Saturday, September 26, 2015

Ep 16 - Song 1: "What I'm Searchin For" by Lipstick Homicide



"One thing that I love about female-fronted pop punk is that it strips away any misogyny that shows up in male-oriented songs about relationships. The Screeching Weasels and Queers of the three chord world are usually throwing the blame of failure onto the shoulders of women while skirting any responsibility of their own. Lipstick Homicide is completely aware of this unheard perspective and manages to stay honest—as opposed to falling in with—the same tactics of the male counterpart. This three-piece out of Iowa is very lyrically driven and showcase themes of insecurity, self-motivation, and success over a strong and clean rock’n’roll guitar, bubbly bass, and snappy drums that never overshadow Kate and Rachel’s vocal melodies. Musically, they never get as harsh as their lyrics and hold on to a sweet, poppy sound throughout the album. This record is great for summertime listening after you’ve dumped your boyfriend for not being awesome enough. And as an added bonus, super rad album artwork from Tom Lowell!"
 – from Kayla Greet at Bloated Kat

"Cute little play on words there for the title of this release. ;-) My love for this band Lipstick Homicide knows no bounds. After seeing them raging full on @ Bar 702 a while back, in support of this album, playing a bunch of songs from it, like opening track This Time For Real, as well as Full Throttle and So Happy For You, well, I was immediately smitten by their sugar sweet Pop Punk sound, and I bought all that I could from them after their set was over, and this remarkable release was in that group of swag I walked off with. Out Utero perfectly captures the bands hook filled, bouncy brainwashing beat sound. These songs will get stuck in your head for days! This band has the most incredibly catchy sound I've ever heard since Green Day's 39/Smooth album. They're really that good. The sugary sweet vocals cut through the buzz saw wall of guitar sound nicely, and the drumming is tight, creative, and fast, with a good overall sound, which is important with music like this. 4/4 on the beat compliments the ferocious roar nicely and I dare you to not sing or dance around to anything on this disc. I dare you. Besides the aforementioned tracks, check out Doing Nothing, I Don't Wanna Be Here Anymore, and my favorite track on here, Like This Forever. Le swoon! I wish I knew more about this band, but I don't, but all I can tell you is that if you're a fan of the Ramones, the Queers, Teenage Bottlerocket, or whatever Pop Punk band you're infatuated with, then you will DEFINITELY love Lipstick Homicide. Seek and consume this record all at once and as fast as you can, sort of like Pixie Stix, then just sit back and enjoy the sugar rush. ;-)"
- from OneThirtyEight.org

"And then there’s that sound, ably captured by Luke Tweedy at Flat Black. I don’t know if it’s the guitars, the amplifiers or the attitude, but Lipstick Homicide has a distinctive roar that just feels good on the ears. Luke Ferguson’s frantic, chaotic drumming perfectly compliments the sustained riffing. Rachel Feldmann’s voice is remarkable for what she doesn’t do—no yelps, screams, growls, just a unaffected vocal tone that still cuts through the sonic mayhem around it. Out Utero is pure, sensual, loud, unsubtle, exciting music that proves both punk’s staying power, and Lipstick Homicide’s authoritative mastery of the form."
- from Kent Williams on the Little Village website

Lineup:
Rachel Feldmann - vocals, bass
Kate Kane - guitars, vocals
Luke Ferguson - drums


Homepage:
http://lipstickhomicide.com/

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/lipstickhomicide

Bandcamp:
https://lipstickhomicide.bandcamp.com/

Ep 16 - Song 2: "Get Protection" by Good Habits



Woah! Look out! We have a side project here that does NOT involve Rachel Feldmann or Kate Kane! Yes, this is something Luke Ferguson worked on!

