Round these parts, we don’t just love the Dodos record. We live for it! One of the finest releases of ’08, Visiter is a superb showcase for the slightly psych-y, Delta-pop songwriting of Meric Long, and the metal-weaned drumming of the mustachioed Logan Kroeber. Together, the duo create a distinct, forceful brand of aggressive/progressive folk that defies easy categorization. Check out the interview above, and the accompanying live performance, taken from the band’s April appearance at Amoeba.
This week, Copenhagen-based DJ T.O.M and DJ Buda unveiled their debut album, Bless You, under the moniker Lulu Rouge. Thomas Bertelsen aka T.O.M has earned fame in the electronic realm by playing the best clubs in Denmark and all around the world for more than 10 years, alongside popular Danish electronic artist Trentemøller. Beatmeister Torsten Bo Jacobsen aka Buda is well-known for his production works with Sergio Mendes, Le Cirque du Soleil and Telepopmusik.
T.O.M and Buda have gathered to establish a new landmark in deep, dark down tempo music. Lulu Rouge’s tormented sounds are heavily influenced by electronic pioneers Kraftwerk, and New Wave acts The Cure, and Depeche Mode.
Joan As Police Woman
To Survive / Cheap Lullaby / Buy
Joan As Police Woman makes a surprising return on To Survive, the daunting follow up to her wildly successful 2006 debut, Real Life. The album centers on her journey to access the inner folds of the human experience, from the joy of birth to the heartbreak of death. As such, it’s an album that, contrary to its title, does much more than survive. Joan’s boundless gift – she’s not just a singer/song writer, but music aficionado, and classically trained violinist (amongst other instruments) – allows her to craft incredibly beautiful songs, whether they’re melancholy or maddeningly bright-eyed.
Joan’s musical evolution from Real Life (which made year end lists across the UK last year) to the gorgeous To Survive was influenced by the untimely death of her mother. An homage to her mother’s struggle with breast cancer, the album (surprisingly) could almost be called “pretty;” a far cry from her former punk rock style. But the shift is understandable. When she fell in love with the classic soul of Al Green, her affair with punk was cut short. The slogan on her website says it all: “Beauty is the new punk rock.” Her ultimate goal (for her albums, at least) is capturing a performance in real time, with a less-is-more approach. She says, “Music is about people playing together, not manipulating sounds on Pro-Tools. It’s an act, not a process.”
JAPW’s act was captured perfectly on To Survive, a well-crafted response to Real Life, and an ethereal, uncannily blissful album well worth a listen or 10.
We already reported his track “Buriedfed” being featured on Stereogum, Pitchfork’s Forkcast, RCRDLBL.com and The Fader, and now Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson can add another notch to his belt with today’s track review on Paper Thin Walls. The favorable mention comes just one day short of the official release of MBAR’s self-titled debut, which will be available June 10th at all digital retailers. He will also be playing a CD release show at Brooklyn’s Union Pool on Friday, June 20th. We’ll see you there, maybe along with some of these folks.
This Wednesday, the incomparable Sharon Jones is playing Late Night With Conan O’Brien. The soul funk diva has been touring relentlessly with her Dap-Kings since last year’s much-praised 100 Days, 100 Nights, but we too rarely have the chance to watch her perform on TV. Don’t miss her performance!