The K Mail Order Dept. has gathered together a CD Safari of ten rockin’ CDs by women who excel at the noisy pop rockin’ you know and love! Collections of songs brave, big-hearted and ecstatic, the women on these albums are firsts and foremosts who went crashing through the glass guitar barriers with their sirens bright. Represented are many eras of Olympia and Northwest women rockin’: feminist, riot grrrl, love rock, new mod rocker, women allied and women alone in a room. Important, emotionally powerful, politcally potent and catchy as all get-out, ten albums from K whose main creative force just happens to be feminine. Women be rockin’.
A band that existed long enough to rock NE Portland and beyond, with fever and flourish. A collaboration between “Kissy” Corin Tucker (Heavens to Betsy, Sleater-Kinney), “Junior” sts (quite prominent in the development of the Portland Rock’n'Roll Camp for Girls) and “Dusty” Sarah Dougher (currently teaching a course on women in rock’n'roll at Portland State University), this is their debut; Cadallaca soar.
Marine Research are a revelation in pop music, swinging with rich, aquatic clarity. Sounds from the Gulf Stream is a languid approach by Amelia Fletcher (Talulah Gosh, Heavenly) and her Oxford, England chums, warmly oscillating between Ursella Andress in Dr. No and Carroll Baker in Baby Doll. Diving bell deep to coral sands, breathtakingly lush reef to seashore with pail in hand.
Both avid adventurists and music-makers, Mirah Yom Tov Zeitlyn and Ginger Brooks Takahashi, proposed this idyllic project, to surround themselves with instruments and recording equipment for one month in a North Carolina town where neither lived. No distractions. Securing the use of a friend’s grandmother’s empty home in the cradle of the Blue Ridge Mountains, they awaited September. More of an experience documented than a traditional album, Songs from the Black Mountain Music Project is a tribute to the lush of late summer, the ardor of autumn and the persistence of the garden across the street. Visits were paid by invited friends, seven in all, who each appear on the album, some performing their own songs, some accompanying on songs written during the month.
This All Girl Summer dance party will leave you breathless and sweaty – hook after hook, All Girl Summer Fun Band pull you into the closet to make out and tell you they love you. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll dance, you’ll sigh. And when its over, you’ll dive to hit the play button on your stereo one more time to keep that hyper-sweet feeling going as you giggle into the mirror at the hickey on your neck. All Girl Summer Fun Band 2 is here to save you from the seasonal doldrums with their fresh new look at pop music, only this time, they’re not asking, they’re telling. Uh-huh, that’s right!
“Could a single person use her voice to represent many? Tout Seul dans la Forêt en Plein Jour, Avez-Vous Peur? (Alone in the forest in the middle of the day, are you scared? in English. Tout Seul for short) is the record by WOELV, a musical entity which consists of a single member, me, Geneviève Castrée. I spent four months of 2004 traveling through North America, desperately hoping to find a place, which felt, like home in Canada. Québécoise since birth, my roots felt exhausted. I fell in love physically and geographically and all my possessions and I took roots in the United States in 2005. That is where the record was made. I found myself in a country where I had never thought I would live before in my life. In a country hooked to its conflicts as if they were the only reason worth living. At first I was terribly shocked. I felt too pure for wars. Then thinking of it more I realized that I had a lot of questions to ask: I am a young North-American, privileged, and I try to follow what is happening, mixing-up the details like many of us. I spent my share of time looking at the clouds, singing the praise of the animal world, writing poems in fogged-up windows, looking away… And what hashappened around me? Was I ever the witness of major injustices? Of violent explosions between individuals? Am I in a position to speak of serious problems in others, to criticize? What is a war exactly? I am no part of any army, nor have I walked on a battlefield, yet mymouth opened itself and the notes came out. Tout Seul dans la Forêt en Plein Jour, Avez-Vous Peur? is my own private version of a work which wants to regroup humans who share the same fears. I put myself in the position of characters I never was (L’Homme Qui Vient de Marcher sur une Mine -the man who has just stepped onto a landmine-) and people whom I know perfectly (SangJeune-young blood-). For one of the songs (Sous mon Manteau-under my coat) I borrowed sentences from the Koran as well as an Arabic-English phrasebook, then translated into French. The final effect leaves a childish song, but naïve? The lyrics, sung in French, were translated in thirteen languages by people who offered their help for free; friends, friends of friends, family of friends, people I knew nothing about. I wanted to include the voices of people from everywhere. A web made by going from one person to the other, taking the risk of writing to strangers. The music itself is dark and insistent. It is in a bad mood, yet it still has some hope left in its vocal chords that gives it its spine. The music could sound naughty and too difficult at first, but really itwants to be like a nurturing force that very softly asks the questions we would not want to hear otherwise.” – Geneviève Castrée (Woelv)
Fifth Colum, an all-woman Toronto, Ont. punk band that began in the earliest of ’80s, bursting upon a male-dominated scene confused by their estro-powered girl group-crossed-punk fusion. The membership went through many transitions over their decade + as a band, with the main core being G.B. Jones, Beverly Breckenridge and Caroline Azar. 36C is their third album, with an expanded line-up that included Don Pyle (Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet). Released on K in 1992 following their appearance in our International Pop Underground series, “All Women Are Bitches” [IPU033], after which the band toured across the country. G.B. Jones is also an underground filmmaker and members of Fifth Column appear in her works The Yo-Yo Gang and The Lollipop Generation.
This is grace with your slip showing. The second album of pure Lois tunesmithery, includes the classics “The Trouble with Me”, “From a Heart” and “Strumpet” and the Zombies’ “The Way I Feel Inside”. Molly Neuman (Bratmobile) plays drums, Donna Dresch and Stephen Immerwahr (Codeine) play bass.
The debut Mecca Normal album, originally released on their own Smarten Up! label in 1986. Here is where the sound of Jean Smith (voice) and Dave Lester (guitar) first come together, and the world has been shuddering and shivering to their special vibe ever since. Included here are two Mecca Normal classics, still occasionally performed by the band today, “Are You Hungry Joe” and “I Walk Alone”. Last year Mecca Normal released a volume in our International Pop Underground series, “Malachi” [IPU132].
Chris and Olivia, City of Olympia, that is C.O.C.O. The C.O.C.O. sound – harder to define. The C.O.C.O. Sound continues their heavy emphasis on the dance quotient in music, exploring different sides of the funk. Using the bare minimum, stripping it down to the bass and drums, breaking it down to it’s essence, but being fully soulful and melodic at the same time. It is a sound refined, yet garagey. A mix of Stax southern soul and the Headcoats; a sound equally influenced by the Gories, ESG, & Trouble Funk. Their high energy live shows always have the dance floor crowded.