It's back-to-school season, which means many people are going to be pulling all nighters. I put together this mixtape for my fellow students who are staying up all night working on papers and ill-fated art projects. The only thing that will makes staying up till dawn working on an essay an easier is the perfect playlist.
New Richard Linklater movie Boyhood has been going to get a lot of attention, especially on the strength of Patricia Arquette's amazing performance. But if you're missing the stories of girls, here's a list made up of songs featured in great films from female directors: Jane Campion, Sofia Coppola, Amy Heckerling, Sarah Polley, Lone Scherfig, Celine Schamma, and Adrienne Shelley.
I'm a big psychobilly fan, but often find that people don't know much about the genre. So, behold: my psychobilly mixtape!
Rockabilly women such as Wanda Jackson and Sparkle Moore were often considered daring and rebellious, and so it only makes sense that they would inspire other musicians. Psychobilly derives from their style, as well the early punk rock scene featuring rockabilly style guitar playing and punk rock speed. The genre exaggerates on the audacity of rockbilly stars like Jackson and Moore, plus layers on additional styles from girl groups and even metal. Pyschobilly bands typically turn to horror and sci-fi B movies and a camp aesthetic for inspiration. Put on your creepers and Doc Martens and check out some of these great psychobilly jams.
Not Enough! Is a festival of new and collaborative queer art and music, happening on September 7th in Portland, OR. To gear up for the festival and for a further reminder of how brilliant us queers are, Joseph Bonnell is a mix of Northwest queer bands, some of which formed for Not Enough! More information on the festival is available right here.
If you love "Fancy," you might love Charli XCX. And if you love Charli XCX, you might love British women making hip-hop/pop music. This isn't a definitive list, but it starts with sassy and just gets raunchier, which is why British female hip-hop is great.
Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls just completed our 14th year of summer camps! Inspiring high action packed amazingness! However, there have also been some *sun's out bummed out* moments for me & comrades near & dear. Street Harassment in particular has been on my mind. Here's a selection of solid jams that helped me out this summer: songs of trying + going on, on, on + validating rage, as well as choice faves from my RnRC4G Gender & Music workshop. Smashing Patriarchy is Self Care! We're Worth It!
This weekend is Pickathon, a magical roots and indie music fest near Portland, Oregon. We picked our favorites from this year's Pickathon lineup for the is mix, from Valerie June to Courtney Barnett. Enjoy!
Sometimes it might feel impossible to find women playing psychedelic, synthed-out tunes. Here are some stand-out tracks that deserve more play. Get your dream pop, shoegaze, and your slow-burn noise tracks here. Warning: the last track is 15 minutes that you will not regret.