Archive for January, 2010

30
Jan
10

JOHNNY WEIR…

A gaycondo hero….

22
Jan
10

KEEP IT ON THE BROWNLOWE: Throwing Muses

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Horribly cheesy but to good too resist the following statement: Throwing Muses = my new muse. Last November, a friend with impeccable music taste related Swallows to early Throwing Muses after our Ground Kontrol show, inspiring my curiosity in the band. I plugged them into my Pandora playlist and fell merciless to the feet of Kristin Hersh and the gang (not that my band reaaaaallly sounds like TM but I can see the comparison).

Since then I have been pretty much obsessed in small doses. I am still a long way from hearing the entire Throwing Muses catalog. Currently, I have only heard tunes off of their indie-polished, University and an earlier record Jon bought me for Christmas entitled The Fat Skier. The latter is more raw, edgy and sporatic while University glides along in a produced psychedelic wave.

What I find so interesting is the band’s dedication to putting out music for decades. It is interesting to see the different eras of the band and how the musicians have changed and grown together.

Witness, “Bright Yellow Gun” circa mid-nineties television show

In this early performance on a UK television set, Kristin Hersh screams like a maniacal Laura Palmer and discusses the difference between cerebral and “gut” music

22
Jan
10

KEEP IT ON THE BROWNLOWE: Patti Smith comes to Portland!

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January 26th marks Patti Smith’s Portland appearance at the Bagdad Theater. She will be reading lines from her new book, Just Kids, an autobiography detailing the early years of art in New York City and her relationship with Robert Mapplethorpe.

More readings and tickets here.

16
Jan
10

KEEP IT ON THE BROWNLOWE: Liz Phair Phase

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I have been experiencing a wave of 90’s nostalgia and discovered an early 90’s gem I had previously overlooked: Liz Phair. I’m talking about the Exile In Guysville sardonic queen rather than the glitzy yawn fest of post-millenium alterna-queen Liz Phair

Surprisingly, there aren’t a lot of Liz Phair videos on youtube. (perhaps the digital divide between eras?)

Here is one of my favorite songs from EIGV, “Divorce Song”… made by a fan

13
Jan
10

Nickey: Queering Sex and the City

Love it!

13
Jan
10

KEEP IT ON THE BROWNLOWE: GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN…

Girls have an incredible fun day [um, hello, ice cream, kites, and balloons!!!] when they star in Working Horse Productions take on Devendra Banhart’s “Little Yellow Spider’..

and for those who are still gay at heart…

02
Jan
10

Jon: Am I the only person who didn’t know about this?

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I’ve always been kind of *meh* about Belle and Sebastian. This realization kind of makes me not want to grab them by the shoulders and shake them (while saying “Snap out of it!”) as much….

ps: Racist!