THE WIND (Lane Steinberg: gtr, vcl; Steven Katz: bs, vcl; Stephen Burdick: dms)
Where It's At with The Wind (Cheft) 1982 Prod. by The Wind/engineered at Miami Sound (FL) by Carlos Granados
01. What's The Fun - VIDEO
Guest of the Staphs EP (Cheft) 1984 Produced by Mitch Easter at Drive-In Studio, Winston-Salem NC
19. House On Fire
Living In A New World (Midnight) 1986
01. Living In A New World
Wind-Jammer (Yellow Pills CD) 2002
(Above tracks 1-24)
REVIEW: Playing exuberant power-pop with abundant talent and a solid grounding in '60s AM radio — from merseybeat to folk-rock to summery soul — this Miami trio made a wonderful debut with the winningly unpolished Where It's At. The marvelous fourteen-song collection of beguiling originals not only re-creates the sound of a simpler time, but captures the giddy innocence of musical self-discovery, as if this were all new.
The Wind then relocated north to Queens, New York, stopping in North Carolina long enough to have Mitch Easter co-produce the six-song Guest of the Staphs at his studio. Although the charming rush of cluttered, busy arrangements and overstuffed lyrics occasionally resembles Let's Active or the dB's — especially when the rhythms turn off the main road and the guitars and vocals go on a harmonic rampage — "Delaware 89763" is a '60s raveup in the style of early Manfred Mann.
Fronting a new four-piece lineup, songwriters Lane Steinberg (vocals/guitar) and Steven Katz (vocals/bass/keyboards) mix XTC, the Lovin' Spoonful, British Invasion bands and numerous other classic antecedents on the self-produced Living in a New World, an ambitious but lighthearted pop gem of great songs, witty (occasionally funny) lyrics and pretty harmonies. –Ira Robbins, trouserpress.com
WALL OF ORCHIDS 199?
1. Life Must Go On(appeared on "Lane Steinberg Collection 1984-2000" EM Records 2001 Japan)
Bus Stop biography:
As for now, Lane is busy with Tan Sleeve, his new project with former Wind bandmate Steve Barry, and tending to the various domestic and Japanese re-releases of his rich past which seem to be popping up everywhere. Though the prospect of re-creating the Wall of Orchids "sound" live is improbable, Lane has mended fences with his old Water Music partners and there is tentative talk of some new Wall of Orchids recordings. We'll see.
"Life Must Go On"/"Come Back To Me" 7"45rpm (Pop Look & Listen POP1) 199?
Great Blue CDEP (The Bus Stop Label BUS058) June 2002
1. Great Blue
REVIEW: Wall Of Orchids is a one-man studio project written and performed by Lane Steinberg, formerly the guiding light behind unsung jangle-poppers the Wind. In the mid-'90s, Steinberg decided to hit the studio alone and make some music. Two of the tracks he recorded, "Life Goes On" and "Come Back to Me," were released as a 7"; the other three tracks compiled here were never released. Steinberg goes for a clean and precise sound with tons of jangling guitars, skittering drums, and lots of reverb. He is certainly nostalgic for the great era of jangle pop, as one can hear strong echoes of the dB's and Let's Active. The opener is "Great Blue," a lovely mid-tempo love song with tender vocals and a nice hook. "No One is Looking" is another standout track, as is "Come Back to Me": With its aching falsetto, sweeping strings, and power pop feel, it sounds like a lost Rubinoos track. This is a nice EP. Fans of the original jangle pop era will find much to enjoy. Hopefully, Bus Stop can dig up more tracks from the Wall of Orchids sessions or convince Steinberg to hit the studio again. –Tim Russert, All-Music Guide
NOEL COWARD'S GHOST
Peyote Marching Songs, Volume One (Shzoid) 1994
01. The Lovely Maiden Voygle
Red Shift EP (Shzoid) 1999
13. Bottlenose Dolphin
REVIEW: Burdened only by its perplexing nomenclature, this amazing solo creation by New Yorker Lane Steinberg (aka Cheepskates collaborator Lane Hollend) — who led the nifty Wind through three tuneful records in the mid-'80s — seems to have blown in from a parallel pop universe. Endlessly inventive, intricately crafted and burnished with gorgeous harmonies, this homemade stunner variously sounds like XTC ("Excuses"), the Left Banke ("The Lovely Maiden Voygle"), the Beach Boys ("Timon of Athens," "A Ghost in Wexford Terrace"), Sell Out-era Who ("Spanish Birthday Across the Miles") and Syd Barrett ("Benzaline") and nobody in particular ("Sad Lions"). Most of the songs gaily mix stylistic metaphors as Steinberg realizes his fantasies, using countless skillfully played instruments. But as the oblique lyrics don't provide much of a clue, Peyote Marching Songs, Vol. 1's intentions are as enigmatic as the choice of its title. –Ira Robbins, trouserpress.com
LANE STEINBERG 199?
