Ani DiFranco, Bif Naked, Billie Holiday, Jian Ghomeshi
Jian Ghomeshi, Pt. 6
It has been a while since we updated on this case, so here is some recent news of note from the last couple of months (in reverse chronological order, meaning most recent at the top, of course):
1) Ghomeshi now faces three new charges of sex assault, bring the total to six women. He is out on bail and his next court date is February 4.
2) It was announced that two high-level CBC executives were put on immediate leave in the wake of the scandal.
3) His publicist fought publication of a planned Toronto Life story about his love life.
4) CBC is removing (almost all) of Ghomeshi’s interviews from their online content “for now.”
Ani Difranco – Reprieve*
I fell in love with this record. I hear a lot of Ani, and this one was just completely arresting. Yes, it’s a bit dark, with hurricane Katrina on its mind, but all the emotional, political, cultural and personal insight is fully intact. If you buy one Ani album this week, make it this one. Amazing!
Ani Difranco – Not A Pretty Girl*
This, her fourth album, straddles her early days acoustic poetry slammings and her more experimental later stuff. Songs like Worthy and 32 Flavors are well known, where something like The Million You Never Made (among all the others), or Tiptoe, with its incredible intro, are other hits you need to hear. This is gritty, real, and fantastic.
Bif Naked – I Bificus
This is one I always knew about, and of course I had heard songs like Moment Of Weakness and Chotee, which I’m sure you’ll know as well. To step back and look at the album as a whole I recognize it as a very vital, energetic, excellent rock record chock full of great songs, while Lucky and Any Day Now offer some rest from the loud and fast. But all of it demands your attention, as you spin through. Very excellent record.
My copy has Boomtang Boys Mixes of Spaceman and Lucky tacked onto the end, which I thought totally sucked. I hate dance mixes, even on songs where it isn’t so much of a stretch (Spaceman). Blech. Completely skippable.
Billie Holiday – Lady In Satin^
Holiday always had a knack for conveying sadness and pain with such beauty so this, recorded not very long before her death and with her voice cracking and fragile and yet still so damn arresting, is unquestionably required listening for any and all of you who don’t yet own it. The production is so clear that, in the good headphones, it sounds like she’s right here in front of me. Absolutely mind-blowing. ESSENTIAL.
* Purchased during last year’s trip to Toronto with Mike!
^ Mine is a CD remaster of this 1958 classic.