Pop-Culture | Posted by Julie Z on 09/25/2011
Support Women Artists Sunday: Jane Lui
Listening to singer-songwriter Jane Lui’s music is like watching a Michel Gondry film. There’s a whimsical, homemade feel that’s inventive, magical, & intimate. Handmade music boxes, found objects, percussion pipes, and cardboard boxes, all a part of a handcrafted sound that makes her music enduring and lovable. It began this way though – “You’re poor in college — don’t have stuff, so you make it up.”
“I’m painfully shy and learned that I feel most earnest in music. More than anything, I want honesty between my listeners and I; as it should respect intelligence.” With a sensitivity towards the interplay of sound, space, & subtlety, Lui’s artistry is fierce with utmost musicianship & self-respect.
“..Spent a lot of time in my room when I was little listening to the radio. …
Pop-Culture | Posted by Julie Z on 09/18/2011
Support Women Artists Sunday: The Go-Go’s
The Go-Go’s were the most popular all-female band to emerge from the punk/new wave explosion of the late ’70s and early ’80s, becoming one of the first commercially successful female groups that wasn’t controlled by male producers or managers. While their hit singles — “We Got the Beat,” “Our Lips Are Sealed,” “Vacation,” “Head Over Heels” — were bright, energetic new wave pop, the group was an integral part of the Californian punk scene. And they did play punk rock, even if many of their rougher edges were ironed out by the time they recorded their first album, 1981′s Beauty and the Beat.
Even as they became America’s darlings, the Go-Go’s lived the wild life of rockers. More importantly, their earliest music — now collected on Return to the Valley …
Pop-Culture | Posted by Julie Z on 09/4/2011
Support Women Artists Sunday: Jean Grae
Jean Grae (real name “Tsidi Ibrahim”), born November 26, 1976 is a hip hop artist from New York. She rose to prominence in the underground hip-hop scene in New York City, and has since built an international fanbase.
Born in Cape Town, South Africa on November 26, 1976, the daughter of South African jazz musicians (her father and mother are the celebrated musicians Sathima Bea Benjamin and Abdullah Ibrahim), she studied Vocal Performance at the LaGuardia School of Music & Art before majoring in Music Business at New York University.
After working with groups including Ground Zero, she joined a hip hop music group called Natural Resource in the mid-1990s, along with rapper Ocean. In 1996 they released a pair of 12-inch singles called Negro League Baseball. She also appeared …
Pop-Culture | Posted by Julie Z on 08/14/2011
Support Women Artists Sunday: Chrissie Hynde
I was at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this past week showing my visiting family all that Cleveland has to offer (that’s all I came up with) and we got to see the Women Who Rock exhibit. One of the women profiled was Chrissie Hynde, and I realized that I’ve never profiled her here, even though she blazed trails for women in rock and grew up about 40 minutes away from where I did. So, without further ado, here’s SWAS: Chrissie Hynde Edition!
A teenage Chrissie Hynde left the United States on a one-way ticket to England where she landed a job as music critic for the NME. She also worked in McLaren’s ‘Sex’ boutique before forming The Pretenders.
The original Pretenders line-up featured Hynde on vocals/guitar, …
Pop-Culture | Posted by Brian C on 08/7/2011
Support Women Artists Sunday: Ximena Sarinana
Ximena Sariñana Rivera (born October 29, 1985) is a Grammy Award and Latin Grammy nominated Mexican singer-songwriter and actress. Sariñana’s musical career was launched in 2008 with the release of her first studio album Mediocre, an adult contemporary pop-rock/vocal jazz album that has been critically acclaimed and nominated for various awards, including two nominations in the Latin Grammy Awards of 2008.
Ximena Sariñana Rivera was born in Guadalajara, Mexico to producer/director Fernando Sariñana and screenwriter Carolina Rivera. She is niece of Mexican actress Angélica Rivera and producer José Alberto Castro, brother of Verónica Castro. When she was 2 years old, Sariñana attended an Ella Fitzgerald concert, claiming to be the beginning of her interest in music and one of her biggest influences. She soon started listening to other artists such …
Pop-Culture | Posted by Brian C on 07/17/2011
Support Women Artists Sunday: Angus & Julia Stone
Have you ever perused the music charts and seen someone have tremendous success in another country and wonder why they never made it big here? I just had one of those moments with Angus & Julia Stone, a duo that have topped the charts in Australia, but never quite found a toehold in the American scene despite their extremely mature and fresh sound (an interesting dichotomy)
Angus & Julia Stone are a brother-sister duo from Newport, New South Wales on the Northern Beaches of Sydney, Australia. Their mother and father were both musical – they learned many songs from their father’s cover band “Backbeat”. At very young ages, they were introduced to music by their father who made them join his school band. Julia played the trumpet, Angus the trombone …
Feminism, Pop-Culture | Posted by Sophie Rae on 07/13/2011
Party Whipped: The Trials of a Teenage Feminist Rocker
I think I’ve always been somewhat of a feminist, even if I didn’t know it.
When I started playing in bands when I was 9, I didn’t have any idea that my gender would be an issue. Music was what I loved, and to my Trash and Vaudeville size 00 jeans-wearing self, playing super-distorted covers of Clash songs seemed like the most natural thing in the world.
But as we kept playing and as my nievaté began to dwindle (I had reached the age of 12 and my peak of intellectual maturity), I started to notice something weird. In interviews, I was asked to talk not about my music but about my favorite lip gloss flavor or my latest boy-band crush (which all young girls presumably have, I mean, why …
Pop-Culture | Posted by Julie Z on 06/26/2011
Support Women Artists Sunday: Gossip
Danielle B’s post earlier this week reminded me how awesome Beth Ditto and Gossip are. Enjoy!
Gossip (formerly The Gossip) is a three-piece American indie rock band formed in 1999. The band consists of singer Beth Ditto, guitarist Brace Paine and drummer Hannah Blilie. After releasing several recordings, the band broke through with their 2006 studio album, Standing in the Way of Control (2006). A follow-up, Music for Men, was released in 2009. The band plays a mix of post punk indie rock and dance-punk.
Gossip was formed in 1999 in Olympia, Washington with vocalist Beth Ditto, guitarist Nathan “Brace Paine” Howdeshell and drummer Kathy Mendonca. All three were originally from Arkansas; Mendonca moved to Olympia to attend Evergreen State College and Howdeshell and Ditto followed. Howdeshell and Mendonca had …