Monday, January 22, 2007

More David J goodness!

From the man himself:

The archives are about to go public!

Over the years (1985 - 2005) I have collected some
50 odd tracks, out takes, demos, radio sessions +numerous songs that were recorded in between albums.

Starting now, we shall be streaming three of these
tracks every month with one free download available
at Along with the
music we shall also be posting unpublished photos dating
from the time of the recordings + original lyrics.
I shall also write a few lines about each track
including details regarding the musicians.

Now to do some rummaging, it's dusty up there!

David J

(Okay, so this happened a couple of weeks ago. But with David scheduling shows and getting out there and generally being his busy bee little self, I have a ton to talk about -- so I felt like I had to wait on the squee so y'all weren't spent in like 2 days with my plethora of J musings. Spent yet?)

So, the first three unreleased tracks are just superb. One that he's currently streaming at his site, 'The Shadow,' is the kind of unreleased song I hear and think, "thank god this is seeing the light of day." Bewitching and hungry, with rich, vivid lyrics and stark instrumentation, it would do well as the soundtrack to a Cormac McCarthy novel. Here's what Dave says about it:

The Shadow (1985)

I wrote this in the upstairs room at Woodbine Studio in Leamington Spa when we were recording the Love and Rockets album 'Express'. I could faintly hear Daniel in the studio below, recording his parts to the acoustic version of 'All In My Mind' and this provided a sort of atmospheric back drop.

Hoping that this taste is a fishing expedition for a possible outtakes and rarities album. Fingers crossed.

Good lord I'm getting excited about seeing David J's Cabaret Oscuro at Cafe du Nord on Valentine's Day. Never before have I seen this manifestation of David J-ness, and at a small club t'boot. My only disappointment is that his regular cellist, Joyce Rooks, will not be playing this particular show (check out her MySpace, she has some block rockin' beats herself).

Oy, I guess I am also sad that David will be not be selling presale copies of his new Devil's Muse disc at this show, but at the Los Angeles show the following week. Goo.

But, no matter, because not only will I be seeing Cab Os on Valentine's Day with my sweetie, I will be meeting a friend from David's message board, a fan coming all the way from Holland to visit his girlfriend (also a David J fan), and see David play. I've only just met Rene last year online, so it is really cool that I will see him in the flesh, considering I wasn't planning a trip to Holland in the next few years or anything.

This is what a badass David J fan Rene is: the man has taken some of the best live photos from the audience I have ever seen of David onstage, and some incredible video footage as well. Below is a vid he took of David playing bass for Bauhaus' 'Stigmata Martyr.' So simple, but this bassline is the backbone that defines this onslaught of a song, and David OWNS it. And damn it if he doesn't look so fucking cool in the process. He should -- he's had over 25 years to practice this song.

David J with Bauhaus, Utrecht, Holland (at Tivoli), 8.10.2006, by Rene. Or, quite simply, "why I play bass." This was one of the first songs I learned! You may get a crick in your neck, but it's worth it.


Blogger Knaak said...

I need to tube up some David J and crew to get an idea of what is going on around here. Please forgive my ignorance. I am going to work to aleviate the apathy and patheticness of my experience with contemporary artists.. or any artists for that matter.

January 24, 2007 at 9:05:00 PM PST  
Blogger saudade said...

It was Rene's fabulous vid that got you, right? David's a frikken badass.

Oy, I don't recommend Gootube for David J goodness. There's like one vid of a show he did with a Portland band where he sang "...Moonlight" plus his rendition of Bowie's "Time." Not his best stuff. But there's plenty of the Bau and Love and Rockets. Wait, I thought you listened to them when we were in high school?

You'd dig his lyrics, Craig. He's brill, very cerebral with a touch of the sentimental and saudade. BTW, you would love "The Shadow." When David's on, he is outstanding.

And what's this about your ignorance? What? I'm just shocked you're encouraging my behavior. ;)

January 25, 2007 at 12:46:00 AM PST  
Blogger Knaak said...

He Brill?
Brill wit' his grill?
he he
Sooth wit his tooth..
David J soothsay, eh?
Smackin' down Biz wit his Base like a face full of mace.

I'll have to check that out.

January 25, 2007 at 6:40:00 PM PST  
Blogger Knaak said...

wow that was a dumb thing to write (on my part) The word "brill" make me snicker.
Watching Baushaus, though.. he definitately is the coolest of them. I never heard much of anything, actually, in Sonora. never owned CD's or anything.. so I heard stuff through Scheu, Holland, Fisher or whomever I happened to be around.
Mostly I listened to the music from my own ass, come to think of it.
So now, even, seeing Bauhaus for the first time and listening to them on tube is cool- I love the music.. but think their act is a bit, uh, unenlightened. It amazes me that they could come up with such cool riffs, all the while looking like a pack of wood-eleves on crack. They must have multiple personalities.
I'll continue my voyage of self-discover through music and get back to you.

January 27, 2007 at 8:00:00 AM PST  

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