Posted on Saturday, March 15, 2008 1:18 PM
Pessimists have declared time and again that the CD is dead as a means of distribution of music. Sales may have gone down dramatically, especially where the major labels are concerned, but people still buy tons of CDs after a show and the independents are not doing so bad.
New York band Spottiswoode & His Enemies are releasing two CDs simultaneously: The party one That's What I Like and the acoustic, a bit more subdued one Salvation. Fronted by English singer and composer Jonathan Spottiswoode this band can turn a dull room into a cozy nightclub with their highly original sound. They play brass heavy tunes underlying Spottiswoode's hilarious lyrics about making money out his girlfriends looks on a website (Getting Realistic) and compiling a huge list naming all kinds of women that turn him on (That's What I Like) - even including *gasp* Deadheads.
Spottiswoode & His Enemies follow the tradition started by the likes of Noel Coward, Ray Davies and Jarvis Cocker, playing venomous with a vaudeville backing. Spottiswoode is on of those rare people who can get away with impersonating a lounge lizard from the old days. This is party music for people who listen to the words while dancing their heads off.
That's What I Like and Salvation are released on New Warsaw Records. Official release party on March 22 at Joe's Pub, 425 Lafayette St., NYC, coinciding with the band's tenth anniversary.
Watch the video for That's What I Like.
- 03/16 The Saxon Pub, Austin, TX
- 03/17 Continental Club, Houston, TX
- 03/18 Bomb Shelter, Birmingham, AL
- 03/19 Star Bar, Atlanta, GA
- 03/20 Evening Muse, Charlotte, NC
- 03/21 Private party, Washington, Washington DC
- 03/22 Joe's Pub, New York, NY
- 03/28 Club Helsinki, Great Barrington, Mass
From That's What I Like:
MP3: Spottiswoode & His Enemies - That's What I Like
MP3: Spottiswoode & His Enemies - Nobody Love Me
MP3: Spottiswoode & His Enemies - Gettin' Realistic
MP3: Spottiswoode & His Enemies - Salvation