Photo: Doug Seymour
Jill Cunniff, Gabrielle Glaser and Kate Schellenbach, collectively known as Luscious Jackson, will return on November 5 with Magic Hour.
Produced by Jill and Gabby (with an assist from old friend Beastie Boy Adam Horovitz on the track “So Rock On”) and released on the band’s own City Song imprint, Magic Hour is Luscious Jackson’s fourth album and first full-length offering of new material since 1999’s Electric Honey.
“When we were making the new album,” Jill commented, “we felt like we did when we were making our first demos. We were just smiling and laughing all the time because we rediscovered a musical connection we all really loved and missed.”
Reports of Luscious Jackson’s reunion and the forthcoming album were confirmed when the band decided to gauge public demand for a new record by partnering with PledgeMusic.com–offering fans the opportunity to fund the sessions via pledges ranging from a basic $10 album download to a $10,000 house concert. Response was fast and furious, with pledges surpassing 100% of the band’s goal within 48 hours. Pledges are still being accepted for remaining packages at http://www.pledgemusic.com/artists/lusciousjackson.
In addition to the album announcement, the band has also shared their new song, “Show Us What You Got,” at www.youtube.com/embed/XGtHTsbxEfw.
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Luscious Jackson’s unique and streetwise blend of punk, funk, and the various musical and cultural styles of its native NYC emerged via Beastie Boys’ Grand Royal label with the 1992 Village Voice Pazz & Jop Best EP winner In Search Of Manny. Debut album Natural Ingredients was released on Grand Royal/Capitol in 1994, as the band embarked on that year’s Lollapalooza tour as well as an arena tour with R.E.M, saw the record’s single “Here” featured in the film and soundtrack Clueless, and appeared on Saturday Night Live. Produced by Daniel Lanois, Luscious Jackson’s sophomore album Fever In Fever Out dropped in 1996. Featuring the smash hit “Naked Eye,” it went gold and established the band as a household name everywhere from Gap ads to Jeopardy! questions. Keyboardist Vivian Trimble left the band following the conclusion of a world tour supporting Fever…making album number three, 1999’s Electric Honey (featuring the single “Ladyfingers” and its Tamra Davis-directed video), the band’s first as a trio and last before they called it a day in 2000. The hiatus was first broken in 2006, but it wasn’t until early 2012 that http://www.pledgemusic.com/artists/lusciousjackson went live and the first music from the forthcoming record was unveiled in the form of the track “Are You Ready?”
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