1. thinking a lot about female-fronted hardcore/heavier bands at shows

    thisistheband:

    so last night I saw perfect pussy and joanna gruesome and it was cool but there were a bunch of like 30+ year old men trying to start pits and just generally being sort of aggressive, and at one point during joanna gruesome’s set, a girl got hit and had to leave because of the guys who were pushing everyone around. in general, I don’t really like moshing in a lot of contexts because it ends up making a lot of people uncomfortable or actually hurting people. I understand in certain spaces it can be cathartic or “fun” like when everyone is into it and it isn’t putting non-consenting people in danger, but it is especially frustrating when males feel entitled to the space and push people around. Alanna McArdle of joanna gruesome got really upset about half way through her set because of what had happened with the girl leaving and it was weird and disappointing to see how universal the ‘big older dudes pushing people around at shows’ thing is. I don’t mean to imply that a women in general can’t handle themselves at shows, because so many can and do, but a lot of women, including me, really just don’t like to be involved in moshing. I feel like when there is a woman musician playing, it’s especially important to show respect for other women in the audience who may feel uncomfortable at shows with mostly dudes or have a particularly strong connection to the music because of their gender. it’s really special to a lot of girls to see other girls succeeding and when I saw that the pit was almost entirely meatjock dudes during perfect pussy’s set, it was a bit disheartening, because they were taking space away from women who may have wanted to be closer to the front or to be able to not worry about getting hit. like y’all are paying to share a space and share an experience, so it’s so imperative to consider who else is around you and what boundaries you should be respecting. I’d love to hear some thoughts on this from people if you have anything to add/criticize, I’m just reflecting on The State of Things 

     

  2. mutualbenefit:

    Hi, next week the remastered Cowboy’s Prayer EP is coming out on a beautiful etched one-sided 12”.  The art was made by my sister Whitney and Other Music is putting it out.  Years ago it was self-released on my old label with Noah’s beautiful EP Your Loving Brother on the other side.  I finally got to see and hear the physical version last week and I’m really happy with it; I’m glad these songs are getting new life.

    In celebration of the EP we are going on a massive two month tour with lots of friends starting September 3rd.  I’ll update as all the bands get confirmed but currently it looks like this:

    Wed. Sept. 3 - Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter

    w/ Soft Cat 

    Thu. Sept. 4-Sat. Sept. 6 - Raleigh, NC @ Hopscotch Music Festival 

    Fri. Sept. 5 - Asheville, NC @ The Mothlight 

    w/ Dent May + Soft Cat

    Sat. Sept. 6 - Atlanta, GA @ The Earl 

    w/ Soft Cat

    Mon. Sept. 8 - Oxford, MS @ Proud Larrys 

    w/ Soft Cat

    Tue. Sept. 9 - Birmingham, AL @ Bottletree 

    w/ Soft Cat + Bois

    Thu. Sept. 11 - Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel 

    w/ Soft Cat

    Fri. Sept. 12 - Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle 

    w/ Soft Cat

    Sat. Sept. 13 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom 

    w/ Soft Cat

    Thu. Sept. 18 - Boston, MA @ Middle East Down 

    w/ Ricky Eat Acid

    Fri. Sept. 19 - Montreal, QC @ Ukrainian Federation (Pop Montreal) 

