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Tuesday, March 29, 2005, 13:18

Wow , I've suddenly been sw amped w ith Things To Do from all directions, and being a methodical, automaton-like drone, I had to finish each Thing in turn before I could come back here and take care of some important business. I promised Chastity from Outlett that I'd give her band a w ell-deserved plug. Outlett is a Hard Rock band out of L.A. that has infused the genre w ith some much-needed originality. The most obvious contributing factor is that they have a female vocalist.

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Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat 1 6 13 20 27 7 14 21 28 8 15 22 29 2 9 16 23 30 3 4 5 Outlett I don't know w hy, but I think that people have convinced themselves that there are far more femalefronted rock bands than actually exist, and thus there is nothing inherently special about them. Or conversely, many rock fans still have the dated, chauvanistic view that a female rock vocalist is a "novelty", in the w orst sense of the w ord (in other w ords, nothing to be taken seriously). Both points of view are hopelessly w rong, of course. Anyw ay, not only does Outlett have a female vocalist, but what a vocalist. Tonally, she reminds me of Cher, a comparison she has admittedly "come to grips w ith" after having heard it a few times. Of course, I mean it as a compliment, but I understand w hy Chastity may not w ant to be pigeonholed in any w ay (and no, she is not Cher's daughter Chastity Bono; the names are just a crazy coincidence). So let me make another comparison: Chastity can w ail like Chris Cornell, but unlike the Soundgarden/Audioslave singer, she keeps firm control of her vocals even w hen they're dialed back. In other w ords, she doesn't get all shaky during the quieter bits. If I had any vocal experience, I could explain that better, but you get the picture. Finally, she plays the djembe, w hich is just freaking cool. Most Recent Check out Outlett -- or check Outlett out -- at their w ebsite, w w w .outlett.net, and look for their CD OCT FEB MAR Close http://arhythmius.com/pblog/index.php?y=05&m=03 Go coming soon. While I'm on the subject of female rockers, you might have heard a Hard Rock/Goth band called Help Of Infinity played on ESTROGENIUS. They w ere the first band of their type that I added to the playlist, 2005 2006 2007 and the very positive response to their music w as one of the factors that made my decision to add Outlett an easy one. Yes, it looks like people are digging the rocker chicks. Well, good for them! If you're one of those people, then do your part to support these bands by purchasing their CD's w hen they become available! There are a lot more Recent Additions to talk about, but I'll have to continue that in a later post...

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Friday, March 25, 2005, 10:12

In a magnanimous and supremely ego-boosting gesture, singer Ari-Up has sent me an email thanking



I haven't been avoiding...

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me for my tribute to The Slits! (See the Special Artists page on my main site.) The backstory is, after I posted the tribute, I emailed Ari's assistant Megan to tell her about it, and to generally say "Thanks for being aw esome". Megan w as kind enough to w rite back and tell me that, w hile Ari-Up is a bit of a Luddite, she w ould try to coax her into looking at the site, w hich is more than I w ould've dared ask. Megan apparently succeeded, because today I received a short email from Ari-Up saying she liked the site, and thanking me for the tribute. Aren't cool people cool? Yeah, it stands to reason, but still... Also finally added to the Special Artists page is a little tribute to the late and truly great John Peel. Hats off now , people. [ add com ment ] | [ 0 trackbacks ] | perm alink

Most Recent The Minor Notes Archive VERY New Artist: Sara Oliveira New to the Playlist: Sarah Cracknell Squeaky F-w ord Gets the Grease Here's A Cogent Thought: Fuck! New Pick! Plus & Minus Handling Shipping Dow n With Irony Jenae: Flow er in the Frost

And the Aw ard goes to: Probably som eone w ho w as nom inated
Thursday, March 24, 2005, 11:08

Well, the official nominations for the Live365 2005 Broadcaster Aw ards have been announced, and... sadly, lightning did not strike tw ice. (That's a metaphorical reference to the fact that ESTROGENIUS w as not nominated for an aw ard, as w e w ere honored to be in 2004.) This only serves to remind me w hat a w onderful fluke last year's nomination w as. I w as completely gobsmacked w hen I found out, and "honored" w ould be a very accurate description of my feelings on being nominated. So, I know firsthand that most nominees are not BS-ing w hen they use that w ord. Xavier may be, but c'mon -- that guy's a special case. So here's w hat you can do if you're a Live365 Preferred/VIP Member or Broadcaster: Vote for The Estrogen Zone and The Flossing of Am erica, Techno Prisoners, and The Glitter Box, in their respective categories. As for the other categories, I've got a lot of listening to do, just like you.

