|Adam Green & Binki Shapiro — Adam Green & Binki Shapiro |
Adam Green & Binki Shapiro — Adam Green & Binki Shapiro
≥ "The subtle, sleepy, silkily textured are a sweet breeze." • Emily Mackay; NME
Adam Green born: May 28, 1981 in Mt. Kisco, NY
Location: New York/Los Angeles, California
Album release: January 29, 2013
Record Label: New Rounder/Decca
01. Here I Am (3:28)
02. Just To Make Me Feel Good (3:19)
03. Casanova (2:49)
04. Pity Love (2:48)
05. If You Want Me To (2:22)
06. Pleasantries (2:06)
07. I Never Found Out (2:14)
08. What's The Reward (2:50)
09. Don't Ask For More (2:55)
10. Nighttime Stopped Bleeding (2:38)
• Jason Boesel Drums, Percussion
• Greg Calbi Mastering
• Larissa Collins Design
• Eric Dimenstein Booking
• Lauren Dukoff Photography
• Noah Georgeson Bass, Engineer, Guitar, Mixing, Piano, Producer
• Adam Green Composer, Guitar, Primary Artist, Vocals
• Todd Dahl Hoff Cello
• Samur Khouja Engineer
• Carmen Piteo Vocals (Background)
• Nadja Rangel Management
• Binki Shapiro Composer, Design, Harmony, Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Vocals
• Alia Shawkat Vocals (Background)
• Josiah Steinbrick Bass, Guitar, Kalimba, Omnichord, Synthesizer
• Barry Taylor Management
• Josh Tillman Vocals (Background)
• Jessica Herman Weitz Management
• Steve Zapp Booking
A sad and sweet collaboration, arranged with tender loving care.
• Garry Mulholland 2013-01-25
• A pairing of leftfield darlings, this debut collaborative album by New York’s Adam Green and LA’s Binki Shapiro sounds like a twinning of kindred wandering spirits.
Shapiro is best known for her work with Beck and Latin-tinged trio Little Joy. Green, meanwhile, has made one of the most agreeably unpredictable creative volte-faces of recent times.
• He’s travelled in five prolific years from the twee deluxe of The Moldy Peaches, the anti-folk duo whose winsome naiveté dominated the best-selling soundtrack of Juno, to superb 2006 solo album Jacket Full of Danger, where he reinvented himself as baritone crooner and sounded like Glen Campbell and Jimmy Webb rearranging the words from old riot grrl songs.
• So it’s no surprise that this is a wonderful record, although one suspects that the success of 60s soft-pop revival act She & Him might well have been an inspiration. If you didn’t know better, you might think that these melancholy chamber-pop love duets were long-lost Lee Hazlewood and Nancy Sinatra sessions. Or, at least, you might if Green sang a little deeper and Shapiro sang a little flatter.
• As it is, this 10-track ode to the joys of a sad, sweet, mellow but occasionally dark and atmospheric love song is arranged with tender loving care and produced with just enough reverb to remind you of girl-group classics. Those, and the kind of folk and country that occasionally crept into the charts at the end of the 1960s.
• The pair apparently took inspiration for this broken-hearted mood from their own separate dysfunctional love lives. Whether the beautiful friendship they’ve launched on this record has anything to do with their shattered romances, we do not yet know.
It does, though, spark the thought that this album sounds exactly like what you might get if the similarly heartbroken The xx formed a cross-generational supergroup with Sonny and Cher. They got tunes, babe.
Copyright: © 2013 Adam Green & Binki Shapiro. Under exclusive license to Rounder/Concord Records. Manufactured and distributed by Concord Music Group, Inc.
Website AG: http://adamgreen.info/
• • By Zach Kelly; January 31, 2013 (Rating: 6,7)
• • Graeme Virtue
• The Guardian, 15 April 2013 18.13 BST (Rating: ***)
• • By George Bass (Rating: 8/10)
• • Emily Mackay; NME; January 24, 2013; (Rating: 7/10)
• • David Pollock; 13/04/2013 01:56 (Rating: ***)
Description in french:
• "Adam Green, ex-leader des Moldy Peaches et icône de la scène « anti-folk » new-yorkaise, collabore avec Binki Shapiro, ancienne Little Joy et mannequin à ses heure perdues, pour un duo envoûtant.
