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Joey Sweeney’s Long Hair LP premieres on eMusic, plus new short fiction!‏

October 30, 2013

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JOEY SWEENEY’S LONG HAIR PREMIERES AS FULL ALBUM STREAM ON EMUSIC TODAY
New album available digitally everywhere today; plus, new fiction available at The Head & The Hand

Link: STREAM LONG HAIR ON EMUSIC
Link: READ “BOB MARLEY: THE DELAWARE YEARS” AT THE HEAD & THE HAND

“Long Hair is rich and warm and as familiar and dense with detail as a dogeared novel.” — J. Edward Keyes, eMusic

It is not a stretch to say that Joey Sweeney is having a big, bustling autumn 2013. Hot off the heels of curating the 215 Festival, Philly’s raucous literature and music festival, Sweeney debuts two new projects today: A new album, Long Hair, and after 15 years as a cultural critic of note, his first-ever published work of short fiction.

Long Hair is released today by the eclectic La Société Expéditionnaire imprint (home and spawning pool of Lewis & Clarke, Judson Claiborne, Strand of Oaks, Arc In Round) in collaboration with BITBY Records & Tapes – the first bearing his name since The Trouble With Sweeney’s Fishtown Briefcase in 2004.

Long Hair is a Laurel Canyon-inflected singer/songwriter record for sure, but it’s also a party of unlikely collaborators: Grammy award-winning salsa/tropical producer Aaron ‘Luis’ Levinson mans the controls, and mindbending rapper/producer Lushlife (aka Raj Haldar) penned string arrangements for the string trio that appears on the record.

Meanwhile, Sweeney also debuts today “Bob Marley: The Delaware Years,” a new work of short fiction via Philadelphia’s The Head & The Hand Press; set in suburban Wilmington, DE, the piece is the first chapter of a forthcoming novel by Sweeney. It’s made available as a digital short (available as both an online read and download), with a physical edition/chapbook to published as part of Head & Hand’s forthcoming chapbook series in December.

About Joey Sweeney:
Joey Sweeney has been writing songs and prose since he was a teenager in the 1980s. Over the years, he has fronted the groups The Barnabys and The Trouble With Sweeney, as well as recording and performing as a solo artist. Meanwhile, he’s also written for a wide array of publications, including Salon.com, Philadelphia Weekly, the Philadelphia Inquirer and his daily perch, Philebrity.com, the cityblog he established in 2004 after a decade-long run as a rock critic.

His songs and records have received widespread critical acclaim over the years; of his last record with The Trouble With Sweeney, Fishtown Briefcase, Pitchfork said:

“[Sweeney] mixes autobiography and fiction against the group’s 70s-inflected indie pop, resourceful- and unabashed- enough to digress into an E Street interlude or an AM-rock guitar coda.” – Pitchfork.com

He’s also garnered curse and praise as a writer of prose, having won the “AAN Award for Music Criticism” and appeared in Best Music Writing 2002.

From 2004 through 2010, Sweeney mostly shied from performing and recording, focusing instead on his role as Publisher & Editor of the website Philebrity.com. In 2011, however, Sweeney stepped back into his old role of singer/songwriter, this time fronting the rock band Arctic Splash. Joey Sweeney Your Life Is Calling compiles the best of everything before the Splash.

In early 2013, Sweeney went on to record Long Hair; he is also currently working on a novel and other prose projects.

Joey Sweeney online:
http://joeysweeney.tumblr.com/
http://twitter.com/sweeneyjojo
https://www.facebook.com/veryrealjoeysweeney
https://soundcloud.com/joeysweeney
http://la-soc.com/joeysweeney.html

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