"No Place Like Home" (1983-1991)
"Lane Steinberg Collection 1984-2000" EM Records 2001 Japan
REVIEW: Leave it to the ultra-discriminating ears of Japan's EM label to finally compile, in one neat and keenly-sequenced sixty-six minutes, twenty of the greatest slices of Lane's fine work with The Wind, Wall Of Orchids, Noel Coward's Ghost and most recently the don't-call-us-lounge duo Tan Sleeve. From the Flying Badfinger Brothers alt. Americana of "Great Blue" to the Ray Davies-does-Tradewinds surfin' turfer "Life Must Go On" through the delightfully Zappa / Bacharachian "Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance," Lane duly absorbs then abstracts all of the hallmarks of his (and your) favorite music of the ages, then adroitly shoots it on back home with just the right amount of twist, lest he fall victim to that dreaded Retro-rawkin' tag. The man just has to be a true mad musical scientist of sound and word, and this disc is the idea place wherein to whet one's ears before plunging into the entirely formidable catalog of true Steinberg wonders. –Gary Pig Gold, earcandy
MUSTAFIO (Lane Steinberg & Jeff Pollack) INFO
TAN SLEEVE (Lane Steinberg & Steve Barry)
Tan Sleeve (Cheft) 1999
01. Swingin' Down The Lane (Jones/Kahn)
White Lie Castle (Cheft) 2000
01. Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance (Zappa)
REVIEW: Steve Barry and Lane Steinberg, d.b.a. for the second time hereupon as Tan Sleeve, have once again brought all-new meanings to such catch-alls as "pop," "lounge," and possibly even "retro." Sure, it's the Bacharach-smooth renditions of Mick and Keith's "Sad Day," Keith Partridge's "I Think I Love You," and even F. Zappa's "Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance" which may first catch your ear, but what is truly going on here is much more extremely enjoyable AND musical ...not to mention (unlike most such attempts at recasting the past) darn well Respectful. As opposed to being simply ironic or (ugh) "cute." If there's a Holiday Inn bar within that big venue in the sky, then Tan Sleeve have just GOTTA be the house duo. –Gary Pig Gold, inmusicwetrust.com
Harder Than Your Husband EP CDEP Cheft Records (AIR-5947) 2001
1. I Dreamt I Was Joseph E. Levine
Fall Love CDEP The Bus Stop Label (BUS062) 2002
1. Fall LoveREVIEW: "I really hope that a picture runs with this CD, because these two white boys have the sweetest, frizzy afros I have ever seen! Holy crap! Let me take a minute to regain my composure... OK, well Fall Love is a very lovely CD of tunes reminiscent of Barry Manilow, The Beatles, Billy Joel, and hints of Elton John abound.
