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Female Appreciation Month Day 3

Here's Yael Naim covering Britney Spear's "Toxic". The first time I heard this I did a double take - really? She's really covering Britney? - but then I remembered that music in Israel is a lot more commercial, I found, and also this is a fucking awesome cover of a song that was essentially a shallow, pointless excuse for Britney to wriggle onscreen. Here is what someone with depth, passion and subtlety can do with the same song.

The song Yael Naim is known for is "New Soul" - here's a link to that. Triple J gave it a lot of airplay. It's sampled on the latest Girl Talk album. And Apple used it to launch and promote the new Macbook Air. This last one catapulted her into the Billboard Hot 100 at number 9, making her the first Israeli solo artist to ever be in the US Top 10 charts. Naim was born in Paris to French and Tunisian Sephardi-Jewish parents. She moved with her family to Israel when she was 4. (all info from Wikipedia)

I love "New Soul" a lot, it's so upbeat and happy but it's also really deep and thoughtful. The self-titled album on which it sits is utterly gorgeous - there are songs in English, Hebrew and French and she sings all three languages so clearly that I can understand bits of the Hebrew and French songs and can also sing along. Listening to this album reminds me of Israel, my family, Paris, long summer days and green grass. It's just so joyful, simple and pure.

Margo Lanagan. A reminder to me that, what with all that is cruel and unfair and unjust in the world, true talent and skill will, at the end of the day, always triumph. And I should have faith.

I don't know that I love reading her work, I don't know that I *should* love reading it. I know that whenever I get a new piece of her work I feel a thrill shiver up my spine and put the piece to the side to savour and to read as a reward or as a reminder that there are good writers out there writing. Lanagan's work is confronting and gruelling to read. She offers the enviable combination of beautiful, exquisite writing paired with grotesque horrifying imagery. My favourite piece of hers from last year was a version (a foul version) of Hansel and Gretel called "The Goosle" which made me feel physically ill after reading. I haven't finished reading her new novel Tender Morsels but what I have read so far is very very disturbing.

The thing though that gets me about Lanagan is not that what she is describing is stomach churningly revolting, though it is, but that more often that not, her tales are of children being placed in situations where they are unprotected and being taken advantage of by adults for their own pleasure. She shines a light on the disturbing and gruesome parts of our own world and forces us to confront the truth about some children's life experiences. And she reminds us that to be too sheltered leaves us unprotected against the real evil in this world. Lanagan's view is unflinching and her glare is severe. Her work is unforgettable, controversial and brilliant.

Not a new discovery but rather a kick arse suggestion in the spirit of this project - thanks carolryles - Chrissie Hynde with "Hymn to Her":

She will always carry on
Something is lost
Something is found
They will keep on speaking her name

Link List
Hottest 100 and Sexism - the event that kick-started this.
My addendum to the Sexism of the Hottest 100 An addendum, and the first mention of Female Appreciation Month
Female appreciation month - A call out to suggestions for the month
Female Appreciation Month Preamble - the first official post of Female Appreciation Month.
Female Appreciation Month Day 1 - Gossip, Deborah Biancotti and Joni Mitchell.
Female Appreciation Month Day 2 - Regina Spektor, and J K Rowling.

Female Appreciation Month Introduction - Pharaoh Katt - joining me in this event and covering another month's worth of Female Appreciation
Female Appreciation Month Day 1 by pharaoh_katt- Amanda Palmer, Tamora Pierce and Cibo Matto.
Female Appreciation Month Day 2 by pharaoh_katt- Freezepop, Felicia Day and Patricia Brigg

babalon_93 appreciates Madonna
benpayne discovering new female artists in honour of Female Appreciation Month starting with Amiina


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Jul. 18th, 2009 12:28 pm (UTC)
What lovely memories to entwine with this song!
Jul. 16th, 2009 11:00 pm (UTC)
I really love Kate Miller-Heidke's cover of Toxic.

Jul. 18th, 2009 12:28 pm (UTC)
Just came across Kate Miller-Heidke - I'll look out for it.
Jul. 18th, 2009 12:33 pm (UTC)
I first saw her on the Sideshow!
Jul. 18th, 2009 12:33 pm (UTC)
What's the Sideshow?
Jul. 18th, 2009 12:35 pm (UTC)
The TV show that was on the ABC a year or so ago, Paul McDermott and a lot of weird acts? It was brilliant but sadly short lived.
Jul. 18th, 2009 12:36 pm (UTC)
Oh ok. Yeah, no I never saw that
Jul. 17th, 2009 04:45 am (UTC)
I do like this cover of Toxic, but I also gotta say I also dig Britney's original. It's the only Britney song I dig.
Jul. 18th, 2009 12:27 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I just ... can't do the Britney thing
Jul. 18th, 2009 12:34 pm (UTC)
Also bonus points for the use of a sample of Britney's Toxic in a Doctor Who episode...
Jul. 18th, 2009 01:20 am (UTC)
I love Britney's original of Toxic, though. Britney Spears is a fabulous example of the stealth creepy of western pop music and it's just so easy to dance to!
Jul. 18th, 2009 12:26 pm (UTC)
I just can't go there! I thought about it a lot, and I just can't.
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