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Biography All Music Guide

Group Members: Larkin Grimm, Nat Baldwin, Adam Forkner, Dave Longstreth

All Music Guide:

Dirty Projectors are the project of Dave Longstreth, a former Yale student who left college to become one of the most prolific and unique indie singer/songwriters of the early 2000s. In early 2002 Longstreth released his first album, The Graceful Fallen Mango, under his own name on the This Heart Plays Records imprint. Largely recorded on four-track with the help of friends in like-minded projects such as Wolf Colonel and Dear Nora, the album introduced Longstreth's distinctive crooning voice and equally unique approach to arrangements and both lo-fi and hi-fi production. As he continued to record, Longstreth played shows with contemporaries like the Microphones, Bobby Birdman, and [[[[VVRSSNN]]]] (aka Yume Bitsu's Adam Forkner). Forkner helped record his next album, The Glad Fact, which was the first to bear the Dirty Projectors name and arrived on Western Vinyl in fall 2003.

This was followed quickly by Morning Better Last!, an album culled from three triple albums he recorded in 2001 and 2002; it was an Internet-only release on States Rights. Slaves' Graves & Ballads, which Longstreth described as "a song-journey for me singing with a ten-piece chamber group called the Orchestral Society for the Preservation of the Orchestra," arrived in early 2004 as a split release on Western Vinyl and Happy Happy Birthday to Me Records. The 2005 album The Getty Address was a Don Henley-themed concept album that was followed a year later by the New Attitude EP. Rise Above from 2007 reinterpreted songs from Black Flag's classic hardcore punk album Damaged, and then Bitte Orca appeared in 2009 with some of the band's most accessible songs to date. In 2010 the group collaborated with Björk on Mount Wittenberg Orca, an EP that benefitted the National Geographic Society Oceans Project; it was available only digitally for a year, then received a physical release on CD and vinyl in 2011. Their next proper full-length, Swing Lo Magellan, arrived in in the summer of 2012.

eMusic Features

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Interview: Dirty Projectors

By Christina Lee, Contributor

"I wouldn't really describe myself as a singer-songwriter. I'm more of a business, man," says David Longstreth. "I'm joking. Sorry." But even in jest, Longstreth's nod to the famous Jay-Z verse speaks of his ambition. As the Dirty Projectors' frontman, he's orchestrated a glitch opera starring himself as Don Henley (The Getty Address) and a Beyoncé-inspired prog-rock album that reintroduced the term "hocketing" — a ping-ponging vocal technique originating from medieval times — into the… more »

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eMusic Selects: Hands on Heads

By Frances May Morgan, Contributor

"Hands on heads!" That's what the teacher at my primary school would yell when our class got out of hand. The rallying cry was supposed to make us focus in on a single activity, to stop us from fooling around and hitting each other and, hopefully, shut us up for a second. It worked. Kind of. Thirty pairs of small hands would clasp to 30 overexcited heads and we'd hold in our giggles until it… more »

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  • 07.17.15 Due to his recording commitments, @DavidLongstreth is sorry to announce that he has to cancel his August 25 @meltdownfest show in London.
  • 07.17.15 All ticket holders for @DavidLongstreth's @meltdownfest show will be refunded at their point of purchase. Visit http://t.co/K1C2xLbyLH
  • 05.08.15 Tickets are now on sale for @DavidLongstreth’s August 25 @meltdownfest solo show at Royal Festival Hall in London: http://t.co/boKkFmyfir
  • 02.04.15 RT @DavidLongstreth: I wrote something for @solangeknowles ' website about one of the best albums ever: http://t.co/soT4EEeUte
  • 01.25.15 RT @DavidLongstreth: Super fun workin on this track http://t.co/Xeewv1DZJk
  • 01.25.15 RT @stereogum: New Rihanna/Kanye/McCartney song also feat. @TyDollaSign & @DirtyProjectors' Dave Longstreth http://t.co/a2k042bZTN http://t…
  • 09.28.14 RT @caetanoveloso: Com @DavidLongstreth, líder do @DirtyProjectors, no backstage da 2a noite no #BAM, em #NYC. E alô Barreiras! Dia... http…
  • 05.23.14 Flashback! Dirty Projectors lineup in the fall of '06 #fbf http://t.co/dWynrcREtt
  • 04.25.14 RT @pitchforkmedia: Stream new albums from @DirtyProjectors members Nat Baldwin and Olga Bell (@bellinspace) via Pitchfork Advance http://t…
  • 04.22.14 RT @pitchforkmedia: Stream Dirty Projectors member Nat Baldwin's new album, In the Hollows, via Pitchfork Advance http://t.co/JzjWNTCqXE
  • 03.05.14 RT @JohnMayer: 'Dance For You' by Dirty Projectors is one of those rare songs that hasn't in any way been written before.
  • 03.05.14 RT @pitchforkmedia: "If there was one band that literally changed my life, it would definitely be @DirtyProjectors." — @MichaelAzerrad http…