Ditty Bops
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Ditty Bops

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"The Ditty Bops by Stephen Mirkin"

Daily Variety: The Ditty Bops
Stephen Mirken
June 21, 2004
Presented inhouse with KCRW. Band: Amanda Barrett, Abby DeWold, Greg Rutledge, John Landon, Ian Walker. Reviewed June 17, 2004.
Young Los Angeles femme duo the Ditty Bops brought a breezy eccentricity to their Largo appearance Thursday night, adding a puppet show, homemade props and a drag queen to their airy confection of '20s jazz, coffeehouse folk and Beatles-esque pop.
Fronted by the statuesque Amanda Barrett, who with her tasseled dress and short bob could pass for a flapper, and Abby DeWold, whose bluff stage patter, masculine clothes and strong jawline recalls comic Paula Poundstone, the Ditty Bops have a gently comic stage presence that matches well with their jumble of musical styles.
Their close harmonies have a sweet innocence that belies the darker edges that can creep into the jaunty swing of "Wishful Thinking" and the brooding "Short Stacks" (both from their upcoming Warner Bros. debut).
Accompanying themselves on mandolin and guitar, they are ably backed by John Landon's slide guitar and fiddle, Ian Walker's upright bass and Greg Rutledge barrelhouse piano.
What impresses most is the lack of irony. The Ditty Bops avoid the brittle superiority of camp; there is genuine affection in their performance, which allows them to find the wishful emotion at their heart of '20s novelty "I Wish That I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate." It's a balancing act reminiscent of Dan Hicks.
The only time they falter is when Barrett brings out hokey drawings and props during "Dreaming Away." It's not so much that the humor falls flat, but it takes away from the song, a lovely ballad credited to Barrett's father. By contrast, when shadow puppets accompany "On a Boat," not only is the puppeteering clever and well executed, it's perfectly matched to the song's giddy black humor.
The Ditty Bops return to Largo for a residency, performing every Wednesday in August.
- Daily Variety


self titled debut album due out on Warner Bros. Records in September 2004.


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