God-Des & She Can Love You Better
While the origins of many urban legends are mysterious, allow us to herald the newest rival to pop rocks and soda: you can’t listen to God-Des & She‘s new track “Ja Da” (from their sophomore album, Stand Up) without wanting to hum its whimsically bouncy theme for the rest of the lunar year.
Indeed, the indefatigable rapper God-Des and her ally, the sweetly-sonorous She, have been treading the path towards becoming urban legends in their own right. The duo has been treated as deities on the club circuit in New York, where they arrived back in 2004 after leaving Wisconsin. While they’ve toured all over the US and Europe, they started getting real respect when a key episode of Showtime’s hit series “The L Word” prominently featured their deviously instructional “Lick It.” From there, God-Des & She were the toast of MTV’s Logo network, claiming the #1 most requested spot on the charts for 15 weeks straight with the assertive anthem “Love You Better.” Now with Stand Up striking stores June 17th, they are determined to get in your head.
The Budos Band Shines Through Rough Waters
Just after sunset on another sweltering night in NYC a boat containing The Budos Band and about 200 fans motored out of a harbor on the East River. As soon as that breeze really started to move through the decks, music started trickling out from the back of the boat (for you nautical types, that would be the stern). It was perfect, really: the boat was rocking – which made it way more fun to dance – the crowd was happy, the many men in the band were smiling and the bar line wasn’t annoyingly long. And slowly we saw some lightning, heard some thunder, and then bang, the rain came down. Hard. We were smack dab in the middle of intense thunderstorms. [Insert joke about Budos putting on an electrifying show here.] Normally this would put a damper on a boat cruise; instead, jokes of our “3 hour tour” abounded and everyone’s smiles just got bigger.
But seriously, the storms were no match for this band. They played through the sideways rain, rocky water and leaks in the cloth ceiling until the weather ended and the cool air came through. And then they played on and on and on and we returned to the dock and the lovely booze cruise became a distant memory. Oh, I suppose I should mention they debuted a new song, played lots from their last album and even had a couple of b-boys on board. Pictures to prove it after the jump.
I Will Rock As Long As I Don’t Have To Go To School – The Many Incarnations Of John Dwyer
There are some people who you meet at one point or another in your life that you immediately recognize are not meant to lead, what most would consider, a normal life. Whether an athlete, designer, or in this case, musician, some people are born with a natural drive and almost inexplicable talent for doing things by their own accord, at times obnoxiously unapologetic. John Dwyer is one of those guys (but don’t feel bad if you’ve never heard the name).
Never one for the spotlight, Dwyer has started (and has been associated with) more bands, ranging in more styles, than most musicians even write songs. Getting his chops up around the infamous Fort Thunder scene of RISD in the mid-late ‘90s, he quickly became a leading figure in the movement, even if it did only last a few raucous years. During that time, Dwyer was in four bands (OCS – pronounced Thee Oh Sees, Pink & Brown, The Netmen and Landed) all with different members and different sounds. OCS being primarily for solo/instrumental/experimental home recordings, Landed being a noise rock/punk outfit known for their intense and physical live shows, The Netmen being an outlet for his more improvised stuff (along with the current bassist for Lightning Bolt, Brian Gibson) and Pink & Brown being a follow up noise rock/punk band formed when groups of people associated with Fort Thunder made their way westward to San Francisco. Even in those few years, he’d been part of at least a dozen recordings while garnering the attention of indie tastemaker labels such as Load Records, Narnack Records and even Deitch Projects.
Success at the BBC Jazz Awards
Several of the Rind’s favorite jazz artists have been nominated for the BBC Jazz Awards this year. Oliver Weindling, the founder of the Babel Label, was nominated for the “Services to Jazz” category, having been responsible for managing the release of over 60 albums by artists as diverse as Billy Jenkins, Acoustic Ladyland, and Christine Tobin. The latter of these artists was nominated for “Best Vocalist” as well as the highly prestigious Mercury award. Her new album, Secret Life of a Girl, is due on June 23rd.
Famous for his interpretations and 6 hour long performance of Thelonious Monk’s compositions, Tony Kofi was nominated “Best Instrumentalist” alongside Tom Arthurs, a virtuoso trumpeter and leader of Centripede (forming part of the F-IRE collective). Meanwhile experimental band Fraud fights alongside Even Parker, and The Basquiat String Quintet, to win the BBC “Jazz on 3 Innovation Award” – one only has to listen to their appropriately named track, “clatter” with its rough sax and interestingly bizarre accompaniment to understand why – though it may not be to everyone’s taste.
Jazz legends Dame Cleo Laine and Sir Johnny Dankworth (now both in their 80s and still going strong) were put forward for the “Radio 2 Jazz Artist of the year” alongside English trumpeter Guy Barker. Barker was selected for a further two categories – his CD “Amadeus Project” (suitably influenced by Mozart’s works) made “Best Album” and he is also a contender for the “Heart Of Jazz” award – given to the artist/band who most successfully incorporates the best traditions of jazz in their music. More information can be found here.
Dr. Dog Debut Track From Forthcoming Album, Fate
Philly based outfit Dr. Dog are a little over a month away from the release of their newest album, Fate. The album will be available on iTunes starting July 15th with an exclusive track, live music video, and booklet one week before hitting all other major stores on July 22nd. Earlier this month the band premiered a new track “The Old Days” on NPR’s All Songs Considered and The Fader, offering fans a glimpse into the long-anticipated follow-up to We All Belong, their 2007 release that truly broke the band and turned last year into the biggest year in Dr. Dog’s career thus far.
It was with the release of We All Belong that critics began drawing comparisons to Brian Wilson, John Lennon, Neil Young, and the ilk. Hefty influences for sure, but accurate comparisons for the group’s AM radio and classic rock ditties. The album received glowing reviews from press outlets nationwide, including a 3.5 out of 4 rating from People Magazine, an A- from Entertainment Weekly, and positive reviews in Billboard, Rollingstone, GQ Magazine, Esquire, and more and Dr. Dog were flung into the independent rock spotlight – appearing on the late night TV circuit and summer festival circuit before being tapped to open for alt-country kings Wilco and alternative rock godfathers Dinosaur Jr.