Friday, July 29, 2011

Sarah Jaffe : Monday Music Pick


When singer-songwriter Sarah Jaffe finished touring last summer, she found herself in a creative ditch. To extricate herself from that musical mire, she picked up some new instruments, which yielded her forthcoming EP, The Way Sound Leaves a Room.

“I couldn’t really write and every time I picked up a guitar I would get frustrated,” Jaffe says of her writer’s block. “So in order to get out of the dilemma I bought a bass and a drumset at a pawn shop and just started writing. What started out as therapy ended up being this group of songs.”

Jaffe — whose first full-length album Suburban Nature established her as a soulful stunner with strummy, rich tunes like “Clementine” — wasn’t all that familiar with her new instruments. However, the unfamiliarity allowed her to bust out of pre-existing patterns.

“The day that I got back with the drumset and the bass I wrote ‘Sucker For Your Marketing’,” Jaffe says. (You can download that tune below.) “I wrote it pretty quickly. It was kind of a strange thing. I picked up the bass and simplicity of the minimal amount of notes that I knew opened up this door for a melody to lead the way.”

Jaffe’s EP drops in the fall, but you can check out the above video for a taste of what’s to come. The vid is from a DVD that accompanies the EP and contains footage from tour, stage shows and the studio.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Sarah Jaffe CD/DVD announced

Sarah Jaffe - The Way Sound Leaves A Room
In stores Sept. 27, 2011

Sarah Jaffe became one of the most talked about artists of 2010 following the release of her debut album Suburban Nature which earned her accolades from NPR, NY Times, Wall Street Journal, Interview, and American Songwriter among others. The album also landed her on numerous year-end “best of” lists including USA Today’s Pop Candy, Paste Magazine and Amazon and also found her single “Clementine” making in roads at AAA Radio. She spent a majority of the year on the road on several high profile tours including European dates with Midlake, US tours with Midlake, Norah Jones, Old 97s, Lou Barlow, Centromatic and several runs on her own.

Due to the overwhelming response to Suburban Nature, Kirtland Records is releasing The Way Sound Leaves A Room, a CD / DVD collection that looks both back and forward into Jaffe’s music. The Way Sound… includes a CD with cover songs as well as experimental lo-fi home recordings of new songs. The DVD portion includes stunning live concert performance and behind the scenes footage.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

4th Annual Dia De Los Toadies

4th Annual Dia De Los Toadies promo video.