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The Spin I’m In: From Sao Paulo to Paris

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"Let's Make Love and Listen to Death From Above"
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Last weekend in the Southern California desert, Coachella, one of the best festivals in the US for true music fans went down. I've been to the festival a few times and while fantastic and fun, it's brutally hot during the day. I didn't go this year, but a friend drove out there on a whim with only jeans and a dress shirt and I'm told literally traded a complete stranger a glass of fresh squeezed orange juice for the strangers' extra pair of shorts in his backpack. The negotiations went back and forth for five minutes. Tough trade…now "that's hot".  What's amazing is that almost instantly, photos and videos were coming in from the festival via the internet, as well as live blogging.

While I knew of a lot of the newer bands on the line-up this year, there were equally as many I did not. One of these newer bands did seem to ring a bell however and it turns out it was here at FDL in the "comments" section that I was first introduced to what is now by all accounts a worldwide underground sensation out of Brazil, (the band) CSS. The reason why they were brought to my attention here a few months ago was because a fan had a video up on YouTube of a cover CSS are doing of a song that I wrote and performed with my band, L7. 

At the time, I thought the band and video were fun and clever, but I had no idea that CSS would explode to this level so quickly! There they are, critic's picks from all over the planet, virtually unknown outside of Brazil until about six months ago and packin' em in at Coachella.

I repeat: Paris Hilton danced to CSS covering L7. You could not possibly invent a more flabbergasting third-wave feminist mindfuck…

CSS's songs are strangely infectious, and thanks to fan documentation postings on YouTube, their live shows look like a blast. Just the way I like it. Their tour of the USA starts on June 1st in NYC. When they swing through LA again I'll definitely go check them out. But CSS had better watch out, I have far better dance moves than Paris.

Playlist after the flip.

 

The Spin I'm In: From Sao Paulo to Paris

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Artist

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Napster

AMG

Alala

CSS

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Club Action

Yo Majesty

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Straight Outta Compton

NWA

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Music Is My Hot, Hot Sex

CSS

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Satanic Speakers

Static Static

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When My Love Comes Down

Grinderman

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May The Road Sing W…

The Amadans

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Alcohol

CSS

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Donita Sparks

Donita Sparks

Donita Sparks is a singer/songwriter living in Los Angeles, CA. Her first solo record, Transmiticate, has been released nationwide and a US tour is booked for Spring and Summer 2008. Donita is also the co-founder and front person of the rock band L7 who have released six studio albums.

Her original scores can be heard in the upcoming feature film The Life of Reilly starring Charles Nelson Reilly and in online projects for Activision and Microsoft. In 1991 Sparks and L7 formed Rock For Choice with the Feminist Majority Foundation staging numerous concerts benefiting pro-choice organizations.
Donita has been a contributing writer at Firedoglake since July 2006 with her music column The Spin I’m In.

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