“SONG FOR EWE”
with HALEY DAHL of
“SONG FOR EWE” is the feature where artists & music people beloved by VELVET SHEEP choose an obscure song they’ve been listening to that day. Today’s guest is the leader of a most curious music collective called Sloppy Jane. Featuring a rotating cast of musicians numbering from 8 to 11 featuring instruments as diverse as saxophone, xylophone and numerous other o-phones, slide whistle (got to love that), kazoo (got to love that even more), guitar (obvs), choral vocals and visual elements including rotting suits ( ? ), ruby red slippers (??) and a bit of a regular trope for our guest – vomiting blue dye. Imagine the Mothers of Invention were conducted by Yoko Ono, Frank totally Fluxus-ed up and you might be close to Brooklyn via LA’s alt punk and performance art maestro Haley Dahl….
here’s one that blue me away earlier…
Sloppy Jane are releasing their debut LP, “Willow” on March 23rd and here’s another number from Haley’s expansive and primal vision…coming over like the Stooges meets Babes In Toyland “Bark Like A Dog”. It’s gutteral, evisceral, and evocative – with Haley’s vocal flourishes like Karen O doing circular breathing before letting fly into a spittoon.
Just FYI, before you listen to the audio F-U…
“All songs were written by Haley Dahl and all instrumentation was written and performed by Haley Dahl and (significant collaborator who is not currently involved) Sara Cath in Joel Jerome’s studio in Los Angeles.”
But what did the multi-talented Haley aka Sloppy Jane choose as her technicolour song for ewe…without further ado…
I’ve been listening a lot lately to the entire “On Top Of Spaghetti” record by Tom Glazer and the Do-Re-Mi Children’s Chorus. Since I’m picking one song, I’ll pick the title track, “On Top Of Spaghetti”.
I treasure it a lot, I was feeling really ungrounded for the first few days of this tour, and sometimes when my grip on reality is feeling a little loose I turn to things that made me feel safe as a little kid. I used to listen to this record on vinyl at my Grandma Shirley’s house in Manhattan and would run around her big rug and sing it over and over again until I got dizzy and fell on the floor.
I couldn’t remember who sang it, so I was in some house with my laptop open under a blanket frantically listening to every version of “On Top Of Spaghetti” the internet had to offer. When I heard, “Hi Kids” and the little kids all yell “Hi Tom!” my heart filled all the way up and I was running around the rug again.”
THANKYOU TO HALEY AND SLOPPY JANE, AND KATE RAKVIC FROM TELL ALL YOUR FRIENDS PR
SLOPPY JANE ARE TOURING THE US (OFF THE BACK OF APPEARANCES AT SXSW)
3.22 – Los Angeles, CA – Record Release Party @ Non Plus Ultra – w/ Geneva Jacuzzi + more
3.26 – Minneapolis, MN – FOE Ballroom + Live at Radio K
3.27 – Lawrence, KS – Replay Lounge
3.29 – Chicago, IL – Peanut Gallery
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