Posts Tagged ‘Ruins’

Charming Hostess live in a coffee shop

Thursday, March 9th, 2006

A couple nights ago I got to see Charming Hostess live. They performed for about an hour, singing songs almost exclusively from Trilectic and Sarajevo Blues. I like the big-band version of this group better (who doesn’t?), but they were certainly an incredibly entertaining trio to watch even just a cappella. They call themselves “nerdy-sexy-commie-girlie music” or something like that, but it wasn’t until I saw their live performance that I realized just how nerdy they really are. This is something that really appealed to me: Jewlia introduced every single song, regaling the audience with background details on the songs’ subject matters (which tended to the esoteric: a 1920s love affair between a Marxist revolutionary and a German philosopher, or the siege of Sarajevo). It was nice to see all three performers really get into the songs — clearly, even though they sing in multiple languages, they really know what all their lyrics mean, and they feel them as they sing them. Fun show.

A quick roundup of some interesting reading from the indie-rock sites recently…

Good chaser for Transatlantic: Ruins

Thursday, May 2nd, 2002

I listened to the Transatlantic debut album today. It blew my fucking mind - it’s SO BAD. What a travesty. How could I possibly have said anything positive about it way back when? Jesus Christ.

I threw on some Ruins to cleanse my ears. That’s more like it. I’ve been on a bit of a punk rawk kick lately (and not just Ruins type punk, but also like Dead Kennedys, Black Flag, etc punk). Loud, raw, and aggressive is the rule of the day. Why I put that pansy Transatlantic shit on at all is a mystery to me.

Oh, and another thing: after Burning Stone and Hyderomastgroningem, Symphonica also sounds like pansy shit. Funny how that works.