"Pray to Jesus" is a good song to kick off Brandy Clark's debut solo album, 12 Stories. Like the tracks that follow, it's from distinctly female point of view with touches of levity underlying real issues of family and livelihood. “Don’t want to be buried in debt or in sin/ So we pray to Jesus and we play the lotto/ Cause there ain’t but two ways we can change tomorrow.”
It's a Friday Bitchtape curated by Northwest indie music label Kill Rock Stars! Here are 11 of our favorite tracks from Kill Rock Stars's 21-year history. Check out new tracks from the past year like Corin Tucker Band's new hit and a classic from Sleater-Kinney.
• Simone Jhingoor thought she was going on the Today show to talk about her work with the Women's Housing and Economic Development Corporation, which works on family- and child-friendly development projects in the Bronx. Joke's on you, sister—no one wants to hear from you unless you're accepting a surprise marriage proposal! [Slate]
• Jaclyn Friedman runs down the disturbing list of how the Men's Rights movement is relying on an increasingly violent set of tactics to make the case that feminists are the enemy. [The American Prospect]
• Many horror fans will argue that their fave movies are just good scary fun, but Holly Derr makes a persuasive case that such films have a long history of reflecting the social and political climate in which they were made. [Ms.]
Totally Biased writer Aparna Nancherla is hilarious. Having recently been named the first Indian-American female comic to perform on late-night television, Nancherla graciously chatted with me in the midst of prepping for her multiple sets for Portland’s all-female All Jane No Dick comedy festival and sampling as many culinary treats she could squeeze in during her latest 48-hour stint in Portland, Oregon.
There's a scene in the original Carrie that made me tear up the first time I saw it, at age 12 or so. It's not one of the movie's famous scare scenes—not the ones at the prom, not the pants-peeingly unexpected shock ending, not even the senseless murder of a pig—but it's one that resonated for being profoundly upsetting in an entirely different way.
• Three 6 year old girls in California started their own skateboarding group: Pink Helmet Posse. The girls write on their website, "We know it can be intimidating, but we're here to show you that skateboarding is not just for boys." Awesome! [Huffington Post]