Archive for September 2001

Passing Show review

A review by Lee Tran Lam that appeared in the October 2001 issue of Passing Show (Macquarie Univ., NSW Australia)…

Edith Frost’s voice reminds me of crisp shadows and evening air: composed and cool. There’s also a soft crackle to her vocals, like the burn of a tinder-caught spark. Add the rustic twang of strings, the moody linger of guitar, piano, and considered percussion, and you have Wonder Wonder, Frost’s follow-up to Telescopic. Whether sadly introspective or quietly joyful, the songs on her latest album still exude a gentle acoustic grace. During the lilting saunter of "Hear My Heart", Frost sings, "Can our hearts decode / all the text implies / can I look into your hardened old eyes?" On Wonder Wonder‘s last tuneful and unconsciously affecting track, she intones, "as long as you’re decided, I can’t stay mad at you."

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CFBU Freq review

A review by Russell Gragg of my album Wonder Wonder that appeared in the October 2001 issue of CFBU FREQ (St. Catharines, ON)…

Album number three from this Chicago-via-Brooklyn-via-Texas singer/songwriter.  Though she’s not really covering any ground that wasn’t trod upon on 1999′s Telescopic, she does what she does and she does it with remarkable understated charm.  Picture Lucinda Williams torching her way through the Bacharach/David songbook and you’ll have an inkling of the depth and breadth of Wonder Wonder.

The Hideout (Chicago, IL)

Played at the Hideout with Central Falls and Perio opening

My band: Jim Becker (guitar, violin, keyboards), Amy Domingues (cello, keyboards), Ryan Hembrey (electric bass, backing vocals), Adam Vida (drums)

Detroit Contemporary (Detroit, MI)

Played at Detroit Contemporary with The Americans opening

My band: Jim Becker (guitar, violin, keyboards), Amy Domingues (cello, keyboards), Ryan Hembrey (electric bass, backing vocals), Adam Vida (drums)

The Grog Shop (Cleveland, OH)

Played at the Grog Shop with the Cash Brothers and Brian Straw opening

My band: Jim Becker (guitar, violin, keyboards), Amy Domingues (cello, keyboards), Ryan Hembrey (electric bass, backing vocals), Adam Vida (drums)

Millvale Industrial Theater (Pittsburgh, PA)

Played at the Millvale Industrial Theater with Boxstep opening

My band: Jim Becker (guitar, violin, keyboards), Amy Domingues (cello, keyboards), Ryan Hembrey (electric bass, backing vocals), Adam Vida (drums)

Time Out New York article

An interview by Jay Ruttenberg that appeared in the September 27-October 4, 2001 issue (#313) of Time Out New York. The interview itself took place over the phone on September 8, 2001.

Chill factor: Windy City singer-songwriter Edith Frost nips at our ears and hearts with two new albums

Her voice overflows with an earthy sweetness one typically encounters on dusty country records, yet singer-songwriter Edith Frost ignores distinctions between old and new, city and country, art and kitsch. Her Chicago apartment is loaded with Hello Kitty tchotchkes and cowgirl memorabilia; 15 feet of vinyl eat away at her living room while her hard drive swells with MP3 files. She bought her first modem in 1982, launched her first website in 1994 (it was devoted to cowgirls) and currently maintains a site about her music so thorough that it lists crummy reviews alongside raves and even highlights the portions of her interviews that she deems most embarrassing.

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Ottobar (Baltimore, MD)

Played at the Ottobar with the Anomoanon and the Translucents

My band: Jim Becker (guitar, violin, keyboards), Amy Domingues (cello, keyboards), Ryan Hembrey (electric bass, backing vocals), Adam Vida (drums)

Black Swan Club (Tivoli, NY)

We were the only band; it was the club’s opening night party.

My band: Jim Becker (guitar, violin, keyboards), Amy Domingues (cello, keyboards), Ryan Hembrey (electric bass, backing vocals), Adam Vida (drums)

TT The Bear’s Place (Cambridge, MA)

Played at TT the Bear’s Place with Willard Grant Conspiracy and Tiger Saw

My band: Jim Becker (guitar, violin, keyboards), Amy Domingues (cello, keyboards), Ryan Hembrey (electric bass, backing vocals), Adam Vida (drums)

Mercury Lounge (New York, NY)

photo by Jodi ShapiroPlayed at the Mercury Lounge with Patricia Vonne and The Moonlighters opening

My band: Jim Becker (guitar, violin, keyboards), Ryan Hembrey (electric bass, backing vocals), Adam Vida (drums)

Photo by my pal Jodi Shapiro, who would never get mad at me for stealing this picture! ;-)


Tucson Weekly review

A review by Brian Mock of my album Wonder Wonder that appeared in Tucson Weekly (Tucson, AZ)…

In a world where the airwaves are hijacked (I know, sorry) with cookie-cutter singer-songwriters of the fairer sex (Sheryl Crow, Shawn Colvin et al.) who seem to put more of a premium on sex appeal than originality, it’s good to know there’s someone like Edith Frost to take us away from it all for a little while.

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Philadelphia Inquirer review

A review by Dan DeLuca that appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer

Chicago chanteuse Edith Frost moves between the Windy City’s alt-country and indie-experimental music axes. Her third album, "Wonder Wonder" (Drag City), is a reflective, shrewdly produced affair that makes deft use of strings and horns where appropriate. Frost’s distant-yet-emotive voice is sounding more and more like that of fellow Chicagoan Liz Phair these days, but her self-possessed songs of heartache are full of a gentle wistfulness all her own.

Black Cat (Washington, D.C.)

Played at the new location of the Black Cat Backstage with Dame Fate opening

My band: Jim Becker (guitar, violin, keyboards), Amy Domingues (cello, keyboards), Ryan Hembrey (electric bass, backing vocals), Adam Vida (drums)

Vincent’s Ear (Asheville, NC)

With Drug Money opening

My band: Jim Becker (guitar, violin, keyboards), Amy Domingues (cello, keyboards), Ryan Hembrey (electric bass, backing vocals), Adam Vida (drums)

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