From The Archive: Babes In Toyland

1 08 2008
Babes In Toyland

Babes In Toyland

 Babes in Toyland was an American all-female / trio formed in Minneapolis in 1987. Members included Kat Bjelland (guitar and vocals), Lori Barbero (drums) and Michelle Leon (bass). Michelle left the band in 1992 and was replaced by Maureen Herman. The band split and reformed throughout the 1990s, losing their record label when Maureen Herman left the band in 1996. Due to legal issues and make-ups and break-ups… the band played their last shoes in 2002 but stopped using the name (Babes In Toyland) after Barbero and Herman raised legal issues.

Babes In Toyland

Babes In Toyland

Babes In Toyland – Catatonic (live 1991)

Babes In Toyland – Sweet 69

Babes In Toyland – Pain In My Heart (live)

 

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The Coathangers

1 08 2008

 

The Coathangers
The Coathangers

 The band formed in 2006 as a joke, played a house show and were asked to open for The Hiss on the strength of their performance. The name was chosen for its vulgarity – an irreverent take on abortions – though all band members are pro-choice.

The Coathangers

The Coathangers

Their playfulness continues into their songs, with titles such as ’Don’t Touch My Shit, Nestle In My Boobies and Mustache Ride. Despite their low expectations, no one seems to be dismissing them as a novely act. A live demo is in circulation and upcoming releases are due from Die Slaughterhaus and Rob’s House Records.

The Coathangers

The Coathangers

 The Crook Kid Coathanger: Vocals, guitar, tamborine; Minnie Coathanger: Vocals, bass, tamborine; Rusty Coathanger: Vocals, drums; Bebe Coathanger: Vocals, keys. (not in order of above photo)

The Coathangers – Parcheezi

The Coathangers – Nestle In My Boobies – live @ Criminal Records 2007

The Coathangers – Shake Shake

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Girl In A Coma

1 08 2008
Girl In A Coma

Girl In A Coma

Female rock trio Girl in a Coma formed in San Antonio, Texas in 2001. While Nina is often referred to as “the female version of Morrissey,” the band as a whole has been compared to The Smiths, Interpol and the Pixies. Drawing heavily from these influences (the band’s name, Girl in a Coma, comes from the classic Smiths song “Girlfriend in a Coma”), the Girls have managed to create a sound and style that not only pays homage to their heroes, but is uniquely their own.

Girl In A Coma

Girl In A Coma

In early 2006, the Girls found themselves back in New York City where they were introduced to two of their biggest fans Joan Jett and Kenny Laguna of Blackheart Records.

Currently the girls have been touring with Tegan & Sara. Check out their tour dates here.

Girl In A Coma – Clumsy Sky (2007)

Girl In A Coma – We Belong Together (live)

Credit: bfp2nd 

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The Veronicas

31 07 2008
The Veronicas

The Veronicas

 The Veronicas is a band consisting of identical twin sisters Jessica Louise Origliasso and Lisa Marie Origliasso (born in Brisbane, Australia) but currently reside in Los Angeles. They were signed up by Warner Bros. Records in 2004 and write their own songs, they’ve also written for the likes of t.A.T.u. 

The Veronicas

The Veronicas dislike being called a female duo, “We like being called a band or group. We don’t want to be a pop duo group with two girls singing about relationships, we have everything that a rock band would have, so we are a band”, says Lisa.

I heard the Veronica’s when I was in Australia, they’re one of my favorite bands (and I say band!) they write their own lyrics which is always a bonus, they’re media savy too, if that’s the right term to use, as they’re often in the press in their home land Australia especially when it comes to their love lives…

Jess & MTV VJ Ruby Rose.

Jess & MTV VJ Ruby Rose.

Jess has been spotted kissing with MTV VJ Ruby Rose, although it is reported that it was only a stunt.

The couple were first spotted locking lips in March at the Cleo Bachelor of the Year Awards after-party and then again at a MAC fashion week after-party in April. At the Australian MTV awards, upon accepting the Australian Artist Music Award, Jess thanked Ruby for “being really hot”.

