the jigsaw seen news 2010





Review in UK newspaper The Sunday Times!
December 20, 2010
"Bananas Foster" received 3 stars in a review in the "Essential New Releases" section in yesterday's edition of UK newspaper The Sunday Times (circulation: 1.3 million). The paper called the album "the perfect festive gift."

To see review, click here.





4 star review in The Daily Mirror!
December 10, 2010
"Bananas Foster" receives 4 stars in a review appearing in today's edition of UK newspaper The Daily Mirror (circulation: 1.2 million) with critic Gavin Martin calling the band "psych-pop experts" and the album "a far-flung feast of flavours, utilising a quasi-orchestral assortment of instruments on dazed but courageous corkers." The paper also ran a photo of Dennis and Jonathan taken by Jes Andrade and the Bananas Foster cover graphic.

To see review, click here.





All Music Guide review!
November 24, 2010
"Bananas Foster" has received a great review at All Music Guide (which has also been posted by iTunes) with James Allen describing the music as "orchestral pop that evokes everything from The Beach Boys to The Zombies at their baroque pop peaks," "raw-boned, fuzz-laden garage rock" and "dramatic psych-folk." James ends the review by stating "the tracks are full of graceful, elegant arrangements and memorable moments."

To read entire review, click here.




MAGNET Magazine's "MP3 at 3PM"
November 20, 2010
MAGNET Magazine is offering a free download of "Where The Action Isn't" from "Bananas Foster" at their website, writing that the band "has painstakingly crafted some of the most viscerally and intellectually stimulating material since the halcyon days of Arthur Lee and Love."

To download track at MAGNET, click here.




"Bananas Foster" reviewed at WGTB!
November 16, 2010
Robert Kaminski reviews "Bananas Foster" for radio station WGTB's website, rating it 8.9/10 and writing that it "stands up to the classics by which it is influenced" and "deserves to be in the conversation for best albums of 2010." To read entire review, click here.




Rodney On The ROQ!
November 11, 2010
The legendary Rodney Bingenheimer ("Mayor Of The Sunset Strip") played The Jigsaw Seen's "Where The Action Isn't" on his radio show on KROQ 106.7 FM (Los Angeles) last Sunday night. To view Rodney's playlist from November 7, click here.

Also, new radio spins for "Bananas Foster" this week include 

KSCL (Shreveport, LA) 

KTSW (San Marcos, TX)

KWVA (Eugene, OR)

WMNF (Tampa,FL)

WNRS (Sweet Briar, VA)

WPRK (Winter Park, FL)

WRSU (New Brunswick, NJ) and BTR Internet Radio.





"Bananas Foster" reviewed in Dagger!
November 09, 2010
Dagger magazine reviews "Bananas Foster" in the current issue, comparing it to Love's "Forever Changes."
Quotes include "gorgeous Zombies-esque pop" and "amazing package." 


To read entire review, click here


Also, Dagger's Top 10 CDs for October includes "Bananas Foster" at #5.





"Bananas Foster" enters the CMJ Top 200 chart!
November 03, 2010
"Bananas Foster" entered the CMJ Top 200 chart this week at #183.
The CMJ chart ranks the 200 most played alternative music albums on US radio.
"Bananas Foster" is #1 at WSUW (Whitewater, WI) for the second week and also appears on the following Top 30 charts:
KCSU (Fort Collins, CO) #25, 

KVRX (Austin, TX) #19, WASU (Boone, NC) #30,

WBIM (Bridgewater, MA) #14,
WFDU (Teaneck, NJ) #27, 

WLFR (Pomona, NJ) #7, 

WONC (Naperville, IL) #8 and 

WUMD (North Dartmouth, MA) #27.





4.5 of 5 stars review in Glide!
November 02, 2010
"Bananas Foster" receives 4.5 of 5 stars in Glide Magazine, with writer Jeremy Lukens stating "With a flair for the dramatic and a penchant for experimentation, Bananas Foster is the perfect successor to Zenith. Multifaceted and clever without ever being pretentious, it is an album you can believe took ten years to create."

To read entire review, click here.

In-store performance at Freakbeat Records!
October 29, 2010
The Jigsaw Seen, accompanied by Joe Berardi on keyboards, perform a "stripped down" (no drums) set at LA's best record store to celebrate the release of "Bananas Foster" this Sunday, October 31 at 2:00 PM. Admission is free. All ages.

Freakbeat Records
13616 Ventura Blvd.
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
tel: (818) 995-7603



"Bananas Foster" #1 at WSUW!
October 27, 2010
"Bananas Foster" is the number one record this week on the Top 30 chart at radio station WSUW in Whitewater, WI.
Other Top 10 entries for "Bananas Foster" include #8 at WEFT (Champaign, IL) and #8 at WONC (Naperville, IL).
Top 20: #17 at KCSU (Ft. Collins, CO) and #17 at WLFR (Pomona, NJ).
Top 30: #25 at WFDU (Teaneck, NJ).





9 star review at Blurt!
October 25, 2010
"Bananas Foster" receives 9 out of 10 stars in a 500 word review in Blurt Magazine, with Jud Cost writing "with Bananas Foster, as the old pop song goes, they've finished their lifelong spiritual walkabout 'out of the commonplace into the rare.' This is their best album ever."
To read entire review, click here.





KXLU appearances!
October 16, 2010
Dennis and Jonathan will be interviewed tonight (Sunday Morning) at midnight PST on the show Melody Fair on KXLU 88.9 FM in Los Angeles.
The Jigsaw Seen will also perform live on the KXLU show Live at 5 on Thursday, October 21 at 5:00 PST.


"Bananas Foster" Record Release Party!
October 4, 2010
The Jigsaw Seen celebrate the release of "Bananas Foster" with an acoustic performance at Silver Lake's best neighborhood bar on Saturday, October 23. The band will be accompanied by Joe Berardi (Frank Black, Rufus Wainwright, Nels Cline) on keyboards and Probyn Gregory of The Brian Wilson Band on trumpet. Show starts at 7:30 pm and will include a special guest appearance by David Unger Hart and his puppets. Admission is free. Akbar is located at 4356 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90029.




"Bananas Foster" pre-order at Amazon!
September 23, 2010
"Bananas Foster" the forthcoming album by The Jigsaw Seen, is now available for pre-order at Amazon.
To pre-order at Amazon, click here.



"Bananas Foster" reviewed at Music Emissions!
September 14, 2010
Mike Wood recently reviewed "Bananas Foster" at Music Emissions, giving it 4 stars and writing "The eleven tunes on 'Bananas Foster' have an epic but intimate feel, full of lush melodies and dream imagery that are often stunning."
To read entire review, click here.



"Bananas Foster" review at Babysue!
August 31, 2010
A review of "Bananas Foster" appears on the pop culture site Babysue with reviewer LMNOP saying "Smart, inventive melodies and impeccable arrangements, great music, great packaging. Highly recommended, an obvious top pick" 5/5.
To read entire review, click here.




First review of "Bananas Foster"!
August 25, 2010
The first review of The Jigsaw Seen's forthcoming album "Bananas Foster" appears in today's edition of The Charleston (WV) Gazette. Michael Lipton writes "In addition to it's eye-catching package, Bananas Foster has 11 tracks that are finely tuned in every way. They're rich with melody and harmony, production flourishes and ear candy."
To read entire review, click here.

"Bananas Foster" will be released on October 19.




"Bananas Foster" preview at Myspace!
August 9, 2010
3 tracks from The Jigsaw Seen's forthcoming album "Bananas Foster" are now available for streaming at the band's Myspace page.




"Sleep" review in The Big Takeover!
July 26, 2010
Jack Rabid reviews "Sleep" in the current issue of The Big Takeover, calling it "lucious lullaby loveliness."
To read entire review, click here.





Amazon Top 100!
June 30, 2010
Thanks to everyone that purchased "Songs Mama Used To Sing" and "Zenith" at Amazon recently, causing both albums to enter Amazon's Top 100 Indie Alternative Rock Bestsellers chart yesterday.
"Bananas Foster" will be released on September 21, pre-sale available at Amazon in a few weeks.





"30 Century Man" t-shirt now available!
June 5, 2010
"30 Century Man" t-shirt is now available at The Jigsaw Seen Gift Shop.




"30 Century Man" EP released today!
May 18, 2010
The Jigsaw Seen's new "30 Century Man" EP includes the version of Scott Walker's classic song featured in the Futurama movie "Bender's Big Score" remastered by Peter Mew at Abbey Road Studios, London. 


To download "30 Century Man" at iTunes, click here.


"Sleep" review!
May 14, 2010
Beverly Patterson recently wrote the following review for the Princeton Record Exchange website:
Now here’s a great collaboration! Having initially achieved recognition in the eighties as the lead singer of  Wednesday Week, Kristi Callan has continued to pad her resume with a string of shining moments. Aside from carving out a nice solo career for herself, Kristi has also performed and recorded with famed figures such as Dave Davies and The Ventures, and currently fronts Dime Box Band. Active since the late eighties, The Jigsaw Seen is renowned for their bewitching brew of psychedelic pop rock. Discs like “Shortcut Through Clown Alley,” “My Name Is Tom” and “Zenith” are classics of their ilk, and have dutifully awarded the Los Angeles band flocks of fans. Administered by Kristi’s haunting vocals, “Sleep” stands as an electrifying slice of orchestrated pop splendor. Built upon a solid foundation of classy string arrangements and  trebly guitar work, the quirky atmospheric tune, which was composed by Kristi, sparkles with melodic radiance.
Dipping their toes into the Oasis songbook, Kristi and The Jigsaw Seen deliver a drifting, dreamy cover of “Morning Glory,” set in an acoustic format. As evidenced by this musically literate single, Kristi Callan and The Jigsaw Seen make an artistically compatible team.





"Sleep" reviewed at Babysue!
April 19, 2010
Website recently posted the following review of Kristi Callan and The Jigsaw Seen's single "Sleep":
We rarely even spin singles...but we've really enjoyed releases by The Jigsaw Seen in the past so we slammed this one in for a listen. This single features two nice smooth pop tracks. The first, written by Kristi Callan, is a cool modern lullaby with strings in the background.
The second track is a cover of the Oasis tune "Morning Glory." A nice smooth spin...and this one sure whets the appetite for the upcoming Jigsaw Seen full-length Bananas Foster (due out later in 2010)...





"Sleep" reviewed at Mish Mash!
April 5, 2010
Website Mish Mash recently posted the following review of Kristi Callan and The Jigsaw Seen's single "Sleep":

Former Wednesday Week vocalist Kristi Callan has teamed up with our favorite modern-day psych garage band The Jigsaw Seen for a double-edged single release called Sleep. Side one (as it were) is the title track, a self-described "edgy lullaby" that has wall-of-sound guitar lines set against a string section, creating a dreamy atmosphere for Callan's soothing vocal lines. The perfect little indie rock lullaby. And to help with waking up again, the group does a kinder, gentler version of Oasis' Morning Glory, which turns the big guitar powerhouse original into a purring kitten, complete with a hurdy gurdy droning in the background. Just in case you need a little time to wake up.

MISH MASH Mandate: Sleep Perchance To Drone





Jimmy Silva tribute album released today!
March 16, 2010
"Through A Faraway Window: A Tribute To Jimmy Silva" was released today by Steady Boy Records. In addition to The Jigsaw Seen's version of "The Branch", the album includes tracks by Young Fresh Fellows, Minus 5, John Wesley Harding, Jon Auer and many others.
To purchase CD at Amazon, click here.





New single released today at iTunes!
February 09, 2010

"Sleep", the new download single by Kristi Callan (ex-Wednesday Week) and The Jigsaw Seen was released today at iTunes.
From the press release:
Sleep is a spectacular collaboration between Kristi Callan and The Jigsaw Seen, consisting of two new recordings. The title track, written by Kristi, is an edgy lullaby featuring tremolo guitars and a moving string arrangement. Next up is the band’s dazzling melancholy arrangement of the Oasis classic, Morning Glory, distinguished by Ms. Callan’s plaintive vocal floating on a bed of acoustic guitars and droning hurdy gurdy.
This dream release is now available as a download at iTunes.

To download "Sleep" at iTunes, click here.