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By Helen on April 29, 2012
How much do I love this sensational new band from Athens, Alabama (soon to join Athens, Georgia in indie-rock iconography)? How much do I love their singer, Brittany Howard? Let me count the ways.
By blue milk on April 8, 2012
Salt n Pepa’s hip hop songs were filled to the brim with feminist messages about self-respect and sexual autonomy from “Let’s Talk About Sex” to “Ain’t Nuthin But A She Thing” and their songs were sooo catchy.
By blue milk on March 18, 2012
Deborah Conway has been putting feminism in her songs since back when she was the lead singer in the Australian band, Do Re Mi in the 1980s. Remember lyrics like this in Man Overboard?
By tigtog on March 14, 2012
Listen to Kate Bush singing π from her 2005 album Aerial (and yes, I know).
By blue milk on March 11, 2012
I’ll come right out and be honest and say that I’m not a huge Alanis Morisette fan but you know she did make one of the best angry, break-up songs ever and it feels good to have one of those written from the woman’s point of view.
By blue milk on February 26, 2012
Image credit. I have been dying to do Hole for a Sunday Singalong because they’re easily my favourite ‘angry young women’ (and one man) band of all time. Courtney Love, who loves word play and drilling into the sexism of notions about femininity in her lyrics (take, for example, her lyrics on rape culture: “Was [...]
By blue milk on February 19, 2012
Try singing along to this? You can’t, no lyrics, so it’s not a singalong exactly but she’s a composer and we all need a soundtrack for the movie of our lives and I think I choose her to compose mine. Zoë Keating is a Canadian avant celloist – she uses a laptop and her cello [...]
By tigtog on February 13, 2012
Saving All My Love For You was the first Whitney song I ever heard, but How Will I Know was the first one I sang along to with a hairbrush.
By tigtog on February 10, 2012
Just like the political press gallery, the showbiz beat reporters love to have a predictable narrative for artists, especially female performers, and she just doesn’t play that game.
By blue milk on February 5, 2012
So, I did have somebody else lined up for the Sunday artsy fartsy post this weekend but jumping right to the front of the queue is my newly discovered find, Pussy Riot. Russian, feminist, punk riot band with anti-Putin lyrics. I think you see where I’m coming from. I don’t know much about Pussy Riot [...]
By tigtog on February 4, 2012
Because I went to see his show in Sydney last night, and it was hugely enjoyable, and he sang this song which I’d temporarily forgotten about, and it’s just lovely.
By blue milk on January 29, 2012
The hugely popular Mamapalooza: Artists Celebrating Motherhood is coming to Australia – Sydney, at Tap Gallery in Darlinghurst for the week of 7-13 May 2012, and right now they’re looking for performers who are mothers – singers/poets/dancers/songwriters/actors/performance artists/stand-up etc, as well as artists who are mothers to contribute art/film works for the exhibition. Is that [...]
By tigtog on January 22, 2012
Lots of folks have been playing her ballads or her blues songs of lost love, which are classic Etta, but I especially loved her when she got playful. This is one of my favourite versions of You Can Leave Your Hat On.
By blue milk on January 8, 2012
OK, this one is Violeta Parra, an incredibly haunting Chilean folk singer who saw folk music as a “weapon against oppression”. Yeah which revolutionary didn’t? She and her children became the song-writers of the left-wing political movement of her country. Not only that, Parra went to huge lengths to archive and legitimise Chilean folk music [...]