Today half of the women in America will make or break the General Election as part of Super Tuesday. They can choose to vote smart or vote along gender lines. It is my hope, for the future of everyone involved, they do the right thing and vote smart.
As a tribute to the women voting today, I would like to offer up the best "Chick Singers" I have stumbled across in quite a while. The past couple of years have been very good for female singer songwriters. M.I.A. is blowing the roof off the joint, while Jenny Lewis is reminding us that music is always better when a bit caustic. Regina Spektor is a revelation and Feist is supremely cool. Aimee Mann continues to make great music and Cat Power, while overrated still makes very solid records. If Amy Winehouse can get off the pipe, we will enjoy her voice for years to come and Neko Case is still reinventing county music.
So, who is next?
Here are two nominees for best new female artist (singer/ songwriter category).
First of all we have Basia Bulat from Canada (yes, another Canadian). What a voice and what sweet (yet, substantial) music. Check out her video (gotta love the autoharp and band of bear percussionists)*
I also recommend Emily Haines and the Soft Skeleton (even more Canadians). Emily is from Broken Social Scene and Metric (2 great bands). This is spooky, deceptively simple music reminiscent of Over the Rhine and good Cat Power (the old stuff) with some Indie Pop flourishes. The video for Our Hell is yet another disturbing animal video. Watch it here.