Thursday, 31 March 2011

This week's playlist

Garbage- When I Grow Up
The Pretenders- Back on the Chain Gang
Grace Jones- Pull Up To The Bumper
Pink- Trouble
Jefferson Airplane- White Rabbit
Alanis Morissette- Eight Easy Steps
Gwen Stefani- What You Waiting For?
Le Tigre- On The Verge
Heart- Crazy On You
The Go! Team- The Power is On
Remi Nicole- Go Mr Sunshine
Robots in Disguise- Hot Gossip
Santigold- I'm a Lady
Suzanne Vega- Blood Makes Noise
Deborah Harry- Heat of the Moment
Tori Amos- Big Wheel
Lucid Nation- Kindred
Goldfrapp- Some People
Zero 7- In The Waiting Line
Heather Nova- London Rain (Nothing Heals Me Like You Do)
La Roux- Bulletproof
Grim Dylan- Kids Don't Sleep
Berlin Brides- Scooter Boy
Hole- Doll Parts
The Kills- Tape Song
The Ting Tings- That's Not My Name
Operator Please- Crash Tragic
KT Tunstall- Let's Stick Together

Sunday, 27 March 2011

Devilish Presley @ Chinnerys, 13 March 2011

Rating: ****

Arriving a little late, we missed most of the first support act- Hollywood Doll what we did see was their last song, which involved the female singer jumping off stage into the audience and then rolling around on the floor while she sung/screamed. She appeared to be going for a Courtney Love vibe, but it didn't really work for me, although that was only a small part of their set, so the rest of it may have been better.

Second support act was The Optic Nerves who we'd since once before, and this time they had gained an extra member, in the form of a keyboard player. Their music is psychobilly infused rock n roll, so is a bit of an acquired taste, not really the type of music I usually listen to, but they are certainly good at what they do, and seem to have a good following.

Headliners Devilish Presley as usual managed to pull off a great set, with a good mix of new and old tracks, including the undeniably catchy 'Hammer Horror Glamour' You could label them with psychobilly to a certain extent, but in my own opinion it's a much more accessible type, with a somewhat gothic undertone. The only real downfall was the quality of the sound, as at times it was difficult to hear the vocals but otherwise it was a good set, even getting an encore performance in.

Devilish Presley are continuing their tour across the UK, the next date is Saturday 2nd April at The Railway Inn in Winchester. They also have a new album The Dark Triad which is released on May 9th.

Thursday, 24 March 2011

This week's playlist

The Donnas- Wanna Get Some Stuff
The Gossip- Listen Up!
The Joy Formidable- Greyhounds in the Slips
The Naked and Famous- Punching in a Dream
Be Your Own Pet- Adventure
Liz Phair- Never Said
Ladytron- Sugar
Transvision Vamp- Baby I Don't Care
Blondie- Atomic
Tiny Masters of Today- Hologram World
Patrice Pike- Beautiful Thing
Bjork- Human Behaviour
Juliette and the Licks- Shelter Your Needs
Karen O- Save The Seeds
McQueen- Don't Know How To Break It To You
Evanescence- All That I'm Living For
The Runaways- Dead End Justice
Venom Seeds- On Time
The Hot Puppies- Green Eyeliner
Little Boots- Remedy
Chasing Ora- Penniless
Fire Bug- Season For Change
Berlin Brides- Rejection Junkie
The Hedrons- I Need You
New Young Pony Club- Get Dancey
Catherine Elms- Drowning
Le Monnier- Save Yourself
Ann Wilson- Bad Moon Rising

Saturday, 19 March 2011

This week's playlist

MEN - Off Our Backs
Ida Maria - Oh My God
Kate Bush - Babooshka
The Birthday Massacre - Play Dead
femmepop - medication
The Dead Weather - Hang You From The Heavens
Bananarama - Cruel Summer
Hey Gravity! - Risen (She Said)
Daisy Chainsaw - The Future Free
Guano Apes - Scratch The Pitch
Madonna - Lucky Star
Pj Harvey - Dress
Melissa Auf Der Maur - My Foggy Notion
Dead Disco - Automatic
Siouxsie And The Banshees - Happy House
Skunk Anansie - Weak
The Dresden Dolls - Girl Anachronism
Helen's Evil Twin - Stop Talking
Sohodolls - Stripper
The Slits - Newtown
Call The Doctor - For Your Leisure
Candy Panic Attack- Heartbreaker
Berlin Brides - Off The Rack
Css - Alcohol
Regina Spektor - Edit
Feist - Mushaboom
Howling Bells - Low Happening
Joan Jett And The Blackhearts - I Wanna Be Your Dog

Sunday, 13 March 2011

Female Music at Festivals

Sometimes I mention bands or singers that have been added to festival line ups on my show and usually I also mention if any other all female/female fronted bands/singers are also playing and I felt quite disheartened this week when doing my prep to see that the two festivals I mentioned had very few female fronted/female bands in their line up. So I thought I would explore this further, let's start with the big ones.

Line up not offically confirmed yet but according to efestivals
Crystal Castles are a rumour
Noisettes are a rumour
There are no female fronted bands listed as a strong rumour.

