Ms. John Soda
I had never even heard of Ms. John Soda before I heard their upcoming LP, Notes and the Like (due out Spring '06 on Morr Music). Here's what I gathered in about 5 minutes of research: the band is essentially the 'pop-project' of Micha Archer (The Notwist and 13 & God) and Stefanie Bohm; Pitchfork named their last LP one of the best of 2003, and Tiny Mix Tapes called their last record "one of pop music’s most surprising masterpieces...the best collaboration of any pop record that I have ever heard".
And you guys think I overhype stuff. Ha. But after a few listens, Bohm's warm, ridiculously beautiful voice over Archer's familiar downtempo beats and layered sounds have definitely made me a fan. This is a really gorgeous record, and I can't wait to get it on vinyl. Hear for yourself:
ms. john soda a million times mp3
If you live in Texas (hell, even if you don't), go check out the new and improved TexasGigs.com. Cindy does more than anyone to help promote the thriving North Texas music scene, so it's great to see the site looking so awesome. While you're there, listen to TexasGigs' interview with up and coming hip-hop artist, Pikahsso. The dude is seriously a trip.