Music Discoveries May-June 2024 #32

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I have challenged myself to buy as many albums on emusic in as fast as time as possible.

Articles and Interviews

Nice profile of iconic feminist punk musician Kathleen Hanna — to coincide with the release of her turbulent memoir. “There’s an art to turning personal tragedies and brushes with oppression into your own, sometimes funny narratives. It’s like pulling a sliver out of your foot and fashioning it into a tiny little sword.” I have known about KH’s creations (Julie Ruin, Bikini Kill, Le Tigre, etc) for some time now and I even bought the Julie Ruin album, but I haven’t really listened to Bikini Kill that much. It was news to me that Joanie Jett provided an early break to Hanna.

CHEAP & FUN MUSIC KINDLE EBOOKS: “Record Collecting For Girls: Unleashing Your Inner Music Nerd, One Album at a Time” ($0.50) by Courtney E. Smith is a fun look at chick music, music culture and how nerdy chicks get into music (2011)
“60 Songs That Explain the ’90s” (2.99) is a wildly entertaining series of rants from rock critic Rob Harvilla (who does a podcast with the same name). (2023). Both are great deals and fun reading.

Nice article about John Lennon’s first wife and her attempt to sell old love letters with John.

Emusic Purchases

  • = recordings from Roaratorio (which were dirt cheap and really out there sonically.
  1. Ani Di Franco. I knew that Di Franco is an amazing kind of gal, but I never really dived into her albums. I loved her 2014 Allergic to Water album 5.49/49 minutes and also bought a low-priced double live album called Living in Clip (1997) 6.49/125 min. Here’s her 2020 interview on Democracy Now and a stirring live performance of Amazing Grace.
  2. Black Light (Manchester Version) by Ting Tings 3.99/34 min. Nice EP by one of the most kickass British power pop groups. (actually shocked to find it on emusic) It doesn’t have the fury of their first album, but it’s very expressive and showcases the range of the vocalist’s voice. (Emusic has the regular version and the Manchester Version. The latter is a more stripped down version, , with less reverb, focused more on the voice.
  3. (Soundtrack) No Man’s Sky: Music for an Infinite Universe by 65daysofstatic. 5.49 / 110 min . Widely beloved soundtradk to a videogame.
  4. * s/t by Andrew Broder & George Cartwight. 0.49/40 minutes. Minimal jazz improvisations from the Roaratorio label in Minnesota.
  5. * Symphony #3 Siddhartha Gautama O El Poder De La Nada by Nelson Gastaldi. 0.49/45 minutes. Outsider Argentinian composer using samples and sounds from strange sources. Article
  6. * Anamnestic Tincture. 99 cents/58 min
  7. Various albums by Third Eye Foundation (aka Matt Elliott) . . Semtex, Also 2 0.99 cent albums: The Dark, Wake the Dead. Solo songs: Broken Man, 5.99/47 minute
  8. On a Whim by A Different Thread. Country duet of Brit guy with North Carolina woman. Some of these songs are outstanding! 5.49/50 min. Also Call of the Road 4.99/42 min.
  9. Nonsequence by Mike Gibbs. 4.49/52 min. Gibbs is a trombonist/composer who has made these rich and textured brass melodies.
  10. For Your Sins by Dea Matrona. 5.49/32 minutes. Belfast girls rock band who sing traditional guitar-driven rock songs with restrained harmony. Not too bold or rowdy, but still listenable, especially because the guitars are so interesting. Songs like Glory, glory, (I am free) show that the band can also do gentle folk songs.
  11. Swirls and Eddies by Ivo Neame Trio. 3,48/46 min. Nice and swinging piano jazz ensemble.
  12. Salt, Ashes, Goat Skin by David Maranha Ensemble. 39 minutes/0.99
  13. Muance by Chapelier Fou. 4.99/50 min.

Bandcamp Purchases

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Youtubey/Podcasty Things

This wonderfully raucous music vid is a cover version of a Nirvana song which appeared in the BIG SHORT (one of my fave movies ever). Polyphonic Spree is such a strange group. Here’s longer excerpts from that same concert tour apparently.

Freegal and Library CDs

  1. CD Version of 1st 2 Records by Bikini Kill. Early compilation by Kathleen Hannas’ riot grrrl band.

Reviews (Rateyourmusic/Personal Reviews, etc)

See also my rateyourmusic profile and my review spreadsheet.in Google Docs.


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