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"Sunday Night Scene"

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The opening track “Hip-Hip Hooray!” on America’s Playmate had me singing along at the second “woah oh.” Jimme Coccaro really knows how to write vocal melodies that perfectly complement his music and show off his singing abilities. I love how occasionally during the chorus the vocals and the keyboard melodies match up. On “All That Shimmers” the introduction doesn’t quite fit with the first verse and it threw me off. The chorus is pretty groovy but it is also a bit repetitive.
After slow track two I was excited with anticipation at the beginning of “Hollywood Dreams.” At first, I was a little disappointed, but the chorus is really catchy and redeeming. I love the way the lyric “shake shake your head in shame” is sung. I think the introduction of the song has a very hard time transitioning to the verse and makes it very awkward as it slows down and changes main instruments. I instantly loved “Unluckily Lucky.” The opening guitar oddly sounds like a 90s alt-rock song when this song is certainly not. I love the “doo doo doo”s in the chorus, but I feel like the verse lyrics are rushed. This track (not to mention the whole CD) has lyrics that are awesomely easy to relate to.
I love the harmonies on “View of Dakota.” I am loving the mix of slow and fast paces on this album. So far each song is in the right place. The guitar on this track is very reminiscent of Cute Is What We Aim For’s “Lyrical Lies,” only much faster. The vocals are definitely going to find a spot in the heart of New Found Glory fans, as Jimme embodies everything good about Jordan Pundik’s voice. I love the intertwining vocals on this song, making this the best track to sing along to. The line “now we’re alone” being repeated toward the end of the song reminds me so much of New Found Glory it’s almost disconcerting.
“Chance of a Lifetime” had to potential to be really great but the vocals are sort of droning and annoying. I don’t care for the keyboards on it, they distract from what I could have been enjoying about the song. For once, my crappy computer speakers make a song sound better because I can’t hear the bass through them. The vocal melody of the chorus  is very fun to sing. Again, these lyrics are all so easy to relate to. This song won me over with the “na na nas” thrown in when coupled with the weird “no” conclusion at the end of the “na”s that I’ve never heard before.
The deeper voiced harmonies add a lot to the title track  “America’s Playmate.” It’s a fun song and the keyboard keeps it interesting. Unfortunately the lyrics of this song take a small dive compared to the rest of the album, which should never happen on a title track.
“Midnight Pre Rum” starts out awfully with really unnecessary noise and is generally nothing special, especially when compared to the first half of the album which was superb. It’s not a bad track and I have a feeling it will grow on me, but the very beginning noise has absolutely nothing to do with the rest of the song and really ruins the flow of the album.
“Voices” returns to the fun, fast paces album that we’ve at this point come to know and love. The track grabs you with the fun vibe right away.  The vocal melody is really great with the keyboards, making a nice balancing act. There’s a really cool keyboard solo in the middle that took me by surprise. The only thing I don’t like about this song is the vocal filters! (ATTENTION BANDS! When you have a great voice, stop ruining it, you don’t need these filters!)
“Postcards” is the perfect pace to draw the album to a close. I love the simplicity of the guitar blending with the piano. This is a deep, emotionally touching song that manages to stay fun somehow. I couldn’t have chosen a better ending to this album.
Initial thoughts: I generally don’t like electronic pop-rock but I’m not hating this so far. I like the focus on acoustic guitar rather than electronic instruments. I really am not liking the vocal filters, I feel like they’re so unneccessary and are taking away from rather than adding to these songs. If anyone knows what the crazy, disemboweled bear on the cover has to do with the album, please e-mail me and let me know.
Now: This is an album that has a perfect mix of songs to dance to and songs to hang out with friends to. I think everyone can find something to like about this album. For such a young musician this is an excellent body of work. My only peeve about this album is that there are a lot of words and exact phrases that I have heard in other songs that are obvious influences to this album.
Best song: Hip-Hip Hooray! It’s obviously the single on the album for a reason. It’s fun, well written and easy to relate to. What more can you ask of a song?
Score 4/6
- Positive Exposure


"Sunday Night Scene"

If you’ve been paying any attention for the last few years, and artists like The Secret Handshake, NeverShoutNever!, or Owl City have been littering your playlists, then I have found your new fix. Jim Coccaro has gone on his own with the simple ingredients of a guitar, keyboards, and a voice, to form his newly created solo project Sunday Night Scene. Featuring soft, yet moving melodies and memorable acoustic serenades, the projects new record “America’s Playmate,” may be labeled by some as simply another offshoot from the bands mentioned above, but what makes Sunday Night Scene different then the rest, is also what makes them special. Left unspoiled by major label tampering, “America’s Playmate” is free to sound like Jim went to a low budget recording studio solely with his acoustic guitar and synth, to record a lo-fi album that is not only charming because of it, but also as sweet as a cinnamon bun in the morning. Jim really does know the general ingredients to make a catchy acoustic romp, and even when you say to yourself, “This has been done before;” it thankfully hasn’t been “played-out radio done” before. “America’s Playmate” is a perfect RIYL record, with gentle strumming acoustics, playful keyboards, and songbird vocals. ~Staff?Score: 4/5 - bring on mixed reviews


Discography

"Radio Flyer" (single) - Don't Turn off the Lights
"Party Party" (single) - Don't Turn off the Lights
"Outta Control" (single) - Don't Turn off the Lights

"It's What We Do" (Single) - Due out December 2012

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Jimme Coccaro has been busting his bananas as the sole proprietor in Oceanside, New York's acoustic pop outfit Sunday Night Scene! Quickly making a name for himself all over the United States, Jimme has shared the stage with the likes of All Time Low, Cartel, A Rocket Summer, Valencia and more. After tackling his first headlining national tour at age 20, Florida's very own Chamberlain Records soon came knocking and inked a record deal. With his first ever cd "America's Playmate" now out on itunes, Jimme wanted to show what he is capable of doing and is just a glimpse of what’s to come from this incredibly likable songwriter and performer.
Sunday Night Scene is a genre-blending mix of pop/dance with moving synth beats, straightforward lyrics mixed with Jimme’s genuine sense of humor. Writing songs that are completely from the heart fuels his creativity and being able to relate to his peers is crucial, Culling inspiration, too, from the likes of The Startling Line only adds to Sunday Night Scene’s long-lasting impression.
Upon releasing his debut EP, A Lil’ Glam, So Shameless, in 2008, Sunday Night Scene began gaining some momentum thanks to several national tours and during this time, Sunday Night Scene’s “View of Dakota” landed on MTV2, while "Hip Hip Hooray" shown on MTV and Fearless TV and the acoustic guitar-driven ballad “Midnight Pre Rum” appeared on Fuse TV’s via the “Make a Star” contest in February 2009.??America’s Playmate, offers something for everyone. Positioned to be one of 2009's brightest pop moments thanks to its catchy composition, Coccaro embraces being the shy guy who’s afraid of approaching the pretty girl at the party on feel-good anthem “Hip Hip Hooray.” More introspective tunes such as “Postcards” and “Hollywood Dream” reflect on missing home, and the complexities one faces when pursuing your dream, respectively.
After supporting his newest album “America’s Playmate" and reaching over 21 million hits on myspace while hitting the road to almost every Major City including an over sea's tour to the United Kingdom, Jimme is now looking forward to the next upcoming release of his CD and has NO intention of slowing anything down!

FUTURE PLANS : I'd like to be touring non stop opening up for bigger bands and make my way over to the countries to see what it would be like over there. After experiencing the United Kingdom I could only imagine how exciting it would be to play in places like Japan. I want to keep putting out music and I have no intentions of slowing anything down.