Skunk Anansie
Straight Line Stitch
The Pretty Reckless

Anna Calvi
Annie Mac (to be confirmed)
Bex Marshall (to be confirmed)
Caitlin Rose (to be confirmed)
Claire Nicolson (to be confirmed)
Clara Sanabras (tbc)
Clare Maguire (strong rumour)
Connie Lush (tbc)
Crystal Castles
Ellen and the Escapades (strong rumour)
Janelle Monae
Jessie J (tbc)
katy B (tbc)
Kylie (rumour)
Laura Marling
MIA (tbc)
Noisettes (rumour)
Sandi Thom (tbc)
The Joy Formidable (strong rumour)

V Festival
Ellie Goulding
Jessie J
Katy B
KT Tunstall
The Saturdays
Eliza Dolittle
Imelda May
Clare Maguire

T in the Park
Jessie J
KT Tunstall
Crystal Castles
The Saturdays
Imelda May
Eliza Dolittle

isle of wight
Alexandra Burke
Diana Vickers
Eliza Dolittle
Imelda May
Joan Jett
Pixie Lott
The Like

That's the main festivals, with the exception of Glastonbury (which is huge) there are very few acts out of the line ups that are female fronted/all female. What else did I notice? The majority (certainly not all) of the female acts in the line ups are pop acts.With the exception of a few acts, there are not many that break the traditional female singer mould. They are singers and bands that don't necessarily play instruments and their look is a large part of their appeal rather than their talent. Is this really the true face of female music today?

A lot of the smaller festivals have more female fronted acts, from past experience I know Offset festival seems to have an abundance of them.But the problem is as nice as that is, we need more female acts at the big festivals, and not just on the upcoming band stages, or as the pop acts that are pretty to look at. WE NEED HEADLINE ACTS! Very few of the bands I've mentioned are headlining with the exception of Beyonce, a pop star which just reiterates my point.

Even looking at festivals abroad, there are few female acts. Even ROCK IN RIO has Katy Perry and Rihanna as their female acts!

This is why we have Ladyfests. The mainstream is so far behind with the times it's unbelievable. There are so many talented females out there making music. Girls, let's make a noise! Play your music and play it loud, if you can't play, organise gigs in your area with local female talent even if it's only a small event rather than a ladyfest, every bit counts! We need to get this riot started!

Thursday, 10 March 2011

This week's playlist

Martha Reeves and The Vandellas- Dancing In The Street
Yeah Yeah Yeahs- No No No
The Duke Spirit- Everybody's Under Your Spell
Zero 7- In The Waiting Line
Penny Broadhurst- Chemist Goods
Courtney Love- Mono
Cutaways- Milo of Kroton
Robots in Disguise- 50 Minutes
586- We Got Bored
Babes in Toyland- Jungle Train
Suzi Quatro- Devil Gate Drive
Blood Red Shoes- You Bring Me Down
Long Blondes- Only Lovers Left Alive
The Ropes- Water and Headphones
Kittie- Paperdoll
Chasing Ora- Penniless
Garbage- Shut Your Mouth
Damone- On Your Speakers
Jesca Hoop- Summertime
Flyleaf- Breathe Today
Scarling- The Last Day I Was Happy
Working Class Heroes- The End
Yes Miss No Miss- Taking Over
Berlin Brides- Ballad for the Touch Deprived
Metric- Patriarch On A Vespa
Bis- Kandy Pop
Heart- Rock And Roll (Live)

Sunday, 6 March 2011

Sassy!- Diggin' Deep

I got sent this album by one of the promotion companies that email me from time to time. A lot of it doesn't interest me this much, but this email compared Sassy! to The Donnas, Gossip and The Slits amongst others, so it certainly caught my attention. I had a look at the press link they sent me and I wasn't disappointed with what I heard.

Sassy! are a two member band consisting of Lynda Mandolyn (formerly of Fabulous Disaster amongst others)and Christa DiBiase of San Francisco. They don't sound like a two member band at all though. They sound very much like a full four member band, as their sound is very full and more importantly LOUD!

The album Diggin' Deep is all about straight up rock n roll that should be played at eleven. The guitar riffs are driving melodies that will stick in your head, especially on my personal favourite track 'You Can Have Him'. There is also an element of 60's girl groups for instance on 'So Bad, It's Good' with their harmonious vocals and happy clapping.

The band certainly does remind me of The Donnas, but The Donnas on speed! Everything is louder, faster and reeks of cool.

The band have a myspace and are also on facebook

Friday, 4 March 2011

This week's playlist

Jefferson Airplane- White Rabbit
Tilly and the Wall- Fell Down The Stairs
The Noisettes- Don't Give Up
Horrorpops- Caught in a Blonde
Gossip- Yr Mangled Heart
Tiny Masters of Today- Hologram World
Santigold- You'll Find A Way
The Ting Tings- We Walk
Meredith Brooks- Bitch
Sassy!!- You Can Have Him
Candy Panic Attack- What's He Got That I Haven't?
The Runaways- Dead End Justice
Little Fish- Die Young
X Ray Spex- Oh Bondage Up Yours!
The Pretenders- Human
Garbage- You Look So Fine
Comanechi- Naked
Bjork- Declare Independence
The Kills- Tape Song
The Kabeedies- Lovers Ought To
Hole- Celebrity Skin
Natalie Imbruglia- Impressed
Whiskey Blu- Colour Me Blu
Wendy Solomon- Happy Hour
The Sibleys- Angel Dreams
Le Monnier- Kingyo
The Brownies- Cougar
Suzanne Vega- Blood Makes Noise
Florence and The Machine- You've Got The Love