Longstreth's first album, The Graceful Fallen Mango, was released in 2002 under his own name and introduced his distinctive arrangements of both lo-fi and hi-fi production. The next year Longstreth fully minted the "Dirty Projectors" moniker with the release of The Glad Fact on the Western Vinyl label. In 2005, the band released The Getty Address, a concept album about musician Don Henley that features extensive orchestral and choral accompaniment. The diverse, more stripped-down New Attitude EP followed in 2006 and featured inklings of the band's later vocal interplay and use of intricate guitar work reminiscent of Ali Farka Touré's.
In 2007 the band released Rise Above, an album of Black Flag songs as re-imagined from memory. The album introduced the band's distinctive contrast between Longstreth's soaring vocals and the tight harmonies of Amber Coffman and Susanna Waiche (later replaced by Angel Deradoorian). In 2007 the band also performed songs from that album for a Take-Away Show acoustic video session shot by Vincent Moon.
In April 2008, Dirty Projectors signed with Domino Records, and the label announced the release of Bitte Orca for June 9, 2009. That year also found the band collaborating with David Byrne on the song "Knotty Pine" for the compilation album, Dark Was the Night. Byrne joined the Dirty Projectors onstage to perform this song, along with "Ambulance Man," another collaborative track not included on the compilation, at the "Dark Was the Night Live" concert at New York City's Radio City Music Hall on May 3, 2009.
On May 8, 2009, members of Dirty Projectors collaborated with Björk to perform an original composition by Longstreth, written for five voices and acoustic guitar, as part of a charity concert to benefit Housing Works, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing shelter for homeless men, women, and children suffering from AIDS. The concert was held at the Housing Works Bookstore & Café in downtown New York City.
Following the success of their 2009 album release, Bitte Orca, the band will release a new EP, entitled "Temecula Sunrise", in September 2009.
|2002||The Graceful Fallen Mango||This Heart Plays / Western Vinyl|
|2003||The Glad Fact||Western Vinyl|
|2003||Morning Better Last!||States Rights Records|
|2004||Slaves' Graves and Ballads||Western Vinyl / Happy Happy Birthday To Me Records|
|2005||The Getty Address||Western Vinyl|
|2006||Highlights from the Getty Address||Bad Vugum / BV2 Produktions (Finland)|
|2006||New Attitude EP||Marriage Records|
|2007||Rise Above||Dead Oceans|
|2009||Bitte Orca||Domino Records|
|2009||Temecula Sunrise EP||Domino Records|
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