Operation Every Band

Sarah Jaffe – “Satire”

 

Pairs Well With…Sharon Van Etten, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Laura Gibson

 

I’ll stick with Sarah Jaffe’s solo work for the highlight video (a one-off single to follow up last year’s The Body Wins, but the strongest excitement lies with her upcoming collaboration with producer Symbolyc One (the brain behind Kanye’s “Power”).  The duo has branded themselves The Dividends and has already landed some mainstream work by providing the foundation and hook for Eminem’s latest lead track, “Bad Guy”.  Earlier this month, the reggae-tinged “Fool’s Gold” premiered as the first track for The Dividend’s debut EP.  To hear the transition from Jaffe to Raekwon is a goosebump moment for OEB, so here’s hoping The Dividends expand Jaffe’s SXSW next year into the next phase of her promising career.

2013 Review: Anyone who has been following OEB since 2011 knows our unabashed love for Sarah Jaffe, as we followed her career daily for six months through our “12” project.  Since we left off in 2013, Jaffe has released The Body Wins, a record that has shown a new and welcome edge of experimentation for the Denton, TX singer-songwriter.  I imagine she’ll still be supporting the record at SXSW next year, but maybe we’ll be treated to her next musical branch this go around.

2012 Review: It’s been great following Jaffe’s musical maturation throughout the last six months, but I have a feeling 2012 will be her breakout year.  Her songwriting has improved drastically from an already impressive base.  The album she has been recording with John Congleton in recent months is setting up to be a real knockout based on the EP and live previews.  I’m sure I’ll continue to see Jaffe more than any other of “The 12” artists; it’s hard to say “no” anytime she’s within an hour drive, which happens every couple of months.  From interviews, I get the impression that Jaffe is just starting to realize how good she really is.  That confidence should translate next year as she pushes herself further into the music community based on the strength of her songwriting and emotionally moving delivery.

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Another year and another set led by OEB’s hometown favorite, Sarah Jaffe.  Be sure to check into that review particularly for a preview of Jaffe’s latest project with producer Symbolyc One - The Dividends.  Highlights:

Sarah Jaffe (10) - To hear the transition from Jaffe to Raekwon is a goosebump moment for OEB, so here’s hoping The Dividends expand Jaffe’s SXSW next year into the next phase of her promising career.
In The Valley Below (9) - While In The Valley Below hooked OEB last year with their brooding, electronic tones, it’s the demandingly upbeat EP Peaches that has us seeing this exciting duo in a whole new light.
Maya Isacowitz (6) – Acoustic singer-songwriter Maya Isacowitz hails from Israel, but her sound screams of low-key Western pop.  It’s a fairly straightforward premise, added in depth by Isacowitz’s gritty slant on soaring vocals.
Jamestown Revival (6) – While there isn’t anything too groundbreaking in Jamestown Revival’s Laurel Canyon folk rock The California EP, these guys are damn solid, nailing every note and harmony with their feet kicked up around a fire.
Jambinai (6) – Jambinai are an interesting concept – traditional Korean instrumentation matched against intense metal chords and rhythms.  While there are times when this mix refuses to connect, others come across as a noisy celebration of sound and technical wizardry on fascinating instruments.
Jenny Hval (5) - Jenny Hval’s latest record Innocence is Kinky is one of the most mysterious listens yet, presenting minimal songs with some crazy vocal melodies.  While it’s an incredibly patient listen, there’s some sonic payoff in the dark corners of Hval’s music.
James Iha (5) – Smashing Pumpkins and A Perfect Circle guitarist James Iha has established a solo sound in the last couple years with Look to the Sky, an alternative rock record with a pacing, singer-songwriter slant.  There’s some acoustic material interspersed throughout the record too, an even mix to show the dimensions of Iha’s mature sound.

SXSW 2014 Spreadsheet 26


Another year and another set led by OEB’s hometown favorite, Sarah Jaffe.  Be sure to check into that review particularly for a preview of Jaffe’s latest project with producer Symbolyc One - The Dividends.  Highlights:


Sarah Jaffe (10) - To hear the transition from Jaffe to Raekwon is a goosebump moment for OEB, so here’s hoping The Dividends expand Jaffe’s SXSW next year into the next phase of her promising career.

