Atop our Christmas wish list for years has been “new music from An ? Christmas”. Atop ’s to-do list for years has been “make a Christmas album”. What better way to kick off the holiday season than announcing
This one also has a touching backstory. Soon after Eden met London trombonist/arranger Bob Dowell on the 2008 Blues Cruise, they began a relationship that included one particularly sweet tradition: they’d spend Christmases in Eden’s hometown of Greenville, Mississippi. The yuletide season had always held a special place in both their hearts, and the feeling deepened with each holiday visit.
When Eden began to feel the urge to make her first Christmas album, it was clear that Bob (now her husband, who’d moved to be with her in Greenville) should write the charts. A graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, Bob had been immersed in blues, jazz and R&B for years, and arrangements were his forte.
For the sessions, Bob tapped the deep pool of Memphis instrumentalists with whom he’s played and recorded. The musicians heard here have worked with B.B., Aretha, Booker T., Dr. John, the Bo-Keys and more. This project had been years in the making, but this became a “hit it and quit it” recording. One practice, one take: this is what largely went down, with a team of Memphis stalwarts, Bob’s inspired charts and Eden’s earthy vocals sounding more Etta than Ella. Whether you’re feeling a Dickensian winter bite or basking in balmy climes, this is a warm-hearted Christmas throwback you’ll spin every year about this time!
Today, Billboard is exclusively premiering the new “Taco Night Material” music video by the Claudettes. Created by noted Brooklyn photographer/artist Kate Stone, the video was made using stop-motion animation and photographic cut-outs in a diorama-like set. It was entirely made by hand with no digital manipulation, and took about eight hours to animate every 30 seconds of footage.
This Claudettes song is the confession of a woman who finds herself trapped in an oppressive marriage. Facing a future of agonizingly domestic “Taco-night Tuesdays,” she chooses murder over a life of never-ending wifely responsibilities. It’s a Women’s Empowerment anthem that doubles as a “killer” Halloween cut. The imagery in the video references 16th-century vanitas paintings, but here the still lives are not still. It’s a fast-paced, surreal psychobilly romp with murder, intrigue, skeletons, bugs, rotting taco meat, singing appliances and, slimiest of all, fetid old gender roles.
This tune was released on right here along with the band’s three additional releases on Yellow Dog Records!’ spring 2018 album DANCE SCANDAL AT THE GYMNASIUM! which you can find
“Boasts punk spirit, earworm melodies, and a neo-retro sound that’s loaded with appeal…” —The Second Disc
“With elements of blues, soul, punk, and flat out noise, the quartet have something truly unique that you have to hear to understand — even if it only succeeds to confuse you more.” —Girl Underground Music
“[The band’s new lineup] has only made’ distinct and idiosyncratic blend — punk, blues, R&B, rockabilly, some jazz — more potent.” —Billboard
“Every song on the album gives me a jumpstart, I hear so many levels of what I consider amazing creativity that it is hard to dissect… this album will end up on a very special list at the end of the year.” —No Depression
Make sure you are firmly situated with three points of contact with the ground, then take a deep breath and give the album a listen. Let us know what you think!