Monday, 28 December 2009
Thursday, 24 December 2009
Wednesday, 23 December 2009
Friday, 18 December 2009
Then I found, through Grrrl Sounds, the two Glaswegian boys of SPILL Radio who only play the best music that has been graced with the feminine touch.
I was really inspired by this and it made me realise how little mainstream radio plays female music. There are rarely two within half an hour and never back to back.
This led me to seek out other radio stations or podcasts that feed my, and many others, need for girl noise. Here are a list of the best radio shows serving the grrrl community.
Suck My Left One
Sisters of Revolution
Sunday, 13 December 2009
It's hard to find good christmas songs, especially when you lose a whole gender's work to select from. This is probably the only time I'll complain about wanting to her more guy music. I promise this would be the only time.
Anyway here is my short, but sweet mix for the special day that comes but once a year.
If this does not meet your christmas mixtapes needs then I would suggest you head over to Everett True's Christmas song list on his blog. It's a lot longer for one thing.
The Cribs have showed time and time again that they are lovers of the ladies.
The Wakefield boys were on the verge of cancelling their gig at the Donchester Dome after their support act, the inspirational Slits, started to get abuse from the crowd.
A few beered up lads at the front decided to put on, as the Cribs described it, a "disgustingly chauvinistic display of small-mindedness."
The band stated: "The thing that bothered us most is that this reception can't possibly have been anything to do with the music," they said. "Also, just to make it clear, these people [crowd members throwing items] didn't bother or upset The Slits in any way. They played on, and the show of unity from the rest of the bands on the bill, as well as the way The Slits carried themselves, was not only a moral victory but also pretty moving."
What did the Slits do during all this drama. They kept playing like the pros they are and branded the perpatrators as "dickheads with the loudest mouths".
I love these girls.
Click here to read more.
Friday, 4 December 2009
It’s fair to say that Yeah Yeah Yeahs are one of my favourite bands of all time. I’ve wanted to see them live since I was a wee girl in Wolverhampton and now I’m a wee woman who has put all her hopes and dreams into the band standing before her.
Basically YYYs had a lot to live up to when I went to see them for the first time. A decade long build up is a hard thing to live up to but they did obviously. It’s the Yeah Yeah Yeahs what else would they do.
Everything was there, ready, in place for this girl to go crazy. Brian was keeping the beat going with his hard hitting drumming style frantically battling against a drum machine, Nick was stalking the corner of the stage looking cool and Karen was yelping and throwing herself around the stage like the old days.
Either the guys knew a lot of their older fans would be attendance or they just loved playing their rare songs ‘cause both the 10x10 and the even rarer Shake It made it onto the setlist.
The band had spared no expense on special effects so glitter fell from the ceiling and giant eyeballs careered through the crowd. It was great at first but got a little distracting after a while. The band has come to a place in their career where they shouldn’t have to rely on cheap effects to get the crowd going.
The highlight of the night had to be Karen’s ritual dedication of Maps to the audience. The band eased their way into a slowed down, sparse version of the well known classic that caused couples throughout the crowd, including one right in front of me, to lock lips for no reason. Well, no reason except for love that is.
Saturday, 28 November 2009
Time: 7:30pm- don’t worry if you’re late
Venue: The Feminist Library- 5 Westminster Bridge Road SE1 7XW
To view a map of the area click here.
Friday, 27 November 2009
Hip hop, like indie, is on its last legs and could die if it doesn't diversify and look to others for new ways of creating intelligent music. There are only so many songs about bitches, hos and grills the public can take.
Hip hop should not, and will not, die but it should start from scratch and begin to look at music in a completely different way. I suggest that we look to the fringes for inspiration.
Those who have been on the fringes since the beginning have been women which is why I believe, scratch that, KNOW they are the future of hip hop.
I hope you enjoy this mixtape, it's got some of my favourites on. It may be questionable to call some of the artists on this mixtape rappers but they're on this because I think they have added a lot to the genre.
