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Pigeon John - Dragon Slayer - out on Elektriks Collection

Pigeon John Dragon SlayerPigeon John Dragon Slayer
Pigeon John - Dragon Slayer
(CD/Digital) Quannum USA 2010-10-12, Other Tongues Australia 2010-11-19, Elektriks Collection/Discograph France 2011-03-07

Los Angeles-based indie rapper/singer/songwriter/rocker and funny man Pigeon John is back with Dragon Slayer, out in the US via Quannum Projects, and to be released in France through Discograph on march 7th 2011. Dragon Slayer follows up the critically acclaimed Pigeon John…And The Summertime Pool Party and houses the signature Pigeon John humor and witty rhymes, but with more rock and pop sounds. With the aid of keyboard wonder General Elektriks' Hervé Salters, Pigeon John produced the whole record, including, for the first time, recording and chopping up his own instrumentation rather than just flipping samples and banging on an MPC. We'll do a mix about the man in the coming weeks, in order to introduce those who still haven't heard him to the cool sounds of Pigeon John...

Pigeon John Dragon Slayer
Pigeon John - Dragon Slayer
(CD/Digital) Quannum USA 2010-10-12, Other Tongues Australia 2010-11-19, Elektriks Collection/Discograph France 2011-03-07

Dragon Slayer by PigeonJohn

Tracklisting :
01. The Bomb
02. Buttersoft Seats
03. Dude, It’s On
04. Rock Bottom Again
05. Before We’re Gone
06. Davey Rockit
07. Hey You
08. So Gangster
09. To Do List
10. Excuse Me
11. Ben Vereen
12. Rocky Racoon (Australian-only Bonus Track)

Links :

Press Release :
On his fifth solo album, Pigeon John embarks on new territory producing the entire album with help from General Elektriks' Hervé Salters.

Quannum Projects is set to release LA-based Pigeon John's new album Dragon Slayer on October 12, 2010, the follow up to critically acclaimed Pigeon John…And The Summertime Pool Party. Known for his wildly energetic performances, Pigeon John, deemed "a showman in the tradition of Cab Calloway and August Darnell" by the Los Angeles Times, will be wowing crowds again with live dates this fall.

Dragon Slayer houses the signature Pigeon John humor and smarts but with a whole new sound. With the aid of General Elektriks' Hervé Salters, he produced the whole record, including, for the first time, recording and chopping up his own instrumentation rather than just flipping samples and banging on an MPC.

Pigeon John explains, "I'm enjoying the new record because of Hervé's touch on it. The songs ran out of my hands and grew up like children. Control went out the window, and the songs stood on their own two feet without my help. Dragon Slayer is the best TV pilot ever written. That's all I have to say, plus give me a pint…"

The dragon that Pigeon John slays isn't just the malaise of a quarter-life crisis; it's all the little obstacles and stories that come together to make a person. It's that moment of realization, as PJ details on the head-nodding harmonies of "Buttersoft Seats", when buying a nephew's new Jordans suddenly becomes more important than owning the hottest whip on the block. Or how, with the right mind state, sipping coffee in your backyard can turn you into "a young Sean Connery in Cabo"; at least while "So Gangster" sets the soundtrack. On "Ben Vereen" only Pigeon John could create a hook like, "I hate you so much" that goes well with a smile on the face and a kick in the step. Dragon Slayer showcases Pigeon John's sophisticated and witty storytelling ability while not binding to any one genre.

Pigeon John, whether backed by a live band or simply by beats (always complimented, of course, with his smooth moves), has incredibly commanding stage presence and charisma.

Of his love for the live show, Pigeon John says "It's is where the rubber meets the road. A show can never be leaked or recreated. It's traditional, in a sense, just the performer and the people. Vaudeville almost. The potential to flop is inches away from washing over the crowd and winning them. And that danger is what I'm into. You can't fake a show… or an orgasm."

Having shared the stage with the likes of Matisyahu, Of Montreal, Mike Patton, Lyrics Born, RJD2 and Nneka, Pigeon John can woo any crowd, rock and hip-hop alike. He'll be out there like a road warrior once again this fall, and on through next year.

