This is a mix of garage, pop & childhood fantasies for summer. It's a West Coast & lady-heavy mixtape that is curated by Party Boyz: a podcast, zine, and music empire founded by two women in Portland, Oregon. Git it girlz.
I've been having some lonely times recently and wanted a playlist to listen to while I fall asleep. That's what this mix is for—music to listen to in the dark. It's not a bunch of tearjerker breakup songs, though, who needs that when you're already lonely? Instead, I've been getting into this band Elephant and they have the most hilarious official description for their genre: "Nocturnal Lo-Fi Bedroom Dreamy Beach Pop." YES. Nailed it. That's what I want: An hour-and-a-half of noctural, lo-fi, bedroom, dreamy, beach pop tunes.
So this mix includes Elephant as well as brand-new tracks from Mirah, Bonsai, Woman's Hour, and Lykke Li. Hope you like it.
My friends were shouting this week about how Fleetwood Mac is back on tour (!!!) and all the excitement prompted me to buy thesecond Fleetwood Mac covers album that I have ever purchased. Some people might think two Fleetwood Mac covers albums might be excessive for one music library that also includes numerous actual Fleetwood Mac albums. Those people are wrong.
Here's a playlist of two Fleetwood Mac songs sandwiching 11 savory Fleetwood Mac covers. Enjoy!
This Friday's mixtape is a complication of infectiously good hand-clapping songs. Bitch intern Jennifer Busby put together the mix—it's a perfect pairing with our recent whistling songs mixtape. Now, put your hands together for finishing out the week.
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.