So are there any Lida Husik fans at all out there?

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Besides me that is. About the only other one I've discovered is Edith Frost. Most of the reviews on the AMG are from me, and here's her website.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Monday, 13 February 2006 06:38 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Ooh, actually... I have a couple of her albums from a few years ago which I used to love very much (Fly Stereophonic and Mad Flavor, if I remember right), but I haven't listened to in goodness knows how long. Appeals very much to the Solex-lovin' part of my brain.

William Bloody Swygart (mrswygart), Monday, 13 February 2006 06:57 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Solex, interesting comparison point and not undeserved either! :-)

Ned Raggett (Ned), Monday, 13 February 2006 13:13 (eleven years ago) Permalink

i liked her when she was in her 80s mode and i love her chill out mode

dan bunnybrain (dan bunnybrain), Monday, 13 February 2006 13:16 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I never quite fell for the chill out stuff, but used to love most of all of her solo albums. Glad to see she's still around (thanks for the link to her home page). Loved, loved, loved her Dentists cover.

Ned, do you know Linda Smith's early recordings? I was about to mention her as a comparison (and also a fan of Lida's) and after listening to the new MP3 "Sweet Thing" from the link you gave, I'm really hearing some major similarities (more on the verse than the chorus). Something about tightly structered folk/psych...

Strange trivia: Lida's cousin Ann Husick played on (my favorite) Band of Susans album "Here Comes Success."

dlp9001, Monday, 13 February 2006 15:51 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I had a friend in high school who was real into Lida Husik, stuff sounded alright but I never really looked into it. Next time I see him I'll ask if he's kept up with her newer records.

Alex in Baltimore (Alex in Baltimore), Monday, 13 February 2006 16:09 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I love the song "Wonderland" (on Green Blue Fire with Beaumont Hannant)- actually that's the track that Girls Aloud's "It's Magic" reminds me of. Fly Stereophonic is probably my overall fave album of hers.

Paul (scifisoul), Monday, 13 February 2006 16:31 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Yes! Yes! I really liked the first three on Shimmy Disc, which I remember she kinda dissed later on in an interview, saying something like "I might as well have called those albums "I smoke pot". I have an EP thing she did with Hannant that I like also. I think I lost interest when she went all psychedelic-ravey, but reading the other replies here make me want to reinvestigate.

Shit, I should go buy back my copy of "Your Bag" from the record store. It's been sitting there since I traded it in years ago.

My favorite is The Return Of Red Emma, specifically the song "Busstop".

sleeve (sleeve), Monday, 13 February 2006 16:38 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Love Bozo up to Evening At The Grange; haven't heard anything else past that.

I once interviewed Lida for the long-defunct Net magazine. I wish I could find the transcript; she was a great interviewee in that "turn on the tape recorder and let the subject talk" way.

mike a, Monday, 13 February 2006 17:34 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Bozo is really great, especially "Farmhouse" which is so, so creepy. I still get that hello,hello,hello,hello,hello part stuck in my head from time to time....

Jesse Dorris (rubber gloves), Monday, 13 February 2006 17:49 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Fly Stereophonic lights the lamp.

zaxxon25 (zaxxon25), Tuesday, 14 February 2006 03:31 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Hell yes. Got into her music via the Beaumont Hannant collabs ... and somehow never got beyond those records with Hannant/Brown. The early "I smoke pot" stuff seems right up my alley, while the later downtempo breakadawn rave stuff screamed "stuck in the 90's" (even in the 90's) and couldn't hold my interest for two long. "Evening at the Grange" marries the beardo electronic/pop weirdness extremes perfectly.

NoTimeBeforeTime (Barry Bruner), Tuesday, 14 February 2006 04:45 (eleven years ago) Permalink

heh, that website is great... Lida on Bozo:

"This is my cute baby record, filled with girlish sparkle and drool. I had just started fooling around with a 4-track at home and had discovered that I loved singing and playing with myself. And also making music. (I kid, I kid). Anyway some of my favorite musical moments are on this record. Hateful Hippy Girls is definitely in my top ten, and there are moments on Mom that still choke me up. Halloween is also, if I may be so bold, kick-ass. Some kids in some city once told me that they heard Farmhouse on the college station late at night and it FREAKED THEM OUT. Then they met me and it turned out I was disappointingly normal."

I am pretty sure the Shimmy Disc albums are all oop so...


sleeve (sleeve), Tuesday, 14 February 2006 08:18 (eleven years ago) Permalink

two months pass...
Finally picked up Mad Flavor the other week and it's making good late night music, actually. Meantime I notice that in fact she's finally got a new single coming out.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Saturday, 13 May 2006 04:25 (eleven years ago) Permalink

four years pass...

Why isn't Joyride mentioned on this thread? I'm really enjoying it.

Evan, Monday, 16 August 2010 02:38 (seven years ago) Permalink

I met Lida through friends way back when at a DC hardcore show in the early 80s. A friendly person and I liked some of her subsequent records and then lost track of her. Wow, never realized she had her own thread when I posted the following on the Capital Swamp thread:

Is musician Lida Husik living in DC again, but no longer recording? Thought I read that somewhere.

