Sunday, July 08, 2007

so who's rockin now?

Recently, well not really all that recently actually much to my chagrin, the always stylish Beckeye tagged me with a Rockin' Girl Blogger award, and this was despite my Canadianity, so I am doubly honoured. I'd like to thank my choreographer, my stylist, my fabulous publicist (not the one whom I sued, the other one), and of course, my lawyers. You are all my besty friends and without you I would be just another gorgeous, wealthy, multi-talented Girl Blogger with millions upon millions of non-readers (a phrase shamelessly stolen from Just A Cool Cat, but don't tell him). But now, I am a Rockin' Girl Blogger.

It now falls to me to exercise my supreme powers and bestow this award upon five other girl bloggers what rock. This responsibility is not to be taken lightly, and was a matter for much soul-searching and sleepless nights (or was that the sprained foot thing?).

My first inclination was to award this to the rockingest girl I know, my very own resident offspring, but alas she shuns the Blogger format in favour of other cooler social networks. "I read it on my mother's blog" are not just misheard Tokyo Police Club lyrics any longer.

So I am instead humbled to touch the sword to the shoulder of the following girl bloggers who display supreme rockism:

Allison: always on the cutting edge, an unerring ear for an insanely catchy tune and a good handclap, and well versed in Brit slang to boot.

Phlegmfatale: cut her teeth on all the classic underground greats, and now supports those subverting the
current music scene (ie the divine Leslie and the Lys), always on the ready with a good yarn, and a trained opera singer on top of it all.

Toccata: a multi-talented classical musician herself, she has been keeping me enthralled with her adventures in art and music live from Montreal this summer. She is forgiven for not loving Radiohead by virtue of her love for Great Lake Swimmers and Jarvis Cocker.

Mellowlee: covers all the bases in music, from the blues classics through to the today's tattooed and beehived torch singers, and makes the most amazing punk Christmas cds you will ever hear.

Deb: the queen of classic grunge, and a contender for the Matthew Good supporter of the year award.

You Girl Bloggers are all ROCKIN' (and there are so many others
as well, who are equally deserving whom I was not allowed to acknowledge). The task falls to you now, to go forth and honour five other Girl Bloggers what ROCK. Use your powers wisely and for good, not evil.


Allison said...

Aw, thank-you Barb!! I've learned some excellent slang from you :)

You left not an easy task, can we repeat?

Personally, my favourite line in this post (aside from the glowing words said about moi, I mean come on, I'm a blogger, narcissism is expected)...

"but alas she shuns the Blogger format in favour of other cooler social networks. "I read it on my mother's blog" are not just misheard Tokyo Police Club lyrics any longer."

Nice!! Eva's got some cool glasses.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

You are a rockin' girl blogger, Al, I think you can make up your own rules now.

Narcissism is expected - hahaha that pretty much sums it all up, doesn't it? Guilty! And yes, the misheard lyrics keep rearing their ugly head and sometimes they chose to make themselves into social commentaries at the same time.

Don't you think Eva looks like Jarvis with those glasses?

Dale said...

That Beckeye's got at least one good eye Barbara, you definitely rock the blogs. Nice nominees too!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Beckeye has quite possibly the most exquisite good taste ever encountered, Dale (present company excluded, of course). Let's have a big old mutual admiration society party to welcome you home!

Beth said...

Can't wait to read the blogs I haven't read yet!

And you deserve the honor more than just about anyone, Barbara. I'm secretly jealous of your vast indie knowledge, and you've turned me on to several bands.

Now take that blog power and get Will & Ben's Record Room up and running again — or start your own.

BeckEye said...

I knew someone was talking about eye was twitching. I won't tell you which one.

Deb said...

oh dear...I feel rather inadequate in this pool of very "in the know" rock girls. Although I do admit that grunge is my specialty, so at least I've got that covered.

Problem...I think most of the girl bloggers that I know are here....I'll have to dig deep as I can only think of one or two.

Thank you your royal highness of music...I truly am honored to be in the same company as you gals.

Karen said...

Alas, I am a chick who blogs but I do not rock. Sad... Can I get an honourable mention? ;)

Joe said...

I'm dizzy from all the rockin'!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Aw shucks, Beth, you've got me scuffing my toe in the dirt with my cheeks flaming red.
I miss Will and Ben's Record Room - it was a great site till I joined haha! Personally I think YOU would be an excellent candidate to resurrect it.

I never realized that you had more than one actually, Beckeye. And we talk about you all the time, but we usually use one of your pseudonyms.

Don't kid yourself, Deb, you rock as hard as all getout. And I'll bet your kids would even tell you that, which is a true sign of rockage.

You are one of the rockingest, Karen. I had to leave some good ones for some other folks, didn't I? And your Tom Jones obsession hardly counted against you at all.

It gets scary when all the girls get going, doesn't it, Bubs? Lock up ipods!

John Mutford said...

Hey, I'm starting to think this club isn't all that exclusive! Just kidding. It was well deserved (much more than mine). All of us Rockin Girls should get together and do the Vagina Monologues or something.

Beth said...

I'm flattered that you think I could get the Record Room up and running again, but I don't write about music as well as you or Allison do. I'm more of a "it makes me dance, and makes me happy, and reminds me of 1984" sort of writer. No wonder my neighbor Paste magazine keeps ducking my calls.

Allison said...

Perhaps instead of resurrecting, forming something new that would allow for you to describe music in such a manner, Beth ;)

I don't want to speak for you Barb, but seeing as we've been on a few blogs together, I think you'd agree its more work then you think, especially one devoted just to music.

Then again, what do I know. As soon as I joined it met its demise :)

mellowlee said...

Wow, thank you Barb *mondo hugses*
I will do my best, and as Allison says, I may have to repeat.

Dale said...

Barbara - have you seen the Madonna / Gogol Bordello duet on La Isla Bonita from the Live Earth concerts? I'm thinking of joining the band.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

We could all meet in Regina for that, John! I'll bet they stage a great Regina Vagina Monologues.

Beth, you're not giving yourself near enough credit - those are the best kinds of music reviews. But Al is right, yes you are Al, those sideblogs are a lot of work. I felt like I was always "on". Not that that is necessarily a bad thing.

You make the rules now, Mel! And you got tagged twice I hear, so I think you own the place now.

Thanks Dale, I just checked it out now! I know quite a few people were pissed off that Gogol Bordello ditched T in the Park, but I imagine it is pretty hard to saw no to Madonna.
Actually only two of the guys were from the band, the rest were dancers, but I could see you fitting in either group. As long as you flex your pecs like you always do, you are a shoe-in.

justacoolcat said...


Just kidding atleast it was stolen for my favorite cause; Rocking!

And as we all know something stolen for a good cause isn't stolen at all; it's liberated.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Akk! Who told you? Just A, I like to think that your phrase has been liberated with great reverence and love.