hiya there hookers! i'm super excited cuz this here rag just reached 15,000 views a few days ago! shit yeah! i'm was really happy about that and it got me thinking of ways i can be less lazy and stay on top of the ol bloggy with some "theme" posts. i love writing for this schniz but then i get all forgetful and procrastinaty about it and end up neglecting it. to avoid that i decided that from now on i'm going to try to profile a band every tuesday since that is traditionally when new releases come out every week. not that i'm going to be focusing on that exclusively but yeah. i had a lot of fun doing the january series so i figure a little schedule will help me stay active and writing more. yep! so for the for the first band i decided to write about the way underrated 90s power pop quartet, that dog cuz i've always had a soft spot for them. i've never really met too many other people who even know who they are and those who i have met kind of dismiss them as writing all love songs and stuff about boys. i guess yeah that is true, their lyrics were pretty fluffy, gooey, and about crushes, but i don't really mind that actually. it's cute and it worked for them. and i of course always just imagine she's singing about girls instead of boys. hahahaha. what is more surprising about this band though and what i love about them so much, is that their music is anything but bubble gummy and cutesy. they have a distinct powerful twist to their sound with aggressive crunchy guitar licks and fuzzed out bass at key points [and slippery non-distort bass lines at other points]. add petra haden's expert violin accents, tony maxwell's solid drumming, and pile on the lush three part harmonies, and you've got a recipe for a really great and crisp ensemble. they broke up after their last album retreat from the sun but re-united in 2011 to play some shows out on the west coast. i really hope they do some new material and also make their way out here cuz i'd love to catch them live!
-violinst/vocalist petra haden and bassist/vocalist rachel haden are not identical twins, they are actually identical TRIPLETS along with their sister tanya haden who is a cellist [and married to jack black] the triplets have performed together as the haden triplets and are the daughters of jazz bassist charlie haden who was just recently honored with a lifetime achievement award at the 2013 grammy's.
-the sisters have fortunately kept very busy after that dog. in addition to the above mentioned group with their sister, they have contributed to a large number of acts, most prominently rachel touring as a singer and keyboardist in 2001 with jimmy eat world and petra playing on the green day track "hitchin a ride" from nimrod. she was also a member of the decemberists and recorded petra haden sings: the who sell out completely a capella., which is super awesome cuz like yo, you don't realize what she's doing at first, but then it sinks in that she's doing ALL of the instruments and stuff with just her voice. that is not an easy feat to pull off. pete townshend praised the album very highly and i don't know if an endorsement gets much better than that! [for more info, follow the sister's wiki links to see all of the stuff they've done. it is A LOT]
-the haden sisters have also both been involved with the rentals at various points over the band's eighteen year history. i always said their first record return of the rentals was out ten years before its time.
-i kinda had a bit of a crush on rachel when i first started listening to them. haha. i think it was her super short haircut that did it! haha
-lead singer/guitarist anna waronker has also stayed busy, lending her talents to film and television scores including dawson's creek [i've never seen an episode of that show and i never will!] and josie and the pussycats. she has also produced records, acted, and released three solo efforts [again, follow her wiki link cuz she has done a lot]
-that dog.'s final album, retreat from the sun was originally intended to be waronker's first solo album
-anna's brother, joey waronker is a very well regarded session and touring drummer. his most high profile gigs were recording and touring with beck and R.E.M. i would be remiss if i didn't mention he plays left handed. haha
-their song "never say never" was featured in the season four episode of buffy the vampire slayer "the initiative" it is playing in the background at the frat party when willow and riley are talking [this is also the same episode with the infamous xander/harmony slow motion slapping match! hahahahahhaha]
-one time i was hanging out with a girl i had a crush on and had a stack of cd's in my car [we're talking pre-ipod days here! haha], the top one being that dog's album totally crushed out and i asked her to hold them for me as we drove somewhere. after the fact, when we officially got together, she asked me if i had done that intentionally and i actually hadn't! it was just a funny coincidence.
"back of my mind" [i love the snap, crackle, and pop of this song. the guitar is super jangly, the tom work on the drums is insistent and superb, and the vocal harmonies are off the charts. two minutes of bliss yo]
"he's kissing christian" [this was the first song by them i ever heard when i was fourteen. my dad and i had been out one day and i was surely jibber jabbering about music [i had just started playing drums and was obsessed with music. not much has changed! haha] and he asked me "are there a lot of female violin players in rock n roll bands?" and i was like "rock bands don't have violin players!" hahaha. well i was wrong cuz that night i turned on 120 minutes and this video came on! haha. it wasn't quite like anything else i had heard at that point and i loved it at first listen. i love the slinky opening bassline, the wall of fuzz, and the taunting line "come out, come out wherever you are!" i was fortunately able to track down the record fairly quickly and rock it out]
"never say never" [love the fuzzed out vibe of this. the keys, the harmonies, the drive all make this song a little slice of pop mastery]
fin -xo hoos!