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Open For Business

by Shitting Glitter

Third album from LA's alt-pop glam band is an ambitious collection of songs ranging in style from electro (19th & Lexington, Milk Money) to rock (Legalese, I'm a Vampire) and even some Americana (The Red State) and nu-jazz (Treasure Good Things).
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1. Legalese
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2. 19th & Lexington
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3. Milk Money
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4. Idiot Light
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5. The Collection
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6. Hopeless Romantic
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7. The Apple Falls
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8. I'm a Vampire (feat. Rich N. Famous)
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9. Socially Activist
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10. The Red State
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11. Now Unthinkable
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12. Treasure Good Things
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Following up their critically acclaimed 2006 album, “Free Alongside Ship” has proven to be no easy task, but the members of West Hollywood-based avant-pop band Shitting Glitter have expatiated upon their ‘angst meets kitsch’ theme to incorporate a broader palette of sounds and styles, all the while retaining their perceived political prowess and sense of social activism.


After releasing a dance-inspired EP of remixes (Solar City’s club mix of “Slut Buffet” receiving considerable attention), remakes, and rarities entitled “Sidesaddle Sweet Talk,” the band began recording sessions at Seamonster Sounds in Malibu with producer Hoagie Hill (Seattle's Naught, Mia Boyle, Congo Norvell, L.A.'s infamous Blue Daisies, Orchestra of Excited Strings). Adding in live drums, piano, percussion, layers of vocals, and several sessions of all-out musical cacophony created by a group of the band’s non-musician friends, the band has supplemented it’s original sound considerably, leaving behind labels like “80’s” and “electroclash” hastily slapped on the band’s previous releases.


Always open to working in a variety of genres, the tracks “Legalese” and “I’m A Vampire (Featuring Rich N. Famous)” find the band in more rock-oriented territory than ever before, and the lush, orchestral “The Collection” includes an instrumental coda that is haunting in it’s simplicity.


For live shows, the band is accompanied by the visually striking and energetic “Extreme Go-Go Squad” which includes West Hollywood drag queen favorites Coco Ono, Alaska Thuderfuck, and Petunia Bonaparte 5000. Throughout 2009, Shitting Glitter produced a sporadic club night, “Hot Pursuit,” which featured queer bands and performers, at venues around LA, Long Beach, and Bakersfield.


“Open For Business” will have a limited physical release on Nov. 12 with a party and performance at Here Lounge, 696 N. Robertson Blvd in West Hollywood, and world-wide release on Jan. 5, 2010. The band’s catalog is available from Amazon.com, CDBaby.com, and worldwide from iTunes.


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Mae Waxman

Let's go window shopping!
It has been quite awhile since Shitting Glitter released it's last full length album, "Free Alongside Ship," but it has been well worth the wait (the band did do us the favor of putting out the dance EP "Sidesaddle Sweet Talk" to tide us over, after all).
"Open For Business" is a marvel, and a great reward for someone like me who has followed this band since the beginning. With this release, the band has definitely taken things up a notch or four, including live drums for the first time ever and sounding much more like a "band" than on previous releases. From the opening number Legalese, which is a favorite at live shows, it's clear that Amy has lost none of her aggressiveness or attitude. But the guitar and vocal harmonies have progressed tremendously. The ending part of the song with it's Abba vocals and dance floor beat tie up what Shitting Glitter has always been about - sweet pop music with a dark edge.
Highlights include "The Collection" which is a beautiful song about drag and dressing up; "Milk Money" which is a dark electronic rave that calls out bullies; and "I'm a Vampire" which features a surprise guest vocalist and some really funny lyrics (watch the Nicholas Cage movie Vampires Kiss if you wanna get the references).
Overall, this is a fantastic album from start to finish that will never leave you bored because it includes so many different styles and concepts. The lyrics and colorful pictures are included in the CD so I recommend ordering it rather than downloading it.