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New Records: Hole, The Dead Weather, Karen Elson

Above is the artwork for the new Hole record Nobody’s Daughter, scheduled for release sometime in April. ‘citing!

The lead off single is Skinny Little Bitch which we have been enjoying for sometime now (legally) thanks to the free download Courtney allowed a few weeks back. The song is kicking – not the best on the record but a decent prock (pop-rock, yeh, we coined it) song.

BTW, the back cover, which you can view here looks like the back booklet cover for My Body the Hand Grenade, an earlier Hole compilation record.

Above is a video of Jack White and Dean Fertita discussing various things, namely the new Dead Weather record. In it, besides debuting his new Nikki Sixx inspired haircut, Jack tells us that the album will be called Sea of Cowards – ‘citing! I believe the album will be out May 11th.

The lead off single is not Blue Blood Blues, as we previously reported but a song called Die By the Drop. (B-Side is called Old Mary.) The video for said single has been circulating the net before being hastily removed a couple days ago. The band have however kindly given a teaser for the vid below.

As for the song, I’ve heard it and it’s ok. It’s neither here nor there, with a riff similar to Another Way to Die (Bond theme tune by Jack White and Alicia Keys.) Blue Blood Blues is marginally better but I don’t have the same feeling I had the first time I heard Hang You From the Heavens. However, the dichotomy of The Dead Weather is such; from the outside they don’t seem like much but when you get inside and underneath and entwined with the songs, they’re the most carnal, real songs you’ll ever hear. Plus, the songs are always half of what they sound like live – so come on tour to England already!

‘The Ghost Who Walks’
‘The Truth Is The Dirt’
‘Pretty Babies’
‘Lunasa’
‘100 Years From Now’
‘Stolen Roses’
‘Garden’
‘Cruel Summer’
‘The Birds They Circle’
‘A Thief At My Door’
‘The Last Laugh’
‘Mouths To Feed’

Oh, and while we’re on the subject of the lovely Jack White, how about his lovely wife! Above is the tracklisting for Karen Elson’s new record The Ghost Who Walks, which will be out May 26th. The title track/lead single is already available for download. The B-Side to the single is a song called Stolen Roses, which is like some twisted version of Scarborough Fair. Nice.

And, Jack White just made a song with Jay Z. Yeh. Seriously. Who do I have to shoot to get my hands on that…?

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GRUNGE IS BACK



Aah, those words feel good in my mouth.

Recently,  grunge seems to have climbed its way out of its early grave by the grubby hands and crawled its way back into our consciousness. Although, I don’t think it was really dead (though some argue that it died with Kurdt Cobain.) NIRVANA was one of the biggest groups of the 90s. A band like that isn’t just forgotten because they don’t make records anymore. I, for one, can say that I listen to a Nirvana record at least twice a week and there are tons like me. Otherwise we wouldn’t have had the steady release of post-humus ‘new’ Nirvana paraphernalia to buy.

But GRUNGE goes beyond Nirvana. It’s a movement. It’s an identity. So much of grunge music is poetry. A shy person’s poetry. Painfully honest lyrics wrapped up in metaphors and delivered in an aggressive, sometimes incoherent way. Like a teenager having a tantrum.[ I think that was the side of me that instantly got drawn to its emotive power.] But deeper than that, the grunge/riot grrl! movement that was happening in the early 90s is not dissimilar to what was happening with Punk in the late 70s. Kids had never been more creative, experimenting with words and language, (L7’s ‘Wargasm’ being an example.) They found modern ways to express political opinions through the music and the fanzines, and found a way of slipping melodies into hard rock music. But the core of the movement was the juxtaposition between all things light and beautiful and all things scruffy and dark.  

Grunge fanzine 'Bikini Kill'. 2nd edition

This was also reflected in the fashion. The ‘Kinderwhore’ thing began: girls wearing cute babydoll dresses, mary-janes, makeup and hair clips. Though the dresses and tights were often ripped, the makeup smudged and/or heavily applied, and the hair a Punk hairspray mess. The style, roughly translated from German means ‘Child Whore’ and was concoted by either Courtney Love (Hole) or Kat Bjelland (Babes in Toyland). It is not known which, as both seem to have staked claim on the look. It is a look that sums up how so many young girls feel; child-like, young and carefree, however, sexualised by men and the media. It was a way of owning the sexualisation that was (involuntarily) happening, a way of reclaiming their sexuality. Feminism, at its most jaded, was in the youth. And this look is one that can still be seen today, in tea dresses/vintage dresses teamed with biker/’grunge’ boots. The ultimate juxtaposition between beautiful and dark was  Mr Grunge himself, Kurt Cobain. Blond, beautiful, but a complete mess.

The 90s was a time when people were coming down from the heady heights of the 80s. The hedonism, indulgence, greed, and vanity had taken its toll, the economy had since declined and this left a gaping hole for the disaffected youths to re-package Punk and scream out their frustrations. With the dawning of this new decade, maybe the same thing is needed to combat the similarly indulgent Noughties?

And it seems to be the case.

Over the last few years we have seen the return of grunge bands Sonic Youth, Pearl Jam, Faith No More, Pixies, Alice in Chains and more recently, Hole and Soundgarden. Grunge did not die. Many bands came and went in between, including new ones like French band Sassy. What I’m saying is that Grunge cannot and will not die. As long as there are kids with guitars, a decent CD player and things to worry about, it will live forever. What happens is that it just becomes unfashionable every decade or two.

GRUNGE went away while the 00s attitude of ‘party party money money’ leant itself to Pop, Dance and R&B music. With the recent recession looming and lingering, GRUNGE, is back.

Vicky

Things to check out:
GrungeReport.net
Book – Grunge is Dead
Book – Grunge

Hole Lotta Love

                                       

So the rumours started circulating a while ago but now it’s official: grunge band HOLE is BACK! Courtney Love and her new band mates are playing under the name Hole (at ex-Hole guitarist Eric Erlandson’s behest) in Europe over February. No news on when the album ‘Nobody’s Daughter’ will be released as of yet, but expect songs to be put up on their brand new YouTube page.