huge breasts on a waitress
strawberry ice cream
an umbrella looks after me politely
sunlight looks after a water-bug
musical drunkards blow across empty wine bottles
my cigarette and I get dreamy
a siren tightens on the horizon
hemming in my time
in the courtyard of a tearless water-tap’s roar
effortless autumn’s risen selflessly.
- Bei Dao, Forms of Distance (1994, trans. David Hinton)
You compose modern poetry
You are a monster.” — Xi Xi, My City
Top 5 Female Broken Social Scene Vocalists
5 - Elizabeth Powell
Also of - Land of Talk
Experience - Touring member, fall 2008
Defining moments - tough to say, without having seen that tour.
Version of Anthems - Tentative.
Liz is at a bit of disadvantage here, having never actually recorded with the band, but she gets high marks from me for doing double duty as a guitarist.
4 - Amy Millan
Also of - Stars, Solo
Experience - Appears on most of Broken Social Scene, several tours
Defining Moments - Bandwitch, Hotel
Version of Anthems - lacks a little oomph.
I’m probably undervaluing Amy, who provides backup vocals on several of the other ladies’ tracks and could suffer from not being quite as distinctive, in my mind.
3 - Leslie Feist
Also of - Feist
Experience - Intermittent, tours and records as an ancillary member.
Defining Moments - 7/4 Shoreline
Version of Anthems - Funny, I can’t really find one where she’s alone. I thought for sure this would make a foolproof rubric.
I enjoy the energy she can bring, but I find her vocal performance kind of rangy and live she seems to lack some of the control necessary for some of the more layered numbers.
2 - Lisa Lobsinger
Also of - Reverie Sound Review
Experience - Appears on Forgiveness Rock Record, current touring front-woman (since 2005)
Defining Moments - All to All
Version of Anthems - Seems to vary. Wasn’t blown away live, but youtube suggests this isn’t always true.
Deceptively strong voice, versatile enough to cover Emily and Feist’s songs. Unavoidably adorable. Who doesn’t love a willowy, bare-footed chanteuse with an enormous crown of golden hair?
1 - Emily Haines
Also of - Metric, Solo
Experience - Founding member, You Forgot It in People, subsequent cameos.
Defining Moments - Anthems, Swimmers, Sentimental X’s
Version of Anthems - Definitive. (Naturally)
The sultry, sexy soul and root of a fine tradition of female BSS vocalists to come. A little busy doing her own thing these days though, tragically not lining up Metric’s tour schedule a little more deliberately.
This Recording is a fucking excellent website. With a tumblr, even.
I’m a grown man, doin’ my grown dance” — Mr West