I just got home from The Troubadour in West Hollywood after watching an uplifting performance by the Dirty Projectors. Man on man I needed this show after the awful day I had. I kind of feel like the band needed this show to, as they couldn't stop complimenting us (their audience). I must say we were a good crowd, cheerful, dancey and full of energy. I even spotted Avey Tare of Animal Collective enjoying himself.
Dave Longstreth (the lead guy) in Dirty Projectors is straight up weird. At times Dave's posture and stance reminds me of David Byrne in the Talking Heads DVD "Stop Making Sense", but then other times he makes me think of clumsy and goofy ridiculously tall basketball player. Either way he is one of those guys that I feel would be super awkward off stage, but on stage he can get away with his awkwardness because he has orchestrated one of the more unique and experimental bands these days.
The girls in the band definitely have a lot of soul and even at times a little -do-wop-doo-wop. They totally have down the synchronized "ooooohhhh-waaaaaa" and the harmonious backup signing. If you close your eyes during some of Dirty Projectors' songs you might just think you are listening to an African rockabilly band from the 60's. Although, Dave (lead guy) has a little too much Grizzly Bear-ish pop in his voice to fool you for being black or rockabilly.
The only thing that I don't enjoy about the Dirty Projectors is their intense jam sessions where they almost sound like a miniature Dinosaur Jr. But, usually Angel or Amber's beyond beautiful vocals interrupt and I am immediately transformed back to my initial state of pleasure (pre-intense jam session).
Tonights show at The Troubadour was amazing. It was hot, sweaty and sold out, but somehow the ladies voices (Amber Coffman and Angel Deradoorian) still managed to give me the chills. The Troubadour was a great venue for Dirty Projectors to show off their new album Bitte Orca and maybe even get yet another great album review by some LA indie blog.
Watch Dirty Projectors recently released music video for 'Stillness Is The Move'.
Even though Amber Coffman tends to take the lead in most tracks and certainly in the hit song 'Stillness Is The Move', the other predominantly featured female in the band is Angel Deradoorian. You can also find Angel Deradoorian on the song 'I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend' by Discovery.
Lucky for Europe, Dirty Projectors are coming your way ... 09 September: Paris (FR), Maroquinerie 11 September: Dorset (UK), End Of The Road Festival 12 September: Isle Of Wight (UK), Bestival 13 September: London (UK), Scala 16 September: Dublin (IE), Whelans 19 September: Brussels (BE), Botanique 20 September: Amsterdam (NL), Melkweg 21 September: Berlin (DE), Festsaal Kreuzberg 25 September: Toulouse (FR), Le Printemps de Septembre Festival
Be sure to check out Dirty Projectors album Bitte Orca, it is not an album you should go through 2009 without listening to at least twice all the way through.
Anguilla, Betty Boop, Brenda Walsh, Shirley Temple, all things hearts- i am obsessed, antique shopping, background music in restaurants, crayola kelly green, dance routines in the pool, dimples, driving with the windows down in the dead of winter and blasting the car heat, foreign films, getting native, hugs when people do not pat you on the back and you actually squeeze together, interesting sneezes, kisses, laughing so hard it hurts., linguistics, listening to other people's conversations at restaurants and coffee shops, massages getting and giving, my blankie is my love, my handwriting, new school supplies, old school rap videos, outdoor showers, playing the letter game with my sisters, precious gems and stones, purple wildflowers, quicksand, rock n' roll vintage tees, scarves (I most always am wearing one), shoes a girl just can't have enough, sunday flee markets, the bermuda triangle, the preview channel, the smell of leather in old mercedes, the woman behind the voice on the answering machine, unique laughs, weather.com, yummy warn-in hoodies
A Tribe Called Quest, AND ANYTHING W/ FUNK & A WHOLE LOTTA SOUL!, Animal Collective, Arthur Russell, Babyshambles, Band of Horses, Bat For Lashes, Beach Boys, Belle & Sebastian, Bon Iver, Bonobo, Born Ruffians, Bright Eyes, Daedelus, Daft Punk, Dan Deacon, David Bowie, Dirty Projectors, Dog, Dr, Electric President, Elliot Smith, Elvis Presley, Ernest Ranglin, Four Tet, Gregory Isaacs, Hail Social, Hall & Oates, Her Space Holiday, Imogen Heap, Jon Kennedy, Lil Wayne, Local Natives .., MGMT, Madlib, Mew, Michael Jackson, Múm, Nas, Nina Simone, Orange Juice, Phoenix, Prefuse 73, Quantic Soul Orchestra, Quincy Jones, Ra Ra Riot, Radiohead, Regina Spektor, Rogue Wave, Rufus & Chaka Kahn, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Shuggie Otis, Steely Dan, Sun-Ra, Tahiti 80, Talking Heads, The Beatles, The Notwist, The Raconteurs, The Sounds, The Whitest Boy Alive, The Zombies, Zap Mama
A Beautiful Mind, Across the Universe, American Graffiti, Amores Perros, Big Fish, City of God, Curly Sue, Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter is Dead, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Fear, Garden State, Girl Interrupted, Girls Just Want to Have Fun, Goodfellas, Heathers, I Heart Huckabees, Igby Goes Down, John Tucker Must Die, Little Mermaid, Mary Poppins, Mermaids, Now and Then, Pay It Forward, Remember the Titans, Romeo and Juliet, The Constant Gardner, The Girl Next Door, Troop Beverly Hills, True Romance, Wizard of Oz