|Laura Stevenson in Asbury Park's Convention Hall for Don Giovanni's New Alternative Music Festival back in September.|
When Black Friday Comes...
Here are a few things that have hit my email box in the past few weeks that I figured I'd gather all together in one place to mark the day.
Charly Bliss, "Turd"
Eva Hendricks of Charly Bliss penned this song after being catcalled, touched without her consent, and followed as she walked home from a guitar lesson. "I wrote this song to make me feel like I had some power in a situation where I felt totally powerless, and we're releasing it for the same reason," wrote Hendricks at the Charly Bliss Bandcamp page back in November.
The song is sneering and angry but full of all of the "bubblegrunge" sound that I've come to love about Charly Bliss.
All proceeds from the sale of "Turd" go to support Planned Parenthood.
ENTRANCE, "Not Gonna Say Your Name"
Los Angeles-based Guy Blakeslee performs under the name ENTRANCE. Earlier this week, Blakeslee released "Not Gonna Say Your Name," a song expressing his feelings about the current political state of affairs in the U.S.
"Not Gonna Say Your Name" is a beautiful entry into the great tradition of American protest hymns.
All proceeds from the sale of "Not Gonna Say Your Name" go to support Planned Parenthood.
Above The Moon, "We're Still Here"
Madison, NJ's Above The Moon released single "We're Still Here" today. Kate Griffin sings, "It's all right to feel defeated," but follows that with, "No matter what, we won't surrender." Her voice -- and the song -- is simultaneously sad and uplifting.
All proceeds from the sale of "We're Still Here" go to support Planned Parenthood.
Laura Stevenson, Live at The Vera Club
I am a huge fan of Laura Stevenson. The Long Island native is one of our great songwriters, has a voice that is otherworldly in its beauty; and she runs one of the funniest accounts on Instagram. Last month, Stevenson released Live at The Vera Club, a document of the second-to-last evening of an eight-week, international, headlining tour. The show took place in Groningen, Netherlands in front of a small crowd.
The set that evening included songs from 2015's Cocksure along with favorites like "Runner," "L-Dopa," "Master of Art," and a cover of the Replacements' "Alex Chilton." The album is available as a free download from Jeff Rosentstock's Quote Unquote Records; though, in exchange for downloading, you're encouraged to make a donation.
All donations for Laura Stevenson: Live at The Vera Club go to support Planned Parenthood.
This week, Asbury / New Brunswick band dollys released a five-song covers compilation via Little Game Records. The collection includes covers, like "The Way You Make Me Feel" by Michael Jackson and "Cecilia" by Simon and Garfunkel, which have shown up in dollys' live sets from time to time. In addition, the band take on "Somebody Made for Me" by Emitt Rhodes. They turn Nirvana's "Tourette's" into a surf / spy rock instrumental. And they include another instrumental take on a classic with "Ghostbusters."
dollys recorded and mixed everything live to 4-track tape. The first batch of tapes sold out at the band's release show, but there's still a pre-order link up at Little Game Records.
All proceeds from the sale of tape go to support Planned Parenthood.
Kino Kimino, Fruit & Flowers, Lunch Ladies, and EVL MOMMZ at The Saint on January 23rd
On Monday night, January 23rd, Little Dickman Records and CoolDad Music are happy to bring you the final stop on Kino Kimino's March To Washington Tour. The band will be heading home after touring their way down to this Saturday's Women's March On Washington. You can check out my interview from earlier this week with Kino Kimino mastermind, Kim Talon, to read what she had to say about her inspirations for the tour.
The show promises to be a great one. All of the bands put on amazing live shows, and it's really a no-risk proposition since admission is only $5. RSVP to the show here and come out on Monday night.
All proceeds from Kino Kimino's commemorative March To Washington Tour merchandise will go to support Planned Parenthood.