Frenchkiss Record ’s New Zealand new-wavers, Cut Off Your Hands are counting the days until liberating their debut LP in the US, You & I . And it would seem, everyone else is too. The press is buzzing after the Auckland quartet circled the globe on an international tour and added to their untameable reputation with all new antics (you know, like breaking a foot from a balcony jump at a London gig and continuing the show anyway). To keep frenzied fans happy after the initial success of the stop-gap Happy As Can Be EP, the group premiered a new track from the album on Pitchfork last week. Satisfy that need for rapid-fire pop with a small taste but brace yourself for the full album release shortly after the passing of the new year.
One of the greatest voices of the civil rights movement, Odetta, passed away on December 2nd. The singer-songwriter and human rights activist brought an inspiring force to folk music. Bob Dylan said “The first thing that turned me on to folk singing was Odetta.” It was her influential role that led Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to ask her to join him in 1963 for his march on Washington and famous “I have a dream” speech. She had hoped to sing the very same song she sang that day, “I’m On My Way,” at the inauguration speech of President-elect Barack Obama. Needless to say, the legacy Odetta has left behind has been tremendous and too great to even begin to sum up in a short blog post (read more here). The Daily Rind is proud to be able to honor the life she lived in at least a small way.
Experience the power of Odetta on three of her most recent albums, “Blues Everywhere I Go” (her first Grammy nomination), “Lookin For A Home, A Tribute to Leadbelly” (W.C. Handy Award Nominee) and “Gonna Let It Shine, A Concert For The Holidays” (Grammy Nominee), all on M.C. Records.
Rhapsody’s very own John Norris recently hiked over to Brooklyn to spend some time with the trio known as the Vivian Girls. In an interview on what appears to be a rooftop, the four talk about many things, including their humble beginnings. Their low expectations led them to press a limited amount of their first album, but high demand pushed the scarce CD on Ebay for upwards of $100. Talk about some ripe fodder for the buzzing blogosphere. The girls approach the conversation with charming casualness and a laid back attitude, making it hard to deny the down to earth approachability and appeal of both their music and personalities.
The Daily Rind’s weekly podcast is back. This week’s release kicks off with a new track from New Zealand post-rockers Cut Off Your Hands, who’s new EP gives us more to look forward to in their forthcoming full-length. The track is followed by the moody mod-ishness of The Raveonettes’ “Black/White,” one of a glut of new songs from the Danish Duo, as well as a previously unreleased track from New York singer/songwriter Toby Lightman as contributed to Serve3 , a benefit for World Hunger Year. We also throw in a remix from Au Revoir Simone’s Reverse Migration and a track from New York musicians-about-town, Gramercy Arms.
Track 1: Cut Off Your Hands “Happy As Can Be” from Happy As Can Be [Frenchkiss]
Track 2: The Raveonettes “Black/White” from Beauty Dies [various]
Track 3: Toby Lightman “Color” from Serve3 [Hard Rock International and The Orchard]
Track 4: Au Revoir Simone “Lark (Ruff and Jam Remix)” from Reverse Migration [Our Secret Recording Company]
Track 5: Gramercy Arms “Looking At The Sun” from Gramercy Arms [Cheap Lullaby]
Bump music: Tipsy “A Night On The Town” from Buzzz [Ipecac Recordings]
It is no surprise that Jerry Dimmer took the role of a cartoonist and illustrator for children’s books in another life. Now the man from Bruxelles, Belgium still refuses to follow any well worn paths and spends his time pushing the envelope with his genre busting musical universe under the name of Dim Dim. The songs on his new album Whip are like adventures through a twisted world created by Peter Max and Robert Crumb, with their almost neurotic blend of musical elements manifested in warped sambas and psychedelic waltzes. It will be a challenge not to grin with utter delight as you imagine one of his cartoon characters frolicking through the riff jungle. The brothers behind Dim Dim’s label Audio Dregs deserve three high fives apiece for keeping up the good work.