The artists coming out of Seattle's Sub Pop Records have had a huge influence on me as an artist and music critic (I even covered Sleater-Kinney's "Modern Girl" on some lo-fi recording I made when I was in my early twenties). These days, I continue to appreciate bands on the label—like THEESatisfaction, who just released an new album called EarthEE and is now hitting the road on national tour. Sub Pop has been a part of my consciousness for almost 15 years. Let this BitchTape inspire you!
Seattle four-piece Chastity Belt just released their second album, Time to Go Home, on record label Hardly Art. Listening to their songs feels like having a beach sleepover with your cool feminist cousin and many shots of Jagermeister.
I realize this mixtape is a little over-the-top nerdy. It all started when I read the news about the return of the X-Files last week and got the hankering to listen to the X-Files theme song. This led me to the weird world of theme song remixes on Soundcloud. After spending several hours in this internet rabbit-hole, I emerged with this mixtape in hand.
Twenty years ago today, Selena Quintanilla-Pérez was killed by her fan club president at the age of 23. While Billboard marks this day as one in which “Latin music lost a legend,” the reality is that all of music lost a legend on that day, period.
Florida Georgia Line has the best-selling digital country song of all time, "Cruise," which is about approaching an attractive lady and asking her to ride in their truck.
Love it or hate it,country music has recently displaced Top 40 as America’s most popular radio genre. Country has often been associated with middle-aged suburban folks, but over the past decade or so the genre has started attracting a much younger and broader demographic of listeners. Along the way, we’ve seen the rise of bro-country.
This week's feminist mixtape comes from Dope Folks Records, a record label that specializes in rare and unreleased limited-edition vinyl releases. They're coming up on their 70th release! The two mixes below feature female hip-hop artists "from big names to virtual unknowns from the Golden Era to the mid-90s"—all from the personal vinyl collection of the Dope Folks team. There are plenty of gems here. Check out Dope Folks' other great mixes over on Soundcloud.
As a sixteen-year-old and lover of country music, I often struggle with the demeaning lyrics about women in mainstream country music perpetuates. However, there have always been a few artists who break that mold and manage to produce great country music with a positive, empowering theme. Country music and feminism are not mutually exclusive.
Here's a playlist of current artists (and a few old favorites) who achieve just that.