The songs here are truly beautiful, adult contemporary ballads, and these two gentlemen have voices as smooth as butta, most resembling the wonderful Barry Manilow (I don't care how bad you hate him! You have to admit that man has a soothing and warm voice!). It appears that the boys have derived their song structures and chord progressions from The Beatles, mainly Paul's songs.
The press sheet I got with this CD is quite long for such a short release, this one being only four songs (under 15 minutes). The songs are quite good, but I would like to have heard a few more songs from these guys here. Why only four songs? What is here, though, is perfect for a summer drive with the person you love!" –Daniel Mitchell, ink19.com
The duo known as Tan Sleeve apparently has a 20-year history making music together in a variety of incarnations. The group is Steve Barry (piano, bass, percussion) and Lane Steinberg (guitars, percussion), and they both share singing duties. Their music is easy on the ears: soft, pleasant, and smooth. Barry and Steinberg work well together, blending their voices and instruments into sweet songs.
The four tracks here only seem to give a glimpse into what these guys are about. The title track is first and is largely piano-based, making me think of a Billy Joel ballad. There are other instruments here of course, some gentle strumming and light percussion that is almost like a whisper. The vocals are full of yearning, and Barry and Steinberg sort of play off each other's voices. "Last Time I Checked" is almost more of the same, but more upbeat with an almost velvety quality. The third track, "It Doesn't Snow in New York Anymore," is easily my favorite on Fall Love. This song is more folk guitar based and has a nice melody that is easy to sing along with. To further my Simon & Garfunkel comparison, Tan Sleeve even throws some "la, la, la's" into the middle of the song. The final track, "Take a Piece While it Lasts," is very much in the same folk vein with some clapping peppered throughout. This song evokes an open mic night or coffee shop house band that provides amiable background music.
Fall Love is a tidy little package of uncomplicated tunes. They are a little bit folk, a little bit piano ballad, and a lot of melody. If you're into the whole retro thing or you enjoy easy-listening lounge type music, than check out Tan Sleeve. They definitely bring me back to days gone by, I'm just not sure if they are days I'm personally interested in visiting repeatedly. –Jennifer Patton, 10/14/2002, delusions of adequacy
Bad From Both Sides (Bus Stop) 2004
Bus Stop bio:
End of story? Nah. After getting involved in projects as far flung as TV sitcoms and surrealist musical theater, the Wind's primary songwriters, Lane Steinberg & Steve Katz (now Steve Barry) found themselves living around the corner from each other in New York. Informally, they started gigging acoustically in the city with a young female Brazilian singer, Ella Conchita. They jokingly called themselves Teen Slave, due to Ella's youthful appearance and played mostly fun covers of obscure sixties tunes and soundtrack themes. Then, one day, Ella's number was disconnected and her apartment was vacated. No note, nothing. Lane & Steve were shocked (still are, she hasn't been heard from since) but decided to continue working together. They changed a few letters around and decided to call themselves Tan Sleeve. After outfitting their joint recording studio, they started writing slabs of new songs & recording them at a feverish pace. Many of the songs still retained the soft textures of their newer direction, but also recalled the pop savvy of the Wind. Then things started heating up: last year Lane had a compilation disc of his solo material (Wall of Orchids, Noel Coward's Ghost) released on EM records in Japan, and a Wind retrospective is scheduled to follow later this year. The Yellow Pilz label is slated to release the Wind records domestically, and the enclosed first official Tan Sleeve recordings have been released here on the Bus Stop Label. There is talk of a Japanese Tan Sleeve/Wind tour in the fall and a new Tan Sleeve record is 99% finished. Now if they can only get back the Jobim records Ella Conchita took back with her to Brazil, life would be perfect...
American Blood Cheft Records (CH6921) 2005
01. American Blood
THE RETURN OF NOEL COWARD'S GHOST Lane Steinberg (Cheft) 2006 Full INFO
MANUSCRIPTION The Steinberg/Moore Chorus (CDRSM) 2006 Full INFO
.1. What Do I With The Rest Of My Life?/
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