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Ok, Kids, so as you may know my musical exposure was limited pretty much to Bluegrass gospel and folk during my most formative years. Most everything since then has had a breathless sensation of “catching up on something from the past”, a discovered treasure, but one to which I had no connection in my history.
We were allowed to watch old black and white movies, though, and I’ve really been enjoying coming back around to the music of Mae West, Marlene Dietrich, Marilyn Monroe and then related artists (in my mind) like Peggy Lee. I’m probably using the words slightly wrong, but I’ve been using the word “cabaret” to describe my one-person club performances of these high-character, high-camp songs that usually sit somewhere in a cinematic narrative. I know there’s a long Broadway history of this kind of thing, but I’ve always been strangely put off by the “Broadway scene” as I perceive it. Current Broadway music doesn’t have the rich, classic Jazzy, Bluesy or Big Band feel of the movie versions I like. It’s pop-y, overly modern and has the ugly tinge of reality singing competition feel to it: singing as a way to “crush the competition” and build one’s self up rather than bring a character to life or entertain the audience.
I feel something in a lot of Broadway music, and music in general now, that seems to have forgotten that the artist is there in service of the audience. To entertain, enchant and please them. I feel so much ego and self aggrandizement in performance nowadays.
Which is why I love going back to my own personally cherished goddesses and their canons. This summer, I hope to record my first real album in London with Patrick Wolf, a wonderful friend and inspiration. For now, I’m posting some of the “fourth wave” of my music on Soundcloud and Bandcamp and iTunes. The previous waves were: Childhood Folk Gospel, 90′s Amateur Remixes and Early LA Tracks. I’m excited about this next chapter!
It’s a tight, well mixed, weird new album with New Wave/Punk/Club Kid royalty cameos and co-production. Not to mention my fresh weird trip pop electro reverb lush gorgeousness. Videos and costumes with Zaldy & mazing filmmakers coming up!
I’ll also be headlining at the amazing lesbian honkytonk/restaurant in San Francisco June 1st. Full concert. As well as Mustache Mondays in June: Grand opening of the genius new Slipper Room victorian cabaret in NYC in July/August.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE;For a limited time anyone & everyone can download the new, full length, Jer Ber Jones cover songs album, entitled ‘MASKED‘ for free. http://www.sendspace.com/file/xgurfu There’s a new youtube video for Jer Ber’s electronic homage to the italo-disco hit SELF CONTROL (Laura Branigan) here- http://youtu.be/8skbjd7rm8o Jer Ber is not your average drag queen, or “tranimal” (wikipedia). Jer Ber Jones is a drag icon who produces her own amazing music and sings!- “Quite a wicked little voice!” -Blackbook Magazine. The new album MASKED is 11 gorgeous new electronic based cover songs. Jer Ber’s favorite thing is to take over-played A-side songs and twist them up, giving them new life, new meaning, new freak-on. In a way only a Mormon, ex-polygamist Tranny can do. MASKED is 3 years worth of cover songs. A handful of them were originally produced for Jerilyn’s elaborate stage productions and cabaret shows. The other handful were created in Jer Ber’s music studio in Hollywood California, Malibu and Salt Lake City, Utah. Including collaborations with music legendaries such as - Kristian Hoffman (Klaus Nomi, Rufus Wainright, Ann Magnuson) – Jer Ber and Kristian re-create the Boy George/Culture club classic “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?” in the most haunted, electro-alien, “HULK” Lou Ferrigno kinda way (you got to hear it to understand.) Paul Roessler (Nina Hagen‘s longtime producer and collaborator, original member of the punk band The Screamers, 45 Grave) - Paul co-produced and played music on “Private Dancer” (yes, the Tina Turner song) and created a dreamy guitar version of Eurythmics ”Love is a Stranger” on the album, sung by Jer Ber’s ex-husband ‘Mike’. (Robbie Daniels, ). Jeremy Mikush - who is Alaska Thunderfuck‘s accompanist and long time Jer Ber collaborator. There’s a very dark & twisted dance version of Back to Black (Amy Winehouse), Jer Ber’s personal favorite Self Control (Laura Branigan)… A tribal/percussion tribute to fellow Los Angeles blonde Belinda (Berlinda) Carlisle and the Go-Go’s with We Got the Beat… and you’ve never really heard Cher until you hear Jer Ber do a cover version of Believe. And many more! -There’s even a bonus album for sale, which includes even more cover songs, and remixes + piano ballad versions of Believe and Do You Really Want to Hurt Me available exclusively on Jer Ber’s website WWW.ROBBIED.COM Please help support independent music! Tranny music! (It’s rare you find a gal this talented!) It’s easy, breezy, cover songs! FREE! Until the album goes up on iTunes this Summer! http://www.sendspace.com/file/xgurfu (Sendspace.com is a trusted, virus free file transfer site. Trusted by millions of musicians and computer experts.) JER BER JONES LIVE IN CONCERT JUNE 1ST in San Francisco. Headlining at the amazing honkytonk lesbian bar/restaurant- Thee Parkside. If you would like any more press photos, high resolution music or photos, CDs, or an interview with Jer Ber Jones Please contact us! Robbie Daniels, Trophy Child Records, Los Angeles, Ca. Official websites- http://robbied.com https://www.facebook.com/jerberjones The Official Jer Ber Fan Page https://www.facebook.com/theberdachelook Jer Ber Jones Youtube http://youtube.com/user/JERBERJONES Photo of Jer Ber by Austin Young. Painting of Jer Ber by Piepke & Kenny Scharf Jer Ber Mask, CD art by Jim Winters.
