Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Their last album! Aww.
For the uninitiated, Vancouver tweepop. Featured Miko Hoffman, Megan Mallett and Rose Melberg.
so soft. I love Rose Melberg.
the perfect rainy day album, when it's 100 outside! don't you just love the central valley?
Released in 1999 on K records.
here in 320kb. I can get the flac if anyone really wants it.
Sunday, September 26, 2010
...is the band the Carousel. Features Elizabeth Price from earlier work in talulah gosh and it shows, the music's so soft you want to pet it. It becomes a later inspiration for Heavenly, another great twee pop band as well.
Friday, September 24, 2010
I love Sleater-Kinney's first album.
I also love Riot Grrrl.
It's true though, back in the old days even Sleater-Kinney was a riot grrrl band. It's probably my favorite riot grrrl band too, since it's basically the best of Heavens to Betsy and Excuse 17 combined. Many of the songs have disctinct styles; corin's are always heavy on the vocals and bass and poppier. Carrie's were more punk, and much more about guitar interplay.
For example, take the first track, Don't think you wanna. Corin's vocals are on fire in this track! Also note the slow tempo- very similar to Heavens to Betsy. However this song has a little more guitar interplay, thanks to Carrie, that makes it much more interesting than most of Calculated. Corin's guitar is so slow and low it clearly acts as a bass. This in my opinion, is my favorite part! I'm a sucker for bass and sometimes miss it in later Sleater-Kinney.
Carrie has her song- How to Play Dead. This song sounds like an outtake of Excuse 17! It's great.
Of course, they start to blend each other's styles to make the future classic sound. This is evident in some of the best songs on the record. The song Be Yr Mama has a little of both bands and a great pop edge. The guitars weave all over the place and each other and Corin belts like no other, like Runaways gone crazy punk feminists!
Don't just sit there and just eat up my shit! Listen for yourself! Make your own ideas! and let me know what you think!
music blog democracy anyone?
I kind of promised it, so here it is. I'm not sure if anyone actually wants it, but hey.
Sleater-Kinney's second album, but for most people, the first one... although I have a soft spot for their actual first album. Another post...
Don't feel like talking, so the music will have to speak for itself. Trust me though; it most certainly will. You'll either love this album or turn it off as soon as Corin Tucker starts singing.
One of the great original punk bands of the 90's. Only Fugazi comes close.
Please play loud and sing along.
Download pt. 1 here
Download pt. 2 here
The Chapin Sisters' new album two just came out, but I don't have a copy yet. So instead, here is their earlier release, an EP, Oh, Hear the Wind Blow. They're on tour with She and Him, and oddly enough, I feel that the Chapin Sisters are far more original and talented. She and Him should be opening for them.
Alas that won't happen, so all I can do is tell you how beautiful this album is. Amazing harmonies, songs, and their backup band rocks too. They have quite a full sound for a folk duo- which is refreshing as it goes against the grain.
At times they sound like a modern-day folk version of CSNY or any of that era's great folk-rock, and I mean this more as an actual comparison than a compliment. They get a little psychedelic at times-more in the modern psych-folk vein than the original 60's psychedelic one however.
As far as I'm concerned, they are one of the best traditional folk-rock artists around.
I will get their new album soon, and if anyone is interested I will post it here.
Download here in flac