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8th February 2013

Music Project - Album #37 -A Radical Recital- Rasputina @ 18:10

A Radical Recital by Rasputina

Sometimes on a musical journey you unearth a treat. On one such foray into the musical world I was fortunate to come across this delightful live set which introduced me to the bands rather unusual works. On first listen I was hooked and listening to it again I'm still filled with warm squishy feelings and squees. Radical Recital is a good starting point for those interested in exploring Rasputina.

If you are unaware of Rasputina, which I suspect quite a few people are, they're usually a trio of musicians, 2 cellists and a percussionist (onetime Brian from Dresden Dolls) who play a weird Country/goth/rock fusion. It works. I believe the genre is New Weird America. It would be interesting to hear your opinions.....

 
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From:touchofgrey
Date:8th February 2013 18:52 (UTC)
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Oh, wow, Rasputina. I have one of their albums. (Can't remember the name, but there's a bizarre cover of "Brand New Roller-skates" on it.)

They opened for Marilyn Manson many years back, and while I was immediately in awe, it took the audience a bit. I remember being horrified that they were booing them (Manson audiences aren't known for their kindness) to enthusiastically cheering them as the set went on.

I gotta go listen to that album again.
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From:stegzy
Date:9th February 2013 09:03 (UTC)
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I read about the Marilyn Manson/Rasputina thing. Melora said that the first time it happened they were almost ready to give up but she was glad they continued. On the back of supporting Marilyn Manson she reckoned that their fan base swelled exponentially.

Unfortunately, Rasputina are another example of a band with very little publicity in the UK but a fairly large underground following. I just wish they would play over here a bit more.
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From:touchofgrey
Date:9th February 2013 18:30 (UTC)
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Manson fans are a tough crowd. They're there to see Marilyn Manson, period. Rasputina's not the only band I've seen get treated that badly, or worse. But as I said, by the end, they'd definitely won the crowd over. If a band can handle the initial reception, it is great exposure. Even though Manson's dropped off most people's radar these days, their shows still sell out.

And as for Rasputina, they MAY have had a video out around that time, I can't remember, but if not, aside from having the album, that show was the first time I'd ever heard of them, and this post was the second time. I'm sure I wasn't the only person to go out and buy the CD after one of those shows.
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From:stegzy
Date:9th February 2013 09:07 (UTC)
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It's their quirky sound and creepy stage personality (old mid-west dress and presence) that does it for me. A clear example that it isn't just a band's music that makes the band, but the whole "cabaret". Like Dresden Dolls, brilliant music and most entertaining stage presence.

I wasn't aware that they were on the BTVS soundtrack though...

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