A Hawk and a Hacksaw / Darkness at Noon
Album: Darkness at Noon   Collection:General
Artist:A Hawk and a Hacksaw   Added:May 2005
Label:The Leaf Label  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2005-09-25 Pull Date: 2005-11-27
Week Ending: Nov 27 Nov 20 Nov 13 Nov 6 Oct 30 Oct 23 Oct 16 Oct 9
Airplays: 1 1 2 1 1 1 2 2

Recent Airplay
1. Apr 26, 2012: Nothin' To Do
The Moon Under Water
4. Apr 26, 2006: The Evil Twins
A Black and White Rainbow
2. Jul 10, 2010: Music Casserole
A Black and White Rainbow
5. Nov 28, 2005: asymptotic interlude
Wicky Pocky
3. Jan 16, 2007: Jena and Gomorrah: Accordions!
A Black and White Rainbow
6. Nov 21, 2005: asymptotic Freedom
Wicky Pocky

Album Review
Reviewed 2005-05-30
The sticker said it better than I can rephrase: "Jeremy Barnes of Neutral Milk Hotel leads a band who provides a wild ride touching on gypsy music, klezmer, mariachi, Eastern European and American folk." Well, I can’t really see the American folk part. But otherwise it’s all there. Unfortunately, it’s not as strong as it could have been as the music is not interesting enough (to me, at least). Still worthwhile, check it out. Start with 4, 5, 6, 10.

1. Long exploratory dramatic mariachi winds and accordion, into delicate piano and fuzz, then super dramatic noisy part with pipes(?) and vox.
2. Mid/fast phrase repeated and varied, progresses into piano and explodes with trumpet.
3. Sad lone violin and piano, more instruments added, I’m thinking a funeral procession.
4. * More upbeat/loud tone, after slow intro, powerful *
5. ** Quiet, beautiful tune, flute-based, bells. Choir comes in “I love you” **
6. ** Klezmer and Oud, heartfelt tune. **
7. Dark percussion, accordion and klezmer, more dramatic.
8. Short, collage, interesting filler
9. Short, song-like (vox) piano ballad.
10. * Upbeat and loud, nice gypsy beat.*
11. Vox and repetitive piano, dreamy.

Track Listing
1. Laughter in the Dark   6. Europa
2. The Moon Under Water   7. Pastelka on the Train
3. The Water Under the Moon   8. Goodbye Great Britain
4. A Black and White Rainbow   9. Our Lady of the Vlatva
5. For Slavoj   10. Wicky Pocky
  11. Portlandtown