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Art College

by Quitzow

"A whimsical blend of electro, classical and pop."-NY Press This album combines the fun of Peaches with the intelligence of Lori Anderson.
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2. On TV!
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3. Peanut
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4. Art College
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5. Better Than Ever
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6. Stay Away From John
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7. Love
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8. Slept in my Car
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9. Cats are people too
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10. Rhythm Machine
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Album Notes
TOUR DATES SUMMER 2008 ALL SHOWS WITH SETTING SUN

June 17 Cafe Nine New Haven, CT
June 24 Khyber Pass Philladelphia, PA
June 25 War Memorial Shepardstown, VA
June 26 Lo-Fi Social Club Baltimore, MD
June 27 Room with a Brew Leonardtown, MD
June 28 Spazzatoriu Greenville, NC
June 29 Accoustic Coffee Johnson City, TN
June 30 Lenny’s Atlanta, GA
July 2 Murphy’s Memphis, TN
July 3 The Hallway Tahlequah, OK
July 5 Soundpony Tulsa, OK
July 6 The 806 Amarillo, TX
July 7 Atomic Cantina Albuquerque, NM
July 8 Tutah Theater Farmington, NM
July 9 Three Clubs Los Angeles, CA
July 10 Rickshaw Stop San Francisco, CA
July 11 The Crepe Place Santa Cruz, CA
July 12 Jambalaya Arcata, CA
July 14 The Hight Dive Seattle, WA
July 16 Neurolux Boise, ID
July 17 Boing! Collective Salt Lake City, UT
July 18 The Lions Lair Denver, CO
July 19 Oleaver’s Omaha, NE
July 20 TBA Chicago, IL
July 21 Mac’s Bar Lansing, MI
July 22 Von’s AKA The Vault Detroit, MI
July 23 Garfield Arts Pittsburg, PA


“Juggling mind-blowing moog/rhodes/bass while singing,” playing Tchaikovsky in The Woodstock Chamber Orchestra, and creating Fender Rhodes loops layered with MPC drums, moog bass, cellos, violins, and vocals, Erica Quitzow brings a vast range of diversity to her records and live performance. With a self-titled debut album and an upcoming second release, Erica is involved in various musical projects, constantly exploring new influences for her inner child gone wild, neo-post electro-pop sound. Erica holds down the majority of Quitzow's instrumentation, which consists of MPC, Reason, and live drums layered with Moogs, Korgs, Rhodes, and Casios, as well as classical and electric guitars, bass, cellos, violins, and various percussion, all interweaved with her alternately playful and woeful vocal stylings. The record was tracked in her upstate New York home with production and mixing assistance by band- and label-mate, Gary Levitt. The music of Quitzow has been described as “combining the fun of Peaches with the intelligence of Lori Anderson”, and “Solex meets Liz Phair, but with more rhythm!”

The latest Quitzow release, Art College, is a collection of sing-along pop collages and orchestral arrangements, splashed over hip hop, electro-clash, and down tempo beats, and topped off with adventurous harmonies. Art College comes out June 10th on Young Love Records. .

Quitzow's live performances include music from both records, and the band lineup ranges from solo cello/guitar and vocals to full instrumental recreations. The upcoming national tour will feature a five-piece band, including cello, live and electronic drums, bass, backing vocals and percussion, with Erica on Moog, Korg, guitar and vocals.

Erica plays violin, cello, and sings backup for Setting Sun's live shows, and plays drums and keyboards on their recordings. Gary Levitt, leader of Setting Sun, is her partner in running Young Love Records, playing bass and singing backup for Quitzow. The bands tour together, share various band members, and assist each other in recording. Erica also occasionally plays violin for the Woodstock Chamber Orchestra, working to develop the orchestrations on her recordings by studying classical compositions. She records strings on an array of projects, recently working with Tony Levin, Garth Hudson, and Malcom Burns.

Past projects in which Erica sang and played bass include the critically acclaimed Heavy Pebble, a New York/San Francisco based experimental band, and more recently she played moog, Rhodes, and bass with Jennifer Turner in Los Angeles indie-pop band, Inner.

Quitzow toured the east coast last fall, the west coast this past winter, has a national tour coming up in June, and plans to tour Europe in the fall.


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Robert Sharp

QUITZOW:Art College
Some really cool stuff!I like Cats are people too!
Have a couple myself!Good sounds!

Brad at CD Baby


Wonderfully tough to classify, this self-described "neo-post electro-pop" record leans on the synths when it needs to, but wisely incorporates live instrumentation (guitar, cello, violin) that really warms up the already complex and distinct sound. While rumbling Moog lines and old school-ish MPC beats fill out the low end, additional keyboards flutter on top, slipping in and out while rallying behind the driving melodies. Oh, and did I mention this is the carefully crafted (or possibly mad scientist influenced) output of a one-woman band? While that may be a bit surprising, it also explains why these tracks are so focused, and why each stands individually while also fitting perfectly in the whole of the album. The lyrics are intelligently oddball, with songs like "Cats R People 2" managing to be both tastefully quirky and supremely dance-worthy. The same can be said for the rest of the album, where the production and musicianship demand to be taken seriously, but the beats are so infectious that you'll be hard pressed not to move something.