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Dawn Landes – Straight Lines


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Straight Lines

Remember when we were young?
How you asked everyone to marry you
All of those songs we sung
Changing all the words you used to make the heroine die
Why?

Remember when we were right?
God threw his darts at stars in the night
I had a kite
You had a trampoline and a BMX bike
You didn’t even like

I don’t want to say it’s breaking my heart
And I don’t know where to start
Old friends are falling apart
Time like the name of a man
Covered and we both can whine
I miss the straight, straight lines
The old times

Remember when we got caught?
Dirty hands and make-believe drugs
We never got
Give me all your money
Bank robbers and cowboy cops
Make-believe rocks

Remember when we held hands?
Red rover and marching band
You had a tan
Staying outside that long’s gonna make you man
Never going back, never going back again

I don’t want to say it’s breaking my heart
And I don’t know where to start
Old friends are falling apart
Time like the name of a man
Covered and we both can whine
I miss the straight, straight lines

The old times
The old times
Remember when we were young?
Remember when we were young?


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February 23, 2009 Posted by | Dawn Landes, _ART, _MUSIC, _PHOTOGRAPHY, _POETRY | Leave a comment

Dawn Landes – Dawn’s Music (2002)


Dawn Landes – Dawn’s Music (2002)

We already posted Dawn’s second, and excellent, album Fireproof from 2007 here; fireproof

Here’s her first, from 5 years earlier.

And yes, Dawn Landes is a real name. Not a noun and verb randomly brought together!

Dawn’s music comes from the mouth and mind and fingers of 24 year old Louisville transplant Dawn Landes.

Based in NYC, dawn has toured both nationally and abroad and worked with several respected artists (HEM, Philip Glass, Joseph Arthur) in the recording studio as an assistant engineer. As a performer, dawn has shared the stage with Suzanne Vega, Rainer Maria, Hem, Shannon Wright, Throwing Muses, Mary Lou Lord, Jane Siberry, and Juliana Hatfield.

Playing a variety of instruments ranging from an 8 dollar harmony guitar to a pink accordion, dawn and her accomplices play in a variety of situations. dawns music is a self release that’s now available in Europe through Boyscout Records.


Tracklisting

1 suspicion
2 kissing song
3 mud & stars
4 traffic
5 kids in a play
6 accordion song
7 scars
8 without you
9 french
10 honey bee

Here’s the crack of dawn

May 8, 2008 Posted by | Dawn Landes, Music_Alternative, _MUSIC | Leave a comment

Dawn Landes – Fireproof

Dawn Landes – Fireproof (2007)
Genre: Folk Rock | MP3 192 kbps | 55 MB | RS | 41 min

Yes, Dawn Landes is a real name. Not a noun and verb randomly brought together!

The cover is from a photograph taken last January of our heroine feeding bananas to a two-headed ostrich. Yes, you can find ’em in Louisville KY!

Here’s the sophomore outing from this young American lass, the follow up to 2006’s rather good Dawn’s Music.

Let’s begin with the broad description similes, straight from the Dublindog school of lazy journalism! Her musical style has been described variously as folk songs with Indie-rock production, Cat Power crossed with Gillian Welch and Suzanne Vega meets Diane Cluck (erm … who the fuck is Diane Cluck? Is Cluck some sort of Cockney rhyming slang? Else, is she chicken licken’s sister?)

Landes’ music falls in a strange place in a musical landscape defined by both sound and vision, where your package and your people have as much to do with your success as your music does. As with her debut Dawn’s Music from last year, the new album Fireproof is packaged as a mystery (hand-screened cardboard sleeve with no discernible label information), populated with lovely, accomplished and haunting acoustic pop that deserves a much bigger audience than this self-released enigma could ever reach.

She writes hooky, smart pop songs, and delivers them with laidback yet self-assured style. Reminiscent of the raw traditionalism of Woody Guthrie and the experimental alt-folk lyricism of artists like Joanna Newsome, the Louisville KY native plays a variety of instruments. She has laid off the accordion on the new album, but the disc is populated with a variety of warm sounds beyond the acoustic guitar which holds them together, from banjo to bells. And Landes’ playing is just as compelling as her confident and emotional vocals.

Perhaps she is happy where she is, crafting pop nuggets for a small group of friends and supporters, but with her songwriting, voice, musicianship and natural beauty she could be some sort of next big thing!

