Valerie June

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I keep seeing her around; I'm also curious

Ismael Klata, Thursday, 22 August 2013 15:53 (nine years ago) link

she seems to be a pretty serious student of the Anthology of American Folk Music and its ilk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=opzRVqpU4Ms

#fomo that's the motto (Hurting 2), Thursday, 22 August 2013 16:01 (nine years ago) link

http://www.npr.org/2013/08/04/207916507/first-listen-valerie-june-pushin-against-a-stone

NPR and the Lumineers like her and she's moved to Brooklyn(Williamsburg) but I will still give her a chance!

curmudgeon, Thursday, 22 August 2013 21:07 (nine years ago) link

there is definitely something a little Paste/dadrock/oldmanhat about the way she is being packaged and marketed, but I think she is good. Better than Lumineers in any case.

#fomo that's the motto (Hurting 2), Thursday, 22 August 2013 21:09 (nine years ago) link

Will get to her eventually, but I still need to hear O.B. Buchana's latest first. He's associated with Memphis too, but he's an Ecko label southern soul artist that never gets NPR attention and only XChuckX and I seem to like here.

curmudgeon, Friday, 23 August 2013 13:53 (nine years ago) link

A whole different musical style though it would be great to hear Booker T. Jones on one of his albums someday as well

curmudgeon, Friday, 23 August 2013 13:54 (nine years ago) link

I found this album sorta cloying and overwrought and I hated the one song that was obviously meant for people who were interested in the Dan Auerbach connection. She has a big NYT Mag feature this weekend.

maura, Friday, 23 August 2013 16:04 (nine years ago) link

one month passes...

saw her this weekend in Toronto. Really enjoyed the show. The tone in her voice is unusual, somewhere between Iris Dement and (maybe?) Malian singers like Khaira Arby? Bits of Jessie Mae Hemphill, too. I wish she'd played with a band, but solo was good, too. Sure silenced the room. Banjo. guitar and ukelele were all played. She ended off by wandering through the crowd singing "Goodnight Irene" with a tambourine.

pauls00, Sunday, 20 October 2013 22:17 (eight years ago) link

three years pass...

heard "long lonely road" on the radio last night, i was impressed, this feels true which is unfortunate-->

there is definitely something a little Paste/dadrock/oldmanhat about the way she is being packaged and marketed,

marcos, Wednesday, 19 July 2017 14:09 (five years ago) link

three years pass...

Gilles peterson played some of her new album. Made me think I should've investigated her music year ago.

candyman, Friday, 26 March 2021 16:37 (one year ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-VKpYmJawyk

candyman, Friday, 26 March 2021 16:40 (one year ago) link

ten months pass...

hey this is pretty good!

I definitely hear the Smithsonian Anthology influence

striking cover of "Pink Moon" here

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDj0k4ALhvU

bad milk blood robot (sleeve), Thursday, 27 January 2022 02:17 (seven months ago) link

six months pass...

another killer show tonight in Eugene, the 2nd time this year I've seen her rock the fuck out to a sold out venue.

I think the reason she gets radio silence on ILM is because it's too "authentic" and/or "rootsy" or what the fuck ever, there's maybe some chatter on the rolling country thread but imho that pigeonhole does a disservice to an artist who covers Mazzy Star and frequently plays loud electric guitar in a 5-piece band

thinkmanship (sleeve), Friday, 5 August 2022 05:28 (one month ago) link

Yeah, her cosmic Americana is deftly directed on 2021 alb:https://valeriejune.bandcamp.com/album/the-moon-and-stars-prescriptions-for-dreamers
Under Cover out Aug. 26, covers range from Joe South to Frank Ocean to Gillian Welch to Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds (for instance), couple of advance tracks here:
https://valeriejune.bandcamp.com/album/under-cover-ep

dow, Friday, 5 August 2022 18:27 (one month ago) link


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