Thursday, August 30, 2007

Patrick Cleandenim - Time Out (NY)

"As for opener Patrick Cleandenim, you wouldn’t think a guy in his early twenties would have such a developed sense of what separates retro from classic. But Cleandenim’s new Baby Comes Home (Ba Da Bing) re-creates the energy of so many strains of ’60s pop so effectively that we’ve come to believe the guy’s real success was in building a time machine, enabling him to take notes from Spector, Axelrod and Tony Mottola. Every song on Baby has a gentle dramatic sweep and classic pop snap. " Time Out (New York)

Thursday, August 16, 2007

recent listening

REM Chronic Town (IRS) Mini LP
Beirut Elephant Gun (4AD) 7"
Pigbag Papa's Got a Brand New Pigbag (Y/Rough Trade) 7"
Proud Simon Shoestring Universe (Proud Simon) CD
Cherry Ghost Mathematics (Heavenly) 7"
Ghosty Answers (forthcoming album!) CD
The Sisters of Mercy First and Last and Always (Warner Bros) LP
Television Adventure (Elektra) LP
REM Automatic For The People (Warner Bros) LP
Prefab Sprout Protest Songs (Kitchenware) LP
Fleetwood Mac Rumours (Warner Bros) LP

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Pitchfork reviews Baby Comes Home

Pitchfork have given Patrick Cleandenim's Baby Comes Home an extremely positive review

"Ba Da Bing, which has shown a recent tendency toward the young and retro-dignified (Beirut, Essie Jain), finds its next constituent in 22-year old Lawrence, Kansas expat and Bobby Darin aspirant Patrick Cleandenim. His first LP under this moniker (his parents named him Patrick Clendenin Roberts), Baby Comes Home, was recorded throughout 2005 with significant help from enrollees in the University of Kansas' music department. Cleandenim recruited dozens of Jayhawks to serve as his backing band, and Baby's lush brass and strings reflect it. Studio time was tight, with recording sessions taking place during the graveyard shift-- only appropriate for a record with several songs that lurk through the darker side of the high life."

read the rest of the review here

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Patrick Cleandenim - Sixeyes

The SIXEYES Blog has caught the Cleandenim bug, here's what they say,

"Listen up! What Zach Condon did for Balkan gypsy in the field of indie music, so Patrick Cleandenim (Patrick Clendenin Roberts) will do for minor key swingin' orchestral sixties pop. Indie label Ba Da Bing shows us all they're the real deal by first snagging Condon and now Cleandenim. I've got to admit that the idea of reviving this musical era and style left me cold at first, but after a few more listens over the past couple of weeks I've begun to see the light. This guy is gonna bring back the sing-a-long in cars on the way to the beach and on grey rainy Sundays, he's going to make us all feel like we're in our own private musical, which, and we can only hope, will kill karaoke for good (or, even better, Hollywood musicals), and he's going to turn some heads and prick some ears. But I've got a feeling this fellow won't stick to one style, he'll surprise with his next effort I'm sure.

Cleandenim is living in New York and he and his new band, Living Image, will be doing a few shows in the coming weeks in support of Baby Comes Home, check their myspace.

"I saw you walking with the vampire last night..." , so begins the opening cut, "Baby Comes Home", and if you let it, the music will sink it's teeth in and won't let go. "

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Patrick Cleandenim and The Living Image - Live

Patrick Cleandenim and his new band The Living Image are playing four shows in New York in the coming weeks.

15 Aug 2007, 22:00
305 Spring Street (Between Hudson and Greenwich), New York, 10003

Admission is FREE

Sound Fix record store

24 Aug 2007, 20:00
110 Bedford Ave. (N. 11th.), New York,
Cost : Free

White Rabbits will perform at 10pm.

Mercury Lounge

30 Aug 2007, 19:30

On stage 7.30 pm! $10

Galapagos Art Space

13 Sep 2007, 22:00
70 N. 6th (Between Kent and Wythe), New York, 11211

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Audiversity on Patrick Cleandenim

"To say Baby Comes Home is a promising solo debut is putting it lightly; this is a phenomenal debut of sheer (and somewhat already met) potential."

Read the whole article here

Friday, August 03, 2007

Baby Comes Home - Hartford Courant review

The Hartford Courant which is Connecticut's largest daily newspaper has reviewed Baby Comes Home.

Baby Comes Home
Ba Da Bing

Patrick Cleandenim hit 21 just as he finished recording "Baby Comes Home." That's slightly disturbing, given how mature the album is. The ambitious Cleandenim dishes out stately, orchestral pop like a young Burt Bacharach, though he's more likely to cite David Axelrod and Phil Spector as influences. Using University of Kansas music students for string and horn sections, the album boasts an unlikely alchemy of spirited Motown and baroque confessionals, imbued with the playfulness of bubblegum.

Yet darkness often descends, whether Cleandenim is crooning about poisoned cognac and caviar (with a sassy backup singer to boot) or pondering the difference between the drugs in various cities. Without a trace of emotion he sings, `I didn't have a clue what we were coming to / Until you said `I'm gone.'" That this all happens over such a classic-sounding backdrop makes it more unnerving still.

Cleandenim holds court from the bench of his piano, delivering pitch-black lyrics in the smoothest of voices as flurries of instruments sweep around him. That the album was recorded during the graveyard shift may explain its sinister vibe, but it's harder to fathom how a no-name 20-year-old crafted a stunning debut with eerie depth.


Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Patrick Cleandenim and The Living Image - Live in NYC

If you're lucky enough to be in NYC over the next few days you can catch Patrick Cleandenim with his new band The Living Image not once but twice in the space of three days.

On the Broken Horse stereo:

Spacemen 3 Walking With Jesus (Glass) 12"
Violent Femmes It's Gonna Rain (Slash) 7"
Weezer Hash Pipe (Geffen) 7"
The Velvet Underground Another View (Polydor) CD
Oddfellows Casino Giant Redwoods (Pickled Egg) 7"
Felt Forever Breathes The Lonely Word (Creation) LP