The question all dilettantes ask themselves constantly is “Am I missing something cool?” At some point in the past I made a decision to start actively seeking art, music, films, whatever my diverse diversions are called, that are created by women. The basis was simple; most of my music, books, favorite film makers are men. Not that there is anything wrong with that, I happen to be a man IRL (Sorry, Hungd00d682, but you have been catfished. And you need help). But it seemed that there were many voices that deserved to be heard.
So this post is a gratitude post for some of the cool, new music I have been listening to from that other gender.
Without a doubt I have to say that my favorite new artist is Kimberly Freeman, a solo performer and better known as half of One-Eyed Doll (percussionist Junior Sewell is the other half). Once again, I am spotlighting a band without a bass player. I found OED trolling YouTube one sleepless night, looking for something new to listen to.
Kimberly is a highly talented, multi-instrumentalist and very creative singer-songwriter. Each One-Eyed Doll album revolves around a central theme, such as the concept of beauty or the pain of violently murdering somebody you really love but are mad at. Their latest album, Witches, is an old school concept album that uses the Salem Witch Trials as a tool to comment on contemporary society (much like Arthur Miller's The Crucible). Mixing historical fact, meditations on faith and spirituality with a compelling story of persecution, Witches pretty high concept.
Sadly, there are no videos from the album. Here are some of my favorite from older OED albums:
Be My Friend-"Because serial killers are people too.
Take away the voices and they're just like you!"
Full Set-there are newer, live sets on YouTube, but this one has pretty high quality.
You can see why her guitar playing makes me want to use words like "incendiary onslaught"
but I don't because that would be cliche.
Something about a dragon...
Check out their website and buy some musics.
"drone-metal-art-folk" or experimental. Some websites call it doom-folk. A better way of describing her style is this: If Chelsea Wolfe wrote novels, they would be so scary that Stephen King would wee in his shorts.
Feral Love, from her 2013 album Pain is Beauty
2015's missing summer jam-Currently burning up your local dance hotspot
and filling the air with the stench of charred, carnal remains.
Check out her website here.
My favorite song, A New Kid, mostly because I like
the image of someone cleaning out my brain with a shovel
Singer/guitarist Marissa Paternoster is amazing. I want to use the words like incendiary onslaught again, but then it would be trite and repetitious. The album is very high energy with nary a pause for reflection, which made it awesome for my ride. I surprised to learn that they have been around for a decade! I am definitely going to be checking out their catalog.
Here is a video I made for them because I love them so much
Check out their real videos here: Official Band video page
Lastly, I saw this today and want to share it. Lindsay Denniberg, who made the amazing Video Diary of a Lost Girl in 2012 is currently raising funds for her new movie. She sent me a screener of VDLG a few years ago because I was going to write about it (Sorry!) and we got to talk a few times and she was really neat (gush!). Please help her out (and get a copy of VDLG to boot!) by funding her new film, Killer Makeover!
Trailer for Video Diary of a Lost Girl
One final, last thing, for those of you in the Cincinnati/Middletown area of Ohio, don't miss the chance to catch Allison Douglas perform at The Triple Moon Coffee Company, Saturday, August 29th at 6pm at 1100 Central Avenue. I've known Allie since her "Big Haired Blonde Baton Twirlers for Jesus" days and know that it will be a special evening for all who attend.