I was looking in the web statistics for our website and saw that quite a lot of people have found us by searching for Ladyfest. So in case they didn’t find what they’re looking for, the link to Ladyfest Auckland’s MySpace is http://www.myspace.com/ladyfestauckland, or you can email the organisers at email@example.com.
There is meant to be a fundraiser on soon, but details are still being confirmed. I think Melissa is going to post here about some of the bands and also the dates everything is happening!
I wanted to post a photo, so that is a picture of Kat’s awesome birthday cake. I stole the photo from their MySpace. Also, I’ll try to write or respond to some of the other search queries that have brought people here. AND! Please tell people about our website. It makes us sad that no one comments!
I’ve been meaning to write about Macromantics for a really long time, but have never felt like anything I write about her would do her justice or explain to everyone how amazing I think she is. But since I got her album “Moments in Movement” it’s been the album I’ve listened to most (I’ve seriously listened to it in iTunes 70 times in nearly a year!) — and keep telling other people to buy.
Macromantics is an Australian Hip Hop artist, and is the first Hip Hop signing to what must be my favourite record label, Kill Rock Stars. She used to play guitar in Ben Lee’s teenage band, Noise Addict, and it was through touring America with them that she discovered hip hop and started writing her own raps.
I’ve been struggling to describe what her music sounds like, but I guess if you can imagine Hip Hop made by a girl from Australia who is signed to Kill Rock Stars, maybe that will help! Maybe what is more helpful is her influences list on her MySpace: “Patti Smith, Lydia Lunch, Nas, Big Daddy Kane, Rakim, Dylan Thomas, Lester Bangs, O.D.B, Eve Libertine, Wu Tang Clan, Kathleen Hanna, Iggy Pop”.
Even if you don’t like the hip hop you see on tv or hear on the radio, still listen to this as it’s a lot different to that, I mean I’ve read people compare her to Lady Sovereign (probably because they’re both white females) but they are nothing alike. Macromantics music is totally unique, it’s maybe a bit more unpredictable and twisted, there are even a couple of more dark songs on the album, but I think it’s really her rapping style and the lyrics that do it for me. She raps about social and political issues — with a lot of references to war (one lyric being “bring home the troops this instant”) and pop culture (she name checks Corey Haim, Lydia Lunch, Harpo Marx, Greta Garbo, Tom Waits, Susan Faludi, Britney and Cristina to name a few). Her rhymes just seem to work, they flow really well and the more I listen to the album the more I notice lines that I hadn’t noticed before — it’s all really clever and smart and funny and just references so many things.
As someone who is a fan of hip hop, and not just what I’d call indie or punk hip hop, it’s really refreshing to have someone out there doing what she’s doing, without all the bragging, guns, bitches and bling, but still keeping the political nature and smooth flows.
My favourite song always changes but at the moment it’s track two — Moments In Movements!
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So, was there an album you fell in love with and listened to over and over last year? Tell us about it!
Glass Candy are coming to NZ!! They are one of my favourite bands, and one which I thought would NEVER come here. They are playing with CSS so no doubt it’ll be an unfortunately packed event…oh well… There are two gigs: 25th & 26th March at the Kings Arms, tix going on sale at the end of the month.
Glass Candy’s sound has changed quite a bit over the years, and I have to admit to preferring their older stuff like off their “Love Love Love” release, but possibly I will grow to love their latest sound just as much (often things take a while to get under my skin). Now, they kind of remind me of a (way more interesting) Goldfrapp, but there is still something to be said for going to see a band which at one point made a big impact on you, even if they sound a bit different today.
Glass Candy are from Portland (home of many awesome things), and is fronted by Ida No. They originally released two singles on K Records, and in 2003 released their first full length album, “Love Love Love” through Troubleman Unlimited (who have also put out releases by Les Georges Leningrad, Die Monitr Batss, Tracey and the Plastics, King Cobra and Erase Errata) followed by “Life After Sundown”, and “Iko”. Their latest album is 2007’s “Beatbox”, put out by Italians Do It Better, and I guess this is the album they will be mostly peforming songs from at the Auckland gig.
Previously known as Glass Candy and the Shattered Theatre, they have had a few members come and go, leaving Ida No and Johnny Jewel as the latest line up. They’ve been variously described as no wave, glam, punks with synths, neo disco and more, so basically I guess, are a band that is quite hard to pin down! I can’t wait to see what they are like live.
Here’s a video of them in 2002:
Glass Candy – Love Love Love
And here’s a video from their 2007 release “Beatbox” (featuring a movie star no less)
Here’s the playlist for last Friday’s show on Fleet Fm . The first hour was me, the second hour was Kat. And if you want to listen to some of it (we didn’t manage to catch it all), scroll down a couple of entries and Katie has put a link to it!
“Isle of” is Jenny Hoyston’s – lead singer of Erase Errata – newest album, the first she’s put out under her own name (having previously dubbed her solo efforts Paradise Island).
I enjoyed listening to her Paradise Island stuff, to say it was Erase Errata distilled is not really true, the music is very different but her voice is so distinctive it’s hard not to think of her solo projects as a continuation or close off shoot of her band. Put it this way, fans of EE won’t be disppointed by her solo stuff, though they probably have to slow down a bit…
“Isle of” is Jenny’s second full length solo album, “Lines are Infintely Fine” being the first. One of the things I love about this album and about most of her other music is that the songs are so short. I am a great believer in songs being short and punchy, as generally my mind starts to wander the more meandering a song becomes. There is no meandering in “Isle of”. Each song is a perfectly crafted, deceptively simple thing, and do not run into each other so you become confused about which tracks are what. So yeah, she’s a singer songwriter, and this album is very folky in places, but it keeps the punk brevity, and the EE razor sharp edge which gets the point of each song across without an excess of crap….
This album is multi-genered, ranging from Holly Golightly-sounding country, to dark and menacing (yet minimal) electro, experimental indie guitar, intimate folk-ey songs and rock ‘n’ roll, her vocals changing to suit the mood and yet always forthright and never dithering, her lyrics economical to suit the structure of her songs.
This album seems to have had a pretty good reception so far, and while it doesn’t get my blood pumping like her Erase Errata stuff, I can tell it’s an album I’ll listen to over and over for a while, each time discovering new things in it.
Jenny Hoyston is one of those musicians who are interesting in their own right due to the projects they are involved with and the musicians they are aligned with (such as her collaboration with Kim Gordon as the band “Anxious Rats”). She is a zine maker, her zine is called “Don’t Worry” and features writers such as Michelle Tea, and with Erase Errata was set to perform at a Gay Shame event, which takes an anti-capitalist, more anarchist approach to queer rights (they didn’t actually get to play due to equipment troubles). And it was hard to take your eyes off her peformance in Auckland 06 with EE, the whole band just a tight, forceful shock to the system. It seems pretty much any project Jenny is involved with is bound to be interesting and bound to be challenging.
Listen to Fleet FM 88.3 (or online at www.fleetfm.co.nz) on Friday 11th Jan 11am-1pm, I’ll be playing a couple of tracks from her new album.