Lady Lamb the Beekeeper will be performing this Saturday, 7.27 at Mr Smalls. She recently appeared this past May at Garfield Artworks which I was lucky enough to attend. This time she will be opening for Thao & the Get Down Stay Down at the venerable old church in Millvale. This is easily one of my favorite albums this year and her show was just as solid. Aly Spaltro is the sole artist who creates the music under this moniker. The 20 something musician has taken her art seriously for only the past 5 years, but has quite the buzz and rave reviews. Pitchfork gave her debut album Ripely Pine an astonishing 7.8 rating, although missing out on 'best new music' (shame). We are happy to be giving away a pair of tickets to the show. As usual, just email us your name to firstname.lastname@example.org to enter.
From her press:
More than anything, Aly Spaltro has 20,000 second-hand DVDs to thank for her first album. Despite being recorded at a proper studio in her recently adopted home of Brooklyn, Ripely Pine showcases songs conceived during her tenure at Bart’s & Greg’s DVD Explosion in Brunswick, Maine. Little did customers know, the same store they’d drop off their Transformers movies was providing the ideal four-year cocoon for the development of a major musical talent. During those nightly creative spells, Spaltro tested out multiple techniques, approaches and instrumentation. She brought whatever state she was in that day to the music, which served as raw expressions of her lyrical thoughts. Anger, confusion, love, happiness, and sadness reigned, and the songs ran rampant, with little form or structure. Isolated for those many hours, Aly let melodies morph together, break apart, and pair up. This is how she taught herself to write music and sing.
At 23, with five years of taking music seriously under her belt, when she ventured to the next milestone—recording an album. This would be the first time she did so in a professional studio (not just her and her 8-track) and the first time she shared the process with anyone else. Luckily, she met Nadim Issa at Let ‘Em Music in Brooklyn. He was taken enough by her abilities to dedicate nine full months towards the recording of Ripely Pine, and she with his producing abilities to ease comfortably into making him a part of her recording process. She wrote everything. All the songs, most of the arrangements. And the two of them assembled an album that finally fit what existed in Spaltro’s mind. Keeping the songs’ stark rawness, the record is a pure representation of her sound. Ripely Pine shouts the introduction of a new talent from every groove. Here, finally, are recordings of Lady Lamb that come as close as possible to conveying the intense majestry of her live shows. And, much like her performances live, a narrative breathes through the record’s progression. The album opens with urgency and anger, settles into reconciliation and reciprocation, and ultimately reaches towards resolution, realizing infatuation leads to a loss of self; instead, embracing one’s own strengths is the most powerful thing of all.
Show begins at 8p with doors at 7p. More information can be found here. More information about the artist can be found at these sites: