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.
New Richard Linklater movie Boyhood has been going to get a lot of attention, especially on the strength of Patricia Arquette's amazing performance. But if you're missing the stories of girls, here's a list made up of songs featured in great films from female directors: Jane Campion, Sofia Coppola, Amy Heckerling, Sarah Polley, Lone Scherfig, Celine Schamma, and Adrienne Shelley.
The end of summer doesn't have to be bittersweet for music fans—more albums come out every autumn than any other time of the year! We've been grooving to lots of great new feminist music through the dog days of August and are looking forward to loads more over the coming months. Happy almost-scarf-weather, y'all!
I'm a big psychobilly fan, but often find that people don't know much about the genre. So, behold: my psychobilly mixtape!
Rockabilly women such as Wanda Jackson and Sparkle Moore were often considered daring and rebellious, and so it only makes sense that they would inspire other musicians. Psychobilly derives from their style, as well the early punk rock scene featuring rockabilly style guitar playing and punk rock speed. The genre exaggerates on the audacity of rockbilly stars like Jackson and Moore, plus layers on additional styles from girl groups and even metal. Pyschobilly bands typically turn to horror and sci-fi B movies and a camp aesthetic for inspiration. Put on your creepers and Doc Martens and check out some of these great psychobilly jams.
Not Enough! Is a festival of new and collaborative queer art and music, happening on September 7th in Portland, OR. To gear up for the festival and for a further reminder of how brilliant us queers are, Joseph Bonnell is a mix of Northwest queer bands, some of which formed for Not Enough! More information on the festival is available right here.