― curmudgeon, Monday, August 9, 2010 6:07 AM (1 week ago)

x-post to myself--Lida Husik's website says she's recording her first album in years, in Portland shortly (but not sure where she is living--she had gotten married and was out in California for awhile). If you don't know her, old Liz Phair and Beth Orton and Lois might be reference points

― curmudgeon, Saturday, August 14, 2010 9:21 PM (

curmudgeon, Monday, 16 August 2010 04:18 (seven years ago) Permalink

Ned, do you know Linda Smith's early recordings?

I listened to her way back when. She lived in Baltimore and used to put out cassette only releases. Ah, I see she's still there (and should not be confused with singer Linda M. Smith)--

curmudgeon, Monday, 16 August 2010 04:26 (seven years ago) Permalink

Perhaps Ned will check back in here soon.

curmudgeon, Monday, 16 August 2010 04:27 (seven years ago) Permalink

Is Joyride on vinyl anywhere?

Evan, Monday, 16 August 2010 21:40 (seven years ago) Permalink

Besides E-bay or a used record store? It does not appear to be.

curmudgeon, Monday, 16 August 2010 22:25 (seven years ago) Permalink

Well yeah, in existence beyond ebay and my local record stores. Didn't know if it came out on vinyl. I worded my question wrong.

Evan, Monday, 16 August 2010 22:47 (seven years ago) Permalink

Hello. Linda Smith, not heard of her before...

Ned Raggett, Monday, 16 August 2010 22:58 (seven years ago) Permalink

Ned, she was a home taper right before it got cool. Had some reviews in Option back when they reviewed cassettes. Her first 3-4 tapes are pretty wonderful. Slightly arty popsongs, and the lo fi for once doesn't really feel like it limits things. Reference points are Raincoats, 60's girl pop, Nico... She got some WFMU attention when she jumped to 8-Track and had a CD, but something got lost with the higher fi. She used to sell a CDR of her first two albums, which is well worth picking up. Maybe CDBaby or something like that...

Linda Smith trivia: she sang on one of the best Crash songs, with Kurt Ralske before he went solo.

dlp9001, Tuesday, 17 August 2010 00:55 (seven years ago) Permalink

Sounds good to me! Will check it out!

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 17 August 2010 01:45 (seven years ago) Permalink

Looks like only two albums on CDBaby, both from the past decade:

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 17 August 2010 01:47 (seven years ago) Permalink

Sorry to be nosy but I found something for you:

Some early Linda Smith stuff, apparently.

Evan, Tuesday, 17 August 2010 02:46 (seven years ago) Permalink

Nice, thanks! Already found a copy of her Preferences comp on Harriet used as a starting point.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 17 August 2010 03:14 (seven years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

...and I'm listening to said Harriet comp and damn good stuff it is so thanks to dlp/curmudgeon/Evan for the prompt. Sad that she's not more famous.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 31 August 2010 19:32 (seven years ago) Permalink

i have 'joyride' but haven't listened to it in years and years

this mid-90s IDM track she sings on is pretty lovely:

marilyn VO5 savant (donna rouge), Tuesday, 31 August 2010 19:56 (seven years ago) Permalink

Okay so Linda Smith's cover of "In Love" is one of the most majestic, beautiful things I've ever heard. That is all.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 31 August 2010 20:01 (seven years ago) Permalink

I think Linda's just quietly living in Baltimore and is not that musically active. Lida's been quiet lately too, but she's recording a new cd.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 1 September 2010 01:16 (seven years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

She got a big shoutout on Sound Opinions this week. I'd never heard of her, but they played a song that was to my ears a dead ringer for Liz Phair. She even had that same kind of tuneless voice.

Poliopolice, Tuesday, 8 May 2012 17:57 (five years ago) Permalink

i randomly thought about Lida Husik recently and looked to see if she'd put anything out lately -- apparently the only thing she's released since 1999 was a 2006 digital single, guess she's out of the game.

some dude, Tuesday, 8 May 2012 18:14 (five years ago) Permalink

and a 2008 guest appearance on a record by something called 'Uberzone'

some dude, Tuesday, 8 May 2012 18:16 (five years ago) Permalink

SoCal electronic performer. That's a flashback to see his name again!

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 8 May 2012 18:20 (five years ago) Permalink

Her website says she was gonna record an album in 2010 but I guess that never happened.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 8 May 2012 18:24 (five years ago) Permalink

Had Joyride and My Bag long ago. Used to spin Joyride a lot. Never heard her later stuff. Great voice.

Hierophantiasis (Jon Lewis), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 19:02 (five years ago) Permalink

still a fan, in fact I jammed out on "Marcel" a few days ago.

sleeve, Wednesday, 9 May 2012 03:27 (five years ago) Permalink

People are still posting on her facebook fan page, but there's no mention of new gigs or an album anymore

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 9 May 2012 14:17 (five years ago) Permalink

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