Friday, September 25, 2009

Joan As Police Woman

Joan Wasser began playing violin at age eight, and played with the Boston University Symphony Orchestra while she was in college. Her resume also includes live performances and studio work with Lou Reed, Elton John and Sparklehorse.

Along with working as a violinist for hire with artists as diverse as Sheryl Crow, Rufus Wainwright, and Antony and the Johnsons, Wasser formed Joan as Police Woman in 2002. While on their current tour they are selling a brilliant compilation of cover versions, taking on artists like Public Enemy, T-Pain, David Bowie, Hendrix, Sonic Youth and more. Here is some info I found at The Independent:
"It's a weird mix of old pop and psychedelia, hip-hop and garage indie, capped by a tremendous reading of the Nina Simone cornerstone "Keeper of the Flame", where her quiet dignity and spare guitar-and-strings arrangement gives the song the stature of a requiem for the High Priestess of Soul."
This Nina Simone cover is on fire, and her take on Hendrix is really cool too. Since COVER is a limited edition release that will only available at shows this Fall, click the image above to try it out. If you want a physical copy you might be able to pick one up when Joan opens for Rufus Wainwright at the Paramount Theatre in Austin on November 16 & 17.


Aaron Robert Hall said...

You know, I would really be interested in hearing her and Mr. Waits collaborate on something heavy and haunting. Kinda gives me chills just thinking about it.