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Dirty Projectors
I really don’t know what to say about Dirty Projectors, I like the synth part and the girl vocals are growing on me slowly, its definitely a nice change up for radio charting indie pop. I would love to hear your guys thoughts on it.

Last weekend I went to Public Assembly which is a venue here in Brooklyn to hear Alva Noto play but I missed his set instead I caught Byetone which was an amazing show, i’d post pictures but they look kind of crappy. If you haven’t heard much from the Raster Noton label then here is a nice intro of the more gentle side of the label from Alva Noto & Ryuichi Sakamoto.

I’ve been seeing more posts on CocoRosie recently which means maybe a new record is in the works? I remember loving this song and playing it at this wine bar weekly every time I DJed, the kitten samples kinda make me laugh, just makes me think if you sat down to make music when would you ever decide to add those to your song?

Yasume takes me back to the more geeky IDM music that had substance and still kept the warmth so it never felt too digital, really nice to hear on a nice system and not my 70USD Altec Lansing computer speakers.

Dirty Projectors – Stillness Is the Move


Alva Noto & Ryuichi Sakamoto – Logic Moon


CocoRosie -Noah’s Ark


Yasume – 2112 Cresent Heights


10 Comments Leave A Comment


Evan Rowe says:

June 10, 2009 at 2:04 pm

I had the pleasure of being introduced to Dirty Projectors when they opened for TV on the Radio here in Portland a few weeks ago. I’d never heard (or heard of) them before, but they showed up on stage and totally blew me away. Since going back and listening to Bitte Orca (and their previous albums), I can say that generally speaking, their strength lies in their live performances rather than their studio recordings. That’s not to say that their recorded albums aren’t good (because they definitely are), but when they perform live, they don’t just play their music. They create an aural experience that goes beyond what just listening to the music can manage.

If you have the chance to see them live, go for it, because they are unlike anyone else I’ve seen/heard in concert.


Tardlovski says:

June 10, 2009 at 8:43 pm

the noto/sakamoto piece is super nice, but i REALLY wish they decided to use some other technique/sound to bring rhythm to the piece instead of the markus popp-ish disjointed click style. perhaps the liner notes extend some higher conceptual motive, but at face value – in my humble opinion – it’s a damn shame.


David Stewart says:

June 10, 2009 at 9:28 pm

Kind of a combo of His Name is Alive, DnTel, and Tegan & Sara. Good stuff. Kinda makes me want to cue up some HNIA. Yep. Gonna get some HNIA.


espy says:

June 11, 2009 at 6:05 am

Dirty Projectors are an insane live band, mad guitar work and amazing harmonies by the two girls. I also recall thinking that the bass player must be one of the most beautiful people on earth. Strangely, I never really listen to the records, the whole thing just does more for me live. (Side note: this was an evening with the Dirty Projectors, Deerhoof, Final Fantasy and Max Tundra, whis is easily the single best line up of anything I’ve ever been to)

Noto: I love music where the beat just comes from the clicks and pops of cut off loops and gated arpeggios :D


Andrew S. says:

June 11, 2009 at 6:51 am

The first time I heard a Dirty Projectors song I turned it off within one minute. I’m sold on the new album though. It’s pretty fantastic.


Alex / HeadUp says:

June 11, 2009 at 12:15 pm

That Alva Noto and Sakamoto release is some pretty heavy dope man…I got into that around 2007, its relaxing, but I found it a little too morbid for my tastes. It makes me feel like I’m in the X-Files or Millennium, or some other type of dark mid-90’s sci fi drama…investigating an alien crime scene in the murky, misty road-side forest.


michael says:

June 14, 2009 at 11:16 am

i’ve been a fan of the dirty projectors for awhile. very conceptual & experimental rhythms and overall song structure. personally i enjoy music that challenges the status quo and that forces you to listen to the nuances in order to appreciate it.


Scott says:

June 15, 2009 at 11:57 am

Honestly, I expected better (more imaginative and trippy) than what friends had been telling me. They’re definitely different, but I really don’t understand the hype around this band.

Thanks for another solid post Scott.


john says:

June 16, 2009 at 8:09 am

i’ve been a fan since around 2002 when he put out the Glad Fact. I too wish they weren’t getting so hyped, but honestly they deserve it… Dave Longstreth is a genius.

…and despite the fact that their last two albums have been increasingly pop-accessible, they remain more innovative and original than a lot of other over-hyped acts out there… i think you can look to the compositions for the “imaginative” aspect – not necessary the timbre or aesthetic. as for “trippy”, i guess this adjective is pretty subjective, but maybe check out the album “the getty address”

just my two cents