Day four of SXSW 2011, Saturday 3/19 and I took a bit of a break from the Metal to go down to Skinny’s Ballroom and catch Austin’s very own UME. I was turned on to this band by a YouTube post on FB by my buddy Chris Smith (aka Jibbies) and I was hooked. What a fantastic power trio they are. Led by the gorgeous Lauren Larson, who is a sick guitar player and has a beautiful voice to boot. Husband (boooo), Eric Larson, on bass and a hard hitting new drummer, Rachel Fuhrer. Rachel was commandeering a kick-ass red/black striped Gretsch kit. The house was packed and although it was their fourth show of the day, I don’t think anyone would have known by the enthusiasm and energy that they exuded. The songs are punchy, catchy, and have a great combo of bite and beauty. Lauren’s stage presence is freakin awesome. She’s a very physical player with her head banging and hair flayling…what a bad-ass chick. All the while shredding on the guitar and howling on the mic. A very entertaining and captivating performance. Their 5 song Sunshower EP is killer and widely available…so check that out. I look forward to hearing more good stuff from this band in the near future.
What is it about chick bass players that is so hot? For that matter, I find women musicians in general to be attractive (not just in a physical way). For me it’s because the bass guitar is a formidable opponent in stature. As much as the lead guitar is considered a phallic symbol; the bass is a raging monster cock. A woman’s hands manipulating said instrument is a joyous sight. There’s also something mighty about the bass. It is felt as much as heard. A powerful and heavy tool in the arsenal of sonic craftsmanship. Thus the woman that wields this four stringed beast typifies for me the strong woman/tough chick persona. Hail \,,/
Here are some of my faves…
Paz Lenchantin – Most famous for her work with A Perfect Circle on their first record. The shot of her in the video for “Judith” in the mini skirt and heels, putting her hair in a pony tail at the 01:55 mark, getting the pick out of her mouth, and getting right back into the song is ultra-hot.
Nicole Fiorentino – The latest cutie in a long line of female bass players for The Smashing Pumpkins. Just before The Pumpkins, she was a member of the post-Nina Gordon era Veruca Salt. I saw her with Veruca Salt at The Engine Room and couldn’t take my eyes off of her. She’s gorgeous.
Nadja Peulen – She replaced Rayna Foss Rose as the bass player for the now defunct Coal Chamber. In my humble opinion, Nadja is way sexier than Rayna. She has her own t-shirt company and is currently a member of Vera Mesmer.
Melissa Auf D er Maur – Easily the coolest and most talented of this bunch. She’s played with Hole and The Smashing Pumpkins. Her solo debut record was an absolute masterpiece. A great performer. I saw her twice at SXSW on two different occasions.
Tal Wilkenfeld – The youngest (24) bunny on my list and probably the most accomplished as a musicians musician. She has played with practically everybody. Jeff Beck, David Gilmour, Chick Corea, Vinnie Colaiuta, Herbie Hancock, and many many more. She’s absolutely adorable with her long spiral curls. My friend, Kathy, told me “just wait until you see the girl playing with Jeff Beck” when we were watching the Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame Legends video. Man, she wasn’t kidding.
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My brothers and I like to say “I’m pretty hung & starvacious” instead of “I’m pretty hungry & starving”. Here’s a video to bring this absurd song/jingle to life….
Port O Prince has got me
I’m ridin around in your car
I’m goin to Atascosita…yeah
You think you’re dead, but you better not move
And the little man says
He’s a boner
A boner he’s got…yeah
But keeps on saying yeah gaa gaa juuta juuta
And a suffix one
Relationships. I’ve been single for quite some time and have been in my fair share of relationships. I guess none of them were any good since I’m still un-attached. I have learned a lot though from all of my trysts with the “fairer” sex. I’ve learned about myself and about other people and how they function. I’ve learned what I am capable of, not capable of, need from another person, what I cannot deal with, and what I have to offer another person. Before I continue I have to say that I know that I am not perfect and I have my fair share of issues. Nobody is devoid of issues in some way, but what is important is how we deal with our issues. Do we deal with them in a healthy and mature manner or an unhealthy, destructive, and immature manner? I have definitely learned how to analyze and question my own behavior. I just wish other people had that ability as well. Continue reading
It was 1997 and I was standing in the Paris subway system. I noticed posters for Faith No More on the walls at many of the stops. The band had just released “Album Of The Year” and it would be their last studio effort until officially disbanding in 1999. Upon further travels in Europe and after returning to the USA; I realized how loved this band is/was overseas rather than in their own home country. FNM was way ahead of their time. Ignorantly, they are called a one hit rap-rock wonder due to the commercial success of their song “Epic”. The band didn’t score a major hit after that, but they did get better and better with each subsequent record. They also got weirder and weirder…in a very good way. This was a group that was very hard to classify or put a label on. They drew from a myriad of influences and genres. In my opinion, they never got “big” because they were too cerebral for the majority of the brain dead American listening public. Listening to an FNM record requires patience, intelligence, open-mindedness, and a versatile ear. Whether it was cacophonous instrumentals, metal-tinged riffs, Mike Patton’s vocal acrobatics/lunacy, or off the wall cover song selections; the band always kept you guessing. Fast forward to 2009 and FNM announced they were reforming and touring. They played all over Europe, Australia, and New Zealand to hundreds of adoring fans. However, when it came time to play in America, it would only encompass six dates – two in San Fran, one at Coachella, two in Brooklyn, and one in Philadelphia. I heard through the message boards that the band would have played more cities, but promoters weren’t interested. Wow. Americans didn’t care then and they don’t care now. How sad. Another incredible and under-rated/under-appreciated American band gets the shaft by their own country. Luckily, my brother scored tickets for one of the Brooklyn shows and I was there this past July 4th weekend to witness this monumentous event. Continue reading