Sunday, December 12, 2010

Hey Ladies.

The female voice is a fickle thing when it comes to some kinds of music. I always used to say that I didn't like most female vocalist fronted bands "oh, except for Sonic Youth, and wait! Bikini Kill! Oh Oh and Kim Deal in The Pixies...." and that seems to go on and on. Because the truth is - the older I've gotten, it seems - I really enjoy a lot of bands fronted with ladies. It just doesn't matter much to me anymore. As long as they sound nothing like Nelly Furtado or some shit like that. Well, there are some ladies that give it a stretch - girls-screaming-metal is almost never cute or brutal. I actually have trouble conjuring up the ballz to sing lyrics I write to some of my band's songs. I always here the singer from Pissed Jeans singing the song in my head. My voice is, sadly, far far from his.

A few nights ago a girl-buddy/bartender of my favorite place, Savages, asked me to help her come with more girl-fronted bands she could play at the bar while working. There is enough testosterone in that joint to fuel a tanker and a few songs with a feminine touch can do nothing but good. But the guys in there don't want to hear sap - so here is a mixtape I came up with. It's chalk-full of brutal femininity while not being a long, whining nag.

You can download it here or just stream it below.



Penny said...

Nice! Can't wait to give it a listen. Some lady fav's of mine that you didn't mention: Helium (fronted by the lovely/ass-kicking Mary Timony), The Meat Purveyors (saucy bluegrass), Nico (w/the Velvet Underground)and Nico Case (w/the New Pornographers). I wouldn't have thought of the Velvet Underground except that they happened to be playing at the comic book store today and I found myself enjoying it (and Nico's husky voice)quite a bit. Thanks for the list!

(....oh wait! and the fiery furnaces and moldy peaches! ok. that's it, I promise...)

Jannell Says said...

Thanks man. I'm gonna have to do a round-two on this mix soon.