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Best of 2013: Jason Bourgeois

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Jason is a member of Bourgeois Heroes, Beach Honey and the February Records supergroup, Quiz Kids. Follow him on twitter @junglejasonjr. He made a list of songs that he was into in 2013.

1. Liam Hayes– Fokus. A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III is a movie I really enjoyed. Roman Coppola can do no wrong. Liam Hayes’ score is stellar, too.

2. The Stepkids – The Lottery. Kind of a badass, funky, Steely Dan tune.

3. Hot Chocolate – Every1’s a Winnner. From a very cool Frances Ha scene. Can’t stop listening to this one. The song isn’t from 2013… in fact, a number of the songs on here aren’t!

4. Beachwood Sparks – Sparks Fly Again. “This one goes out to my good friends” is a great way to begin a song.

5. The Monkees – Good Clean Fun. I was lucky enough to see a solo Michael Nesmith show and have amazing seats/a backstage pass to a Monkees reunion gig. My friend Sarah introduced me to Andrew Sandavol, the man who put together the amazing reissue of The Monkees Present and the beautiful Nilsson box.

6. Nilsson – Kojak Columbo. See #5.

7. Henning Ohlenbusch – Maybe I’m Not Meant To Do Anything Remarkable After All. My pal Henning wrote a classic song. I was lucky enough to get asked to make a video (or four)

8. Paul McCartney – New. What can I say, I love those Beatles! Hearing this for the first time made me really happy.

9. King Tuff – Connection. A nice Burger reissue from an album from the recent past. I am converted.

10. Mark Mulcahy – The Rabbit. Dear Mark J. Mulcahy I Love You may be the record of the year.

11. Jeff Lynne – Mercy, Mercy. There’s this music channel that shows all kinds of concerts and roc docs called Palladia. Mr. Blue Sky: The Story of Jeff Lynne & ELO was on heavy rotation and I probably watched it every time it was on. This Don Covay cover closes the film.

12. Sonny & the Sunsets – I See The Void. My friend’s band once opened for these guys and I sat in on guitar. We kinda tanked due to tequila and things, but Sonny & The Sunsets were brilliant.

13. The Upsetters & Friends – To Love Somebody. My friend Brian has a brilliant music podcast called Where’s That Sound Coming From? and the “To Love Somebody” episode was one of many triumphs.

14. The Pastels – Check My Heart. The Pastels release music so infrequently, but they’re worth the wait!

15. The Beach Boys – California Feelin’. Another wonderful box set, Made In Calfornia. I had a legendary “California Feelin'” hammock listening this summer.

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FEB031: “Fleur de Lys & Me” by Bourgeois Heroes

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Elise and Jason are Bourgeois Heroes. The band began in the spring of 2002 on a roadtrip to Memphis. Once they arrived in Tennessee, they purchased a drum kit and an electric guitar and set out to record their first ramshackle single the following evening at Sun Studio.

Since, the duo has released several handmade EPs that celebrate “Friends”-era Beach Boys production, baroque string arrangements, an often rhythm & blues leaning and various “weird” sounds.

Bourgeois Heroes is currently in a long distance relationship, communicating musical ideas between Austin, Tex., and Northampton, Mass.

The two-track download includes an exclusive interview with Jason and Elise.

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Right, lets not mess around, Bourgeois Heroes are brilliant … Brill Dream

Shindig!

Bourgeois Heroes’ 7″, “Olé Hola,” has been reviewed in the Shindig! Quarterly No. 3.

FEB015: “Olé/Hola” by Bourgeois Heroes


 

Elise and Jason are Bourgeois Heroes. The band began in the spring of 2002 on a roadtrip to Memphis. Once they arrived in Tennessee, they purchased a drum kit and an electric guitar and set out to record their first ramshackle single the following evening at Sun Studio.

Since, the duo has released several handmade EPs that celebrate “Friends”-era Beach Boys production, baroque string arrangements, an often rhythm & blues leaning and various “weird” sounds.

