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High Profile: Javelin

By Kathleen Elise posted Nov 04, 2010 at 10:45 PM

Welcome to High Profile, the WVUM feature where we highlight one artist in rotation and give you all the info essential to becoming their next biggest fan. Today's artist: Javelin! (If you're not already a Javelin groupie, we're not friends. No, I mean it.)


We here at WVUM have been huge Javelin enthusiasts for...well, forever. We're highlighting them this week because everyone is eagerly anticipating their performance at the Awarehouse on Saturday, November 13. More on this later.


Cousins Tom van Buskirk and George Langford make up the Javelin duo. Talk about having good genes.

 Based in…

Do I even have to say it? Brooklyn. It's work noting that they're from Providence, Rhode Island - which, no offense or anything, is kind of the anti-Brooklyn, no?

Sounds like…

Beatlicious electro-hip-hop goodness. Great music to just chill out to or dance to, whichever you prefer. We won't judge.


Their latest and greatest is No Mas, which has been on rotation at WVUM for quite some time now because it's just that good. Javelin have also released two EPs, "Javelin" and "2", as well as the 26-track Jamz n Jemz of 2008.



Top Tracks

I'm partial to "Vibrationz" and "On It On It," but that's just me. Pick out your favorite from the generous streamable tracks on their MySpace.

Odds and Ends

  • Javelin is well known partly because of their memorable live shows. Though their setup has improved a bit since the early days, they used to bring painted boomboxes to function as a secondary sound system at live performances. Por ejemplo:


Pretty cool, amiright?

  • Unlike a lot of electronic-type groups, they don't use samples from vinyls or other artists as the main sources for their music. Both van Buskirk and Langford play a good number of instruments, so most of their samples are self-made.
  • We aren't the only ones who have mad love for Javelin. Not only has Pitchfork named them "Rising Artist," "Album of the Year," and "Best New Music," but David Bryne, Mos Def, and Damon Dash are reportedly fans as well.
  • In an interview, Langford once said, "The Spanish version of 'Video Killed the Radio Star' is perhaps the best thing ever." It is now my life's work to find that recording.

Upcoming Shows


For real, though: how often do you get a chance to see Javelin live? Not very often at all, so you'd best take advantage of the fact that they'll be gracing the Awarehouse with their presence Saturday, November 13. This is a pretty rad event for several reasons:

1. WVUM is putting it on, and everything we touch is golden.

2. The show is during/after the Wynwood and Design District Art Walk, so you can soak in the local art and then jam out all night long.

3. It's JAVELIN, people!

For more, check out…

Javelin's Awarehouse show event page

Javelin's official Web site

Javelin's MySpace

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