In The Valley Below (9) - While In The Valley Below hooked OEB last year with their brooding, electronic tones, it’s the demandingly upbeat EP Peaches that has us seeing this exciting duo in a whole new light.

Maya Isacowitz (6) – Acoustic singer-songwriter Maya Isacowitz hails from Israel, but her sound screams of low-key Western pop.  It’s a fairly straightforward premise, added in depth by Isacowitz’s gritty slant on soaring vocals.

Jamestown Revival (6) – While there isn’t anything too groundbreaking in Jamestown Revival’s Laurel Canyon folk rock The California EP, these guys are damn solid, nailing every note and harmony with their feet kicked up around a fire.

Jambinai (6) – Jambinai are an interesting concept – traditional Korean instrumentation matched against intense metal chords and rhythms.  While there are times when this mix refuses to connect, others come across as a noisy celebration of sound and technical wizardry on fascinating instruments.

Jenny Hval (5) - Jenny Hval’s latest record Innocence is Kinky is one of the most mysterious listens yet, presenting minimal songs with some crazy vocal melodies.  While it’s an incredibly patient listen, there’s some sonic payoff in the dark corners of Hval’s music.

James Iha (5) – Smashing Pumpkins and A Perfect Circle guitarist James Iha has established a solo sound in the last couple years with Look to the Sky, an alternative rock record with a pacing, singer-songwriter slant.  There’s some acoustic material interspersed throughout the record too, an even mix to show the dimensions of Iha’s mature sound.

The Cannabinoids feat. Sarah Jaffe – “Glorified High” (remix)

 

Pairs Well With…Erykah Badu, Bat For Lashes, Solange

 

A few years back, I was able to catch The Cannabinoids, a hip hop/EDM cooperative that originally formed around Erykah Badu’s New Amerykah records, headlining a night of SXSW.  Besides a grueling delay for the Auditorium Shores headliner (Badu did eventually show up to perform two or three tracks towards the end of the set), the experimental, electronic mix of The Cannabinoids where traditional R&B sounds would normally be not only matched Badu’s original productions, but often times exceed them.  This collaborative spirit will feature the songs and vocals of local breakout, Sarah Jaffe.  Jaffe’s latest record, 2012’s The Body Wins, has a pointed electronic direction, so this is the perfect time to explore these songs way beyond the gentle folk introduction Denton had with Jaffe a half-decade ago.  While I’m sure Jaffe and The Cannabinoids have been collaborating on tracks in preparation for their Main Stage appearance next Saturday, the DJ collaborative focuses on improvising on stage, aka “live remixing”.  All of these elements should inform a sure-to-be 35 Denton highlight, so be sure to catch this unique collaboration before Solange’s headlining Saturday night set.

35 Denton…Thursday!  Music Starts Tonight:

In about an hour, the OEB crew will be heading a few minutes up the road to check out the first day of 35 Denton and the beginning of our personal concert marathon.  On the docket tonight is a couple local artists (Isaac Hoskins, Spooky Folk) and some bands stopping in Denton on their way to SXSW (Jamaican Queens, Sinkane, BRAINSTORM).  All that aside, I have the last set of 35 Denton artists we’d like to highlight:

The Cannabinoids feat. Sarah Jaffe (10) - This collaborative spirit will feature the songs and vocals of local breakout, Sarah Jaffe.  Jaffe’s latest record, 2012’s The Body Wins, has a pointed electronic direction, so this is the perfect time to explore these songs way beyond the gentle folk introduction Denton had with Jaffe a half-decade ago.  While I’m sure Jaffe and The Cannabinoids have been collaborating on tracks in preparation for their Main Stage appearance next Saturday, the DJ collaborative focuses on improvising on stage, aka “live remixing”.
Fab Deuce (9) - If you don’t get the inside jokes, it’s all good because Fab Deuce is here to share the swag.  Lord knows they have too much of it already.  Fab Deuce has spilled swag all over Denton and DFW, and numerous spots across the West.
Telegraph Canyon (9) - That could have something to do with the long break since their last LP The Tide and The Current, a record that deservedly gained a ton of local praise and crowned Telegraph Canyon as 2009’s DFW musical ambassadors of the time.  Four years later, Telegraph is still killing it live (last year’s opening set for Astronautalis at Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studio was easily the best I’ve seen the band play), so their 35 Denton should appropriately push the band forward as festival highlight in 2013. 
Yeahdef (9) - Expect nothing more than a Thanksgiving spread of bass-line-filled house and dubstep, synth sizzlers, perhaps a throwback tune of equal parts singalong and grind-with-partner, reconfigured club bangers, and likely some varieties of heavy trap and hip hop.  I won’t be surprised if film scores, recognizable sit-com tunes and Beethoven’s 7th worm their way in.
True Widow (6) – Dallas breakouts True Widow return to 35 Denton this year as the band continues their move towards atmospheric post rock.  Sure, there are punk and alternative rock elements that carry a good deal of the drive of True Widow’s catalog, but it is the dynamic drones that really push this music forward, like an earthquake at a funeral.
Whiskey Folk Ramblers (5) – The other folk ‘ramblers’ on the 35 Denton roster, Whiskey Folk Ramblers take much of the influence from the school of Ennio Morricone, applying Spaghetti Western melodies to an Americana/alt country blend.  The Fort Worth outfit has really honed their sound over the years, which speaks well for their upcoming 2013 release to follow up 2010’s And There Are Devils.

