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    Posted: December 09 2008 at 16:13
Experimental / A'cappella / Other

"nerdy-sexy-commie-girly"

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http://www.myspace.com/charminghostess
charminghostess.us

http://www.klezmershack.com/bands/charming/eat/charming.eat.html

Ground and Sky review - Charming Hostess - Eat

Ground and Sky review - Charming Hostess - Punch

Sea of Tranquility - The Web ...

Gnosis2000.net - Charming Hostess

http://www.stylusmagazine.com/reviews/charming-hostess/sarajevo-blues.htm

http://rateyourmusic.com/artist/charming_hostess

I'm listening to Sarajevo Blues now; very good. 

EDIT: I can send some samples to an interested team.  Hopefully some of you guys will be familiar with the music (it's listed in a number of Prog sites).  And please, share impressions.  Thanks.


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 10 2008 at 15:30
I heard a few songs from them. Don't they have one or two albums on Recommended?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 10 2008 at 15:40
Thanks for the response. I don't know if they have albums on Recommended.

Here's the wikipedia article:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charming_Hostess

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Charming Hostess
Jewlia Eisenberg, Cynthia Taylor, & Marika Hughes (L to R)
Jewlia Eisenberg, Cynthia Taylor, & Marika Hughes (L to R)
Background information
Origin Oakland, California
Genre(s) Vocal music
A cappella
Experimental Music
Ethnic Music
Jewish Music
Years active 1999–Present
Label(s) Tzadik Records
Members
Jewlia Eisenberg
Former members
Nils Frykdahl
Dan Rathbun
Carla Kihlstedt
Wes Anderson
Nina Rolle

Charming Hostess is a band that grew out of the Oakland avant-rock scene in the mid-1990's.

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[edit] Current Work

Today, the music primarily springs from three women with an emphasis in the body--voices and vocal percussion, handclaps and heartbeats, sex-breath and silence. The work grows from diaspora consciousness: both Jewish and African. Stylistically, Charming Hostess incorporates doo-wop, Pygmy counterpoint, Balkan harmony and Andalusian melody. Contemporary influences on the band include Meredith Monk and Reinette l'Oranaise. The music often explores existing text and overlays the composer's (Jewlia Eisenberg) own questions of authenticity, montage, and the effect of music on non-verbal languages.

The 2002 CD (Trilectic, Tzadik Records) explored the political/erotic nexus of Walter Benjamin and his Marxist muse, Asja Lācis. The 2004 CD (Sarajevo Blues, Tzadik) sets Bosnian poetry by Semezdin Mehmedinović as a form of love and resistance to the brutalization of war.

Their self-described genre is "Nerdy-Sexy-Commie-Girly". Charming Hostess is Jewlia Eisenberg, Marika Hughes, Cynthia Taylor and often Ganda Suthivarakom and Pameliya Kursten (all vocals).

[edit] Early Work

The pre-2002 Charming Hostess (also known as Charming Hostess Big Band) was a rock band that embraced a genderf**k sensibility (the women often wore mustaches while the men wore dresses). Early Charming Hostess music drew on women's vocal traditions (primarily from Eastern Europe and North Africa), and integrated them with American folk forms both white and black. Charming Hostess was founded in the fertile anarchy of Barrington Co-op (aka Barrington Hall), and nurtured by the West Oakland arts community, along with other coeval bands such as Fibulator and Eskimo. Half of Charming Hostess was also in Idiot Flesh/Sleepytime Gorilla Museum. The final effect was of a hoedown where bodacious babes belted the blues in Bulgarian while a punk-klezmer band rocked out in accompaniment.

The genre of this incarnation of ChoHo is described by the band as "Klezmer-Punk/Balkan-Funk". Recordings of Charming Hostess Big Band include "Eat" (Vaccination, 1998) and the new "Punch" (ReR, 2005) Charming Hostess Big Band was: Jewlia Eisenberg (voice, direction), Carla Kihlstedt (voice, fiddle), Nina Rolle (voice, accordion), Wes Anderson (drums), Nils Frykdahl (guitar, flute, saxophone, percussion), and Dan Rathbun (bass).

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 10 2008 at 15:51
Hey Logan, we'll take a listen but it might be a while.  That goes for all RIO/Avant suggests, but please do keep the suggestions coming, and we will get to them.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 10 2008 at 15:58
No worries; no hurry for an evaluation -- sometimes I post such topics as much because I enjoy the music and want to share the experience as much as get it in the archives.  I don't think that this is an easy one (it is folk/ world, klezmer, blues, experimental/ avant with some punk).  If you get the time soon though, or anyone, have a listen to The Tunnel -- very enjoyable.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 10 2008 at 16:01
I know James really likes a "klezmer" sound, so it'll be interesting to get his take. 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 10 2008 at 16:09
Actually it turns out they have been cleared for addition.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 10 2008 at 16:20
Cool, I didn't check the charts before.  And unanimously (all who voted) cleared for addition at that for RIO/ Avant.  I wonder when that was.
Charming Hostess           RIO/Avant/Zeuhl Chart: Cleared

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