Brittany Howard from the Alabama Shakes gets the award for most bad-ass female of 2012. I listened to their record last year on a loop to the point where I can’t listen to it for a while. I went to four weddings that summer and it seemed it was always this or Otis Redding in the cd player. Mama can rock!
As promised, I’m finally bringing in the sequel to my post about Female artists and how we sometimes neglect to discuss them. The math test was a bitch and I am still working on that real job, but I must make time for this blog. So, here at 6:38 am on a day off from my other job, I will continue my exploration of females that I think rock. I foresee many future posts relating back to this topic until it’s just part of our natural discourse to write on the opposite sex.
The Alabama Shakes were truly a force last year with even my own country/rock band doing a cover of this tasty jam from down south. It’s a moving song that truly makes you want to hold on, regardless of what it is you are holding on to. Before gaining international fame and a record deal with Jack White, Ms. Howard and her bassist jammed on prog rock tunes in high school. I’d sure like to hear that!
They have become a lot more dancy now, which isn’t a bad thing. The lead singer Karen O is nuts and has an amazing stage presence. It’s good to see a woman embrace the front person role….yeah I almost wrote front man.
This band is weird and I like it. To be honest, I really only know this first album very well, the one with this jam and ”Maps”. I am sure all of their work is good and from the live performances I’ve seen on Palladia and YouTube, their live show is awesome. All I really know about them could be inferred from their show here. They are sort of from a punk/dance genre and obviously went to art school. One of their live shows had Karen wearing this giant mask thing with flash bulbs on it which came off halfway through the show and probably broke. She also has hurt herself dancing before which passes my test for being a bad ass front “person”.
I had to throw this one in too because it’s mad pretty and such a powerful tune. It’s all about how she was pregnant at the height of her fame with the Fugees and people kept telling her to not keep the baby for her career. She said forget that and was happy she did. Strange or not, my male friend from NJ turned me onto this song and this album when I went through my first real break up with the girl I lived with in college. I got some strange looks from my redneck friends in Maine when they’d come over and this would be on but it really did help and is an amazing album. If this is the last big thing she does, it’s a great achievement and she should be proud.
I listen to this song on a weekly basis. The music is largely modeled on part of Revel’s Bolero, the one long crescendo that builds and builds until it explodes, in this case with a scream from Grace. She may be older and participate in the occasional drunken pointing of shotguns at police officers, but she will always be awesome.
Grace Slick was one of the first bad ass female rock singers and will always hold the distinction of being one of the best. Her voice may not be classically trained but it’s got balls and is definitely one of the sounds you will always associate with the 1960′s and the attached social revolution. The revolution may have been stalled by the horrors at Altamont Speedway, Disco music and too much medical grade cocaine but Grace’s legacy will live on eternity. Oh yeah, she does art now too, you should check it out!
Yeah she’s not playing drums and this is really what she’s known for. Her singing is great though, I think I fell in love with her a little while watching this. Ray Lamontagne wrote a song about it which I linked so I don’t have to break the mold only female artist videos.
I know a lot of drummers who talk smack about Meg and how she is boring and such. I call this bullshit because she is one of the steadiest drummers in rock and roll and a perfect compliment to Jack’s roots playing. Her primal style is actually quite awesome. I love the White Stripes from the beginning to the end. Their approach appeared very simple at first but as it slowly added more sounds, it only got cooler. People believe that Jack ran that band but I read an interview where he said that Meg actually controlled the band and that he wasn’t allowed to do a lot of things he wanted to. I don’t know about that but I know that if Meg wanted to control me, I’d let her.
I wanted to link my two posts about female artists with a Willie Nelson penned tune made famous by the amazing Patsy Cline and covered her by the formidable Allison Mosshart.
I don’t know much about the Kills. My friend Lizzie from college, former musical director of a all female a capella group, suggested them to me years ago. I forgot then saw Mosshart also fronting Jack White’s other band The Dead Weather so I went back while researching this post and she blew my mind. She’s from Florida and her band mate is English and they have been around over a decade. They sound like an artsy White Stripes and I need to get into them. That”s all for now because I have so much more to write on so it looks like the female artists posts will just keep coming!