Posts Tagged ‘Twin Sister’

Underwater Visitations Episode #7: The Maids Episode

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

When I stumbled upon Maids at a one-off Upstairs CD-R show at Coco66 this Spring, I remember stopping dead in my tracks, covering my ears in pain, and being unable to stop mouthing the words, “Abandon All Hope All Ye Who Enter.” Behind a suffocating wall of smoke, the 2-man rhythm section of New Jersey’s Big Troubles could be seen down on the ground in matching child’s poses, bowing in deference before a projection of a giant floating head — not unlike the Wizard himself, pictured above. I could barely make out what type of gear they were using, but the squall they produced was so debilitatingly loud that I couldn’t help remembering the one time I saw Whitehouse play and actually experienced the sensation of my ear drums being stretched to the ripping point. Funny thing, is Maids sound like nothing like Whitehouse. As I learned when Sam Franklin (also of No Demons here) rolled up to Newtown radio last Sunday, they simply layer purring drones and lackadaisical pentatonic keyboard scales until the room gets so saturated with sound that you actually end up getting a little scared. Probably all the more so because they are clean-cut surburban dudes who play in indie rock bands and show up on stage with their shirts tucked in.

Underwater Visitations Episode #7: The Maids Episode
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Unofficial Backyard Memories, Installment #3: Twin Sister, “Saturday Sunday”

Friday, April 9th, 2010

Twin Sister- Saturday Sunday- Live- Micro-Pixel-Rites from Samantha Cornwell on Vimeo.

In 2009, at the height of the era of poor fidelity, Twin Sister dropped out of a cloud with a reminder that “slick” is not — and should never be mistaken for – a four letter word. In this respect, I think they definitely stood out from the other bands we had the honor of hosting at the Micro-Pixel-Rites 2010 SXSW showcase just a few weeks ago. And understandably so: with a lockstep instrumental friendship unit spinning spool after spool of what I can only describe as pure liquid gold, and a preternatural young woman who sings each and every one of her vowels like it has its own story to tell, how could they NOT stand out anywhere?

After seeing the live video Samantha cooked up for their rendition of “Lady Daydream” on that halcyon Austin afternoon — and which PIXELHORSE has posted here — I bugged her to make yet another for “Saturday Sunday,” a new song that instantly sunk its claws into my admittedly sun-baked synapses. Never in my wildest dreams would I normally be tempted to call Twin Sister post punk, but the stumbling rhythms and teutonic vocal delivery on this one almost make me feel like I am sitting in lipstick and torn denim between Ari Up and Nina Hagan on a park bench in Berlin, gazing lazily at the graffiti on the Western façade of the Wall and wondering what lies beyond.

A Family Affair: Micro-Pixel-Rites Unofficial Backyard Showcase, SXSW 2010

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

Like the supremely chill afternoon of live music and bbq that the Underwater Peoples hosted at a cattle ranch outside of Austin the day before, MicroPixelRites’ SXSW debut on Thursday, March 18 was a family affair — and not only because it united a host of musicians, label people, and “blogger types” who were already acquainted either online and off. Even if you rolled up to a sea of strange faces, the afternoon was so long and the summer camp vibe was so strong that you were pretty much bound to leave feeling like you had known everyone there since you braved your first canonball off the dock. I know we are adults now, but it was just that kind of day.


Monday, March 22nd, 2010

SXSW 2010 was as blissed-out an exercise in excess as an exercise in excess can be. All in all, the Visitation Rites mobile reporting team (videographer Samantha Cornwell and I) probably caught more sun, saw more live bands, walked more miles, ate more tacos, drank more beer, laughed more, bickered more, took more photos, tweeted more tweets, shot more video, and reunited with more old friends than in all of 2009 combined. After five consecutive days of non-stop partying and documenting, however, we couldn’t help feeling a bit crestfallen when we realized that SXSW wouldn’t last forever.


Tuesday, March 16th, 2010


Remember when I told you that Thursday’s Micro-Pixel-Rites SXSW showcase was inspired by an obscuro musical collab between none other than Annie Lennox and Aretha? Well here, coming at you just two short days before our very own Austin frolic of beer, bands, and babes, is Micro-Pixel-Rites’ official video homage to sisters everywhere, past and present, doin’ it for themselves. And also our brothers, of course.


Monday, March 1st, 2010

Micro-Pixel-Rites Presents: Unofficial SXSW SHOWCASE and BBQ

Thursday, February 25th, 2010


Elise Oh, Georgia Kral, and I had been contemplating throwing a joint SXSW showcase for some time when we stumbled upon this insano musical collab between Annie Lennox and Aretha Franklin over at the Pixelhorse headquarters the other day. Needless to say, we realized that we, too, were capable of making our dreams come true. Visitation Rites, in collaboration with fellow lady-run blogs Pixelhorse and Microphone Memory Emotion, is proud to announce a sunny Austin afternoon of beer, barbecue, and babes — not to mention 10 of our favorite acts in independent music right now. The party will drop on the 18th of March into the same grassy backyard where After the Jump Fest hosted its own unofficial party in 2008 and 2009, and will feature the following friends, in no particular order: