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D.A. Stern


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    Am I Ever on Your Mind?
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    I Don't Know
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    Isn't It Obvious?
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    In Pain
D.A. Stern, the solo project of David Aaron Stern, is the musical amalgamation of crossword puzzle obsession, backgammon playing, and working as a recording engineer at Beastie Boy Adam Yauch’s (aka MCA) studio.
Stern’s laid back, tongue-in-cheek lyrics effortlessly compliment his dreamy pop rock arrangements of dense guitars and swirling organs. The music of D.A. Stern, who is more inspired by filmmakers Albert Brooks and Mel Brooks than any songwriter, could be compared to contemporaries Deerhunter, Real Estate, and Yo La Tengo but with the timelessness of Paul Westerberg.
A few years ago, someone lost in the wild of suburban New Jersey would have noticed Stern's Subaru with a NILSSON vanity plate parked in the driveway of a quaint kosher house, stumbled inside, and witnessed David and his mom, Annette, drinking red wine, cracking filthy jokes, and watching the New York Yankees in the afternoon. By nightfall, however, D.A. would toil away in the basement, recording what would become his debut album, Aloha Hola.
A move to LA found Stern steps away from Dodgers Stadium, spending nights at The Comedy Store, and releasing his debut album. Impose Magazine revered the record as “some of the most criminally overlooked power-pop imaginable that is worthy of being an essential part of your collection of audio anthems & gems.” After completing a 2017 west coast tour and shows with Luna and Cherry Glazerr, Stern continues to tour and make music from his Los Angeles home base.


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