Posts tagged ‘music news’

June 8, 2012

Slow Puncture – She Makes War

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February 7, 2012

Go Give Kaia Wilson Money Now. I Mean It.

Kaia Wilson is asking for cash on Kickstarter. The money will help her record her new solo album, and will help fund the supporting tour. She’s made a super cute video for her Kickstarter page.

Kaia was one of the members of the Homocore band Team Dresch, one of my favorite all-time bands. The albums Personal Best and Captain My Captain have gotten me through many a dark day in my teens and twenties. She was also a member of the catchy pop-punk band The Butchies, and has had four other solo albums. If you don’t know Wilson’s music, now is the time.

January 20, 2012

Rock Hall Is Opening A Library

The Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame is opening its archives to the public.  They have an extensive list of books including biographies and literary criticism, as well as audio and video recordings.  I like to bag on the Rock Hall, but the archives look pretty cool.

A biography of Joan Jett is one of the over 3,500 books on the shelves at the newly-opened Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Library and Archives in Cleveland.

Read more here…  or visit the Rock Hall archive site here.

December 7, 2011

Amy Klein’s Wonderful Spinner Interview of Cyndi Lauper

Guitarist, activist, and blogger Amy Klein (who I interviewed for this blog in May) recently interviewed Cyndi Lauper about a new documentary on women in rock. In the interview, Lauper dishes on the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame, and name drops Wanda Jackson. Go check it out. It’s a good one.

October 18, 2011

Jessica Hopper Reviews And Carrie Brownstein Interview

Today is a good day for info on women who wield axes.  There’s an interesting interview with Carrie Brownstein here at Philly.com.  And Jessica Hopper has recent reviews of Zola Jesus, Kimya Dawson, and Wild Flag on Spin’s online site here.

October 16, 2011

Back From A Visit To Nola

I just got back from New Orleans.  I didn’t see a lot of women slinging guitars, but we did spy this player at Checkpoint Charlie’s on Esplanade and Frenchmen Street.  I haven’t figured out what her name is yet, but I do know she was playing with a local musician named Domenic Fusca.  In the second photo, Domenic’s on the lefthand side.

 

 

September 22, 2011

First Woman World Air Guitar Champion

I thought this was a fun bit of news, despite the fact that air guitar championships have very little to do with actually playing guitar.  The World Air Guitar Championships got their first ever female winner this year.  Aline Westphal (The Devil’s Niece), a young German woman, won, followed in second place by a Chicago man named Justin ‘Nordic Thunder’ Howard, and another woman Veronica ‘Like Ever Gin’ Mullerova from Czech in third place.

Things I noticed watching videos from the competition.  1) Air guitars are played really low, usually somewhere around the groin area.  2) You can play the neck of an air guitar with either hand, frequently switching off. 3) You have to have a catchy nickname to play air guitar. 4) Maybe I would like the Foo Fighters better if Dave Grohl played an air guitar.

September 6, 2011

Wild Flag Debut Album And Romance Video

 

NPR is streaming Wild Flag’s first album, which is due out next week.  And the women of Wild Flag have released a video for Romance. I don’t want to be too much of a spoiler, but the video includes skipping out of work, puppies, and a giant bucket of coffee. What could be better, really? Check it out.

Wild Flag – Romance from Merge Records on Vimeo.

August 22, 2011

Interview: Lisa Walker of Wussy!

Lisa Walker of Wussy

photo via flickr by Jason Baldwin

Cinncinati-based Wussy is one of my favorite bands, so Lisa Walker is one of the first people I thought of when I started this blog.  You may have not heard of Wussy yet.  Despite being around for awhile, and being one hell of a band, reviews of their music are strangely absent from one particular tastemaker, a certain mega-Indie music blog that will remain nameless.  If you do not yet know the band Wussy, I suggest you go buy all of their studio albums immediately.  They are a drone-pop four piece consisting of Lisa Walker on vocals and guitar, Chuck Cleaver (formerly of the Ass-Ponys) also on vocals and guitar, Mark Messerly on bass and keys, and Joe Klug on drums.  They’ve been a band since 2001, and have released three studio albums (a fourth is on it’s way) on indie label Shake It Records.   They have, however, gotten critical acclaim from Spin, Rolling Stone, and the Village Voice. Their songs are catchy and tuneful, and in my opinion, they write some of the best lyrics out there right now.  All that said, I was very excited when Lisa agreed to be on my blog.

When did you begin playing and why?

My family had me singing in church by the time I was five. But as for playing, that didn’t start until I was 15 or 16. I would play Pink Floyd songs on my dad’s classical guitar to offset the typical midwestern teenage angst. I also played his mountain dulcimer quite a bit, which first got me into alternate drone tunings. I was terrible at both of these, by the way.

What was your first guitar, and how did you get it?

My first guitar of my own was a $25 beat up acoustic that my dad bought for me from a work colleague at the hospital. He said it was “a Willie Nelson guitar” – which just meant it looked like it had been run over by a John Deere mower.

What is your songwriting process like?

Usually it starts with aimless guitar playing around the house or at band practice. I make up nonsense words to fill in the syllabic structure and then go back and fine tune until there are words in place that I actually like. Sometimes this last step doesn’t happen until a moment or two before I lay down the vocal track. (I need deadlines.)

In the meantime, I’m usually writing down little obsessive notes with lyric fragments or ideas that I intend to use later. Ideally these two processes mesh quite nicely. As long as I can actually FIND all the post-its and notebooks with said lyrical fragments.

What are you working on right now?

Wussy is finishing our fourth full-length album – which will be out in the fall. I’m doing a few solo shows here and there, and then the band plans to hit the road towards the end of this year. I’m also working on some new material and toying with releasing a solo record.

Which artist or artists do you find inspiring?  (It doesn’t have to be a musician.)  Why?

So so many. First of all, I am a devoted fangirl of rock, garage and soul music from the 60’s and 70’s. But right now here are some of the things that have been inspiring me lately.

The National – amazing arrangers, amazing musicians

Al Green – has more soul in his little finger than any of us will accumulate in a lifetime

Black Sabbath and a ton of bands that sound just like ’em. – just because

George Harrison – the best, the brightest, the sweetest of all the Beatles

Roky Erickson – because i aspire to his mad genius

The Weakerthans – some of the best lyrics in recent memory

Sonic Youth – for their infectious orchestral drone

Joe Tex – because of the way he yells “TRAMP!”

Harry Nilsson – songwriter par excellance

Brian Eno (ca. 1974) – because he makes records sound so futuristicand weird – yet purely pop

August 22, 2011

Wussy On Youtube

Live video of Wussy performing Yellow Cotton Dress

Live in-studio performance  of Jonah

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