Category: Features of the Month
Unfinished Mail – March 2017
It’s exactly mid-February, February 14, Valentine’s Day. I feel the March deadline breathing down my back. For February I’d hoped to present a multi-pronged feature on music venues. That has been delayed while I find more interviews. January and February are typically slow for me. Once March starts the accelerator is hit and doesn’t slow down for 9 months. Later this week I’m giving a speech to students about FEMMUSIC’s history & my daily process. It reviewing both it brings back memories.
In August FEMMUSIC will be having it’s 18th Anniversary. It is exciting and daunting at the same time. I strive to make FEMMUSIC better. It has become a more activist site than when I first began. I frequently will make a political or social message without saying it. I see my role as editor is to shine a light on artists. That means I give them voice to their issues. My own politics and social causes may be mentioned in my editorial but they shouldn’t always take front stage.
2017 is looking to be one of the biggest in music. There are more releases from more artists and more tours than before. This means the pressure is on for me & my staff to do more. The clock is ticking and I would like to not always be in catch up mode.
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Artist of the Month – March 2017
Skott is making her American debut in LA and at SXSW. This Scandinavian artist has the unique history of growing up in a commune with musicians. When she struck out on her own, she has lit up the charts. She released a 7″ last year and we’re looking forward to her US tour being one of many. https://www.facebook.com/skottmusic
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Festival of the Month – March 2017
Treefort Music Festival – Boise, ID
March 22-26, 2017 – https://www.treefortmusicfest.com/#/
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Website of the Month – March 2017
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Film of the Month – March 2017
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Video of the Month – March 2017
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Download of the Month – March 2017
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Song of the Month – March 2017
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I write this the day after Martin Luther King Jr Day in the US. Yesterday I watched a brilliant documentary on Nina Simone. It included a song I consider iconic. It is “Strange Fruit” about lynching in the United States. I first heard the song as part of a musical history of the blues in a stage show called “Ain’t Nothing But the Blues.” It stuck like glue with me.
Another song that stays with me is Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.” Years ago I saw Meika Pauley in person. She dissected this iconic song verse by verse and forever changed it in my mind.
This past year I saw Aldous Harding do Rob Orbison’s “Crying.” It was a slow dripping rendition that still clings to my heart.
Songs are living creatures. When you as a songwriter make them they take a life of their own. They can be wild creatures. A single song can change your set and your life. I remember at one time hearing “The song stands out.” If it is meant to do great things it will. This stands true whether it is done as an individual songwriter, a songwriter for hire, or a member of a band. The song has a voice that will speak to the audience…if it’s the right song. Be aware of the voice you create and know that the song may not always be yours.
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Artist of the Month – February 2017
Mr. Airplane Man – This Boston 2 piece is nothing you would expect. They released a bunch of albums in the early 00’s including Moanin’, Shakin’ Around, C’mon DJ, and more. They recently got back together after a 10 year absence and did Geneva Station last year. Think of an old Mississippi blues man meeting Jack White with a touch of Reverend Horton Heat and you have the flavor of Mr. Airplane Man. http://www.mrairplaneman.com/
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