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Gig Alert: Ethan Lipton & His Orchestra

Friday, August 05, 2011

Ethan Lipton & His Orchestra
Girl From The Renaissance Faire
Playing Friday at Barbès
(376 9th St., Park Slope)
Info: Tickets ($10 donation)| Directions

One day Ethan Lipton just up and started singing the songs that lived in his head. They were so full and rich between his own ears that despite having no one joining him on stage, he billed himself as Ethan Lipton & His Orchestra. People agreed that the sound was there, and fortunately for us the orchestra came to him.

The Brooklyn crooner has a certain lounge-singer charm, and from behind a mischievous mustache come songs inspired by Sid and Marty Kroft -- the brother sister duo of children’s television programs like "H.R. Pufnstuf" and "Sigmund and the Sea Monsters."

With equal inspiration from Kurt Weill and early German cabaret acts, Lipton spins tales worth listening to closely. Otherwise you may be caught off guard by lines on the track “Girl from the Renaissance Faire” from his 2007 album Mr. Softy. On it, Lipton crafts lyrics like "Her bosom was heaving, Her hair smelled like steak. She poured me beer from her lips. And I drank and I drank and I drank."

You can find Ethan Lipton & His Orchestra's latest release Honker here. It features special appearances by Matt Berninger of The National, singer Cynthia Hopkins and drummer Gary Seligson.

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