This is a mix for those times when you start off sleepy and wind up dancing like wild. It begins with some dreamy Northwest pop, then eases into melodic country twangs new and old, and finally kicks out a few dance tunes.
I'm just going to put this out there: I am not musically talented. I picked up the saxophone as a kid because two of my childhood heroes played it (Lisa Simpson and Bill Clinton), but that was a complete waste of time. I have, however, always had a fantasy of being asked to join a band where all I do is stand at the back of the stage and whistle. I am a really good whistler! Even people I don't both for compliments tell me I'm a good whistler. Someday, my dream whistling band will come along. I know it. Until then, I have compiled this inspirational mixtape of songs that feature whistling. It's damn catchy. Happy weekend.
This mix is inspired by openly queer artists who are making electronic/dance/house/groovy/SHAKE-IT tunes. When times are tough, you've gotta keep movin'. Queers know that sentiment all too well. There's nothing like a great mix to lift the spirits and move the body!
This mixtape is curated by Dani, who is a member of the queer punk-house band Du Og Meg and loud gay bands Love & Caring and Forever. She also DJs groovy vinyl records and does some writing for She Shreds (the Magazine for Female Guitarists and Bassists). You can check out the work recorded at her studio, Sister Secrets, and email her here.
This mixtape includes some of Reverse Couple Skate's favorite lady singers of the '60s and '70s (as well as some other decades). Girl groups have had an influential role on pop music and continue to produce some of the most memorable and enduring harmonies. Solo and together, through pop, R&B, disco, country & rock—these ladies let it out. Special thanks to Madame DJ.
I grew up on punk and alternative music and given that my introduction to feminism came from Riot Grrrl, I was strongly attracted to woman-fronted bands and so many great bands came out of Los Angeles, including X. It wasn't until I was in my 20's that I would seek out music that sounded more like the Los Angeles that reflected my upbringing and my community, which was predominantly Latino. Los Angeles' Los Abandoned was my gateway drug.
For the Maps & Legends issue of Bitch, I wrote about of my favorite LA bands in an article called "Riffs of Passage—Three L.A. bands with more than music on their mind." Here's a mixtape to accompany that article.
Girls Rock NC is in it's 10th year of holding rock music feminist camps for girls in North Carolina. Their programs use music as a vehicle for building community and self-esteem in young girls. Each year, the camp gives the girls a mix CD of women who have rocked out before them. Camp co-founder Beth Turner put together this selection from some of those mixes, with songs ranging from Bikini Kill to Luscious Jackson.
Sifting through the archives of Bitch, I happened upon a big, bad pile of the other Bitch: a newsprint zine from the '80s that called itself "The Women’s Rock Mag With Bite." To a metal fan like me, this zine is gold: one issue even featured Rude Girl/Chastain screamer Leather Leone on the cover! Inspired by this lucky find, "Hail to the Metal Queens" is a righteous, rip-roaring mini-compendium of some of the most powerful—and underrated—voices in heavy metal. Let loose your hair, throw your fists in the air, and get ready to get loud!
For our mixtape this week, I put together a playlist to facilitate one-person dance parties. I know I'm celebrating Valentine's Day by dancing around my room with the music turned up loud. Pants optional.
It turns out Tacocat's in good company: there are a surprising number of upbeat songs featuring women rapping and singing about menstruation! I found seven other songs about periods—plus a bonus track of Maragaret Cho rapping—and am happy to present 28 minutes of vag-tastic music.