Tracy Bonham’s debut album Burdens Of Being Upright turned 20 this year, and she’s crowdfunding a remake of the album called Modern Burdens featuring a number of notable women musicians including Sadie Dupuis, Tanya Donnelly, Kay Hanley, and Nicole Atkins. Today Bonham is sharing a new version of “Brain Crack” featuring Kathryn Calder of the New Pornographers. They’ve turned a spare but punchy track into an eerily creeping slow-build that steadily blooms into something overwhelming. Hear versions new and old below.
Some words from Bonham:
My friends, I am so thrilled to share this with you. As some of you know, I have been recreating and reimagining my first album Burdens Of Being Upright from 1996 with the help of fans and Pledge Music. The new album Is called MODERN BURDENS.
As our nation witnesses an unearthing of certain negative beliefs about gender and race that have lurked under political correctness, and general courteousness, this project has morphed from a Tracy Bonham album into a celebration of my contemporaries and favorite singers from the 90s and present day to inspire young girls in America and beyond to rise up. The need for strong female voices is bigger than ever. In the 90s we enjoyed a brief opening where strong female singers were celebrated (albeit still questioned for their volume and attitude) and we have not disappeared. We are now banding together for the young girls out there who are disenfranchised by recent events and nervous when privy to conversations about potential encounters with misogyny in the near future. We come together to create this album for them and we will be giving part of the proceeds to a favorite charity called Girl up.
With overwhelming positive reaction from these amazing women, John Wlaysewski (LateCambrian) and I now embark on compiling a record that includes tracks sung by: Tanya Donelly (Belly/ Throwing amuses), Sadie DuPuis (Sad13/ Speedy Ortiz), Nicole Atkins, Kay Hanley (Letters To Cleo), Angie Hart (Frente), Katherine Calder (New Pornographers), and Rachael Yamagata – singing my songs from Burdens Of Being Upright. Also in the works will be original songs in which some of the singers will be involved with.
And in case you missed it, here’s the pledge campaign video co-starring Fred Armisen: