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Published on December 19th, 2021 | by Darren Paltrowitz


Jeff Tobias On His Upcoming “Recurring Dream” Album, Touring Europe In 2021, Future Plans, Long Island & More

Jeff Tobias is an multi-instrumentalist, composer and writer who has been an active part of the American DIY community since 2003. His primary creative outlet in recent years has been contributing alto saxophone and synthesizer to the punk/psych/jazz group Sunwatchers, which has released music via the Trouble In Mind, Castle Face, and Amish labels. Tobias also plays reeds in the U.K.-based group Modern Nature, bass guitar in the “rock instrument music” ensemble Thee Reps, and bass clarinet with David First’s Western Enisphere. His touring and/or recording credits also include Brigid Dawson (The Oh Sees), A. Savage (Parquet Courts), Arthur Doyle, Mega Bog, Eugene Chadbourne, Matana Roberts, Katie Eastburn, Ziemba, Dan Friel and We Versus The Shark; he has been part of 80+ released albums.

On January 7, 2022, Jeff Tobias will be releasing a solo album called Recurring Dream via digital outlets; a limited-edition vinyl release is set to follow on March 1, 2022. On Recurring Dream, Tobias not only provides vocals, but also synthesizers, bass guitar, alto and tenor saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet, piano, electric and acoustic guitar, autoharp, tapes, drum programming, trombone, and percussion. As recorded between December 2019 and November 2020, the full-length also features contributions from vibraphonist and percussionist Cory Bracken, drummer Nick Podgurski, and vocalist/songwriter Fatherdude. And that is far from Tobias’ only planned upcoming release or musical endeavor for 2022.

I had the pleasure of speaking with Jeff Tobias — a person I first met in my teenage years — via Zoom on December 19, 2021, as embedded below. While we did not delve into Tobias’ work as a journalist, we did explore his musical influences, how Long Island played a role in his long-term development as both a musician and a person, and what he plans on doing professional if COVID-19’s latest variant does not change everything. More on Tobias can be found online by clicking here, here and here.

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Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident with over 20 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his then-favorite band Superdrag. Since then, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer. Darren's writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World,, Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal. Beyond being "Editor At Large" for The Hype Magazine, Darren is also the host of weekly "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" series, which airs on dozens on television and digital networks. He has also co-authored 2 published books, 2018's "Pocket Change: Your Happy Money" (Book Web Publishing) and 2019's "Good Advice From Professional Wrestling" (6623 Press), and co-hosts the world's only known podcast about David Lee Roth, "The DLR Cast."

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