35 Denton…Thursday!  Music Starts Tonight:


In about an hour, the OEB crew will be heading a few minutes up the road to check out the first day of 35 Denton and the beginning of our personal concert marathon.  On the docket tonight is a couple local artists (Isaac Hoskins, Spooky Folk) and some bands stopping in Denton on their way to SXSW (Jamaican Queens, Sinkane, BRAINSTORM).  All that aside, I have the last set of 35 Denton artists we’d like to highlight:


The Cannabinoids feat. Sarah Jaffe (10) - This collaborative spirit will feature the songs and vocals of local breakout, Sarah Jaffe.  Jaffe’s latest record, 2012’s The Body Wins, has a pointed electronic direction, so this is the perfect time to explore these songs way beyond the gentle folk introduction Denton had with Jaffe a half-decade ago.  While I’m sure Jaffe and The Cannabinoids have been collaborating on tracks in preparation for their Main Stage appearance next Saturday, the DJ collaborative focuses on improvising on stage, aka “live remixing”.

Fab Deuce (9) - If you don’t get the inside jokes, it’s all good because Fab Deuce is here to share the swag.  Lord knows they have too much of it already.  Fab Deuce has spilled swag all over Denton and DFW, and numerous spots across the West.

Telegraph Canyon (9) - That could have something to do with the long break since their last LP The Tide and The Current, a record that deservedly gained a ton of local praise and crowned Telegraph Canyon as 2009’s DFW musical ambassadors of the time.  Four years later, Telegraph is still killing it live (last year’s opening set for Astronautalis at Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studio was easily the best I’ve seen the band play), so their 35 Denton should appropriately push the band forward as festival highlight in 2013. 

Yeahdef (9) - Expect nothing more than a Thanksgiving spread of bass-line-filled house and dubstep, synth sizzlers, perhaps a throwback tune of equal parts singalong and grind-with-partner, reconfigured club bangers, and likely some varieties of heavy trap and hip hop.  I won’t be surprised if film scores, recognizable sit-com tunes and Beethoven’s 7th worm their way in.

True Widow (6) – Dallas breakouts True Widow return to 35 Denton this year as the band continues their move towards atmospheric post rock.  Sure, there are punk and alternative rock elements that carry a good deal of the drive of True Widow’s catalog, but it is the dynamic drones that really push this music forward, like an earthquake at a funeral.

Whiskey Folk Ramblers (5) – The other folk ‘ramblers’ on the 35 Denton roster, Whiskey Folk Ramblers take much of the influence from the school of Ennio Morricone, applying Spaghetti Western melodies to an Americana/alt country blend.  The Fort Worth outfit has really honed their sound over the years, which speaks well for their upcoming 2013 release to follow up 2010’s And There Are Devils.

Sarah Jaffe – “Glorified High”


Pairs Well With…Sharon Van Etten, Death Cab for Cutie, Stevie Nicks


Anyone who has been following OEB since 2011 knows our unabashed love for Sarah Jaffe, as we followed her career daily for six months through our “12” project.  Since we left off in 2013, Jaffe has released The Body Wins, a record that has shown a new and welcome edge of experimentation for the Denton, TX singer-songwriter.  I imagine she’ll still be supporting the record at SXSW next year, but maybe we’ll be treated to her next musical branch this go around.

