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Black Lipstick

Remember when Keith Richards made love to a drinking fountain at the Alamo and was arrested for indecent mumbling? From that moment of passion, a boy sprouted into existence. "Behold! I shall rock thee!" he said, and hence bought a guitar made from a coonskin cap and the whiskers of a mountain lion. Not the best sounding guitar, but whatever, that's his trip. Along with a chum from the school yard, they moved onward to Austin to start what would later be known as "The Band That Changed It All" according to Rolling Pooh. After falling in love with a frog with a slender frame and sweet booty, the boy and she and the chum started to rock it and roll it. But alas, something was amiss! In walked Bigfoot and pulled out his chubby. His chubby, bald friend the eagle was sleeping in his fur, you see. The eagle played his four string wings and they rocked so very awesomely into the night. Black Lipstick I dub thee! It may sound like a crazy, crazy dream, but it's all true. I know, for I was there. — Bigfoot, 3:14

The history of Black Lipstick can be told in many ways. Another version of the story, one more grounded in facts, show a band widely lauded by the independent press for raunchy riffs, tasteful beats, a four-octave monotone and clever lyrical wit, centered on topics which seemed important at the time (blowing off work, getting f'd up, getting by, stealing girlfriends and keeping them). Some stoner dude from a liberal arts college blogged that they sound like a cross between the Velvet Underground, Sonic Youth, The Clean and The Feelies on acid, in a blender, while having Tom Verlaine and Moe Tucker's Modern Love child.

Turn the page to 2005. The band has grown considerably, musically and emotionally, and Black Lipstick has recorded an album that is more confident, emotional and personal than ever before. Not to be overly dramatic — this record wasn't written for art's sake; it was written for sanity's sake.

Lyrically, the aptly-titled Sincerely, Black Lipstick primarily explores the passing of loved ones through open letter ("Viva Max," "..."), a tribute to a profound, human experience. Sincerely also retains and reinforces (forcefully) many of the traditional values Black Lipstick upholds, like living for the moment and appreciating it more than many. Listen to the swelling, crashing crescendos at the end of "All Night Long Forever," and you'll see what I mean. You can't help but flick your Bic.

Other highlights include the bombastic, driving "Bob Fosse," a life-affirming celebration of enthusiasm that would definitely have Tom Cruise sliding around on a hardwood floor. When guitarist Phillip Niemeyer calls out, "The louder I sing, the lighter my burdens get," a smacked tambourine and Keef-like riff TESTIFY.

"You can tell what we do by the kinds of trash we leave behind," declares Niemeyer in the feedback-washed rocker "No Mercy," while aiming one foot directly at our sacks. But don't flinch — the rock organ breakdown will block the blow and prove that some things are worth fighting for.

The most notable difference between this record and previous releases is the increased presence of BL's renaissance elf Steven Garcia, who set aside his bass and stepped to the mic and guitar for three songs, gracing us with some effing majestic riffage. Nowhere does he shine more brightly than on "Grandma Airplane," which boasts some of the most intricate, dense guitar layering on the record. Yes, Black Lipstick loves ZZ Top and the Fucking Champs — plop that shit in the blender.

History is nothing more than a chronicle of human experiences. Sincerely, Black Lipstick is a tale of natural history. Cycle. Rebirth. I will now put down my quill pen, close this leather bound tome and commence a really bad-ass solo.

More Info
Black Lipstick Bio 2003
Black Lipstick Bio 2001

Discography
Albums
Converted Thieves CD (Peek-A-Boo Records, 2003)
Converted Thieves CD (Glitterhouse [EUROPE], 2003)
Sincerely, Black Lipstick CD (Peek-A-Boo Records, 2005)
Sincerely, Black Lipstick CD (Glitterhouse [EUROPE], 2005)

Singles & EPs
The Four Kingdoms of Black Lipstick CD EP (Peek-A-Boo Records, 2001)
• "White Jazz" 7" (Glitterhouse [EUROPE], 2003)
• Black Octopus Lipstick Project Foam Party CD EP
One Ten Hundred Thousand Million LP/CD
  (Peek-A-Boo Records, 2004)

