Luckily for me, Tanya's most recent release (which isn't so recent - 2004), Whiskey Tango Ghosts, is available on eMusic so I've been able to enjoy some music new to my ears. According to the message board on Tanya's website, she will be releasing a new live album soon. Until then, here are some dusty gems unearthed for your listening pleasure.
In the beginning, Goddess (a.k.a. Tanya Donelly) formed Throwing Muses with Kristen Hersh at the ripe age of 15. Tanya worked as the lead guitarist and secondary vocalist behind Kristen throughout the 80's until she started refocusing her energies into a new band, the Breeders. This track is from The Real Ramona, the last album (released in 1991) Tanya contributed to before splitting.
Throwing Muses - Two Step : The Real Ramona
Tanya and Kim Deal (of the Pixies, who incidentally made it to the big time by opening for Throwing Muses) first got together in 1990 and released Pod. The Breeders finally made it into the spotlight in 1993 with the release of Last Splash, but by that time Tanya had already moved onto her next project, Belly.
the Breeders - Happiness Is A Warm Gun : Pod
At the end of 1991, Tanya formed Belly around herself as the lead guitarist and vocalist, and released their first album in 1993, Star. Their single, Feed the Tree, was a huge hit, and the band seemed destined for success, but their stars didn't hold such a fortuitous future. Their second album, King (released in 1995), was a commercial failure, and the band soon disbanded.
Belly - Feed the Tree : Star
Belly - Are You Experienced (Hendrix cover) : Stone Free: A Tribute to Jimi
In 1996, Tanya once again gathered some musicians around her, but this time performed only under her name. She released an EP, Sliding & Diving, and some singles, but it wasn't until 1997 that she released an LP, Lovesongs for Underdogs. Since then she's released several other albums, but none have received the fanfare that her work with her previous bands.
Tanya Donelly - Pretty Deep : Lovesongs for Underdogs
Tanya Donelly - The Night You Saved My Life : Beautysleep
Tanya Donelly - The Center : Whiskey Tango Ghosts
Tanya's work has clearly matured (2 children can do that to you), and her lyrical prowess and song writing ability have constantly evolved and remained fresh. Hopefully this timeline (by no means complete) has either taken you for a stroll through memory lane or introduced you to a founding member of the female "alt-rock" genre.