2012 Review: It’s been great following Jaffe’s musical maturation throughout the last six months, but I have a feeling 2012 will be her breakout year.  Her songwriting has improved drastically from an already impressive base.  The album she has been recording with John Congleton in recent months is setting up to be a real knockout based on the EP and live previews.  I’m sure I’ll continue to see Jaffe more than any other of “The 12” artists; it’s hard to say “no” anytime she’s within an hour drive, which happens every couple of months.  From interviews, I get the impression that Jaffe is just starting to realize how good she really is.  That confidence should translate next year as she pushes herself further into the music community based on the strength of her songwriting and emotionally moving delivery.

SXSW 2013 Spreadsheet 11:

Coincidentally, today’s set features four returning SXSW favorites with updated write-ups and videos.  Highlights:

Sarah Jaffe (10) - Since we left off in 2013, Jaffe has released The Body Wins, a record that has shown a new and welcome edge of experimentation for the Denton, TX singer-songwriter.
Tiago Iorc (8) - Iorc’s mix of pop songs and gentle folk makes for a complete package on 2011’s Umbilical, so it’ll be great to see what new material the Brazilian artist has up his sleeve in 2013. 
Matthew Perryman Jones (8) - His latest record, this year’s Land of the Living, draws a solid influence from Peter Gabriel both musically and lyrically.  It’s a nice detour from the epic U2-esque nature of this Nashville singer-songwriter.
Klaxons (8) - News is somewhat scarce out of the Klaxons camp, but be on the lookout for some electronic adventures courtesy of multiple producers including The Chemical Brothers.
Immanu El (6) – Like Explosions in the Sky with airy vocals added on top, Sweden’s Immanu El finds some interesting middle ground between post rock drones and pop-influenced builds.
Islet (6) – Islet’s debut record Illuminated People goes just about everywhere, from mod garage rock to ethereal indie pop.  There is a little hit and miss to Islet because of their eclectic nature, but sometimes you need to be willing to jump off a cliff to hit on something important.  Islet will be an interesting band to keep an eye out as they make their US debut at SXSW next year.
Kill It Kid (6) – Kill it, indeed.  Kill It Kid is a British blues-rock/alt country band with a strong, punk-infused energy.  I bet this translates wonderfully to the stage. 

SXSW 2013 Spreadsheet 11:


Coincidentally, today’s set features four returning SXSW favorites with updated write-ups and videos.  Highlights:


Sarah Jaffe (10) - Since we left off in 2013, Jaffe has released The Body Wins, a record that has shown a new and welcome edge of experimentation for the Denton, TX singer-songwriter.

Tiago Iorc (8) - Iorc’s mix of pop songs and gentle folk makes for a complete package on 2011’s Umbilical, so it’ll be great to see what new material the Brazilian artist has up his sleeve in 2013. 

Matthew Perryman Jones (8) - His latest record, this year’s Land of the Living, draws a solid influence from Peter Gabriel both musically and lyrically.  It’s a nice detour from the epic U2-esque nature of this Nashville singer-songwriter.

Klaxons (8) - News is somewhat scarce out of the Klaxons camp, but be on the lookout for some electronic adventures courtesy of multiple producers including The Chemical Brothers.

Immanu El (6) – Like Explosions in the Sky with airy vocals added on top, Sweden’s Immanu El finds some interesting middle ground between post rock drones and pop-influenced builds.

Islet (6) – Islet’s debut record Illuminated People goes just about everywhere, from mod garage rock to ethereal indie pop.  There is a little hit and miss to Islet because of their eclectic nature, but sometimes you need to be willing to jump off a cliff to hit on something important.  Islet will be an interesting band to keep an eye out as they make their US debut at SXSW next year.

Kill It Kid (6) – Kill it, indeed.  Kill It Kid is a British blues-rock/alt country band with a strong, punk-infused energy.  I bet this translates wonderfully to the stage. 

Sarah Jaffe – “Shut It Down” (Drake w/ The-Dream cover – live)

No surprise here – we’re kind of a fan.  Jaffe will be featuring music at SXSW from her new electronic pop influenced album due early next year.

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Santa delivered some great bands on this morning’s set!  Here are the numerous highlights:

Imaginary Cities (10): Imaginary Cities’ music draws more influence from electronic pop as compared to Alabama Shakes’ southern rock sound, but vocalist Marti Sarbit combines jazz and soul to create a catchy sense of musicality throughout the album.
Sarah Jaffe (10): No surprise here – we’re kind of a fan.  Jaffe will be featuring music at SXSW from her new electronic pop influenced album due early next year.
Kimbra (9): Musically, you can put Kimbra’s sound into the electronic pop bucket, but there’s some nice curveballs into jazz, rock and dance throughout her debut album Vows, which was released four months back.
I am Oak (7): Either incorporating a slow drone like in “Horizon” or the minimal percussion of “Island”, I am Oak’s two-album catalog shows a great deal of experimentation in what could just be a mix of acoustic singer-songwriter fare.
Anna Ihlis (6):  Anna Ihlis is a poppy Swedish singer-songwriter with an eclectic sound and a really interesting and complex voice that sometimes gets lost in the dancier material.
Imperial Teen (5): Though this Los Angeles band’s music doesn’t draw me in too much at its core, I get the impression that they are trying really hard to create little pop gems here, reminding me a little of the less crazy B-52’s.
Jenny O. (5) – accessible indie pop from a Los Angeles singer-songwriter with restrained vocals that fit the surf-folk music well. 

SXSW 2012 Spreadsheet 29:


Santa delivered some great bands on this morning’s set!  Here are the numerous highlights:


Imaginary Cities (10): Imaginary Cities’ music draws more influence from electronic pop as compared to Alabama Shakes’ southern rock sound, but vocalist Marti Sarbit combines jazz and soul to create a catchy sense of musicality throughout the album.

Sarah Jaffe (10): No surprise here – we’re kind of a fan.  Jaffe will be featuring music at SXSW from her new electronic pop influenced album due early next year.

Kimbra (9): Musically, you can put Kimbra’s sound into the electronic pop bucket, but there’s some nice curveballs into jazz, rock and dance throughout her debut album Vows, which was released four months back.

I am Oak (7): Either incorporating a slow drone like in “Horizon” or the minimal percussion of “Island”, I am Oak’s two-album catalog shows a great deal of experimentation in what could just be a mix of acoustic singer-songwriter fare.

Anna Ihlis (6):  Anna Ihlis is a poppy Swedish singer-songwriter with an eclectic sound and a really interesting and complex voice that sometimes gets lost in the dancier material.

Imperial Teen (5): Though this Los Angeles band’s music doesn’t draw me in too much at its core, I get the impression that they are trying really hard to create little pop gems here, reminding me a little of the less crazy B-52’s.

Jenny O. (5) – accessible indie pop from a Los Angeles singer-songwriter with restrained vocals that fit the surf-folk music well. 

My Final Thoughts – Sarah Jaffe

Photo courtesy of The Ruckus


I moved to the Denton, Texas area about four years ago and was quickly introduced to the local music scene that thrived in Dallas and Fort Worth’s little neighbor to the north.  Fueled by two universities with a strong musical reputation, Denton is known for mint musicianship combined with genre-pushing experimentation.  Immediately upon infiltrating the local music scene, I kept hearing Sarah Jaffe’s name pop up in conversation.  My first time catching her show a couple years ago had me pretty floored both by her engaging songwriting and a fanbase that was singing along to every tune off her debut EP.  During that show, she was primarily previewing songs from Suburban Nature, a disc that gained the upmost acclaim upon its 2011 release especially in the DFW area.

By the time SXSW rolled around last year, I had added a couple more Jaffe gigs to my show-going resume and primarily caught her showcase at the Paste Party to share her sound with my show-going buddy.  I was also intrigued by some surprising new songs Jaffe tried out at Denton’s 35 Conferette a week before.  This year marked a pretty dramatic change in direction for Jaffe.  Gone were the minimalist acoustic tones that defined Suburban Nature, being markedly replaced by both light and heavy electronic instrumentation.  Jaffe was in the midst of evolving as an artist around SXSW, so she was an easy pick to recruit for our “12” project.  I was also a little biased due to local coverage, as Jaffe has risen from a pretty big deal to a marquee act in Denton area, but I’ve been especially impressed how she’s gained a foothold in the national sphere as well. 

The build up to The Way Sound Leaves a Room, an EP meant as bridge between Suburban Nature and her sophomore release due next year, has yielded some highlight coverage throughout the online community.  Anchored by covers of Drake & The-Dream and Cold War Kids, Jaffe has joined in with a talented crew of indie-based female singer-songwriters pushing the limits of what was once a genre reserved for more straight-ahead fare.  I would best describe 2011 as a transition year for Jaffe.  She got some good touring in both with supporting tours with Old 97s and Centro-matic as well as headlining gigs in the DFW area, but most of her time was spent preparing for her next album and going through everyday life.  She’s actually turned the promotional machine down a couple notches, going for more of a grassroots approach of gaining a fanbase.  I’m hoping next year provides more extensive national touring from Jaffe given how much she has been able to grow locally throughout repeated live appearances.

It’s been great following Jaffe’s musical maturation throughout the last six months, but I have a feeling 2012 will be her breakout year.  Her songwriting has improved drastically from an already impressive base.  The album she has been recording with John Congleton in recent months is setting up to be a real knockout based on the EP and live previews.  I’m sure I’ll continue to see Jaffe more than any other of “The 12” artists; it’s hard to say “no” anytime she’s within an hour drive, which happens every couple of months.  From interviews, I get the impression that Jaffe is just starting to realize how good she really is.  That confidence should translate next year as she pushes herself further into the music community based on the strength of her songwriting and emotionally moving delivery.

Sarah Jaffe Mini-Tour Report – October

10/15/11 – DOMA Showcase Concert – Deep Ellum, TX (courtesy of DC9 at Night)


Though Jaffe wasn’t “on tour” by any means throughout October, but she did show up on a few stages by participating in the Dallas Observer Music Awards Showcase and New York City’s CMJ Music Marathon & Film Festival.  The DOMA show in Deep Ellum matched Jaffe with three fellow local music heroes, Centro-matic, Old 97’s and The Toadies, on the main stage while nearly a hundred local acts filled the clubs surrounding the outdoor venue.  The hometown crowd “responded to the singer with wild adulation” according to DC9 at Night and Jaffe even threw a curveball at the crowd by covering The Supremes’ “You Just Keep Me Hangin’ On”.  Three days later, the Dallas Observer held their official award ceremony, where Jaffe was named Best Solo Artist, Best Folk Artist and Best Female Vocalist all for the fourth year running.  The following weekend, Jaffe travelled to NYC for a set of three performances at CMJ both with a full band and solo acoustic.  Though our tour coverage wrapped up in October, Jaffe has a few shows left to round out the year including an opening set for Rhett Miller at Dallas’ Granada Theater next week.


When You Rest – 8/19/11 – Kessler Theater – Dallas, TX

Sarah Jaffe Buzzing – EP/DVD Release and Texas Run

Sarah Jaffe : The Way Sound Leaves A Room from Kirtland Records on Vimeo.

The Way Sound Leaves a Room (Official Video)


About two weeks ago, we shared a stream of Sarah Jaffe’s new EP The Way Sound Leaves a Room that features a mix of demos and covers, serving as a bridge between Suburban Nature and Jaffe’s upcoming sophomore release.  While we’re featuring coverage surrounding the release, Jaffe already has her sights set on the next destination.  A week before the EP’s release, Jaffe entered a Dallas studio with producer John Congleton to begin work on here second LP.


Touring Through Texas


On the day before the EP/DVD’s official release date, Sarah Jaffe and Robert Gomez performed a short afternoon set at Dallas’ Good Records.  That weekend, she reunited with Centro-matic’s Will Johnson for three acoustic duo shows in Waxahachie, Austin and Sealy as well as a recording session together for Daytrotter.  Jaffe closed off the promotional run with a short acoustic set at Denton’s Dan Silverleaf that was accompanied by a screening of the DVD (a performance at the Wyly Theater from back in February).


Shut It Down (Drake & The-Dream) – 9/26/11 – Good Records – Dallas, TX


Come Thou Fount (trad.) – 9/30/11 – Cactus Café – Austin, TX

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Sarah Jaffe Mini-Tour Report – Two Shows in August

8/19/11 – Kessler Theater – Dallas, TX (courtesy of Brian Hamm)


After her back-to-back supporting tours for Old 97’s and Centro-matic in June and July, Jaffe has maintained a pretty light touring schedule.  However, she did fit in two headlining gigs last month in markets where she is known to draw a crowd.  The first stop was a mid-month appearance at Dallas’ Kessler Theater.  Completely sold out by the afternoon of the show, Jaffe delivered a powerful set to a highly engaged audience of her most dedicated fans, including the Operation Every Band crew.  It was great to see some deeper cuts since she’s been relegated to eight-song opening sets since her last proper headlining show four months ago.  A patient performance of “Two Intangibles Can’t Be Had” quieted the crowd while the show-closing “Perfect Plan” made its case as a potential cornerstone within Jaffe’s growing canon.  She even tried to break out the rare “Pretender Pt. 1” to lead into the proper song, but charmingly had to reach out to the crowd for some vocal cues as she dug into her mental vault to remember the lyrics.  The crowd of friends and fans were glowing following the show along with Jaffe herself; she spoke out in appreciation at least five times throughout the evening.

The only other show of the month was a return performance to Louisville’s Waterfront Wednesday series on the 31st.  WFPK tried to pull this show off last spring, but weather forced the concert indoors at the last minute.  This time the show went off as intended to her growing Louisville base.  Jaffe was supported by Katie Herzig and Ha Ha Tonka, creating a nice mix of singer-songwriter fare and indie rock, two angles that melded together when Jaffe’s band hit the stage.  With the release of The Way Sound Leaves a Room in about ten days, Jaffe has booked a few interesting shows in the weeks surrounding.  She’ll first hit up Good Records for an in-store that Monday followed by a three show Texas run playing solo acoustic alongside Centro-matic’s Will Johnson.  She’ll then continue into October with a film screening and short acoustic performance in her hometown of Denton and a showcase concert for the Dallas Observer Music Awards with friends Old 97’s, Centro-matic and local heroes The Toadies.


OEB Video Diary:


All That Time → Clementine - 8/19/11 – Kessler Theater – Dallas, TX


Even Born Again - 8/19/11 – Kessler Theater – Dallas, TX



Two Intangibles Can’t Be Had - 8/19/11 – Kessler Theater – Dallas, TX



Before You Go – 8/31/11 – WFPK Waterfront Wednesday – Louisville, KY

Sarah Jaffe’s New EP Tracks Revealed

Zoinks Online just shared some more info on Jaffe’s upcoming release The Way Sound Leaves a Room.  First, here is the possibly complete track list for the EP:

  • Clementine (acoustic)
  • Better Than Nothing Outro
  • The Way Sound Leaves a Room
  • When You Rest
  • A Sucker For Your Marketing
  • All That Time
  • Shut It Down (Drake and The Dream cover)
  • Louder Than Ever (Cold War Kids cover)

The article shares a couple of other gems as well.  The EP, coupled with a DVD performance of the Wyly Theatre show, is described as a “collection of demos” that is meant to lead into Jaffe’s next studio album, due early next year.  It also announced that Jaffe will be performing at this year’s CMJ Festival, with further details to come.

"The 12" Leads Daytrotter "Top Sessions"

As of this morning, two of the top three sessions on Daytrotter are held down by artists we’re following as part of “The 12”.  The Civil Wars and James Vincent McMorrow’s sets were both added to the site in the last two weeks and have been popular downloads ever since.  The takes are intimate and raw from both acts, a trend among bands that record in Sean Moeller’s Rock Island, Illinois barn/studio.  The sets feature some nice unreleased tracks as well, capturing The Civil Wars’ “Disarm” cover and “Oh Henry” as well as McMorrow B-Sides “Red Dust” and “We Are Ghosts”.  Daytrotter has recorded hundreds of sessions over the last five years, now posting at least one new session everyday.  The site’s focus on new and unique musical content to the online listening landscape has set the benchmark for any new music blog or service.  Not only that, but they also provide a great forum for independent artists to display their songs to a wider international audience.  To prove their reach, Daytrotter has recorded sessions with an astonishing nine of the artists in “The 12”, from hip hop artist Dessa to the fuzz-rockers Yuck to the orchestral folk of Lost in the Trees.  We’ve compiled all of “The 12” Daytrotter sessions below (see more by click on the “Read More” button), which are freely downloadable directly from Daytrotter’s website.


8/9/11 - The Civil Wars

Birds of a Feather, Disarm (Smashing Pumpkins), C’est La Mort, Oh Henry


8/1/11 – James Vincent McMorrow

This Old Dark Machine, Follow You Down to the Red Oak Tree, Red Dust, We Are Ghosts

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