Woman of Steele

Recognize that you are not the center of the universe.

Figure out how the idea of winning and losing fits into your relationships.

Recognize vulnerability and empathy as strengths.

Don’t allow the fact that other people have been assholes to you make you into a bitter and abusive person.

Commit to the revolution as a method of psychological and physical survival.

riot grrrl zine #2, 1991

(reprinted in Girls To the Front: The True Story of the Riot Grrrl Revolution by Sara Marcus)

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.

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.

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"We really came of age as a band in the horrible Bush era. We started  right as that Woodstock ‘99 thing happened and the rapes and all that  stuff. For us, it felt really radical to be positive. We were like, we  could write all this angry stuff, we’re totally pissed off, fuck men,  fuck rapists. But we were like, you know what we need to do way more  than talking to straight white men who are clueless? We need to talk to  people who are in our actual community and hang out with them and get  closer to them and write songs from us to them." - Kathleen Hanna on Le Tigre in a really great interview on CNN.
(Image from the also awesome Riot Grrrl article that was recently in the NYtimes.  Photo Credit: Kirsten Luce)

"We really came of age as a band in the horrible Bush era. We started right as that Woodstock ‘99 thing happened and the rapes and all that stuff. For us, it felt really radical to be positive. We were like, we could write all this angry stuff, we’re totally pissed off, fuck men, fuck rapists. But we were like, you know what we need to do way more than talking to straight white men who are clueless? We need to talk to people who are in our actual community and hang out with them and get closer to them and write songs from us to them." - Kathleen Hanna on Le Tigre in a really great interview on CNN.

(Image from the also awesome Riot Grrrl article that was recently in the NYtimes.  Photo Credit: Kirsten Luce)

Hey there, punk singer.
(Kathleen Hanna on xoJane)

Hey there, punk singer.

(Kathleen Hanna on xoJane)

MEN encored with Bikini Kill’s Double Dare Ya again last night!  They also played really awesome reworked versions of their songs, came out in Tuxes, and had a site specific slideshow of pictures of females eating, in reference to the The Dinner Party.  To my delight, it included a woman laughing alone with salad.

Oh, look!  A clip from the show!

Do you have Wild Flag? How Bout You?: My Sucusseful, Unsucessful Record Store Day.

This was my first year celebrating Record Store Day, which was founded in 2007 as a “celebration of the unique culture surrounding over 700 independently owned record stores” and the art of music.  The holiday takes place the third Saturday of every April, and as I’m not going home for Passover and don’t support nationalism (I do support my mom’s brisket, however), it was perfect timing

I had an extremely modest record collection in college that mostly consisted of Grateful Dead albums because I loved hearing Jerry Garcia’s voice on vinyl (I probably should have realized this would extend to most other artists and bands, but college is about not realizing things, as much as it is about learning others).  I became aware of Record Store Day when I read that the Wild Flag debut LP would be made available exclusively on/for Record Store Day.  I signed up for the cause right then and there.  For the uninitiated (both to my blog and to the band), Wild Flag is a newly-formed super group, made up of Carrie Brownstein and Janet Weiss of Sleater-Kinney, and their fellow friends/amazing musicians, Mary Timony and Rebecca Cole.  I waited. I even told Matt McCormick how excited I was.  I waited some more…and then, it was Record Store Day Eve!

I greeted Record Store Day a little less than enthusiastically, due to tequila at TWISUPBASS in Brooklyn the night before (Braille Sounds, who is Praveen of Sepalcure and Percussion Lab, killed it by the way).  It was also grey, windy, cold and rainy, a winning combination all around.  By the time I made it into my first record store, Generation Records in Greenwhich Village, Wild Flag Future Crimes 7” was long sold out.  I felt dejected.  This was all going wrong.  It’s my first Record Store Day!  I didn’t know!, I wanted to yell out.  Luckily, something happened. 

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It’s a Great Week to be a Riot Grrrl (or feminist in general) in NYC!!!

There are so many opportunites to get your Riot Grrrl on in New York and Brooklyn this week.  You don’t want to miss it!!!

Who Took The Bomp? (Le Tigre On Tour) screens at the MoMA tonight (April 4th at 7pm).  Q&A with Kathleen Hanna and Joanna Fateman to follow!!!

MEN featuring JD Samson of Le Tigre plays the Music Hall of Williamsburg on Thursday (4/7)!  Put on your dancing shoes!  Or rather, I’m putting on my “jump up and down, scream, and dance wildly” shoes.  They’re very similar, but ideally have just a little more arch support.  Last time they were in New York, they sold out the Bowery Ballroom.  Get tickets now!

See you there!!!

Why I love NYC: Le Tigre

johannafateman:

Read the article here. I list my favorite hair salon and art gallery. A list of upcoming “Who Took the Bomp? Le Tigre on Tour” screenings are here, and you can order the DVD here.

Jessica Valenti is right (she usually is).  When I’m dancing like a maniac around my apartment to Decaptacon, everything is okay, except perhaps for my neighbors.

jessicavalenti:

Best antidote to a bad day. 

"When politics trumps medicine, real women suffer."

An amazing video from the NYC Stand With Planned Parenthood rally on February 26th.  The video features excerpts from speeches by Kathleen Turner, Anthony Weiner, Chuck Schumer, Kathleen Hanna, Yvetta Clark, Eliot Engel, and Dr. Sarah Miller.

Want to Stand With Planned Parenthood? (It takes about a whole minute.)