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DAVE FISCHOFF reworks JENS LEKMAN

Ever since releasing his critical acclaimed album The Crawl, Dave Fischoff has been busy reworking songs by others under the moniker Spoolwork. His reworking of the Jens Lekman song “I’m Leaving You Because I Don’t Love You” is getting some attention and can be found at the Spoolwork Myspace page.

See what these people had to say.

Pitchfork

Brooklyn Vegan

DAVE FISCHOFF tours with JENS LEKMAN and get even more NPR lovin

Dave Fischoff is gearing up to hit the road for a Midwest mini-tour with Jens Lekman starting tomorrow please check the tour dates.

The NPR program Weekend America is graciously using some of their airtime to do a profile on Dave and his music, and it’s scheduled to air this Saturday, Nov. 3. You can check it out here.

DAVE FISCHOFF reveals new live band, tour dates

Plucking musicians from such bands as The 1900′s, The Notes and Scratches, Blue Ribbon Glee Club, and Trio In Stereo, Dave Fischoff has assembled a cast able to bring his studio mastery to a live setting. This is no small feat. Dave’s album, “The Crawl” is sonically expansive, full of organic sounds (drum breaks, violins, trumpets, bells, etc.) and electronically tweaked blips, pings and textures. But in a live setting, these songs take on a new intensity. Elements of the original electronic arrangements remain, particularly in the electronic percussion coming from Chris Kolodziej’s laptop, while Whitney Johnson’s viola helps retain the orchestral pop element present on “The Crawl”. But by bringing Dave’s guitar into the mix (which doesn’t exist at all on the album), and combining it with Matt Hallock & Kolodziej’s rhythm section, the songs morph into a new kind of animal, one that’s a bit hairier, a little less tame.

While the vintage Dave Fischoff show had a slow, quiet intensity to it, this new live sound is much more upfront, extroverted and energized. The whisper is now a roar.

This Chicago-based musician has drawn numerous comparisons to The Postal Service. This album surpasses The Postal Service’s work on so many levels – certainly lyrically and compositionally – but still retains their catchy, innocent charm.
- Chattanooga Pulse

Fischoff fashions a hefty musical composite, drawing upon the likes of the Beach Boys and Burt Bacharach, whose bouncy ’60s pop sounds fuel Fischoff’s imagination into fluttering melodies. Add a splash of some of the Postal Service’s chunkier electronica elements, and you’ve found yourself in Fischoff’s whimsical world.
- Spin

Tour Dates:

09/20/07 Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle w/ Early Day Miners + Odawas
11/01/07 Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom w/ Jens Lekman
11/02/07 Chicago, IL – Logan Square Auditorium w/ Jens Lekman
11/03/07 Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock Social Club w/ Jens Lekman

DAVE FISCHOFF Podcasts, Gets Love From NPR

It’s been a couple months since the release of DAVE FISCHOFF’s The Crawl, but there has been a lot of recent action and attention we’d like to share with you.

First of all, we are proud to announce the release of Dave Fischoff’s first ever music video. The clip is for the song “Small Drifts” from his latest release, The Crawl. It pairs Dave’s harmony-laden vocals, electronic arrangement and stuttering beats with Super-8 footage shot by his grandfather, Joseph Fischoff, in the late 1940s and early 1950s. The Super-8 film was captured digitally and edited together by L.A. filmmaker Sean U’ Ren, who created a beautiful visual counterpart to match the song’s saturated sonics, rhythmic pulses and serene tone.

See it here

Or on Youtube

Second, Dave has compiled a 45 minute audio documentary for our Secretly Canadian podcast series. In it, he discusses each of his SC releases, from the earliest four-track experiments of his self-titled cassette in 1996 to the pop-electronic orchestrations of The Crawl. It’s a guided tour through the thought processes, recording techniques and overall love of sound that saturate everything he’s done. Tune in and enjoy the ride.

You can subscribe to the SC PODCAST through a few different companies depending on your preference:

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Third, Dave has assembled his first ever backing band, featuring fellow Chicagoans Matt Hallock on bass and Matt Hennessey on drums and percussion.

The Crawl has received some nice attention that we’d like to share. KCRW, the Los Angeles-based powerhouse of a radio station featured “Rain, Rain, Gasoline” as one of their top tunes.

KCRW Top Tune

And National Public Radio picked up on it for their All Songs Considered program

NPR’s All Songs Considered

And these fine folks had some nice things to say:

This Chicago-based musician has drawn numerous comparisons to The Postal Service. This album surpasses The Postal Service’s work on so many levels – certainly lyrically and compositionally – but still retains their catchy, innocent charm.
- Chattanooga Pulse

Fischoff fashions a hefty musical composite, drawing upon the likes of the Beach Boys and Burt Bacharach, whose bouncy ’60s pop sounds fuel Fischoff’s imagination into fluttering melodies. Add a splash of some of the Postal Service’s chunkier electronica elements, and you’ve found yourself in Fischoff’s whimsical world.
- Spin

As tales of reinvention go, Chicago-based singer-songwriter Dave Fischoff’s could sit comfortably aside The Count of Monte Cristo. On 1998′s Winston Park, he kept residence in the shell of an idea, carving fuzz-caked frescoes in the poetic gloaming. But The Crawl comes across almost like a Terry Gilliam take on Cristo, all exaggerated pieces filmed with a fish-eye lens that rarely stray from the main character’s rifts between fantasy and reality. Endearing indie-tronic melodies and low-bit pneumatics place Fischoff in the territory of Figurine/Styrofoam, but the jittery staging never subverts the humanity.
-XLR8R

Though he channels Bjork, Brian Wilson, the Polyphonic Spree, and even Public Enemy, often within a single composition, Fischoff’s songs are intensely iconoclastic, a compendium of little obsessions that together create a vivid portrait of how their author views the world.
- PopMatters

And if you will be in the Chicago area, check out Dave Fischoff in action.

April 6 at Columbia College – Hokin Center Annex
623 S. Wabash, 1st Floor
Chicago, Illinois 60605
Cost: FREE!
with Mark Solotroff (Bloodyminded, 40th Day) and Aaron Dilloway (ex-Wolf Eyes)

as well as a DJ slot at the upcoming WLUW record fair:

April 14-15, 2007
Saturday 10am-6pm and Sunday 10am-5pm
Pulaski Park Fieldhouse 1419 W. Blackhawk, Chicago, Illinois
$7

DAVE FISCHOFF is KCRW’s Top Tune

KCRW has recently started a new feature on their new music stream, kcrwmusic.com, it’s a daily download called today’s top tune. Each day, a new song is featured for just 24 hours on kcrwmusic.com and itunes. They will be featuring Dave Fischoff’s “Rain Rain Gasoline” March 8

AUDIO

Her Ghost by Woman's Hour
Aerosol Can (feat. Pharrell Williams) by Major Lazer
Pulsing (feat. Nina K) by Tomas Barfod
Red Eyes by The War On Drugs
Silver Timothy by Damien Jurado
Katie by Luke Temple
Think Of The Ocean by Porcelain Raft

VIDEOS

Happy by Tomas Barfod

Red Eyes by The War On Drugs

Colony Glen by Gardens & Villa

COMING SOON

Tomas Barfod
Love Me
CD / LP
Woman's Hour
Conversations
CD / LP

SHOWS TODAY

Gardens & Villa
Northampton, MA - Iron Horse Music Hall

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