Monday, April 30, 2012

Let's Make Like the 90s and Grunge

I'm changing the part of speech. Formerly a noun, now its verbage will include any action that implies plaid-wearing, dark gristly pianos and female voices both fragile and deeply terrifying. These two ladies take me back to the good ole days when some Fiona A's and Courtney L's were kicking ass in their combat boots while also wearing mesh tops and bubblegum-pink-lip-smackers a la Cher from Clueless. (Not to mention Portishead and Garbage were busy becoming some of the most innovative female-based alternative groups around.)
Since I've been without this blog so long it's been just that long since I've gotten to relish in late 90s nostalgia so indulge me a little with these two modern day bands rockin some barely-vintage styles I think we can all get on board with again:

The original version of this song never struck me as something with emotional depth but hearing it slowed down gives me chills.

Is it ever gonna be enough?

Similar but slightly less polished (in a fun way): Meg Myers. Brand new (and it shows) but I'm excited about what she'll do next, and not in a Lana-del-Ray kind of way but from a place of excitement reserved for raw musical emote-ing.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Back from the Dead

I don't know much about google, but I do know it's pretty much taken over the world. This is why about 9 months ago, when my college email system linked up with google chrome, or google + or whatever the hell it's called these days, I had to stop contemplating the art of the mix tape. No matter WHAT I tried it wouldn't let me sign into this thing, and every musical bone in my body cringed that I couldn't rant and rave my latest indie obsessions all over the internet anymore. This blog's absence forced me to create a tumblr (BLECH) which I still cannot, for the life of me, figure out. It did allow me to devote an entire space to poetry, all of which maybe two people read. Luckily someone thought it was okay, and I'll be reading a piece at SCU's literary arts exhibition next week.
But that's aside the fact. Five songs you need to hear:
1) Anna Sun - Walk The Moon
Try not to love this too much. Firecrackers in the east, my car parked south, your hands on my cheeks your shoulder in my mouth

2) Lorge - El Ten Eleven

3) Lay Your Cards Out - Polica
Channy Moon formerly of Roma di Luna. Broken up from her hubby/former bandmate and making magic because of it.Hypnotizing.

4) 40 Mark Strasse - The Shins
I've been obsessed with this album.

5) You're the Kind of Girl - Lee Fields