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A Short History

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These days it’s hard to find a single person who isn’t familiar with Noam Weinstein’s music. But how many people know the story behind the man? If you’re a fast reader, there will soon be one more. If not, there will eventually be one more.

Regardless, historians agree that Noam was born sometime in the Spring of 1977 to Boston’s Diane & Larry Weinstein. Upon seeing their son’s face for the first time, they named him Noam, Hebrew for “acceptable.” Since then, Noam has been called everything from “a thrilling songwriter” (The Nashville Rage) to “a young Elvis Costello mixed with Randy Newman” (PasteMusic) to “utterly unique” (Performing Songwriter). The editors at Time Out New York heard echoes of Harry Nilsson in his songs, while other folks mention Tom Waits, John Lennon, Leonard Cohen, The Band, Ben Folds, or Jakob Dylan. But one thing is clear: every word that has ever been written, spoken, or thought about him has been complimentary.

The 42-year-old artist (whose correctly pronounced name rhymes with “Snowbomb Einstein”) grew up in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and began playing guitar and trumpet in elementary school and performing at venues such as Club Passim as a teenager. After college he headed for New York City, where he frequented local clubs like The Living Room, both as a singer-songwriter and as a guitarist accompanying other songwriters. In 2001 Noam released his debut EP, Enough About You, and in 2002 he followed it up with Above the Music, produced by Jimi Zhivago. In 2004 he completed his first full-length album, Probably Human, with Tyler Wood. Late 2006 brought We’re All Going There, with Lee Alexander; 2008, a series of two-song singles, Planet; 2010, Noam’s first live album, Found Alive; and 2012 a studio collaboration with Mike Viola, Clocked. Noam’s self-produced Bottlefed and On Waves came in 2014 & 2016. In February, 2020 Noam will release his latest album, 42 1/2, recorded and mixed by Grammy-winning engineer Ryan Freeland, and featuring an army of old and new collaborators on fourteen tracks recorded at Los Angeles’s legendary United Recording Studios. Sadly, Noam sold his trumpet in 1999, a year when the trumpet industry had more than sufficient inventory.

Noam’s albums have received airplay on stations like WERS, WXPN, WFUV, and XM/Sirius Radio (full list here), and his song I Can Hurt People aired on the Showtime network during its program Weeds. The lead track from On Waves was awarded “best song” in the Hollywood Songwriting Contest; two earlier tracks, Planet and Yesterday’s Weather, were finalists in the USA Songwriting Contest. Live appearances have included South by Southwest in Austin, CMJ and The Songwriters Hall of Fame in New York, and various clubs across the nation as well as in Ireland (a small country in Western Europe) and England. He has also embarked on live tours of Germany in support of his Skycap Records release Sixteen Skies.

In addition to his own recordings, Noam has been honored to have songs of his recorded by Jess Tardy, Greta GertlerMark Whitaker, Naomi Sommers, and Lin McEwan, and performed live by artists like Anita Suhanin, Matt Kanelos, and Mieka Pauley. He is also grateful to have been a guest vocalist on albums by The Great Unknowns and Sam Sadigursky.