Friday, January 16, 2009

Mysterious CATMAN COHEN...Writing Songs That Make The Whole World Cry

Little is known about mysterious CATMAN COHEN, but one thing is for certain: the shadow musician has gained a strong cult reputation for writing dark songs that make women, children, and even grown men cry.

In what is the first glimpse into Catman Cohen's childhood, THERE WAS A BOY details the loss of innocence and all the pain that ensues. It is the feature track of Catman Cohen's long awaited third CD....HOW I WANT TO DREAM: the Catman Chronicles 3...slated for a February, 2009 release.

Grammy award winner and producer/arranger James Lum stated, "I have worked for many notable label artists over the years, performing some very intense sad songs, but it's been a long time since I've heard a song with the emotional effect of 'THERE WAS A BOY.' It seems to have a devastating impact upon most people who hear it, since we all can relate to the manner in which life's difficulties steal the child within us all."

THERE WAS A BOY can be sampled at:

THERE WAS A BOY features special vocal performances by Christopher Spinks and Matthew Lum.

THERE WAS A BOY will be made available for purchase on iTunes and a large variety of similar download sites in late February.



There was a boy
Playing on a swing
Deep in love with life
Loving everything

And he’d speak to God
When all alone
Making deals with God
‘Bout his dreams and hopes

When the night would fall
And he’d lie in bed
Listening to the tunes
Playing in his head

And the boy made a wish,
Prayed to God up high
"Let me write a song
Makes the whole world cry
Let me write a song
So tender, sad, and sweet
The kind of song
Drops men to their knees."

Nowhere near a man
He didn’t understand...

That to write a song
Makes the whole world cry
Have to hold the hand
Of a friend who dies
Hear your brother curse your name
Watch your mother fade away
While crooks steal your gold
Suffer years being alone

Nowhere near a man
He didn’t understand...

That to write a song
Makes the whole world cry
Have to fall in love
Then be denied
Meet hopeless kids
Raised in cruel neglect
Hear animals scream
Tortured half to death

There was a boy
Prayed to God up high
"Let me write a song
Makes the whole world cry
Let me write a song
Tender, sad, and sweet
The kind of song
Drops men to their knees."

If I could reach that boy
Before it gets too late
Warn him there are wishes
You should never make

But that boy was me
And it’s far too late
Wrote this song in tears
Wrote this song in pain

And now I’m a man
And now I understand
So torn up inside
Just want to cry

I want to cry
Cry, oh, cry
Oh, God, I want to cry


Special Guest Vocalists:

Christopher Spinks
Matthew Lum
Anonymous Friends of The Catman Project


Electric and Acoustic Guitars by James Lum
Bass Guitar by Sid Johnson
Keyboards by Catman Cohen
Drums by Anthony Heller
Saxophone, Flutes, and Horns by Rastine Calhoun III
Violins by Kristen Kimiko
Cellos by Kwai Bun


Executive Producer in Heaven
Henry Iglesias

Produced and Arranged by James Lum
Music and Lyrics by Catman Cohen
(c) Keevay Music 2008-2009


Catman Cohen is pleased to announce that a portion of proceeds received from ALL sales of HOW I WANT TO DREAM will be donated to the charities created by his two good friends, PATCH ADAMS and MARY LIGHTFINE.



The Gesundheit! Institute is a home-based hospital founded by Dr. Hunter "Patch" Adams in 1972, located outside of Hillsboro in rural West Virginia. The Institute states its vision as being dedicated to revolutionizing health care delivery by replacing what the Institute sees as greed and competition with generosity and compassion. Creation of Gesundheit! Institute was a topic of the 1998 movie Patch Adams starring Robin Williams. Since the 1970s, the Gesundheit Institute has treated over 15,000 patients without payment, medical insurance or formal facilities. One of the continued missions of the Gesundheit! Institute involves the concept of Humanitarian clowning. The project uses the theme of laughter as an integral element of effective doctoral care. In the past, the Gesundheit! Institute has taken clowns into the war zones in Bosnia, refugee camps in the Republic of Macedonia, as well as South African AIDS orphanages. In October 2007, Patch Adams and the Gesundheit Board unveiled its campaign to raise $1 million dollars towards building a Teaching Center and Clinic on its land in West Virginia. The Center and Clinic will enable Gesundheit to see patients and teach health care design. The Gesundheit! Institute was recently featured in an interview of Patch Adams, conducted by Greater Good Science Center. Adams has been raising money for the Institute for nearly three decades, and his goal is to open a 40-bed hospital in rural West Virginia that offers free, holistic health care to anyone who wants it.


