Category: Features of the Month

March 1st, 2017

Unfinished Mail – March 2017

 
The clock is ticking
 
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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March 1st, 2017
Upcoming New Releases
 
Lydia Ainsworth – Darling of the Afterglow – http://lydiaainsworth.com/
Aimee Mann – Mental Illness – http://aimeemann.com/home
Middle Kids – Middle Kids EP – https://www.facebook.com/middlekidsmusic/
Jessie Smith – Like The Sun – http://www.jessiesmithmusic.com/
Arch Enemy – As Stages Burn DVD – http://www.archenemy.net/

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March 1st, 2017

Artist of the Month –  March 2017

Skott

Skott

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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February 28th, 2017

Festival of the Month –  March 2017

Treefort Music Festival – Boise, ID

March 22-26, 2017 –  https://www.treefortmusicfest.com/#/

Treefort Music Festival

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February 28th, 2017

Website of the Month –  March 2017

Ladygunn

http://ladygunn.com/

ladygunn

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February 28th, 2017

Film of the Month –  March 2017

The Ascent of Woman Documentary
 http://www.ascentofwoman.com/

Trailer –   
https://vimeo.com/158374544
The Ascent of Woman Documentary

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February 27th, 2017

Video of the Month –  March 2017

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February 27th, 2017

Download of the Month  –  March 2017

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February 27th, 2017

Song of the Month –  March 2017

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January 31st, 2017

Unfinished Mail

NIna Simone
 
 
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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January 31st, 2017
Upcoming New Releases
Pieta Brown – Postcards – https://www.pietabrown.com/
Caroline Spence – Spades & Roses – http://www.carolinespencemusic.com/
Sleater Kinney – Live in Paris – http://www.sleater-kinney.com/
Nikki Lane – Highway Queen – https://www.nikkilane.com/
Molly Burch – Please Be Mine – http://www.mollyburchmusic.com/

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January 31st, 2017

Artist of the Month –  February 2017

Mr. Airplane Man

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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