"Trio Jeff Mannix, Molly Enochson and Luke Ferguson make a big sound. Their music is catchy without being cliche and, I think, is likely to appeal to fans of many genres, mainly pop, punk, and garage rock. I’m not 100% sure, but I think their song 'Get Protection' is the one that almost made me spontaneously break into air guitar. Give them your ear for a bit."
- from Adrianne Behning at the Little Village website

Lineup:
Luke Ferguson - Drums
Jeff Mannix - Vocals, Guitar
Molly Enochson - Bass


Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/Good-Habits-126254730765133/timeline/

Bandcamp:
https://goodhabits.bandcamp.com/

Ep 16 - Song 3: "Get Low" by Plow United feat Rachel Feldmann (at Insubordination Fest 2013)



"Everybody seems to get that Kate, Luke and Rachel write great songs and put on a fun and unpredictable live show. I agree. But I'd like to add something else that maybe doesn't get noticed as often as it should: They're also awesome musicians. Kate is a classic shredder, Luke could hold his own in Lifetime circa Hello Bastards and Rachel, I would argue, is one of the best punk rock bass players active today. She's crazy in the pocket, plays cool fills worthy of an old-time Motown session bassist, and does it all while fronting the damn band. I don't know what the future holds for them, but whatever it is, I hope they all keep making music, whether together or apart. I don't really like pop-punk that much anymore, except when I'm listening to Lipstick Homicide."
- From Joel Tannenbaum of Plow United for this podcast

Lineup:
Brian McGee - guitar, vocals
Sean Rule - drums
Joel Tannenbaum - bass
Rachel Feldmann - guest vocals



Home page:

Facebook:

Ep 16 - Song 4: "I'm So Happy for You" by Lipstick Homicide (live atInsubordination Fest 2013)



This is just one of the many festivals that Lipstick Homicide has played through the years, but they say it was one of the most fun ones they did.

You can catch the full set on YouTube on the following video:


Lineup:
Kate Kane - vocals, guitar
Rachel Feldman - bass, vocals
Luke Ferguson - drums

Homepage:
http://lipstickhomicide.com/

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/lipstickhomicide

Bandcamp:
https://lipstickhomicide.bandcamp.com/

Ep 16 - Song 5: "Poop Song" by Grath and Kate



This is from a benefit for a friend of Lipstick Homicide. The information below was taken from Brassneck Records Facebook page...

As a lot of you will probably know, Adam Alive (It's Alive Records) sustained a pretty serious injury at Awesome Fest 666 in 2012. In order to help him & his family with medical bills, Brassneck Records has teamed up with Swamp Cabbage Records in the US to release this extremely limited SQUARE lathe cut 7" to help out.

This is a pre-order only release and we will only press the number of pre-orders received. If we sell 10, then only 10 will be pressed. If we sell 500.... 500 will be pressed. You get the idea.

US orders can be made from Swamp Cabbage Records and any Euro orders can be made at Brassneck via the below link. This is a one time deal with no plans for any kind of repress. All profits go to Adam.

A1 - The Copyrights – School's Out (Groovie Ghoulies cover)
A2 - The Turkletons – Find Another Girl
A3 - Caffiends – Sealab
B1 - Grath And Kate – The Poop Song
B2 - Up For Nothing – Wearing Thin
B3 - The Dopamines – Quality Of Armor (Guided By Voices cover)

Pre-order the record from Brassneck:
http://brassneckrecords.bigcartel.com/product/keeping-adam-alive-square-7-copyrights-dopamines-caffeinds-etc
Download via Bandcamp:
https://brassneckrecords.bandcamp.com/ 
US orders can be made from Swamp Cabbage Records here:
http://swampcabbagerecords.storenvy.com/products/2680344-keeping-adam-alive-benefit-comp-square-7 

Please feel free to share this info.

Lineup:
Grath Madden - vocals, guitar
Kate Kane - vocals, guitar

EP 16 - Song 6: "We'll Be Okay" by Lipstick Homicide (live at Maximum Ames Festival 2013)



"A garage in Ames, a type of space usually reserved for cars, tools and lawn equipment, (dubbed The Garagenous Zone for the purposes of Maximum Ames Music Festival) will become a (festival) venue. Playing in this unique venue is Lipstick Homicide, a girl power band from Iowa City...

"(Lipstick Homicide's) sound was described by Lipstick Homicide's bassist/singer/songwriter Rachel Feldmann as 'punk rock with poppy vocal melodies and harmonies'.