    Sat. Sept. 20 - Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace 

    w/ Ricky Eat Acid

    Mon. Sept. 22 - Pontiac, MI @ Crofoot Ballroom - Pike Room 

    w/ Ricky Eat Acid

    Tue. Sept. 23 - Cleveland Heights, OH @ Grog Shop 

    w/ Ricky Eat Acid + The Ridges

    Wed. Sept. 24 - Columbus, OH @ The Basement 

    w/ Ricky Eat Acid + The Ridges

    Thu. Sept. 25 - Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle 

    w/ Ricky Eat Acid

    Thu. Sept. 25-Sat. Sept. 27 - Cincinnati, OH @ MidPoint Music Festival 

    Sat. Sept. 27 - Bloomington, IN @ The Bishop 

    w/ Ricky Eat Acid

    Thu. Sept. 25-Sun. Sept. 28 - Champaign-Urbana, IL @ Pygmalion MusicFestival 

    Mon. Sept. 29 - Madison, WI @ The Frequency 

    w/ Ricky Eat Acid

    Wed. Oct. 1 - Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St Entry

    w/ Ricky Eat Acid 

    Thu. Oct. 2 - Omaha, NE @ Waiting Room 

    w/ Ricky Eat Acid

    Sat. Oct. 4 - Denver, CO @ Hi Dive 

    w/ Ricky Eat Acid

    Mon. Oct. 6 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge 

    w/ Ricky Eat Acid

    Tue. Oct. 7 - Boise, ID @ Neurolux 

    w/ Ricky Eat Acid

    Wed. Oct. 8 - Seattle, WA @ Barboza 

    w/ Julie Byrne

    Thu. Oct. 9 - Vancouver, BC @ The Media Club 

    w/ Julie Byrne

    Sat. Oct. 11 - Portland, OR @ Bunk Bar 

    w/ Julie Byrne

    Mon. Oct. 13 - San Francisco, CA @ The Independent 

    w/ Julie Byrne

    Wed. Oct. 15 - San Diego, CA @ Casbah 

    w/ Julie Byrne

    Thu. Oct. 16 - Los Angeles, CA @ Echo 

    w/ Julie Byrne

    Fri. Oct. 17 - Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room 

    w/ Julie Byrne

    Sat. Oct. 18 - Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress 

    w/ Suno Deko

    Tue. Oct. 21 - Austin, TX @ Red 7 

    w/ Suno Deko

    Wed. Oct. 22 - Dallas, TX @ Club Dada 

    w/ Suno Deko

    Thu. Oct. 23 - Norman, OK @ Main Site Contemporary Art 

    w/ Suno Deko

    Sat. Oct. 25 - Kansas City, MO @ Czar Bar 

    w/ Suno Deko

    Mon. Oct. 27 - St. Louis, MO @ The Luminary Center for the Arts 

    w/ Suno Deko

    Tue. Oct. 28 - Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar 

    w/ Suno Deko

    Thu. Oct. 30 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Cafe 

    w/ Suno Deko

    Fri. Oct. 31 - Brooklyn, NY @ Glasslands 

    Halloween Show!  w/ Emily Reo as Lana Del Rey + Conveyor as Buddy Holly and the Crickets

     


  3. The problem with America is there are too many women who don’t let big strong men punch each other in the face enough.
    — Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk 
     


  4. Anonymous said: would you mind giving me an idea of why describing a band as female-fronted is bad? i dont doubt that it is i just dont see why exactly

    infinitycrush:

    it’s not an offensive term as it literally describes a group of musicians, but I think it requires some reflection: why does my gender define my music above all else - and what are the inevitable connotations that coincide with that definition? why are ‘female fronted’ bands a necessary distinction from just ‘bands’ (male fronted): roots of fetishization or unconscious misogyny (or both, as the two often have a direct correlation)? what are the unintentional presumptions about a ‘female fronted’ band as opposed to just a band (besides obviously that it’s a woman singing)? why are bands still considered ‘masculine’ unless noted otherwise despite years and years of female contribution to music?

     

  5. adore1996:

    lmao aphex twin’s son is even inspiring like whats the deal

    he has a son??? did he hatch from one of his discarded masks?? DOES HE HAVE THAT FACE

    (via wulyfclan)

     


  6. my gender is thousands upon thousands of tiny pearly teeth

     


  7. GIRLHOOD

    blankslate:

    you should stick to the things you know
    like existing, like not dying, like imagining the desert
    as a sliding glass door smeared with your fingerprints
    and dust and dead bugs, warm to the touch,
    solid but shaking in the wind.
    this is the construct that allows you to survive.
    you see yourself projected on the screen.
    you are both woman and screen.
    the image rains down into your hands
    and drips through your fingers.
    it reacts with the dirt and the scent
    pulls you through space and time until you are
    dizzy with it. i dreamt about you since i was a child.
    i saw you happening everywhere.
    even when the grass pushed through my face
    i knew i was becoming you.

     


  8. me, at the jukebox, on two pop singles I like

    katherinestasaph:

    (Click through, too — both posts feature a lot of excellent writing, by quality and in Taylor’s case by quantity too.)

    Charli XCX, “Break the Rules

    Taylor Swift announced her love for late-’80s pop just as Charli XCX thoroughly abandoned her immaculate recollection of the form that was True Romance. What she’s abandoned it for, thank goodness, at least in part isn’t bland “Boom Clap” metapop but pop-rock made by badass robots with teased hair-filaments: the stuff of Sky Ferreira’s “Red Lips” and Fefe Dobson’s debut and Garbage at their commercial tackiest on to Republica — and as the one person alive who listened to Christiana Obey, I’m all for that. Charli throws in references at post-Internet hyperspeed: building off that one guitar line everyone uses to signify punk in pop, rhyming “discotheque” with “getting wrecked” because anachronisms are also broken rules. The song builds like EDM, but instead of a drop there’s a low-key variation on the “Shout” riff, and is that a DJ Mustard loop I hear in the background where it’s pointless? Even Charli’s trash is treasure.  [8]

    Taylor Swift, “Shake It Off

    I feel like I’ve pissed off the world’s most insular wizard, who has doomed me to be the contrarian on every Taylor Swift song. Single after single of supposed singular girlfire left me grumpy and unmoved, and now her new one is a tiny, sour-sweet raspberry hard candy piece and it’s great. A backlash was due — Red‘s singles cycle petered out, Swift’s image took some tabloid hits. In times of adversity businesses batten the hatches, which in pop means Max Martin and Shellback on everything and less personality, and the grumbling associated with that. Then came the video: so close to being OK, then enter that scene, like twerking clockwork. At first I thought the team was just going for a lazy Evolution of Dance, Except I’m Taylor Swift And I’m Totes Awk! theme, and all they took away from Miley2K3 was that people called her slutty — but no, it’s Mark fucking Romanek, who directed “Scream,” “Closer,” “Criminal,” and “99 Problems.” He knows how controversy works; more pertinently, he hasn’t done any videos this decade except “Picasso Baby,” U2 and this, so this clip is probably just a deliberately cynical way to funnel your clicks into his kid’s tuition jar. The song, however, is great, mostly because it stands alone. Taylor isn’t rapping, she’s doing cheer chants or perhaps Leighton Meester; every spoken-word interlude in music is not rap. The rest is concerned solely with caramelizing RobynMileyChristina, “Problem,” “Happy,” Bella Thorne and the tabloid bullshit (“I go on too many dates, but I can’t make them stay”) into limitless hook sugar. It is inessential and indelible. Like “Get Lucky” and “Call Me Maybe,” it’s got an endlessly snowclonable chorus; meme aggregators gonna gate-gate-gate-gate-gate. It is also a massive earworm. [7]

     


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