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Lovers, Bright Eyes and Wayne New ton: There IS a point to this post.
Tuesday, March 22, 2005, 16:47

One of the independent artists I play is a band called Lovers, fronted by singer/songw riter Carolyn Berk. They're from the creatively fertile tow n of Athens, GA, if I recall correctly (see the full review of their second album in my Picks of the Past section), and they've been steadily gaining a nice, grassroots sort of interest. Upon listening to their material, Ms Berk instantly became one of my favorite lyricists, and I can't understand w hy their tracks don't get stacks of "thumbs ups" on my station. Cut to about a w eek ago, w hen I finally heard a song by Bright Eyes on Sirius radio. Now , I've been hearing buzz about Bright Eyes -- and specifically, frontman Conor Oberst -- for w hat seems like a couple of years now . The music w as usually described as Emo, and the local press has been cagily supportive. I say "cagily", because one article I read mentioned the preponderence of young ladies in Bright Eyes' fanbase. My original impression could (and bear w ith me, 'cause this is good) be summedup by a line from the early 90's Andrew Dice Clay flop "The Adventures of Ford Fairlane".* In that movie, Wayne New ton plays the heavy -- a slimy record company exec w ith the w onderful name of Julian Grendel. When exposed in a graft coverup involving a talentless but hunky new singer, Mr Grendel explains the enormous pressure he's under: "I've gotta ship 2 million copies, so that teenage girls w ill have an album cover they can get w et over. Who cares if he can't sing?!" Back to the Bright Eyes song, and that band w ith the great lyricist you w ere w ondering if I'd forgotten about: The Bright Eyes song sounded EXACTLY like a Lovers song -- only w ith w ay too many refrains, and not enough instruments. Conor Oberst's voice is a male version of Carolyn Berk's voice. I realize that the similarities are obviously a coincidence; I know that Bright Eyes didn't set out to mimic Lovers' sound, nor the other w ay around. Both bands developed simultaneously in different parts of the country. Nor am I making a direct comparison betw een Bright Eyes and the vapid vocalist in "Ford Fairlane". But considering the hype, I w as singularly unimpressed w ith the Bright Eyes song; maybe because it w as a solo acoustic number, or maybe not. Far be it from me to paint any band w ith a broad brush, after hearing just one song. And I do not begrudge Bright Eyes any success, w hether apart from, or as a result of, their hype. My point is, if music w ere the sole criterion, then w hy isn't there a similar level of hype for Lovers? Would their popularity be exponentially higher if Caroly Berk w ere a man? (Although if Carolyn Berk were a man, she'd be...Conor Oberst. Vocally, anyw ay.) It's the same problem almost every independent female artist faces, at least most of the ones I play. True, they're not in it for the bling-bling or the hype, but if all things w ere equal, they'd at least get their




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fair share of the audience.

*This film gets a bit of a bad rap due to the automatic assumption that if it stars Andrew Dice Clay, it must be crap. But it is actually a pretty pointed jab at the music industry, from the w riter of "Heathers". I dig it.

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In Which I Write About Music (im agine that!)
Friday, March 18, 2005, 17:03

So far in 2005, I've bought (or been sent) more music than ever before, w hich is almost as much music as I w ould have liked to obtain. Since I can't do a full Pick of the Moment-style review for each one, I figured this blog w ould be a good place to mention some of them in passing. And this time, I'm actually going to do it! So, let's just jump right in (in no particular order). Auf der M aur by Melissa Auf der Maur: Yeah, I finally got this one, and w ouldn't you know it -- it's probably my favorite of the bunch. Auf der Maur has officially been in more bands than Eric Clapton, but she stuck w ith a solid formula for her first solo release: Good songs. Sure, they're mostly stereo typical (get it?), but that's the point. Every track has a catchy hook and big-sounding rock & roll production values. There are some cool guest appearances, and Auf der Maur's voice is fine for the material. I dig it.

Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi by Puffy Am iYum i: ...To w hich you say, WTF?! Look, I don't even w atch the Cartoon Netw ork, so I'm not up on all of these hip, LSD-inspired animated show s -- one of w hich is "Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi". Which is based on a real JPop band called Puffy AmiYumi, w hich has its ow n hit show in Japan, and had previously done the theme song for "Teen Titans" on the Cartoon Netw ork. *Phew*. Ami and Yumi are the vocalists, and they are indeed adorable young w omen. But I bought the album because it w as produced and cow ritten by Andy Sturmer of Jellyfish, and includes a cover of "Joining a Fan Club", w hich is my favorite track on the Jellyfish album Spilt Milk. And here I thought Jason Falkner w as the one responsible for that sound! Anyw ay, the cover version has a w ay faster tempo, and a blatant ripoff of No Doubt's "Just a Girl" intro, but then again, Gw en's vocals in that song w ere a blatant ripoff of Lene Lovich, so there you go. And I just found out that Puffy AmiYumi had done a Japanese cover version on an earlier album! Wonder if I'd like that one better...? The rest of Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi is a fun, Monkees-esque pop confection, w ith half the songs in English, and half in Japanese. It's decent ear candy, but I'm disappointed that it w asn't more catchy.

Worst Enemy by Go Betty Go And now that I've w asted so much time on Puffy AmiYumi, I've gotta rush through Go Betty Go! They deserve better. This EP rulez. Representin' tha G-L-D (Glendale, CA), these Latina rockers just bring it home. I love their sound, and I hope they become hugely successful. Dammit, out of time! To Be Continued... [ add com ment ] | [ 0 trackbacks ] | perm alink



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