Bamboo Banga- M.I.A
Boom (I Got Your Boyfriend)- MC Luscious
Salute Yr Nurse- Jenna Riot
Don't Need No- Pink Dollaz
U.N.I.T.Y- Queen Latifah
Get Your Freak On- Missy Elliott
Club Action- Yo Majesty
Bang- Rye Rye and M.I.A
Push It- Salt-N-Pepa
We Like The Cars That Go Boom- L'Trimm
Lost Ones- Lauryn Hill
Make It Take It- Amanda Blank
This month's 'song of the month' is a bit late. I've been pretty busy with work and stuff but I'm going to try and get all of the posts thay should have been up last week online over the weekend.
I've been listening to this song non-stop in the last couple of weeks. This girl is friends with M.I.A, had her record produced by Blaqstarr and she's only a teenager. I'm talking about Rye Rye and the track Shake It To The Ground.
The Blaqstarr produced track has a sparse, simple but catchy beat and along with Rye Rye's lyrics the song is light years ahead of some of the caveman-esque tracks released by more famous male rappers.
I'm calling it now, Rye Rye is the future of Hip Hop. Jump on my bandwagon now before it's too late.
Tuesday, 24 November 2009
we're playing the cro bar in london (it's in soho) this wednesday - 25th november - it's free entry. i think you can fit 70 people in there if we all breathe in real hard. get there at 8 and get in, or get there late and listen from the street. we will be playing on the floor right in your faces blowing your eardrums out and drenching you in sweat. feel the love.
Monday, 23 November 2009
Friday, 20 November 2009
POSITIVE ACTION present A BENEFIT for U-TURN
Start Time: Saturday, November 21, 2009 at 7:30pm
Location: The Victoria, Mile End
The U-Turn project is a Bethnal Green based charity that is both under exposed and under funded. Its main aim is to help and work with “vulnerable and hard to reach women of all ages who have been trapped in the cycle of prostitution, drug addiction, physical abuse and homelessness from a young age”. U-Turn offers them “an opportunity to self-determine their future in their own communities”. Their main mission is to “support women who have suffered cruelty and abuse and encourage them to make sustainable changes in their lives.” U-Turn helps to try and change these forgotten women’s lives around.
Performing on the night will be a seminal mixture of bands and POETS:
VILE VILE CREATURES
All the way from Manchester www.myspace.com/vilevilecreatures
London via Oxford www.myspace.com/peaceandbitches
(her blog) www.darkmucus.blogspot.com/2008/12/from-naturalised-state-of-emergency.html
(co-run press) www.ytcommunication.blogspot.com
(a poem) www.signalsmagazine.co.uk/5/lisette.htm
(her Brighton based reading series) www.chlorine-readings.blogspot.com
LA LA VASQUEZ
Arrrgh two posts about L to the G in one day, I'm going to need a lie down soon.
Just a quick one to link to Uplift Magazine's post on Beyonce and Lady Gaga's weird new video. It's basically just them in bikini's with guns.
I bet the NRA loved it.
To read more about Uplift's take on the video click here.
To get get back to my original point the Guardian recently wrote a piece somehow linking a few girl popstars, some new some not, to Lady Gaga. The girls featured in the article are Nikki Jane, Eva Simons and Janelle Monae. There isn't much of a basis for the article and it kinda just feels like the Editor told them "Shove Lady Gaga somewher in that story will you, we need a tedious celebrity link".
I doubt it was meant in the way that I perceive but it can't be denied that every new female artist has to be linked to a previous one to validate them as such. This happened to Lady Gaga when she first popped onto the scene. The next time you see a woman who plays guitar in a music magazine I bet you they'll be compared to PJ Harvey. It's lazy journalism and it should not be accepted. Women have more influences than the last flavour of the month.
To read more click here.
