Norah Jones Will Rock Your Lame Ass
No, seriously. Turns out the lite-rock-country-jazzer who used to play for tips at Popolos is fronting a new Manhattan punk-rock band called El Madmo. Me, I don't think the woman singing these songs sounds much like frappucino-set crooner, but it doesn't sound not like her; she certainly curses more than on those CDs you listen to with your first-date sweeties when Coldplay ain't cuttin' it. There's no doubt it's just Jones killing time: The photos that accompany Gothamist and Stereogum's pieces on the El Madmo gig four nights ago leave no doubt it's the Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts grad beneath the blonde wig and thick mascara. Apparently she was even introduced as "No Jo" by someone in the opening band, Pela; there were promises of punk rock, and it was close enough from the sounds circulating on the Web.
Anyway, hear for yerself: The fine MP3 blog site Cable and Tweed has ripped the two songs featured on El Madmo's cryptic Myspace page, "Carlo" and "Vampire Guy." So hurry on over. Almost nobody has visited the Myspace page: Fewer than 200 folks have listened to the two songs, which are pretty nice in a "rock/pop/comedy" kinda way. --Robert Wilonsky
Update: About one minute after posting this, El Madmo's Myspace page no longer contained the two songs mentioned above. Cable and Tweed appears to be your best bet. How very odd.