Hello and welcome to a new week! We're almost midway into March with lots of exciting music releases and shows ahead. International Women's Day happened last Thursday, March 8th and I didn't get a moment to really sift through my thoughts until now on a Sunday morning over coffee before heading out to the Georgia O’Keeffe exhibit at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem. International Women's Day is a wonderful opportunity for us to reflect upon and honor the achievements and contributions women have made to society. It's also a time to renew, once more, the call for true gender-equality worldwide. In truth, we should demand that every moment of every day. Respect and dignity are not "treats" to be enjoyed on special occasions and holidays. They are basic human rights.
For me, as a transgender woman, I've always gravitated toward female role-models... First and foremost among them, my Mom. My whole sense that treating others with compassion and understanding is something you do without question, is a concept I learned from Mom. On a professional level, I have listened to and worked with a number of very strong women, who served as an inspiration and guides for me in my career. Extraordinarily talented souls like
WBZ news anchors Laurie Kirby & Diane Stern, professional voiceover artist Kellie Fitzgerald,
WFNX/RadioBDC legend Julie Kramer, Cape Cod radio personality/broadcasting professor Lisa Zinsius Supka, and Cape Cod Community Media Center's Paula Reinhold Hersey have all impacted my life and have helped shape my own approach to broadcasting.
The world of music has given me a number of female heroes such as Kate Bush, Tori Amos, Florence Welch, Amanda Palmer, Holly Brewer, and Provincetown bassist, Sue Goldberg.
I cannot imagine what the world would be like had I not encountered their creations.
The 32nd annual SXSW music festival is underway this week in Austin, Texas and there is an impressive number of female-led bands and artists on the schedule (many who have been featured here on Knock Knock: New Music,) including The Accidentals, Superorganism, U.S. Girls, Tennis, Sylvan Esso, Sunflower Bean, Alice Ivy, and many many more.
My first artist this week is playing at SXSW: Goat Girl. These four young women from South London don't feel like giving you their real names, but you can use these ones instead:
Lottie "Clottie Cream" on guitar & vocals, Ellie "L.E.D." on guitar, Naima Jelly on bass, and
Rosey Bones on drums. Their sound is a catchy mixup of punk, country, and goth. If you can't make it to Austin, they do have some other U.S. dates, including a stop at Port City Music Hall in Portland, Maine on May 25th, along with Parquet Courts.
Goat Girl's self-titled debut LP is due out on April 6th and I have the music video for a tune called, "The Man" for you to check-out. It features a humorous gender-reversal of The Beatles' 1964 film,
"A Hard Day's Night," where a mob of crazed boy-fans chase the band down the street following a show.
My second artist this week goes by the name Gwenno. Gwenno Saunders is her full name. She's from Cardiff, Wales. She speaks English, as well as Welsh (which she got from her mom) and Cornish, which she learned from her dad, who is a linguist and a Cornish-language poet.
Cornish is a very old language spoken in the far Southwestern corner of Britain. It had been listed as an "extinct language" for awhile, before it underwent a bit of a revival. There are currently about 600 people who can speak it.
Gwenno was a member of the indie-pop band, The Pipettes for five years. She has two solo EP's and one full-length album, written & performed entirely in Welsh.
Her second album, entitled "Le Kov" just came out on March 2nd and it's sung entirely in Cornish. She explains she did it to create a document of a living language and to acknowledge & embrace the culture passed-down to her by her parents. Let's have a look at the music video for the song, "Tir Ha Mor." Translated that means "Land And Sea." Gwenno tells us it's a tribute to Cornish abstract landscape artist, Peter Lanyon. He learned how to fly a glider, just so he could gain a better understanding of the landscapes he was painting. His other name, Marghek an Gwyns, means "Rider of Winds." This tune is truly a sparkling pop-gem. Don't worry about not knowing the words. Just hearing them and knowing that an ancient language is being preserved in song is electric. It's a moment, where music transcends words.
Thanks for stopping by this week! If you like what's going on here, tell your friends about it and come back again soon. Happy listening!
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