Goodbye Vacation, Hello Jeane

Apart from coming up with good songs and being able to play them live*, one of the hardest things new bands face these days is choosing a name. For example: Those of you who follow my Summer Fridays mix series (this week’s the last one of 2011, by the way) may remember the song “Jeane” from Brooklyn trio Vacation that was featured way back in June.

But there was already at least one other band called Vacation and a couple called Vacations, so they decided to change their name while it was easy to do so. So welcome Jeane to the scene.

In taking the name of one of their songs, they also seem to have retired said song. The two times I’ve seen Jeane live, they haven’t played it — which kind of makes sense. “Jeane” was, by a good stretch, the band’s poppiest song that had a strong ’80s Madonna vibe to it. The rest of their material is darker and propulsive with a strong Krautrock vibe to it, courtesy drummer Kyle Clairmont Jacques (who can hammer the hi-hat like Stephen Morris) and bassist Quinn Lewington.

Singer Paul Dally brings a slurry vocal style to group — and a sense of unpredictability. Especially live. He’s a real livewire on stage, pacing around, going into the crowd, laying down singing on his back… it’s somewhere between Ian Curtis and Jim Morrison. Shy types might want to stand near the back.

Jeane just released their first EP, Hidden House, today and it’s a free download from their Bandcamp site:

For sure check out lead track “Run Away” which samples New Order’s “True Faith.” And go see them live, not that they have any dates coming up…but be on the lookout.

Bonus: here’s a track from when they were still Vacation and they do still play this one live. It’s really got the motorik thing working:

MP3: Jeane – Agents of Cowardice

*also: finding an affordable practice space, figuring out how to tour without going broke and how to break through an increasingly cluttered landscape of new bands.


Batten the Hatches: It’s Summer Fridays 4.14

The calm before the storm. Literally. New York is bracing for the biggest hurricane it’s ever faced (named after Irene Ryan, Granny Clampett was one tough cookie) and I’m just hoping my 100 year-old building will survive the winds. (It survived the earthquake on Monday… what a week!) Until then, or if you’re somewhere not on the East Coast of the United States, please enjoy the collection of mostly jangly pop. This week mostly ping-pongs between now and the mid-’80s (hey, that’s new for me!), with a few stops in the ’90s as well.

Cover art this week is by me. This was taken on the Williamsburg Bridge on a summer Friday back in June. I know I said no Hipstamatic pictures, but I can break my own rules, dammit. Anyway, it’s a nice picture I think.


1. Tommy Keene – Places that are Gone
2. This Many Boyfriends – Young Lovers Go Pop!
3. Easterhouse – Out on Your Own
4. Cut Off Your Hands – Nausea
5. The Smiths – Half a Person
6. Real Estate – It’s Real
7. Kitchens of Distinction – Third Time We Opened the Capsule
8. Violens – Through the Window
9. Psychic TV – Godstar
10. Male Bonding – Tame the Sun
11. The Candyskins – Submarine Song
12. Big Troubles – Misery
13. Girls – Honey Bunny
14. Rockpile – Teacher Teacher
15. Grass~Show – 1962
16. Race Horses – Benidorm
17. A Classic Education – Baby, It’s Fine
18. The Lucy Show – Ephemeral (This is No Heaven)
19. Oberhofer – Gotta Go
20. Oh Minnows – Another Volunteer

Stock up on batteries, water, and read-to-eat food, and no matter what you do…no shuffling! Liner notes after the jump. Continue Reading