lera lynn

Lera Lynn - Good Hearted Man
Lera Lynn - Bobby, Baby

Have You Met Lera Lynn? It’s both a legitimate question, as well as the title of her debut solo album on Slow Records. The ten song set came out back in March 2011, which may leave you wondering, “Why are you writing about it so late?” To which I reply, “Well, have you met Lera Lynn? Because, if you haven’t, that’s why I’m writing about it so late.”

Also, there’s another reason! Lera and her boys will be releasing their first 7″ vinyl EP on March 2nd* at a show in Athens, GA (details here). Presumably, the EP will be available for purchase on future tour dates**, though you’ll soon be able to download it for free through her website. The release will include a cover of Johnny Cash‘s “Ring of Fire”, as well as an original B-side entitled “Don’t Make Me Wait”.

For the uninitiated, “Good Hearted Man” is a good starting point for your soon-to-develop Lera Lynn obsession. It’s got the charm of classic Dolly Parton with a dash of modern polish. Plus, it’s only two minutes and ten seconds long (not nearly long enough), officially falling into the “too short to suck” catalogue of American songwriting.

Of course, if you prefer country songs that tread on darker territory, you might want to start with “Bobby, Baby”, “Whiskey” or my personal favorite “Gasoline”. Last but not least, if you’re one of those people who listens to “everything but country!”, please stop saying things like that forever. It’s wildly inaccurate, because I highly doubt that you’re listening to shit like this or this or even this. Give country a chance, you big jerky jerk!

* That’s the same date as the BIG QUEER ROCK SHOW! Have I mentioned that yet?

** Boston-area folks! There is a show on March 23rd in Cambridge at Club Passim.

Click through (or look below) for the “Good Hearted Man” music video:

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full body anchor: big queer rock show

Full Body Anchor - 1 in 150
Full Body Anchor - Offering

Good news! BAGLY picked up a nomination for “Most Loved LGBT Center” in About.com‘s Reader’s Choice Awards. They’re currently in the lead with a whopping seventy-three percent of the votes, but that doesn’t mean you should slack off and not vote for them. Go here. Click a button. With over 30 years of advocating for LGBTQ youth, they deserve this recognition!

And now for some additional good news…

It’s finally time to meet Full Body Anchor, the third of four bands performing at the BIG QUEER ROCK SHOW on March 2nd. Their sound channels the energy of ’90s indie-rock, with a list of influences that includes Shudder to Think, HUM, Archers of Loaf, Deftones and Queens of the Stone Age.

The anthemic chorus of “1 in 150″, however, is reminiscent of older influences, calling to mind the powerful punch of 1970s punk rock like The Ramones or The Sex Pistols. “Offering” reminds me of something too. Something great. Something you want to listen to.

As previously mentioned, you can (and should) catch Full Body Anchor live at the BIG QUEER ROCK SHOW. The show’s happening on March 2nd at T.T. The Bear’s in Cambridge. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door, and you can still make a donation to BAGLY if you can’t be there (which is inexcusable, but less inexcusable if you make a donation).

Enjoy their music, and be sure to head over to their BandCamp page to listen to more of it!


red shoe diaries: ice & snow

Red Shoe Diaries - Ice & Snow

It’s a good thing I looked up “Red Shoe Diaries” before writing about Red Shoe Diaries. I mean, the name seems so cutesy and typically indie! They sound so cutesy and typically indie! There is an owl playing a French horn amongst their promotional art. That alone is so cutesy and typically indie!

Yet, much to my surprise, they’re named after a softcore erotic series starring David Duchovny (which ran on Showtime from 1992-1997). People older than me might remember this? Then again, there’s a pretty good chance I watched one of the episodes during my early teenage sleepovers and giggled at all the lady nipples. Teehee! And then we talked about girls we “liked” and did that lame thing where you say, “Of course I know what it means, but do YOU know what it means?” You know that thing.

Speaking of things, Red Shoe Diaries has nothing to do with lady nipples. They’re what I’d call “easy listening indie”. Without raising any eyebrows, you could cram onto a playlist with The Lucksmiths, The Pains of Being Pure At Heart or peppier tracks by The Decemberists.

You could listen to them whilst napping on the train. You could listen to them whilst reading a book on your couch. You could listen to them whilst sitting in front of your computer, swaying in your desk chair. You could listen to them whilst eating green eggs and ham.

You could listen to them. So you should listen to them.

Their excellent EP When I Find My Heart… is currently available from Fika Recordings. The single for “Ice & Snow” won’t be available until February 27th, but you can pre-order it now if you’re obsessed with the band and you want to own everything they’ve ever recorded and maybe wear their skin (just maybe).