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Hear Chances R, Dave Longstreth’s Old “Boy Band”

Just before Christmas a “cover” of “Anarchy In The UK”/”Stand By Me” surfaced on the Internet. It was credited to Chances R, fronted by Dave Longstreth in one form or another. Yeah, it’s pretty clear it’s the Dirty Projectors’ frontman and friends in cheeky doo-wop mode, but it’s also helpful to get the story behind… More »

By: brandon / January 4, 2010 - 10:32 am

The 12 Best Late Night TV Performances Of 2009

It was a tumultuous year for late night laffs, with Jimmy Fallon joining the fray, Conan taking over Tonight only to find awful Leno sink the NBC ship at 10PM, and Letterman enjoying career-high ratings despite (or because of?) a sex scandal. It was, however, a solid year for late night music booking. We regularly… More »

By: Amrit Singh / December 21, 2009 - 6:48 pm

Mos Def, Talib Kweli, The Roots, And Two Dirty Projectors Did Fallon

This Black Star reunion from the night before Thanksgiving features DP’s Amber and Haley along with the Roots on “History” from Mos’s The Ecstatic LP. A(nother) hat tip to the Fallon show for doing awesome things on the somewhat regular. More »

By: Amrit Singh / November 30, 2009 - 10:19 am

The Roots Jam With Dirty Projectors. Finally.

Months after giving Questlove a twitter conniption at Late Night, Dirty Projectors had “Stillness Is The Move”‘s beats thoroughly beefed up when Ahmir, Captain Kirk, and bassist Owen Biddle sat in with the band at Bowery on Sunday night. That song’s got legs. More »

By: Amrit Singh / November 24, 2009 - 9:40 am

Dirty Projectors/tUnE-yArDs @ Bowery Ballroom, NYC 11/18/09

Not that Dirty Projectors’ set of four shows at Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall Of Williamsburg this week needed any help selling out — that was handily accomplished simply by releasing one of this year’s best (and most misunderstood) albums — but after NY Mag’s attempt to survey the Brooklyn scene by crowning David Longstreth… More »

By: Amrit Singh / November 19, 2009 - 10:21 am

Solange Covers Dirty Projectors

From the moment it was heard in its live pre-Bitte Orca form, folks were comparing “Stillness Is The Move,” aka the no. 1 song in Brooklyn, to Mariah Carey. (And, as a helpful full-disclosure, in the press release I wrote for the record I said the song’s “ready for popular hip-hop radio, making the same… More »

By: brandon / November 12, 2009 - 11:44 am

NYMag’s 40 Songs That Define The Brooklyn Sound

Welcome to your music meme of the week. Turns out there are bands in Williamsburg, and New York is all over it. It’s far from the first time our neighborhood’s been dressed up and packaged for a major print publication, but maybe it’s the first time the scene’s been distilled into a playlist everybody ca… More »

By: Amrit Singh / November 10, 2009 - 9:38 am

Dirty Projectors Do An Acoustic “No Intention” Via Satellite

Dirty Projectors showcased an acoustic “No Intention” at Housing Works this past Spring. Take a break from familiarizing with new DP material, for another stripped-down take on the Bitte Orca tune: They did it this time for Sirius’ new XMU Sessions, a series that has upcoming showings from Dinosaur Jr., the Raveonettes, and Thao Nguyen. More »

By: brandon / November 4, 2009 - 12:24 pm

Dirty Projectors @ Jensen RecCenter, Los Angeles 10/31/09

While you were out drinking as vampire Sarah Palins and slutty John McCains (research for this post conducted in 2008), musicians were celebrating Halloween in myriad ways their own: Phish covered Exile In Main Street in Indio; Titus Andronicus did an all-Weezer set while fending off security at the Vice 15 party in Williamsburg; Monster… More »

By: Amrit Singh / November 2, 2009 - 2:24 pm

New Dirty Projectors – “Ascending Melody” & “Emblem Of The World”

Dirty Projectors have been playing “Ascending Melody” live since April ’08, though the first time we heard the track at Music Hall Of Williamsburg it was called “That’s My Move” (or at least that’s how they introduced it). You’ll find this loose, chatty (and pretty damn epic) studio version on the “Temecula Sunrise” 12″, which… More »

