From that Two-bit Johnny from Long Gone, West Coast, USA. Super stoked. Couldn't have said the rest better myself.
Two-bit Johnny (aka Long Gone John and Sympathy for the Record Industry) sez:
it's been nearly 4 years since i've released a new record and the amazing ettes debut album was among the last few i put out...i am very excited to once again become involved with the ettes and begin operations on such a high note..in august i will be unleashing the lp (vinyl version) of their new album, "wicked will"...it is amazing,... i can't stop listening to it...there is also talk of a single to precede the album with some sort of special specialness going on...here is official release/propaganda info written by someone much more astute than me:
Rock trio THE ETTES return with a vengeance with Wicked Will, the band's fourth long player and their first through their own imprint, Fond Object, a joint venture with Krian Music Group/ Fontana. The album will also available as a vinyl release through long dormant indie Sympathy For the Record Industry, who put out THE ETTES' 2005 debut. It's a coming of age album for the Beat Punk trio and reunites them with producer Liam Watson (Bobby Long, The Kills, White Stripes), who recorded their debut, Shake the Dust, at his London analog sound lab Toe Rag Studio.
Written on the road and in the band's adopted hometown of Nashville, Wicked Will encompasses everything you've come to expect from THE ETTES and more - up-front, fearless vocals, fuzz bass runs, primal, driving drums beats, searing guitar lines and of course, tons of black eyeliner and attitude. Female attitude. Lead singer/lyricist Coco Hames channels the best and sassiest of '60s Girl Group vixens - the leatherette clad bad girl rockers who teased their hair and the boyz - but she and Ettes' co-founder Poni would definitely kick your ass themselves before waiting for their boyfriend to get back. And you better believe they'd be riding alongside the Leader of the Pack rather than in his sidecar. Or, better yet, they'd be leading their own hot Russ Meyer-esque outlaw girl bike gang/rock band.
With 13 original tracks and a sizzling, sympatico cover of Lee Hazelwood's "My Baby Cried (All Night Long)," this kaleidoscopic, album finds THE ETTES delivering their most confident, varied disc to date. While the intensity and guitar/bass/drum attack are constants, there are both beautiful and defiant moments, along with a newfound sense of vulnerability and knowingness in Coco's lyrics. Says Hames, "In general, I find this to be an album largely about women, my relationships with women and my perceptions of women; my meanest songs are about myself."
The gorgeously melancholic vocal line of "The Worst There Is," with its spare arrangement and Coco's wistful lyric, "When you're the worst there is, There's nothing to fear," touches a nerve and has the feel of a lost '60s Marianne Faithful track. Coco gets personal about what to expect in a relationship in the aggressive rocker [“You’re not going to break”] “My Heart,” singing, “You're not faithful but you're true," while asking herself if that’s enough. “The Pendulum” has a fuzz chorus to die for, with the tambourine loud and up front and the reverb cranked – it’s like discovering an amazing lost garage-rock nugget.
These rock nomads, who've lived in LA, NYC and now Nashville, have earned their rock stripes the hard way - on the road. They’ve toured with the Black Keys and Kings of Leon and spent a chunk of 2010 on tour with both the Dead Weather and the Greenhornes. Coco, Poni (Maria Silver) and Jem (Jem Cohen) have been spending their time either in their home studio in Nashville or on tours and fests here and abroad, playing their own unique brand of "Beat Punk." They've had high-profile synchs in such TV shows as NCIS Los Angeles, Sons Of Tucson, Entourage and are featured in the current national Kotex television campaign. You can also hear them in Drew Barrymore's roller derby flick, Whip It.
THE ETTES' musical peers have always been among the band's biggest supporters: the Black Keys' Dan Auerbach recorded the track “No Home” with the band, released as both a 45” single and an album track on 2009's Do You Want Power. Coco also formed a band with the Reigning Sound's Greg Cartwright, The Parting Gifts, whose album Strychnine Dandelion came out in 2010 and featured Jem on bass and The Greenhornes's Patrick Keeler on drums. Pitchfork said of the collaboration of Coco and Greg: "The Parting Gifts provide a Loretta to his [Cartwright's] Conway, a Nancy to his Lee," and the Guardian UK compared Coco's vocals on the album to Ronnie Spector.
With Wicked Will, the ETTES have thrown down the rock gauntlet and they are daring you to pick it up. After a CD release show in Nashville, the band will kick off a national headlining tour with two NYC shows in the beginning of August, 2011. Stay tuned to http://www.theettes.com/ for additional updates.
Praise for THE ETTES:
"a visually stunning group that oozes sensuality." - BUST Magazine
"Lead singer Coco Hames' voice sounds the way Leslie Gore's might if she'd taken pouting and strutting lessons from Mick Jagger . intimate and explosive." - ELLE
"Nancy Sinatra style, Patsy Cline twang, and Stonesy rock." - ALL MUSIC GUIDE
"Lead singer Coco channels some of the best bouffanted singers of the '60s while adding a sleek punk edge" - NPR
Headline record release tour with Heavy Cream and Hans Condor to kick off August 2011
Stream new track, “Pendulum” here: http://soundcloud.com/angiepresshere/01-pendulum
Sunday, May 8, 2011
Y'all I cannot even tell you how good this boy is. And I know good dogs. AND I know bad dogs. I've been rescuing dogs for a long, long time, and while I recognize and celebrate the inherent worth in every single living being, you know how sometimes some of them stray dogs are more... challenging than others? I ain't tryin' to lie, I had one named Jarvis once and he was... a lot of work. THIS little guy is on the COMPLETE opposite side of the spectrum! Jem called him Timmy, so that's what we're going with, and just look at little Timmy! All smiles and giggles! He's incredibly smart and responsive (he has also decided his name is Timmy and answers to it already) and sweet as can be. No signs of aggression (I wrastled him repeatedly), he obeys very well, and is a very warm and eager pack buddy; he's definitely not an alpha.
Was walking down to the river (about a 20 minute walk) with my big dog Lenore when we saw Timmy kind of hesitantly sniffing around a neighbor's house. I know these folks, and they don't have a Timmy. So I called him over, and he kind of sniffed us out, and once we kept walking, well, he followed along. So I said "Come on, then!" and he joined us in earnest, happy as a clam! We went to the river, went swimming, carefully avoided roads as a group (he was always paying attention), played with other dogs, etc. together. He listens VERY well. And I don't even know this guy!
RESCUE MY NEW FRIEND!
Breed: small Beagle/lab mix
Age: 2-3 years old
Teeth: clean and shiny!
Overall health: Bueno!
Personality: EXCELLENT! Funny, alert, mischievous in the "I can tell a good dirty joke" kind of way, sweet, playful, loyal, obedient, fun!
I'm takin' him to the vet tomorrow to make sure of stuffs, but he's a great guy and he's good to go!
YES I love animals more than people, when I go to a party, the first thing I look for is the dog and even if I'm in full Christmas party regalia (mom!) I'll be on the ground, rolling in the dirt with the dogs, what can I say.
SO. If you live anywhere between Asheville, NC and Nashville, TN, e-mail me if you're interested in this little friend. He's really great, and if I had any room in my brood, you know I'd take him. He is a LUCKY find, y'all, take it from someone who knows!*
Alllsooooo totally considering keeping him. What?
Stephen Hawking v. Leonard Suskin: who knows?
*Really, really good, long term positive return rescue doggies have a "move" with me. It's like, I sit down on their level, and after a while, after we've gotten to know each other, they will put their head into my shoulder and hold it there, like, "please". A dog that does that... I mean, I'm fucked, that dog is coming home with me, and our little Timmy did just that. Y'all. He's one of the good ones!