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The production throughout Pepi Ginsberg’s third LP Red, expertly handled by Dr. Dog’s Scott McMicken, steeps her vocals in a form-fitting, vintage cast. This cover of Ra Ra’s typically bittersweet “Oh, La,” though, trades some of that dust for somewhat drier tones and more modern touches (buzzy bass and an undercurrent of guitar jabs, etc.), making for a simultaneous twist on both Pepi’s direction and RRR’s frame. Pepi enlisted support from the Spinto Band’s Nicholas Krill, Jon Eaton, and Thomas Hughes (alongside Ginsberg regulars Jon Guez and Pete Angevine), which may explain the shift. It’s a good grab if you’re a Spinto fan, Riot lover, or just looking to gauge where Pepi could go next.

This is how Ra Ra do “Oh, La” (live):

That’s from the same Syracuse attic jam that gave us “Too Too Too Fast.” Back to Pepi though, her third LP Red is out on Park The Van and is well worth checking. Like Frida Hyvönen, she’s found a nice root in Dr. Dog’s ’60s-styled revisionism, and I’d like to see her explore it more. We’ve already spotlighted “Son” and “The Waterline,” but here’s one more throwback track from the record:

Pepi’s starting a little tour this Halloween. The dates:

10/31 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brendas
11/01 – Norfolk, VA @ The Boot
11/03 – Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
11/04 – Mt. Pleasant, SC @ Village Tavern
11/05 – Tallahassee, FL @ Club Downunder
11/07 – Houston, TX @ The Mink
11/08 – Austin, TX @ Waterloo Park (Fun Fun Fun Fest)
11/09 – Norman, OK @ Opolis
11/12 – Cleveland, OH @ The Spot
11/13 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Modern Foundations
11/14 – Brooklyn, NY @ Union Hall

Comments (8)
  1. kate  |   Posted on Oct 29th, 2008 0

    this is freakin’ sweet. i love her in this context + can’t wait to hear more

  2. jenny  |   Posted on Oct 29th, 2008 0

    She’s got a nice rack. Her voice is pretty swell too.

  3. MonsieurMousCous  |   Posted on Oct 29th, 2008 0

    A beautiful lady and a beautiful voice! Like honey and bees in lavender fields of Provence! Oui Oui!

  4. Monsieur Mous Cous  |   Posted on Oct 29th, 2008 0

    Such a beautiful lady and a beautiful voice. Reminds me of the honey and bees buzzing around the lavender fields of Provence. Oui Oui!

  5. dudly  |   Posted on Oct 29th, 2008 0

    best rack and best voice in indie rock

    I want to hear more more of this – yay modern Pepsi !

  6. boobies  |   Posted on Oct 30th, 2008 0

    sweet sweet sweet. and yes, best rack in rock~

  7. David Lee Rothko  |   Posted on Oct 30th, 2008 0

    Pepi has a timeless voice. It sticks with you. She sounds like NY more than NY does these days…sometimes.

  8. Wow I love this voice. And the mix with her right up front like that . . . very interesting

    Rick Nash
    blog.cagleandnash.com

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