The Julie Ruin just about burned down the stage at Portland's Time Based Arts festival last Thursday night. The group kicked off the contemporary arts festival as part of a national tour to celebrate their album Run Fast and as frontwoman Kathleen Hanna launched into their raucous playlist, the room suddenly felt hot, sweaty, and electric.
It's a big deal for Hanna to be on stage at all. The singer who brought seemingly boundless energy to Bikini Kill and Le Tigre has spent the last six years dealing with the effects of Lyme Disease, which hinders both physical and neurological abilities. When we spoke in early September, Hanna talked about living with an invisible disease, how vulnerability can create true confidence, and how the best thing that ever happened to riot grrrl is critique.
The festival celebrates women in music production, raises their visibility, and develops a pipeline for girls and young women to get involved behind the scenes as music producers. This 30-minute mixtape is a collection of tracks produced by the women who will headline this year's festival, which is on Saturday, September 28 at Barnard College in NYC!
You may not have heard of hip hop producer Ebony Oshunrinde. Stop! Don't rush to Wikipedia because you feel out of touch. We often don't know the government names of many artists to whom we regularly listen and there's nothing wrong with that. What's surprising to me is that you may not have heard of Ms. Oshunrinde's nom de plume Wondagurl, either.
At just 16, this young woman has garnered production credits on Jay-Z's game-changing album "Magna Carta Holy Grail," a feat that men twice her age would gladly sell their souls to the illuminati to accomplish. Say what you want about Jigga, but producing anything for a multi-platinum recording artist is a big deal, especially if you're a woman.
It's your lucky day! Great, great Olympia indie music label K Records put together this special mixtape for Bitch, featuring a ton of new releases. The mix is a smattering of a little bit of everything from K, brought to a boil and slowly stirred.
It's finally here! The Gray Issue is filled with some great stuff, some of which you can read online. But there's also some great music recommendations, whether you're breezing through the reviews section or reading Blanca Méndez's feature on how women in global bass are creating new community spaces on the dancefloor. Here's a mix of some of the music between the pages. Track list after the jump!
Some weeks just make you want to scream. For that special occassion, here is a mix tape of 11 women thrashing through metal songs. Go ahead—turn it up on full volume while you shout your head off this weekend about whateverhas madeyou angry recently.
Earlier this summer, Jay Z invited a small audience of cultural heavies—among them Marina Abranovic, Michael K. Williams, and Jerry Saltz—to a New York gallery for a six-hour performance of his new song "Picasso Baby." It wasn't the first time music and fine art have mingled, and it won't be the last. From the Velvet Underground at Andy Warhol's Factory to Jean-Michael Basquiat's start in the world of grafitti, music and art have been heady, fruitful bedfellows for as long as we know. This week, Kristin Rogers Brown and Andi Zeisler pulled together a selection of their fave songs about art and artists for your listening palette.