NEW YORK, NY: Jason Deeh Pitre, an extraordinary singer/guitarist from Montreal, left jaws agape with a stunning music performance in tribute to the late David Bowie, on Monday evening’s edition of Elisa Jordana’s Kermit and Friends, a show that has been overflowing with talent in recent weeks. Deeh Pitre is perhaps the biggest emerging star we’ve seen so far in the microverse surrounding the cult webcast program.
Deeh Pitre has long been a contributor to Kermit and Friends on a sporadic basis, but somehow his genuinely rich but mournful tenor and stunning command of the falsetto range was never really fully put on display. His role was usually comedic, and he provided several music clips in the early shows, notably the darkly ominous but funny “Zwebel Army March” and a winningly idiosyncratic experimental version of Jordana’s signature song, “Fuck you, I’m Fine”.
Deeh Pitre’s participation in the show seemed to flag during the Chris Dick era, which saw a lot of old timers begin to fade from the scene. However, Douche! the Monkey, who is a music connoisseur of impeccable taste, heard Deeh Pitre’s haunting synthesis of Roy Orbison/Chris Isaac/Del Shannon and knew this music had to be heard. Last week the exclusive DNN retrospective, The Music of Jason Pitre, aired on DNN On Air, to the surprise and delight of the Kermit and Friends Year In Review audience. Last weekend, DNN’s documentary Last Thirteen was unveiled, and the biggest accolades were accorded to the soundtrack, which featured not only the solo Deeh Pitre’s moody, twangy versions of “Wicked Game” and “Runaway” but also the mesmerizing and atmospheric music of his band, The Scroll. It’s an eerie, lonely, post-rock informed soundtrack; perfect music for night driving in the rain.
This music is far above and beyond that of anyone we’ve ever seen on Kermit so far, with Brotha Ric the only serious competition. So after Deeh Pitre’s twin triumphs with The Music of Jasan Deeh Pitre and Last Thirteen, all eyes turned to a scheduled appearance on Kermit and Friends on Monday. Deeh Pitre was battling a cold, and appeared unshaven and raspy voiced. Accompanying himself on guitar, he launched into the opening chords of “China Girl”, an Iggy Pop original covered by Bowie in 1983 on his Let’s Dance album. Bowie’s version of the song is definitely not among the more fondly remembered in his catalog, but Deeh Pitre heroically made it his own, despite only learning it 30 minutes prior to his appearance. Hoarse but perfectly on-key, Deeh Pitre’s nuanced performance was spectacular, and he even managed to pull off the high notes. The chat room was united in its enthusiasm. “he is f-cking great”, gushed Stu. “Awesome” was Jimmy Pastafagioli’s assessment. “This is how it’s done folks” was February 30th’s observation. “Jason is very talented” opined notoriously hard-to-please Bologna Sauce. “Even Corey is impressed” noted Leaf King, stating what was obvious.
Deeh Pitre is destined for greater things. A talent like his is rare, and wholly real. He’s also a heckuva nice guy; when Douche! inquired about using his songs in the movie, Deeh Pitre offered “carte blanche”, no questions asked. It was DNN’s privilege to work with a musician of this caliber.
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