Dengue Fever live at Bumbershoot on KEXP 9/4/06
photo by Gregory A. Perez
Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s featured selection, chosen by Afternoon Show host Kevin Cole, is
Mr. Orange by Dengue Fever from the 2008 album Venus On Earth on M80 Music.
Venus On Earth, the third album from Los Angeles’ Dengue Fever, shows them laying off the funk and pouring on the spy film swagger. Seriously, half of this album would have sat perfectly alongside the Pulp Fiction soundtrack. Made up primarily of the Holtzman brothers (Zac and Ethan) and Cambodian singer Chhom Nimol, Dengue Fever distances themselves from the neo-psychedelic pack by spinning surf-rock guitars, jazz licks and multi-lingual vocals into traditionalists’ and hipsters’ lounge favorites. Ethan Holtzman uses the farfisa as his organ of choice, the organ used to create much of the original psych-rock of the ’60s and taken up by purists ever since. Nimol — singing mostly in her native Khmer on past albums — infuses more of the English language this time around with support from her bandmates, something that is likely to open their sound to new audiences. Check out their MySpace page for tour details, including their stop at Neumo’s on 3/22. Also visit this site for information on the documentary of the band’s trip to Cambodia, Sleepwalking Through The Mekong, filmed in 2005. We have a clip of our own from a few months back in Eagle Rock, CA: