This week's BitchTapes mix collects some favorite songs from artists we didn't know about this time last year. Music writer Katie Presley recently rounded up some of her feminist music discoveries of 2013 and I thought they'd make a pretty sweet mix. I was right!
We recently celebrated the completion of our 200th free mixtape, put together every week by Bitch staff, contributors, and assorted music-lovers. The mixes highlight the work of mostly female and queer-identified artists, mixing big names and small fries. To mark the occassion of our 200th BitchTape, I looked through the collection of feminist mixtapes and pulled out our 12 most popular mixtapes ever.
The most popular mixtape we've published is... drumroll please...
Keepin' it Tropical(ia)! Contributor Emilly Prado put together this Brazilian psychedelia tape back in 2012. Give it a listen.
This 200th mixtape is a return to lo-fi roots. Stick Shift Records, a DIY feminist punk record label run by two ladies out of their apartment in Burlington, VT, curated this compilation of bands from all over the world. It's sort of a compilation of B-sides from bands whose albums Stick Shift has released, featuring a range of punk rock styles.
This XIGGA playlist is an afrofuturistic journey through time, space, and energy. It embraces the XIGGA afrophilocosmology that affirms the funky fresh and courageous ways that people navigate being both on the margins and at the center. Deep inside us lives a spirit that is bold and capable of afroastral flight. When we tap into the origins of our people, the truth of our spirits and the bass-beats of our hearts, we are capable of magic. It is true, our people could fly, and we do.
I started swing dancing in college as a way to meet people. That quickly led to a swing dancing obsession I still haven't recovered from.
For me, there's something about that nice eight-count beat that really picks me off my feet and cheers me up. So, to counteract the increasingly chilly weather, consistent downpours, and shorter days, I've assembled the cheeriest and most upbeat swing songs I could find. (Swing dancing also led to a significant liking for blues dancing, which may have leaked a bit into this mixtape—I just love Nina Simone too much.) So put on your dancing shoes and give it a listen!
It's a Friday Bitchtape curated by Northwest indie music label Kill Rock Stars! Here are 11 of our favorite tracks from Kill Rock Stars's 21-year history. Check out new tracks from the past year like Corin Tucker Band's new hit and a classic from Sleater-Kinney.
This Friday's mixtape is curated for Bitch from the folks behind the Feminist Playing Cards deck. "Queens of my Feminist Heart" features songs by the hearts of the project, a deck of cards featuring 56 feminist musicians illustrated by 14 feminist artists. The deck showcases musicians who have made strides towards women's equality, whether through their music, career, personal achievements or activism.
Formed in response to the fact that the world needs more art, music and culture made by and for queers, Not Enough! Queer Music and Arts festival is a celebration of all new and collaborative bands, film, performances and visual art made by queer folk!
This marks the festival's 4th year. During the last three years, artists and musicians have created 47 bands and performances (as well as multiple films and visual art pieces) specifically for the festival. Many of these groups have gone on to continue to perform and record. Inspired by the Portland festival, Not Enough Fests have happened in New Orleans and Winnipeg.
This year's festival will happen on October 19th at SMYRC in Portland, OR. Read more info on dates and times and how to attend at NotEnoughPDX.com.
Lovers: They love most things. From left is Emily Kingan, Kerby Ferris, and Carolyn Berk. Photo via CMJ.
Never was a band so perfectly named as Lovers. As we talked over coffee last week about their new album, A Friend in the World, and upcoming national tour, a fan from England who happened to overhear the coffeeshop conversation stopped by the table to warmly great the artists. That's typical for the Portland electro-pop trio, who compare their performances as community celebrations akin to weddings and say they're far too sincere and loving to be a "cool" band.
Sometimes, I love a song so much that all I want to do is listen to that song over and over and over, until it has become a permanent part of my brain. This is my relationship to Dolly Parton's master work "Jolene." Some days, all I want is "Jolene," all the time.
And thus, my perfect mixtape: 15 versions of "Jolene," back-to-back-to-back. Enjoy!
Funny side-note: After I put together this mixtape, I discovered that Autostraddle did the exact same thing a year ago! Clearly, this is a thing. Also, there are so many "Jolene" covers in the world that our "Jolene"-only tapes actually don't include many of the same versions. The two tapes are best listened to one right after another, in my opinion.
Track list is below the cut—though reading through it kind of ruins the fun.