By: brandon / October 29, 2009 - 2:31 pm

Austin City Limits 2009 In Photos

There was dust, rain, then mud. There was Eddie Vedder, sitting in with Kings Of Leon and calling Perry Farrell up onstage with Pearl Jam during a reportedly monstrous, festival headlining two-hour set. There were Brooklynites and Brits, Dave Matthews and Phoenix, The B-52s and Mos Def, John Paul Jones and Karen O. Basically there… More »

By: Amrit Singh / October 5, 2009 - 1:51 pm

Dirty Projectors Bring Mount Wittenberg Orca To Fallon

You may remember earlier this year when Brandon put together a little show at a little bookstore in SoHo for which Dirty Projectors performed the little feat of composing a six-song suite for Björk in a week, after recording their best record to date, and then proceeded to blow everyone’s minds with it. There were… More »

By: Amrit Singh / September 29, 2009 - 8:52 am

Dirty Projectors Bring “Cannibal Resource” To Letterman

After Dirty Projectors announced last night’s Letterman appearance, emails were sent trying to guess what they’d perform. Sure there is “Stillness Is The Move,” one of the blog year’s splashier singles and a huge curveball from a project that enjoys being relentlessly shifty. But something about sidelining Longstreth with that spangly but repetitive guitar line… More »

By: Amrit Singh / September 1, 2009 - 1:02 pm

Dirty Projectors Announce Temecula Sunrise EP

The four-song 12″ EP includes Bitte Orca’s “Temecula Sunrise” along with the equally familiar “Cannibal Resource” and two new tracks, “Ascending Melody” and “Emblem Of The World.” It’s out 9/28 in the UK via Domino, which is where you can get more details. US details forthcoming. More »

By: brandon / August 17, 2009 - 2:50 pm

Dirty Projectors/Magnolia Electric Co./Crystal Antlers @ Williamsburg Waterfront, Brooklyn 7/19/09

A busy weekend of live music in NYC wound up with a fantastic, if somewhat mismatched, lineup at the Williamsburg Waterfront on Sunday. The show was the second installment of the relocated “Pool Parties,” a series of free summer shows shifted from McCarren Pool to East River State Park. The move has its benefits (beautiful… More »

By: Amrit Singh / July 20, 2009 - 2:42 pm

Dirty Projectors @ The Troubadour, West Hollywood 7/8/09

After spending some much needed time recuperating after having their lives flipped over, Dave Longstreth’s troupe of mind benders have resumed the good work of spreading their Bitte opus to understandably packed houses. Last night’s sell-out hit our photographer Andrew Youssef as “one of the top shows of the year,” and as you know, dude… More »

By: Amrit Singh / July 9, 2009 - 10:37 am

New Dirty Projectors Video – “Stillness Is The Move”

Coming back after being trashed by old people and surviving a serious van accident (and collegiate a cappella), the Dirty Projectors have unleashed an entertaining, unexpected video directed by Matthew Lessner. From its early days at SXSW to when we heard Bitte Orca in full, “Stillness Is The Move” stood out on an album that… More »

By: brandon / June 29, 2009 - 4:30 pm

Dirty Projectors Collegiate A Cappella

Even if Ben Folds snubbed them, after serving up instrument-free Vampire Weekend and Grizzly Bear the Carleton Singing Knights from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota show us that, once again, they have their finger on what’s really (really) popular in indie rock at any given moment. (Though, hey, why no “My Girls”? Oh, right.) Thi… More »

By: brandon / June 24, 2009 - 4:53 pm

Dirty Projectors Survive Pretty Serious Accident

Yesterday Dirty Projectors’ van flipped when they were traveling from Michigan to Toronto. (Yes, that’s a photo of said van.) According to the band, they’d stopped at a fruit stand and after moving back onto the highway were hit by a car that had jumped the meridian after it was cut-off in the left lane… More »

By: brandon / June 24, 2009 - 9:29 am

Bonnaroo 2009: Brooklyn Go Hard

By Scott Lapatine & Amrit Singh
Not that it’s a competition, but at any summer festival you’ll be expected to answer What Was The Best Set So Far several times a day. We have a tie for Friday, at least from what we saw, between two Brooklyn bands at their peak. The melismatic strains of… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / June 13, 2009 - 1:58 pm