Born in 1990?! Ahhhhhh!
emmy Curl discovered in 2001, that melodies can come out from the vibrating strings of a guitar and that the voice can have a great use at the same time. Born in 1990, Emmy grew in a artistic environment that influenced her in all areas; painting, music, photography, etc.. Today she’s completing her musical project, where she publishes, masters and writes herself at home.. She attended the Conservatory of Vila Real for three years learning guitar and one year of initiation to Lyrical Singing.. With 11 years she wrote her first song, “Keep Going.” To be followed by a musical spring, all with original lyrics. Since 2007, emmy has been writing more songs, having today more than 30 original songs. Her songs relate to the transcendent and ethereal, suggested by her soft voice the backing vocals soaked in reverb or by the floating arrangements of the guitar. The lyrics relate to stories about the sea and the mountain, human relationships and love, either imaginary or desired. Even though her songs are rather “naked” (musically speaking) she hopes to have deep downtempo beats joining and mixing in with her work, as well as violins and cello orchestrations.. Emmy Curl and Oscar (her guitar) has performed all over the country: Fnac – Algarve, several bars in Lisbon, Casa da Música – Porto (with Reflect) and often in the Café Concerto at the Vila Real Theater…
emmy Curl descobre, em 2001, que as melodias podem sair da simples vibração das cordas de uma guitarra e que a voz pode ter um interessante uso, se usadas ao mesmo tempo! Nascida em 1990, emmy cresceu num ambiente artístico que a influenciou em todas as áreas, desde a pintura, fotografia, música, desenho, etc. Hoje continua a gravar mais canções no seu próprio estúdio, onde ela mesma edita, masteriza e produz. Frequentou em 2005 o Conservatório Regional de Vila Real por três anos em guitarra clássica e um ano de iniciação em Canto Lírico. Aos 11 anos de idade compôs a sua primeira canção oficial “Keep Going”, uma ponte para a catadupa musical que se sucedeu, todas com letras originais. A partir de 2007, a sua criatividade expandiu-se, acelerou-se e amadureceu conseguindo ter já mais de 30 músicas originais! As suas canções remetem para o transcendente e o etéreo, sugeridas pela sua voz suave, os back vocals submergidos em reverb e os seus arranjos de guitarra flutuantes. As letras falam do mar e da montanha, das relações humanas e o amor, sendo, segundo a compositora “a única coisa real” apesar da possibilidade de serem desejados ou imaginados. Emmy Curl e Óscar (a sua guitarra) já viajaram e cantaram um pouco por todo o país: Fnac – Algarve, alguns bares em Lisboa, Casa da Música – Porto (com Reflect) e no Café Concerto no Teatro de Vila Real.
Hey kids! After over a month of wrangling with iTunes to get my music back up, it’s finally done. Check out my tracks on iTunes here, or use the links in the sidebar to find it on Amazon or other places. Every 99 ¬ ¢ helps me buy more liquor and pop tarts… you didn’t think this body came without a special diet, did you?
Here is the debut of the music video for the Matthew McPeck Pop remix of “Next!”, also directed by Andrea James. This music video will be part of the upcoming mega-DVD we’re releasing with “Transproofed” itself, a commentary track by Andrea and me, an animated sotryboard featurette, plus the trailers for “Transproofed” and our 2008 festival-favorite “Casting Pearls”.
Download the mp3 for just 99 ¬ ¢! http://store.payloadz.com/go?id=256819
Yayyy! After some crazy work in Deep Stealth’s recording and digital video studios, I can finally share a new song with y’all called “Miss Dis”. It’s a quick and sweet little love song… er, make that dis rap that I came up with after seeing a weird photo of a girl, not your typical “cool girl” or icy beauty, who looked like she could have made a really interesting bitch in High School. I loved the idea of someone kind of dorky looking just busting out and letting EVERYONE have it, and so Miss Dis is born. I chose a bitchier look for this video, shot and directed by the inimitable Andrea James, but I was keeping that image of the bitchdork in my heart as I was rapping.
If you’re a DJ and interested in the stems/vocals for this, email me!
I think I like this new Miss Dis persona, heh heh. I may just have to bring her out more often…
Click “More” to read the lyrics, IF YOU DARE!!!