Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Joan As Police Woman

Joan As Police Woman is the solo project of superfoxxx and indie rock icon Joan Wasser. She changed the profile of the violin in rock music and now extends this innovative strength to singing and song writing. Joan, a groundbreaking artist who defies easy classification, is a rock-jazz-punk-folk-soul-r-singer, songwriter, keyboardist, guitarist and violinist. Her voice, songs and stage presence have garnered comparisons to Nina Simone, Dusty Springfield, Prince and Chrissie Hynde -- but comparisons will never do justice to her unique voice and brazen attitude. Wasser's spare and dynamic arrangements are complimented by poetic, emotional lyrics sung at one moment in a deep throaty swoon and the next in a high wail. Joan leads her trio on guitar and wurlitzer accompanied by Rainy Orteca on bass and Ben Perowsky on drums.

She took up the violin when she was 8 and began to burn through the classical scene and was quite possibly the first and last to lead her youth orchestra with a platinum mohawk. While studying classical music in college, her love for Mahler and Shostakovich opened her mind to the fact that the violin was not only good for fluffy ornamentation. From there distortion pedals entered her life. Beginning in the historic '90s, Joan was in The Lotus Eaters, The Dambuilders, Those Bastard Souls, Mind Science Of The Mind and Black Beetle. After many major label and indie releases and much national and international touring as a violinist, she started Black Beetle as a songwriter and frontwoman. This led to spots on MTV's "You Hear It First" and VH1.

Joan has recorded and/ or played live with Sheryl Crow, Lou Reed, Tanya Donnelly, Nick Cave, Soul Asylum, Sebadoh, Helium, Laurie Anderson, Sparklehorse, Juliana Hatfield, Shudder to Think, David Gahan, Scissor Sisters, Antony and the Johnsons, Joseph Arthur, The Elevator Drops, Fan Modine, Adam Green, Sex Mob, Weezer, Elton John, Mary Timony, Rufus Wainwright, MMW, Cardigans, Mascott, Angela Mcklusky, The Grifters, played for the Dalai Lama, did Lollapolooza, Montreal Jazz Fest, Conan O'Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, Letterman and The Late Late Show.

In 2000, she began playing solo shows and experienced the sheer joy of musical autonomy which prompted JOAN AS POLICE WOMAN in 2002, named after the '70s TV series "Police Woman" starring Angie Dickenson as an undercover cop. Joan recently opened solo for Rufus Wainwright and Joseph Arthur's national and international tours, playing such prestigious venues as the Beacon Theatre in New York and The Fillmore in San Francisco. This past summer, she was the musical director for Hal Willner's Neil Young Tribute in Prospect Park which drew 15,000 people.

Her JxAxPxWx trio performed a sold-out EP release at Joe's Pub and continues to rock NYC at Tonic, Fez, and Bowery Ballroom. In June 2004, she recorded a critically acclaimed EP with producer Bryce Goggin (The Lemonheads, Pavement, Spacehogg) which the Boston Globe described as "gentle, pulsing, discordant, sexy, strident and soothing". Joan is currently recording a full length album with Mr.Goggin which will be released this year. The new record (called Real Life) features Antony and also Joseph Arthur on a bunch of tracks. Recommended!

Joan As Police Woman - Eternal Flame
Joan As Police Woman - The Ride
Joan As Police Woman @ MySpace

PlayRadioPlay! - Frequency [EP] (2007) !!!
Lovedrug - Everything Starts Where It Ends (2007) !!!
Sherwood - A Different Light (2007) !!!
Arctic Monkeys - Favourite Worst Nightmare (2007) !!!
The Whitest Boy Alive - Dreams !!!
Wolfmother - Wolfmother
Klaxons - Myths Of The Near Future (2007) !!!
Regina Spektor - Begin To Hope
+ The Beatles, Fall Out Boy, Arrested Development, Nelly Furtado, Pink Floyd, etc.
Devendra Banhart - Rejoicing The Hands + Cripple Crow !!!
Nouvelle Vague - Nouvelle Vague + Bande A Part
Feist - Let It Die
+ Vitalic, Gotan Project, Amon Tobin, etc.
Paul McCartney - Memory Almost Full (2007)
Papa Roach, The Used, Lost Prophets, Mushroomhead, etc.
Gnarls Barkley - St. Elsewhere
Jacquemort - Dent De Lait
Fear Factory - Albums
Gotan Project, Zero 7, Tierney Sutton, Ben Folds Five, etc.


Blogger Greg said...

I love this blog, even though I've spent a little too much money on the stuff you've mentioned on here. Keep up the godo work, Ziggy!!

8:02 PM  
Blogger godzookienyc said...

Good stuff once again, keep it up

8:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One of the best singers all-time. Real Life is excellent record. C'mon Joan suck me!

12:47 AM  

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