Magazine article Artforum International

Johanna Fateman

Magazine article Artforum International

Johanna Fateman

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Johanna Fateman is a musician, a writer, and an owner of Seagull Salon in New York. She is working on a book about Andrea Dworkin.

1 KANYE WEST'S PERFORMANCE OF "NEW SLAVES" ON SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE West artfully used the dead vibe of the SNL studio to highlight the minimal instrumentation of "New Slaves" and to make the bitter political content of his lyrics and performance seem as out of place as possible. It was an unforgettable and poetic show of rage, restraint, and vulnerability.

2 NO BRA, CANDY (self-released) 4 Susanne Oberbeck has very long hair, sings like a butch Nico, and performs shirtless. Layering menacing sprechstimme over skeletal electro tracks is her hallmark, but there are more live elements in the mix this time. The catchy lead track, "Minger," sounds like the funk-inflected No Wave of the Bush Tetras.

3 DAWN RICHARD, WHITEOUT (Our Dawn Entertainment) Though R & B/pop songwriter Richard is best known as a member of Danity Kane, I love her cinematic solo stuff, which she sets in a sexy and austere mythic realm. Her Whiteout EP was my sound track to last year's snowy season. If you like Kate Bush, Roni Size, and Cassie, maybe this is your cup of tea, too.

4 HAIM, DAYS ARE GONE (Columbia) This band reminds me of Fleetwood Mac, the Pretenders. and Joan Armatrading. Haim's album is glittering and up-tempo, with all the stompy drums, intimate vocal harmonies, and cool guitar parts we've come to expect from these three sisters (and one guy) from LA.

5 FUTURE WIFE. WE'RE GONNA DIE (Virtual Label) Future Wife is experimental playwright Young Jean Lee's "indie rock" band, and this CD release is based on her theater company's existential cabaret production We're Gonna Die. Lee's monologues and songs feel almost taboo--they deal with tragedy, isolation, and mortality in a disarming, forthright manner. …

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