Tuesday, 17 November 2009
It's not a surprise that The Strokes topped NME's top 100 albums of the decade poll, neither is it a surprise that both the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and The White Stripes have two albums in the poll. It is a complete surprise though how poorly represented female musicians are in this poll.
Bands with female members make up for under 10% of the poll. I'm aware of how poorly magazines represent women but I concluded this was because of all the business crap that gets in the way of creativity and that most music writers appreciate female musicians away from the office.
There are so many bands and artists that have been missed out that I don't really know where to start. I'll just list those whose place in the list is questionable.
Arcade Fire are just boring. I don't care how many critics love them I tried to get into them before and I fell asleep.
The Klaxons are a great band and all. Nice to dance too, but album of the year. No. How they won a Mercury is still one of the biggest unanswerable questions of the known universe. What the Klaxons essentially did was serve up nostalgia music for 90s babies to flail around to. It should not be award winning, just nice.
I think I'll stop now. I've gone to a dark place.
To read the NME's Top 100 Albums of the Decade click here.
Sunday, 15 November 2009
Hi I've been meaning to post this review for a while but I've just got so distracted with everything that I've just delayed it and delayed it and now I definitely have to post it.
The Nottingham Trent Photography student, Jade French has gone beyond the usual expectations of a girl writing about riot grrrl. A simple thrown together zine would have sufficed but not for this girl. Jade decided to make a book documenting her and other girls experiences with riot grrrl and how the movement has developed.
First of all I have to say I love the idea for the book. Lately there has been many books, magazine features, column inches and zines dedicated to the memory of riot grrrl. While those interested in riot grrrl want to learn about it's history it is also important to document what we are doing now for ourselves and girls in the future.
The book does not deviate too far from the riot grrrl diy ethic and is presented in a scrapbook/ diary format. It includes sections on Ladyfest London, Ladyfest Manchester, an interview with feminist Red Chidgey, pictures of those who call themselves riot grrrls and an interview with Jade herself which must have been either quite hard or ridiculously easy to do.
I loved the riot grrrl portraits. There are so many pictures of riot grrrls of all genders, ethnicity's and looks, none of which fit into the stereotype of what a feminist or riot grrrl look like. It's really quite inspiring to see all those faces. It reminds you that even when you feel like your alone in your thoughts and beliefs there are thousands of people who are just like you.
The only negative about the book is that it is far too short. I finished it in one sitting. This is probably down to lack of funding and resources to be able to document everything that's going on in the movement today.
If we all pull together we make a even bigger document of our history for everyone to enjoy.
To purchase Riot Grrrl & I click here.
For more information about Jade French: jadefrenchphotography.com
Wednesday, 11 November 2009
Peggy Sue + Sons of Noel and Adrian + Mechanical Bride + Lulu & The Lampshades
My evening started out with me in a distressed and panicked state lost in central London, yes that’s right I am so dense that I can get lost in central London, right next to Trafalgar square.
Anyway let’s skip to me actually at the ICA. The venue as a whole is pretty impressive and caters to every type of alternative music. I’m actually signed up to their, well I don’t know what it is but they send me press releases of their upcoming events hoping that I will promote them on my site or go and review them. They have confused me with a blog that can actually influence people.
Anyway I digress. The Peggy Sue gig was held in the theatre space which is basically a medium sized room with no character whatsoever. I was late and missed Lulu & the Lampshades which is a shame because I really wanted to see what they are like live.
Before I start my review properly I have to confess that I do not really like the acoustic, folk, “I’m bringing back the ukulele ‘cause it was always so cool” thing that’s going on right now. I am sorry. I never have liked it. I’m used to the more guttural, angsty sounds of the guitar, anything less just sounds pathetic.
But I am willing to change and both L&TL and Peggy Sue could be the bands to have me drooling over a ukulele or even a violin.
The first band on were Mechanical Bride. Their songs mainly comprised of ghostly harmonies, slow moving bass lines and haunting accordions. I enjoyed what I heard and the lead singer has a beautiful voice but it’s something I need to look into before I make my mind up about them. The best place for music like this is not necessarily a gig. They would probably be more at home as the soundtrack to a seance.
The next band on were Sons of Neil who were a ten string gang made up of numerous guitarists’ violinists and drummers of all shapes and sizes. They had a little bit of stamping along with the bass drum while playing. This got annoying after the lead singer did it for three songs in a row. I didn't like this band. I didn’t like the numbers, the folky tones, the beards nothing.
But it doesn’t matter because here comes Peggy Sue, formerly known as Peggy Sue and the Pirates I never found out why they changed their name. Rosa and Katy both seem shocked that the gig is packed out and repeatedly thank the audience for coming. They were joined by newish recruit Olly on the drums who helped pound in the Peggy Sue rhythms into our skulls.
It is easy to get carried away by a band like Peggy Sue. With their soulful voices, pounding drum beats and simple riffs it's no wonder they have a hoarde of guys and girls eating up their every riff.
I loved the new song 'Yo Mama' which includes the "My mama she gave me these lungs/ my papa he gave me this tongue". 'The Sea The Sea' was a big hit with the crowd and had everyone bopping up and down to the girls’ soulful rhythms.
When all was said and done I can honestly say I still don't like acoustic folk music. I like good, moving emotional music. Sometimes it will crossover and include some music that may contain an acoustic guitar, such as Peggy Sue and L&TL, but very rarely.
If you are intrigued by this post Peggy Sue head up north at the end of November.
For more information: www.myspace.com/peggywho
PS. If you can't see the slideshow it's because Photobucket is crap. I will be using Flickr from now on. To see my pics click on the view all images button.
Sunday, 8 November 2009
This has been out for a while but I've just got round to posting about it. There is a "new" documentary about women in punk, made by a woman in punk Zillah Minx lead singer of the band Rubella Ballet.
I've only seen the trailer but it seems to come at a different angle with a female director at its helm. It even covers different, unknown bands and talks about what other punk girls were doing at the time.
She's a Punk Rocker U.K (5 min Official Trailer)
Shes a Punk Rocker U.K. MySpace Video
Thursday, 5 November 2009
MEET AT 6.15 at the Nelson Mandela Statue outside the entrance to the Royal Festival Hall if you wanna go to the meeting together!
Date: Monday, 16 November 2009
Time: 18:30 - 21:30
Location: Southbank Centre, London
Street: Royal Festival Hall, Level 2 Foyer, Blue Side (by the lift)
"We broke up after every record," says Da Silva. "We broke up after every gig," says Birch.
To read more about their breakups and how Kurt Cobain apparently saved the day click here.
Sunday, 1 November 2009
When my friend called and told me to come out to the house party down the road I decided I could show my face for a couple of hours, it would do me good. It didn't really, I still feel ill, but it got me into the halloween spirit.
This post was going to include a mixtape of halloween/spooky songs but it's quite a hard genre to search for especially as girls only.
So far I have PJ Harvey's 'Meet Ze Monsta', Heavens To Betsy's 'Monsters' and any Be Your Own Pet song about zombies, they wrote a lot of them.
Since I'm ill, lazy and tired I'll leave you with Vice Magazine's charity song 'Do They Know It's Halloween' featuring the lovely Karen O, Arcade Fire, Jenny Lewis and Sonic Youth.
Friday, 30 October 2009
Ladyfest is a big girl now, ten years old since the first festival was held in Olympia, WA.
To celebrate the group Ladyfest Ten want to hold an anniversary party but need help organising it. They want you to get involved, and share your ideas for the greatest party ever.
"We want to celebrate Ten years of this global DIY movement by running an event which brings together activists from all corners of the world."
The group are holding their first meeting on Monday 2nd. I'm not sure what exactly will happen but it sounds cool.
