Marianne Dissard / Cordero
Calexico fans will recognize Marianne Dissard as Madame to Joey Burns’ lovestruck gold digger on Calexico’s hit single, Ballad of Cable Hogue from their 2000 album Hot Rail. A prolific lyricist in both English and French, her words are sung primarily by herself but also by Françoiz Breut, Howe Gelb and Naïm Amor, with whom she also co-wrote the Amor Belhom Duo and Amor albums. Now a full-time singer, Marianne, no longer hiding behind a camera or her words, wishes she could have sang with Jean Sablon but hopes she can still duet with Scott Walker one of these days.
Listed in the "50 French people making their mark on the USA" in France-Amérique, Tucson-based French chanteuse Marianne Dissard toured extensively and worldwide with her first album, the Calexico-produced L'Entredeux, also named "Top Ten French albums of the Decade" on various sites promoting the album! Her upcoming album, L'Abandon, featuring Luke Doucet, Thøger Lund (Giant Sand), composer Christian Ravaglioli, and Brian Lopez (Mostly Bears), will be released later this year, with its companion DVD, a remake of Warhol's Lonesome Cowboys.
Check out her wesbite (and a free album download!) at http://www.mariannedissard.com
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While Ani Cordero and husband Chris Verene (formerly of The Rock*A*Teens) are best known for their critically acclaimed, tension-laden independent rock, with their newest album De Donde Eres, the band has taken a side-route away from the anxious and angular sounds of En Este Momento or Lamb Lost in the City.
De Donde Eres finds Cordero further exploring the rhythmic intricacies of Latin music while turning down the guitar amps for a much more quiet and inward set of songs. Ani's ever-nimble guitar patterns are threaded around Latin percussion, pulsing bass notes and bright horn lines as the band wrings a both-sides-of-the-border mystery out of gentle melodies that pay tribute to forebears such as Nick Drake, Belle and Sebastian, and Os Mutantes.
Check out their band website at http://www.myspace.com/corderonyc