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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Watch The Premier of Wendy & Lisa’s Newest Scoring Adventure, “Prime Suspect”!

Tonight, on NBC, you can watch the premier of “Prime Suspect”. According to the show’s website "Prime Suspect takes a look inside a New York City homicide department. The series stars Maria Bello ("A History of Violence") as tough-as-nails NYPD homicide Detective Jane Timoney, an outsider who has just transferred to a new squad where her new colleagues already dislike her.” The show is based on a “critically acclaimed” UK television series of the same name.

I have seen the show’s commercials and it looks very interesting (if you are into police dramas). Aside from the interesting plot, however, you will be able to listen to none other than Wendy & Lisa performing the score! Lately, they have been hard at work composing the score for each episode and I can’t wait to hear what they have in store for Prime Suspect. The show appears to definitely have a different feel from Heroes, Nurse Jackie, Carnivale, Crossing Jordan, and even Snoops, so it will be interesting to see what they come with to help tell a story that appears to be more ‘gritty’ than their past television series.

Prime Suspect will air Thursdays on NBC.  Be sure to check your local television listings for the time!

Lisa Coleman Appears in "Put The Needle On The Record"!

As reported from Wendy & Lisa’s Official website, Lisa Coleman was interviewed for a new book called PUT THE NEEDLE ON THE RECORD. According to Amazon, “Put The Needle on The Record is pop culture historian Matthew Chojnacki's definitive guide to 7- and 12-inch vinyl single artwork from the '80s." Wendy & Lisa have their own page in the book, containing the "Satisfaction" 12" single artwork + Lisa's commentary. The author, Matthew, also included a great quote from Lisa on a page pertaining to Grace Jones!

Not only do you get additional insight from Lisa, but 20% of the author’s royalties from Put the Needle on the Record will be donated to the Keep a Child Alive foundation, which provides first class AIDS care, treatment, surrounding support, and food for children and families affected by HIV/AIDS in Africa and India.

It’s a win-win!

Put the Needle On The Record is now available. Choose your Amazon country link to purchase.
Amazon: US| UKCAN| GER| | FRA| JPN

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Happy Birthday to Lisa Coleman!!!!

Today is Lisa’s birthday!!! I, along with other fans, wish you a very happy, wonderful, exciting-yet-relaxing, loving, and spectacular birthday! May you enjoy today, remember how much you are loved by your family and friends, and feel grateful for another year! Wishing you many more!!!

You can leave Lisa a birthday message on the Wendy&Lisa Facebook Page: W&L Facebook Page

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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Wendy & Lisa team up with F-Deluxe (formally “The Family”) For a Concert!

Wendy & Lisa will be special guests during a concert headlined by F-Deluxe. The concert will be Friday, September 23rd at Largo at the Coronet in Los Angeles, CA. If you would like to purchase tickets, click here: F-Deluxe with Wendy&Lisa

For those of you in the Oakland, CA area, F-Deluxe will be performing 2 shows on Sunday, September 25 (one at 7pm and one at 9pm). Wendy&Lisa will not be special guests at these shows. However, if you would like to purchase tickets (link for 7pm show), click here: F-Deluxe - Oakland

Lisa Coleman Talks About Composing and The Evolving Craft

Lisa Coleman talks about television composing in an interview with WNYC 93.9 FM. During the interview, she discusses the continuing trend in short TV themes (if there is even a theme) and elaborates on some of the scoring work that she has done with Wendy. If you would like to hear the interview, click here: The Evolution Will Be Televised

Girl Bros. Presents fdeluxe Midnight Gaslight (Jackhouse Remix) | Wendy and Lisa

Wendy and Lisa have teamed up with F-Deluxe (formally ''The Family') for a funky remix of F-Deluxe's "Gaslight". Unfortunately, I could not copy the html code for the player so that you could listen here. However, you can click on the following link and listen to the cool remix from Wendy & Lisa's "Official" site!

Girl Bros. Presents fdeluxe Midnight Gaslight (Jackhouse Remix) Wendy and Lisa [Official Site]

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Wendy & Lisa’s “Snapshots” Provides A Beautiful Picture Into Their Musical Past

Wendy & Lisa have a new EP called “Snapshots”. The EP is a compilation of music that they have created during the past 15-20 years, but was never released for one reason or another.   The music provides an intimate view into Wendy & Lisa’s musical creativity when it is unbounded by big record company limitations, worries of music sales, and expectations of others.  Snapshots provides a little something for everybody; the rockers, the dancers, and the mellow.

Perfect Stranger
The first track proves that Wendy & Lisa can make a hit in any genre that they can desire; from the gospel “I Think It Was December”, to the funky “Are You My Baby”, to this rock-infused “Perfect Stranger”.  As the liner notes explain, this song was written to be the theme song for the 90s television show “Snoops”. Although a Blondie song beat the ladies out for the title theme, “Perfect Stranger” as well as Wendy Melvoin did actually make it onto the show (see the 10-minute mark in Snoops Part 1 for Wendy performing Perfect Stranger and watch Snoops Part 2 for the second half of the program). The song is fun, reminiscent of 80s punk rock, and has the near-risqué lyrics to go with it: “I’m reaching in inside of you, you can feel it, I’m gonna make it hotter and hotter” (although the last lyrics could be “harder and harder”). However, the punk-rock, guitar infused Perfect Stranger proves that Wendy & Lisa can master any sound that they set their minds to.

The EP then completely changes course and presents us with the dreamy, funky, instrumental “Time”.  The song begins with a rush of upbeat strings and keyboards but unexpectedly turns to a funky guitar riff. The song continues to alternate between the dreamlike strings/keyboards and funky guitar riff to give you the best of both musical worlds in the same song.

Water To The Wave
The EP then moves on to one of my new all-time, favorite Wendy & Lisa songs, “Water To The Wave” (WTTW) with lyrics written by Lisa Coleman.  It is a shame that the song never made it onto the Soul Food soundtrack (as told in the liner notes) so that we could have enjoyed this incredibly beautiful song much sooner. Part love-song, part romantic lullaby, WTTW takes the listener on an auditory journey through the elements: “I would trade the stars for you, paint the sunrise on the moon, romanced by your every move, I’m like water to the wave” and “Like the waves that move the sea, it’s your love that carries me.” Lisa’s beautiful piano playing along with Wendy’s equally beautiful vocals carries the listener on a wonderful voyage through love and tranquility. As beautiful as the first 3:12 is, however, the last minute-and-a-half is exceptional. A drum machine coupled with Lisa’s ethereal playing definitely changes the song into an experimental sound that I would find hard to believe anyone saw coming. Like “Time”, it’s a song built upon another song except, this time, a surreal almost funky groove replaces the lullaby love song. From the first time hearing this song, it instantly became one of my Wendy & Lisa favorites.

Rosalyn switches the tempo of the EP once again and we return to an upbeat dance groove. The track features funky guitar riffs that are a signature of Wendy’s playing. The song almost sounds as if it could have been the title theme for some cool action drama. According to the liner notes, the song was purposely put together using a wide range of sounds. The result is a groovy, electro-ish dance groove. Mix plenty of percussion, a hip guitar riff on top of a rock guitar melody, along with a myriad of different cool keyboard sounds, and you have “Rosalyn”. This song is sure to get some part of your body moving.

Rock Song
The next musical snapshot comes in the form of a rock song appropriately titled “Rock Song”. One of the amazing gifts of Wendy & Lisa is to make you feel comfortable with a song and, when you least expect it, completely switch it up to something different. This ability is truly one of their hallmarks and is evident on “Rock Song”. The song begins with some light, mellow keyboarding played by Lisa. Then, just when you think you’ve got a feel for the song, Wendy enters with an awesome heavy guitar riff. As you are rocking along with her, before you know it, the song switches back to its mellow side. Back and forth, the song alternates: mellow, rock, mellow, rock, always keeping your ears on its toes wondering what you will hear next. Wend & Lisa’s ability to not only appeal to your auditory senses but to also keep you intellectually invested in their music, by completely changing the song’s sounds, melodies, and tempo, is a testament to their talent and adeptness as skilled musicians.

Lemon Chiffon
Like “Water To The Wave”, “Lemon Chiffon” quickly became one of my favorite Wendy & Lisa tracks. Co-written with Chris Bruce, around the time of Girl Bros, “Lemon Chiffon” reminds me of the kind of song that I would love to hear while taking a stroll on a beautiful beach with a full sunset in the background or a walk on a relaxing rainy Spring day. It is slow, soft, and serene with no surprises. The mellow melody is achieved through minimalist drumming, acoustic guitar, and keyboarding that makes sure not to dominate the song. Towards the end of this beautiful song, however, the organ-sounding keyboards play a more prominent role sounding heavenly and celestial. “Lemon Chiffon” with its calming beauty is a perfect way to end this EP. If you are ever stressed or angry, play this song! I can’t imagine that you will be the same person afterwards. This is definitely the kind of beautiful music that can soothe even the most savage of beasts. “Lemon Chiffon” is truly beauty in its auditive form.

Snapshots gives us a beautiful picture of the musical imagination of Wendy & Lisa. They state that it is their most personal album thus far. We are lucky that they decided to share these wonderful musical masterpieces instead of keeping them locked in a vault in some un-disclosed location.

