On today’s show, I got to meet the legendary KatieJane Garside. You might know her from her 1990s glitter-punk band Daisy Chainsaw, or from industrial band Test Department, or her duo Ruby Throat, with partner Chris Whittingham. Ruby Throat has morphed into their latest project: liar, flower, and their debut album, “Geiger Counter”, was released on May 1st.
I was out jogging the other morning (not to worry–you could probably race right past me if you were walking–I’m not the world’s fastest runner), and listening to Geiger Counter. The leadoff track, “I Am Sundress”, was a sweet, soft affair, perfect for the early morning quiet of my residential neighborhood. Immediately after that, “My Brain Is Lit Like An Airport” came on, and slammed me into overdrive with its high intensity ferocity. And that’s how it goes–the album is at times beautiful and melodic, and at times aggressive and ferocious. The dynamics and emotional range are stunning. I knew this record would be quite a ride.
KatieJane and her family had been living on a sailboat, traveling the world for a few years, and the music that she and Chris made at the time reflected that. It wasn’t practical to bring loud amplifiers about a boat. But they returned to the southeast part of the UK, where they’ve been land-based for a while, so they had the ability to turn the volume back up. And the name for the band, and the songs themselves, found KatieJane, quite literally, as that’s how she works. For example, the track I was listening to (My Brain Is Lit Like An Airport) was the result of a somewhat impromptu 1-1/2 hour recording session. KatieJane and Chris sort of mined the song from the recording, cleaned it up, and turned it into a finished piece. No wonder it sounds so spontaneous.
KatieJane is a true artist, in every sense of the word, and she has a great relationship with, and respect for, her fans. Learn more about her, and purchase Geiger Counter at http://www.katiejanegarside.com/. Some packages include some of her artwork, prints, comic books, and more.
This show featured a whole lot of great music, new and old, including a handful of tracks I hadn’t played in years. Give a listen–you’re sure to find something you love.
Artist | Title | Album
The Pretenders | Precious | Pretenders
The Judybats | Convalescing In Spain | Native Son
Taters | Queen of the USA | Single release
Yung Wu | Shore Leave | Shore Leave
Mike Farrell | Rock & Roll Letdown | Tomato Vortex: Another SacPop Album
Sam Phillips | Pretty Time Bomb | Human Contact Is Never Easy
Trip Wire | Act Fast | Once & Always
Poplord | I’d Fall Down | Full/Filled
JonEmery and the Unconventionals | El Camino / Ranchero | Wrecked
Desario | Down Among Them | III
Danny Wilkerson | How She Lost My Heart | Wilkerson
Jody Porter | Vanishing Act | Pacifier
The Handcuffs | Dirty Glitter | Waiting For The Robot
The Orange Peels | Mystery Lawn | So Far
Lost Forty Fives | On The Inside | Faith And Glory
The Armoires | (How Did You Make) A Mistake Like Me? | Zibaldone
Crowded House | It’s Only Natural | Woodface
Crooked Flower | Dancing | Into The Light
NRBQ | It Feels Good | Ridin’ In My Car
Sex 66 | My Dying Day | Grew Up Down
Susan Greenbaum | Run to Me | Wake Up!
Pugwash | Easier Done Than Said | Silverlake
Lannie Flowers | He’s Got Himself | Home
Natalie Cortez | I Wanna Ride | Backyard
Led Zeppelin | Hots On For Nowhere | Presence
KatieJane Garside interview
liar, flower | my brain is lit like an airport | geiger counter
liar, flower | geiger counter | geiger counter
Sunshine Boys | The World Turning Round | Work and Love
Bud Rogers | Santa Monica Sunshine | Whiteout
Bellygunner | Medicine | Machine Gun Built For Two
Steve Barton | How Can I Believe | Tall Tales And Alibis – album 1
Lisa Mychols | The Man With The Golden Gun | Songs. Bond Songs: The Music Of 007
Molly Grue | Anyway | The happy ending cannot come in the middle of the story
Fishbone | Party at Ground Zero | Fishbone
The Corner Laughers | Sisters of the Pollen | Temescal Telegraph
Rachel Taylor Brown | Mt. Athos | Falimy
Anton Barbeau | A Proper Cup Of Tea | Waterbugs & Beetles
Little Guilt Shrine | One Two | Boy Girl Boy
Amoeba Teen | Like A Hit To The Head | Medium Wave
The Whiskey Saints | Before My Time | 24 Hours
Rachel Taylor Brown | Little Gyre | Run Tiny Human
Frank Black | Two Reelers | Teenager of the Year
Glen Campbell | Try A Little Kindness | The Very Best Of Glen Campbell
Dolph Chaney | Diet Of Worms | Rebuilding Permit
Elk City | 25 Lines | Everybody’s Insecure
Matt Langlois | Let Your Sunshine Out | Merde!
Curtis Mayfield | Superfly | The Very Best Of Curtis Mayfield
Richard X. Heyman | Incognito | Incognito
Lindy LaFontaine | I Might Not Love You | Lindy LaFontaine
Los Lobos | I Got Loaded | How Will The Wolf Survive?
John Wesley Harding | Kiss Me, Miss Liberty | John Wesley Harding’s New Deal
Plasticsoul | Therapy | Therapy
Kat Jones | Blood Under the Redwoods | Single release
Glenn Case | No Vacancy | Growth
The Bobbleheads | Joey | Myths And Fables
Roger Joseph Manning Jr. | Funhouse | Glamping
The Jimi Hendrix Experience | Bold as Love | Axis: Bold as Love