Something Fierce

By Phil Plait | October 5, 2011 1:50 pm

Marian Call is many things: a singer, a songwriter, a geek, and a friend. I’ve written about her many times, since a lot of her music is about geek culture (like Firefly and Battlestar, and living the nerd life)… and because she has a fantastic voice and writes brilliant lyrics.

And that’s why I’m so excited that she has a new album out: Something Fierce, a double-album of Mariany goodness.

Something Fierce is full of wonderful music. Some of it is geek, some normal, and some about Alaska. My favorite on the whole shebang is "Temporal Dominoes", which starts off with Marian wailing, and launches into a complex weave of lyrics about how life stacks up on you. It’s a very cool song, and not just because I commissioned the song from her for a plate of cookies*.

The whole album is pretty amazing. And, to top it off, she’s done this whole thing herself, with support of her fans. No agents, no labels, no record companies: just her and her throng. When I was in L.A. a few months ago to film for a documentary, she happened to be there as well, and we were (barely) able to arrange getting together for a quick breakfast; she had to find a place to crash from a fan and then spent most of the night mixing the tracks. For all that, the album is professional, polished, and clean, and is, in my opinion, the best thing she’s put out yet.

But why believe me? You can listen to her yourself:

Temporal Dominoes by Marian Call

Convinced? You can also listen to the whole album online. From there you can also buy a CD or a downloadable file. I grabbed the download, and it’s really nice. She also includes a ton of photos and liner notes that are fun to go through. You might recognize a name or two there, too.

She’s also on Facebook, Google+, and her own site.

I think it’s great that there are independent artists out there working hard to make their own individual voices heard, doing an end-run around the gatekeepers that in many cases mediocratize artists. That’s one of the many reasons I support Marian, and I hope you will too.

* This is true.

Related posts:

Clarion Marian Call (my first post about her!)
In the black
The (Marian) Call of Mars
New weeks, new geeks; so say we all!

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Cool stuff, Geekery

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  1. I was her “roadie” when she played at Tommy Doyles in Harvard. :) I support her too!

  2. Cindy

    Was it for a plate of cookies that YOU baked or Mrs. BA baked? If it was Mrs. BA’s cookies, then I think it was a fair trade. ūüėČ

  3. Geoff

    You left off “crush”

  4. Doug

    I checked the file name to be sure, but that picture of her is at the Garden of the Gods. I can’t believe I recognized it!

  5. Scott Romanowski

    I’ll second Phil’s recommendation. She is a talented, clever singer-songwriter. Buy her albums and attend her concerts.

    How many cookies were on the plate and what type were they? We need to know the going rate for songs. :-)

  6. Radwaste

    And of course, Phil, DragonCon is a great place to see indie acts: Ego Likeness, Cruxshadows, The Last Dance, The Julia Dream, Ayria, Frenchy and the Punk, Faith and the Muse, Voltaire…

    …and – ahem – George Hrab!!

    Go google!

  7. Isaac

    I wish her luck. Not all of us independent musician types have anything close to this level of publicity for our efforts.

  8. Guysmiley

    Yes! Something Fierce is a wonderful album! And if you get the chance to see her in concert, I highly recommend it!

  9. Aaron

    This blog is good for the soul.

  10. Well, I’m convinced. Buying now.

  11. Thanks Phil, Good Stuff, now I got more to add to my “Science Rocks”, Folder of great music with a Science and Astronomy theme.

  12. Thanks. I’m a Marian Call fan too & second all the recommendations in her favour. :-)

  13. andyd

    Sounds like a cat being neutered.

  14. Nigel Depledge

    @ AndyD (12) –
    And you’ve made a study of that topic, have you?

  15. Keith Bowden

    I just got around to pulling in my free download this morning and am listening to it now. (Eagerly awaiting the solid object version in the mail, too.) It’s a good morning… :)

  16. Some of it is geek, some normal, and some about Alaska. Alaska is like Texas, except with cold and negi instead of heat and beef. Either way, driving while intoxicated is the way to stay sane between departure and destination. Survival while doing this is optional.

  17. McWaffle

    Urgh! This is SUPPOSED to be an ASTRONOMY blog, not a soapbox for Phil’s musical opinions! Discovery Magazine isn’t paying you to listen to music!1! Congratulations on loosing a reader!


  18. Wow. What a gorgeous voice!

  19. Menno Ribbens

    Great album, just downloaded it. Highly recommended! Thanks for sharing.

  20. Buzz Parsec

    Still patiently waiting for my CD to see if I got one of the autographed ones, but I downloaded it Saturday.

    I haven’t figured out the lyrics yet but is the mention of Cardiff a Torchwood reference? Or something to do with the Cardiff Giant? Google maps doesn’t list a Cardiff Alaska.

  21. Rasem Brsiq

    Thank you for pointing this out.

    Also: please get that woman more cookies; I do believe Temporal Dominoes is the best track on there. At least, it’s my favorite so far. Though, it must be said, by a narrow margin.


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