Liz Phair: Turning Japanese [ purchase ] No Use For A Name: Turning Japanese [ purchase ] Asia represent! This well-covered and oft-parodied song is undeniably catchy, as noted by its long life in popular culture. The above image comes from the song's most recent incidence, a stylized art video featuring actress Kirsten Dunst first presented at a Tate Modern exhibit in London two years ago, seemingly in [...]
Jobs (or the lack thereof). Bills. Personal drama. Existential angst. It's hard out there for 20-something creative types, struggling to make ends meet and still find enough hours in the day to work on our own personal projects. For the most part, here at Flavorpill, we tend to keep a positive attitude about balancing the stresses of our daily existence with the creative pursuits that make life worth living. But every once in a while, we can't help but get sucked into the vortex of a mini-quarterlife crisis. And we're pretty sure we're not alone. Since music is at once [...]
Sono quattro le date italiane del tour di EMA che a novembre sarà a Milano, Roma, Bologna e Padova per presentare i brani del suo debutto discogfraico 'Past Life Martyred Saints' appena pubblicato su Souterrain Transmissions/Sunny Bit/Self. EMA, Erika M. Anderson, è il nuovo caso discografico statunitense, artista unica, poetessa e chitarrista di razzacapace di risvegliare paragoni con Pj Harvey, Cat Power, Liz Phair e il meglio della scena alternativa americana. Cast stellare per il concerto dell'11 Novembre a Milano , dove EMA e gli Wye Oak saranno headliner della serata mentre i [...]
The Event Horizon, Volume One, Part Six Original Source Unknown ( via ) I hate him all the time But I still get up When he knocks me down And he orders me around 'Cause it loosens me up And I can't get enough And I'd pay to spend the nights with him Some more! oh, the way it calms me down. (miss.) [...]
Ever since I began writing for The Ripple Effect I’ve come across a wide variety of music artists, some good and some shockingly good. However, the one negative aspect is receiving requests from friends of friends and boyfriend’s sisters’ cousins’ uncles twice removed making requests for me to listen to their demos and CDs. Well, maybe it hasn’t been that ridiculous, but it’s not too far off. I mean a lot of people have come out of the woodwork asking for my help. Although I respect and encourage them asking me politely, I feel weird trying to remain [...]
Dave Matthews Band Caravan @ Lakeside Chicago - July 8-10 The Dave Matthews Band's roving music festival Caravan made its second stop at Chicago's Lakeside on July 8 - 10. The festival featured 38 bands spread over three days and three stages, and the Dave Matthews Band (DMB) closed out each night with three-hour performances. For DMB fans I am sure the experience was heavenly; as for the rest of us Caravan was exhausting, yet it had its perks. I was drawn to Caravan for primarily two reasons: The Flaming Lips were performing The [...]
They promised us a view. Specifically, the Dave Matthews Band Caravan ’s own website promised us that from Lakeside, “the panoramic vista of downtown Chicago across the water will provide a stunning backdrop for the festivities.” Instead, we got a panoramic view of security fencing and a grubby, toe-stubbing festival ground littered with broken bricks, shards of metal and glass, and a covering of wood chips that were apparently meant to improve conditions but instead lent the entire place a hamster-cage like feeling. It seems that this site of a former steel plant needs some further TLC before it [...]
I am always late for everything and i take my time looking into the vast ocean of music. To effectively filter through endless posts of the blogosphere it makes sense to soak in it before you speak. Another day, another million artists being called the next big hype and EMA's first record, Past Life Martyred Saints , was one of the most blogged about names in 2011 thus far to slide into such a category. Erika M Anderson has learned well. [...]
