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Femalefront.com - Minor Notes 7

Femalefront.com - Minor Notes 7

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Published by Gregg D'Albert
"Minor Notes" was the original companion blog of the internet radio station FEMALE FRONT from 2003-2005. The website that hosted Minor Notes was taken down in 2007; these pages were retrieved from archive.org. Minor Notes was replaced by "FFB", which is still available at http://femalefront.blogspot.com.
"Minor Notes" was the original companion blog of the internet radio station FEMALE FRONT from 2003-2005. The website that hosted Minor Notes was taken down in 2007; these pages were retrieved from archive.org. Minor Notes was replaced by "FFB", which is still available at http://femalefront.blogspot.com.

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Published by: Gregg D'Albert on Jan 29, 2011
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LinksHomeContact MeAbout This Weblogestrogenius dot netEstrogenius Live365 Station PageThe NEW Minor Notes blogLoginArchives«May 2005»
Most RecentBrynne Johnson
Thursday, January 19, 2006, 21:05hey!! My name is brynne too!!
David Lech
Monday, January 16, 2006, 02:11Your not Kidding Jenae is Great ,and...
Monday, October 17, 2005, 15:06Awwwwwww! That was so sappyand sweet,...
Tuesday, August 23, 2005, 16:03...while it may seem to the dedicated...
Tuesday, August 23, 2005, 12:42
Switchyard: Smoother than a GE 4400 Locomotive
Wednesday, May 18, 2005, 17:06
Here's what's cool about the band
1. Rachel Bellinsky (obviously)
 Rachel is the vocalist, songwriter and driving force behind Switchyard. Despite (or perhaps becauseof) formerly being in an all-girl disco cover band in Las Vegas, Rachel's music is smooth, smooth,smooth. I'm talking Joni Mitchell-caliber here. There are even a couple of tracks that would've been rightat home in that circular lounge that was near the elevators in the old Desert Inn on the Strip (I'd swear Joey Bishop walked
right by me
one time). But the album is mostly introspective songs about theultimate question of Love, the Universe, and Everything. It's mellower than the stuff I usually play, buttalent is talent.
2. Lyrics
 From "Virgins":
The heart only knows / That it can feel this way / After it's made such a beautiful mistake / Now it must learn just how to break.
 And the
whole album
is like that. If you know me at all, you know that I'm a sucker for good lyrics.Rachel Bellinsky can write 'em.
3. The band is called "Switchyard"
 What a cool name. I used to totally be into trains when I was a kid. I'm not sure if Rachel Bellinsky hasthe same fascination, but the Charles Bukowski poem included on the CD insert seems to be a major clue.
4. The album is called "The Secret Life of Spiders"
 Oh my God, what another fucking cool name. I'm sorry, but I really appreciate bands that come up withawesome names like that, without resorting to something trite, obtuse or (ack) self-titled. It just sohappens that I also dig spiders. Spiders are our friends. I could have just as easily said that this albumis as smooth as a Silver Argiope
(Argiope argentata).
 OK, so I just re-read the above, and I seem to be coming across like a Teen People editor who just gotslipped a microdot. It's really due to the deadly combination of enthusiasm and lack of time. Look, forgetabout ME; this is supposed to be about
, remember? Go look at
site. Well, go on!
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permalinkOn Garbage
Tuesday, May 10, 2005, 12:47
Here's the tangent about Garbage that I promised in the Pick of the Moment with Trillion.
This is written without having heard their latest album. I have heard the first single, and Iactually like it very much.)To me, Garbage is a band with a lot of unrealized potential. I ascribe that primarily to the highexpectations I had of them when they were one of the only female-fronted bands that could be heardon Alternative radio in the 90’s (and what a fucking great name for a band).In those painful times, Alternative radio consisted solely of Alice In Chains soundalike bands, 24/7, for agood eight years. Ironically, it was all Garbage founder Butch Vig’s fault, since he produced Nirvana’s
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seminal Nevermind album, which started the whole Grunge craze on commercial radio. Therefore, I liketo think that Garbage was Vig’s response to the suddenly female-unfriendly playlists of Alternativestations; a sort of musical apology to women (and their fans) everywhere. Which is why, at the time, Iremember wishing that the band was, well...better.Don’t get me wrong, I think they were good – sometimes very good – but they were not great. ShirleyManson was and is an electrifying performer, but that does not always translate to CD, and her quirkyvoice was just never enough to fall back on. The writing was solid, but there was nothing reallytranscendent, or even particularly catchy (an attribute for which I would’ve gladly settled) about thematerial.Let me remind you one more time that the unfavorable comparisons are largely with my ownexpectations, not with the band's musical merits alone.Whatever the motivations behind the creation of Garbage were, the band never became the female-fronted savior of Alternative radio. Sure, they got plenty of airplay, but much of it was crossover playon Pop stations, which always have plenty of female artists anyway. But for Rock and Alternativestations, there would be no female renaissance. Programmers dumped promising bands like Elasticaand Letters to Cleo in favor of album cuts from abominations like Presidents of the United States of America, and -- *shudder* -- Limp Bizkit.But hey, at least the singers were
