Video: Jose James – “Trouble” (Live on Letterman) + NPR Stream of ‘No Beginning No End’

 

Jose James yesterday performed on Letterman and released an NPR stream for his upcoming album on Blue Note Records called No Beginning No End. Those listening will find the music low key, approachable, and sensual per usual. Jose also adds about his approach this time:

“I don’t want to be confined to any particular style. I decided I didn’t want to be considered a jazz singer anymore and that was really freeing. Once I realized that jazz singing is just something that I do and it’s just a label, it freed me as an artist to just write without any boundaries.”

The Letterman performance featured a lively band and an energetic James ready to reach listeners with a unique fervor and buoyancy. That man was happy as hell to be on stage – and we were honored to watch.

No Beginning No End drops on January 22. And on January 23, be sure to catch Jose at his album release show on in NYC that kicks off his tour!

Tour Dates
Jan. 23 – Highline Ballroom – New York, NY
Jan. 24 – Howard Theatre – Washington DC
Jan. 26 – Scullers – Boston, MA
Jan. 29 – Cedar Cultural Center – Minneapolis, MN
Jan. 30 – Lincoln Hall – Chicago, IL
Feb. 10-Mar. 6 – Asia & Australia Tour
Mar. 8 – San Jose Jazz WinterFest – San Jose, CA
Mar. 9 – The New Parish – Oakland, CA
Mar. 10 – Brick & Mortar Music Hall – San Francisco, CA
Mar. 12 – The Del Monte Speakeasy – Los Angeles, CA

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New Track: Lotus – “Kodiak”

 

Lotus today premiered a new track on Relix called “Kodiak.” The song is the second single from the group’s forthcoming Build album.

The electro stew of sound that is “Kodiak” has a merry, upbeat quality to it and adds intensity with its clanging symbols, laser beam interludes, and guitar breaks.

Above, get a taste for the guys in action on tour. Watch until the end and you’ll also catch all the winter 2013 tour dates!

The group’s upcoming album, Build, will be out on February 19.

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Tour dates after the jump

Video: Jose James – “Trouble” (Live on Conan O’Brien)

 

Jose James yesterday made his TV debut on Conan O’Brien with an electric live performance of “Trouble.” Seemed to be enjoying himself quite a bit, too! Excuse us while we play this back a few dozen more times.

In the meantime, be sure to check out Jose on his US tour!

No Beginning No End drops on January 22.

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Jose James Announces US Tour Dates + Conan Appearance on Dec 18

 

In support of his upcoming album and Blue Note Records debut, No Beginning No End, Jose James is setting out on a US tour beginning January 23 with a New York City with an album release show at the Highline Ballroom, which Giant Step is proud to present!

Before that, you can look forward to Jose’s TV debut on Conan O’Brien on Tuesday, December 18.

Above, catch a look at Jose performing at this year’s iTunes Festival. Dude always holds it down.

No Beginning No End drops on January 22.

Tour Dates
Jan. 23 – Highline Ballroom – New York, NY
Jan. 24 – Howard Theatre – Washington DC
Jan. 26 – Scullers – Boston, MA
Jan. 29 – Cedar Cultural Center – Minneapolis, MN
Jan. 30 – Lincoln Hall – Chicago, IL
Feb. 10-Mar. 6 – Asia & Australia Tour
Mar. 9 – The New Parish – Oakland, CA
Mar. 10 – Brick & Mortar Music Hall – San Francisco, CA
Mar. 12 – The Del Monte Speakeasy – Los Angeles, CA

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Video: James Blake Live at Conway Hall, London

 

Above we’ve got a clip of James Blake previewing material from his forthcoming sophomore album. This man never fails to give us the shivers. Lucky New Yorkers can experience the magic in a few days, in fact.

Word on the streets is some of the new track titles from his UK tour stint are: “Our Love Comes Out,” “Overgrown Vibes,” “Everyday I’m Safe,” “To The Bank,” and “Retro Clothes Shop.” Cannot wait to hear the album in its entirety!

Tour Dates:
12/06 – Manchester, UK @ Gorilla
12/11 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
12/12 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
02/15-16 – Reykjavík, IS @ Sónar Reykjavík

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