At the start of this year Juan Wauters released his solo debut album N.A.P. North American Poetry and has been on the road touring ever since. Though busy touring, with the help of long-time collaborator Matt Volz, he did find some time to create a video for “Goo”, a cut from N.A.P. Shot in his home borough of Queens, “Goo” is an ode to all the great Hip Hop videos from “Make it or Break it,” a series distributed on VHS that invited fans to call in and rank their entries by voting “Make it” or “Break it”. This is the kind of quirky and charmingly oddball video we’ve come to expect from this charismatic musician.
Wauters is currently on the road with Crystal Stilts and is looking forward to playing NXNE this week and Village Voice’s 4Knots Festival next month. Dates below.
06/16 – Pittsburgh, PA – Cattivo^
06/17 – Lakewood, OH – Mahall’s^
06/18 – Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle^
06/19-22 – Toronto, ON – NXNE
06/22 – Hudson, NY – The Half Moon
07/06 – Oakland, CA – Burger Boogaloo
07/07 – Santa Rosa, CA – Arlene Francis Center &
07/08 – San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall #
07/09 – Los Angeles, CA – Los Globos
07/10 – Costa Mesa, CA – The Wayfarer
07/12 – New York, NY – 4Knots
07/31 – Brooklyn, NY – Glasslands
08/02 – New Salem, MA – Meetinghouse *
10/13 – Brooklyn, Ny – Baby’s All Right @
10/14 – Allston, MA – Great Scott @
10/23 – Kingston, NY – BSP Lounge @
& w/ Meatbodies & Wand
# w/ Mac DeMarco Calvin Love, Holy Shit
@ w/ White Fence, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard
^ W/Crystal Stilts
* W/ Peter Stampfel
1. Let Me Hip You To Something
2. Sanity or Not
3. Lost in Soup
4. Escucho Mucho
5. Woke Up Feeling Like Sleeping
8. All Tall Mall Will Fall
9. Continue To Be You
10. Breathing (feat. Carmelle)
11. How Do They All Do? (feat. Carmelle)
12. Ay Ay Ay
In 2000, Alberto Wauters left Uruguay to live in a basement in Queens. Two years later he called his son, Juan, to join him. Juan Wauters crossed the threshold into manhood when he arrived in New York. Working at a factory, the father and son pooled their money to bring their family to the borough of opportunity. With no friends to speak of, Juan turned to music to take control of the loneliness of his isolation. Juan was inspired by his new neighborhood of Jackson Heights and delighted to find that his library card gave him access to an abundance of new music.
In his debut solo record, N.A.P. North-American Poetry, Wauters dreams big; coming into his own as a singer. Building on his songwriting, popularized by The Beets, Juan presents introspective tracks, like “Water” and “Sanity”, and reflections on humans’ relationship with technology in songs like Breathing—which features Carmelle Safdie. The record is completed, as always, by the artwork of dear friend and longtime collaborator Matthew Volz, who has honed the trademark visual aesthetic of Juan’s music. This album is a selection of recordings made between the fall of 2010 and the summer of 2012 at Marlborough Farms. N.A.P. delivers a fresh sound and lyrical candor from one of Queens’ most idiosyncratic adoptive sons.
Live, Juan shares the stage with a revolving cast of international musicians of the highest caliber: vocalist Carmelle Safdie (Israel), multi-instrumentalist Tall Juan Zaballa (Argentina), percussionist Chie Mori (Japan), and flutist Amanda Rodi (Mexico). Matthew Volz heightens this lively and mood-altering experience with his painted banners, personal objects and manually manipulated light show. The ensemble is not to be missed.