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April 5, 2012

Coming up!

Later this week I will be posting interviews with Nina Canal of Ut and Laura Kidd of She Makes War.  But in the meantime, there have been some really nice things happening for lady guitar players in the blogosphere.  Comedian and host Marc Maron interviewed Carrie Brownstein for his WTF podcast.  It’s a great interview, with lots of good guitar talk.  KEXP also posted videos of Wussy playing Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop during SXSW.  Go now and enjoy.  I’ll talk to you again soon.

April 5, 2012

And Now For Something Completely Different

You may not know this, but in my other life (i.e. my day job) I am a secretary.  And in my other, other life — when I’m not typing things for people or playing cover tunes on the guitar in a mediocre fashion, I am a writer.  I write fiction mostly, but also poetry.  And because I have poetry friends, I participated in a new online poetry project.  So, if you would like to see yours truly in the motion pictures reading a poem by Chuck Bukowski, head over to A Poem From Us and check it out.

December 13, 2011

Girls Rock Coloring Book

Thanks to Feminist Music Geek for pointing out this most excellent gift idea. Girls Rock Rhode Island has put together a Girls Rock Coloring Book. It looks to be 23 pages and includes, among others, Patti Smith, PJ Harvey, The Breeders, Heart, Cyndi Lauper, and Best Coast. Sweet!

December 11, 2011

Elizabeth Cotten And Viv Albertine

I was talking with a friend about my “Twelve Amazing Guitarists…” post this past Friday. She mentioned that she did not know who Elizabeth Cotten and Viv Albertine were. I thought I would link to a video for each of them.

I first encountered Elizabeth Cotten while learning finger-picking. Cotten wrote the incredibly challenging song, Freight Train. She was an impressive player, and actually played her guitar upside down, using her thumb to play melodies, and her index finger to run bass lines.

Viv Albertine has a solo album out now, and she has performed with the Raincoats and the New-Age Steppers. But what she’s best known for is as the guitarist and backup vocalist for the legendary punk group The Slits. The first several times I heard the Slits I had no idea what to do with them. Their songs were full of competing rhythms, multi-part vocals. They were dissonant and controversial. They were obnoxious. Really, all the things you want in a good punk band. This is an old video of them performing Heard It Through the Grapevine, and Albertine is the blonde being interviewed at the beginning. It’s followed by their video for Instant Hit.

October 23, 2011

A Little Vaselines For Your Sunday Morning

Shhh!  It’s still very quiet this morning around here.  But you would still like to hear some music, no?  Do you listen to the Vaselines?  Yes?  Good for you.  If not, you should.  Why?  Well, for one, this is Frances McKee, the woman Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love named their daughter after.

My little student group has a performance today at a local bar.  We have to wait for the football game to be over before we play, though.  Stupid Bears.  Hopefully they win so that our crowd is happy and not irate.

August 22, 2011

Wussy On Youtube

Live video of Wussy performing Yellow Cotton Dress

Live in-studio performance  of Jonah

August 22, 2011

New Interview Going Up Tonight

Sorry I’ve been a bit MIA, people.  A new interview will be going up tonight with Lisa Walker of the band Wussy!   But until then, watch this most excellent video.  It’s St. Vincent covering Big Black!

July 6, 2011

Warpaint Concert Posted By Kekke466

Really good quality concert video of Warpaint at the Rock Werchter 2011.  From what I can tell, it’s their entire performance.  Here’s the first song.

July 5, 2011

NPR Tiny Desk Concert With Lower Dens

Ah, youtube, what would I do without you?  Or you, NPR?

Anyway, here’s a lovely Tiny Desk Concert featuring our next interviewee, Jana Hunter, playing with her band Lower Dens.  They don’t play “A Dog’s Dick,” but they do play the equally dirty-sounding “Two Cocks…” as well as the beautiful “I Get Nervous,” another song that makes it into my personal playlists more than is probably healthy.


June 26, 2011

Nina Canal Talks 70s NY And Her First Telecaster

I have had some requests to interview Nina Canal of Ut, so I am going to try to do that.  But until then, here is a cool interview over on the Youtubes with Canal and Robin Crutchfield.  She talks about the 70s New York art scene and getting her first guitar.

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