"There is no rambling on 'Your Crooked Part'. Yazan is a howling man, his moans are focused and true. He is high, glistening with sweat and musk and depressed as hell, moaning, singing the blues - his blues.
Sometimes you wake up every day at 4:43 am in a feverish, sweaty pool screaming 'NO' for a year, thinking your heart will explode. And you think you can't take any more of this misery so you cry and cry for help but you're crying to a long-empty room. Sometimes the wickedness settles in the bottom of your spine and aint nothing gonna root it out. Nothing. So you howl. We all want her to come back, whoever her is, but the awful truth is, she gone. Loneliness is the greatest muse and in our darkest hour we find ourselves at our most knee-slappingly, horrifically amusing. The horror of it all is the most honestly hilarious and knowing that truth while your living it maybe the only way you cling to any hope of sanity. We all want someone to need us deeply but what we need most is to hold onto our sanity and not slip into the enticement of madness even when it's absolutely hopeless. We are alone, so alone and my god it's awful funny.
Hollering is good for the soul.
These are real blues songs recorded in a room in an old house with a cast iron wood burning stove with a porch looking out on fifty acres of wilderness outside of Athens, Georgia. "I wanted the record to be raw and emotionally real, but still musically and lyrically playful and rhythmically compelling. It's acoustic dance music, really. Music for an old fashioned house party". Some of the songs, like Devil Knows My Name and Lonely Woman, are one chord songs that feel hypnotic and meditative. The most raw song on the album 'Lonely Woman' has a sense of penetrating. scratchy, deep bellowing sadness - "Lonely Woman is just a story about a woman who is sad and lonely, can't have children, and gets drunk and fucks guys to make herself feel better, so I took her home."
This album has a soul and it may be a sad one but it's rooted in hope. These are new folk songs in the truest sense, it's as if Alan Lomax had misplaced a collection of field recordings from the 50's that were left by a time traveling Palestinian-American from 2012, singing the blues in it's purest form. And you can dance to it." - Greg Barris
released July 10, 2012
All songs written and played by Yazan
Produced by Yazan with Will Manning
All songs recorded by Will Manning at The Pound Pad, Jefferson, GA (villagerecordist.com
except "Tell Me Baby", recorded by Andrew Dunn at The Tiger Lounge, Brooklyn, NY
Logo, layout, and design by Menkerios Andemicael (menkerios.com
Photos by Dylan Griffin (dylangriffin.com
Mastered by Matt Tuttle at IAS Studios (ph: 336-817-6342)
Shoulder Tap Records SHT010
Thank you to everyone that has supported and inspired me in one way or another, including:
Waqaas, Qusaye, Imad Nashashibi, Claire Nicolay, Andrea Nicolay, Carolyn & Nick Nicolay, Martin Celis, Judy & Roberto Celis, Ben Wigler, Andrew Dunn, Joe Exely, Tony Waldman, Steve Milton, Dave Horowitz, Caroline Creaghead, Jonas & Aurora Fields, Dima Drjuchin, Nik Drjuchin, Christine Sullivan, Celine Little & Ross Hyzer, Myrsini Stephanides, Carolinne & Dylan Griffin, Eli Batalion, Matt Schechmeister, Sarah Shanok, Robby & Rachael Grant, Robert & Susan Barnett, Steve & Joann Selvidge, Colin Butler, Grayson Grant, Doug Easley, Talaria Haast, Francisco Bengolea, Bill Mayo, Ezra Huleatt, Samy Burch, Jackie Burch, Molly Burch, Curtis Burch, Kristin Burcham, Ballzack, Odoms, Paul Barman, Greg Barris, Alix Blair, Lex Plasa, Kate Berlant, Tony & Helen Berlant, Ed Moses, Reggie Watts, Alex Gaylon, Brad Steuernagel, Hub Moore, Lee Carella, Robert Hinson, Yasmin Reshmwala, Heidi Girard, Jeremy Scott, Dan Crane, Pootie O'Malley, Bry Webb, Doug MacGregor, Dallas Wehrle, Steve Lambke, Will Kidman, Gaëlle Amerijckx, Finn Smith, Monihan Monihan, Ramzi Dabbagh, Gabi Fastman, Erwann Guennec, Rene Baharmast, Jesse Adelman, John Hemminger, Julie Gueraseva, Stacy Gueraseva, Kate Sweeney, Mark Jackson, Kathleen Csiki, Jonathan Rosenblit, Margaret Monaco, Ashmedi Melechesh, Nigel Filson, Ronan Kearney, Tei Blow, Senay Goitom, Sean McElroy, Shelbi Scott, Solon Barocas, Tim Feleppa, Shelby Bryant, Aerial East, Nat Johnson, Nanny Walsh, Joel Barhamand, Ashley Macknica, Megan Dandois, Simcha Whitehill, Ben Krieger, Christine Costello, Deepak & Tanya Somashekar, Chris Irwin, Dave Hill, Erica Heinz, Ian DeLaune, Laurel Angrist, John F. O'Donnell, Jon Garonce, Madeleine Ribbing-Messihi, Yacine Benzine, Nick Fiore, Paul Fears, Annie Black, Susie Prisk, Murphy Thiel, Ben Wentzel, Theo Coulombe, Esther Bell, Christine Dutton, Erin Schwartz, Charlotte Lang, Robert Hinson, John Argroves
Special thanks to Bogdan & Michelle Zinchenko
Dedicated to Saleem and Nimati, my loving parents