Every Friday night at Midnight on my show Nite Life (which runs from 9pm-1am) I choose an album from my personal collection and bring you some story and trax from that record.
This week’s Midnight Album Feature is by Lovage. The band is a recording project, people who play in other projects getting together just for this disc, which was recorded in 2001. It’s called Music to Make Love to Your Old Lady By Lovage was formed by Dan “the Automator”, a very talented DJ and producer going under the alias Nathaniel Merriweather. He plays with Mike Patton (Faith No More, Mr. Bungle) and Jennifer Charles (from Elysian Fields). One of my favorite tracks off of this excellent album is “To Catch a Thief.” The sample it starts with is hilarious. This instructor-type guy from some 50s or 60s self-help tape says you shouldnâ€™t get into an intimate relationship until you are totally mature enough to handle it. Heh heh.
I saw these guys at the old Backstage (a club no longer open in Seattle). They set up a lounge onstage, with couches and chairs, rugs and lamps. The guys were wearing smoking jackets and Jennifer Charles had on a cocktail dress. They all had martinis in glasses and smoked either cigars or those long cigarette holder things. (This show was before the smoking ban.) The male-female vocals are husky, sexy, almost whispered. All this made an imaginary world, like you were watching some bizarre film noir. Click on this video to experience the lounge land of Lovageâ€¦
Two of my favorite DJs layer the sound on this record. Kid Koala is on the turntables as well as Dan the Automator. My other favorite track is one of the sexy, smoky tracks, “Stroker Ace.” I really wish this band would do another record. Where else can you find a place where lounge, trip hop, hip hop, sweet samples and imaginary characters live together in humorous harmony. Nowhere elseâ€¦ but Lovage.
This week it’s Norwegian band Low Frequency In Stereo with one of the finest rock releases from 2006: The Last Temptation of The Low Frequency In Stereo!