Archive for November 1997

Coed Naked Sex show review

From the December 1997 issue of Coed Naked Sex (an Ohio zine). It’s reviewing a show I did at Lounge Ax in Chicago on 6/8/97, where I opened for USA and Smog.

<…> Edith Frost was first up, and they did some mildly swaying plaintive ballads.  I almost started to cry again.  There were six people up on stage, but I’m not sure what they were all doing.  Edith led the gang though some vaguely alternative country tunes, occasionally turning around and pulling guitarist Jim O’Rourke’s chin up so he wouldn’t make an imprint on his chest.  I didn’t mind.  Edith seemed like a nice lady.  <…>

Colmar, France

Can’t remember the name of the club!

With: Boxhead Ensemble doing a live soundtrack to the film Dutch Harbor

My band: Michael Krassner (guitar); Julie Pomerleau (violin); Ryan Hembrey (bass); Jim White (drums)

Theater d’Arras (Arras, France)

photo by Mathieu DrouetWith: Boxhead Ensemble doing a live soundtrack to the film Dutch Harbor

My band: Michael Krassner (guitar); Julie Pomerleau (violin); Ryan Hembrey (bass); Jim White (drums)

Photo by Mathieu Drouet

L’Usine (Reims, France)

With: Boxhead Ensemble doing a live soundtrack to the film Dutch Harbor

My band: Michael Krassner (guitar); Julie Pomerleau (violin); Ryan Hembrey (bass); Jim White (drums)

Mention in the Tribune

I made #4 in Greg Kot’s list of his favorite 15 local releases of 1997, in the Chicago Tribune

Painterly songs delivered in a variety of chamber-pop settings by an admirably restrained singer. Frost’s characters don’t demand much — "I don’t want to be too happy / Just enough to tide me over" — but their commonplace lives, shadowed by doubt and quiet desperation, are gracefully illuminated.

L’Olympic (Nantes, France)

With: Boxhead Ensemble doing a live soundtrack to the film Dutch Harbor

My band: Michael Krassner (guitar); Scott Tuma (guitar); Julie Pomerleau (violin); Ken Vandermark (saxophone); Ryan Hembrey (bass); Jim White (drums)

I got to meet Dominique A and Francoiz Breut that night.  Neat-o!

Nantes, France

photo by Edith FrostJulie Pomerleau goofing around with a public toilet. We were touring with the Boxhead Ensemble.

Zoo Bizarre (Bordeaux, France)

My first time in France, and my first show in Europe, at Zoo Bizarre in Bordeaux.

With: Boxhead Ensemble doing a live soundtrack to the film Dutch Harbor

My band: Michael Krassner (guitar); Julie Pomerleau (violin); Ryan Hembrey (bass); Jim White (drums)

Ready to fly

I’m waiting for Ryan to come pick me up to go to the airport. Everything’s ready, the cat box is clean, everything’s more or less picked up, the carpet is vacuumed, and I have placed sticky notes on every surface explaining how things work to my housesitting pal. ("jiggle it!" on the toilet, "mi comida es su comida" on the fridge etc.) I didn’t finish getting ready until like 5am this morning… you know what I did all night, instead of packing? I was playing this stupid game on the Internet called HoverRace. It’s really kewl, it’s like a steeplechase thing where you get to race with other players live on the net. You can even chat with the other players while you’re racing. It’s so fun, you should try it!! But it’s real addicting.

Well I better get my ass in gear here. Ryan just called and he’s on his way! So I’m going to France.  Yes.  In my UNDERPANTS.  ;-)

Took out the pruning shears

Well, guess what. My not-quite-ex-husband finally sent me something to sign, so we can start to get the divorce happenin’. It’s not everything, but it’s something, which is really good compared to what I had before which is nothing. My sister Lucie, who’s a lawyer, advised me that it would probably be a good idea if I erased the stuff I’ve said about him in this here diary… so I guess I’ll do that now. My sister’s a corporate lawyer in Texas — she doesn’t have a license to practice law here or in New York, so she can’t officially help me. But she can at least tell me without a doubt that it’s not a good idea for me to be talkin’ shit about anybody on my website. Okay, Lucie, whatever. It’s nothing that I’m ashamed of, and I *really* don’t care who knows that stuff, but I’m sure you’re right.


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Oberlin show review

A show review that appeared in the Oberlin Review (Oberlin, Ohio)…

<…> Edith Frost, a transplanted Texan now living in Chicago, was a delightful opening act who moved the crowd with her strong vocals and simple guitar playing. Backed up only by an electric bass player, Frost sang beautiful, quirky songs with titles like "Blame You" and "Secrets," about love both found and misplaced.

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The Sco (Oberlin, OH)

photo by Laren RusinOpened for Freakwater at the ‘Sco (Oberlin College)

My band: Joe Ferguson (bass)

Photo by Laren Rusin


New passport picture

click for larger imageI hate it.  I look like I’m bald but I really have a ponytail.

Overexcitement

I’m getting SO excited about the trip to France! Braden King and Mike Krassner, they’re organizing the thing and they’re working like dogs to get the tour happenin’. And they’ve done a lot for me, to make sure that my part of the show is really special. The band is going to be amazing… it turns out that Ryan Hembrey really is going along with us, and so is Julie Pomerleau, a wonderful violinist I’ve been working with lately courtesy of Bobby Conn. Mike Krassner’s going to play guitar and Jim White from the Dirty Three is going to play drums wherever he can. I think Ken Vandermark’s going to be there too!!! (A saxophonist, of the free-jazz persuasion.)


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To post or not to post?

I haven’t written in this thing in awhile… I’ve been avoiding my whole website entirely for the past few weeks. I think the whole diary thing has been giving me the willies… for awhile it was alright because my friends & cohorts didn’t know about it. But now I keep getting comments from people I know… it’s kinda creepy. I seem to really be bothering some people with the things I’m talking about. And my friends, some of them are really shocked that I’m doing this. They’re asking me if I’m okay (of course I’m okay!) and asking for details about what I’ve written. I don’t mind, really — they’re only asking because they care about me — but it is a little weird and I’m not really prepared to talk about this stuff face-to-face with some of these people. I think the embarrassment started the day that I sat there and watched Ryan Hembrey read the stuff I’d written about him… I hadn’t really read that stuff after I’d posted it, and it really freaked me out, all the goofy stuff I’d said. Ryan was totally cool, he was laughing; it didn’t bother him but *I* was mortified. So anyway I’ve been wondering lately whether it’s a good thing to have this diary online. I’m trying to decide.


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