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Tuesday , December 14, 2010
Soundtracks: Some Girls Crushing Love
Juliana Hatfield’s band Some Girls put out their second record this week, and if all were right in the universe this post would include a scan of the Juliana-centric fashion spread that Sassy ran in its feature well sometime in the early ‘90s. But in real life, my mom threw away all of my issues of Sassy whilst on a basement-cleaning jag sometime in the late ‘90s. I remember the headline was something to the effect of “Torn Jeans Do Not a Rock Star Make,” and Juliana mostly wore stuff like grey cardigans and simple black mini-skirts. There might have been a shot of her posing with her guitar, one leg bent in the air, ballerina-graceful but still somehow slightly awkward.
I’ve loved Juliana Hatfield forever partly because she’s glamorous in this quiet, slightly scrappy, a little bit tomboy-ish way that always felt very accessible to me. And because she plays the hell out of her guitar while at the same time making these perfect pop songs with self-effacing lyrics that can twist up your brain or break your heart or do both at the same time. Which is why Some Girls’ new release Crushing Love is one of my favorite albums so far this year (line I love most: “This song is a poor man’s ‘Love Me Do’/ And I am a poor man’s you”). Listen to a few tracks at their MySpace page, including the mean but undeniably awesome “Hooray for L.A.”
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