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Track Meet: EFX

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012
Teengirl Fantasy's second release titled "EFX" is worth a listen or three Teengirl Fantasy makes the alarm sound with any new release. Well go ahead and ring that alarm, because this new track "EFX" featuring Kelela is like a wet dream featuring your future crush who you've never met. We don't know anything about the vocalist, Kelela, but she sounds like something familiar and totally unsettling at the same time. More please. An early taste of Teengirl Fantasy's forthcoming album Tracer, "EFX" is the second track the electronic duo let fly. With a tour coming up and some big collaborations on their album, it's a wonder how the twenty two-year-olds have time to play all night raves and still find time to sleep. Maybe they don't. Listen to Teengirl Fantasy's "EFX" ft. Kelela below. Tracer will be releases via RS/True Panther on August 21.

Interview with Wax Idols

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011
Front woman, Hether Fortune of the Wax Idols, tells us about the her rigorous stage rules, surviving on tour and her androgynous heroes. Wax Idols is the brainchild of Hether Fortune, a Bay Area musician who is know for both her musical talent and her relentless, Chrissie Hynde attitude. Fortune (who changed her name with her hair style) said she started Wax Idols, because she kept getting kicked out of other people's projects. "So, I just recorded a bunch of demos, put them on the internet and waited for the fish to bite." And the fish did bite, or rather she caught them--snatching up a band and releasing "All Too Human/William Says" 7 inch on Hozac Records along with some home job cassettes. Wax Idols debut album, No Future, drops this fall. Fresh from tour, we decided to ask the infamous Ms. Fortune a few questions. Read our interview with Hether Fortune of Wax Idols below. What is a Wax Idol? I have no fucking clue, man. Ask Bob Dylan. What do you love most about touring? What do you hate about it? I love traveling, meeting new weirdos, eating different food, realizing that people I don't know who I am and like my stupid band, driving (yes, I love driving), inside jokes, losing weight because I'm too stressed/broke to eat too much, playing with bands that I've never heard of that don't suck. I hate playing with bands I've never heard of that do suck, not having enough personal space, sleeping on floors, band mates that don't carry their own weight (hasn't happened lately), eating gross fast food which is always a mistake, unless it's Taco Bell, but that is usually a mistake too. What are your top three rules on stage? No fucking up, no long pauses between songs, no one talks except for me and I don't really say anything. How do you keep yourself in check when on tour? I do yoga whenever I can, don't do drugs unless they're free, count to ten before I yell at someone and make sure I get at least 30 minutes of alone time per day. If you could only bring five items on tour what would they be and why? Assuming the clothes on my back don't count, I'd say underwear that never gets dirty, obviously, a giant water bottle, Christian Death "Only Theatre of Pain" cassette, obviously, my phone and a sleeping bag, so, duh, I can sleep. How do you prepare for a show? Do some stretches, put on eyeliner, pop a Valium and cross my fingers. What bands are you really into these days? Total Control, Southern Death Cult, Nu Sensae, Wire, Buzzcocks, Tamaryn, Christian Death, Weekend, Wipers, The Slits, Terry Malts, Felt, Television Personalities and White Lung (not to kiss your ass, but seriously). What is the best tactic for trying to make-out on tour? "Look man, I really don't want to sleep on a floor tonight." Dude! That was the best line! How do fashion and music come together in your world? The way things look has always been pretty important to me. I don't really try to look a certain way, but I love clothes. I can't help it. I guess worlds collide on stage in both photo and video. How did you learn to write such amazing pop songs? Ha! I guess I'm a natural? Wait, you think my songs are "amazing"? Honestly, I have no idea how I learned to do anything. Determination, I suppose. I've been focused on music for as long as I can remember. The kid version of me would totally idolize the person that I am today, and that makes me really happy. Is it important for women to have female idols? Who do you look up to? Absolutely. Growing up, I didn't have very many obvious female idols. I was definitely more drawn to male artists and I have no idea why. A lot of them were pretty androgynous, guys like David Bowie, Jimmy Page, Robert Smith. But looking back, my mother was hugely influential and thank Godness for that! Unfortunately, the more dominant side of the family I was raised in (until I was about 12 and my mom divorced out of said family) didn't really celebrate women for anything other than cooking and giving birth. Nowadays, I really admire women like Patti Smith and Lydia Lunch. Strong, brilliant, intense women who weren't afraid to take risks and do whatever the fuck they wanted to do. Then there are all of my female peers, Tamaryn, you, Andrea from Nu Sensae, Shannon Shaw of Shannon & The Clams, my friend Hayden who can do pretty much anything and do it better than anyone else. Also, the drummer for Grass Window is fucking incredible. I could go on and on. Women!
What were you like as a child?
According to my mom I was really good! Well-mannered, intelligent, sensitive, a bit of a tomboy because I grew up with five brothers. I had a pretty rough childhood, so the fact that I was such a "good kid" is kind of confusing to me. That all changed when I hit my teen years, naturally. I actually wasn't that bad as a teenager. I mean yeah, I hated my parents, refused to wash my hair, snuck out, smoked weed, got drunk, moved out when I was 16, etc. etc. But I still did well in school. I graduated early with a pretty high GPA. I had a job. Whatever. What can we expect from Wax Idols? A bazillion records (unless I die suddenly), a US tour with Terry Malts this fall. That's all I have right now! I can barely keep track of everything I'm doing tomorrow, let alone months and years to come. Check out more Wax Idols on Hozac Records and follow Hether Fortune on Twitter, you won't be disappointed.

