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.MORE
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
Also, I don't think "traditional" fandom only embraced wanting to be a groupie, but you know, nobody has ever asked, have they?
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.
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Note: it's a bit out of date, but it has some more interesting details about her than her Wikipedia page.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.
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& some videos for you all to enjoy:
( Tricky – Ponderosa )
( Martina Topley-Bird – Too Tough to Die (Live Montreux 2004 )
( Martina Topley-Bird Interview )
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.
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.