Woman of Steele
Courtesy of my friend Holly, now running fuckyeahjdsamson.

Courtesy of my friend Holly, now running fuckyeahjdsamson.

This picture always makes me feel better about things because, like, don’t we all just want to be told, or feel like, we’re terrific kids, no matter what society tells us or treats us like?  And as JD is sort of a big influence on my art and in constant rotation on my iTunes, I tend to side with her shirt.  (Also she is playing a DJ set at Tammany Hall on Tuesday.)

This picture always makes me feel better about things because, like, don’t we all just want to be told, or feel like, we’re terrific kids, no matter what society tells us or treats us like?  And as JD is sort of a big influence on my art and in constant rotation on my iTunes, I tend to side with her shirt.  (Also she is playing a DJ set at Tammany Hall on Tuesday.)

Feminst MixTape Vol. 1

1. Radical or Pro Parental- Julie Ruin

2. Did It On Em’- Niki Minaj

3. Deceptacon- Le Tigre

4. Off Our Backs- MEN

5. Fortunate Son- Sleater-Kinney

6. Heart of Steel- Galactic (featuring Irma Thomas)

7. Rock Me Baby- Etta James

8. Back in Your Head- Tegan and Sara

9. Sadness is a Blessing (Gold Panda Remix)- Lykke Li

10. Rosa- Grimes

11. I Wish I Was Him- Kathleen Hanna

12. You and Me- Penny and The Quarters

13. Private Dancer- Tina Turner*

Approx 45 minutes of awesomeness, best listened to in that exact order.

* How Peaches ended her DJ set when I saw her.

14 plays

CSS- Hits Me Like A Rock

The only bad thing about CSS and MEN touring together this Fall is that we have to wait until the Fall!

On “Who Took The Bomp: Le Tigre On Tour”

Sunday night, Oscilloscope Laboratories and Ace hotel hosted a free screening of Who Took the Bomp: Le Tigre on Tour.  The aforementioned Manhattan cool kids/hip tourists spot lived up to it’s reputation to this first time visitor (though showing free movies on Sunday is a pretty great way to cozy up to me).  It was my second time seeing the film, and if you didn’t see Le Tigre live, like me, this is certainly the next best thing.  However, the risk of making such a statement is that it could downplay that the film, directed by Kerthy Fix, is also an insightful, funny, and well-made documentary that stands on its own as a great example of non-fiction story telling (so luckily I included that qualifier!).

Of course, loving Le Tigre’s music or feminism doesn’t hurt, but even if you don’t know about the band or feminism, there’s a good chance you are going to come away with a love of, an appreciation for, and at the least, knowledge of both (half the battle, right?), thanks in large part to the fact that the women of Le Tigre, Kathleen Hanna, Joanna Fateman, and JD Samson are charming, funny and endearing people on which to base a film.  And while I want to say that the trio make excellent spokespeople for feminism, I really can’t because no one person can speak for the movement, or even three people who make rad beats, but they can certainly give a glimpse into what it means to be a feminist and a feminist artists, and that’s something that is often not shown.  Not only is feminism often treated like a four letter word, frankly, it’s just as often misunderstood (and the two, of course, go hand in hand).  Also, when most movies don’t pass The Bechdel test, it’s BEYOND refreshing to see a film featuring more than two women, who do indeed talk to each other, and not about men, unless of course the men to which they refer are touring with them and expressing a strong desire to do battle with a shark.

Read More

10 plays

Credit Card Babie$- MEN

In honor of Pride Week, MEN is giving away the demo for Credit Card Babie$.  They’ve also been asking their fans to pass the link on to at least five people in an effort to spread pride around the world.  I, for one, am happy to help get music that references experiences outside the heteronormative sphere, out and into the world.  Especially as said music is totally rad, danceable (like so danceable), and smart.  And even if heteronormativity is your thing, you can should be an ally.

Also, may I just add that “Sontag in the crib,” is vying for my favorite lyric of the year, if not best lyric about parenting ever.

Download here and then spread the good word.

21 plays

Making Friendz- Situation

Tami Hart isn’t content with being in one awesome band (MEN), and this is one of the singles on her band’s forthcoming album (June 21st!!!).  If we’re lucky it can reclaim the word situation from the Jersey Shore.  It’s also a great mix of that Califronia low-fi vibe and Brooklyn attitude, if that makes sense.  Which it might not, as I’m not a music journalist.  It’s been stuck in my head all week (but I don’t mind).

Simultanously by MEN

simultaneously we look up to the sky
simultaneously we will ask each other why
simultaneously

everything you do
you try to do two
carry another move it all along
she looks up and your eyes down
almost ripping at the seams can it be
with pain, we grow
cut your hair
you’re not there
you are invisible
change

simultaneously we look up to the sky
simultaneously we will ask each other why
simultaneously

now its time to grab a breath
don’t let silence turn to death
do your dance to stand up tall
take a chance and don’t you fall
double strength can not get old
people watch you on the streets
change direction with their feet
stop that rhythm and repeat
put your head down and relax
pick you head up don’t look back
cuz today the world has changed.

(Listen)

JD Samson on xoJane (apparently we talk to our therapists about some of the same things…)

JD Samson on xoJane (apparently we talk to our therapists about some of the same things…)