In her 2011 music video for "Yankin," the rapper Lady does whatever she pleases.
On September 29, the U.S. metal band Mastodon unleashed their video for “The Motherload,” a gratuitously twerk-tastic romp featuring women of color dancing against a Nine Inch Nails-esque backdrop. The backlash followed soon after, and when reached for comment, drummer Brann Dailor said he did not see the sexism of the video, saying that the band sought only to make something “fun” and “bizarre.”
For this week's feminist mixtape, we're all about Norwegian lady jams.
DJ Ingebling from the Norwegian DJ collective Too Many Girls put together this mix of Norwegian singer-songwriters, jazz, folk, noisepunk, skwee, pop, and electronic music from 1968 to 2014. Too Many Girls is an Oslo-based DJ-collective with an unlimited number of members. They donate the surplus of their gigs to charitable causes—check 'em out on Tumblr.
Is there such a thing as break-up season? If so, I think we’re in the middle of it. A few of my good friends are in the middle of break-ups right now and as I was looking around for a song to comfort them, I heard Mika Ben Yami’s “Nothing is Wrong.” Geez, what a perfect song. It inspired this whole mixtape of somewhat upbeat and sincere songs that are good for sad times.
Alynda Lee Segarra has never been vague about her intended audience. When we reviewed her newest album earlier this year, the force behind the band Hurray for the Riff Raff said her songs were intended for “people who feel down and out and feel like outcasts in society.” Last week, Segarra and her band put their (but actually our) money where their mouth is.
This week's mixtape comes to us from the folks behind the feminist playing cards deck. Fourteen artists created portraits of 56 feminist musicians for the deck—for example, check out Martha Rich's portrait of Josephine Baker as the ace of hearts. The creative team is looking to create a second deck of cards featuring a whole new round of artists and musicians. They're accepting applications from artist who want to participate until October 15th. Go apply!
To get people pysched up for the project, this mixtape features songs from all the musicians emblazoned on the spades of the first feminist playing card deck. This "SHOOTING THE MOON" mix features songs by Kathleen Hanna, Patti Smith, Missy Elliott, Ari Up, Tori Amos, Genya Ravan, Edith Piaf, Janet Weiss, Emma Gaze, and Bebe.
When I saw Lowell perform in a bar/sandwich shop in Portland last week, I left feeling both sweaty and lucky. The small venue had been packed with people dancing to Lowell's catchy beats—the Toronto-based performer filled the place with such energy and power that I’ll bet a lifetime supply of sandwiches the next time she comes through town, it will be on a sold-out international tour.
It's back-to-school season, which means many people are going to be pulling all nighters. I put together this mixtape for my fellow students who are staying up all night working on papers and ill-fated art projects. The only thing that will makes staying up till dawn working on an essay an easier is the perfect playlist.