A Vintage Murmurs/Leisha Hailey Interivew From their Apartment

So today after about five excruciating days of waiting, my Murmurs CD FINALLY arrived in the mail!  (Yes, I was impatient…)  The reason I knew about them is because  one half of the band was Leisha Hailey, whose band Uh Huh Her is one of my all time favorites and who’s movie “All Over Me” is too amazing for words.  Their music took me a little while for me to get into because it’s pretty folk-y and they both sing at the same time in most songs the entire way through (not just choruses) which sounds kind of kitschy on first listen, but I’ve really grown to love the simplicity of it all.  And to be honest, I haven’t stopped listening to the album since I got it. 

Anyway, last week while I was browsing through YouTube I found this interview from ’94 of Leisha and Heather Grody from their NYC apartment (love it) and it was so cute that I had to post it.  I also love Leisha’s pink hair here–she had it in “All Over Me” which is what made me love her so much, so I was thrilled to find out that many of their videos featured her fabulously pink hair too.  (What can I say, I like a girl with a cool hair color if it suits her) But watch and enjoy, and then go buy some Murmurs and Uh Huh Her music.  They’re sound is worlds apart, but absolutely lovely.

The Top 10 Singers and Groups of Glam-Pop

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What is “Glam-Pop” you might ask?  Well, it’s those songs that seem to be heard everywhere full of electro-beats, synthesizers, and lyrics about sex and making out with chicks.  Requirements would be that the said artist AT LEAST claims to be bi, you see about five and upwards hipsters at their shows, they have a gay following (this is crucial, although straight people like myself love them too), the term “fabulous” is used more than once when describing their music, the beats sound like they’re sprinkled with glitter, and that the artist has somewhat of their own, outrageous style.

So come inside for the top ten pioneers of this movement, because really, glam-pop is the new indie-rock.

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My Cool Find of the Day

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If you’ve been reading my blog lately you know I love Uh Huh Her’s music and I’m a huge Leisha Haley fan who’s one half of the group.  So it was really, really random and exciting when I stumbled upon this CD by the Murmurs the other day in my room.  I had gotten it at one of my favorite record stores, Grimeys, two or three years ago in the used section because I had remembered the Murmurs had a song called “Smash” that I used to love.   It was a pretty good CD, but I ended up forgetting about it shortly after sadly.  Cut to this spring when my friend got me into Uh Huh Her and I found out one of the singers is Leisha who was also in one of my favorite movies “All Over Me” and I become a huge fan.  And that’s when I realized Leisha also happened to be in the Murmurs a few years ago.  Sooo you can imagine my excitement when I realized I had gotten an autographed CD of hers for like $7 without even knowing it.  Pretty cool, eh? I have no idea who Jem is but thanks for giving up your CD because it’s one of my new favorites!

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Artist To Die For: Uh Huh Her

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In my latest installment of Artist To Die For, I’m shifting the focus to music. So for those of you who are fans of indie pop, listen up.

I have to admit before I any go further in this post though that I LOVE LESBIAN BANDS AND SINGERS.  I’m obsessed, litearlly.  It’s sad. I’ll listen to any girl who’s singing about falling in love with another girl just because.  I love Melissa Etheridge, Tegan and Sara, Indigo Girls, The Gossip…anyone of that nature.   They have some of the best, rawest music and their lyrics are insanely good.  So you can imagine my giddiness when my friend in admissions (where I do my work-study for a cool $8 an hour–suck it, minimum wage!) introduced me to a band who identifies as lesbians.  Oh, but they are sooo much more than just that.

Take the glamour of Peaches’ synths and electro-glitter pop beats, the emotional rawness of Tegan and Sara’s lyrics, and the  vulnerability of A Fine Frenzy and you have Uh Huh Her.

Named after P.J. Harvey’s album, the group is made up of Camila Grey and Leisha Hailey–who some of you may recognize from Showtime’s “The L Word” or one of the best movies ever made “All Over Me.”   The girls came together to release an EP titled “I See Red” and have been playing beautiful music ever since.  What has resulted is a sound that is like cotton candy (if it had a noise) and is extremely addictive.

You can check out a few of their songs including “Explode” and “Say So” below and their debut album “Common Reaction” is in stores now.

Explode:

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