the original hilton sisters
The more I listen to Marissa Nadler, the more I regret missing her intimate (maybe 10 people) show at Red Hunter's loft during SXSW. I've always thought that Marissa sounds a little like Neko Case, if Neko had born around the turn-of-the-century (the 20th century, kids) . Her sad and entirely haunting reverb-heavy vocals are perfectly suited for ballads lamenting such tragic figures as the original Hilton Sisters (no, not those morons):
Violet & Daisy Hilton
Daisy and Violet Hilton were a pair of conjoined twins who toured in the U.S. sideshow and vaudeville circuit in the 1930s. The Hilton Sisters "were among the highest paid sideshow performers in history, earning up to $5,000 per week during the height of the Great Depression. They appeared on stage with performers such as Bob Hope and Harry Houdini, and on film in Tod Browning's Freaks (1932), and in the excruciatingly terrible bio-pic Chained for Life (1950). Sadly, a string of lovers treated the twins just as badly, financially speaking, as had their former managers. Ill-equipped professionally or emotionally to manage their own affairs, the Hilton Sisters gained and lost several fortunes." On January 6, 1969, the twins were found dead in their home of the Hong Kong Flu. (source)
- Marissa Nadler Daisy & Violet mp3
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Paris' Toy Fight keeps getting better with each song. I'm really digging this new one. Head over to their myspace page to download three more.
Toy Fight The Soldier mp3
Finally, The Long Winters' new record, Putting The Days To Bed, comes out today. John Roderick explains some of the lyrics to Indie Interviews.