Tuesday, June 12, 2012
The Cherry Thing
Yes, you have already heard about it in this very blog, but now I finally got hold of Neneh Cherry and The Thing´s album "The Cherry Thing" (Smalltown 2012). It seems like the international release date is 19 June.
Check out two of the tracks right here, Suicide´s "Dream Baby Dream" from SoundCloud and the video to "Accordion" (Madvillain/MF Doom), before you run on over to the nearest store. The album is a fine mix of jazz, rap og rock tunes, and Neneh Cherry´s voice is perfect for Mats Gustafsson, Paal Nilssen-Love and Ingebrigt Håker Flaten in The Thing, and they are the perfect band of course.
There are originals by Gustafsson and Cherry, and covers of Ornette Coleman, Don Cherry (Neneh Cherry´s step father), The Stooges, Martina Topley-Bird and The Stooges, in addition to the two already mentioned above.
I bet they are even tougher live, and look forward to their concert at the Molde International Jazz Festival in July.
If you are able to read Norwegian, Jenny Hval has an interesting piece in Bergen´s local newspaper Bergens Tidende (3 June 2012) called "Kjøtt og kirsebær" (that is "Meat and cherries").
Here are the tour dates, taken from Smalltown´s site:
SATURDAY 30/06/ Ljubljana Jazzfestival/Slovenia
SUNDAY 01/07/ Porgy & Bess/Vienna/Austria
MONDAY 02/07/ Lucerna Music Bar/Prague/Czech
TUESDAY 03/07 Zaporochye/Ukrain
THURSDAY 05/07/ Trænafestivalen/Træna/Mo i Rana/NO
SATURDAY 07/07/ Kongsberg Jazzfestival/N (the thing + Augusti Fernandez and Peter Evans)
TUESDAY 10/07/ Copenhagen Jazzfestival/Denmark
THURSDAY 12/07 Moriska Paviljongen/Malmö/Sweden
FRIDAY 13/07 Nefertiti/Göteborg/Sweden
SUNDAY 15/07/ Village Underground/London
MONDAY 16/07/ MelkwegAmsterdam/Netherlands
TUESDAY 17/07 Karlsruhe/Germany
WEDNESDAY 18/07/ A l´arme Festival/Berlin/Germany
FRIDAY 20/07/ Molde Jazzfestival/Molde/NO
SATURDAY 21/07 Konfrontationen/Nickelsdorf/Austria
SUNDAY 22/07 Girona/Spain
MONDAY 23/07/ San Sebastian/Spania