As you can imagine, we get a fair few e-mails to the Londonist Music mailbox asking us if we'll plug something so it takes something pretty special to make us sit up and pay attention. "Just wondering if you might be able to mention the London dates for the world's favourite Argentinian ex-clown turned experimental singer, Juana Molina?" is a pretty good opening, for instance.
And so it is, we hereby draw to your attention to the Picturehouse tour being undertaken by someone Q magazine described as the "most interesting experimental artist outside the English-speaking world." Juana Molina is an ex-clown and Argentinean comedienne who pulled in 3 million viewers to her South American TV show but gave it all up to pursue a musical career. Hmm, wonder how much she appreciates us repeating the thing about the clown?
Anyway, David Byrne personally asked her to open his US summer tour, after her album Segundo was named Best World Music Album of 2003. 'World Music' might be somewhat misleading as a description, though, as Molina mixes live looping, self-created electronic sounds and rhythms in with her guitar and vocals, creating what's described as "a vast and strangely comforting array of noises from birdsong to flora and fauna." Something, to our mind, that sounds a helluva lot more interesting than her labelmates Arctic Monkeys and Franz Ferdinand.
Mon 21 Aug - Greenwich Picturehouse
Live in the Screening Room & Basement Bar
180 Greenwich High Road
08707 55 00 65
Wed 23 Aug – Ritzy Picturehouse, Brixton
08707 55 00 62