not an april fool's day joke
Thanks to Ed Droste for telling us about Chandra Oppenheim, who was 12 years old in 1980 when she recorded her 4-song Transportation EP. Apparently, there's not too much info about her to be found, but from what I've gathered from various points across the internets, 12-year-old Chandra was backed on Transportation by either: a. post-punk band The Dance, or b. another post-punk band called the Model Citizens (depending on the source). Andy Warhol and Mary Tyler Moore were fans, she commanded up to $1000 a night to play some of NYC's hottest clubs, and she even made an appearance on Captain Kangaroo. It's sort of obvious that she wrote the lyrics here, as they're teeming with the kind of pre-teen angst only a 12-year-old girl could come up with, but Chandra ended up with something more akin to a young Deborah Harry than novelty kid's music.
(mp3s via Waxidermy)
In case you hadn't noticed, De La Soul was added to the exceedingly awesome Pitchfork Music Festival lineup, along with Malkmus, the New Pornographers, and Battles. We're feeling pretty good about the value of those 3-day passes we bought for $45 bucks, because that makes two of our favorite hip-hop acts of all time on the bill. So now if you guys could go ahead and add A Tribe Called Quest, we'll be all set.