Just Desserts
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Anything
Just Like It
Never Draw The Line
Harder to be Alone
Lost in Love
Tired of Killing Myself
Final Hour
Eva
Once in a Blue Moon
Dog's Life
Better Off Without A Wife
Elbow Room
Last Rock and Roll Band
Almost Shook You Up
Maybe I'm The One
Save You From Yourself
Lightning Rod
Beautiful Life
Can't Come In From The Cold
Alcohol
Road To Ruin
Where I Belong
Rag Doll
Long Shot
Mystery
Water Under The Bridge
New Man
Problem Child
Famous Feelings
Blue Flame
Flasing Blue
Sober Country
Day of the Dead
Kiss and Tell
Lost in Love
Class War
Final Hour
Holding Out
Monkey Farm
Silent Spring
Swan Song
Same Ol' Stories
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In 2012, the musical collaboration that is Just Desserts will be thirty years old. Larry Fessenden and Tom Laverack are the core of the band, and either as a duo or with a back up band, the two have played together since high school. Since the mid-80’s they’ve played at a wide variety of New York City clubs and performance venues. Now in the summer of 2011, Just Desserts is pleased to be releasing their third album Lost in Love, with a slew of new musicians supporting their signature eclectic sound of bold harmonies, piano, sax, and guitar.
 
Having previously recorded a collection of lo-fi albums recorded live on cassette in basements and tenements during the 80’s, the duo busted out with an ambitious 17 song concept album, Sentimental War in 1988. A multi-track extravaganza recorded by Wharton Tiers (best known for his work with Sonic Youth and Dinosaur Jr.), the album received favorable reviews and national airplay. Just Dessertstoured live with a six-piece band in the New York clubs and subsequently released a single on Bar None Records. In 1999 they released their second album, the fractured song collection Give Up The Ghost (1999)this time with Tiers on drums, and the duo continued to play in various formations throughout the 90’s and into the new millennium.
 
Fessenden’s blossoming film career and Laverack's aspirations as a solo artist made Just Desserts a sporadic project for both collaborators, but Laverack’s or Just Desserts’ music is heard in all of Fessenden’s movies from his first feature, No Telling (1990; a film for which Laverack also composed the orchestral score), to Habit (1995), Wendigo (2000) and most recently, The Last Winter (2006).
 
Fessenden has over time gained notoriety as an independent filmmaker, and as the head of Glass Eye Pix, continues to support a host of up and coming indie directors and artisans, advocating for the importance of artistic collaboration as he has throughout his career. So when Laverack co- founded the record label Sojourn Records with musical maestro Mark Ambrosino in 2007, Fessenden was the first to step up and support the endeavor, becoming a founding member.
 
A year later, Fessenden and Laverack broke ground on what would become Lost in Love, with Ambrosino producing and engineering the project at his Madhouse studio. As Fessenden states when speaking about collaboration, “I take great inspiration from working with other artists both in subordinate roles and as the boss; it seems to reinforce a sense of community and belonging. My collaboration with Laverack is my longest-running.”
 
Working with Sojourn Records, Just Desserts determined to revisit tracks from as far back as those first cassette recordings as well as explore newer compositions like “Anything” and “Once in a Blue Moon”. As Laverack states “(the songs) are like old photographs you stashed in a drawer. But over time the magic there kind of shines through. And it does represent ‘our sound’ however one can describe that.” He continues: “We have returned to where we began as a duo and there is something right about the fit, like an old shirt or a worn but comfortable pair of shoes.” Says Fessenden: “It’s been very gratifying to reconnect with our roots, to find the rapport that first brought us together, and to have a kindred spirit like Mark (Ambrosino) help us capture our sound again.”
 
Lost in Love has a sound that is uniquely Tom and Larry. Just Desserts. Get yours.
Lost in Love
Album Cover for Lost in Love
In 2012, the musical collaboration that is Just Desserts will be thirty years old. Larry Fessenden and Tom Laverack are the core of the band, and either as a duo or with a back up band, the two have played together since high school. Since the mid-80’s they’ve played at a wide variety of New York City clubs and performance venues. Now in the summer of 2011, Just Desserts is pleased to be releasing their third album Lost in Love, with a slew of new musicians supporting their signature eclectic sound of bold harmonies, piano, sax, and guitar. It is their debut release on Sojourn Records.
Anything
Just Like It
Never Draw The Line
Harder to be Alone
Lost in Love
Tired of Killing Myself
Final Hour
Eva
Once in a Blue Moon
Dog's Life
Better Off Without A Wife
Elbow Room
Give Up The Ghost
Album Cover for Give Up The Ghost
EarHorn Disks 1997 Just Desserts returns a decade later after their debut release to hang out at the old "haunts", show their scars and sadly realize however grandiose the plans, when all is said and done, be happy with the fact that you are still breathing. That will come to end too. If Sentimental War had a mapped out (though slightly chaotic) plan, Give Up The Ghost has an absence of a plan and at times a desire for meaning, meandering and muddling, though not in that order. The length of time to record (over six years) indicates the struggle inherent in being afforded the luxury to be in the studio. Two songs, Save You From Yourself and Mystery were in Larry's 1995 film, Habit. Larry, too busy with making films, penned only the one anthem Road to Ruin with a message that unfortunately only became truer and truer as the new millenium dawned.
Last Rock and Roll Band
Almost Shook You Up
Maybe I'm The One
Save You From Yourself
Lightning Rod
Beautiful Life
Can't Come In From The Cold
Alcohol
Road To Ruin
Where I Belong
Rag Doll
Long Shot
Mystery
Sentimental War
Album Cover for Sentimental War
Just Desserts debut concept album - circa 1987
Water Under The Bridge
New Man
Problem Child
Famous Feelings
Blue Flame
Flasing Blue
Sober Country
Day of the Dead
Kiss and Tell
Lost in Love
Class War
Final Hour
Holding Out
Monkey Farm
Silent Spring
Swan Song
Same Ol' Stories
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  • Just Desserts circa 1985
  • Just Desserts 1987
  • Just Desserts circa 1999
  • Just Desserts 2011
  • Just Desserts mid-90s
  • Wharton Tiers, LTF, TGL & Mark Lerner - circa 1997
  • Our Barnone
  • Just Desserts 1983
  • Just Desserts 1990
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Just Desserts and Sojourn co-founder Mark Ambrosino on INDIEvening with host Garrison Leykam
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