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.
Philly based outfitDr. Dog area 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 drawingcomparisons 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.
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.