draws from a variety of unruly sources. Imagine a hoedown in
Morrocco, where a gospel-influenced Bulgarian women's chorus
wails away and a klezmer band heavily rocks out in accompaniment.
Under the musical direction of JEWLIA EISENBERG, juxtaposed
styles jump and shout both in original tunes and in arrangements
of obscure traditional songs.
began four years ago as a fortunate collision of an a capella
women's trio and three-fourths of the Oakland avant-core band
Idiot Flesh. The eerie and intricate harmonies of the three singers
combined with adventurous and precise rock instrumentation (plus
cello, saxophone, and didgeridoo) create an
unexpected and unique sound. A fiddler
whose true loves are jazz and bluegrass completes the ensemble.
The blend of bold lyrics, etherial harmonies, and complex rhythms
result in a broth of rock, gospel, and Jewish/Eastern European
has a single on Vaccination Records, and a brand new full length
CD, EAT! on Vaccination. Charming Hostess also appears on Eyesore,
A Stab at the Residents; Komotion International Sound Magazine
#7 with Charlie Hunter and Barbara Manning; and on Lip, The C.D.
with the Big Mouth with Exene Cervenca and Anne Magnuson (also
available through Vaccination).