Pop-Culture | Posted by Julie Z on 08/25/2013
Support Women Artists Sunday: Clara Engel
Toronto-born Clara Engel, a multi-faceted artist whose musical voice is guided by the likes of Jacques Brel, Robert Johnson and Diamanda Galas, is quickly gaining an online following and carving a niche for herself as a brave, bold, and innovative new voice. Both fierce and delicate, her music is reminiscent of an era in history when theatre, art, and sound were an integral part of a bigger, more vital whole; an era that the 21st century is craving more than ever.
– via Last.Fm
“I Keep On Trying”
Clara Engel on BandCamp: http://claraengel.bandcamp.com/
Feminism, Pop-Culture | Posted by Emma E on 08/24/2011
Reversing Gender Roles With A Little Help From Ke$ha
Could Ke$ha possibly be helping feminism?
When most people think of Ke$ha, feminism is not the first word that comes to mind. But I think her music does have some vaguely feminist merits.
I remember some time before I even discovered the FBomb (my life must have been so meaningless…) I was thinking about sexism in music. I remember thinking, “I wonder why most music by women is all about how much they love their guys, and men’s music is all about hooking up with random, personality-less girls at parties? Women almost never treat men like meaningless objects in music, but men do all the time.”
I tried to think of a song where women treat men like men treat them. The only one I could come up with was …
Pop-Culture | Posted by Julie Z on 05/15/2011
Support Women Artists Sunday: Emiliana Torrini
Emilíana Torrini (born May 16, 1977) is an Icelandic singer, best known for her 2009 single Jungle Drum, 1999 album Love in the Time of Science and for performing “Gollum’s Song”, during the ending credits of Peter Jackson’s film The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.
Torrini grew up in Kópavogur, where, at the age of 7, she joined a choir as a soprano, until she went to opera school at the age of 15. In 1994, she became well-known in Iceland after winning the song competition of junior colleges in Iceland (Icelandic: Söngkeppni framhaldsskólanna), at the age of 17, singing “I Will Survive”.
Her father is Italian and her mother is Icelandic. Because of name regulations in Iceland at the time, her father Salvatore Torrini had …
Pop-Culture | Posted by A. on 01/30/2011
Support Women Artists Sunday: Nellie McKay
“Feminists don’t have a sense of humor
Feminists just want to be alone
Feminists spread vicious lies and rumors
They have a tumor on their funny bone…”
These brilliantly satirical lyrics come from the song “Mother of Pearl” by Nellie McKay. As it says on the artist’s website:
“You should know that Nellie McKay is hard to categorize. She’s done Brecht on Broadway, opened for Lou Reed at Carnegie Hall, sung Woody Allen movie songs at the Hollywood Bowl, performed on A Prairie Home Companion, duetted with Eartha Kitt and Triumph The Insult Comic Dog, played Hilary Swank’s sister on the big screen, paid tribute to Doris Day, and released three wildly acclaimed albums of original music.
Her music is as tuneful and clever as the …
Pop-Culture | Posted by Talia on 01/25/2011
misogyny in pop culture at its peak
When I first read this article on Experimentations of a Teenage Feminist, the first thing I said to myself was “good God.” It wasn’t a good “good God.” It was a BAD “good God.” A REALLY, REALLY, REALLY, HORRIFICALLY BAD “good God.”
Apparently, parts of Kanye West’s upcoming music video for the single “Monster” were leaked online. (I would like to point out that the album’s title is My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.) In the video, half-naked women are drugged or dead, hanging from chains, as West, Jay-Z, Rick Ross, and Bon Iver make sexual advances towards them. Nicki Minaj also makes an appearance in the video.
The lyrics of the song are pretty bad, too. Bon Iver asks, “Are you willing …
Pop-Culture | Posted by Brian C on 01/2/2011
Support Women Artists Sunday: St. Vincent
Annie Erin Clark (born September 28, 1982) is an American multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter who performs under the moniker St. Vincent. She was a member of The Polyphonic Spree and Sufjan Stevens’ touring band.
Clark has opened shows for such acts as The National, Television, Arcade Fire, Briertone, Andrew Bird, Jolie Holland, John Vanderslice, Midlake, Tracy + the Plastics, Tuck & Patti, Xiu Xiu, Death Cab for Cutie, Cristina Donà and Grizzly Bear.
Annie Clark was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She began playing the guitar at the age of 12 and, as a teenager, worked as the tour manager for her uncle’s band Tuck & Patti. She grew up in Dallas and attended Lake Highlands High School, graduating in 2001. Following this, she went on to attend Berklee College of …
Pop-Culture | Posted by Julie Z on 12/12/2010
Support Women Artists Sunday: Lia Ices
Lia Ices: album to be released in 2011
Brooklyn, NY-based pianist, singer, and songwriter Lia Ices was born and raised in Connecticut, where she began playing piano at the age of five, although she didn’t discover her penchant for songwriting until years later while studying at N.Y.U.’s famed Tisch School of the Arts’ Experimental Theater Wing. Sounding a bit like Tori Amos in a Cat Power world, Ices quickly captured attention in the area, eventually releasing the eight-song album Necima in 2008 with Nicolas Vernhes’ Rare Book Room Records.
Lia Ices on iTunes:
Pop-Culture | Posted by Brian C on 12/5/2010
Support Women Artists Sunday: Chew Lips
Chew Lips are an East London based dance-pop trio, formed in spring of 2008. They consist of singer Tigs (Alicia Huertes), and multi-instrumentalists Will Sanderson and James Watkins.
After forming in early 2008, and writing ten songs in their first rehearsal session, the band played its first gig at a friends’ house party in New Cross on May 10, 2008. After performing fourteen live shows, they were asked by BBC DJ Steve Lamacq to feature on the BBC Introducing stage at the Electric Proms in October 2008. Lamacq has continued to support the band who, to date, have won his Rebel Playlist vote more times than any other act. The name Chew Lips comes from a character in the Brendan Behan book Borstal Boy.
Chew Lips headlined the inaugural Don’t …