Jan & Dan
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Jan & Dan

Los Angeles, California, United States

Los Angeles, California, United States
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"Virginia is for Lavas"

I have a hard time describing something that I really like – I have an easier time describing what I don’t like but that isn’t what this blog is about. It is about sharing what we really like --> love. And I really adore --> love Hot Lava. I could describe their music with standard indie-flavored nomenclature because, face it, we humans love to catalogue and classify [read: pigeonhole]. I could say that their music is sometimes “twee” with enough prerequisite fuzziness to call it “lo-fi”. Or, if I were to use art or literary speak, I would probably say that it was lyrically fraught with “flights of the imagination” and is tonally “polychromatic”. More simply, at its fundamental nature, Hot Lava is clever and apt feel-good pop music. Some would argue that not every song is lyrically in the “feel-good” category but, even at its most somber, it is dynamic. Lavalogy [Bar/None, 2008] is a fiery, volcanic oozing album of pop goodness with the whipped-cream-cherry-on-top vocal timbre of Allison Apperson.

Even though they are finishing up their follow-up album [tentatively called “Iceland”], Hot Lava is playing a “farewell” show this Saturday evening at Strange Matter in Richmond, VA. But since Hot Lava has had an ever-changing line up from the start, always with Allison as the nucleus, it seems that “they” will be back! Whether or not it will be a re-configured Hot Lava, Allison tells us that “I plan to carry on the torch after this round of Lava ends. Not right away because this group of folks were by far the best team ever. But if I’m playing guitar and singing, the project will always be Hot Lava.” She says that their next release will be “out in early 2011” and that, while she has written a lot of the songs, “Jared [Sosa] and I collaborate a lot and he writes some songs, too. We write together a lot.”
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Death 2010 EP
Nelvana 2009 EP



I have over 13 years of experience performing in garages, living rooms, clubs, bars and basements. I've played SXSW, CMJ, Athens PopFest and a couple hundred shows between New York, Florida, Austin and Chicago. I'm getting the imaginary band back together and building a tree house city.

Jan & Dan is the love child of my four track recording days and my time with Hot Lava. I learned a lot from recording the album 'Lavalogy' and needed to experiment with ideas outside of Hot Lava.

While the guitar work is treated like an unwanted step-child, Jan & Dan's approach to vocals are both belligerent and tender. I'm obsessed with creating personal work up to par with ELO, Queen and Nirvana. It's a madman's quest.

While essentially a recording project, I also "do it live"– operating as a lost troubadour, omitting parts and adding parts and playing with frustration and joy. The set is either all acoustic with effects or half acoustic, half electric with computer assisted backup with live drums and singing. Whenever possible, I recruit friends to back me up in improvised interpretations of songs I've written and songs I love.