• Il suffit d’une seule écoute à Adam Green & Binki Shapiro pour accrocher à leur univers. Grâce à ses arrangements rappelant les sonorités pop-folk de la fin des sixties et à la complicité évidente qui lie les deux chanteurs, ce duo semble être l’accompagnement parfait pour une journée d’été ensoleillée en Californie. L’atmosphère dans laquelle nous entraîne les deux artistes, avec leurs sons de guitares rayonnants et les discrets accents de claviers suggère evidemment quelque chose de romantique, néanmoins les paroles sont plus axées vers une douce mélancolie, discourant de manière simple et candide sur la trahison, les ruptures amoureuses et les discordes conjugales. Oscillant entre harmonie et amertume, Green et Shapiro nous apparaissent comme des confidents, des intimes, transposant de difficiles situations personnelles en de complexes et magnifiques chansons."
• Le duo pop folk masculin/féminin est un créneau musical à la mode. Encore un exemple qui devrait réussir ...
Review by Tim Sendra (Editor rating: ****)
• Since his start with Moldy Peaches, Adam Green has taken the long road to respectability, slowly moving from out of tune anti-folkie to recording this thoroughly adult-oriented album for the august folk label Rounder. Here he teams with Binki Shapiro (former vocalist for Little Joy) on an album of duets that hit the sweet spot between the off-kilter weirdness of Nancy Sinatra's work with Lee Hazlewood and the sexy swagger of Serge Gainsbourg's duets with his pick of ladies. Green and Shapiro's voices blend like a nostalgic dream -- hers smooth as silky stockings, his as rumbling and dry as a desert wind --- as they sing songs of broken hearts, messed up dreams, and sticky situations. The songs are bereft of any of the humor Green usually brings to his work; instead he and Shapiro sound deadly serious and thoroughly disillusioned with love. Despite the gloomy nature of the words, the melodies are always super catchy and the duo, along with producer Noah Georgeson, wrap the songs in warm arrangements that are built around a very '60s-influenced folk-rock sound, but expand into some gently orchestral territory at times. The songs would have worked fine as acoustic duets, but the care and feeding they give them really helps the record stick. So do the great vocal performances from Shapiro (especially on the doo wop-inspired ballad "Casanova"), the bouncy pop songs that sound like they could have been radio hits in 1968 ("Just to Make Me Feel Good," "I Never Found Out"), and the overall sense of satisfaction that comes from hearing the result of two writers at the height of their craft telling it like it is about love and life. Hopefully, Green and Shapiro realize the creative gold they’ve struck here and make this more than just a one-off project. Even if they quit after this, the album will stand as one of the best duet records of the era.
• Fortaken: www.allmusic.com
Review: Adam Green & Binki Shapiro at the Village Underground in London [Live]
By cfaruolo, April 10th, 2013
• 9th April, Village Underground, London.
• Since releasing his last studio album ‘Minor Love’, Adam Green has been up to all sorts of mischief, including hanging around and partying far too much with new best mate, Macaulay Culkin. In 2011 Adam Green released the film ‘The Wrong Ferrari’ which was shot entirely on iPhone and featured the likes of Peter Doherty, Devandra Banhart, Jeffrey Lewis and Har Mar Superstar just to name a few... you get the idea! Also right about that time he began collaborating with LA based singer, Binki Shapiro, formerly of Fab Morietti’s (drummer of The Strokes) side-project Little Joy. Flying between New York and Los Angeles to write and record the eponymous debut album, which hit the shelves in January and had a distict 60’s sound reminiscent of the classic Nancy Sinitra & Lee Hazlewood partnership.
• Adam and Binki premiered their new songs to a London crowd back at the end of 2012 and have returned with a full tour this time, stopping at East London last night for a sold out Village Underground. Adam jumped on stage sporting a nice pair of brown leather strides and huge overgrown beard, that made him look like a cross between a young Kris Kristofferson and a homeless person. He picked up his guitar and started strumming and holding it to his ear, “Is this thing on?” he asked before launching into the first song ‘If You Want Me To’.
• “Hey, is there any chance we can dim these lights” enquired Binki and she got ready for her first vocal duties of the evening in the form of ‘Pleasantries’ a kind of hate/anti-romantic duet between Binki & Adam where she criticizes him, “You’re not the bedroom type” and “Can’t be the first to say you’re the worst.”
• A few songs in and Adam Green, who’s been unusually quiet so far, addressed the crowd or “punters” as he refered to them: “So what do you guys get up to in London? Is it fun living here? What do you do? Do you like, just go to the Tate Modern all the time or what?” He then launched into a story of how they all went to the Tate yesterday and saw a tuba player outside blowing flames from the top of his instrument. He then informed us all that he was an actual tuba player himself and that the tuba was the first instrument he ever learnt to play. As ever with Adam Green, you never know whether he’s telling the truth or just making up some story for his own amusement, so the audience just laughed.
