J. DiMenna Takes Awkward Buildings on the Road
"DiMenna sings in a high, sweet voice evocative of Ray Davies and Elliot Smith in their respective primes. And his graceful, strings-endowed art-pop is as richly endowed in atmospherics as it is in metaphoric meaning."
- Jon Takiff / Philadelphia Daily News
"Terrific debut from this talented, multi-instrumental songwriter."
- John James / Syndicated column Positively Yeah Yeah Yeah
Brooklyn songwriter J. DiMenna is heading out on tour in support of his acclaimed debut, Awkward Buildings, recently released through Exotic Recordings in March. Hitting some of the same cities as his March road venture to preview the album, DiMenna will stretch his wings to San Antonio, Atlanta and Pittsburgh this time out and toting lyrical dexterity ranging from the dark musings of Leonard Cohen to the fresh optimism of Cat Stevens.
Recorded over a year and a half in Asheville with producer Steven Heller, Awkward Buildings features local musicians Drew Heller (Toubab Krewe), Tyler Ramsey, Bill Reynolds (Drug Money), Bill Smith, and Mike Horgan, and a special performance by the late Bob Moog. In spring 2005, J moved north and finished the album in Brooklyn at Bushwick Studios, working with Joshua Kessler and Keith Saunders. These sessions included performances from another talented group of locals: Ethan Eubanks (Ivy), Mike Oliverio (Good Evening, Adam Richman) and Whynot (Gavin DeGraw).
What other folks are sayin':
"...haunting lyrics, atmospheric strings and vaudevillian compositions, I can't help thinking that fans of Grant Lee Philips and Devendra Banhart would be just as impressed as we are by this impressive body of work." -The Deli Magazine (Brooklyn)
"(Awkward Buildings) subtly intertwines folk, rock, jazz and world influences into romantic waltzes about the uplifting and the downtrodden. Bert Jansch plus Elliott Smith, with a dash of Tom Waits." -Flagpole Magazine
The Weekly Alibi (Albuquerque) says DiMenna, "Plays music that falls somewhere between M. Ward, Django Reinhardt and Tom Waits... Very beautiful songs."
"Awkward Buildings is really how I view myself," says DiMenna, "A flawed person, who's affected by conflicting social and moral forces. I'm inspired by the flaws in people because they reflect their character and emotion."
J. DiMenna Tour Dates
04.22 | Gooski's | Pittsburgh, PA
04.23 | Fuhgeddabout it Saloon | Pittsburgh, PA
04.25 | The Loft | Fredericksburg, VA
04.27 | The Cave | Chapel Hill, NC
04.28 | Asheville Pizza and Brew | Asheville, NC
05.03 | Sam's Burger Joint | San Antonio, TX
05.05 | Le Cave at Le Bistro | Ruidoso, NM
05.06 | Plush | Tucson, AZ
05.10 | Lenny's | Atlanta, GA
05.11 | Cell Block | Mobile, AL
05.19 | NEST Art Space | Bridgeport, CT
05.25 | Cousin Larry's Cafe | Danbury, CT