Make some new memories with Loquat this Wednesday, June 8th at Rickshaw Stop.
by Derrick Lord Old sayings get to be old sayings for a reason: There is usually a good bit of truth in them. I gave Sheryl Crow’s album C'mon, C'mon a spin based on the single "Steve McQueen" and I thought: "Yup, the apple didn’t fall too far from the tree." Crow plows the same orchards as the California rock
Every year Cinco de Mayo rolls around and every year I seem to have to Google the date and figure out why we are drinking. As drinking holidays go, and frankly they're all drinking holidays aren't they?, Cinco de Mayo is probably number three behind St Patrick's Day and New Year's Eve. I mean everybody who drinks consumes a little something something on Marathon Day (a beautiful hack holiday in Boston known as Patriot's Day), Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Let's be honest. But Cinco de Mayo is a fun holiday. A time [...]
Frank Yang I will be the first to admit I don't do nearly as good a job of keeping track of worthy up and coming local and/or Canadian bands as I'd like, generally taking an "if they're worth hearing I'll hear them eventually" approach and deferring to great local and national sites with a homegrown focus like I Heart Music , The Take , Singing Lamb and Herohill to do the legwork and put worthy new Canuck talent on my radar. Showcasing said talent is the mandate of the Unsigned [...]
Filed under: News , Exclusive , Q + A Lyle A. Waisman, Getty Images As a child, singer-songwriter Liz Phair grew bored of practicing for her music lessons and made up her own renditions of popular songs to throw her parents off her trail. This early independence offers much insight into her fearless spirit, a spirit that has compelled Phair to push musical boundaries and sidestep the cookie-cutter image which female artists often fall [...]
Fireworks Child, the sophomore EP from Texas native Jessie Frye is being released this week.
Leslie Sisson It was a sad day in late 2005 when Austin's American Analog Set called it a day, or it would have been if they had bothered to officially do so. They announced prior to touring their last (as in most recent, not final) record Set Free that it would be their final tour before a hiatus, and that while they didn't have any plans to do anything else together, be it recording or playing or whatever, they weren't ruling out the possibility. And they invoked the [...]
I've always enjoyed the music of Liz Phair. Like most people I was instantly enamored of her debut 1993 release Exile in Guyville. If you don't own a copy you should. It's got a very high percentage of great music for a CD with 18 songs on it. Unfortunately for Liz, it still stands as her best record. And it's not close. I bought the next three CDs of her catalogue waiting for something in that neighborhood, but it just never came. I enjoyed 19942s Whip-Smart and 19982s Whitechocolatespaceegg, but Liz just seemed to move towards a more poppier girly sounding style of music. I [...]
Here's a groan-worthy headline for you: "What Comes First: Depression in Teens or Emo Music?" In what may be an unconscious echo of Nick Hornby's oft-quoted High Fidelity query, "What came first, the music or the misery?", NPR's health blog presents a new study that found teens who listen to a lot of music tend to be depressed. Cue hysterical parents, swooping in to confiscate those My Chemical Romance CDs and replace them with - what, Sartre's Nausea ? Now, it's totally obvious that depressing songs pre-date emo's breakthrough to the mainstream by [...]
Having Liz Phair guest on his latest album – People Like Us – is enough to make more than a handful of girls and guys jealous, but now Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter Bryan Master has released a little clip that suggests that it’s not all rainbows and butterflies on the strummy folk-singer side of the street. Just check out the video for the track “Let Me Come In”. The album version features Phair ( who we interviewed back in October ), but the video is visually devoid of the [...]
SXSW 2011 came and went - we have the portraits to prove it - but it doesn't mean those days in Austin aren't still spitting out worthwhile mementos... Like Fred Armisen before him , Ted Leo interviewed a bunch of folks while he was down in Austin. Unlike Armisen, he takes it fairly seriously, a seriousness pays off with some good insights about lazy journalism, etc. See how he does with Liz Phair, Michael Stipe, and J Mascis. It was for IFC. Read More...
Frank Yang This show was a week ago; I think this may actually be my longest delay between witness and writeup ever and, in fact, Jeff Tweedy's solo tour is just about over. So if you were waiting on some kind of report from opening night at Toronto's Queen Elizabeth Theatre to decide if it was worth picking up one of the few remaining tickets for a later date... I'm sorry. Sorry that you would allow anything I say or do to influence your decision-making - you know I'm drunk most of the time, [...]