Posts Tagged ‘Holly Miranda’

WHO: Los Angeles band Warpaint Emily, Theresa, Jenny, Stella.

COMPARISONS: An all-girl The xx, The Breeders in 2011 with a hint of Holly Miranda.

WORTHY: It’s chick experimental rock with balls, and their videos are almost like art.

MORE: Warpaint is one of those “bigger in the UK” bands at the moment, touring Austrailia and the UK in the next few months…AND FINALLY,  a band that Spacey Tracy, founder of Pulp Carnivale, and I can actually agree on.


What’s the matter? You hurt yourself?
Opened your eyes and there was someone else?
Now i’ve got you in the undertow.
Now i’ve got you in the undertow.
Why you wanna blame me for your troubles?
Ah ah ah you better learn your lesson yourself.
Nobody ever has to find out what’s in my mind tonight.


Holly Miranda, one of my “Babewatch” picks of ’09, took part in the CMJ line-up on Saturday, 10/23, as part of Baeble’s live music sessions at Bowery Electric in the East Village, NYC.  Miranda still falls under one of the best vocalists to come out of the Brooklyn scene (in my humble opinion), and Kanye West’s endorsement of her track, “Slow Burn Treason”, via his blog in early ’09 helped give her that buzz.  During her acoustic set, she belted through “Waves” and “Pelican Rapids”, but “No One Just Is” was the haunting standout. 

Video of “No One Just Is”:


“Pelican Rapids”

About a year ago, I had to give Holly Miranda a Babewatch shout-out, because she not only carried the range and songwriting talent that’s hard to find within mainstream “pop”, but also because she has that non-egotistical and hot edge that translates to marketability.  Kanye West took to his blog a year ago to sing her praises and TV on the Radio’s Dave Sitek took charge of the production behind her debut album, The Magician’s Private Library, out tomorrow February 23rd under XL Recordings.  She’s a fresh take on Mazzy Star and Cat Power, with some bite.  Check out an amazing cover of Tool’s “AEnema” and download the MP3 here, thanks to Lizzyville.


This morning, I came across this awesome little interview that Time Out New York JUST had with newcomer Holly Miranda, as she slowly becomes a buzzword around the New York City music circuit. 

Things I learned:

1) She was born in Detroit and dropped out of school at 16 to move to NYC, where she started playing shows in the East Village.

2) Kanye West is a BIG fan and The New York Times and Vanity Fair have already expressed their fascination with Miranda. 

3) She’ll be a spectator at Coachella, mostly to witness Leonard Cohen do his thing.

4) She follows Steve Buscemi on Twitter.

5) She carries her Wonder Woman poster wherever she moves.

Check out the interview here.  


Holly Miranda has teamed up with TV on the Radio’s Dave Sitek to help produce her first album (release date TBD) – some tracks available on her myspace page.  Her vocals will conjur up comparisons to Cat Power, her music feels like the Portishead we loved from the days of “Dummy”, and although her experimental sound will tap into a niche crowd, it’s safe to say that crowd will be pleased.

It’s like Mazzy Star reincarnated.