Saturday, January 15th, 2005

Who's Got Trouble?

An act new to me but starting to make a little noise in blog circles is Shivaree. Their decidedly two-edged claim to fame is having their song “Goodnight Moon” played over the closing scenes of Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill, Volume 2. I don’t think there’s been a director in recent memory responsible for creating more one-hit wonders than Mr Tarantino… but I digress. With the release of their third record Who’s Got Trouble this past Tuesday, they’re hoping to earn some cred on their own.

Fronted by the absurdly good-looking and wonderfully named Ambrosia Parsley, Shivaree produce an eclectic and peculiar mix of country, soul, cabaret and pop styles that hinges on Parsley’s strangely innocent/sultry vocals. I find her voice oddly compelling, and the same actually goes for Shivaree’s music in general. I personally find it fascinating, but I don’t love it yet. Howerver, I want to – perhaps with time. I think I’ve seen many copies of their 1999 debut I Oughtta Give You A Shot In The Head For Making Me Live In This Dump (the title right there should give you an idea about the band’s aesthetic) in used bins, so maybe I’ll take a flyer on that. There’s not much chance of finding 2002’s Rough Dreams as it never got a North American release.

If you’re curious, the newly-redesigned Womenfolk ran a piece on Shivaree yesterday, complete with four mp3s. There’s also some not-great-quality streaming audio from their European label and this old performance at KCRW.

This Shivaree talk is topical not only because it let me post a picture of Ms Parsley, but because they’re playing two shows at the Lula Lounge on February 15 and 17, tickets $12. I may go to the Tuesday show as it’s an early one, and Lula Lounge is so far out in the middle of nowhere, it’ll take me hours to flag down a dogsled to get home.

The Toronto Star (bugmenot: considers Feist’s chances for success in the US. Let It Die comes out on Interscope’s Cherry Hill imprint in American on April 5 and if the label has its way, there’ll be tours opening for Norah Jones, new album artwork, dance remixes, soundtrack carpet bombing, television appearances – but no McDonalds commercials. A line must be drawn. But I can’t help feeling a bit of trepidation here…

Related – Pop (All Love) points us to this piece on The O.C. effect for indie artists. The first salvo of the Feist invasion of America was an appearance of “Let It Die” on an episode of The O.C. last year. No, I didn’t see it.

More Neko Case love – The Chicago Sun-Time and preview her tour for The Tigers Have Spoken. Links from LHB.

SXSW Baby! is a new group blog dedicated to getting folks primed and educated to get the most out of SXSW this year. The excellent music festival guide comes courtesy of Kathryn Yu. A good resource, I’ll be visiting often.

For anyone laying bets on what I ended up doing last night, the smart money should have been on d) falling asleep on the couch listening to Lush at 9PM. I am a party animal, oh yes I am.

np – Sufjan Stevens / Seven Swans

By : Frank Yang at 9:25 am
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  1. echo1 says:

    fyi: shivaree was on kcrw’s mbe on the 11th…

    check it:


  2. kathryn says:

    thanks for the link to sxsw baby, frank.

    i’m surprised that shivaree is getting buzz again — meanwhile i can’t find my copy of "shot in the head"! maybe i accidentally sold it back and it’s one of those used copies you wrote about. i wasn’t very impressed with the album over all, as the half of the tracks seemed like sub-par versions of "goodnight moon."

    but i do remember listening to KCRW nic harcourt playing "goodnight moon" nearly every day back when the album first came out. good to know that the KCRW audio archives stretch back that far (over four years!).

  3. Rachel says:

    Shivaree is a great singer. Sexy, with some killer lyrics. She’s a bad ass with a throat of gold. I’m glad she’s getting some press.

  4. Rachel says:

    Damnit! I thought I had a scoop on Shivaree! I missed the Womenfolk post! Oh well, share the love right?