SA Sound: A quick glance at the local scene's near and not-so-near future
Published: August 7, 2013
DANDEWOLF WON’T TOUR OR PERFORM… FOR NOW: Remember Budian? If you do, you’ll know who Janiene Bishop is. The singer, violinist and keyboardist is now working as Dandewolf, and has just released her self-titled EP debut through an online licensing agreement with British label Zap Records. The deal came as a little bit of a surprise for her.
“[Label co-founder] Bruno Savastano liked my music on SoundCloud and asked if I wanted to be on his label,” she told the Current. “I said ‘yes, but I’ve never been with a label and I’m just not ready to tour right now,’ and he understood.”
She calls her unclassifiable album (an electronic, moody, experimental collection of self-penned songs) a transitional effort, and feels her next one will be more “dancey.”
“With this one I was still a little afraid, but in the next one I just want to be bolder and go for it,” she said. “I just need to find the perfect balance so I can translate those songs properly in a live setting.”
You can hear/download Dandewolf at dandewolf.bandcamp.com.
DO J. BROOKA’S ACRONYMS MEAN ANYTHING?: Don’t be misled by the contents in rapper J. Brooka’s “S.A.N.D.O.S.,” the first single off his F.O.R.E.V.E.R. mixtape (hear/download the tracks at SoundCloud). To put it mildly, the song’s title stands for, er, suction of a black man’s… something. The rest of the album is surprisingly strong, and I say “surprisingly” because I’m fed up with hip-hop albums in which the n-word and “ho” are on every damn track. Too bad Brooka—who is a good, intelligent and driven kid when you talk to him in person—appears to spend almost as much time on his image as he does in his music (OK, I get it—you have abs of steel, enough already). But I still vouch for his music, I hear something special in it. All he has to do is look in the mirror and tell himself: “Hello!”
“I think that, if people would hear my music, they’ll enjoy it,” J. Brooka told the Current. “I’m not going to stop until I make it. I’m ready. Catch me live and you’ll see energy. Pure energy.”
Born in Germany as Joshua Brooks (his mother is in the military), J. Brooka is a globetrotter who recently moved to San Antonio and has already done a few local shows here. On August 10, he’ll do a two-song set/video shoot for “S.A.N.D.O.S.” and “Kanye,” the latter a simultaneous tribute/put-down of his hero. If you want to stop by the shoot, it’ll be at 17239 Shavano Park (in the Stone Oak area) at 4 p.m. with some appropriate party supplies like complimentary food, drink and a DJ.
LOVING EL PASO: The thoughtful folks of Lonely Horse want SA to show El Paso bands some warmth. On Friday, August 9, El Paso’s Biscuit Roller, Hyperlight Driveship, Man Alone, Jonah Vin and our own Lonely Horse will play a show at 502 ($5, 9pm, 502 Embassy Oaks). “Let’s show some love and support for Texas music and come out,” wrote the band on its FB event invite. “We got a very special set in store for you all.”
ANTHONY BURCHELL IS TRIPPIN’: Oceanic, the new full-length by Trip the Light (Anthony Burchell’s electronica project) will be digitally released for free in late August. Then, in mid- September (and inspired by the impactful Grasshopperpalooza), Burchell is organizing “Trip the Light Oceanic,” a two-day event at the Ten Eleven. He already has some bands in mind, but is working out the details to make sure everyone’s on the same page.
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