Drew & The Medicinal Pen | Dream, Dream, Fail, Repeat

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Dream, Dream, Fail, Repeat

by Drew & The Medicinal Pen

"New York City insomnia, cigarette-butts-in-Chinese-food, drawing-dreams, vodka-breath bedroom-pop from a true, young songwriter."
Genre: Folk: Folk Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Hole in my Sail
Drew & the Medicinal Pen
4:09 $0.99
2. A City was Born
Drew & the Medicinal Pen
2:52 $0.99
3. Sick of being Sick
Drew & the Medicinal Pen
4:07 $0.99
4. Pins + Needles
Drew & the Medicinal Pen
4:55 $0.99
5. Merry-go-Round
Drew & the Medicinal Pen
3:22 $0.99
6. The Long War
Drew & the Medicinal Pen
3:38 $0.99
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Album Notes
Drew is a day-dreamer and late-sleeper. He is a doodler and entrepreneur. He also makes music, lots of music: cigarette-butts-in-Chinese-food, insomniac, vodka-breathe, bedroom-pop music. Late at night, he draws graffiti of dead TV's. He is scrappy and young, and moved to NYC from Philadelphia to pursue the momentum behind his snowballing world of doodles, films, and songs. He currently resides on the Lower East Side where he plays shows regularly and survives on a diet of tuna and spaghetti.

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"These songs are clever, earnest, well performed, and worthy of your time. I haven’t stopped listening since I bought the EP... everyone I know needs to hear this."

-Pulver Radio

"Whistles and chugging guitars punctuate Drew & the Medicinal Pen's
folksy bedroom pop, which is always nice.
We're going to go daydream now."

-L Magazine

"(Drew's) music reminds us of the traveling souls we have met and bonded with on occasion... it's his edge that intrigues us."

-The Fevered Brain of Radio Mike Show

"Having seen Drew play solo before at a Folk You! show and being blown away by his performance, I had high expectations of this new EP by him (under his largely one man band name of Drew & The Medicinal Pen), and I am happy to say I was not let down. At times reminding me of Rhett Miller's solo albums, "dream, dream, fail, repeat", has an interesting mix of upbeat folk-rock songs, that are more rock then they are folk, and some mellower songs, each song leading in and out of one another in a perfectly entwined lucid dream-like musical landscape. But what's hard to miss about this album is it's infectiousness. "Hole in my sail" includes a clap along beat that is hard to not clap along to, "a city was born" contains a catchy little whistling part that I found myself whistling along to, and other songs contain sing along parts like "oh-oh-oo-oh", and "ba-ba-ba".



"Drew is a real renaissance kind of guy. I first got into contact with him last summer when he was interning for Rooftop Films and he was pimping the fest around the web. Now he’s working freelance audio-tech for them.

But, more importantly, Drew is both a filmmaker himself and a musician. His first, self-released EP dream, dream, fail, repeat is available now off of which I’ve heard a few tracks. I’m no music critic, but I really like Drew’s brand of catchy, low-fi pop songs. Kind of like a more upbeat Elliot Smith and songs that would go great on a Wes Anderson soundtrack."


"'Dream, Dream, Fail, Repeat' Drew and the Medicinal Pen (Self-released) In the album notes, Philadelphia-based Drew H. thanks music store Sam Ash "For unknowingly allowing me to buy a $400 xylophone, record it, and return it the next day." If that story is true, Drew has successfully completed a heist that countless musicians have wistfully imagined. He's also managed to put together a solo effort that could pique the interest of most Elliot Smith and Conor Oberst fans. Driven by Drew's acoustic guitar, and fleshed out by subtle orchestration (bass, drums, tape warbling, etc.), songs like "A City Was Born" and "Pins + Needles" will both lift your own spirits and introduce you to the songwriter's emotional roller coaster."

-The Staten Island Advance



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Loved it!
Not sure how I came about this CD. I tihnk I fell in love with the cover art, then listened and fell in love with the words and music. City was born is my fav.


I love it.


if you're truly alone or if it's just a feeling
Earnest, yearning, the truth of the matter laid bare in spare poetic style. You can tell this guy cares. It hasn't left my car's CD player for weeks now. & I drive a lot.


Really Solid, Great Music
This EP showcases a truly talented emerging artist. Drew & Co. deserve much success and accolades. I bought a bunch and gave them out to friends (and my brother)(and a co-worker).

Also, CD Baby's customer service is phenomenal. Thank you!