"Coffee for Two 
and Pistols for Four"

What?: To commemorate the bicentennial of the War of 1812, local musical collective Robot Holiday has assembled the disc "Coffee for Two and Pistols for Four," a 14-song collective featuring the contributions of a broad-ranging cast of Buffalo music characters. Since a paucity of songs from that particular period in history has managed to stick around in documented form, the Robot Holiday gang – under the direction of Jonathan Hughes – grabbed what was available to them and set about composing songs commemorating the war to fill the balance of the disc.

Why?: "Coffee" is wildly inventive and, though not period-specific in terms of production (modern) and compositional style (evergreen), it is more than satisfying as a tribute to a past era.

Check out: "Coffee" was a labor of love and is available gratis via

– Jeff Miers