New HEPNOVA music: “En la plaza de mi pueblo” and “Märk Hur Vår Skugga”

I just got back to NYC from the latest Hepnova recording sessions in Arizona.  We finished two covers of old songs that got the Hepnova treatment.  The first is called “En la plaza de mi pueblo,” a flamenco-tinged song from the Spanish Civil War, and “Märk Hur Vår Skugga,” an eighteenth-century Swedish song by Carl Michael Bellman about death and drinking.  “En la plaza” features a guest guitar solo from American Flamenco pioneer José Alarcon.

<a href="http://hepnova.bandcamp.com/track/en-plaza-de-mi-pueblo">En plaza de mi pueblo by HEPNOVA</a>

<a href="http://hepnova.bandcamp.com/track/m-rk-hur-v-r-skugga-fredmans-epistel-81">Märk Hur Vår Skugga (Fredmans Epistel #81) by HEPNOVA</a>

The working title of the new collection is Transistor Troubadour.  We are planning on doing some more covers as well as some Hepnova originals and to continue to develop the unique electro-acoustic sound that has emerged in previous Hep tunes like “You’re For Me” and “Again Tonight.”

Check out the new Hepnova tracks on Bandcamp. More tracks in the Transistor Troubadour collection are in the works, so check back often for more music!

Lyrics after the jump:

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Pizzeria Bianco

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Pizzeria Bianco
623 E Adams St
Phoenix, AZ 85004
(602) 258-8300

Ok, this is my last restaurant review for the day.  I’ve finally caught up with my backlog of blog posts.

This place hardly needs another review, but let’s just say that it is one of the first places I go for dinner whenever I am back home in Arizona.

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This place is the ultimate in slow food.  Every pizza is handmade by chef-owner Chris Bianco and baked in a wood-fired oven.  The restaurant is in an old “historic” building (ok 1920’s counts as historic in Phoenix).  But come prepared to wait.  They don’t take reservations for parties of less than 6, so show up an get in line at 3 or 4 pm for opening time at 5.

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Start out with the antipasto plate ($12) or a Caprese salad (above – $9 -Americanized as “handmade mozzarella, local tomato and basil with extra virgin olive oil” on the menu).

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For the main event, my two favorite pizzas are the Rosa (above – $11) and the Wiseguy (below – $14).  The Rosa has red onions, Parmigiano Reggiano, rosemary, and AZ pistachios, and is bursting with vegetarian umami goodness.  The Wiseguy is a meat-lover’s delight with wood roasted onion, house smoked mozzarella, and plenty of fennel sausage.

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VIDEO: Let’s Grow Up!

Ignite Phoenix 4
16 June 2009 at the Tempe Center for the Arts

Let’s Grow Up! : Food Security in Urban Phoenix
Nicholas DiBiase (@hepnova on Twitter) is a producer for Hepnova.

Description: The upshot : Improve food and nutritional security for Phoenix through radically simplified urban agronomy. Let’s promote community health and self-reliance by giving folks the educational tools to escape dependence on the institution of inefficient (and often not very nutritious!) food supply chains. It’s time now to change the focus of urban food security thinking from rhetoric and politics to simple, doable, mainstream-friendly approaches that get fast results – a healthier, more independent Phoenix is a groovier more funky Phoenix!

Let’s Grow Up! on Blip.tv

Westward Ho!

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I’m headed westward today.  First stop: Cake City for 10 days to work on some HEPNOVA tunes, and maybe get in some sessions with Jon David Rodis as well.  Then on to San Francisco to start my internship at Creative Commons.  Back in NYC in late August.