Project Jenny Project Jan On Ice!

You’ve seen them in Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist . You’ve heard their work as the soundtrack to Molly Shannon and Selma Blair’s hilarious new NBC sitcom, Kath and Kim. You’ve even caught them in the clubs of Brooklyn. But this Friday, February 6th, Brooklyn’s Project Jenny, Project Jan will conquer the final frontier of live performance. Like all good Disney movies, PJPJ will be putting their act on ice!

See if lead singer Jeremy Haines can pull off his moves at Southstreet Seaport’s ice rink this Friday, February 6th, at 7 PM for a free performance as part of New York City’s Seaport Winter Music Fest .

This Is The Winter of Their Discotheque

I love it when genres smash together!!!  This week, psychedelic alt-folk southern country rockers Golden Boots release their second album entitled Winter of Our Discotheque on Philly’s Park The Van Records.  Each track genuinely pushes the creative envelope as incredible songwriting and strokes of inebriated genius collide.  Blending pop-folk with distortion-laden breaks, catchy hooks, analog keyboards, 4-track recording techniques, fuzz guitar and southern rock sensibility, Golden Boots offer a satisfying musical meal rife with influences from left field, and a vibe that only a well-developed band can deliver.  Check out “Love Is In The Air” and “Knife” for the most outrageous and interesting genre blenders.

Xanadu’s Digital Relaunch Sure To Impress

JAZZ FIENDS REJOICE!  Don Schlitten’s legendary jazz label Xanadu re-launched on January 19th with a new release from the Peter Bernstein Trio and five re-mastered versions of notable past records, now available digitally for the first time.

As the first new release in several years, Peter Bernstein Trio’s set Monk boasts the legendary session player himself, Doug Weiss on bass and Bill Stewart on drums.  The band puts their own spin on twelve classic Thelonious Monk cuts arranged for the guitar.  Songs include “Let’s Cool One,” “Ruby, My Dear,” “Well You Needn’t,” and “In Walked Bud.”  With credits on over 60 recordings and having performed with Larry Goldings, Lou Donaldson, Diana Krall, Joshua Redman, and Lee Konitz, Bernstein offers up his virtuosity throughout the record and in three of his own arrangements. In the liner notes, Bernstein comments, “Monk has his own musical universe. There’s lots of space in Monk’s music but you don’t have to fill up all the space.  And in his music the rhythmic element is already there–it’s already swinging.”

In addition to Monk, Xanadu begins its foray into the digital world with five classic jazz records.  Instead of digging for hours at your favorite vinyl shop looking for the elusive dust and scratch-free copies, you can find pristine digital masters online and be listening in no time.

Bebop Revisited, Vol. 1 features original performances by Dexter Gordon, Fats Navarro, Chubby Jackson, Conte Candoli, Melba Liston, Terry Gibbs, Max Roach and Earl Coleman that were recorded in 1947 and 1948.  Notable tracks on the set include the smooth crooner-ish “Yardbird Suite” and multiple takes of “Mischievous Lady,” “Lullaby In Rhythm,” and “Move.”


Who Needs Hands Anyway?

Cut Off Your Hands / You & I
Frenchkiss / BUY

It’s been a long time coming — what with a string of EPs teasting the hell out of audeinces since 2006 — but the full-length debut from these New Zealand post-punkers has finally washed up on U.S. shores. Better late(r) than never though, as Cut Off Your HandsYou & I coaxes out some of the finest songwriting to-date from these young rabelrousers. Suede’s Bernard Butler and Smiths producer Stephen Street expertly maned the boards here with a mind toward crispness and clarity, characteristics that serve the rail-thin guitar lines of Michael Ramirez and careful harmonies of Nick Johnston that put these dudes on the map in the first place. But there’s still plenty of punch via the drive-by drumming from Dave Harris, and the insistent thud of bassist Phil Hadfield’s low end. A debut that triumphantly makes good on the promise that’s been piling up for two years.

MP3 : Cut Off Your Hands – Turn Cold

RZA Gets Into “Combat” on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson

RZA braved what we can only guess was a nasty hangover on Tuesday night to stay up late with Craig Ferguson and talk about his latest album, Afro Samurai: Resurrection, before performing “Combat (Afro Season II Open Theme)”. Peep the videos above and head over to RZA’s MySpace page to hear all 17 tracks for yourself.