Plan B – I’m The Captain, Where We Going? (2006)


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In The Press:
Plan B 10.13.04
@ Pianos NYC
http://gimmeshutter.com/bands/planb101304.htm


added October 16, 2014

For the longest f’n time, this long dormant photo set of Seattle’s Plan B from CMJ 2004 has been itching at me as John Wayne may have said, “like a chigger under my skin”.  For the longest time in the period after this show, I was too strung out most of the time to do anything with them and then for the period of time after that I inexplicably forgot about them, then finally after relaunching and restocking this site with old pics, the time is finally right a decade on for these to see the light of day.

Plan B is actually the brainchild of the guy in the background here, James van Leuven but obviously the standout performer for me was vocalist/accordionist Krista Warden who I’m sure has heard from many circles that she conjures up images of Iceland’s Mum in our heads.

Eerily haunting musically, and surrealistically theatrical visually, they put on a hell of a show that hopefully was seen by enough people that it deserved during their run as a band.  Needless to say, this was one hell of a treat during my first CMJ as Pianos booker and makes me wonder why with shows like this to be so close to I ever bothered with all that other nasty stuff (oh, ‘cuz it was fun as hell for a while, I forgot!).

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http://lineout.thestranger.com/2006/09/24-week/

Tonight Go with Plan B

by Dave Segal on September 27, 2006

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Seattle’s Plan B are throwing a CD-release bash tonight at the War Room with sonic comrades Foscil, M. Evans, and Hidden Habitats (DJs Bumble Bee, Kamui, and Hideki). I’m the Captain, Where We Going? (Fourthcity), Plan B’s first disc since 2003’s Keepsake EP, brings much reason to celebrate. James van Leuven & Co. have expanded their sound palette, embellishing their hiphop foundation with orchestral grandeur, gorgeous female vocals, and various string instruments that evoke old Europa and Gabor Szabo’s fluent ethno-jazzadelia. Recorded in Seattle and in various European cities, I’m the Captain comes freighted with blissful atmospheres, dreamy melodies, unconventional textures, and transporting, head-nodding beats. And on the title track and “Curtains,” Plan B construct their most ambitiously cosmic compositions to date. I thought somebody had slipped in a Miles Davis disc from 1970 for a while there.

Here’s the Plan B lineup for tonight:
James van Leuven: Drums/Laptop/Bass Guitar
Bill Jones: Trumpet
Sarah Standard (Carissa’s Wierd): Violin
Anita Rendall: Violin
Adam Swan (Foscil, Truckasaurus): Keyboards
Pat Kearney (Automaton): Bass
Dann Gallucci (Murder City Devils, Modest Mouse): Guitar
Krista Warden: Vocals
Leigh Gable: Keyboards/Bass

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