This album was born the night Jake left the Big Apple.
It's the fourth official Big Rude Jake album, and the biggest departure to that point. It was never officially released, as Jake was in a car accident right after the recording was done. As a result, the album was never launched or toured. It was at this point that Jake withdrew from public life for several years. The music on LFDJ was a break away from swing and jazz, referencing his respect for influences from folk and blues to 60’s soul and 70’s pop. It’s a collection of raw, unprocessed pop songs with that familiar Big Rude Jake edge and witty lyricism.
While packing up to move from Brooklyn to Toronto, Jake put a few old discs on the turntable. Mostly, he was playing the famous “Transformer” album, produced for Lou Reed by David Bowie. Jake began to muse that many of those old Lou reed Songs have chord progressions that are not unlike the progressions Marvin Gaye was using around the same time over in Detroit. These musings led to this album: a sort of Lo-Fi Seventies pop CD that imagines an alternative universe where Lou Reed grew up in Detroit rather than Queens.
A reminder to all hard-core Big Rude Jake Fans: This CD is a big departure. The lyrics are still evocative and compelling, like previous albums. However, the music is not swing, or traditional jazz in its core. "Steppin' out Under the Moon" is the track that captures that old feel most.
Produced by: Jake Langley/A. Jacob Hiebert
Engineered by: Jake Langley
Musicians: Jake Langley (bass, guitars), A. Jacob Hiebert (songwriting, vocals, guitar), Kevin Coady (drums), Jesse Baird (drums, percussion), Dennis Keldie (keyboards), Christopher Plock (sax, vocals)
-Although it was the New York jazz scene that had attracted him to that city in the first place, it was the rock and soul sounds of New York in the 70’s that ended up inspiring him the most, and it was this legacy that eventually led to the creation of his latest release, “Live Faust, Die Jung.” With this album, Jake switched his centre of influence from jazz to soul, and came up with a CD of infectious, hooky songs, laced with powerful images and his trade mark lyrics.
Already, interest in this new record has brought many new people into the world of Jake; many of whom had never heard of him before. Will these newbies go back and check out the older material? Of course, it is our hope that they will, but right now all attention is on Jake’s remarkable transformation from Big, Angry, Bile-spitting Swing Punk…
Cecil Barns, ATOMIC magazine, NYC
-Great album. Consistently good songs that don’t deal with the usual tripe. Nicoletta is a great example of good music with lyrics that’ll make you reflect on the out-of-the-ordinary.