The Rich Girls Are Weeping

28 July 2006

First things first: I bitched and moaned about how I wouldn't be caught dead at the Pitchfork Music Festival -- now I'm considering doing something very rash, like getting in the car Ted and driving the 17 hours to Chicago RIGHT THIS VERY SECOND so I can make it to the Mountain Goats set just in the nick of time and then collapse in exhaustion after Art Brut while deciding whether to see Matmos or Teddy Leo. Sadly, there's really no way, feasable or not, to make it in time to make it to the opening party with Voxtrot, The Joggers, and Sunset Rubdown tonight, though. Dang!

Seriously, what was I thinking? Nearly everyone (and I mean everyone) I know is there. Friends who live elsewhere, Austin pals, fellow bloggers, friends in bands, my biggest secret indie rockstar crush (*sigh*) -- they're ALL there -- probably hanging out in the VIP tent drinking POM together, too, even. So, just know I'm rocking out in spirit with you, kids. Feel free to call me and hold up the phone at key moments or drunk dial me at the end of the night from one of those crazy afterparties. You know what I'm talking about! (And really, don't get me started on how maybe we should have made plans to go to Lollapalooza, too.)

Moving on: I have a huge ego -- this may not surprise you. Seriously huge -- but only about one thing, really: The quality of my writing. But there's a few people who really put me to shame on a regular basis, and one of them is Sean from Said the Gramophone.

Wait, let me back up a bit. The thing about being a loathsome hipster tastemaker is that you can't do it alone -- though people come to me for recommendations, often I'll hear of a band that totally blows me away from a friend, and it seriously makes me wonder if I'm even a tenth as awesome as I think I am. But the reality is that one can't know every fantastic band in every city around the world -- though one would certainly like to try and be that knowledgeable. (Heck, there's even Austin bands I'm only hearing about now, you know? It's impossible sometimes.) But I digress. Back to Sean.

A few months ago he wrote about seeing The Hussy's (yes, that's not a grammatical error) open for The Research. Did I listen to them then? I can't remember. Maybe? But it doesn't really matter as yesterday my work pal Adi emailed me a few tracks from The Hussy's, forwarded to him by his friend Alex in the UK. I was totally charmed.

Generally, gimmicky songs full of pop-culture references are anethema to me. And a song about Napoleon Dynamite, a movie I find completely loathsome, should send me screaming, right? The thing is, it doesn't. The Hussy's are catchy, clever, polished without being overly slick and inaccessable -- Sean said they were like Avril Lavigne in a tryst with Beulah, which is a semi-horrifyingly vivid mental image, actually, but pretty spot-on. Which is to say, such a comparison is quite a compliment in my mind -- you do know that my signature karaoke tune is "Complicated," right? And that I bemoan the break up of Beulah at least once a week? Both of these facts are completely true.

The Hussy's -- Rock Show
The Hussy's -- Tiger

If you want to hear "Napoleon Dynamite," check out The Hussy's Myspace page and/or buy an EP (if you're in the UK, they don't currently ship internationally).

Other finds of interest this week:
The melancholy, melodramatic piano-pop of Jeremy Warmsley, RIYL Rufus Wainwright and Jens Lekman. Dog Problems, the fantastic second album from The Format, who, like The Walkmen and I, have Harry Nilsson on the brain. Dog Problems may very well turn out to be this year's American Idiot -- which is to say, the album I obsess over that surprises everyone. J. Frank Parnell offers some Prefab Sprout, and their modern-day offspring, The Changes. I had very polite, well-written (always important!) emails from the boys in The Cherry Tempo (who are from my old haunt, Santa Fe, NM, no less) and local lads Ghost of the Russian Revolution, both of whome I believe are worth checking out. Oh, and. Please don't tell, but I have a big crush on Mew. Can you tell it's summer? I'm all about the big, shiny, heartfelt, and uabashedly sincere pop these days.

Jeremy Warmsley -- Jonathan and the Oak Tree
The Cherry Tempo -- Wake Up! Gertrude Stein

Confidential to the person(s) who have Overhyped -- please keep posting, I miss you!

And, if this doesn't make you nostalgic for the good ol' days, I don't know what will: John Roderick from The Long Winters and Sean Nelson, formerly of the Long Winters and back with his mainline gig, Harvey Danger (their album, Little by Little, was re-released on Kill Rock Stars this week), interview each other for Three Imaginary Girls. In a swanky steakhouse. Classic!

