It's summer, dammit. Get in a car, a plane, a bus, or a train, and hit the road to see people you haven't seen in years. Get awkward and stand around for hours in the smoke of a barbecue at your cousin's house. Drive along an empty road for hours on your way across the Midwest. Hunker down by yourself in the corner of an airport and dream about where you'll land. Wherever you're going, here are some traveling songs to pair with our "On the Road" podcast.
Yesterday was Juneteenth, the anniversary of the enforcement of the Emancipation Proclamation and a commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. In the spirit of freedom and liberation, Colored Girls Hustle Hard made a mixtape that aims to amplify the voices of women of color through music.
Read more about the mix and get information about the songs below the cut.
Michelle Sternberger is a chiptune artist—she makes intricate electronic music using retro gaming consoles and 8-bit computers.
To mark the release of a new album featuring her songs, Tribute to Depeche Mode: Enjoy the Science (which came out June 10th from chiptune collective 8-Bit Operators), Sternberger made this 8-bit mixtape especially for Bitch. That's her dishing up a baking tray of Gameboys on the cover of the mix, which is a collection of songs from Sternberger's two bands, ComputeHer and 8-Bit Weapon, as well as songs she chose to highlight from 8-Bit Operators' work. Sternberger used a Commodore 64, Nintendo Entertainment System, electronic drums, and vocoded vocals to make the songs on this tape. One of the highlights: her chiptune version of Depeche Mode's song "Strangelove."
This week's mixtape is a selection of artists playing the inaugural Stargayzer Festival this September 12-14 in Austin, TX. Stargayzer is a brand new, 3-day celebration of queer/LGBTQIA music and culture that will feature 100+ musicians, drag artists, comedians, and performers from all across North America.
Stargayzer invites music lovers of all orientations and expressions, from far and wide, to come hang out, camp, dance, and make magic with us under the starry Texas sky! If you want more info about the fest, or to check out the full lineup, you can do that by visiting the festival's Facebook page.
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.