Feedback :
"The L.A. hip-hop/funk/pop maestro takes you on a tour of his (rough) life and (smooth) musical influences, making witty jokes and vehement comments about everything from dating to drugs. Older readers may hear the influence of Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band; younger readers… just go buy this, trust me: It's its own high." - Entertainment Weekly

"Nebraska-born, LA-bred, racially mixed rapper Pigeon John could gripe about what he's not (rich, famous, laid). But the comedic, alienated, singsongy MC's third indie album demands empathy, not pity. Setting proudly assed-out spiels to cheery early De La Soul-style beats and catholic samples (like alt-rockers the Pixies), " the one and lonely" Pigeon John boasts about dining at Taco Bell and macking on mallrats. He cuts his cutesiness, though, with a world-weary tirade toward Jesus and a sad ballad about his homies growing old. Without tragedy, it's hard to be a clown." - VIBE

"Good times hip-hop from college-rock nostalgic" - SPIN

"Pigeon John uses hip-hop to charm and disarm with a classic style and miles of savoir-faire, infusing his black-everyman lyricism with a particular potency and power. Paired with poppy upbeats and whimsical melodies, P.J.'s lighthearted look at harsh realities is akin to fellow L.A. rap iconoclasts the Pharcyde at their freshest." - LA Weekly

"There's not just skill and bump in this music, there's fun in it. Remember when everyone was so shocked at how much they liked Andre 3000 being ridiculous and brilliant at once? He's got company." - Music For Robots

"Pigeon John isn't just one of the freshest voices to emerge in Hip-Hop this millennium, he may also be the realest. The Inglewood native has never fronted about packing heat or slinging rocks despite the rough environment he came up in. In fact, the Quannum MC carving out a niche in Hip-Hop as the Average Joe not afraid to just be himself." -

Pigeon John's discography :
Pigeon John is Clueless (2002), Pigeon John Is Dating Your Sister (2003), Pigeon John Sings The Blues (2005), and Pigeon John and the Summertime Pool Party (2006)

About Quannum Projects :
Quannum Projects was first conceived in 1991 under the moniker "Solesides Records", by artists Blackalicious, DJ Shadow, Lateef the Truthspeaker, Lyrics Born and journalists DJ Zen (Jeff Chang) and Jazzbo (Joseph Patel). After evolving into Quannum in 1997, and enjoying massive grassroots success with the release of Blackalicious' debut Nia in 2000, the Quannum family has continued to expand with releases from such diverse artists as São Paulo's Curumin, vintage keyboard guru General Elektriks and electronic hip-hop duo Apsci. In addition to Pigeon John's Dragon Slayer, 2010 will also see an EP release from Lateef the Truthspeaker around Christmas and complete re-release of classic Quannum catalog titles in 2011.

Pigeon John Dragon Slayer

French Press Release :
Et si vous teniez le premier buzz de 2011? Pur produit de l’Amérique post-raciale d’Obama et surtout du Good Life Café (haut lieu historique du hip-hop underground de la côte Ouest), Pigeon John a tout pigé : mélodies classes, flow pas fadasse, beats qui tabassent et rimes croulant sous la caillasse. Déjà repéré par les aficionados de son label Quannum et de Dj Shadow, Pigeon John rallume la flamme dans l’œil des vieux nostalgiques avec son hip hop à la cool. Il propose aujourd’hui son album le plus abouti, pour lequel il a été épaulé à la production par Hervé Salters, aka General Elektriks. Pour la première fois, Pigeon John a utilisé de vrais instruments, qu’il a lui-même enregistrés et mixés, plutôt que d’utiliser uniquement des samples ou une MPC. Et cela donne The Bomb, premier single bien nommé, parti pour exploser.

Avec l’aide d’Hervé Salters, aka General Elektriks, Pigeon John a produit Dragon Slayer dans son intégralité, en ayant eu recours pour la première fois à de vrais instruments, qu’il a lui-même enregistrés et mixés, plutôt que d’utiliser uniquement des samples ou une MPC. "Le processus est tout nouveau pour moi", dit Pigeon John. "Pour faire une analogie avec le monde du livre, c’est être autre chose que simplement l’écrivain, c’est être l’éditeur. Travailler avec Hervé Salters, ça m’a fait voir ma musique d’un nouvel œil. Le processus en lui-même est fascinant, j’ai adoré." Les dragons auxquels Pigeon John s’attaque ne sont pas seulement ceux du malaise post-adolescent ; ce sont tous les petits obstacles, toutes les petites histoires qui construisent une personne. Comme l’explore PJ au son des harmonies imparables de "Buttersoft Seats", c’est le moment où l’on s’aperçoit soudain qu’acheter des nouvelles baskets à son neveu compte plus que d’être le propriétaire de la plus belle bagnole du quartier. C’est aussi la possibilité, lorsqu’on est dans le bon état d’esprit, de se sentir comme "un jeune Sean Connery à Cabo" le temps d’un café dans le jardin ; pour cela, il faut aussi que ce soit "So Gangster" qui sorte des enceintes. Sur "Before We're Gone", un morceau qui s’appuie sur une combinaison guitare acoustique/claviers planants, PJ aborde le fait d’être sur la route et de penser à cette fille si spéciale qui vous manque tant. Ce MC, qui ne se prend pas trop au sérieux, y saisit des petits moments précieux, comme par exemple la manière avec laquelle elle se met du baume sur les lèvres, tout en s’attaquant à des problèmes plus graves, du genre "Suicide Girls at the Door."  Avec "The Bomb" en ouverture et "Ben Vereen" en conclusion - deux chansons triomphantes traitant respectivement des luttes en général et des luttes liées à la gente féminine - Dragon Slayer se situe, d’un bout à l’autre, au centre d’un diagramme de Venn représentant les vies de Pigeon John et de ses fans.

En cultivant ses talents au mythique Good Life Café au début des années 90, aux côtés d’artistes tels que Kurupt, Freestyle Fellowship et Jurassic 5, Pigeon John a su dépasser les sifflets entendus lors de son premier passage sur scène, avec, depuis, plusieurs tournées mondiales à son actif. Il ne compte plus le nombre de fois où il a traversé les Etats-Unis d’un bout à l’autre, et a acquis une réputation de poids lourd en Australie et au Canada. L’homme sait s’amuser et a le sens de la fête ; il l’a prouvé au fil des années, en donnant les meilleurs shows hip-hop qu’il soit possible de voir. En vedette dans la colonne "Mic Check" de The Source, dans le "Next Big Things" de Spin et le "Next 100" d’URB, Pigeon John a également pu entendre ses morceaux dans des jeux XBOX ("Project Gotham" et "NBA Inside Drive 2002"), au générique de l’émission "Infomania" de la chaîne CurrentTV et dans des films ("Get Over It"). En plus de tout cela, il est le premier rappeur à avoir été diffusé dans l’émission radio de Chuck D sur Indie 103 et le premier artiste à avoir été invité deux fois dans l’émission "Daily Habit" de FUEL TV. Il est également apparu dans des publicités – imprimées et à la télévision (Levi’s et Nestlé Crunch).

Pigeon John est un jeune homme charismatique et élégant qui, à ses temps perdus, collabore avec des crews underground légendaires tels que L.A. Symphony et Brainwash Projects. Mais ce sont les shows live de Pigeon John qui parlent réellement aux fans de musique, sa présence scénique ahurissante lui permettant de capter et de maintenir toute l’attention du public entre les sets de Polyphonic Spree et de Brandi Carlile au festival SXSW par exemple.

Avec une discographie solo qui se lit comme un CV - Pigeon John is Clueless (2002), Pigeon John Is Dating Your Sister (2003), Pigeon John Sings The Blues (2005), et Pigeon John and the Summertime Pool Party (2006) - le rappeur de Los Angeles est prêt à montrer de quoi il est capable sans avoir besoin de faire de trop longues présentations. "Dragon Slayer n’est pas si différent de mes autres disques, c’est seulement que la fréquence est un peu différente", dit-il. "C’est un peu risqué, mais bon, qu’est-ce que je risque de toute façon ?


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