"'We started our band when we were 16- and 17-year-olds in high school because we had lots of excess energy and wanted to rock out,' Feldmann said.

"Lipstick Homicide will share this youthful energy for Maximum Ames, a festival they decided to play after being invited by their friend and Maximum Ames' co-founder Nate Logsdon...

"Listeners hardcore enough to listen to pop punk in a garage are encouraged to check out Lipstick Homicide's show.

'"You should definitely come see our show if you like to rock ... out and bounce around to fun and catchy songs, and if you want to see a band that's probably different sounding than any other band playing Maximum Ames Fest,' Feldmann said.
- from Maggie McGinity at The Iowa State Daily

I got this form John Thee Punk's video:


Lineup:
Rachel Feldmann - vocals, bass
Kate Kane - guitar, vocals
Luke Ferguson - drums



Homepage:
http://lipstickhomicide.com/

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/lipstickhomicide

Bandcamp:
https://lipstickhomicide.bandcamp.com/

Ep 16 - Song 7: "Icky" by Lipstick Homicide



On Sept 28, 2013, at House of Bricks, Lipstick Homicide had, what I considered, their most important show, The OlderMusicGeek 50th Birthday Bash!

Seriously though, I was very excited when Lipstick Homicide told me that they would play my 50th birthday party.

The party was a big deal for me. On my 40th birthday, I was very depressed, stuck in a loveless marriage, and dealing with transgender issues.

By my 50th, I was on anti-depressants, dealt with my depression and transgender issue in therapy, and was happily married to my second wife. I was ready to celebrate my life!

So I wanted the party at a place I enjoyed and associated with fun, thus House of Bricks. And being The OlderMusicGeek, I had to have live music!

So I chose three bands that met a lot to me.

Sinister Sons featured my old junior high and high school buddy, Mike Sangster, whose music is awesome. Check out The Hollowmen and Head Candy!

The second, Peace, Love, and Stuff, were a band I discovered when I started getting back into the music scene after my depression and my daughter finally getting old enough to be left home alone.

The third was Lipstick Homicide! I had to have them! They were my favorite Iowa band. They had been blowing away ever since I first saw them! My party wouldn't have been the same without them!

And Rachel, being the sweetie that she is, said they would do it for gas money!

I don't have any video or audio from that show, but I requested they play three songs, "The One for Me", "Isn't It Glorious", and "Icky".

I talked about "The One for Me" here. I'm talking about "Isn't It Glorious" later.

As for "Icky", what can I say? It holds no deep meaning for me. I just think it's funny, and I love the raw energy and emotion in the song. And isn't that what punk rock is all about?


Lineup:
Rachel Feldmann - vocals, bass
Kate Kane - guitars, vocals
Luke Ferguson - drums

Homepage:
http://lipstickhomicide.com/

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/lipstickhomicide

Bandcamp:
https://lipstickhomicide.bandcamp.com/

Ep 16 - Song 8: "Ode to Ellen" by Kate Kane



Well, as I've said before, despite being an integral part of Lipstick Homicide, Kate Kane has continued to have a solo career. This besides the fact that she run Bloated Kat Records and does an open mic show at The Yacht Club in Iowa City every week!

She has a Bandcamp page, where you can find all her lovely songs about cats, mysticism, as well as nerdy stuff like Buffy and Xena,

Lineup:
Kate Kane - vocals, guitars


Bandcamp:
https://katekane.bandcamp.com/

SoundClick:
http://www.soundclick.com/bands/default.cfm?bandID=930553

Underground Open Mic:
https://www.facebook.com/undergroundopenmicnight

Ep 16 - Bonus: "Batwoman Goes Emo" by Batwoman

I'm afraid I didn't find this masterpiece until I had everything done. But if you know anything about Batwoman's secret identity, it isn't hard to figure out who is behind this!




Bandcamp:
https://batwomyn.bandcamp.com/releases

Ep 16 - Song 9: "Bite My Tongue" by Lipstick Homicide (Rachel Feldmann and Kate Kane) (acoustic live at Fest 13)



"Scene Point Blank: Was the acoustic set a Fest 13 a one-time thing or do you sometimes perform acoustic around Iowa?