Bourgeois Heroes is currently in a long distance relationship, communicating musical ideas between Austin, Tex., and Northampton, Mass. Their most recent release is “Olé/Hola,” available as a 7” vinyl single. “Olé/Hola” contains more of the same ’60s-inspired, jangly pop that those who’ve already discovered this talented duo have come to expect.

Both tracks were produced by Justin Pizzoferrato, whose recent credits include projects by J. Mascis, Hush Arbors, MV&EE and Thurston Moore.

RIYL: Wings, Harry Nilsson, Lee Hazlewood, The Monkees, Serge Gainsbourg, Robyn Hitchcock, The Ladybug Transistor, Apples in Stereo, Van Dyke Parks

Brill Dream blog:

Right, lets not mess around, Bourgeois Heroes are brilliant …

EDIT: March 29, 2011: Very short review on Spacerockmountain blog:

Really lovely and mellow indie pop songs. Very easy to get into.

EDIT: March 30, 2011: Review on Beerandbands blog:

This is a single that does everything you want a single to do. Two short sharp songs that are both excellent, and that as soon as they finish you want to put them right back on again. A vinyl single is made to be touched and loved, and played and played and played, and this one will be.

EDIT: April 4, 2011: Short review on Hartford Courant’s Sound Check blog:

The new song, “Olé/Hola,” is a dreamy little number with jaunty keyboards, fuzz-tone guitar and quietly catchy vocals. It’s the follow-up to Bourgeois Heroes’ 6-song EP, “Musical Postcards,” which came out last May.

EDIT: April 7, 2011: Interview with Bourgeois Heroes’ Elise Nacca in Northampton Valley Advocate.

EDIT: May 26, 2011: Short review on Salty Broad blog:

For better or for worse, this song is STUCK in my head. … It kind of reminds me of a new-school “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da.” Super catchy, and just… goodness.

EDIT: June 1, 2011: Review on Russell’s Reviews blog:

Bourgeois Heroes have a new single out. Ole/Hola is a neat little tune, unfussy and uncomplicated. Its natural home is somewhere between the fuzzy vibe of laid back Super Furry Animals and the twee sweetness of Belle and Sebastian. When You’re Dancing is a mantra like fuzzy disco tune, without being a dancer. It just seems made for swaying in a club. A neat little brace of fizzing pop.

EDIT: Aug. 4, 2011: Review in Valley Advocate:

The CD Olé/Hola was released, says Jason Bourgeois, “in conjunction with a seven-inch record,” the au courant name for what used to be a single. The tune “Ole/Hola” is a bubbly slab of almost retro pop, ringing with Beatle-y echoes and synthesizer weirdness. The song is structured in a loopy fashion, its quite different parts coming back around several times, each jammed (to pleasingly strange effect) right up against the other. Very 1970s sounds show up in the groovy bits, while an intentionally disharmonious female vocal part keeps things interesting in between. The other tune, “When You’re Dancing,” is guitar-driven and unabashedly svelte. It’s centered around the repetition of “You’re beautiful when you’re dancing,” and you get the feeling Bourgeois is offering a perfectly heartfelt sentiment. This is solidly delivered and well-constructed pop.

EDIT: September 2011: Review in Shindig! Quarterly No. 3:

FEB004P: “Musical Postcards” by Bourgeois Heroes


 
Elise and Jason are Bourgeois Heroes. The band began in the spring of 2002 on a roadtrip to Memphis. Once they arrived in Tennessee, they purchased a drum kit and an electric guitar and out to record their frst ramshackle single the following evening at Sun Studio.

Since, the duo has released several handmade EPs that celebrate Friends-era Beach Boys production, an often Rhythm & Blues leaning and various “weird” sounds.

Bourgeois Heroes is currently in a long distance relationship, communicating musical ideas between Austin, Tex., and Northampton, Mass. Their latest effort, the Musical Postcards EP, is a document of this arrangement. Demos and versions of songs at various stages were mailed by the post and feedback was often returned over the telephone or on the back of a postcard.

