'  By Jim Pasinski 2/2020

Singer/songwriter Noam Weinstein is preparing the release of his new album "42 1/2" on February 26th. It is his first studio album in over four years and reflects on his aged wisdom of becoming a 43 year old. The fourteen-song release begins with the recollection of "Used To Be A Songwriter," which is about becoming responsible for someone else besides himself. He matches the words of "Work Up A Laugh" perfectly to the melody to give emotion to a song about making a joke and finding humor in today's serious world. Noam slows down for the graceful ballad "Jamie" and "Kiss Your Wounds," before picking the energy up with the fun, up-tempo melody of "The Queen." He finishes his new album with the shuffle rhythm of "I Can Feel You Now," which builds with excitement and energy, before closing with the Latin vibe of "Cola" (which means "tail" in Spanish).

More About Noam Weinstein (excerpted from his irreverent website biography):
The 42-year-old artist (whose correctly pronounced name rhymes with "Snowbomb Einstein") grew up in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and began playing guitar and trumpet in elementary school and performing at venues such as Passim and Johnny D's as a teenager. After college he headed for New York City, where he frequented clubs like The Living Room and The Bitter End, both as a singer-songwriter and as a guitarist accompanying other songwriters. In 2001 Noam released his debut EP "Enough About You" and in 2002 he followed it up with "Above the Music" produced by Jimi Zhivago. In 2004 he completed his first full-length album, "Probably Human" with Tyler Wood. Late 2006 brought "We're All Going There" with Lee Alexander; 2008, a series of two-song singles, "Planet"; 2010, Noam's first live album, "Found Alive"; and 2012, a studio collaboration with Mike Viola, "Clocked." Noam's self-produced "Bottlefed" and "On Waves" came in 2014 & 2016.
Noam's albums have received airplay on stations like WERS, WXPN, WFUV, and XM/Sirius Radio, and his song "I Can Hurt People" aired on the Showtime network during its program "Weeds." The lead track from "On Waves" was awarded "best song" in the Hollywood Songwriting Contest; two earlier tracks, "Planet" and "Yesterday's Weather" were finalists in the USA Songwriting Contest. Live appearances have included South by Southwest in Austin, CMJ and The Songwriters Hall of Fame in New York, and various clubs across the nation as well as in Ireland and England. He has also embarked on several tours of Germany in support of his Skycap Records release "Sixteen Skies."

In addition to his own recordings, Noam has been honored to have songs of his recorded by Jess Tardy, Greta Gertler, Mark Whitaker, Naomi Sommers, and Lin McEwan, and performed live by artists like Anita Suhanin, Matt Kanelos, and Mieka Pauley. He is also grateful to have been a guest vocalist on albums by The Great Unknowns and Sam Sadigursky.

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