She makes you feel like you can make your own music too.
Mar 12, 2009
The Blow is Khaela Maricich (though a dude, Jona Bechtolt, aka YACHT, plays with her sometimes). Maybe you've heard of her? She's put out a few records, mostly on K Records [a few: the Bonus Album (2002); The Concussive Caress, Or, Casey Caught Her Mom Singing Along With the Vacuum (2003); Poor Aim: Love Songs (2005); Paper Television (2006)].
What I love about The Blow, and about most artists on K Records, is that they make you feel like music is accessible, that you can be a musician too, that anyone can, and that it doesn't matter how great your voice is as long as you're creative, have fun, and don't care what other people think. My voice totally sucks, but I have no qualms with singing along with Khaela because it's not like she's Aretha Franklin or Patsy Cline.
The Blow is playful, childlike, and wonderful. She once played in my friend's basement after I interviewed her for a magazine article I wrote. It was Election Day 2004 and she couldn't find anywhere else in Chicago to play. That's how DIY she is. Check her out at a FADER party: