White WilliamsWhite Williams (real name = Joe Williams) was first brought to my attention when he was added to the Dan Deacon / Girl Talk tour. Since then I've been listening to an advanced copy of his forthecoming album Smoke pretty regularly (out nov 6 on TigerBeat). Think laid-back-laptop-dancey-electro-pop-sometimes-sing-along-like-Hot-Chip. One song is a cover of the 80's hit "I Want Candy".

And Williams (23 years old) and Girl Talk Greg Gillis go way back. From his bio:

Williams' first electronic music project was called So Red -- it was part of a tiny scene of Greg Gillis (Girl Talk), Andrew Strasser, Frank Musarra (Hearts of Darknesses) and Luke Venezia (Drop the Lime). Together they played and booked shows and parties.
After two tours with Girl Talk when Williams solo project started coming into its own, Williams started gravitating toward pop music. He wanted to learn about the studio situations of his favorite albums of the 70's and 80's and was fascinated by the idea of re-contextualizing how music could be made with the tools given.

I couldn't help, but notice that White Williams is also friends with NYC's own club-personality Sophia Lamar. She appears as the model on the cover of the new CD, and is listed as a band member on his MySpace page - instrument = "PILE DRIVING ACCUMULATOR" - I don't know what that means either.

White Williams has never (or barely ever) played live, so that means tonight (Sept 5) @ Mercury Lounge (w/ French all-girl-band Plasticines) will be his first ever show (or close to it) as White Williams. Maybe it will be a great and monumentous occasion you'll be telling your grandkids about, or maybe it will be a dreadful and embarrassing experience that you can't believe you were charged money for. Check it out, or get to Webster Hall early on September 15th, or wait for CMJ, or go see him at the Annex, or when he tours with Battles, etc....

White Williams - 2007 Tour Dates
Sep 5 - Mercury Lounge w/ The Plastiscines New York, New York
Sep 12 - Phoenix ** Toronto, Ontario
Sep 13 - La Tulipe ** Montreal, Quebec
Sep 14 - Avalon Ballroom w/ Girl Talk, Simian Mobile Disco Boston, Maine
Sep 15 - Webster Hall ** New York, New York
Sep 17 - Starlite ** Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Sep 18 - 2640 Space ** Baltimore, Maryland
Sep 19 - The Black Cat ** Washington DC, Washington DC
Sep 20 - Satellite Ballroom ** Charlottesville, Virginia
Sep 21 - Orange Peel ** Asheville, North Carolina
Sep 22 - MJQ Concourse ** Atlanta
Sep 23 - Thirsty Hippo w/ Dan Deacon Hattiesburg, Mississippi
Sep 24 - Walters on Washington Houston, Texas
Sep 25 - The Mohawk w/ Dan Deacon & When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth Austin, Texas
Sep 27 - Epicentre ** San Diego
Sep 28 - Echoplex ** Los Angeles, California
Sep 29 - The Fillmore Auditorium ** San Francisco, California
Oct 4 - The Granada Theatre w/ Girl Talk Lawrence, Kansas
Oct 16-20 CMJ, NYC
Oct 31 - Record Release party @ The Annex with Telepathe New York, New York
Nov 7 - Fine Line Music Cafe ++ Minneapolis, Minnesota
Nov 9 - The Blind Pig ++ & Candice Ann Arbor, Michigan
Nov 10 - Lees Palace ++ Toronto, Ontario
Nov 11 - Le National ++ Montreal, Quebec
Nov 12 - Paradise ++ Boston, Massachusetts

** w/ Girl Talk & Dan Deacon
++ w/ Battles