Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Monday, March 19, 2007

Patrick Cleandenim - Neu Kid on the Block

From the first issue of Neu Magazine, New York:

In 1983 Beat Icon William S. Burroughs packed up his Bowery, New York belongings and moved to Lawrence, Kansas to finish out the chapters of his life. In a reverse pilgrimage of sorts, young Patrick Cleandenim, product of Lawrence, has made his way to New York's Lower East Side and Cooper Union where he plies his craft in music and visual arts.

"Baby Comes Home," Cleandenim's debut album will be released in Europe in early 2007 with stateside release soon thereafter. Cleandenim has crafted a song cycle with all the ambition of 64-track orchestrations that pays homage to the sounds of glam, jazz rock, and lounge, but the songs' often up-tempo beats and full sound sometimes belie their more twisted and dark lyrics (the track "Cognac and Caviar," for instance. is about poisoning...)

In the unending desire to classify and quantify, Cleandenim's music has typically been categorized as jazz rock but while jazz is important to Cleandenim, he explains that "it's more about the process than the actual product." As for musical influence, Cleandenim says he is as indebted to the producers Phil Spector and Jean-Claude Vannier, who produced french troubadour Serge Gainsbourg, as he is to a more likely comparison of a Beck.

A healthy tradition of rock bands have taken in the crucible of the "Art School's" nurturing womb - from Pink Floyd's Regent Street Polytechnic to the Talking Head's RISD - and Patrick and his Cooper Union mates have high hopes to continue in their predecessor's footsteps.

- Matt Saha

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Patrick Cleandenim - Word Up!

The first review of Patrick Cleandenim's Baby Comes Home has been published in the excellent and extremely readable Word magazine.

There's some more exciting news on the horizon regarding the album's US release which we should be able to confirm in the next few days.

Thursday, March 08, 2007

The Autumn Defense Winterlight

The Autumn Defense is the band led by Wilco's Pat Sansone and John Stirratt. Have been enjoying their latest self titled album (Broadmoor records). This is one of the stand out tracks from that album.

Monday, March 05, 2007

Playlist March 2007

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds Nature Boy
Patrick Cleandenim Days Without Rain (instrumental)
Camera Obscura Lloyd, I'm Ready To Be Heartbroken
The Tyde A Loner
Proud Simon American Caskets
The Decemberists Perfect Crime #2
Archie Bronson Outfit Cuckoo
Jarvis Cocker Don't Let Him Waste Your Time
Willy Mason Save Yourself
Andrew Morgan We Almost Made It
The Autumn Defense Winterlight
Sparklehorse Shade and Honey
Kevin Tihista Idiots
Conner Go Back
Doleful Lions Aftermath
Imitation Electric Piano Leave Her Johnny
The Folk Implosion Natural One
Howlin' Rain The Firing of the Midnight Rain