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by noe venable

"Only a couple of records lately have pulled me from song to song to the end; one was Van Morrison's Down the Road and the other was Noe Venable's Boots..." --LA Weekly
Genre: Pop: with Electronic Production
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Boots
4:39 album only
2. Prettiness
3:40 album only
3. Tinkerbell
3:07 album only
4. Stolen Thing
4:28 album only
5. My Insomnia
4:04 album only
6. Climb
4:48 album only
7. Happiness
4:55 album only
8. Look, Luck
4:08 album only
9. Julia
5:23 album only
10. Wild Blue & Yonder
6:32 album only
11. Don't Stop Crying
4:00 album only
12. In Memoriam
9:04 album only


Album Notes
"Ravishingly melodic!" -- Ani Difranco

"Here we have a homegrown, full blown musical visionary, and a window into a part of the new San Francisco sound. This train is headed somewhere"

"She's the freshest voice in San Francisco" --San Francisco Magazine

Since releasing Boots on her own label, Petridish, Noe's life has taken off like a rocket. Ani Difranco heard the CD and invited Noe and her trio to open for her on a month long national tour. Since opening for Ani Difranco in February-March, Noe has toured with such diverse artists as They Might be Giants, Dar Williams, and Boz Scaggs, enjoying equally warm responses from these varied audiences, perhaps a testament to what several writers have called her "universal appeal," and yet, her voice as a songwriter is unique.

Noe's artistry runs strong and deep. As a small child growing up in San Francisco, she made up songs, strumming along on an autoharp-- usually tunes about witches dancing around cauldrons, or about Pan and his nymphs and other characters from Greek mythology. What began as a childhood passion for myths has evolved into a grown up passion for myth making.

Thematically, Boots is an urban odyssey, seen through the eyes of a girl. Unlike Noe's previous songs, in which she usually seemed to be singing as characters she had invented, and very odd characters at that-- (a servant to a sorcerer, a doomed Cessna pilot, a dying transvestite...), Boots is strongly rooted in Noe's own experience as a woman. "In so many of my favorite stories," says Noe, "these troubled men dream of finding a woman to save them. You read stories like that and you're troubled, and you start dreaming of the same thing. Then one day you wake up and say, 'Wait, I am the woman in those stories. But I'm troubled! So now who's going to save me?' I think that's where Boots begins."

Born of 12 months of sonic experimentation and obsessive tinkering, Boots was produced by bass player/keyboardist Todd Sickafoose. Real drummers and electronic drummers come out to play and find that they like each other. Old synths collide with acoustic guitars and violins. Loops sing, bells ring, and low sounds rumble from the sewer.
Catch Noe performing live with her trio, Todd Sickafoose on bass and keys, and Alan Lin on violin and electronics.

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"Noe Venable's shivering, gravelly soprano and ghostly melodies are like poems and exorcisms." -Portland Mercury

"Venable spins out her songs like a Pied Piper who's already taken the kids and has come back for more." -San Francisco Weekly

"She's sweet, sad, and slightly odd in refreshing, artful ways." -Santa Barbara Independent

"At best, a Venable performance - whimsical, funny, impulsive, rapturous - posits the idea of a darkly creative genius flailing away under the vaudevillian's tux and tails. Sneaking swigs from a flask of peppermint schnapps, she's delirious from the power of her warring impulses." -San Francisco Bay Guardian

"Listening to Noe Venable's music requires one to dip their conscience into the whirl, and a willingness to go where it may, willy, nilly, topsy, turvy, naked or clothed." -Radioactive Pickle (Portland OR)



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Not just the CD...
This CD was remarkable, and the way she expresses herself through her lyrics really drew me in. I saw her in concert with Ani Difranco, and the CD is just as good as a live show!!!

Mario DeSio

wonderful artist
Finally a wonderful artist rises to the top of the Bay Area music scene. An honest, poetic album that takes many listenings to absorb it all.

Aaron M. Jenkins

Nothing but wonderful!
Boots is the kind of album where you skip through a great song because you're that impatient to listen to another one. Vocals are endearing, I hear her voice even when the CD's not on. I ache to play it whenever I'm away from it. There isn't a weakpoint here. BUY IT


I've been Noe Venable'd (and I'm a better person for it).
After listening to (and listening to, and listening to) her first cd NO CURSES HERE and thoroughly falling in love with Noe's music, I am thrilled that her new effort, Boots, is being offered at cdbaby. As a cdb artist myself (roguemix), I couldn't be any more pleased to be able to write about her, to tell anyone who is reading this that if you're tired of all the tedious songwriting wannabe's (who strike alluring poses and grind out predictably commercial claptrap with the hope of hitting the bigtime) and you're ready for The Genuine Article, here she is: a thoroughly unique, brilliant, guileless true poet who writes otherworldly inspired songs and sings them with a jaw-droppingly beautiful, earthy and gritty purity that speaks directly to your soul. And if you can see her in person, it will be nothing short of a life-altering experience. Am I raving? Of COURSE. Is it worth it? You bet your boots. Get Noe Venable'd NOW.


Long hair and haunting voice...
Having seen/heard Venable live, Boots brings back haunting memories of her quiet, soft, lovely speaking voice and poweful range....
Boots is everything from winter days on backroads in small mining the search for acid on Haight street ...gorgeous.