"Ladyfest is run by volunteers and we Ladyfest is Ten need YOU to get involved
in the anniversary party! If you are into art, music, activism, crafts, poltics,
making friends, learning new skills, and making things better – this is for
My biggest regret, well not biggest but it's in the top five at least, is that I didn't go to Ladyfest London in 2008 so I will definitely be popping down.
Date: Monday 2nd November 2009
Time: 6:30pm- don’t worry if you’re late
Venue: The Feminist Library- 5 Westminster Bridge Road SE1 7XW
For more information click here.
p.s. I had the best time just searching through google images looking at pictures of cakes whilst eating green & blacks chocolate, you gotta try it.
Tuesday, 27 October 2009
I can't really disagree with her, I love every single one of them, but I have a few more I would add to the list:
Corin Tucker- Lead singer/howler of the inspirational band Sleater-Kinney, Corin generally wrote most of the lyrics and we're glad she did. Corin remained stridently political throughout her career and voiced her opinions in an intelligent and clear way.
Listen: Combat Rock
Kim Deal- The famous bassist of the legendary Pixies, did anyone see them this October if so I'm jealous, is one of my favourite lyricists. She wrote one of the band's greatest songs, Gigantic, which was previously song of the month here. Kim's lyrics tend to not follow the rules and instead wander through the dark forests and magical landscapes of her mind.
Poly Styrene- This teenage punk was way ahead of her time when she started her band in the midst of the punk era. Avoiding the cliches that many fell into Poly sung about environmental issues, consumerism and the loss of identity.
Enough of me going on, which girls do you love?
To read more of Mackay's blog click here.
Sunday, 25 October 2009
So I was reading my new digital issue of Bust magazine the other day, which you should definitely get if you don't live in the US. It's cheap and you don't have wait for-eve-er to get your copy. But any who, I was reading it the other day and I found out about this cute LA based comedy band Garfunkel & Oates.
Garfunkel, aka Riki Lindhorne, and Oates, aka Kate Micucci, make jokey songs mostly about dating and their sex lives. When they're not singing about that they also have some pretty funny things to say about Ducks and pregnant women, check it out!
Enjoy these tasters!
Sex with Ducks
Worst Song Medley
For more information: www.garfunkelandoates.com
I say interview but it was more of 'I say one thing, what does it remind you of' kinda thing.
Fans of Le Tigre will be happy to know that the according to Samson the band will "never stop."
To read more click here.
The Gossip will be performing at the HMV Forum on 28th November next as part of the NME CALLING tour. For more information click here.
The Yeah Yeah Yeahs will start their Winter tour of the UK in Leeds on 29th November. Most of the tour is sold out now but their are a few tickets left in Newcastle and Sheffield. For more information click here.
Stealing Sheep are a collective of ladies, and by collective I mean three, from Norway, Canada and England who want to share their love of contemporary folk ditties with the world. This band are new on my radar; I found them while I was researching upcoming events for my work. In a way their sporadic violin playing and harmonies are reminiscent of The Raincoats. Tomorrow they are starting a 'Batteries Not Included' tour of Manchester which will see them biking from venue to venue to play unplugged melodies. I'm definitely going to try and see them when they come down south.
Stealing Sheep will be playing at the Fuel Cafe in Manchester tomorrow. For more Information click here.
Queen of shock-rock Peaches plays a one-off date in the UK at Camden's Koko. If you have seen the videos from peaches.tv you'll know that Peaches is putting on a show and half for this tour. The show involves multiple costume changes, Peaches standing on top of the crowd and a 'pussy light'. I have decided I will be there no matter what get in touch if you will be too I want to see how many fans Peaches has.
For more information click here and here.
This band is also very new on my radar but I'm dedicated to finding out more about them. Emily & The Faves are a Liverpool based band that make lo-fi, home made sounding tunes. Their guitar riffs are always spot on, bouncy and vibrant like Sleater-Kinney circa 1999.
Emily & The Faves will be performing at An Outlet on the 27th October. For more information click here.