5 posts categorized "zola jesus"

10/06/2010

Zola Jesus - Poor Animal (new song!)

Listen and love.

 

The Guardian just debuted this stunning new slice of glamorous gothica that's pretty suitable for late night introspectives or super dark and moody dancefloors. Your choice. Either way, Zola Jesus' Poor Animal is positively sublime.

 

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Zola Jesus - Poor Animal

 

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07/30/2010

Zola Jesus - Stridulum (Creatures of Love Remix)

To my knowledge, there aren't many, if any, remixes of Zola Jesus' striking music that I've seen floating around. And frankly, the darkly-haunting and moving songs really need no reworking, so I suppose if you're going to fix 'er up, you better do it in great fashion. Let's welcome Creatures of Love into our beastly-world. They know the deal...

 

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As mentioned a few weeks ago, ZJ is re-releasing the Stridulum EP, as Stridulum II, with bonus tracks...so in case you missed grabbing it the first go-round, you can pre-order the August 23 release here.

 

But it's London's COL who we're crushing on as of this moment, because they've taken the title track and given it an even deeper industrial-tech wash, turning the already creepily-awesome original into an even spookier and spectacular re-envisioning. Big echoey drums and a rumbling grit make this a great alternative to the song, by pulling out the vocals and opting for chanted oohs and ehhs throughout the mix.

 

Additionally, check out Creature of Love's original material on the 'Space. I'm sold...especially since their front-woman's name is Bonita, and that is pretty spectacular.

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mp3: Zola Jesus - Stridulum (Creatures of Love Remix)

 


07/12/2010

Zola Jesus‘ Stridulum EP to be Re-Issued on August 23 with Bonus Tracks

Zola Jesus‘ EP-cum-mini-album, Stridulum, will be reissued on August 23 in expanded form. Stridulum 2 adds three previously unreleased tracks to the original version’s six, and will be available on 2xCD and LP, with new artwork. The bonus CD is exclusive to Rough Trade, and is a mix by Zola Jesus of music from the likes of Throbbing Gristle, Droids, Meredith Monk, Jackie Wilson and Delia Derbyshire.

   

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Late summer will see Zola Jesus play a number of live shows in Europe. 


The dates are below, and pre-order Stridulum 2 here.

 
Aug 31 - Brighton Freebutt
Sep 1 - London Camp Basement
Sep 2 - Manchester Deaf Institute
Sep 3 - Leeds Nation Of Shopkeepers
Sep 4 - Glasgow Indian Summer
Sep 5 - Edinburgh The Roxy Art House
Sep 6 - Glasgow ABC1
Sep 8 - London Brixton Academy
Sep 9 - France Paris La Cigale
Sep 10 - Germany Berlin Berlin Festival

 

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mp3: LA Vampires and Zola Jesus - No No No

 



06/23/2010

Introducing: Nika + Rory

This ain't so new to me, but after catching Zola Jesus on Saturday at Glasslands, I went into obsession mode and dug up these treasures from late last year and it's high time we all give 'em a little love. See, ZJ is one part Nika Roza Danilova, which in turn, is the former half of Nika + Rory, the latter comprised of Rory Kane. It's time to get weird and wild with the Madison, WI duo. You in? Cool.

 

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You can call it darkpop, gothwave or even subculture jamming, but pay no mind to labeled genres if you want the full N+R experience. With their debut double single, I'm Not Going Anywhere and LA Suxxx, having officially just been released on June 15, Danilova and Kane combine to gloss up the tones you may associate, and rightfully so, with Zola Jesus.

 

Nonchalant vocal acrobatics take center stage as the dark and plodding arrangements weave in and around the listeners. Certain qualities float from one project to the next: the echoed vocals, the deep beats and spine-tingling synth lines. Where Zola goes for the mysterious, N+R aren't afraid to make it a little poppier.

 

Case in point...their song, Do You Wanna Be, sounds like a stealth interpolation of Lisa Stansfield's Never Gonna Give You Up. Don't believe me? That track is below, and then listen to ol' Stansy's cut here, and tell me you aren't immediately in love.

 

Buy Nika + Rory's I'm Not Going Anywhere / La Suxxx single here.

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mp3: Nika and Rory - Im Not Going Anywhere

mp3: Nika and Rory - Do You Wanna Be

mp3: Nika and Rory - LA Suxxx

 

 

06/21/2010

Zola Jesus: Midnight Madness at Glasslands

Can you say sweat? Can you say breathtaking? How's about a tip o' the cap to dark and daunting tales spun and sung by a talented twenty one-year old? Done, done, and done...and that encapsulates what we were privy to this past Saturday night at Glasslands, as local lass Zola Jesus, née Nika Roza, commanded a packed house of captivated concertgoers.

  

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Armed with a brief knowledge of ZJ's music and mannerisms, it was natural of me to go into the evening with a slew of preconceived notions and ideas. Sure, there's her EPs and LPs to familiarize oneself with, along with a few videos to capture the visual essence, but with this having been my first attempt to see her live, I'm quite pleased that each "pre-viewing" judgement went by the wayside.

 

Firstly, it's no lie that the gal's got a distinctly deep, dark and daring voice. But live, she powers through each song with an almost careful trepidation that proves to be both highly exciting and equally intriguing. Also, if you're expecting the signature black hair, that's been left aside as well, as the singer is now sporting a platinum blonde tangle of tresses.

 

Most impressively, Zola Jesus banks on the intense musicality and showmanship between frontwoman and her backing crew. Definitely Beaston-approved and a must-see for fans of scintillatingly-impassioned musicians.

  

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mp3: Zola Jesus - Night

 


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