Brilliant Colors

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011
Check out our interview wih Jess Scott, one third of the band Brilliant Colors. Brilliant Colors is a San Francisco-based noise-pop all-girl trio who released their first album, Introducing Brilliant Colors, in 2009. Singer/guitarist/songwriter Jess Scott formed the band in 2007 but it took her awhile to furnish the outfit with Diane Anastasio and Michelle Hill. Together they create songs that blend muffled catchy vocals with distorted guitar rock--perfect for long drives towards the ocean. Coming off tour and about to release their EP Again and Again on July 19th, we caught up with Jess to talk about their last supper, if their haircuts represent their personalities and how living out of a van on tour is a luxury. Where in the world are you right now? We didn't really check email or check into the Internet on tour, so now we're home back in San Francisco! What's the last meal you ate together? Michelle stayed in Philly with her parents and Diane and I went back to Brooklyn and got pizza. She got cheese and some kind of pepperoni roll thing. I got mysterious meat kind with blobs of ricotta all over it. Do your haircuts accurately represent your personalities? Michelle and Diane have amazing curly hair. I don't think they brush it really, they're always winding it around their hands. I’m totally a bowl obviously--I just wasn't made for these times! What's the one thing you each make sure to always have on tour? I lost all my guitar pedals on tour so I don't even know how to answer this one now. I guess after that I’d say a round brush to fluff my 'do, Diane has like one pair of underwear but multiple studded belts, Michelle never leaves home without her Dead Milkmen shirt! What's the worst part about living out of a van? We actually toured in our friend's sedan--vans are a luxury we cannot afford! I don't think there's much of a difference except you always have to be unpacking a million fucking things to find that semi-clean pair of socks. What's the best part about living out of a van? My secret world! Favorite city so far? Why? I think our best show was at Problem House in Boston. It felt like we played a million shows in New York and so it was really fun there too, people were really nice about putting stuff on there. Ann Arbor was completely insane, we made it to the show at midnight and there were a ton of people out. No offense to Montreal but we didn't even get paid and Michelle and Diane had to sleep in the car! Who are some interesting people you've met on tour? We toured this trip with the Beets, a brilliant scratchy pop band from Queens, New York. Juan, Jose, Chie, and Matt are funnest kids ever! If you could tour with anyone dead or alive who would it be? Happy as is actually, touring with the Beets and over in the UK with la la Vasquez feels perfect. I don’t know...touring with Kids in the Hall would be pretty entertaining! What can we expect next from Brilliant Colors? A new LP entitled Again and Again out July 19 on Slumberland records, our local pop label from Oakland.

Lady Gaga’s $3 Mil. Fashion Debt

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011
Lady Gaga pays a hefty price for the love of fashion Fashion comes with a price. And if you're Lady Gaga, that price tag can be pretty hefty. Known for her ever elaborate costumes both on and off the stage, Lady Gaga recently admitted that her monster Ball tour put her in the hole--a $3 million hole. She admitted to Stephen Fry of The Financial Times, "I remember I called everybody and said, 'Why is everyone saying I have no money? This is ridiculous, I have five No. 1 singles'—and they said, 'Well, you're $3m in debt.'" And we thought our credit card bills were bad. Found on: Refinery29

ROUND-UP

Friday, August 27th, 2010
Frances Bean Cobain calls out her mother, Courtney Love on Twitter. What Would Kurt Do? [ShowBizSpy] Have you had Bedbugs? Has someone you know had them? If you live in New York, Vancouver, Toronto or anywhere except Gainsville, Florida, you probably have. Critter Counselling is here. [Jezebel] Who the hell wants to drive on a punk tour? These clowns. [Vice] This is the best hair we have ever seen. [Studded Hearts] Spot a pal. [Punks I'd Like To Fuck] We're still constantly on the hunt for a good set of big, flashy dagger nails. Beat us to the punch with these claws. [High Snobette]

White Lung Escapes Olympics

Thursday, January 21st, 2010
White Lung - Atlanta from Ryan D. Anderson on Vimeo. We've got some bad girls on our team, and by bad we mean bad ass. hearty writer Mish Way is the front lady of a rad band called White Lung. Escaping from Vancouver BC for the madness of what the Winter Olympics will be, White Lung is heading on a West coast tour collecting their own kinds of medals along the way by snatching up hearts during the course of their shredding guitar sets. We're closet White Lung fans (guess the secret is out now) it probably doesn't help that we love Mish already,  they're absolute babes and we've been watching this video for their song Atlanta on repeat, the bass line is hypnotizing. Check for a tour date near you here.