This time of year, turn on the radio or go to the grocery store and your ears are flooded with Christmas songs. Whether you love it or hate it, take a break from it with this mix. Today's BitchTapes is full of songs that will get you in the mood for the coldest season, with little mention of any holidays.
Music occasionally begs accessories. A box of tissues, a journal, a picture (ripped in half or whole, depending on the song), a sex toy... some songs simply cannot be enjoyed to the same degree without physical appurtenances. This week's Bitch Tapes is a collection of songs like this. They all require the same item. I'll give you a hint. It's erudite. It's prolix. It's usually cumbersome, as tomes go. By now, you may be holding one. Give up? It's a dictionary! All the songs on this list contain SAT-ready vocabulary words, which wrinkle our brains while massaging our cochlea. Have some to add? Share your knowledge in the comments! (Track list, with pertinent definitions, after the jump!)
Sometimes, you see something you like and you just know you have to have it for your own. When this happens to musicians, a cover is born. For this week's BitchTapes, enjoy these songs originally written/performed by men, but sung with their own signature flair by female vocalists. Track list after the jump!
We're reposting a thank-you mix from last year for all of you who subscribed these past two weeks. Because of you, we met our goal! You're the best.
We are overwhelmed with love and support shown by our readers these past few weeks!
Here's a mix of gratitude, with selections the whole office helped select, which features upfront appreciation ("Thank You" by Boyz II Men, "Thank You Friends" by Big Star), to some covers that make saying "Thank You" even more fun (Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66's "With a Little Help From My Friends, Martha and the Vandellas' "Danke Schoen," and an amazing version of Stevie Wonder's "You are the Sunshine of My Life" by Betty Chung). We truly can't say thank you enough, subscribers and readers are the reason we can keep doing what we do, but hopefully between the following ten tracks you'll get the idea. Track list after the jump!
Spin Magazine recently ran a comprehensive and funny piece called "The 50 Biggest White Girl Rap Moments Of All Time." Being a white woman who vehemently loves rap music, best believe I ate that ish up. Some MCs mentioned were genuinely talented (Dessa, Princess Superstar), others... not so much. There is, as the magazine states, a "checkered" history in white girl rap (cough cough Kreayshawn cough cough Fergie). One artist who didn't make the cut (but certainly will next round) is the one and only Kalyn Heffernan of Denver's Wheelchair Sports Camp.
October is here again and the weather here in Portland is starting to shift. Yep—it's fall, a time of transition. For some, it means headin' back to class, and for others it marks the end of their favorite season. For me, it means crankin' out a cozy mix of songs about autumn to help me get through the days of spiked cider and pumpkin pie. Luckily we're just two weeks into this season and still have lots of time left to enjoy the changing leaves, windy currents, and the reinstatement of sweaters. So listen up as we say goodbye to summer and hello again to fall.
It takes chutzpah for an indie band just starting out to get rid of the acoustic guitar. But that's how it went for Minneapolis/New Orleans/Chicago's Dark Dark Dark. Choosing instead to write their earliest songs for an accordion and a banjo (insert my inevitable fandom here), founding members Nona Marie Invie and Marshall LaCount build their eclectic, eery, inviting music from the consistently unexpected. Dark Dark Dark is the musical equivalent of the dialogue Noah Baumbach writes: You're never sure what will happen next, which is how dialogue in real life feels—but paying that extra attention, and allowing yourself to be surprised, will reward you with piercing, comforting insight.