March 2nd, 2009
I wonder why there are so many female singer-songwriters that emerged in the late 60’s and early 70’s, only to release one album of incomparable beauty, then disappear as abruptly as they arrived. From Sibylle Baier to Vashti Bunyan, many of them found their musical inspiration diverted into the humbler pastures of family, love, or responsibility. Some, like Anne Briggs, found the musical hustle too burdensome to bear. It was a different time, that’s for sure. Though the times were a-changin’, women were still gripped by the vice of gender expectation in a way that today’s woman has, to some extent, been relieved of. Regardless of why their output ended, mourning their limited discographies is futile, selfish even. I give thanks that I have the opportunity to listen to even one or two albums by the aforementioned artists and, more recently, Linda Perhacs’ sole release Parallelograms.
Combining fragile and beautifully melodic acid folk with perfectly-rendered electronic effects, this remarkable album consists of what its creator describes as ‘visual music’. Parallelograms has gone on to become one of the most legendary and well-loved recordings of its time. Enjoy.
February 11th, 2009
For many years, Lauren Dukoff has photographed close friend and musician Devendra Banhart and an extended, loose-knit international family of artists who share inspiration variously from folk, Tropicalia, and each other, as well as a range of other musical influences.
Family collects 100 of Dukoff’s striking portraits and candid images of Banhart, Joanna Newsom, Entrance, Bat for Lashes, Feathers, Espers, Vetiver, Bert Jansch, Vashti Bunyan, and many others individually and together, in performance and more private spaces.
Complementing the photographs are a foreword by Devendra Banhart, text and artwork by the musicians, biographies, and a digital download of music by artists featured in the book.
Artists in the book:
Bat For Lashes
Benjamin Oak Goodman
Ramblin’ Jack Elliott
Rio en Medio
Chronicle Books will release Family in July 2009. Amazon has it for sale at 34% off. However, if you pre-order from Chronicle Books they will send it out May 20th. Enter “Noise Pop” at checkout, you can get 15% off your order and free shipping.
If you are in the bay area, be sure to check out Lauren’s gallery show, Noise Pop Presents Lauren Dukoff- Family, at the Eleanor Harwood Gallery in San Francisco. It opens February 20th at 7 PM.