Saturday, May 8, 2010

Gossip, Erase Errata, and friends

Here is a group of split singles that spiral out of a great four-song 7" put out by Kill Rock Stars in 2002. "Get into the Underground Groove Night School" was curated by The Gossip and shows several of the many ways that the Riot Grrrl ethos transformed and transmogrified in the early part of this century. As you'll see, I've used it as a starting point for pulling together a few other singles featuring some of the same artists - but also pointing off in lots of other directions.

But first, a bit about The Gossip and the other bands on the "Night School" single. The Gossip formed in 1999 in Olympia, Washington, where the band members--Beth Ditto (vocals), Brace Paine (guitar), and Kathy Mendonca (drums)--had moved to from their native Arkansas. They're now based in Portland, Oregon, and have become massively well-known, at least for a queer-punk Pacific Northwest indie band, thanks to their 2006 album Standing in the Way of Control. Ditto's
outspoken body image and support of LGBT causes has lent the band some notoriety within the landscape of mainstream music. Their success is showing in their website design, check it out here.

Erase Errata also formed in 1999, though in Oakland, CA. Similar to The Gossip, their sound bridges early 90s riot grrrl/indie rock and the revival of post-punk in the early 2000s, though they are less interested in Arthur Russell dance grooves than in Wire/Fall-style angular improvisation. The band members at the time of this release were Sara Jaffe, Bianca Sparta, Ellie Erikson, and Jenny Hoyston. They have a website here.

There's not a lot to report about the other bands featured here: The Supreme Indifference is, as far as I can tell, a one-off project comprising Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth, Free Kitten), Alan Licht (Run On, Blue Humans), and Jim O'Rourke (Gatr Del Sol, Loose Fur, Sonic Youth, etc). This is their only recorded output. Sleetmute/Nightmute, who released one single beyond the song here, was a noise quartet whose members were named Lanie, Tan Preston (aka Nate Preston), Colde, and Charli. From perusing the web it appears that they were beloved and played around a lot, but that they broke up in late 2003. Any other info on them would be welcome.

Get Into the Underground Groove Night School 7", 2002
Kill Rock Stars, no. 393

A1. The Gossip, "Snake Appeal" (1:43)
A2. The Supreme Indifference, "A Lick in Time" (2:41)
B1. Erase Errata, "O.M.S.F.N." (1:58)
B2. Sleetmute Nightmute, "The V&V Girls" (1:23)

Jumping ahead a few years, The Gossip put out this split single with Tracy and the Plastics, which is an art-music project by "lesbian-feminist video artist" (thanks wikipedia) Wynne Greenwood. When performing, the band consisted of Greenwood (as Tracy) alongside two pre-recorded versions of herself (the Plastics--Nikki and Cola). A fabulous idea, which you can read all about at the T+TP website.

The Gossip/Tracy and the Plastics, Real Damage 7", 2005
Dim Mak, no. 75

A1. The Gossip, "Left Out Now" (2:48)
A2. The Gossip, "Sleepers" (2:57)
B1. Tracy and the Plastics, "Dawn Feather" (2:58)
B2. Tracy and the Plastics, "Save Me Claude" (0:49)

Next up are a couple of split singles featuring Erase Errata. The first actually predates the KRS comp by a year, containing one of the song's from the band's first album Other Animals as well as a more exclusive track. On the flip side is an instrumental by Black Dice, a Brooklyn-based experimental noise-rock band consisting of Bjorn Copeland, Aaron Watson, Eric Copeland, and Hisham Bharoosha. Read more about them at their website.

Black Dice/Erase Errata split 7", 2001
Troubleman Unlimited, no. 80

A. Black Dice, "Untitled #5.5" (4:55)
B1. Erase Errata, "The Shade" (1:53)
B2. Erase Errata, "French Canadia" (1:47)

And finally, the Erase Errata/Sonic Youth split single. I don't really think Sonic Youth needs any introduction, but it is notable that their song on this single is an alternate version of a song from their album Sonic Nurse (with the glorious Richard Prince paintings), re-written to fit into this single's Mariah Carey theme. Gotta love the Mariah Carey theme. Oh, and also this is Buddy Series Vol. 1 on Narnack Records, but no further volumes ever came out.

Sonic Youth/Erase Errata split 7", 2003
Narnack, no. 2

A. Sonic Youth, "Mariah Carey and the Arthur Doyle Handcream" (5:01)
B. Erase Errata, "Glitter" (2:32)

Get all four singles here.

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