For May Day, here's a mixtape of songs about working for a living—with a couple down-with-the-man anthems thrown in for good measure. Whether you're out at a protest today or stuck behind a desk, I hope this can be a soundtrack for your afternoon.
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!
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.
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.
This installment of BitchTapes gets its theme from our Spring issue—Law & Order. All these songs have themes of crime, justice, or violence, with genres ranging from old timey Country to contemporary Reggae. Look here and in the forthcoming issue for everything you need to satisfy the ambulance chaser in all of us.