Joan As Police Woman

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Joan as Police Woman (Joan Wasser, born 26.7.1970)

Joan Wasser is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. She is best known for her performances under the guise of Joan as Police Woman. Wasser has also undertaken studio work for the likes of Lou Reed, Tanya Donnelly, Sheryl Crow and the Scissor Sisters.

Joan as Police Woman: Childhood & Early Career

Joan Wasser was raised in Norwalk, Connecticut. She took a number of music lessons as a child, including piano and violin. Her music career started in earnest whilst she was at Boston University.

She was admitted to university early, to study with Yuri Mazurkevich. She also played with local bands and artists such as Mary Timony, the Lotus Eaters and the Dambuilders.

In 1997, her boyfriend, musician Jeff Buckley, drowned in Memphis, Tennessee. He was the son of the songwriter Tim Buckley. She carried on making music with Those Bastard Souls and later started a band with the remaining members of Jeff's band, called Black Beetle. They recorded an album's worth of material but it was never commercially released.

Joan as Police Woman: Wasser's burgeoning career

Joan Wasser joined Antony and the Johnsons in 1999 and contributed to the album I Am A Bird Now, which went on to win the Mercury Music Prize.

Black Beetle ended in 2002 and prompted Joan to begin work as a solo artist, as well as creating a band around her, named Joan as Police Woman. The trio was formed in New York City, with Ben Perowsky on drums and Rainy Orteca on bass. An eponymous debut EP was released in 2004.

Joan was then invited by Rufus Wainwright to join his band, as well as touring with him and opening the shows with her own project.

Joan as Police Woman's debut album, Real Life, was released in 2006 in the UK and Europe and the following year in the USA. Later in 2006, Joan as Police Woman supported Guillemots, as well as recording with them on their debut album, Through the Windowpane.

Wasser also sang and played violin on 'Ballad of a Deadman' with David Sylvian on Steve Jansen's Slope album in 2007.

The second album from Joan as Police Woman was entitled To Survive and was released in June 2008. When Rainy Orteca left the band, she was replaced by Timo Ellis on bass guitar.

2009 saw Joan as Police Woman release an album of cover versions, entitled Cover. The compilation saw her take on artists such as Jimi Hendrix, Iggy Pop and David Bowie.

The Deep Field, the next studio album from Joan As Police Woman was released in January 2011.

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Joan As Police Woman - The Classic Album Review

6th March 2014 -

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Having had to wait just over three years for a follow-up to one of the best albums of 2011, anticipation has been one of high but anxious expectation. Thankfully, the anxiety element was entirely unnecessary...

Joan as Police Woman - The Deep Field

27th January 2011 -

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The Deep Field represents only the third full length album from Joan As Police Woman. (You can get a forth but only at the live shows). Ostensibly the vehicle and work of Joan Wasser, Joan...

Joan as Police Woman - The Magic

21st December 2010 -

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Joan Wasser AKA Joan As Police Woman returns with a new single and album. The Deep Field will be the third studio album from Joan As Police Woman and is released on January 24th 2011...

Joan as Police Woman - To America

10th December 2008 -

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Review of Joan As Police Woman's single To AmericaWere it not for the incontrovertible evidence otherwise, it would be hard not to make the assumption that Joan Wasser was one of the Big Apple's semi-famous...

Joan as Police Woman - Holiday

28th October 2008 -

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Single review of Holiday by Joan As Police Woman.The latest single to be released from Joan Wasser's well-received second album To Survive, 'Holiday' is a gentle and atmospheric number consisting of sparsely laid piano, strings,...

Joan as Police Woman - Real Life

23rd July 2007 -

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Joan as Police Woman Real LifeAlbum ReviewTaken from one of the finest albums of 2006, and probably the highlight, Real Life is the latest single from New York singer-songwriter Joan Wasser. The sparse piano and...

Joan As Police Woman - Eternal Flame

2nd August 2006 -

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Joan As Police WomanEternal FlameSingle ReviewHaving worked alongside artists such as Nick Cave, Antony & The Johnsons, Rufus Wainwright, Elton John and Lou Reed among other stars, you would expect New Yorker Joan Wasser to...

Joan As Police Woman - Real Life

31st May 2006 -

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Joan As Police WomanReal LifeAlbum ReviewJoan Wasser isn't exactly what you would call a household name, although she has played alongside plenty of them, but on the basis of this record, she soon will be.Real...

Joan As Policewoman - The Ride

16th May 2006 -

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Joan As Policewoman The Ride Single ReviewHaving paid her dues as session player for the likes of Lou Reed, Elton John and Scissor Sisters, Joan Wasser has finally ventured out on her own, and on...

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