Green Party Holiday Party 12/3/08

On Wednesday, December 3, 2008 at 7pm, the Babylon Green Party Gathering will will be our annual Green Party Holiday Party with an acoustic performance by Acoustic Easy The event will be held at Pisces Café, 14A Railroad Avenue, Babylon, NY (631-321-1231) (map) Come hungry! For directions to the Babylon Green Gathering, call 631-422-4702 or email Children are welcome. All gatherings are free of charge, and open to the public.

The official biography of Acoustic Easy Anthems states that

We Broke Up, And We Made Music,
And We Got Back Together, And We Made Music,
And We Got Married, And We Made Music,
And We Broke Up, And We Made A Kid,
And We Got Back Together, And We Made Music.

The duo consists of Vanesa Alvero Jimenez (Vocals, Paintings and Drawings) and Philip A. Jimenez (Vocals, Acoustic & Electric Guitar, Upright & Electric Bass, Cittern, Banjo Ukulele, 5 String Banjo, Mandolin, Bouzouki, Raga Zeetar, Piano, Organs, Percussion, Kalimba, Accordion, Harmonica, Omni Chord). Argentinian chica Vanesa Alvero Jimenez always lights up a room with her heartfelt new American Folklore. Philip A. Jimenez is a multi-platinum record producer and owner of Gordo Studios. Jimenez has produced, engineered, arranged, played or wrote for Beat Radio, Your Midway Host, Easy Anthems, Vanesa Alvero, Akiva, Brian Ver Straten, Paul Loren, Evan Duby, Brian Sendrowitz, The Pilto, nes, Plan A, Gordo Gringo, Wheatus, Nanna’s Hat, Sinem Saniye, The Diggs, Jennifer Richman, Michele Monte, Melinda Hirsch, Alan Semerdjian, Hot Potato, Rich Stein, and Sonny Meadows,

Newsday placed the self-titled Easy Anthems album in its top 10 list and wrote that

Philip and Vanesa Jimenez have created a hard-to-define album – perhaps the best adjective is “beautiful.” Tracks such as “BB Shooting” and “When R U Gunna Break?” make this a perfect rainy-day disc.

While Daniel Ross from Pop Musicology described the Jimenez’ work on the album by writing that

“With such an exceptional duo as this, it is natural to wonder where their interesting dynamic emanates from. Many other married couples with or without children exist in the world of alt-rock, look no further than Low and Yo La Tengo, but Easy Anthems have something they do not – friction. It’s (hopefully) not anything that will tear them apart, but the opposition of Phil and Vanesa Jimenez is completely compulsive. The way he almost shouts underneath her soft cooing as if undermining the tenderness she brings is devastatingly interesting to hear on “BB Shooting” ‘. This quiet tension runs through the whole record like blood.”

Instrumentally, Easy Anthems have a rare sophistication that belies the simplicity of the songs’ appearance. Listen to the wonderfully intricate string arrangements that grace most of the tracks. Particular kudos goes to the soaring cello note that slices into your ears in conjunction with Vanessa’s ‘aaah’-ing on “Go Back To Pittsburgh”‘, for it is akin to having someone blow a jet of cold water into your face. With a fire hose. The subtle intelligence of the taut bounces littered throughout their debut is wholly reminiscent of Yo La Tengo’s poppier shades, and its no bad thing. The sweetness is certainly counterbalanced by the slightly sinister sentiments batted around the place, again, making this record monumentally entertaining.

With quality and attention to detail in such massive quantities over a mere thirty-six minutes, it’s difficult to see where Easy Anthems could have squeezed any more veiled sweetness into this record. Simply, it is the sound of a complex relationship told with sensitivity, vigor, animation and emotional clout to rival any of their pseudo-folk-Americana contemporaries.

Babylon Green Party Gatherings are held on the first Wednesday of every month:

  • The January 7, 2009 Gathering will feature Kirby Einhorn of LI Wins on the necessity of immigrants to the LI economy.
  • The February 4, 2008 Gathering will feature a reading from 2007 Blogosphere Poet Laureate Amy King.

The Green Party is an alternative party to the Democrats and Republicans. The four pillars of the Green Party are: Nonviolence/Peace; Grassroots Democracy; Social and Economic Justice; and Ecological Wisdom.

For more information about Green Party activities, please go to or call Green Party of Suffolk Chair Roger Snyder at 631-351-5763. You can enroll in the Green Party by checking the box marked “Other” on the voter registration form and writing in the word “Green” on the line next to it. Click here to find a voter registration form. You can send donations to the Green Party of Suffolk,14 Robin Drive, Huntington, NY 11743.


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