"Rachel: We have done acoustic sets before and Kate plays solo acoustic shows all the time, but that was the first time we've performed acoustically together for several years and most of the songs we played we had never played acoustic at a show before. It was a lot of fun!"
- from Scene Point Blank's One Question Interviews

Lineup:
Rachel Feldmann - vocals
Kate Kane - guitar
Bailey? - kazoo
audience - background vocals


Homepage:
http://lipstickhomicide.com/

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/lipstickhomicide

Bandcamp:
https://lipstickhomicide.bandcamp.com/

Ep 16 - Song 10: "Graveyard Date" by The Starry Nights



This is a project of Kate Kane's that she did with her long time friend and collaborator, Trevor
Trieber.

It was on Bandcamp, but seems now to have vanish.

Lineup:
Kate Kane - vocals, guitar
Trevor Trieber - vocals, guitar


Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/The-Starry-Nights-753728208068388/timeline/

Ep 16 - Song 11: "Sundae Skool" by Boys



"How would you describe the sound of Boys?

"Uhhh…… I have no clue. I’ve heard people compare us to Letters to Cleo? I don’t know. I just really like Green Day.

"Does Boys have any super powers, if so, what are they?

"We all can poop a lot.

"What about an arch-nemsis, who is Boys’ arch-nemsis?

"Girls? What about Hitler– I mean, nobody likes that guy, right?"
- from elsalvador1990 on The Atomic Leg Drop Zine!

Lineup:
Megan Schroer - vocals, guitar
Maura Weaver - guitar
Rachel Feldmann - bass
Zachary Colina - drums



Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/boysohio

Bandcamp:
https://boysohio.bandcamp.com/

Ep 16 - Song 12: "Mouser" by Maiden Mars



"Kate is an incredibly talented musician and drummer. I really enjoy being in a band with her, she learns our songs really quickly and totally adds her own witchnasty element to our sound. She's also just really fun to hang out with, so we're super lucky to work with her!"
- from Alex Skalla for this podcast

"(Maiden Mars' music)’s full of energetic riffing and strong vocal melodies, with surprising twists and turns, never settling for a simple verse-chorus structure...

"You can hear Kane’s muscle memory for the guitar informing her drumming—she’s traded cymbal crashes for bar chords.

“'Other Side,' while toying with the idea of suicide, has a joyful thrash, a lot like early jam music...

“'Mouser' begins with a sample of Michelle Pfeiffer’s Catwoman, and while it talks obliquely about a relationship ('I’m the pet and you’re the mouser') there’s no clear narrative meaning. The skuzzy guitars and harmonies are a blast to listen to, ending with Pfeiffer again: 'Saved by kitty litter!'"
- from Kent Williams on the Little Village website

"...the only group that really got my attention was an all-girl trio called Maiden Mars. They have a throwback ’90s girl-band thing going for them. The vocals and upbeat tempos are kinda Sleater-Kinney, but the guitar relies heavily on power chords (and occasional solos) that makes me think of other all-girl bands from the 90s. Maiden Mars doesn’t sound like a 'riot grrl' band (Babes in Toyland, L7, Bikini Kill, 7 Year Bitch, etc.). They’re not as experimental as Helium. Maybe they’re more like Frogpond (although I haven’t heard them in a very long time)?"
- from the IC Noise website

"Lisa Simpson Meets The Craft"
- from their Bandcamp page

Lineup:
Alex Skalla - Guitar/Vox
Katie Rosenberger - Bass/Vox
Kate Kane - Drums


Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/maidenmars

Bandcamp:
https://maidenmars.bandcamp.com/

ReverbNation:
https://www.reverbnation.com/maidenmars

Ep 16 - Song 13: "Better than This" by 83 Wolfpack



This is Rachel's new band that she's joined now that she's in Minneapolis...

