Pop-Culture | Posted by Brian C on 07/10/2011
Support Women Artists Sunday: tUnE-yArDs
Experimental Africana beats, electronics, and trumpets? What do these things have in common? They are the playplace of rising indie star tUnE-yArDs
tUnE-yArDs is the music project of New England native Merrill Garbus. When performing live, Garbus creates drum loops on the spot, and layers these with ukulele, voice, and electric bass (played by Nate Brenner).The “w h o k i l l” tour will add a saxophone section.
The first tUnE-yArDs album, BiRd-BrAiNs, was originally self-released by Garbus on recycled cassette tape. It was recorded using only a handheld voice recorder. A limited edition vinyl was released in June 2009, via the Portland-based imprint Marriage Records. In July 2009, it was announced that Tune-Yards had signed to 4AD, and a limited edition pressing of Bird-Brains was released on August …
Pop-Culture | Posted by Brian C on 05/29/2011
Support Women Artists Sunday: The Ettes
Ever wonder what Heart wouid sound like had it been a punk band? Welcome to The Ettes.
The Ettes are a rock band consisting of Lindsay “Coco” Hames, Maria “Poni” Silver, and Jeremy “Jem” Cohen. The Ettes are currently based in Nashville, Tennessee and formed in 2004 in Los Angeles, California.The Ettes released their first album Shake The Dust on Sympathy For The Record Industry in the USA and 2Fer Records in Spain in 2006. Shake The Dust was produced/mixed by Liam Watson and recorded at Toe Rag Studios in London, UK.The Ettes’ second album Look At Life Again Soon released by Take Root Records in the USA, 2Fer Records in Spain and KNTRST in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland in 2008. Look At Life Again Soon was also produced and …
Pop-Culture | Posted by Brian C on 04/10/2011
Support Women Artists Sunday: Big Tree
Big Tree is a five piece folk band hailing from Brooklyn. They classify themselves as “A group of friends that love playing music and getting brunch the next day.” Little is known about Big Tree’s origins in the press. Big Tree is unsigned but has released the self-titled LP Big Tree as well as the Home (Here) EP.
Big Tree is more or less the definition of a broke, indie band producing their music because they simply love it. The debut album has its tracks recorded in “porches, bedrooms, attics, and living rooms”. The quality of the record does not suffer from these low-tech operations. Common instruments in songs include pianos, blues-y guitars, drums, a bass, and a fantastic voice. The genre ranges from folk to jazz infused pop that …
Pop-Culture | Posted by Julie Z on 12/15/2010
Taylor Swift: Possible Feminist?
I love Taylor Swift. According to iTunes, I have listened to her latest CD, Speak Now, 31 times. I have bought every magazine that featured her on the cover in the past two months and read each interview multiple times. I stalk her Twitter account. Basically, I have become a fangirl stereotype.
I know. You’re probably thinking, “Wow, another teenage girl who likes Taylor Swift. How out of the ordinary considering that she is ranked #12 on Forbes’ Powerful Celebrity List and seems to win something at every award show she attends, whether she was nominated or not.” But this has been an interesting experience for me because I have never really looked up to celebrities.
When virtually all of my friends went through a fanatic phase for a …