That means it’s time for the Friday Mixtape. There is no tape and no mix, just 3 tracks from a single artist. Hope this skates you into the weekend! Today I bring you:
Who She Is: Kickass Canadian, also American. Singer, songwriter, guitarist, flautist, pianist, harmonicaist. Wife, mother.
Why I Love Her (and Why You Should Too): Are you kidding?! Alanis has been a force of nature since she bellowed “You Oughta Know”—bolting us upright in 1995. We oughta and we did. Jagged Little Pill sold 33 million copies worldwide, making it the second highest selling album by a female artist (she should have been first, considering she was behind Shania Twain’s Come On Over—more like Come on!).
The ’90s were great for women: we had Natalie Merchant and Fiona Apple. Lauryn Hill and The Spice Girls. Joan Osborne and Paula Cole. Meredith Brooks—(that bitch!)—and Lisa Loeb. Tracy Chapman and Billie Meyers. Shawn Colvin and—(who could forget?)—Jewel. Later, there were others, like Dido. In 1997, Sarah McLachlan founded Lilith Fair, flicking off the myth that you couldn’t feature two consecutive female musicians. In many ways, this couldn’t have happened without Alanis. Her furor, her honesty, her angst, completely changed how America viewed women artists. Continue reading Friday Mixtape: Alanis Morissette→
That means it’s time for the first-ever Friday Mixtape. There is no tape and no mix, just 3 tracks from a single artist. Hope this skates you into the weekend! Today I bring you:
Who They Are: 5-piece rock band from Kusatsu, Shiga. Housemates in Tokyo.
Takuya∞ – frontman: lead vocals, programming Katsuya – band leader: rhythm guitar, rapping, keyboards Akira – lead guitar, programming, backing vocals Nobuto – bass Shintarō – drums, percussion
Why I Love Them (and Why You Should Too): I’ve been incredibly blessed with some amazing animé on Netflix. If you haven’t already, check out Blue Exorcist, Darker Than Black, Baccano!, Black Butler, Bakka and Test, Ouran High School Host Club. There are some rockin’ opening (and closing) themes for these shows. Checking out live performances on YouTube, I was pleasantly surprised to find I am not alone in discovering great music as a result of great storytelling. A lot of animé fans find awesome music this way. While I am opposed to listening to music without knowing what the artist is saying, I feel slightly less guilty because fans will translate lyrics. I love that their name originated from mixing the German word über with the word over. So Japanese!
UVERworld have been on my Grooveshark for over a month now. Check ’em out:
My intro to UVERworld – Opening theme for Blue (Ao no) Exorcist:
Favorite lyric:“Life’s a bitch so if it’s easy, you’re doing it wrong.”
A topless model in a red bikini bottom and trench coat strides toward a cherry red Toyota. The trench is cut high in back to reveal the model’s twitching ass. The trench comes off: narrow waist, smooth back. The model walks on, unsmiling: sculpted cheekbones, gauged ears, blonde hair draping shoulders. Once in front of the car, the model turns. Hair flips over the shoulder, arms cross. A fraction of a second and you realize: It’s a guy.