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Aric Bieganek

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"'American Junk' reveals political discontent"

For Aric Bieganek, there was only one good thing about the 2004 presidential election results: It meant the CD he had been working on would be as relevant as ever when he finally released it.
The singer/songwriter - who grew up in St. Cloud - began working on his CD, "American Junk," in 2003, and he's celebrating its recent release with shows in St. Cloud and St. Paul
He performs Sunday at Pioneer Place on Fifth.
"It's been a long project," said Bieganek adding that he's written a few more albums' worth of material while recording and producing "American Junk."
Bieganek started working on "American Junk" in St. Paul, after he graduated from the Berklee College of Music in Boston.
He's continued plugging away on the album during moves to New York and Easthampton, Mass., where he lives now.
With songs such as "Shut Up and Take Your Pills" and "Looney Tunes," the music on "American Junk" expresses plenty of discontent with politics in America.
"I've grown up in Central Minnesota with a strong working class attitude," Bieganek said. "I was getting sick and tired of what was happening in the world."
The CD was oficially released on March 15 with shows on the East Coast, but Bieganek wanted to release the album in Minnesota near his friends and family. - St. Cloud Times 03/22/2006

"CD Baby review by MN Composer Victor Zupanc"

This CD is terrific. Each song packs a powerful message. Of course, with me, it's preaching to the choir but at the same time it deals, unabashadly, with subjects that alot of artists stay away from. I admire the courage. I like the song writing and the music itself is really interesting. Reminds me a little of Jeff Buckley but ultimately more interesting.

-Victor Zupanc -


American Junk, released March 2006 (independent release)



Minnesota! Land of 10,000 Lakes, grassroots politics and the hard-working American…and land of MacGyver, the Mall of America, the Pillsbury Dough Boy, and Jesse “The Body” Ventura. This is the state responsible for both hot dish and Bob Dylan, and it is unsurprising that American Junk is such a complex mix of the contemplative and the hard-boiled. Aric Bieganek's frank, unaffected lyricism as well as a rich blend of sounds culled from outdated, broken, and otherwise unlikely instruments combine to create an album that transitions smoothly from the bittersweet nostalgia of “SC Excavating” to the brass-knuckled sarcasm of “Number 1.”