[Photo: illustration of the band Brave Irene. The band’s 5 members are each illustrated in black and white and the miniature portraits are arranged in an upside-down pentagon. In the middle, there is a black pentagon with white text reading ‘Brave Irene.’]
“We equally romanticize the Pastels and the Smashing Pumpkins. It’s not like the world has totally changed and all good music gets validated and covered— there’s still a lack of justice in pop and rock. But the fact that people can access smaller bands without the filter of them being signed or promoted or played on the radio is huge.” - Kip Berman
I really want to say more about what Kip is saying here re: lack of justice in pop and rock and movement towards a world where unsigned bands and bands signed to smaller labels are not only accessible to new fans, but have access to resources similar to larger bands, but, you know, work has been non-stop lately (work! I’m there right now! I was there for 12+ hours yesterday! I will probably be there tomorrow, too!)
I just read an e-mail from foxleaps that absolutely made my morning! Rose Melberg is in a new band (well, ok, the band is about a year old, but the EP they’re releasing in March will be their first) and their songs are said to have an “early Flying Nun” vibe and it’s not that I don’t love winsome acoustic stuff, but I am just so excited about the prospect of Rose doing something with a full band again (something that sounds suspiciously like energetic pop music) that I have had to literally force myself to refrain from texting aprilmarches at 6am her time to tell her about this! Anyway, I cobbled together a quick write-up for SP and will now sit here patiently until February 15th.
I just posted a review of the Neverever album Angelic Swells on SP. Click it!
There’s been a lot of discussion on fashion blogs lately about Native American trends in North American (specifically US) fashion/white hipster culture & I honestly hadn’t expected those conversations to intersect with what I spend the majority of my time writing about here (you know, mail order records and pop music), but this song (“Cowboys and Indians”) was a reminder that these discussions reach into all spheres, especially when people are talking about cultural products and the way that identities are constructed and information is disseminated through popular media.