October 20, 1995 |
Frothy, funny singer/songwriter Jill Sobule became a household name this summer, thanks to a controversial track from her self-titled album that got huge play on radio, MTV and VH1. "It's been a very mixed blessing," says Sunday's Tin Angel headliner, "being known as the 'I Kissed A Girl' girl. With each album ("Jill Sobule" is actually her second), "I want to have something that's kind of quirky and nutty, though I never really thought this song would be on the record. It was kind of a goofball thing, and I never thought it would wind up the single.
October 26, 2012
Jill Sobule A self-described "two-hit wonder," singer-guitarist Jill Sobule has built a devoted fan base through her incisive, topical songwriting and endearingly inspired performances. In the years since her groundbreaking 1995 single "I Kissed a Girl" and follow-up VH1 hit "Supermodel," Sobule has branched out, combining storytelling and singing (with comedian/actress Julia Sweeney for The Jill & Julia Show ) and composing songs for a new staging of Isaac Bashevis Singer's gender-bending Yentl . With her mix of ironic, story-driven character studies and heart-felt ballads, the 47-year-old Denver native's material covers diverse topics ranging from the Christian right to '60s sex kitten Joey Heatherton.
July 22, 1997 |
The Body Remembers Lorraine Feather (Bean Bag) Here's another apple that hasn't fallen far from the tree. Singer/ lyricist Lorraine Feather is offspring of the late, great jazz critic and sometime song lyricist Leonard Feather and does her old man proud with this confidently voiced and deliciously offbeat set. The operative term is cool pop-jazz, primed for the adult alternative market. Working her neuroses to entertaining effect, Feather reveals the humorous horrors of being around her during "off" days in "Touchy," gets wacky as she's scouring the house and singing "Where Are My Keys" and becomes her own mother as she criticizes herself for conduct "Very Unbecoming.
March 18, 1997 |
"Duncan rocks the TLA," shouted an audience member at singer-songwriter Duncan Sheik's sold-out show at the Theater of the Living Arts on Sunday night. The shy newcomer seemed surprised that anyone would be shouting at him, much less jamming into a theater to see him. "No, you guys are rockin' the TLA," he joked. "I'm just hangin' out. " If the New York-based Sheik seemed slightly awkward in his first large headlining spot, his material certainly isn't. Opening for Jewel last year, he quietly upstaged her folk fluff.
July 29, 1997 |
Right from the start, it was clear that the Lilith Fair, which came to Camden's Waterfront Entertainment Center on Sunday, was not going to be like other all-day music festivals. The very first song from the day's opening performer, Jill Sobule, was a vindictive little number called "Margaret" about a girl who "developed early," and was thus among the popular girls in high school. Sung from Sobule's recollections as a less-popular teen, the song was a bundle of feminine insecurity - covering everything from body image to male friendship to the cruel cattiness of women.
November 24, 2003 |
With opposition to corporate globalization, media consolidation, and the war in Iraq on the agenda, and notorious rabble-rousers Billy Bragg, Steve Earle and Tom Morello on the bill, the Tell Us The Truth tour threatened to make for a long night of preaching and pontificating at the Keswick Theatre on Friday. But while none of the performers - who also included leftist rapper Boots Riley of the Coup, singer-songwriter Jill Sobule, Lester Chambers (of 1960s band the Chambers Brothers)
March 14, 1997 |
"Snitches. Stitches. Witches. " Jill Sobule is doing the Dr. Seuss thing, trying to figure out a good rhyme because the word she came up with for her new single isn't going to cut it on the radio. "It wasn't like I was being Snoop Doggy Dogg," she says of the song "Bitter. " "Remember Elton John: 'The Bitch Is Back?' How'd he get to use it?" It was midafternoon in her New York apartment, and she was tired after her late-night show for industry types. She'd been watching the video for "Bitter," worrying that she looked like a secretary.
July 28, 1995 |
With Michael Jackson beaten up by "Pocahontas," the Summer of '95 islooking again like another biggie for soundtrack albums. In fact, 18 of theBillboard 200 albums this week are movie music fare, and there's a flood morebubblin' under. Like the ditzy teen flick, "Clueless" (Capitol) 1/2 is entertainingand topically on-target as a soundtrack, blending a couple rambunctiousrappers - Coolio's "Rollin' with My Homies" and the Beastie Boys' "MulletHead" - with frothy modern rock.
July 25, 1995 |
It was a crisp spring night and I was driving past my old school - a Catholic girls academy. A lovely clear night with a sky full of stars, in a quiet, tree-shrouded neighborhood. The big white stone convent of my Catholic girlhood loomed near. On my favorite alternative rock station, a lyrical but upbeat song started to play. The words didn't catch me right away. Then I heard the female singer bouncing out the first stanza of the chorus: Her lips were soft, Her lips were sweet.
July 20, 2012 |
MUSIC Getting Warped Bleeding edge rock fans should be as happy as pigs in slop as the umpteenth Vans Warped Tour takes charge with tons of loud, loud music and lifestyle attractions. Top-billed attractions Taking Back Sunday, All Time Low, The Used, New Found Glory, Anti Flag and Mayday Parade lure you in. But there are also another 70-plus bands vying/begging for attention, covering the musical waterfront from punk to hardcore to hip-hop. (Promoters like to point out that previous "unknowns" that worked Warped for peanuts include No Doubt, Katy Perry, Blink 182 and Sublime — so you never know.)