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Made A Fool: Hootsie doubles down on desperation on Calm Down Crazy

Hootsie | photo courtesy of the artist
Hootsie | photo courtesy of the artist

In LCD Soundsystem’s 2007 magnum opus, the generation-defining “All My Friends,” James Murphy famously sings, “You spend the first five years  trying to get with the plan and the next five years trying to be with your friends again.” It’s a nostalgic statement that sums up what it feels like to be at that point in your life where you don’t know what the fuck you’re doing: looking towards the future at the same time living with past mistakes. Regret comes with a price, so you’ve gotta learn to live with it and at the same time, make the most of it.

Jeff Yerger knows exactly how that feels. Yerger is new to the Philly area, and his new music project Hootsie reflects that. On Calm Down Crazy, Hootsie’s debut record, Yerger doubles down on the desperation that comes from being out of place in a new city through fuzzy guitars and hook-filled melodies. Continue reading →