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Throwing Muses / Kristin Hersh / 50 Foot Wave

Post by Paquito » Thu Aug 21, 2008 11:12 am

Just thought I'd start this after seeing Kristin Hersh's Paradoxical Undressing show last night in Edinburgh.

I'll be honest and say that I didn't know what to make of it - I knew it was going to be spoken word stuff interspersed with songs but I thought it would have had some sort of narrative structure to it, but it was a bit of a jumble. The first spoken word piece was superb - this rolling, rambling, Kerouacian thing, very beautiful and poetic. The rest of it was less successful - a piece on mental illness using snakes and wolves as metaphors and pieces on band life with the Muses in general. I guess it's still a work in progress, that was pretty much admitted from the start but it's interesting that she's doing something a bit different from the usual record-tour-record routine.

And the records speak for themselves obviously. The first few Throwing Muses LPs are superb as is the first KH solo LP. I remember buying that and listening to it late at night once in a state of fragility shall we say. Me And My Charms came on and it reduced me to a bit of a wreck. It's fair to say that it still does.

Any other Muses/KH folks out there?
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Post by Mr Bear » Thu Aug 21, 2008 11:18 am

Yes! I must admit that they're not a band I know extensively, but I got University when it came out and loved it, then got The Real Ramona and loved it more. I don't know how highly regarded University is among Muses fans in general, but there are still songs on it that sound bloody fantastic.

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Post by Paquito » Thu Aug 21, 2008 11:25 am

I really liked University when it came out, Bright Yellow Gun is a fantastic tune and obviously got them a bit more exposure. Limbo, the LP that followed, wasn't that great and pretty much signalled the end.

I need to do some revisiting!
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Post by darvé » Thu Aug 21, 2008 11:34 am

Is University the album with Bright Yellow Gun on?

I never really bothered with that album, or the one after (Limbo?) I do own them both though.

I've been having a bit of a Throwing Muses revival of late (and a Belly one too) so i put the early albums and EP's on my Ipod as i never really listened to them that much, i couldn't really see past Red Heaven or The Real Ramona for ages - Red Heaven was the first album of theres i got, i loved that record so much back in the 90's Firepile, Dio, Pearl, Summer St. It still sounds great today.

I really liked the last Kristen Hersh album that came out last year (or 2006?) too.

So are Throwing Muses still a going concern? i know they played a handful of gigs about 4-5 years ago, but true to form, i was on holiday when they came to London. I've love to see them live again.
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Post by indiansummer » Thu Aug 21, 2008 11:38 am

i love University... and my mate made me a tape of Kristin Hersh-related stuff in about 1998 which had loads of good stuff. i like the early Throwing Muses stuff i've heard, although it doesn't even sound like the same band. And her first solo album is patchy and goes on a bit, but i'd be hard pressed to argue with songs as good as Your Ghost or Me And My Charms.

Suspect i'm more Tanya Donnelly then Kristin Hersh, either way.
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Post by squirrelboutique » Thu Aug 21, 2008 11:51 am

Around the time her first solo record came out (Hips and Makers?) she out out an ep called Strings that was absolutely perfect. My copy disappeared somewhere, and I keep forgetting to get another one. There are always at least four or five of them on Ebay.

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Post by andyroo » Thu Aug 21, 2008 4:18 pm

squirrelboutique wrote:Around the time her first solo record came out (Hips and Makers?) she out out an ep called Strings that was absolutely perfect. My copy disappeared somewhere, and I keep forgetting to get another one. There are always at least four or five of them on Ebay.
That record is fantastic. I haven't heard it for years. My flatmate in Sydney was absolutely obsessed with Throwing Muses and Kristin Hersh... er, she actually genuinely thought that the band Guided by Voices was a Kristin Hersh side project. How I laughed. And her and her mate used to sing "Bright Yellow Gun" in comedy Southern accents so now that's how I hear it in my head.

I also think it's gas the Muses have an album called The Real Ramona because my wife's name is Ramona. It is a great record, but for some reason the song I keep going back to is "Not Too Soon" which is a Tanya song. The one that goes "Don't remember..." is good too, what is it, "Counting Backwards"?

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Post by alongwalkhome » Mon Aug 25, 2008 5:59 pm

One of my first gigs was Throwing Muses and it completely blew my mind. It was the Hunkpapa tour.They were so cool and sloppytight and I was just this kid from the suburbs and I was all like, "Woah, chicks!!" I worshipped Tanya Donnelly. There were all these art school 20-year olds and I was all awe struck.

