One in three women will have an abortion in her lifetime, yet in pop culture accurate portrayals of real people’s stories are rare. In this special interview, two reproductive justice advocates listen and discuss two songs: Nick Cannon’s "Can I Live?" and Nicki Minaj’s "Autobiography," and ask: what messages are pop songs sending about reproductive health issues?
Michelle Sternberger is a chiptune artist—she makes intricate electronic music using retro gaming consoles and 8-bit computers.
To mark the release of a new album featuring her songs, Tribute to Depeche Mode: Enjoy the Science (which came out June 10th from chiptune collective 8-Bit Operators), Sternberger made this 8-bit mixtape especially for Bitch. That's her dishing up a baking tray of Gameboys on the cover of the mix, which is a collection of songs from Sternberger's two bands, ComputeHer and 8-Bit Weapon, as well as songs she chose to highlight from 8-Bit Operators' work. Sternberger used a Commodore 64, Nintendo Entertainment System, electronic drums, and vocoded vocals to make the songs on this tape. One of the highlights: her chiptune version of Depeche Mode's song "Strangelove."
“May all beings be happy,” is a Buddhist incantation that has always moved me. Unfortunately, with his recent comments, recording artist Pharrell Williams seems to be saying,“I, as a wealthy male celebrity, am happy. The rest of you are on your own.”
It's almost summer around these parts, which means two parts mellow, sunny windows-down tunes and one part Summertime Sadness (thanks Lana). Our mix of new music out this month reflects that balance. We've got some wistful melancholia on here, some powerful ruminations on the gender binary, some thrashing riot grrrl, and a world premiere of some punky satire by alt-Americana singer Meghann Wright. Happy Summer, y'all!
This week's mixtape is a selection of artists playing the inaugural Stargayzer Festival this September 12-14 in Austin, TX. Stargayzer is a brand new, 3-day celebration of queer/LGBTQIA music and culture that will feature 100+ musicians, drag artists, comedians, and performers from all across North America.
Stargayzer invites music lovers of all orientations and expressions, from far and wide, to come hang out, camp, dance, and make magic with us under the starry Texas sky! If you want more info about the fest, or to check out the full lineup, you can do that by visiting the festival's Facebook page.
This is a mix of garage, pop & childhood fantasies for summer. It's a West Coast & lady-heavy mixtape that is curated by Party Boyz: a podcast, zine, and music empire founded by two women in Portland, Oregon. Git it girlz.
I've been having some lonely times recently and wanted a playlist to listen to while I fall asleep. That's what this mix is for—music to listen to in the dark. It's not a bunch of tearjerker breakup songs, though, who needs that when you're already lonely? Instead, I've been getting into this band Elephant and they have the most hilarious official description for their genre: "Nocturnal Lo-Fi Bedroom Dreamy Beach Pop." YES. Nailed it. That's what I want: An hour-and-a-half of noctural, lo-fi, bedroom, dreamy, beach pop tunes.
So this mix includes Elephant as well as brand-new tracks from Mirah, Bonsai, Woman's Hour, and Lykke Li. Hope you like it.