Saturday Afternoon Artist: Hercules and Love Affair

It’s not every day that you get to see one of your all-time favorite bands.  This Wednesday at Neumo’s New York band Hercules and Love Affair play a live show. Their songs are a mix of club beats and jazzy/soulful pop.

The story goes that producer/composer Andy Butler asked his friend Antony  (from Antony and The Johnsons) to sing a dance track.  Antony is said to have been apprehensive about the first results, but after Andy made 25 different mixes of the song “Blind”, Antony finally said that one was “great”.

Personally I was stunned by the quality of the lyrics, and Antony’s voice (which reminds me of Billie Holiday).  And as my mind slowly accepted the mix of decadent dance beats and emotional pop,  this 2008 release “Hercules and Love Affair” became a record that I craved weekly.  Another guest on the album is Nomi Ruiz, a singer who’s worked with Blondie, CocoRosie and others.  She steps up to the mic on this tour (it’s not surprising that Antony is too busy to come along) and pulls off her own songs as well as Antony’s live. She’s the one that will lead the pack for most of the songs on Wednesday night.  You can judge for yourself whether she fills Antony’s shoes or not.

As someone who loves almost all dance music, this record is a standout cause I also love the words.  The pop element gives you a real person to watch, hear and feel while you dance. Someone who’s been through what you’ve been through.  And isn’t that what it’s all about?

Hercules and Love Affair play this Wednesday night at Neumo’s on Capitol Hill. Michele Myers is the producer of KEXP Documentaries, and hosts on KEXP 90.3FM Saturdays 3-6pm and on WNYE in NYC 91.5FM Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 6-9am.

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2 Comments

  1. TylerPurrden
    Posted August 8, 2010 at 9:56 am | Permalink

    OK, that Nomi, in the live clip? About the most nauseatingly-skinny singer I’ve ever seen - no wonder her vocals get lost in the live mix, she’s literally wasting away! Even more disturbing was the video that showcases her up-close-and-personal, confirming that she most definitely was a dude at some point in her life - nice ginormous fake boobs! She’s pretty convincing...
    But I will stop being snarky (my bad, it’s early on a Sunday morning and I’m using your blog to distract myself from the fact I have to be at work today and haven’t had any coffee yet) and I will say you’re pretty much my favorite female DJ (without offending any other women on the mike at KEXP) and I am constantly getting my eyes/ears opened by your infinite musical wisdom (I so love the documentaries) and your knack for tasty tunes - and Hercules and Love Affair are no exception! Just a shame that Antony couldn’t be there himself - I’m sure the combination would sound unbelievable live...

  2. Columbus DJ
    Posted August 8, 2010 at 8:22 pm | Permalink

    I think she is awesome. I have actually seen them live. They are definitely a winner. As a professional DJ I see all types of acts and entertainment... I am absolutely a fan... thanks for the vids...

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