Photo: Aubrey Edwards // Model: Sean // Location: Emo's Front Room

And now, for the announcements. First of all, Pinkie and I (thanks to Terry!) will be DJing at the Chain Drive on first and third Wednesdays -- our first gig is this upcoming Wednesday, August 2nd. We'll entertain you with a fine array of delectable musical delights before, between, and after sets from Denton's toy piano-loving up-and-comers Teenage Symphonies, Economy, and The Shells. We are also planning an as-yet unnamed (though we have a really good contender) Sunday night residency (second and fourth Sundays) at the swank-a-riffic pride of the Eastside, the Peacock. We're also, yes, planning on holding the next Love and a .45 there in September -- stay tuned for details on both of those events!


Blogger Pinkie von Bloom said...

the hussy's. much like the judy's. i'm all about the green grocer's apostrophe. totes. yet i will never stop correcting them by applying a spit-moistened fingertip to bar blackboards. good lord, people. here's where it gets creative: is it the hussy's' if you're talking about something that belongs to the hussy's? or is that like having a double negative? i realise that this is, literally, semantic but when you can't wank over grammar, the world is a sad sad place.

Friday, July 28, 2006 3:32:00 PM  
Blogger Pinkie von Bloom said...

alex, i'll take "just saying" for $100, please.

i just saw the best misspell ever, which prompts this question: why isn't there a band called hunan resources? that would be rad. totally D-U-M-B, but rad. =P

Friday, July 28, 2006 3:35:00 PM  
Blogger cindy hotpoint said...

i love greengrocer's apostrohphes, i really do.

i've decided that it's always the hussy's no matter what mode of possesion is being used. i think the hussy's' is kind of overkill, but actually correct, i believe.

dude, this is why you're my BFF -- who else would talk about his crap with me?

hunan resources so needs to be the name of my 80's synthpop cover band. seriously.

Friday, July 28, 2006 3:40:00 PM  
Blogger FiL said...

"Hunan is known for its rich mineral resources,which currently number 134. Specifically,it has the largest deposits of stibium and tungsten. In addition, its deposits of bismuth,rubidium,stone coal,eolite,bolognian stone,manganese, vanadium, arsenic,lead and zinc are also among the largest in China."

-- People's Daily Online

Dang, been looking for a supplier of steady bismuth and stibium...

Sorry, geeking episode over.


Friday, July 28, 2006 4:26:00 PM  
Blogger Pinkie von Bloom said...

FiL, you're making your own pepto, aren't you? i knew it!

Friday, July 28, 2006 5:19:00 PM  
Blogger cindy hotpoint said...

Mmm. Bismuth.

Friday, July 28, 2006 5:34:00 PM  
Blogger FiL said...

Oh Pinkie, I am SO rumbled...

On a separate but related note, at least the People's Daily got its apostrophes correct. I get apoplectic myself when I see those poor little punctuation marks either misused or omitted. Not healthy, hence the need for pepto.

Ah, it all comes back on itself...


Friday, July 28, 2006 5:49:00 PM  
Blogger covalent bond said...

I was at Pitchfork yesterday and it was awesome! I was about 10 feet from the stage for The Mountain Goats. Their set was great and their performance of The Terror Song was my favorite. I also was in the front row for Art Brut. We even got the set list and met half the band later. That was the highpoint of the day. Oh yeah, Man Man's set was another great performance on Saturday. Unfortunately, I can't go today. I would have loved to see Danielson and Mission of Burma.

Sunday, July 30, 2006 11:38:00 AM  
Blogger Julio Enriquez said...

i think you should just hang tight till ACL in September....setlist is almost the same...

Wednesday, August 02, 2006 3:09:00 PM  
Blogger beerlitcandledrinkpicnic said...

Hotpoint, I remain concerned for your ego's concern for your writing's quality when you follow this concern with a sentence containing a subject and verb that do not agree. I'm being dickish, I know, but I haven't been able to let go of this juxtapostion.

Monday, August 14, 2006 4:26:00 PM  
Blogger cindy hotpoint said...

Hmm. You might have to point out the error to me directly, because I don't see it. Remember, I grew up in Texas, and never officially studied grammar in school -- it's true! Also, it does follow that grammar is informed by the speaker, so technically whatever I wrote is correct, in context. Unless it's a horrific, glaring error, that is. In which case, I'll have a good laugh and correct it.

Monday, August 14, 2006 6:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi there,

Just thought I'd let you know that I have added a news feed to the Hussys website at . Has lyrics, bios and all the rest of it.



PS: have you sene them on the current tour?

Friday, March 09, 2007 7:59:00 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Hey, the link for Rock Concert doesn't work, could you please update it? Thank you.

Sunday, September 07, 2008 1:11:00 PM  

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