Wednesday, July 28, 2010

New Column: Hey Ladies!

This week's column is all about women.

I haven't done any kind of accurate count, but I'm betting female artists only make up about 20 percent of my music collection. I don't think that's bias on my part. I honestly think women aren't allowed into the game as often as men are. The Internet has done wonders to fix that problem, but not enough. I say we need more women making smart, passionate music.

As proof, I took a look at four albums from female artists. Two of them are from multi-platinum superstars (Sarah McLachlan, Sheryl Crow), and those aren't particularly good. But I found much to like in Liz Phair's surprising (and surprisingly derided) Funstyle, and proclaimed Janelle Monae's The ArchAndroid one of the year's best. In the end, it's like anything else: you have to go digging for the good stuff.

As always, click on over to read the column, and head back here to leave me a comment.

One interesting side note: there's a bit in there where I list off some of my favorite female songwriters. I picked three off the top of my head, and I didn't realize until later that Tori Amos isn't one of them. There was a time, not so long ago, when I wouldn't have believed she'd ever slip from my list of favorites. Ah well.


  1. Reading that got me thinking about other woman in music and poking through your archives a bit. I came up with a few I'd recommend that I couldn't find in your archive:

    Tift Merritt
    Tess Wiley (former guitarist for Sixpence None the Richer)
    Jennifer Knapp
    KT Tunstall (she was inescapable in pop culture in 2006, but her acoustic record's her best)
    Sam Phillips
    Ashley Cleveland

    These ones don't seem to be making music anymore but are worth a try if you haven't heard them:
    Chasing Furies
    Fleming and John (start with Delusions of Grandeur)

  2. Hey Andre! Keane put on a great show last night. Here's the set list:

    1. House Lights
    2. Back In Time
    3. Bend & Break
    4. Everything's Changing
    5. A Bad Dream
    6. Again and Again
    7. Nothing In My Way
    8. Clear Skies
    9. This Is the Last Time
    10. Stop for a Minute
    11. Playing Along
    12. Try Again
    13. You Haven't Told Me Anything
    14. Spiralling
    15. Is It Any Wonder?
    16. Your Love
    17. Perfect Symmetry
    18. Somewhere Only We Know
    19. Bedshaped


    20. My Shadow
    21. Crystal Ball

  3. Might I suggest you check out the music of Carla Kihlstedt? Her two solo albums go under the name of 2 Foot Yard. Think experimental art pop folk. With a cherry on top. The second album is less experimental than the first. Amazingly strong songs exceptionally delivered.