Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Mazarin Break Up, Sort Of

Via their Myspace:

yes it is true. as reported in pitchfork today

Formed in 1999 by principal member and songwriter Quentin Stoltzfus, MAZARIN's time on earth is up. Unfortunately having only recorded a few albums (Watch it Happen, A Tall Tale Story Line, We're Already There) for release on labels (Sub Pop, spinArt, I and Ear, Bella Union, RocketGirl, Houston Party Records, Sinnamon, V2 Europe, Remote Control Records, Rock Records Japan, Wah Records Japan) in a mere four continents (North America, Europe, Australia, Asia), can..t spare you from the begrudging agenda of a rock band whom happen to have performed under the same name, and released records no one can find.

Giving the latter Mazarin the benefit of the doubt, let's refer to them as MAZARIN A.

From what information is available on MAZARIN A (which is very little, considering the only mention of MAZARIN A on the internet, has been written by MAZARIN A) the band released a few albums on a label called First Class Records, of which MAZARIN B can find no trace of.

Between 1999 and 2006, every time things would start looking up for MAZARIN B, MAZARIN A would find out. By late 2005, MAZARIN A for reasons unknown had had enough. MAZARIN A hired an attorney who formally issued a cease and desist. Considering MAZARIN B was tirelessly touring the United States and Europe, building the name MAZARIN (ohh the irony), with barely two pennies to rub together, the band was without the resources to retaliate.

MAZARIN B's first suggestion to resolve the situation was to allow both bands to co-exist. MAZARIN B was more than happy to share the market. MAZARIN A and their attorney, to no surprise, weren..t having it. In their opinion, they were the only Mazarin, in fact - "Rock and Roll Legends of Long Island."

In short, MAZARIN A and their attorney decided: either cease and desist, or we go to court.

Considering MAZARIN B had no disposable income to fight the case, plus information had come to light revealing that one of the members of MAZARIN A was in very very poor physical health, yet still paying his attorney some four hundred dollars an hour, all the while desperately soliciting donations for their legal and medical funds via their website, MAZARIN B and their management concluded the whole predicament was so sad and despairing that instead of dragging out a lengthy litigation, which they had neither the time nor money to commit to; fuck it. Clearly, the name is cursed.

As for the future, Quentin Stoltzfus (and every contributing member to have ever played in Mazarin) is still making music with every intention of making it available to you, in time!

MAZARIN, the band from Philadelphia, will play their final show at the newly opened Johnny Brenda's venue in Philadelphia on Saturday Dec 2nd. MAZARIN would like to thank everyone, everywhere.

Derrr. The ugly half of LI shows it's face. Crappy.

That show on Dec 2 is definitely worth the trip to Philly. But I wanna see Icy Demons. Hmmm... Tonic? Something to think about, although I'll probably just stick to the plan.


At 9/23/2007 4:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok, the band never solicited money, people did however give it them them, and the real Mazarin was voted best band by Good Times magazine 4 years running, also, is in The Long Island Rock hall of fame, you really should get a clue you prick, oh and you know that really sick band member? he was an amazing person, he is dead now you insensative jerk!

At 1/25/2017 10:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's not true. The musician from the original Mazarin who was ill is not dead (as of 2017), but he is still very ill and mentally unstable. I can assure you it was not him who paid the legal fees, they were paid by his brother who was the drummer for the band.


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