Compliations
New Atmosphere for the Future CD (Contact Records [JAPAN], 2000)
Out of the Blue CD (Glitterhouse [EUROPE], 2003)
You've Got Your Orders, Vol. 2 CD (Chrome Peeler Records, 2004)
Nevermind Glitterhouse is 20 3xCD (Glitterhouse [EUROPE], 2005)

Peek-A-Boo Family Tree
• Travis Higdon: The 1-4-5s, Golden Millennium, The Kiss Offs
• Phillip Niemeyer: Teen Titans, Roar ! Lion, The Kiss Offs

Reviews
 
»  "Sincerely, Black Lipstick" in Music Whore (09/12/2006)
 
»  "Sincerely, Black Lipstick" in MP3 Hugger (07/01/2006)
 
»  Black Lipstick in Evil Sponge (03/18/2006)
 
»  Black Lipstick in Evil Sponge (03/17/2006)
 
»  "Sincerely, Black Lipstick" in False 45th (02/08/2006)
 
»  "Sincerely, Black Lipstick" in Plan 9 Music (10/01/2005)
 
»  "Sincerely, Black Lipstick" in Bars & Guitars (07/15/2005)
 
»  "Sincerely, Black Lipstick" in Tiny Mix Tapes (06/01/2005)
 
»  "Sincerely, Black Lipstick" in Evil Sponge (06/01/2005)
 
»  "Sincerely, Black Lipstick" in Indie Pulse (05/29/2005)
 
»  "Sincerely, Black Lipstick" in Delusions of Adequacy (05/23/2005)
 
»  "Sincerely, Black Lipstick" in Mindjack (05/13/2005)
 
»  "Sincerely, Black Lipstick" in Dallas Observer (05/12/2005)
 
»  "Sincerely, Black Lipstick" in Exclaim! (05/05/2005)
 
»  "Sincerely, Black Lipstick" in Americana UK (05/01/2005)
 
»  "Sincerely, Black Lipstick" in Cutting Edge (BE) (04/24/2005)
 
»  "Sincerely, Black Lipstick" in Music Misfits (04/09/2005)
 
»  "Sincerely, Black Lipstick" in Sleazegrinder (04/06/2005)
 
»  "Sincerely, Black Lipstick" in Heavy Black Frames (04/04/2005)
 
»  "Sincerely, Black Lipstick" in Penny Black Music (UK) (04/04/2005)
 
»  "Sincerely, Black Lipstick" in Kinda Muzik (NL) (04/01/2005)
 
»  "Sincerely, Black Lipstick" in XLR8R (03/29/2005)
 
»  "Sincerely, Black Lipstick" in Blogcritics (03/28/2005)
 
»  "Sincerely, Black Lipstick" in Free Williamsburg (03/28/2005)
 
»  "Sincerely, Black Lipstick" in The Greenville News (03/28/2005)
 
»  "Sincerely, Black Lipstick" in FreeCity (DE) (03/27/2005)
 
»  "Sincerely, Black Lipstick" in Rock City (UK) (03/21/2005)
 
»  "Sincerely, Black Lipstick" in Gaesteliste (DE) (03/20/2005)
 
»  "Sincerely, Black Lipstick" in Soulfish Stew Blog (03/17/2005)
 
»  "Sincerely, Black Lipstick" in Pitchfork (03/01/2005)
 
»  "Sincerely, Black Lipstick" in Allalom (03/01/2005)
 
»  "Sincerely, Black Lipstick" in Splendid Magazine (02/17/2005)
 
»  "Sincerely, Black Lipstick" in Austin American-Statesman (02/15/2005)
 
»  "Converted Thieves: Deluxe 10th Anniversary Edition" in Plattentests (DE) (10/01/2003)
 
»  "Converted Thieves: Deluxe 10th Anniversary Edition" in Kickin' Ass (DE) (10/01/2003)
 
