And here it is four and a half years later. Nina Diaz has gone from wearing dark jeans and a v neck sweater (stripes in the purple family) to wearing a Sonic Youth T-shirt with the neck collar torn off and the sleeves removed. Her arms are covered in tattoos. Her hair is long and down and she’s got pink eye shadow on. Here’s a comparison photo.
Her voice sounds much more powerful as well.
I’m fascinated by her bassist who is playing a seven string bass (and has crazy hair). And I’m intrigued that there’s a dedicated melodica player in this show.
As she sings “January 9th” you can see how much more confident she is (not that she was nervous in 2012). She sings her songs with real power and sway in her body. The song opens with some cool bass lines (he really uses all of the 7 strings, which I like). And as the song moves along the backup band sings harmonies which sound very good.
“Dig” has a bunch of cool things going on. There’s an interesting, somewhat sinister main guitar melody, a cool bass line and a slide guitar from the second guitarist. I really like the way she delivers the lines in the middle of the song–a kind of accent that works great with the lyrics.
As she opens “For You” she says she’d like to “hopefully have it on in the background when someone’s losing their virginity.” And with a lyric like “For you I’ll go all the way. I scream your name,” it seems pretty likely. It begins with just her voice and acoustic guitar (with the other guitarist playing some melodies too). The song is a sweet tender ballad and when she asks at the end if we can picture someone losing their virginity to it, the answer is certainly yes.
[READ: March 1, 2016] “The Teacher”
This story goes in some interesting directions. It begins with the narrator (I) talking about the “girls” Betty and Maeve. They are good girls, who do whatever they can to help people out. In their apartment, they have taken in pregnant teens, boys caught stealing and even, once, a suspected sex offender (which didn’t make the town happy).
Maeve types documents and Betty reads manuscripts for a publisher. And that’s how they met Dr. Chacko.
Betty received Chacko’s manuscript. It was really long and handwritten. So Maeve copied it out on the computer and they both fell in love with the content. When they tried to explain the book to the narrator they couldn’t do it in any way that made sense to her. They also failed to describe him to her as well. (more…)