Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Making waves with Cannonball Jane

She's a mild mannered elementary music school teacher by day, but by night, Sharon Hagopian finds an empty phone booth (are there really any of these left around anymore?) and becomes the enemy of bad music everywhere - Cannonball Jane!

Being a fellow teacher, I've got to throw in with supporting Sharon/Jane and her newest EP Knees Up!, which is coming out on October 9th. Although it's not her first published musical endeavor (her full length debut Street Vernacular was originally released in 2006 over in the UK and was re-released digitally here in the states on September 25th), hopefully it will draw some attention in her native country.

The EP opens with Take It To Fantastic, which sounds like it could be the theme song for a super-sassy crime-fighting secret agent show (maybe one starring Cannonball Jane...). You'll find the original here as well as two remixes, including one by Adrock (of the Beastie Boys) which you can listen to below. The rest of the disc includes some clever sampling, retro girl-power sounds, and some playful hip-hop mixing. Recorded entirely at her home in Bridgeport, CT, the album feels boisterously fresh and invigorating and leaves one hoping that her students appreciate what a super-fly teacher they've got teaching them how to rock (move over Jack Black).

Cannonball Jane - Take It To Fantastic
: Knees Up! EP

Cannonball Jane - Take It To Fantastic, Remix By Adrock : Knees Up! EP (link removed at label's request)

Visit her website, her label Gaddycat Records, and become her friend on MySpace.


Jack Black and the School of Rock - It's a Long Way To the Top (AC/DC cover) : School of Rock Soundtrack

...and speaking of Adrock, here's a track from the Beastie's newest instrumental album The Mix-Up:

The Beastie Boys - 14th St. Break : The Mix-Up

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