Welcome to Listening Jail

Welcome to Listening Jail, where I force you to listen to the stuff that’s been blowing my mind recently.  This episode is predominantly female artists.

Catherine Ribeiro

She rocks.  Apparently she was one of the French Chanteuses singing folk/pop music in the 60’s.  If I’m going there, it’s usually Francoise Hardy. My money is on her freakout stuff with 2bis and Alpes. The record with 2bis is one of my all-time favorites, and is high on my list of recommended listening for people looking for inspiration. This is from a different project (I think) with a group called Alpes. Killing

Hanne Hukkelberg

Yeah. Bad Ass. Absolutely ridiculous. Her first record was on heavy rotation on my iPod for at least a solid year, and then fell by the wayside. I accidentally skipped her second, and thanks to Spotify have been catching up on a lot of stuff, Hanne included. I strongly suggest checking out all of this stuff – inventive and heart-felt.

Charlotte Gainsbourg

I had totally dismissed Charlotte Gainsbourg for some reason. Bad idea. This record (IRM) has been growing on me. Reminds me a bit of the Wendy & Lisa record “Girl Bros.” Also check out the track “Trick Pony.”

Blonde Redhead

Eternal favorite of mine. Pretty much can do no wrong by me. I have not stopped listening to this record since it came out, mainly the last 4 songs.

Morena y Clara

I stumbled across this on tour last month. The video is spectacular. Yes.

Las Grecas

Also in the late 60’s/early 70’s Catalan funk era is this banger. Absolutely in love with the guitar in the intro. And the video.

Andy Stott

And now for something completely different. If you’re listening to this on iPod headphones or your computer speakers, just stop right now and go get a real set of headphones/speakers. Then turn it up. Yeah so the heavy side-chain compressor is a little played out, it doesn’t matter.  This is artful use of a technique and it serves the vibe. Also check out North to South from the same record.