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permalinkPost Awards Wrap-up!
Monday, May 2, 2005, 13:03
Well, the 2005 Live365 Broadcaster Summit and Awards happened over the weekend, and unlike lastyear, I wasn't disappointed that I lost! Of course, it helps that I wasn't nominated at all. Glass-half-full,and all that.I'd like to say how nice it was to see the lovely and talented
again. After meeting Red, Mrs.Arhythmius said that she assumed Red was a college student! (Red is in fact a 25-year-old workingmom.) Co-hosting the pre-awards broadcast with Red was the talented and lovely
,who is looking none the worse for wear for being the father of an infant. The fact that he can take off for a relaxing trip to San Francisco on a whim (while the wife is slaving away on behalf of their baby)must help.Both of the hosts did a great job with the broadcast, considering the minimalist equipment setup. Lastyear, we had headphones, a mixing board, a monitor and DJ Lex on the wheels of steel; this year, theyhad two mics. Next year, it'll just be Anthony with a microcassette recorder.Thanks as well to
(AKA Gregg, which I consider to be the greatest name in broadcasting),for once again hosting the pre-awards Fun Suite. Mrs. Arhythmius wore her free Lonely Radio shirtwith pride yesterday.Tragically, I do
have any incriminating pictures of the festivities, as promised earlier. Maybe it's justme (usually code for: yeah, it's just me), but it seemed like there were fewer photo-ops this year. Lastyear, the awards segued right into an after-party, but this year people had to strike out on their own toget their party fix. It's so much easier to get embarrassing pics when everybody is embarrassingthemselves in the same room.Instead,
and I revisited the scene of last year's ill-fated dining experience at Paul's Cafe inMillbrae. Unfortunately,
was not able to join us this year, which was too bad, since theservice was actually spot-on this time. A milkshake was hoisted in his honor.I am once again debating changing my station's name, which would entail changing all of the branding,graphics, etc. I'm also debating upgrading the broadcast to 64k mp3PRO. Well, there's no debate, it'sclearly the right step to take -- but it'll involve me re-ripping
every single track
in my library and re-uploading them to Live365. Oh well, at least I'd be getting paid for my time.
a minute...!
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Friday, April 22, 2005, 13:20
Damn, I didn't expect it to take a whole week to get to my next entry. Being busy does that to you.Aww, who am I kidding -- I'm such a slacker, I can't imagine what life must be like for people who are
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New artists on the playlist this week (click on the artist names to see their websites):
 The photo of Psychophile members Lucy Pointycat and Smogo pretty much says it all. How freakingcool is that? Thank [the rhetorical] god that some bands know how to present themselves. I truly missthose days.While their look is sorta Hayzee-Fantayzee-meets-Type-O-Negative, the sound is not. Here's howPsychophile describe their own track, "Naked": "It's industrial, it's metal, it's opera...it's indust-opera-metal!" When you hear the song, you'll recognize the accuracy of that statement.I don't know too much about the band members yet, except that Lucy Pointycat is a British diva who isprone to purring when she's in a good mood (firsthand experience). She's also got a nice set of pipes -- and her voice ain't too bad, either!
Thank you!
Michelle Albano
 Time once again for Whiplash Radio: On the infrared end of the spectrum from Psychophile's ultravioletis Michelle Albano. Michelle is a New York-based songwriter who is classically-trained, and just plainclassy. Her new album
Second Guesses
is timeless, piano-based personal music in the tradition of Carole King, but with a smoky, R&B-flavored spin. It's very New York, if that makes any sense.My favorite track is probably "Painting by Numbers", which is just piano and vocal; but making astripped-down track sound engaging is a testament to good songwriting. There is something about themelody in this song that is both whimsical and melancholy. It's got some Broadway-esque notes to it, or maybe something out of Billy Joel's
The Stranger.
Interestingly, the lyrics are about artistic compromises-- and the choice to not make them. It's obvious on which side of the line Michelle Albano stands.Was gonna mention
here, but they may very well be my next Pick of the Moment. ;)
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permalinkSongwriting and Dental Procedures
Tuesday, April 12, 2005, 17:09
Just to follow-up on the last entry, that estimate on my dental costs was just that; I had no prior knowledge of exactly what work would be needed, or what the cost would be. So, what did the actual
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