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Sierra Swan : The Kotori Interview
Sierra's Swan Songs
sights and syntax by Miranda Burch
After an unfortunate incident with a (small penis?) bouncer who NOT ONLY had the wherewithal to direct me to dispose of my tripod but ALSO rudely ignored an innocent question from sweet lilÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ olÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ me (Ã¢â‚¬ËœHave you seen Sierra Swan this evening?Ã¢â‚¬â„¢), I finally finagled my way into the infamous Viper Room. After all, I was scheduled to meet with her and the effortlessly friendly label rep Mark Gracious, and God forbid IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d miss her because of this dingleberry.
But after all was said and done and with drink (finally) in hand, it didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t take long for me to spot her. LetÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s be honest, sheÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s tough to miss. Her hair alone challenges any known definition of Ã¢â‚¬Å“red. She also speaks with contagious energy, translating easily to ferocious confidence while on stage. Backed by a talented full band, Sierra dominates the room, filling it with charged bellicose vocal gyration and unbridled emotion.
Sierra Swan is an act to catch before the secretÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s out andÃ‚Â you find yourself cursing Ã¢â‚¬Ëœdamn, I should have seen her back whenÃ¢â‚¬Â¦Ã¢â‚¬â„¢ Her recent album, Ladyland (Interscope/Custard) was the brainchild of former 4 Non-Blonds front woman Linda Perry. While collaboration lends to the recordÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s high potency, nothing beats SwanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s ruthlessly honest live set and talent for crippling frankness. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know how to do anything else so I have to do this. Otherwise? "[IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d be] a professional bitch. Through landing 3 record deals by 28, Ã¢â‚¬Å“IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve pretty much earned every little line under my eyes, she muses. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Every one.
And earning her stripes has come with its perks. Her hit video, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Copper Red, a stark rendition of an art school classroom in which Sierra stands as the subject of contemplation, was directed by Frank Borin of Xzibit and Cypress Hill fame.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Tangled insecurity where I like to dwell/
Ignoring my impurities with one more glass of wine/ Sifting through this melody deep within my mind.
Not only does this single explode on the album, the video solidifies her stake as a sex symbol. After all, Ã¢â‚¬Å“I was naked, she gushes.
The boys are liking thisÃ¢â‚¬Â¦tell us more.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I was naked and I was very hot.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Porn was being filmed in the next room so it was very appropriate.
At this point in the interview, the substance of our discussion inexplicably dwindled significantly to elementary inquiriesÃ¢â‚¬Â¦I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t even remember the questionsÃ¢â‚¬Â¦but her answers certainly were notable:
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Popsicles. Because ice cream cones drip all over my hands and IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m very messy and I tend to get very dirty with an ice cream cone.
Sierra (gasp!)Ã¢â‚¬Â¦the childrenÃ¢â‚¬Â¦
Ã¢â‚¬Å“That sounds really sexual, but itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not. So is a popsicle, but whatever.Ã‚Â IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m just better at sucking on those.
Ok, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s obviously easy to become entranced by her lackadaisical laugh and food-related innuendos but the real treat is the show.Ã‚Â Now go, grasshoppa, go.