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08/20/2007 | Stereogum.com | www.stereogum.com | Album Review
Georgie James isn't the name of a person. Well not a real one, anyway; Georgie James is the name ex-Q and Not U drummer John Davis, and new musical partner Laura Burhenn, gave the idealized, non-existent songwriter possessed of all the defining characteristics of their favorite artists ("The Kinks, Richard & Linda Thompson, The Jam, Simon & Garfunkel, and some Shake Some Action-era Flamin' Groovies," they say). After a few listens, though, it's clear they forgot to name a pretty key and apparent ingredient in the Georgie concoction: the New Pornographers. John's embraced his multi-instrumental abilities for Georgie James, and the far-flung folk/power-pop he and Laura concoct can be, at times, downright pornographic. Check the chugging Rhodes shuffle of "Cake Parade" for a start...

Georgie James - "Cake Parade" (MP3)

And for another look, have at "Need Your Needs": one part New Porno, two parts new wave.

Georgie James - "Need Your Needs" (MP3)

Alotta goodness rising from the ashes of D.C. dance-punk outfit Q and Not U; next to Georgie James, there's Harris Klahr's project President, with debut Take Music out 9/4 via Friends Records. Have a listen to Harris's stuff at MySpace.

Back to Mr./Mrs. James: Although you can't hear our fave "Long Week" at MySpace, there is one more ("More Lights) from the LP streaming there. Places is out 9/25 on Saddle Creek. They're touring, too -- check the dates after the j.

09/08 - Washington, D.C. @ 9:30 Club
09/13 - London, U.K. @ Barfly
09/14 - Birmingham, U.K. @ Sunflower Lounge
09/15 - Leeds, U.K. @ Royal Park Cellars
09/16 - Manchester, U.K. @ Night & Day
09/17 - Nottingham, U.K. @ Red Room
09/18 - Rotterdam, Netherlands @ Rotown
10/03 - Brooklyn, New York @ Europa
10/04 - Troy, New York @ Revolution Hall
10/05 - Montreal, Quebec (Pop Montreal)
10/06 - Ottawa, Ontario @ Barrymore
10/07 - Toronto, Ontario @ The Mod Club
10/08 - Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
10/22 - Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
10/23 - Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn
10/24 - Orlando, FL @ Taste
10/26 - Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon
10/27 - Austin, TX @ The Mohawk
10/29 - Phoenix, AZ @ Modified
10/30 - San Diego, CA @ The Casbah
10/31 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
11/01 - San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop
11/03 - Portland, OR @ Holocene
11/04 - Seattle, WA @ Crocodile Cafe
11/06 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
11/07 - Denver, CO @ Hi Dive
11/09 - Grinnell, IA @ Gardner Lounge/Mail Hall
11/10 - Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
11/11 - Chicago, IL @ Schubas Tavern
11/16 - Washington, D.C. @ Black Cat
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