As with their last album, White Flags of Winter Chimneys, this EP is a completely ‘do it yourself’ venture. Wendy & Lisa (along with their great manager) is responsible for producing, releasing, and distributing Snapshots. In addition to the great music, the EP will be released with other great products. According to their website (Wendy & Lisa Official Website), the EP will be released along with limited canvas prints and a hard-cover book. As with their last album, I am sure that there will be autographed copies available along with several cool bundles for us to choose from.

So, if you are a Wendy & Lisa fan or just a fan of well-made alternative music, make SURE to get yourself a copy of Snapshots! It truly presents a beautiful picture of Wendy & Lisa’s amazing musical talent!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

New Wendy & Lisa EP, "SNAPSHOTS", Coming Soon!!!!

Wendy & Lisa have posted on their website that the new EP, entitled "SNAPSHOTS", is in manufacture! In addition to the EP it sounds like additional goodies will be available like 'limited canvas prints' and 'hard cover books'. They are still being mum on what these items will be, but I am sure that we will find out when everything is finished soon!  It will be great to hear more music from the talented ladies!!!

To read more about "Snapshots" and to keep posted on that latest news about the EP, click here: SNAPSHOTS

Monday, March 7, 2011

Wendy & Lisa new TED Video

Wendy & Lisa participated in this year's TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) conference in Palm Springs. While there, Wendy & Lisa, along with Jill Sobule and other musicians spent 4 days writing a song and creating a video! The music was written while on board the famous John Lennon Educational Tour Bus.

You can watch the cool video below!

TEDActive 2011 Music Video from hmurai on Vimeo.


Now you can share great music from Wendy & Lisa with friends! Click the following link to access free... that's right FREE music from Wendy & Lisa! Share the music with people who have never heard of Wendy & Lisa, people who only remember them from The Revolution, people who only know them through Jordan's Crossing, people who only know them through Heroes, and of course, family members! It makes the perfect early/late birthday or Christmas gift because it is *free*! The link will be good for a little over 3 weeks, so get it will it's hot!

Click here to download the free music (Note: the link is not to a page but to the download of the actual music in Zip form): Share With A Friend

Friday, February 18, 2011

New Wendy & Lisa App Hints At New Album!

As mentioned in the last post, the new Wendy & Lisa iPhone App is awesome and is a must have for fans! Not only does the app provide plenty of different features (music, photos, Facebook/Twitter integration, videos, etc.), the app appears to offer some exclusive news (for the keen reader). In the second post, on the “Fan Wall”, someone asked whether Wendy & Lisa will be working on another album. Wendy & Lisa’s manager replied that “[t]he answer is YES. We’ve already started”. That is EXCITING news! There is no word yet on how much of the album is finished or when the ladies started, but I am sure that we will be hearing additional news in the future! Receiving great news like this makes the App definitely worth getting. Given that the app is FREE, there is really no reason not to get it (except that you don’t have an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch)! I hear that they will be releasing more exclusive news via the app in the future, so stay tuned and get the cool App!

Here is the  link to the App again: Wendy & Lisa Girl Bros. Radio App

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Wendy & Lisa Have A New iPhone App!

WOW! The ladies have outdone themselves, this time, with their brand new iPhone App! Now, YOU can keep up with Wendy & Lisa's news and events with their new "Wendy & Lisa/Girl Bros. Radio" App!

Features of the app include:
- ability to stream Girl Bros. Radio
- browse photos, videos, discography
- Facebook, Twitter, and Foursquare integration
- read the latest news and receive bulletin updates
- engage with other fans
- cool on the go feature: watch our Ustream feed live when we broadcast Girl Bros. Radio

There is so much to do & see with this app that it is a must for Wendy & Lisa fans!

You can get the app by clicking on the following link: Wendy & Lisa/Girl Bros. Radio App

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Wendy & Lisa's "Fruit At The Bottom" To Be Re-Released!

On February 21, 2011, Cherry Pop Records will re-release Wendy & Lisa's sophomore album "Fruit At The Bottom".  This release is an upgrade to the prior re-release in 2006 by Wounded Bird Records. As in the Wounded Bird release, this release will feature remixes of Lolly Lolly, Are You My Baby?, and Satisfaction. In addition, a b-side ("Happy Birthday") will also be included. However, what makes this release un-like any other (including the Wounded Bird release) is the inclusion of "Hip Hop Love"; a never before released track by Wendy & Lisa.  Therefore, if you are a Wendy & Lisa collector, this re-release is definitely an album to get!

To read a wonderful and short write-up on Wendy & Lisa, check out this Second Disk post.

To see the official release announcement by Cherry Pop and to order the Fruit At The Bottom re-release, click here: Cherry Pop Records