Johnette Napolitano is a multi-media artist/musician currently living in the high desert community of Joshua Tree, California.
Probably best known as the main songwriter/bassist/lead singer of the hugely successful L.A. band Concrete Blonde, Johnette has also collaborated with some of rock’s most respected artists (see Johnettes’s profile on MYSPACE.COM), and most recently, UK group Catfish Scar.
Second in a limited edition series, Sketchbook 2 is a collection of “ideas, demos, some things that seem finished and some that seem unfinished but are just too good to re-record, yet too good to scrap.” Originally conceived to be released twice a year as a signed & numbered edition, Sketchbook 1 sold out quickly and Sketchbook 2 is expected to do the same, although this SB2 will be made available for digital download. In the interest of making the CD available as quickly as possible SB2 will be signed but not numbered. Johnette will hold 100 personal copies and 900 will be made available through CDBABY. As with the last edition this edition features original drawings and is beautifully packaged by MediaLab's Brian Mansell.
‘Wedding Theme For Candy’, one of the tracks on Sketchbook 2, will appear in the upcoming Australian film ‘Candy’ based on the novel of the same name.
“That was a great thing to do. They sent me the book and the scene, for which they’d already had a song in mind for me to cover but couldn’t get the clearance at the last minute. I wrote and recorded something original for the scene, and was able to send the tracks via satellite to the film’s main composer… that was fantastic. I can live out in the middle of nowhere, be at home with my art and my books and my pups and work. That wasn’t possible 10 years ago. It’s very cool of them to let me use it on my record.”
‘Candy’ premieres at the Berlin Film Festival in February 2006. Since the last ‘Sketchbook’, Johnette has contributed to the American films ‘Underworld’ ‘Wicker Park’ and the new documentary ‘The Last Western’ about the California desert former movie set turned legit community, Pioneertown. Two years in the making, a major element of this amazing documentary features Johnette’s interview, live performance and studio footage of the recording of ‘Cheap Tequila’ (available on CDBABY) with the late ex-con blues singer Buzz Gamble. 'The Last Western' will premiere this March at the South by Southwest Film Festival.
“Even if I had nothing to do with it” says Johnette, “I think this documentary should win an Oscar next year. ‘The Last Western’ is like a capsule of American film history, and (director) Chris Deaux did an amazing job of putting it together. Buzz, wherever he is, is the star he was always meant to be, in spite of himself.”
Johnette also appears as guest vocalist on the upcoming album by AltGoth supergroup BlackLightBurns on Geffen Records.
About some of the other tracks on ‘Sketchbook 2’:
‘New Orleans Ain’t Been The Same (Since You’ve Been Gone.)’ I started this song a few years ago when my dear friend DeLoris moved out of the French Quarter, where she’d worked as a psychic medium for many years. I finished it during hurricane Katrina.
‘Theme from Cocktails In Paradise’ is the instrumental behind my first short film of the same name which hopefully will be a series and can be seen on my website in the Little Theatre.
“Hang On’ is for my ‘little sister’ FatDebDeb from Hong Kong who I met in Spain last summer studying Flamenco. She had lost her boyfriend and was suffering. She’s a beautiful spirit and I know we’ll see each other again.
“Look What They’ve Done To My Nikola” is for my all time hero, Nikola Tesla, who I believe to be the greatest scientist who ever lived, divinely inspired. Tesla had patents and ideas for free, clean, sustainable power back in the 1800's. I heard Bowie is playing Nik in a film this year. The man was way ahead of his time but I believe his time has finally come."
Links: www.johnettenapolitano.com ; www.myspace.com/catfishscar;