Live 2014 Holiday Sampler EP

by Bird Watcher

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After some six to seven months of recording piece by piece with Jesse Soifer, Mark Rybaltowski, and Ashley Cubbler, 2014 saw Bird Watcher form into a full-fledged "band," thanks to the aforementioned and the excellent work of Dan Wisniewski, Andrew Ciampa, and Ben Rosen (on guitars and bass, respectively).

Seeing the band evolve over the course of the past year through our shows in and around Philadelphia has been an endlessly exciting and consistently fulfilling process, culminating in months of practice with our friends Spelling Reform for a decidedly successful evening performing two-and-a-half hours of Beatles music this past October at World Cafe Live.

We wanted to share just a few moments from 2014, as well as an acoustic version of Lieber & Stoller's (and just as much Elvis', to a lesser extent, My Morning Jacket's...) "Santa Claus is Back in Town" as a special holiday treat.

Stay tuned for many more shows in the coming year and for our DEBUT ALBUM set for release in 2015. Happy Holidays!



released December 15, 2014

All songs written by Julian Booker exc. "Dear Prudence" (Lennon-McCartney) and "Santa Claus is Back in Town" (Leiber-Stoller).

"Casa de Felipe" and "To Keep Up with a Masterpiece" recorded live at Ardmore Music Hall (Ardmore, PA, 6/12/14) by Jesse Soifer.

Julian Booker: Acoustic Guitar/Vocals
Andrew Ciampa: Electric Guitar
Ashley Cubbler: Vocals
Ben Rosen: Bass
Mark Rybaltowski: Drums
Dan Wisniewski: Electric Guitar

"That Twilight Hell" and "Dear Prudence" recorded live at World Cafe Live Philadelphia (Philadelphia, PA, 10/24/14) by Jesse Soifer and Adam Axel.

Julian Booker: Acoustic Guitar/Vocals
Andrew Ciampa: Electric Guitar
Dan Comly: Piano
Ashley Cubbler: Vocals
Tom Howley: Vocals
Ben Rosen: Bass
Mark Rybaltowski: Drums
Dan Wisniewski: Electric Guitar

"Santa Claus is Back in Town" recorded by Jesse Soifer at Ardmore Music Hall (12/14/14).

Julian Booker: Acoustic Guitar/Vocals
Ashley Cubbler: Vocals

All songs produced by Jesse Soifer.

Artwork by Sam Hamilton (



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Bird Watcher is a live recording and performance project begun by singer/songwriter (and host of WXPN's "Sleepy Hollow") Julian Booker and producer Jesse Soifer in 2013. They have since enlisted guitarists Andrew Ciampa and Dan Wisniewski, bassist Ben Rosen, drummer Mark Rybaltowski, and vocalist Ashley Cubbler. Bird Watcher will release its first full length in September, 2015. ... more

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Track Name: Casa de Felipe
My love on the mighty Mississippi,
I will marry you
under a harvest moon

Caught drugged-up in New York City,
I couldn't let go of you

I keep your letter in my back pocket,
just a word or two

Water-sick runaway,
keep our voices low
and no one will hear

our love, an early morning love
Track Name: That Twilight Hell
There's a time
before sunfall and moonrise
when my brain loses sight of itself,
and I have to call i back for a moment
to keep track
of where it's been in this
twilight hell.

Look out for that nightlife will take you
to sin city and some backwater towns.
Before you can rise you'll be washed up--
another kid with just another song.

There's a time in the late morning daylight
when the sun hits the top of the sky,
and I just can't stand up and be the man
that I dream of
with a million songs and nothing but time.

Look out for that A.M. will make you
think sleep is the only refuge
from a day full of failing and the fractured
that there's not
a thing you can do.

Now is the time I always sing of
my great love and the good folks in life,
and I'll do my best until the day that I day,
but I just can't help from crying.

Because the artist is just a gambler--
sometimes he's up and sometimes he's down,
writing his way to be more than
another kid with just another sound.
Track Name: To Keep Up with a Masterpiece
Sketch a scene,
skin it back
and release.

Play it for me,
Mr. Record Man.

It's a tune
all alone in a room--
a Camden piece,
a herald in my dreams.

Dedicated to me
last Wednesday night;
I nearly screamed
a harmony
on the fadeaway line.

And time out of mind,
this can be a lowdown life,
but can't you see
it means more than you think?

As I take a drink
with my mojo hand,
I begin to speak
to an empty room,
for the record is through.

And out on the street
a summer night din is the scene,
as I repeat
to keep up with a masterpiece.