Despite the recurrences, Ruby is quick to shut down rumours the pair could ever be an item, saying “no, I’ve got a super hot girlfriend and I want to be with her.”

Source/Full Story: Fox.com.au

The Veronicas – Speachless (live @ The Chapel)

The Veronicas – Untouched (From 2007 Album Hook Me Up)

 

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Crush Of The Week: Stine Bramsen

30 07 2008

Stine Bramsen.

The first of our Weekly Crushes, 21 year old Stine Bramsen. Lead singer and only female member of 6 peice Danish band Alphabeat. According to Stine’s personal myspace page, she’s “not sure” of her orrientation…

Alphabeat

From stv.tv:

Do you find being the only girl in the band a good or a bad thing?
For me, it’s a really, really good thing. It’s much more simple to be around boys, there’s much less drama, complications. Everything’s just a bit more easy. Girls can be a bit dramatic at times.

Do you feel you get a bit more attention because you’re the only female?
No, not really. I probably did the first couple of years but now we’ve been together for six years and I’m really just one of the boys.

Do you ever miss having no one to have a girly chat with?
Of course I miss my close girlfriends from Denmark and I just call them and the boys are pretty girly so you can have a girly talk with them once in a while.

Anders was also trying to tell me about the best parts of Denmark and he came up with pigs and bacon. Can you think of anything to trump that?
We have a lot of pretty ladies, as well. The girls in Denmark are a lot prettier than the UK girls, I think.

How do you rate on that scale?
I’m just somewhere in the middle of pretty girls in Denmark. There are a lot of really pretty girls.

From Stine's Mspace (c)

Video for Alphabeat’s ‘fascination’

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Aimee Mann

30 07 2008

Aimee Mann

Aimee Mann was born in Richmond, Virginia, and attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston, but dropped out to sing with her first punk rock band, the young snakes; the band released the EP Bark Along with the Young Snakes in 1982, and a compilation album was issued in 2004. In 1983, seeking a return to “sweetness and melody”, she co-founded with Berklee classmate and boyfriend Michael Hausman the new wave band ’Til Tuesday, which achieved minor success in 1985 with its first album, Voices Carry. In 1993 Mann released Whatever, her first solo album. Promotion suffered due to the collapse of her label, Imago. While only a small hit, the album was critically praised, and paved the way for her next release, 1995’s I’m with Stupid, through Geffen Records. Again, reviews were positive, but sales were weak. Mann has released a total of 10 solo albums most recent being ‘@#%&*! Smilers
‘ released earlier this year.

Freeway – From 2008 Album ‘@#%&*! Smilers’ –

Video – From 2005 Album ‘The Forgotten Arm’ –

Calling It Quits – From 1999 album ‘Bachelor No. 2’ –

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From The Archive: Lene Marlin

30 07 2008

Lene Marlin

Lene Marlin (Pedersen) is a Norwegian acoustic singer-songwriter. She had her Norwegian debut in 1998 with the single “Unforgivable Sinner” (See video below) it proved to be a huge hit as it reached number one and kept that position for 8 weeks. It was also the fastest selling single in Norwegian music history, and appeared in the Norwegian movie “Schpaaa”.

Lene Marlin

Lene Marlin

I love Lene Marlin, I haven’t heard from her since her hit ‘Unforgivable Sinner’ but she’s an amazing singer/song writer, her last album ‘Lost In A Moment’ was released in 2005. If you haven’t heard her music, you’re missing out! The only recent recognition from Lene, is that she had written a song for Rihanna, entitled “Good Girl Gone Bad”. (from Rihanna’s “Good Girl Gone Bad” album). However there are rumors that she’s currently in the studio recording a new album? It’s not confirmed, but if it’s anything like what you hear below, here’s hopeing!!

Lene Marlin – Unforgivable Sinner (Released 1998):

Lene Marlin – My Love (live)

Lene Marlin – Enough (live)

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