Dawn’s day job is as a recording engineer, working with such renowned artists as Hem, Philip Glass, Joseph Arthur and Ryan Adams.

Fireproof was made in an old fire-station in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Recorded mostly live to 2″ tape with Ray Rizzo on the drums, Jonny Flower on bass, Dawn on guitar/vocals, and Adam Lasus at the tape machine. Dawn camped out in the studio alone for a week doing overdubs and tinkering with various electronics, then Gary Maurer came in to mix the record. Bob Hoffnar, Steve Curtis, and Gary Maurer (all members of the band HEM) added instrumentals etc to the album.

Here’s a good video on YouTube for “Twilight” as directed by Franck Raharinosy Doczilla;
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_xd9Twbgd84

Tracklisting:

01. Bodyguard
02. I don’t need no man
03. Tired of this life
04. Twilight
05. Private little hell
06. Picture show
07. Kids in a play
08. Toy piano
09. Dig me a hole
10. I’m in love with the night
11. Goodnight Lover
12. You Alone

Here she be; Proof of Fire

Banzai !

February 20, 2008 Posted by | Dawn Landes, Music_Alternative, _MUSIC | 1 Comment

Dawn Landes – Fireproof

Dawn Landes – Fireproof (2007)
Genre: Folk Rock | MP3 192 kbps | 55 MB | RS | 41 min

Yes, Dawn Landes is a real name. Not a noun and verb randomly brought together!

The cover is from a photograph taken last January of our heroine feeding bananas to a two-headed ostrich. Yes, you can find ’em in Louisville KY!

Here’s the sophomore outing from this young American lass, the follow up to 2006’s rather good Dawn’s Music.

Let’s begin with the broad description similes, straight from the Dublindog school of lazy journalism! Her musical style has been described variously as folk songs with Indie-rock production, Cat Power crossed with Gillian Welch and Suzanne Vega meets Diane Cluck (erm … who the fuck is Diane Cluck? Is Cluck some sort of Cockney rhyming slang? Else, is she chicken licken’s sister?)

Landes’ music falls in a strange place in a musical landscape defined by both sound and vision, where your package and your people have as much to do with your success as your music does. As with her debut Dawn’s Music from last year, the new album Fireproof is packaged as a mystery (hand-screened cardboard sleeve with no discernible label information), populated with lovely, accomplished and haunting acoustic pop that deserves a much bigger audience than this self-released enigma could ever reach.

She writes hooky, smart pop songs, and delivers them with laidback yet self-assured style. Reminiscent of the raw traditionalism of Woody Guthrie and the experimental alt-folk lyricism of artists like Joanna Newsome, the Louisville KY native plays a variety of instruments. She has laid off the accordion on the new album, but the disc is populated with a variety of warm sounds beyond the acoustic guitar which holds them together, from banjo to bells. And Landes’ playing is just as compelling as her confident and emotional vocals.

Perhaps she is happy where she is, crafting pop nuggets for a small group of friends and supporters, but with her songwriting, voice, musicianship and natural beauty she could be some sort of next big thing!

Dawn’s day job is as a recording engineer, working with such renowned artists as Hem, Philip Glass, Joseph Arthur and Ryan Adams.

Fireproof was made in an old fire-station in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Recorded mostly live to 2″ tape with Ray Rizzo on the drums, Jonny Flower on bass, Dawn on guitar/vocals, and Adam Lasus at the tape machine. Dawn camped out in the studio alone for a week doing overdubs and tinkering with various electronics, then Gary Maurer came in to mix the record. Bob Hoffnar, Steve Curtis, and Gary Maurer (all members of the band HEM) added instrumentals etc to the album.

Here’s a good video on YouTube for “Twilight” as directed by Franck Raharinosy Doczilla;
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_xd9Twbgd84

Tracklisting:

01. Bodyguard
02. I don’t need no man
03. Tired of this life
04. Twilight
05. Private little hell
06. Picture show
07. Kids in a play
08. Toy piano
09. Dig me a hole
10. I’m in love with the night
11. Goodnight Lover
12. You Alone

Here she be; Proof of Fire

Banzai !

February 20, 2008 Posted by | Dawn Landes, Music_Alternative, _MUSIC | Leave a comment