Junip smokes out Bardot

By | June 16th, 2011 | 2 Comments

The three core members of Junip: Tobias Winterkorn, José González, Elias Araya.

Swedish trio Junip played a flawless show at Bardot Wednesday night. I know the word “flawless” is usually used as a synonym for “really good”, but the band, led by beloved indie songwriter José González, nailed every note in an hour-plus set whose smoky urgency suited the venue’s sexier-than-thou ambience to a tee.

On paper, Junip is a three-man outfit — González (guitar, vocals), Elias Araya (drums), Tobias Winterkorn (keyboards) — but Wednesday night the group also included a bassist and a percussionist on congas, woodblocks, and drum machine. Everyone was superb, but the standout for me was Araya, who is both man and machine on the drums, wonderfully attuned to the musical moment and impossibly precise. (He reminded me a bit of Phil Selway of latter day Radiohead.)

With Araya setting the pace and González narrating in a low croon, the performance had the feel of an aural quest in search of … something. God knows what, but you were down for the journey.

Our attempt to capture video failed miserably on account of a fritzing Flip Cam, but we did get some audio. Here is Junip playing “Howl” off of their only album, Fields.


“Howl” — Junip

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Junip and Jacques

By | June 15th, 2011 | 9 Comments

Swedish folk trio Junip -- Elias Araya, José González, Tobias Winterkorn -- is playing at Bardot Wednesday night.

Ripe off of playing Bonnaroo last weekend, Swedish trio Junip is playing a sure-to-mesmerize show Wednesday night at Bardot with local sound sculptor Helado Negro opening.

Featuring Swedish-Argentine indie folky José González on vocals and classical guitar, Junip is wrapping up a brief U.S. tour before catching up with the European festival circuit and, according to a New Times interview, hitting the studio for the follow-up to the trio’s first full-length, Fields.

While tickets for Junip at Bardot are selling out as you read (can’t say we didn’t warn ya’), we do have two free tickets to give away for nu-disco DJ Jaques Renault, who’ll hoist the glittering ball at Bardot Friday night. Now, you can hold the name he shares with a certain repulsive Twin Peaks character against him, but don’t write Renault off for trying to bring disco back. Bell bottoms be damned! The 28-year-old New Yorker just wants you to dance and, according to Paper Mag, no less a rug cutter than James Murphy considers Renault up to the task of unhinging our generation’s rusty joints.

If that endorsement isn’t good enough (and it really should be), here’s Renault’s low-fi video for the high-gloss track “Bad Skinned”. To enter to win the free tickets, simply leave a comment on this post. (Disco-y interjections such as “Outta sight!” and “Dy-no-mite!” encouraged.) I will announce the winner, chosen randomly with the aid of a salad spinner, on our Facebook page early on Thursday.

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