After working as a registered nurse in emergency rooms throughout the United States, Mary Lightfine, a woman who thrives on challenges, decided to join an organization called Doctors Without Borders. That decision has changed her life. Since then she has lived and worked in more than a dozen countries, including some of the most hellish spots on earth. Mary was ambushed and shot at in Somalia and delivered babies in the jungles of Sri Lanka. Mary traveled through perilous Afghani Mountains infested with land mines by jeep, foot and Donkey to reach isolated inhabitants. She brought food to starving refugees by plane in south Sudan, after their villages and crops were destroyed by northern government alliances. She was also one of the first to provide medical aid to Kosovar refugees who had experienced unthinkable horrors. Mary, a seasoned veteran of the Nobel Prize winning organization Doctors Without Borders began sharing her moving stories with students across the United States in 2000. After hearing about her experiences numerous students wanted to spend their time helping others abroad but couldn't find organizations that would accept them into their programs. Most medical volunteer organizations accept only licensed professionals with a minimum of two years prior experience. In collaboration with medical professionals and communities south of the border Mary Lightfine is now able to provide the "opportunity of a lifetime" to others through the founding of Volunteers Without Boundaries Inc., a non profit charity organization.


Who is Catman Cohen?

Mysterious and controversial CATMAN COHEN is the strange, silhouette artist with the raw bullfrog voice.

Some critics call him the "musical Loch Ness Musician." Others refer to him as "the songwriting Sasquatch." No pictures, no standard biography, and an adamant refusal to perform live, despite various invitations to do so.

Described as "Rock Opera," his songs are based upon social action, notably a cry for the resurrection of neglected heroes (nurses, firemen, teachers, paramedics, universal peace-keepers, environmentalists, human rights activists, etc) and urgent warnings about the imminent fresh water crisis developing in the nation.

The Catman Chronicles feature a variety of guest vocalists, including Goths, she-males, and breathy, sexy sirens. Various music critics have denounced his "out of the box" approach...yet the Catman perseveres down his chosen path, knowing that there is no turning back from doing what must be done, knowing that we must........


Thursday, January 15, 2009

Post-Pop Duo Koko Dozo Bring Global Funktronica To NYC

New York's Post-Pop duo Koko Dozo will be bring their unique version of 'Global Funktronica' to NYC's Tubway @ Mister Black and R Bar this January. Tubway: Black To The Future, held at NoHo club/den mr. Black, has become one of the most important cultural nights in Sub-New York.

Tubway: Black To The Future
Saturday, January 24th, 10 PM
251 W.30th St. NYC

Tuesday January 27th, 10 PM
218 Bowery, NYC

Nacotheque: NYC Holiday Fiesta
Saturday, February 28th, 10 PM
FONTANA'S (in the basement)
105 Eldridge St. btwn Broome & Grand St., NYC

Saturday, March 28th, 11:45 PM
The Imperial
17 West 19th St., NYC

"This should also be an example of how to make dance music that is intelligent and cool, not dumbed down to the level of morons in too-tight $90 designer jeans." Mark Kirby, MusicDish

Koko Dozo is a duo of legally alienated New Yorkers - Polarity/1 and Amy Douglas - who create a sound they call Global Funktronica: a unique blend of electronica, funk, club grooves, jazz and roots grooves from Brazil, Latin America and Africa. Their lyrics are hilarious, provocative, and powerful, sung in English, Spanish and Portuguese, supported by music that is truly otherworldly, rich, textural and extremely funky.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Bethany & Rufus - Linin' Track (roots/folk) MP3

On "Linin' Track," Bethany Yarrow showcases more of her vocal range than before, to arrive at a great end result. She pours a lot of emotion into her words, switching between slightly gravelly low notes and soft and pleasant higher ones, singing with the power of Sarah McLachlan. Rufus Cappadocia's slick cello playing provides smooth bass undertones throughout the song and also demonstrates how good music can support a simple vocal structure like Bethany's, to make a song sound like it's grooving from start to finish.

Download Free MP3 of the "Linin' Track"

"Unbelievable!" is the word most used by audiences when first hearing Bethany & Rufus whose cello and voice duo breaks new musical ground, sliding with seamless ease between groove, jazz and a gritty, unvarnished approach to traditional folk music. With its often exuberant and sometimes achingly sad songs, their debut CD, "900 MILES" blends Bethany Yarrow's hauntingly beautiful yet explosively powerful voice with the mind-blowing, genre-bending cello playing of Rufus Cappadocia, pushing the boundaries of American roots music far into unexpected territory where intense groove meets sweet, heartbreaking soul. *** Buy 900 Miles on iTunes

MusicDish To Represent Social Network At MIDEM

MusicDish President Eric de Fontenay will be representing social media site at this year's MIDEM conference ( being held from 18 to 21 January 2009 at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes. Mr. de Fontenay will be meeting with a broad set of label and management companies at the conference to secure catalogue for the social network platform. is a social network site offering a simple, yet innovative concept: that musicians be compensated for the use of their music. Kerchoonz lets registered content owners share their music and videos with fans while getting paid for every stream and download. Music downloads and streams are tracked through a combination of the ISRC and play counts by utilizing unique coding and encryption within the application.

The feature-packed portal allows fans to customize their pages, play games (and post their scores), download and stream music, add music to their profiles, post on forums, join groups, watch videos, and connect with other users/artists.

About MusicDish, LLC
Since 1997, MusicDish LLC has served as the bridge between the music industry and the artist. Through its extensive online presence, MusicDish provides artists with an edge over the ever-prevalent competition the music industry entails. MusicDish gives the artist the opportunity to take advantage of several different services: a creative approach to artist development and representation; online press release distribution & marketing; publications disclosing all the latest information involving the music industry; and even a indie music video channel.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Kordor Electronics Releases Digital Cinema Movie Distribution Technology

Kodor Electronics gives a boost to the digital cinema initiative today with the release of the KodeKey™ Professional Zip Platform for Windows and Mac OS X computer systems.

Movie studios are expected to make wide investments in digital cinema upgrades in 2009 following a ten-year research and development period starting with the 1999 digital release of Walt Disney Pictures Bicentennial Man. Digital films are packaged and distributed using an industry standard specification called the Digital Cinema Package (DCP). Part of the DCP specification is the digital film MXF container that can range in single file sizes of 60GB to 500GB. Today, digital films are delivered by hard drive or satellite data transmission using fulfillment services from companies like Technicolor, Kodak, and Deluxe. Legacy celluloid reel manufacturing and distribution costs movie studios up to $1500 a print per theater. Digital distribution provides a dramatic drop in initial distribution investment for movie studios but has proven to be a bit costly due to hard drive delivery and expensive satellite rental time. The cost savings reserved from digital versus celluloid distribution is planned for investments into digital projector upgrades for theater vendors by the movie studios.

Delivering a system with an average per film distribution cost of $70, the KodeKey Zip technology is an online powered zip format that replaces the internal data storage of a traditional zip file with the cloud storage infrastructure of the Amazon Web Services S3 platform. By using an upload and download manager, the format can manage hundreds of gigabytes of data in a zip file less than 1 kilobyte in size per movie.

Optionally, the format can create 1,344,000-bit password certificates to add additional access protection as an accessory to KDM encryption keys sent to theater vendors to unlock playback rights for MXF containers.

Broadband delivery of digital films has been a challenge in the past due to poor TCP connections and poor designs of online storage servers required to handle single file sizes above 5GB. KodeKey Zip has been tested and approved for up to 1TB of single file archiving validated by rigorous 12-mode hash string calculation certification.

"KodeKey Zip has been designed to easily deliver 300GB digital films as an e-mail attachment to thousands of theaters simultaneously", says inventor and Chairman William G. Blanchard, "We are honored to work with the digital film initiative and look forward to provide support to the digital movie industry worldwide."

More information about the KodeKey Zip system can be found at