Still nothing like an alone-in-your-bedroom disco w/"Not to Soon" and those crazy tribal drums and cat growls. Genius.

Nothing substantive here; just nostalgic.

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Post by susanb » Tue Aug 26, 2008 4:23 pm

davo wrote:Red Heaven was the first album of theres i got, i loved that record so much back in the 90's Firepile, Dio, Pearl, Summer St. It still sounds great today.
I think it was the first album of theirs I got too, and it's still one I listen to frequently (I'm listening to it now after reading this thread). Playing guitar and singing along to Firepile, Pearl and Backroad must have driven my poor parents mad. I think Hunkpapa and The Real Ramona are my favourite albums, though I do really like House Tornado (& The Fat Skier) too. I enjoyed the last album quite a bit when it came out, but I haven't listened to it a lot since then.
davo wrote:So are Throwing Muses still a going concern? i know they played a handful of gigs about 4-5 years ago, but true to form, i was on holiday when they came to London. I've love to see them live again.
I don't think they've played together as a group since those gigs, but I'm not sure. I missed them when they played in Glasgow as well due to being on holiday.

I've got Sky Motel, Sunny Border Blue and The Grotto. I've been meaning to get Hips and Makers for years and never seem to get round to it. I've got some 50 Foot Wave stuff as well, but I can't remember what exactly and I can't find any on my ipod just now.
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Post by indiansummer » Sun Jul 18, 2010 1:25 am

tonight i went to see an acoustic set by Kristin Hersh.

AND SHE WAS AWESOME

<3 <3 <3

what a voice, what a guitaist, what a lyricist...

....but mainly what a fucking presence.

kristin rules.
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Post by indiansummer » Mon Nov 07, 2011 8:37 am

saw Throwing Muses yesterday and left feeling much the same as i did after the Kristin solo show last year

it's an absolute joy to watch David Narcizo play drums
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Post by indiansummer » Thu Jan 16, 2014 7:54 pm

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Post by noLooking » Mon Mar 17, 2014 3:08 pm

I loved Throwing Muses in my youth and go back to them occasionally. Always loved 'The Curse' live album best, which sounded really fierce and loud. Anyway, enough reminiscing, I just wanted to say I've just found a load of stuff by Throwing Muses here, which she appears to be giving away. I don't really know what it is yet, but I though someone else might be interested.


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Post by noLooking » Sun May 18, 2014 4:13 pm

a layer of chips wrote:This is all very exciting.

http://www.kristinhersh.com/appearances/
What does 'special guest' mean? Is Tanya playing with them or doing her own stuff? And why can't she just rejoin properly, so I can die happy?

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Post by noLooking » Tue Oct 14, 2014 12:34 pm

Image

Bit of a coup for hhbtm, I'd have thought:

http://hhbtm.com/item.php?item_id=447&category_id=1
http://hhbtm.com/item.php?item_id=448&category_id=1

I'd be interested to see whether any of the extra stuff is included, or it's just the album.

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Post by humblebee » Tue Oct 14, 2014 1:26 pm

I went along to a Muses/Tanya gig on the recent UK tour. I didn't enjoy the Muses set at all - but then I've never been into them, so. Tanya's solo set at the start was absolutely bloody wonderful though. It was a mix of new solo stuff, Belly songs, and 'Not Too Soon'. She had kind of an acoustic band. It was stunningly good.

Tanya also joined the otherwise three-piece Muses on stage for some of their set.

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Post by Cloudy Cat » Thu Oct 16, 2014 6:58 am

A friend saw the Muses ( that's what we old fans call them ) the other night. So jealous. I didn't even know they were touring again. I loved their first lp so much, it sounded so individual, Hate My Way, what a tune. I had such a crush on Kristin Hersh, still do, and I was lucky enough to see them back in 88 when the Pixies supported them. One of the best gigs ever and Kristin handed me a piece of paper with Fish scribbled on it. I think she was telling me to be a sailor and roam the seven seas but I never did because I get terrible sea sickness, I feel I've let her down.

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Post by Philip Marlow » Sun Mar 06, 2016 2:48 am

Every so often, one of your heroes treats you.

This is from last 2014.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5gVKlYFdh4
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Post by Philip Marlow » Sun Mar 06, 2016 3:04 am

And then there's one of her best songs of recent years...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1GkqsYs_iA

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