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Emmy the Great

Posted on 2007.07.24 at 00:32

I seem to be listening to a lot of female (and for the most part, solo) artists as of late, and I must say, Emmy the Great is one of my favorites. What I understand from Wikipedia is that she is on Drowned in Sound Recordings. I suppose she could be considered to be just another female singer-songwriter, lumped into a category with the likes of Fesit, Cat Power, and what have you. But Emmy the Great stands out, and not only because there are very few legit recordings of her. There is something about her voice that just evokes so much emotion. She is able to write lyrics that are funny, as well as lyrics that are so deep and beautiful. She is truly phenomenal. She has an EP coming out August 13. I doubt it will be available anywhere in the US except online, but I encourage all of you to check it out.


Georgie James

Posted on 2007.01.02 at 17:22
Current Music: hard feelings -- georgie james

My new obesession. Amazing. Simply amazing.

From wikipedia.org

Georgie James are a new two-piece classic pop/rock group from Washington D.C. featuring John Davis (formerly of Q and Not U) and Laura Burhenn.

When Q and Not U called it quits in 2005 after releasing 3 albums, they split into 3 different projects. Ris Paul Ric, a folk/funk/electronic solo effort from Chris Richards, regarded as the lead singer and rhythm player of the band, Harris Klahr's President project, a set of remixes from the lead guitarist and synthesist, then Georgie James, featuring drummer Davis. Having met through mutual friends, Davis and singer/songwriter Burhenn (who had released 4 solo albums on her own Laboratory Records prior this project) found out that they had similar tastes in retro pop music from the 1950's to the 1970's, and then decided to start working together as a band, Davis writing the guitars and drums, Burhenn on the Rhodes Piano. A few hours later they had written a few songs, and decided this was a worthy project to take aboard.

Later in 2005 they went to record at the Dance Place in Washington with producers Chad Clark and TJ Lipple, and by November 2005 they produced a 7 song demo, showcasing a mix of cool pop production, dancey riffs reminiscent of Power-era Q and Not U and unexplored territory for the both of them.

Georgie James are now busy writing songs for a full length record as well as playing their first shows (which needs assembling a new band).

Sounds Like: Camera Obscura, The Changes, Mates of State
Notable Tracks: ALL!

Posted on 2006.12.23 at 18:37
Current Music: sadie -- joanna newsom

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin

Posted on 2006.12.17 at 12:11
Current Music: two way monolgue -- sondre lerche

I accidentally stumbled upon these guys, and I'm glad to say I was pleasantly surprised.

From www.allmusic.com,

The three original members of Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, lead guitarist Will Knauer, drummer Philip Dickey, and bassist Tom Hembree, met in high school in Springfield, MO, thanks to a mutual friend, and soon formed a band. It was Dickey who came up with their name while shopping with his mother one day in the local mall, and he also wrote most of their songs. Once in college, the trio added singer/guitarist John Robert Cardwell and bassist/recording engineer Jonathan James, and the band's debut album, Broom, recorded in Knauer's home and originally only meant to be a local release, came out in 2005. However, after the band posted some songs on its website, SPIN got wind of the group and soon Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin's name was all over music blogs. Their song "Oregon Girl" even ended up on an episode of The O.C. in the spring of 2006. A few months later Polyvinyl Records signed the band, remastering and reissuing Broom later that year, though by this time both Hembree and James had left (the latter still played with them when he had the time), turning SSLYBY back into a three-piece but with a rotating cast of additional guest musicians. 

Sounds Like: The Shins
Notable Tracks: Pangea, Oregon Girl, What We'll Do

See Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin with Harry and the Potters at Iota (http://www.iotaclubandcafe.com/) on January 13! Tickets are $10 (Iota doesn't sell tickets in advance), and the show starts at 3 PM. I'm hoping to be there!