»  Black Lipstick in Luna Kafé (09/10/2003)
 
»  "Converted Thieves: Deluxe 10th Anniversary Edition" in Comes With A Smile (09/01/2003)
 
»  "Converted Thieves: Deluxe 10th Anniversary Edition" in The Village Voice (07/16/2003)
 
»  "Converted Thieves: Deluxe 10th Anniversary Edition" in GQ (07/01/2003)
 
»  "Converted Thieves: Deluxe 10th Anniversary Edition" in FHM (07/01/2003)
 
»  "Converted Thieves: Deluxe 10th Anniversary Edition" in CMJ (07/01/2003)
 
»  "Converted Thieves: Deluxe 10th Anniversary Edition" in Music Whore (06/27/2003)
 
»  "Converted Thieves: Deluxe 10th Anniversary Edition" in Splendid Magazine (06/18/2003)
 
»  "Converted Thieves: Deluxe 10th Anniversary Edition" in The Stranger (06/12/2003)
 
»  "Converted Thieves: Deluxe 10th Anniversary Edition" in Pitchfork (06/09/2003)
 
»  "Converted Thieves: Deluxe 10th Anniversary Edition" in Exclaim! (06/03/2003)
 
»  "Converted Thieves: Deluxe 10th Anniversary Edition" in All Music Guide (06/01/2003)
 
»  "Converted Thieves: Deluxe 10th Anniversary Edition" in Baby Sue (05/01/2003)
 
»  "Converted Thieves: Deluxe 10th Anniversary Edition" in Evil Sponge (05/01/2003)
 
»  "Converted Thieves: Deluxe 10th Anniversary Edition" in Fake Jazz (04/23/2003)
 
»  "Converted Thieves: Deluxe 10th Anniversary Edition" in Triggerfish (DE) (04/10/2003)
 
»  "Converted Thieves: Deluxe 10th Anniversary Edition" in Logo Magazine (UK) (03/27/2003)
 
»  "Converted Thieves: Deluxe 10th Anniversary Edition" in POPNews (FR) (03/27/2003)
 
»  "Converted Thieves: Deluxe 10th Anniversary Edition" in Kinda Muzik (NL) (03/15/2003)
 
»  Black Lipstick in Nada Mucho (03/15/2003)
 
»  Black Lipstick in Austin American-Statesman (07/11/2002)
 
»  Black Lipstick in Sponic (04/01/2002)
 
»  Black Lipstick in The Village Voice (03/13/2002)
 
»  Black Lipstick in Fort Worth Weekly (01/24/2002)
 
»  "The Four Kingdoms of Black Lipstick" in Music Whore (01/16/2002)
 
»  "The Four Kingdoms of Black Lipstick" in All Music Guide (01/01/2002)
 
»  "The Four Kingdoms of Black Lipstick" in Evil Sponge (01/01/2002)
 
»  "The Four Kingdoms of Black Lipstick" in Mundane Sounds (12/03/2001)
 
»  "The Four Kingdoms of Black Lipstick" in CMJ (12/01/2001)
 
»  "The Four Kingdoms of Black Lipstick" in Splendid Magazine (12/01/2001)
 
»  "The Four Kingdoms of Black Lipstick" in Seattle Weekly (11/15/2001)
 
»  Black Lipstick in Time Out New York (06/07/2001)

Black Lipstick
(L-R) Elizabeth Nottingham,
Travis Higdon, Steve Garcia,
Phillip Niemeyer

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Sincerely, Black Lipstick CD
"Sincerely, Black Lipstick" CD

(Peek-A-Boo Records, 2005)

Converted Thieves: Deluxe 10th Anniversary Edition CD
"Converted Thieves: Deluxe 10th Anniversary Edition" CD

(Peek-A-Boo Records, 2003)

The Four Kingdoms of Black Lipstick CD EP
"The Four Kingdoms of Black Lipstick" CD EP

(Peek-A-Boo Records, 2001)

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