The recording began at Jason’s home on a four-track tape cassette machine. Justin Pizzoferrato (Dinosaur Jr., Hush Arbors, Sonic Youth) engineered much of the rest of the work at Bank For Recording. Henning Ohlenbusch provided the baroque string arrangements at Rub Wrongways Studio. After these elements came together, everything was mixed down to a 2-track stereo tape, creating a homemade feel that contains both hi-f and lo-f sounds.

RIYL: Wings, Harry Nilsson, Lee Hazlewood, The Monkees, Serge Gainsbourg, Robyn Hitchcock, The Ladybug Transistor, Apples in Stereo, Van Dyke Parks

April 30, 2010: Review on Brill Dream:

Right, lets not mess around, Bourgeois Heroes are brilliant … ‘Musical Postcards’ is a bloody waltz. A lovely, string embedded baroque number with china fragile vocals and a pretty, ’60s-ish chorus. Really interesting, ambitious stuff.

May 11, 2010: Feature on Fensepost:

The deep, mystical vocals of Bourgeois Heroes would ft in very well next to a band like The Church or Echo & The Bunnymen or another similar melodramatic 80s group. While the Heroes hint occasionally at that sound on their release Musical Postcards, it also possesses the instrumentation of modern pop bands like Belle & Sebastian. And you can hear select other influences, as wide-ranging as The Pastels and The Zombies.

EDIT: May 20, 2010: Review in the Valley Advocate (Northampton):

The Valley’s mod tendencies may have started with The Aloha Steamtrain, but at this point it’s hard to top Jason Bourgeois as “mod supreme” among the many Valley musicians who aspire to the jangly, ’60s pop aesthetic best exemplified by The Beatles or The Kinks (though also including The Monkees, The Beach Boys, The Hollies, The Zombies and so on). His voice is uncannily suited to the task. He sounds like a working class English teenager—sometimes like George Harrison, sometimes like Syd Barrett …

EDIT: May 26, 2010: Review on Powerpopaholic:

The orchestral pop and wide ranging influences are a treat for the pop fan looking for clever melodies with whimsical character. The easy going strum of “The Boy At The Record Store” could be a theme of my childhood (sigh). The elaborate baroque “I Wanna Be Nice To You” is a period gem that fans of sunshine pop and The Kinks will be thrilled with. Overall an excellent EP that will brighten your day, so when is that full length comin’?

EDIT: June 28, 2010: Review on CT Indie blog:

It’s a collection of songs that have been worked on through the mail, through demos and postcards sent back and forth. It’s a very interesting concept, and the results are a bunch of shimmering 60s pop gems that make you feel good about your day. The album was recorded by Justin Pizzoferrato (Dinosaur Jr., Hush Arbors, Sonic Youth) at Bank Row Recording, which is probably why the sound quality is so great. Anyway, these are beautifully written tunes that wear The Kinks, Beach Boys and Beatles influences on their sleeve; which is a very welcome thing in my book.

EDIT: July 1, 2010: Review on Side Ponytail:

Musical Postcards, the new EP from Bourgeois Heroes, has a loping, melodic pop sound that reminds me of a combination of certain Belle and Sebastian singles, The Monkees, The Beach Boys (for me, the Beach Boys influence is especially strong on the last track, “Holly”), and Harry Nilsson’s songs for The Point (see this video for “Think About Your Troubles” or this one for “Me and My Arrow.”) … Elise and Jason’s collaboration is seamless & the vast geographical distance that shaped Musical Postcards leads to a gorgeous, intimate closeness. Listening to Musical Postcards feels like being very near to someone.

EDIT: July 18, 2010: Short review on Beehive Candy:

Love a band that can sound retro sixties whilst clearly having their own original monicker, this is really charming music that will lift you up for the day.

EDIT: July 23, 2010: Bourgeois Heroes interviewed by Brill Dream.