Crazy Mary

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Crazy Mary

Anyone who experienced New York’s gritty, exciting, and gloriously vibrant music scene in the 1970s, ’80s, or ’90s will tell you the same thing: Their city is gone. Wiped out by a Stalin-esque, Disney-driven coup and replaced with a staid world of theme restaurants and karaoke bars. It’s as if when the soul was sucked out of Manhattan by real estate developers the music went along with it. Or so it would seem, however, until you’ve heard the music of New York band Crazy Mary. Formed by veteran Lower East Side guitarist and songwriter Charles Kibel and drummer Nick Raisz, Crazy Mary has been conjuring its refreshingly oddball avant-garage rock since 1998. A bubbling cauldron of chiming and scraping guitars, creepy organ, spacey, experimental sounds, Dada-ish pranksterism, and absurdly danceable rhythms, the band distills it all into a surreal cocktail of post-punk/psychedelic weirdness. And now, with the recent additions of legendary underground violinist Walter Steding and expatriate Australian vocalist Em Z, things have gotten even weirder. In a good way, of course. Over its six studio and two dub/remix albums, the group has racked up rabid praise from such disparate sources as the Village Voice and NBC newsman Brian Williams—who namechecked the band in his online blog—showing that while the intrepid spirit would seem to have vanished from the New York scene, it’s alive and well in Crazy Mary. And for evidence one need look no farther than the outfit’s newest release, Water on the Moon. Oozing with alternately rocking and trippy gems like the outsider anthem “Eyes Above the Clouds,” the strangely loping “Gravity,” and the angular, organ-drenched “Way Too Freaky,” the disc furthers Crazy Mary’s longstanding reputation as one of Gotham’s most adventurous acts.

Water On The Moon
Song
Black Candles Favorite License Buy
Gravity Favorite License Buy
Sun Is Coming Up Favorite License Buy
Way Too Freaky Favorite License Buy
Orgasmic Annie Favorite License Buy
Another Dollar Favorite License Buy
Soul Survivor Favorite License Buy
Eyes Above The Clouds Favorite License Buy
Never Let Me Go Favorite License Buy


She Comes In Waves
Song
Cancer on the Photograph Favorite License Buy
Shot By Bullets Favorite License Buy
No Resistance Favorite License Buy
Paris 1944 Favorite License Buy
City's On Fire Favorite License Buy
Consider Favorite License Buy
Calendar Green Favorite License Buy
She Comes in Waves Favorite License Buy
Bonus Favorite License Buy
Talking To Wendy Favorite License Buy
Burned Favorite License Buy
Shock Me Favorite License Buy
A Little Faith Favorite License Buy


Passion Pit
Song
Take a Wager Favorite License Buy
Johnny Thunders Favorite License Buy
Faded Favorite License Buy
Portrait of Stephanie Porter Favorite License Buy
Look But You Better Not Touch Favorite License Buy
Termites of Sin Favorite License Buy
Lightnin' Strikes Favorite License Buy
Pigeon To Disease Favorite License Buy