Music Nerding: Initiation
I have noticed that this joint is well-populated with music nerds. And thus I believe, in my addled brain, that there may be grounds for formal discussions on this subject. Therefore: Music Nerding, to which other regulars can contribute at will. Suggestions most welcome.
First, for your consideration: the incomparable Kristin Hersh, from 2007.
Not widely known or recognized, she’s been at this for over twenty years — first as a punk kid, with her punk half-sister Tanya Donnelly in Throwing Muses, then solo, and then with a thrashing side-project known as 50 Foot Wave (which released its first album about two weeks after the tsunami hit Indonesia and Thailand — forcing her onto CNN to hastily explain the audiological basis for the name, which is about as much time in the limelight she has seen in her entire career). Oh, and she’s an all-American badass — battled mental illness and won, has four kids. Solid.
Follow along for more, won’t you please?
Here’s one of the early ones, played in Providence, R.I. (near her ancestral home of Newport). (The video’s crappy, but hey — it was 1987. Ease off.)
And here’s a recent recording of a song from the 90s — which merited backing vocals from Michael Stipe on the original recording (sadly unavailable from the Youtube).
There’s this intensity in her signing that comes through live. She seems possessed. It’s very disconcerting, and powerful.
Anyways: discuss. Or not.