In a very pleasant surprise, Ten Square Miles was in the first batch of reviews posted by Ithaca Record Freak.
“This record from Samuel B. Lupowitz and the Ego Band is perhaps the most appropriate use of the ‘Ithaca’ tag yet … unique, epic and yet still highly relatable even if you didn’t grow up in Ithaca. … Sonically, Ten Square Miles is a breath of fresh air.”
Some exciting news from Sam:
I haven’t exactly been keeping this a secret, but I wanted to make something resembling an “official announcement,” so here goes.
Starting this month, I will be playing keyboards with Ithaca’s favorite moxy rock band, The Blind Spots.
My first performance with the band will take place this Saturday, August 8th at 16 Mile Brewing Company Summer Bash in Georgetown, Delaware. I won’t be joining them for all of their shows just yet; the Spots are being very understanding as I follow through on my pre-booked commitments for the Ego Band, Julia Felice and the Whiskey Crisis, and my myriad other projects. I plan to continue my musical multitasking as much as possible, but I expect The Blind Spots to become a major focus of my time and energy in the coming months.
I’ll be operating on hired-gun status for the time being while we feel things out personally and artistically. In the meantime, I will do my best to honor the band’s history as I put my own spin on their tasty, expressive keyboard parts.
I’m honored to be joining Maddy, Suave, Khris, Parker, Sammi, Diwas, and the rest of the Blind Spots extended family for this exciting new phase of the band.
Thank you everyone for your support. I’m excited to see what the the future brings.
Happy 4th of July, everyone! I’m on a rainy visit back home to Pennsylvania (and it’s been raining quite steadily in Ithaca), but it hasn’t slowed down the music at all.
After a flurry of gigs to promote Ten Square Miles, the Ego Band is taking a quick breather while drummer Will Sigel hits the road with Dreamt (check out their terrific new record, Comfort Road). We’ll be back at it in August, but my music schedule is as busy as ever in the meantime.
Just this past weekend, I could be seen around Ithaca playing keys with Thru Spectrums: