KSE will be taking a break for 2 weeks, off to the Mississippi, Alabama, Florida Panhandle Gulf Coast…orders which come in during the next 2 weeks should go out on June 8th. New releases for Summer 2015 will begin in late June.
As with the Spring of 2015, we have a group of 6 releases scheduled for the Summer from late June through September, and the first of these 6 Summer releases will be from an artist I’ve admired for some time, Pittsburgh songwriter-musician-bandleader-psychedelic beacon JENNIFER BARON with her project THE GARMENT DISTRICT.
Jennifer first came to many people’s attention back in the 90’s as a founding member of the acclaimed Brooklyn-based alternative band THE LADYBUG TRANSISTOR, but since then, she has become largely associated with contemporary psychedelia, and as someone who still flies the psychedelic flag proudly, I must say that she is a master…..(songwriter, producer, musician)….of all things trippy, and her present band, THE GARMENT DISTRICT, is devoted to the psychedelic experience. But unlike so many godawful “revival” bands, she freely mixes elements from different eras and also exists in the present, making music that would go over well in any hip club in any major city. She can remind one of 60’s bands such as The Peanut Butter Experience or the Vejtables while at the same time echoing new-wave bands such as Young Marble Giants or Human Switchboard…. or Bowie’s LOW….but Jennifer Baron really has her own recognizable style, and even in the furthest-out moments of her work, the sense of song-craft comes through. There is a mystical yet whimsical yet resigned sense that animates her work, and like an expensive wine, it’s got a complex character with echoes of different flavors. But fans of popsike, fans of Fripp & Eno (or 70s Eno in general), people who like the Jesus and Mary Chain, and people who buy Piccadilly Sunshine compilations will want to check out THE GARMENT DISTRICT. Also, the music is largely instrumental (vocals are handled by the wonderful Lucy Blehar) and thus able to create rich cinematic soundscapes.
KSE will be issuing a new album from The Garment District, “Luminous Toxin” (KSE #296), in late June, a brand-new creation made especially for our audience. However, UNTIL THEN….why not purchase a copy of the stunning LP “IF YOU TAKE YOUR MAGIC SLOW,” on Night People Records, which you can order here: https://midheaven.com/item/if-you-take-your-magic-slow-by-garment-district-lp#.VWDMCdLBzGd
from the Garment District performance in the Silver Studio Series at the Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh
watch the performance at http://www.warhol.org/connect/silverstudiosessions/The-Garment-District/#.VV87ILlVikp
THE GARMENT DISTRICT is music by multi-instrumentalist Jennifer Baron. Currently based in Pittsburgh, PA, Jennifer was a founding member of Brooklyn’s THE LADYBUG TRANSISTOR https://www.facebook.com/ladybug.transistor (Merge).
In late 2011, Jennifer’s 11-song tape MELODY ELDER was released on Night-People Records. The sold-out cassette is available via Bandcamp, iTunes, Amazon, e-music. The tape features Jennifer’s cousin Lucy Blehar on lead vocals, and Jowe Head, of legendary UK bands Swell Maps and Television Personalities, on bass.
The Garment District has performed for The Andy Warhol’s Museum’s Silver Studio Sessions, and as part of acclaimed contemporary artist Doug Aitken’s Station to Station film project (Station to Station can be found here: http://video.wired.com/watch/the-sound-patterns-of-pittsburg-station-to-station).
Her three-song 7″ (released on the French label La Station Radar) features a remix by legendary UK musician and producer Sonic Boom (Spacemen 3, Spectrum, E.A.R.).
In 2013, Jennifer was invited to contribute a new song to Brooklyn-based ESOPUS Magazine‘s 10th anniversary issue (on a CD that also features music by Sam Phillips, Lee Sargent from Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Julian Lynch, Jeff Mercel from Mercury Rev, John Wesley Harding, and more).
The Garment District has composed and performed original music for short films as part of the SYNC’D program, and contributed music to several compilations.
The group has opened for Julia Holter, at the VIA Music & New Media Festival, for Jenny Hval at The Andy Warhol Museum’s Sound Series, and for Cold Cave at 6119 Penn.
The video features 700-plus still photographs Jennifer took of Western Pennsylvania television news over the course of one year (http://photosoftv.tumblr.com/).As a founding member of Brooklyn-based band The Ladybug Transistor (Merge Records), Jennifer released numerous recordings on LP, CD, 7″ and compilations; toured extensively in the US, Europe, Canada, and Scandinavia; collaborated on a cover of “Puis-Je?” with the late legendary Soft Machine co-founder Kevin Ayers; contributed a cover of “I Found A Reason” to the Velvet Underground tribute CD, Rabid Chords; toured with bands such as Of Montreal and Superchunck; and performed at international festivals, including The Bowlie Weekender–the first All Tomorrow’s Parties–in Camber Sands, England, which was curated by Belle & Sebastian.Jennifer is also co-coordinator of Handmade Arcade, Pittsburgh’s first and largest independent craft fair’ co-editor/contributing photographer for the award-winning book, Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania (Carnegie Mellon Press, 2010); and a contributing essayist to THE FIRST TIME I HEARD THE SMITHS, part of Scott Heim‘s book series, The First Time I Heard.
Follow all the links above and you’ll get a good sampling of the magical pop-sike goodness of THE GARMENT DISTRICT….and be sure to pick up the new album on KSE in late June.
Until then, I’m off….next stop, Biloxi, Mississippi…..see you all in two weeks….