Trans musician Laura Jane Grace collaborates with Joan Jett

JJElektric:

“Soulmates to Strangers” is one of my favorites. I think it should be the next single!

Originally posted on LEXIE CANNES STATE OF TRANS:

laurajanegracejoanjett2THE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT — Against Me singer and trans woman Laura Jane Grace collaborated with Joan Jett for a song on Jett’s latest CD, “Unvarnished”, which came out this week.

The song, “Soulmates to Strangers,” according to Jett in an interview in Rolling Stone, was an idea pitched by Grace to her following a conversation they had after doing a concert together last year. Jett’s band did gigs in the past with Against Me and she had always wanted to write with Grace.

Jett on Laura Jane Grace’s transition: I think it’s an extremely brave thing to do. It’s not easy to put yourself out there like that, but I’m sure she feels that she has no choice, the way she wants to live her life and the way she feels. I’m a friend no matter what.

Laura Jane Grace on Joan Jett: http://lexiecannes.wordpress.com/2013/04/25/trans-musician-laura-jane-grace-got-boost-during-transition-from-idol-joan-jett/

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Unvarnished is streaming on USAToday.com NOW

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USAToday.com is streaming Unvarnished on their website from now until September 29th!

Here’s an excerpt from the site:

Aside from collaborating with the Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl and her longtime writing partner/producer Kenny Laguna, Jett also wrote with bandmates Dougie Needles and Thommy Price, a first that she’s especially excited about.

Once they finished writing in summer 2012, Jett and the band recorded the album’s 10 songs (and four bonus tracks) through the fall and spring. In crafting Unvarnished, the goal was to make the record “sound representative of what you’re going to hear at a live show,” Jett says. In order to achieve that, the band incorporated new tracks into its live sets before even stepping inside a recording studio. This allowed them to not only get a feel for the new material in a concert setting, but also gauge audience response.

Although one track, Everybody Needs a Hero, is a notable shift stylistically — incorporating strings, oboe and English horn — Unvarnished still boasts the signature sound fans have come to know and love from Joan Jett & the Blackhearts.

“That (track) may surprise some people, but in general, (the album is) probably what people would expect from us,” Jett says. “Most of the songs are just straight up rock ‘n’ roll.”

Happy listening!

Surprise NYC release party announced for Unvarnished

Just announced from Blackheart Records:

From the Blackheart Records newsletter:

Limited tickets are on sale Thursday for an intimate performance at Santos Party House on Wednesday, 10/2/13. Get the new CD, Unvarnished, and a limited edition poster with ticket purchase.

Be sure to follow Joan on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to participate in upcoming contests.

Tickets go on sale Thursday (tomorrow) at 12:00 PM EDT. Buy them at LiveNation HERE, or from TicketWeb HERE.

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