"Minneapolis based band 83 Wolfpack released a handful of demos yesterday. The band is nothing short of a pop punk super-group containing members of The Turkletons, The Slow Death and Lipstick Homicide."
- from Kendra Sheetz at the For the Love of Punk website

"Kelly and Logan from the Turkletons and Rachel from Lipstick Homicide made a new band, dude"
- from their Bandcamp page

Lineup:
Kelly Englund - guitar, vocals
Rachel Feldmann - bass, vocals
Logan Stang - drums


Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/83wolfpack

Bandcamp:
https://83wolfpack.bandcamp.com/

Ep 16 - Song 14: "Isn't It Glorious" by Lipstick Homicide



Lineup:
Rachel Feldmann - vocals, bass
Kate Kane - bass, vocals
Luke Ferguson - drums


Homepage:
http://lipstickhomicide.com/

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/lipstickhomicide

Bandcamp:
https://lipstickhomicide.bandcamp.com/

I chose this as the closing song on my Lipstick Homicide retrospective for a couple of reasons.

For one, this song is special to me personally.

When I first heard it. I was a single dad, who was just finishing therapy on issues of depression and transgenderism.

And after years of not dating, I decided it was time to put myself out there again.

And this song just captured how I felt about it. In fact, I even put it up on my OKCupid and Match.com profiles!

But also I wanted to close with this song, because I feel it's a good representation of Lipstick Homicide's music.

And I feel the chorus just sums up their music so well...

so dont ask me what i think 
cuz i dont even really know that much 
what you see is what you get 
maybe we could even have some fun 
if you wanted me to i could take you away 
show you more of my world 
lets go!

Monday, September 7, 2015

Ep 15 - Song 1: "Manufacturing Evil" by Green Death

"'This Des Moines outfit plays a classy brand of classic thrash a la Testament, Heathen and Pantera, with a little Type O Negative in there...' -Decibel Magazine

"The review above sums up Green Death's sound precisely. Green Death mixes old school Thrash, Death Metal, Doom Metal, and more to create an interesting blend of Metal."
- from their home page

"A way to describe Green Death: Danzig and Peter Steele (Type O Negative) had a baby, and that baby listens to a lot of Slayer!

"So Underground...You'll Need a Shovel!"
- From their Facebook page

Lineup:
Mark Reinking - Rhythm Guitar
Erich Tran - Lead Guitar
Sol Bales - Vocals
Ryan Berrier - Drums
Parker Willis - Bass


Home page:
http://www.greendeathband.com/

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/GreenDeathBand

ReverbNation:
https://www.reverbnation.com/greendeath

Ep 15 - Song 2: "In Your Head" by Fetal Pig

"What's loud, schizophrenic, noisy, paranoid, sarcastic, fun, complicated, challenging, and unconventional...

"'It's hard to say, it's not exactly metal, not exactly post punk, not exactly prog rock, but a little like all 3.' - random guy in parking lot after show...

"Frequently compared to noise/punk icons of the 80s/90s, such as Dead Kennedys, Nomeansno, Minutemen, etc. Fetal Pig's music (and lyrics) are fun, sarcastic and paranoid, combining the ferocity of punk with the angular guitar dissonance of post-hardcore noise rock and the compositional ambition of prog rock."
- from their Facebook page

Lineup:
Dan Hutchison - Guitars and Vocals
Jeff Hutchison - Drums
Chuck Hoffman - Bass and Vocals


Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/fetalpig

BandCamp:
https://fetalpig.bandcamp.com/music

Ep 15 - Song 3: "Blind Eyes" by Apathy Syndrome

"Apathy Syndrome is the personification of filth - a contagion welling up in the shadows of Des Moines. First and foremost, Apathy Syndrome prides themselves on a live show with intensity that is unrivaled - a genuine experience to accompany the blistering brutality of their sound. They are comprised of bastards and nobodies that came together to make music that decries the monstrosity that is life and human interaction.

"An Apathy Syndrome live show reaches beyond amplified notes and sounds - it is, in itself, a breathing, wretched organism. The raw, carnal energy that pulses and pours from the stage severs the claustrophobic compartments of the psyche. They are the scalpel...

"(They) began to tear the city of Des Moines limb from limb in January of 2013 and poured countless hours of hard work and dedication into becoming an established force. Many sleepless nights were had not only constructing and perfecting the music but actually creating what is seen on stage. Apathy Syndrome strives to put the 'show' back in metal show."
- from their Facebook page

Lineup:
Joe Day - Vocals
Tanner Corn - Guitar
Zach Jones - Drums
Adam Williams - Keyboards
Nick Stone - Lights/samples/cuts
Tim Siegler- Bass


Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/weallbecomesick

ReverbNation:
https://www.reverbnation.com/apathysyndrome2012

Ep 15 - Song 4: "Glass Ghost" by Devil in the Details

"Devil in the Details exploded into the Omaha, NE music scene in early 2014 with the release of their first music video in January, and a debut performance to an over-capacity crowd at Omaha's Sokol Underground in April. In less than a year of performing, Devil in the Details have played all across the midwest, sharing the stage with various post-hardcore and metalcore acts including For All Those Sleeping, Secrets, Dance Gavin Dance, Alive Like Me, and Defeat the Low. In 2014, Devil in the Details released an EP, including the single "Live to Tell" mastered by Tom Denney (Ex-A Day To Remember), made it to the top 10 in Hot Topic’s national 'Battle of the Bands' competition, and released four music videos. Those videos include a playthrough of the recording of  'Consequence', a lyric video for 'Drifter', and a creative production of their first single, 'Live to Tell'. Their debut EP, 'Black and White,' was released in September 2014 along with a live performance video of the album’s title track.

"Devil in the Details offer living proof that raw emotion and an electric onstage presence can propel you to the top of the local music scene. The members of Devil in the Details came together with a shared goal of creating extraordinary music and using that music to connect with people. Each member of the band came to the table with experience earned while performing with other local bands. Taking influence from Underoath, Like Moths to Flames, Architects, and many others, Devil in the Details set out to become one of the hardest-working, most successful post-hardcore bands in the Midwest."
- from their Facebook page

Lineup:

Aaron Koenig-Guitar
Cassidy Riege-Guitar
Sean Sorensen-Vocals
Cody Pedersen- Bass, Vocals


Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/devilinthedetailsband

BandCamp:
https://devilinthedetails.bandcamp.com/

Ep 15 - Song 5: "Motives" by Saul

"'Rise as Equals' is the slogan surrounding the release of Saul's new ep, 'The Touching of Parallels'. Rise: a degree of elevation, Equals: not above or below but eye to eye. These words are bringing people together in hoards due to its power and realization of achievement. You're only as good as your word is fine, but they believe you are only as good as the deeds you perform. Connect with people and help the world succeed in all facets. We are more than brothers, closer than enemies, stay loyal as one, and 'Rise as Equals.'

"Saul is based out of Sioux City, IA and consists of three members Blake Bedsaul (bass/lead vocals), Zach Bedsaul (guitar/backing vocals), and Adam Chilton (drums/percussion). Being based out of Sioux City, IA has its advantages. Saul is the heart that pushes the raw emotions to the coasts, and throughout the world. February of 2014 Saul took the show on the road. Touring from Iowa through South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana, Washington and Back. September 2014 Saul continued hitting the road through Iowa, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. Both tours proved to be a great success for the band."
- from their Facebook page

Lineup:
Zach Bedsaul - Guitar/ vocals
Blake Bedsaul - Bass / vocals
Adam Chilton - Drums/percussion


Home page:
http://saulband.com/

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/saulbandofficial

ReverbNation:
https://www.reverbnation.com/saul

Ep 15 - Song 6: "Patriot" by Dead Horse Trauma

Dead Horse Trauma is a 5-headed war machine dedicated to infecting the masses with procedures and tactics used by our world to feed us the lies we are spoon-fed since before we can crawl. It's the exposure of the perversity and falsities we are subliminally directed by. It's your wake-up call, or the means to your end."
- from their Facebook page

Lineup:
Eric Davidson - Vocals
Seth Peters - Guitar
Jayson Kempf - Guitar
Jason Handy - Drums


Home page:
http://dhttour.com/

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/deadhorsetrauma

ReverbNation:
https://www.reverbnation.com/deadhorsetrauma

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