Julie Joyce’s Non-SEO’d Music Blog

Another Girl Who Thinks She Knows Music…oh, and SEO

Archaic Music: Still Good Stuff September 5, 2007

Filed under: European Bands,UK Bands — juliejoycemusic @ 1:48 pm

My good friend Gene just called my taste in music “archaic” and I have to admit that he’s right…that being said, let’s talk about Gang of Four and Magazine.

Gang of Four toured last year so you may have seen them or heard some of their stuff in case you missed them way back when. I highly recommend just about anything they have ever done though, but their cover of The Velvet Underground’s “Sweet Jane” is probably one of the best covers ever. OK it IS one of the best. “To Hell With Poverty” is my favorite…check out the video. Their style is insane. I don’t recommend trying to run on a treadmill whilst listening to them though…rhythms will knock you flat.

Then there is Magazine…another amazing band that a lot of people have never heard of. I like bald so I really dig anything with Howard Devoto embarrassingly enough. Here’s a video of my favorite Magazine song, “Song From Under the Floorboards.”

 

What’s New Siouxsie Sioux? August 4, 2007

Filed under: New and Noteworthy,UK Bands — juliejoycemusic @ 3:38 pm

Siouxsie Sioux

My lack of posting to this blog has more to do with the fact that I’m not usually a fan of new music than my general laziness about writing. The most exciting news that I’ve heard lately is that Siouxsie Sioux is coming out with a solo record. However, I’m not holding my breath that it’s going to be mindblowing. It will probably be better than most crap out there since she’s insanely good at what she does, but solo albums, as a rule, are not my thing. Still, she’s looking good and I look forward to hearing her newest release. It’s coming out September 11th, 2007 and you can currently pre-order it at Amazon…a bit pricey though as this is an import for us in the US.

 

Rock Goddesses Part 1: Siouxsie Sioux June 27, 2007

Filed under: UK Bands — juliejoycemusic @ 12:58 pm

Siouxsie Sioux

I was thinking about women in rock the other day…there are so many amazing women in music. After seeing the doubleheader of Midnight Movies and The Raveonettes earlier this month, I was really in awe of the power of women onstage especially. Therefore, I thought I’d do a few pieces on the women that have most amazed me.

Number one is Siouxsie Sioux. Without anyone even coming close. I did get to see her at Lollapalooza way back when, and it was one of those moments I will never forget. She’s insanely gorgeous in such a strange way…I had posters of her in high school and wore my Siouxsie tshirt for about 10 years. Not only is the woman gorgeous, she has the most incredible style that no one can come close to imitating. I’ve never seen anyone that actually looked good with armpit hair but she did. She looked her best ever in the video for The Passenger though…like a gothic Louise Brooks. Budgie isn’t bad either now that I think about it.

Recommended songs:

Dear Prudence (her Beatles cover in case you live in a cave)

Hong Kong Garden

Spellbound (my favorite of all her work)

You can listen to all three of these on Amazon actually…

 

Ladytron, 1972 June 26, 2007

Filed under: UK Bands — juliejoycemusic @ 10:16 am

A video that perfectly captures why much of today’s music is trash. There are just some bands you will never be even remotely as good as, and Roxy Music is one of them.

read more | digg story

 

I Like Gary Numan June 11, 2007

Filed under: Live Shows,UK Bands — juliejoycemusic @ 6:43 pm

I admit that liking Gary Numan might not be cool…he was my first crush way way back and I still think the man is absolutely brilliant. As someone in the IT field, I tend to always like the bands and artists that seem like, if they weren’t singing, they’d be programming, and Gary does have that vibe.

Anyway, if all you know about him is that he is considered a one-hit wonder in the US, you should check out his recent stuff. He’s been fairly big with certain crowds for awhile but unfortunately many people still think of him as the guy who sang “Cars”…a damn fine song but certainly not his best. As is the case with other so-called one-hit wonders (think Bow Wow Wow with “I Want Candy” and Modern English with “Melt with You”), the ones you heard weren’t always the best they had to offer.

Check out Gary’s reprise of “Are Friends Electric” here at http://www.youtube.com. I think this performance is total proof of the man’s amazing abilities.