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Top Five Fridays: Pouty

January 19, 2018

Hey Folks,

Welcome to another Top Five Fridays! The part of the show were a hip and happenin’ artist comes on board and shares five records that they think you should be down with.  Last installment found us in Philly with the dream psych punk rockers Aster More, and today we’re across the country in sunny LA with another artist hailing from Philly, DIY punk pop rocker Rachel Gagliardi, who performs/records under the moniker Pouty .

 

I first caught Pouty back in 2016 at Everybody Hits in Philly (cause we all know Rock ‘N’ Roll sounds the best when it is played in a batting cage) sharing a bill with the incomparable Peach Kellie Pop and Mannequin Pussy.   I left the show with a copy of Pouty’s stellar first cassette “Take Me To Honey Island,”  which basically lived in my walkman for the entirety of the time before I saw Pouty again, this time playing with Radiator Hospital and P.S. Eliot at PhilaMOCA (cause we all know the other place rock ‘n’ roll sounds the best is an artisanal movie house).  “Take Me To Honey Island” is a great record, with vulnerable, relatable lyrics, wonderfully fuzzy guitars, and Rachel Gagliardi’s ace ear for crafting infectious melodies on perfect display.

July 2017 saw the second Pouty release, the visual EP “Saint Mary of the Moods” which adds a great west coast desert haze and atmosphere to Pouty’s scrappy melodic hooks.

I was so thrilled to have Rachel come on and curate a Top Five Fridays, and she didn’t remotely let me down.  Going with the theme of “Five Favorite Albums To Sing Along With” Rachel has not only put together an excellent list of records (we both massively love Blondie as well as Heart’s disgustingly good debut record) but also including her favorite lyrics from each record as well.  So without further ado folks, give it up for Top Five Fridays brought to you by Pouty!

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Pouty’s Picks: Five Favorite Albums To Sing Along With

More Adventurous by Rilo Kiley

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It’s literally impossible for me to imagine my life as a musician without ever hearing this record. I vividly remember being a freshman in high school, driving straight to Best Buy after school to buy this CD, and listening to it obsessively each and every single day. My Xanga username was “I_Am_Flawed_If_I’m_Not_Free” and I worshipped the ground Jenny Lewis walked on. I wanted to dress like her, sing like her, write like her, and front a band like her. I was such an outsider weirdo and understanding that the world was bigger than my small town was so hugely important to me. Daydreaming of California and longing to move out West eventually developed into a love affair with Los Angeles, and now I too call the Golden State home. There’s too many perfect songs on this record for me to choose a favorite, but “Does He Love You?” is perhaps my all time, most beloved song to listen to. 

Notable lyrics:

“And I’m afraid habits rule my waking life” 

“I know I’m alone if I’m with or without you, but just being around you offers me another form of relief” 

“And all of the beautiful things that make you weep but don’t have to make you weak”

“I’m sorry I’m hard to live with, living is the problem with me”

“I’m only a woman of flesh and bone, and I wept much, we all do, I thought I might die alone”

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Dreamboat Annie by Heart 

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My Heart obsession started fairly recently but there’s not a single record I can think of that’s more impressive to me. The fact that this was the first album they ever released is LITERALLY MIND BLOWING and I feel like I’m transported straight to 1975 each time I put this vinyl on. Not one not two but THREE title tracks, just to show you how cool the Wilson sisters are. With an iconic cover and one of the greatest band logos of all time, everything about this record is flawless in my mind. Like my jaw actually drops when I listen to this record, every.single.time. Also, the fact that this album was put out by “Mushroom Records” is just too cute to deal with. I highly recommend listening to their audio book, “Kicking and Dreaming” (which Ann and Nancy narrate) to learn so much more about this literally perfect album

Notable lyrics:

“Heading out this morning, into the sun” 

“Going down the city sidewalk alone in the crowd, No one knows the lonely one whose head’s in the clouds”

“If we still have time, we might still get by, Every time I think about it, I want to cry”

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Live Through This by Hole 

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Words can’t even describe what this record means to me. It’s more than influential-it’s why I am who I am today. Some of my earliest memories are listening to “Doll Parts” in the car, singing along with my mom when I was in elementary school. This record is everything. The fact that, years later, I would eventually play in a band with Patty Schemel is just about the weirdest and coolest thing that’s ever happened to me. (Love you Patty <3) I have gone through phases where this is the only record I will listen to, where I will obsessively research Courtney’s songwriting process, where I binge watch videos of them playing live shows and doing interviews, just to get a whiff of what it was like to be there, to feel closer to these heroes that I never got a chance to see live. Hole was such a HUGE inspiration to my first band, Slutever, and I am so grateful that I had women like Courtney and Patty and Melissa to look up to. 

 Notable lyrics:

“I fake it so real, I am beyond fake, and someday, you will ache like I ache”

You should learn when to go, You should learn how to say no”

“When I get what I want, then I never want it again”

“I’ve made my bed, I’ll lie in it, I’ve made my bed, I’ll die in it, I’ve made my bed, I’ll cry in it,

I’ve made my bed, I’ll lie in it” 

“I don’t do the dishes, I throw them in the crib”

“Your milk’s in my mouth, it makes me sick” 

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The Best of Blondie by Blondie 

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When I was younger I used to obsessively stress out about who my favorite band was. I tried so hard to have a simple, succinct answer to this question, in case my current crush happened to ask me, or in the off chance that the cool weirdo kids who also played music ever wanted to jam with me. It seemed like everyone had their answers all ready, that everyone had that one band they were obsessed with. As I got older, one day, it clicked-my favorite band of all time, has and will always be Blondie. Debbie Harry is it. Singing along to these songs, I feel pure happiness. I’m so glad that I got the chance to catch them live a few years ago, to see her In The Flesh and to understand all the hype after all these years. There’s actually too many albums and songs by this band for me to choose a favorite. I own a copy of The Best of Blondie cassette that I’ve had for years and it’s been the soundtrack to so many memories in my life. Blondie makes me think of camping in the Catskills & being a punk in Philadelphia (covering their cover of “Hanging On The Telephone”) & driving across the country & falling in love ❤

Notable lyrics:

“Dreaming is free”

“Something in my consciousness told me you’d appear”

“Levitating lovers in the secret stratosphere” 

“I can’t wait to see you, your picture ain’t enough, I can’t wait to touch you in the flesh” 

“You asked me what’s my pleasure, a movie or a measure, I’ll have a cup of tea and tell you of my dreaming”

“Imagine something of your very own, something you can have and hold” 

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Self Titled by Paramore 

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I really don’t listen to a lot of contemporary music or a ton of pop music, but Paramore definitely makes the cut of records I am obsessed with singing along to. After this record came out in 2013, I moved to Los Angeles and was feeling really depressed. I was in a long distance relationship, far away from my friends and family, and felt lost. Singing along to this record at the top of my lungs was more than therapeutic for me, it was powerful and positive and hugely important. Hayley William’s perfect vocal delivery and genius song lyrics make me feel more alive. Listening to this record empowers me, suddenly I feel stronger and more confident in myself. I’m obsessed with the album’s three interludes, short and simple songs that contain advice on “Moving On” and finally not feeling angry anymore.

Notable lyrics:

“So I cried just a little then I’ll dry my eyes cause I’m not a little girl no more” 

“I told them all where to stick it, I left town with a dime to my name I said I’m done with all of my fake friends Self righteous pawns in a losing game” 

“Got my band and a light that won’t go out” 

“I wanna get out and build my own home On a street where reality is not much different from dreams I’ve had, A dream is all I have”

“Now I walk under a pink sky, Lovers float along and pass me by”  

“And what if I don’t ever want to leave my house? Stay on the couch while all my friends are going out”

“it’s really hard, I can’t cry in your arms Cause you’re not here It’s not your fault and if it was I wouldn’t care My heart is bigger than the distance in between us” 

“Baby if I’m half the man I say I am, If I’m a woman with no fear just like I claim I am, Then I believe in what you say, there’s nothing left for you to do, The only proof that I need is you” 

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Thanks so much Rachel!  Last year POUTY gave a great interview with NYLON which you should all check out.  Also if you want to get yourself a physical copy of “Saint Mary of The Moods” you can snag one via Born Loser Records.  If somehow you missed it embedded at the top, check out the visual album HERE.  If it doesn’t make you want to go roam around in the desert and think about your life, nothing will.  I also feel it behooves me to mention that last year POUTY toured with Nashville guitar warriors and Top Five Fridays alums Idle Bloom.

Stay in the loop with all things Rachel Gagliardi over at BRATTY her headquarters.  She makes super cool playlists if I do say so myself.  You can also check out her original music project Slutever over HERE.

Remember that you can check out past top five fridays with Philly Musical heroes like Abi Reimold, Radiator Hospital, Creepoid, Roger Harvey, and Aster More and more in the ARCHIVES!

well peace out good people of the world,

Peter Winter

 

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Peter Winter tweets about music and Star Wars and other things @peterwinter38

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