Sunday, August 26, 2007

The Blow | Paper Television

Back in the 90's, my wife and I used to love Luscious Jackson's Fever In Fever Out. We'd joke that it made our apartment feel like a club when we put it on. Well, The Blow's Paper Television is the latest album to give us a similar feeling. The club is open.

The Blow is actually Khaela Maricich and Jona Bechtolt (of his own one-person band, YACHT). Bechtolt handles the beats while Maricich does the singing. As you may have noticed over the years, I'm a junkie for melodies. A strict diet of beats doesn't do it for me. So, it's kind of weird for me to get so excited about an album of electronic beats. However, the answer to that oddity is in Maricich's singing. She knits together a bunch of nifty vocal melodies throughout the album. That's what sucks me in.

The Portland duo are about to head out on tour and they're coming East. However, the closest they'll come to Camel's Hump is the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston on Oct 6. Unfortunately, my wife will be out of town that weekend and I'll have the kids. So, no-can-do for me.

The Believer's music issue had an interview with Maricich which, if you can get past the awkwardness of the interviewer, is a pretty good read.

Lastly, perhaps I'm an idiot but I can't find anything to click on on The Blow's official website. It just has a spinning color wheel. Does anyone else see anything I'm missing? Perhaps, it's a study in minimalism...aka a waste of their fan's time.

The Blow | Parentheses | Buy
The Blow | Bonjour Jeune Fille | Buy

Here's the video for "Parentheses" with its karaoke theme:

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Blow is just Khaela for a while:
http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendID=9964239&blogID=279412609

Anonymous said...

Blow has just been Khaela for a while:
http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendID=9964239&blogID=279412609

Anonymous said...

you know that luscious jackson's gabby glaser and jill cunniff are doing solo projects now? have you checked it out yet? gabby still has that luscious groove.

Flatlander said...

Thanks for the tips on The Blow and Luscious stuff. I guess I had been focusing on the album and not what the latest was. So, thanks for the tip-in.

greg davis said...

i put on a show for The Blow back in oct. 2005 in burlington at The BOX. it was an amazing show. lots of fun. and it was during that small window of time that jona was still playing live with khaela. jona has been back to burlington as YACHT last october. paper television is a sweet album. i like the e.p. before that called poor aim love songs which jona also produced......

Flatlander said...

Thanks for the tip on the EP and another good example of why I should hit more of the shows you put together.

Lamestain HQ said...

I went to high school with Khaela and even wrote a zine with her and another couple of friends. Somewhere, I have some photos from the time when we stepped out into the middle a parade in Olympia, Washington, and walked down the street, waving at everyone. (This was during the first Yo-Yo a Go-Go.) It pleases me that her work has found a lot of attention, because she's a tremendously cool and enthusiastic person.

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