James McNew and “NYC Tonight”
Today, it’s needless to say that James McNew is a very talented multi-player, known and loved by many as a bassist for Yo La Tengo: a trio band from Hoboken, New Jersey, active since the mid 80′s with their unique stance in the US indie scene, and for his solo activities as DUMP, his own home recording project.
Adding to his music, he’s also well known for his trademark characters: the rabbit, the turtle, and the short-legged octopus that he creates himself. They appear not only in his album artworks, but in the US, they’ve appeared in Matador label related goods, have been chosen as characters to celebrate the 10th anniversary of famous Seattle record, shop: Sonic Boom, have appeared in painter Yoshitomo Nara’s art exhibit “A to Z,” and they’ve also collaborated with a Japanese fashion label. They’re famous icons in the US alternative rock scene.
This exhibit is in conjunction with his latest 12” release as DUMP: “NYC Tonight.” On the center label of the very limited clear (transparent) version of the record, he drew original drawings of his beloved characters, and each record and each side (A and B) are different! In other words, these are one and only records, and we made hand silkscreen jackets of the characters to make the pieces even more special.
The song, “NYC Tonight” is DUMP’s cover version of the original song by cult punk rocker GG Allin (1956-1993) : “the most spectacular degenerate in rock & roll history” known for his documentary film, Hated: GG Allin and the Murder Junkies. The song was one of the songs in a 7” that was released in 1982 from Orange Records. DUMP’s disco version of the song is critically appraised by many as “a song that captures the mood of the NY scene today but at the same time, universal and timeless.”
On the B side is a version of the song by his friend, Shintaro Sakamoto (ex: Yura Yura Teikoku).
We hope you enjoy James McNew’s first solo exhibit of his collaborated talent as musician and artist.