Country music can be a hard place for women. Lyrics have women being drowned in rivers, abandoned as whores, or obsessed over as angels-in-the-flesh. From the beginning of the Nashville scene, husbands, managers, and music labels kept a tight grip on female performers' money and artistic freedom. In response to the systemic misogyny of popular country music, we give you this playlist that celebrates "putting the cunt back in country."
Weren't in Austin for SXSW this year? We've got you covered. This week's BitchTapes is an epic 20-track playlist of some of the best female-fronted bands we came across in our marathon week of coverage from Hill Country, Texas. Track list after the jump!
Sometimes our BitchTapes are about colors, elements, or seasons. Other times they're about cover songs or friendship. This time, we thought we'd dedicate a playlist to a very cool label called Burger Records. Haven't heard of them yet? They're a small outfit based out of Fullerton, California and they've been releasing quality records and tapes since 2007. This week, they put out an incredible 71-song compilation featuring some of the best bands Burger has to offer. It's just $10 and proceeds go to funding a life-saving surgery for a weiner dog named Popcorn. Not sure you're ready to shell out the dough? Think of this BitchTapes as a very small sampling of some of our favorite Burger babes.
This time of year, turn on the radio or go to the grocery store and your ears are flooded with Christmas songs. Whether you love it or hate it, take a break from it with this mix. Today's BitchTapes is full of songs that will get you in the mood for the coldest season, with little mention of any holidays.
Sometimes, you see something you like and you just know you have to have it for your own. When this happens to musicians, a cover is born. For this week's BitchTapes, enjoy these songs originally written/performed by men, but sung with their own signature flair by female vocalists. Track list after the jump!
We're reposting a thank-you mix from last year for all of you who subscribed these past two weeks. Because of you, we met our goal! You're the best.
We are overwhelmed with love and support shown by our readers these past few weeks!
Here's a mix of gratitude, with selections the whole office helped select, which features upfront appreciation ("Thank You" by Boyz II Men, "Thank You Friends" by Big Star), to some covers that make saying "Thank You" even more fun (Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66's "With a Little Help From My Friends, Martha and the Vandellas' "Danke Schoen," and an amazing version of Stevie Wonder's "You are the Sunshine of My Life" by Betty Chung). We truly can't say thank you enough, subscribers and readers are the reason we can keep doing what we do, but hopefully between the following ten tracks you'll get the idea. Track list after the jump!