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On Canon.  (No, not the camera.)Written by someone named Wesley Morris.

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A Kate Bush documentary from 2014.  She's still alive.  No recent footage, alas.


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Former Prince guitarist Donna Grantis debuts genre-bending band in Minneapolis
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After Prince’s death last year, 3rdEyeGirl guitarist Donna Grantis and her music executive husband, Trevor Guy, had to decide where to live. They ruled out a return to their hometown of Toronto. They tried Los Angeles for a while and even tested New York City for two weeks.

They ended up in Minneapolis, choosing the Uptown neighborhood last fall after a few years in Chanhassen. Now they have a 5-month-old boy and a new band, simply called Donna Grantis, which will make its debut Friday at Minneapolis’ Dakota Jazz Club — the same venue where 3rdEyeGirl gave its first performance.

Over dinner at an Uptown restaurant last week, Grantis talked about her new band, her influences and, of course, Prince. She’s still sporting her long brown hair with the left side of her head shaved, but her makeup and clothes are less flamboyant than in the 3rdEyeGirl days.

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Content Note: Gore and Blood in the video.

Songs We Love: Myrkur, 'Ulvinde'
Yes, destroy evil with evil," Amalie Bruun sings in her native Danish at the beginning of "Ulvinde," her latest song as Myrkur. In the accompanying music video, Bruun crawls through mossy roots and stumbles over frigid rock outcroppings. Occasionally, she spits up blood.

It's rough stuff, lyrically and visually, but Bruun's singing voice is beautiful. Where most metal singers either croon or belt, she rings. Her delivery, full of sustaining notes that subtly decay, is reminiscent of choral music — with all the ritualism, religiosity and awe it entails. Bruun can scream, too, and the shots of her engaged in a commanding, full-throated shriek entangle with shots of her bloody mouth. The juxtaposition of those forces — Bruun's two voices, distorted guitars and violent images — gives her work a vital charge.MORE
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Just thought I would post up a recent BBC documentary called Girls in a Band which might be of interest to some of you. It includes interviews with Carol Kaye, Viv Albertine, Miki Berenyi, Tina Weymouth, Lita Ford, Brix Smith and more.

Enjoy!

Girls in a Band )
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I just heard that Cynthia Robinson has died. Link to obit when I have one. ETA: It took way too long for me to remember the existence of Wikipedia, which had two links: Billboard's obit; Rolling Stone's obit.

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Nov. 9th, 2015 05:19 pm
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Patti Smith's performances in New York City, as assembled by Caryn Rose for the Village Voice for the 40th anniversary of Horses. With videos.

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Aug. 13th, 2015 03:33 pm
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Full video interview with Carol Kaye.

Bass player.

No, I'd never heard of her either.

Wow.

(via Avedon's Sideshow)
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Hoyden About Town brings you (via YouTube videos) the guitar stylings of Sister Rosetta Tharpe, who comes before all others.
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 All-female tribute bands.  Because one night in Montréal, there was this band in the usual grubby bar, fronted by a woman with what was probably an OK voice but it sounded amazing that night, doing covers of the Stones and Zeppelin.  (Early '70s, what can I tell you?)  Most tribute bands (that I've seen) tend to replicate the personnel of the original band being honored, so dispensing with that might be very neat.

Also, I don't think "traditional" fandom only embraced wanting to be a groupie, but you know, nobody has ever asked, have they?
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 In that this mostly refers to jazz musicians, but The Girls in the Band is worth your time and attention.  Interviews and stories from women who played brass and wood winds, who composed and arranged, who were faced with, well, the same crap women get faced with.

Some things have changed a little.

Note:  There's an assertion that rock 'n' roll killed big band music.  Historically, the big bands were largely done in by post-WWII economics and ASCAP/BMI royalty issues, and the direction jazz took toward "cool" jazz, which worked better with smaller ensembles.  Rock was just the last nail.


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Hey, y'all. I'm looking for someone who was heavily involved in the punk music scene in London in the 70s and 80s to answer a handful of very brief questions for me. Can anyone help? Contact me at stultiloquentia@yahoo.ca. Thanks so much!
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I recently came across the singer Martina Topley-Bird on the Tricky album Maxinquaye and have decided that she's great. :)



Under the cut is information about her from here.

Note: it's a bit out of date, but it has some more interesting details about her than her Wikipedia page. You can check her website for details on her more recent work.

Bio )

& some videos for you all to enjoy:

Tricky – Ponderosa )

Martina Topley-Bird – Too Tough to Die (Live Montreux 2004 )

Martina Topley-Bird Interview )
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 Chrissy Amphlett, singer, Divinyls.

("I Touch Myself" is one of those songs that's silly whether you know the words or not.)
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 Carol Miller, talking about music, the dj as endangered species, and age.  (Why do I know the name Jo Maeder?  Wasn't she the Rock and Roll Madame?)

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Nov. 20th, 2012 08:57 am
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As I have noted about three times now, Harper's, the magazine for people who read, think, and do cryptic crosswords, presents its subscriber-only articles as .pdfs that refuse to allow highlight-and-paste, which means that the article which I found interesting (or weird, depending) is not going to get discussed, not that this was the appropriate space for that discussion, just that it explains my annoyed retreat to The New Yorker's website and the non-blocked short piece on Bikini Kill and the Riot Grrrl movement.
Hanna is one of America’s greatest living rock performers. If you’re pressed for time, start with the 1998 compilation “Singles,” though the first EP—included in the reissue—is one of the most durable punk records of the early nineties. Built from basic chording, it has a clenched, even beat and Hanna’s clutch of vocal personae: victim, abuser, avenging angel. Recorded mostly in single takes and without overdubs, the EP lasts only sixteen minutes.
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Phantogram "When I'm Small"


There is something about this woman in this video that takes my breath away.


Weekly Feature: Sarah Barthel of Phantogram

Name: Sarah Barthel
Place of Residence: Saratoga Springs, NY
Current Jam: favorite new artist is Com Truise (on Ghostly Intl.)
Favorite Food: lobster
Mode of Self Expression: vocals & keyboard

Ark: Hey Sarah. Thanks for taking the time to do this interview with us. Could you begin by telling us a bit about yourself?
Sarah:
Well my name is Sarah. I’m 28 years old and play keyboard and sing in a band called Phantogram. I tend to produce music and like making beats, and also attempt to play guitar when I’m alone in my own room (haha). We are currently hanging out in Salt Lake City for a few days then we’re off to Mexico City for the next stop of our tour. Oh, and I like music!

Ark: Awesome! At what age did you start playing music, and are there any other musicians in your family?
Sarah:
I started singing when I was very young. I guess it all got started by just singing along to songs on the radio and my cassette tapes. I’ve been playing the piano since I was in junior high but I’m not musically trained so I made stuff up and messed around.
As far as other musicians in the family…My grandmother was a professional piano player and used to do concerts all the time when she was younger (until her 30s I think) but I believe that’s it for musicians in my family.

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Documentary: "Who is Poly Styrene?" Stumbled across this at Tumblr and thought it might be something this comm is interested in. Poly Styrene was the singer/songwriter for X-Ray Spex, an early English punk band whose lyrics were primarily about consumer culture. She passed away in 2011.

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