• After the next song song Adam Green was convinced that something’s not quite right and asked the crowd “Does my guitar sound weird? I’ve never heard anything like this before in my life. I don’t know what’s going on, this sounds like a toy!”. "He just needs some reassurance" Binki added, "What do you think guys, is Adam's guitar sounding good?" and the whole "Underground Village" (as the ex Moldy Peach called the venue) replied with a convincing avalanche of yes's.
• We’re then treated to a little Adam Green solo section starting with ‘Buddy Bradley’ which included a dance routine that Adam Green claimed to have been practicing for the entire duration of their 4 week tour so far, this basically consisted of him jumping up and down, doing claw like scratching motions with his hands and the occasional hip shake. Definitely worth the 4 week preparation though!
• ‘Friends of Mine’ sees the nearest thing you’re going to get to a mosh pit at an Adam Green gig occurring in front of the stage. It’s then back to a few more Adam & Binki songs, such as ‘Don’t Ask For More’ and ‘What’s The Reward’ as well as a Little Joy cover, ‘Unattainable’ in which Binki took sole lead vocals.
• The crowd and aforementioned tiny mosh pit livened up again as another Adam Green solo classic, ‘Dance With Me’, from debut album Garfield was next. Adam Green stumbled off the monitor mid-dance moves and almost fell into the audience, but managed to steady himself just in time, only to then dive head first into the crowd. Adam Green then carried and passed overhead from person to person all the way to the back of the venue, keeping a perfectly still ‘Superman in full flight’ pose for the whole journey. The instrumental guitar break/solo provided the perfect Superhero theme tune as Adam Green hi-fived a few people before being spun around and passed all the way back to the front again. Clambering back on stage Adam Green received, arguably, the biggest cheer of the night before concluding the rest of ‘Dance With Me’. Really proud of his achievement he turned to his guitarist “Wow! Did you see me? Did you see me all the way out there, Matt?”
• Adam & Binki returned for an encore with an acoustic duet version of Adam Green's song 'Getting Led' before being joined by the rest of the band again. “We’ll be over by the merch stand after the show signing CDs and T-Shirts so come and say ‘Hi’” announced Adam “If you come over, I’ll let you hug me too”. After a lively version of ‘Gemstones’, Adam & Binki walked off stage leaving the band to play a long instrumental to finish the evening off.
• Fortaken: http://hangout.altsounds.com
Biography by Tim Sendra
• Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Binki Shapiro first gained notice in 2006 when she appeared in a series of videos made by Beck to promote his album The Information. The next year she met Strokes drummer Fabrizio Moretti and Los Hermanos singer/guitarist Rodrigo Amarante, who had become friends when meeting the previous year in Lisbon, and were hanging out during breaks in sessions Amarante was playing on for Devendra Banhart's Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon. Shapiro suggested that the two friends work together on some new songs and they asked her to join the band they decided to form. Featuring her angelic vocals, the band was called Little Joy and they released a self-titled album on Rough Trade Records in late 2008. The album gained some favorable press but it turned out to be the group's only recording. Shapiro appeared on Megapuss' album Surfing and Sia's Some People Have Real Problems in 2008, then Beck's Record Club covers album, Songs of Leonard Cohen, in 2009. Soon thereafter she met New York City-based singer/songwriter Adam Green and the two began collaborating on songs together, often flying to meet in one city or the other in order to work on lyrics. The breakups each writer was going through informed the finished songs, the first of which were released in 2012 on the Fall EP (released by venerable label Rounder). The duo's folky Nancy & Lee-styled duets and incisive lyrics were on full display on their debut full-length, Adam Green & Binki Shapiro, which was released by Rounder in early 2013.
Label Little Yoy: http://www.roughtraderecords.com/littlejoy
• Although Green was brought up in a secular Jewish home, his grandparents were very religious. His great-grandmother, Felice Bauer, was engaged to Franz Kafka; her family fled the Nazis in the late 1930s and relocated to New York.
• Green's brother Joel, an astronomer, has appeared as an accompanying musician on several recordings.
• He was married, for a short period in 2008, to Loribeth Capella.
• Green is a friend of the musician Carl Barât, appearing in a documentary with him in 2005. It followed the pair on a night out in London, for the European television culture channel Arte.
• Garfield (October 22, 2002)
• Friends of Mine (July 22, 2003)
• Gemstones (February 22, 2005)
• Jacket Full of Danger (April 24, 2006)
• Sixes & Sevens (March 18, 2008)
• Minor Love (January 8, 2010)
• MusiK For A Play (May 11, 2010)
• Adam Green & Binki Shapiro (January 29, 2013)
|Adam Green & Binki Shapiro — Adam Green & Binki Shapiro |