Thursday, February 26, 2009
I've been listening to some of the MAXIMUMROCKNROLL radio podcast things the last couple days. They have a couple pretty awesome lady punk specials up here. The more recent one has a bunch of post-punky, dancey things that I don't really listen to that much on my own (though I probably should), but whenever I do, I really love it. They played one track that was reissued on the Grlz comp, which we got in at the station last fall (came out in '05 though I think). The subtitle of Grlz is appropriately "Women Ahead of Their Time."
Though Grlz jumps around a little bit in space & time, ranging from the English Slits in 1979 to Brussels immigrant Anna Domino in 1988. The album still remains cohesive sonically though with feet-tapping high hats typical of art punk. You get synth-driven songs like "Softness" by Dorothy, more reggae/dub ones like "Fade Away" by New Age Steppers, or my ultimate dance song from that era, Delta 5's "Mind Your Own Business." (The beginning of the Wanna Buy a Bridge comp with "Alternative Ulster" and that are my favorite beginning to a dance party.) Grlz gives you the expected with the Slits and Bow Wow Wow for example, but also uncovers a few you might not already know.
While Grlz of course can't compare to something like Wanna Buy a Bridge or Cut in terms of importance in a scene, it provides a pretty good historical retrospective. I'm not going to delve into all of that, but there's a thorough history up here.
Grlz: Women Ahead of Their Time
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On an entirely unrelated note, Turboslut will be playing in Boston on March 7. It'll also be Red Thread's last Boston show. I'll post more details when I know. Lots of news on Screaming Females + RECORD HOSPITAL FEST 2009 to come soon. Also, check out Foreign Objects. They're a totally awesome new post-punky band with Terry from the Conversions on vox, Meghan from Ampere on bass, Melissa from Red Thread on guitar, and Dan from Libyans on drums. I saw them play with Get Laid, General Interest, & Acid Reflux this past Friday, and it was awesome. They have a demo tape, which is now on the Record Hospital playlist.