Jen Smith from Bratmobile inspired the name "riot grrrl". The short-lived band reformed in the 2000 with Ladies, Women and Girls and I finally got to see the band live! When they first started in 1993
Vu and Emily on W♥M Podcast, talking about some Riot Grrrls in 2014:
Babes in Toyland reformed! Playing at The Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles on February 12, 2015. So far, only one date is listed, but here's hoping for the Babes to return to Minneapolis in Summer 2015. Read more details about the reunion and the Roxy show at news.weheartmusic.com.
Sleater-Kinney are selling out their 2015 shows... Which is fine, as I've seen the band many times and unfortunately they are playing the winter time.
Read more details about the new Sub Pop album No Cities to Love and tour itinerary here.
Kill Rock Stars (not Bikini Kill Records, sorry guys, my boo-boo!) will be reissuing Bratmobile debut album Pottymouth in Pink Vinyl for the first time in over ten years. Song of the show is Bratmobile's "Cool Schmool".
W♥M 2014 Album of the Year Nomination: Kelis' Food, a concept about food.
W♥M 2014 Album of the Year Nomination: Suzanne Vega's Tales From the Realm of the Queen of Pantacles, her first album in 7 years.
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6/18-06/22: Calgary, AB @ Sled Island Music Festival
7/19: Chicago, IL @ Pitchfork Music Festival
7/20: Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock
7/23: Vancouver, BC @ Fortune Sound Club
7/25: Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
5/17: Hamburg, Germany @ Kampnagel - KMH
5/18: Berlin, Germany @ Bi Nuu
5/20: Brussels, Belgium @ Les Nuits de Botanique
5/22: London, England @ Tufnell Park Dome
5/24: Leeds, England @ Brudenell Social Club
5/26: Brighton, England @ Coalition
5/27: Paris, France @ La Flèche D'Or
5/30: Barcelona, Spain @ Primavera Sound Festival
It's hard to believe it's been 17 years since Kathleen Hanna released her post-Bikini Kill solo album and feminist classic, Julie Ruin. Since that time things went a little off-course. Hanna had planned to put together a band …
I last saw Kathleen Hanna intoxicate a Chicago crowd in 2005. That was with her electro-pop band Le Tigre. During the intervening 9 years, Kathleen was kept out of action by a debilitating battle with Lyme Disease. At its worse, she decided to give away all her old Riot Grrl writings to NYU, wrapping up her life because she didn’t think she’d be around much longer. Thankfully, she received treatment for the disease and is now fully recovered and able to resume her career as pop music’s Feminist Laureate.
Sara Landeau, The Julie Ruin
This time around it’s not with Le Tigre, but rather with The Julie Ruin – a new band named after her 1998 solo album and consisting of Kenny Mellman (of Kiki and Herb) on keyboards, former Bikini Kill bandmate Kathi Wilcox on bass, Sara Landeau on guitar and Carmine Covelli on drums. While they don’t quite pack the same musical punch as Le Tigre or Bikini Kill, that doesn’t really matter, because this is really a celebration of Kathleen Hanna’s return to the stage.
Kathleen Hanna - The look of love.
From the moment Kathleen walked onstage, dressed in a denim leotard and white tights, this wasn’t simply a show, it was a celebration. Kathleen’s between song banter was hilarious – as when she referred to her outfit as being “Norma Rae up top and soft porn below” – and the crowd also felt comfortable to interact with her. At one point a woman suggested that The Julie Ruin could be called “Adult Angst”. Kathleen mused upon that with approval: “Adult angst. I like that. Cuz we’re, like, grown-ups, right?”
Kathi Wilcox, The Julie Ruin
The set list was mostly composed of songs from the classic Julie Ruin solo album (“VGI,” “Radical or Pro-Parental,” “Breakout a Town”) and the recent Julie Ruin album Run Fast, but they also snuck in a Bikini Kill song (“This is Not a Test”) and a pair of Le Tigre songs (“Eau d’Bedroom Dancing” and “Friendship Station”) for good measure. There was something to leave every Hanna fan smiling. And smile we did, as Kathleen danced and smiled and laughed with high energy throughout the show.
But there was no mistaking the fact that this wasn’t the Kathleen Hanna of yore. This was an older and wiser punk singer. As one would expect, her close brush with death has resulted in lyrics that reflect on her past. In “Run Fast,” she sang about the struggles and triumphs of her Riot Grrl days: “Years later we’d be told that we weren’t real punks by boys in bands who acted like our dads when they were drunk / And they can all brag now ‘bout how they were there when we took over the stage and we took our fair share / But whatever the truth in the end we made tiny islands where we didn’t always have to be afraid /And an X will forever mark the spot where we decided we had just about enough.”
Kathleen Hanna – Joie de Punk.
The importance of Grrl Power was emphasized when Hanna told the story of how she met guitarist Sara Landeau at a Girls Rock Camp. She told a funny tale of how the two of them were roadies for a girl band performance and how people watching them plug in the equipment and set-up the amps, etc. assumed they were bitchy stage moms, but “No, we’re roadies!” And she explained how during band camp, the girls write their own song and then perform it, and this band’s song was called, “Good Luck, You Suck”: “It was really good. We should cover it.” She was visibly touched when she was told that a couple of the teenage girls in attendance were current rock campers, and she talked about how she believes that the younger generation has their act together so much better than her generation – but that she hopes that her generation did a thing or two that will inspire the younger generation too.
Another rock camp story introduced the song “Goodnight Goodbye”. Kathleen explained that she had written the chorus but didn’t have verses for the song, so she took it to a lyric-writing class at rock camp and asked the girls to think of what the verses should be about. One girl said, “It’s about a boy wanting to go all the way and you’re like, ‘Goodnight, Goodbye!’” The verses that Hanna chose to write are among her sharpest ever – looking back on Bikini Kill from the perspective of a middle-aged woman: “It happens when you’re not 20 but 41 / And you have to sink it to the you you’ve now become / Will the teenage sneer you so cultivated / Sneer back at you and make you feel so hated?”
If the show was any indication, the answer to that is a resounding NO! The teenagers (and kids too!) in the audience revere Hanna and she loves them just as much in return. As “Run Fast,” a song about her own teenage years, wound down the show she looked at the girls from rock camp and smiled with such admiration at them that it was hard not to get a bit choked-up. Rarely do you see pioneers so eager to pass the torch to the next generation. But thankfully Hanna still has a lot left to give.
Screaming Females guitar hero Marissa Paternoster, in a rare quiet moment
Another inspiration for the young girls in the audience – hell, for the old girls in the audience too! – is Marissa Paternoster, whose band Screaming Females opened the show. I’d never heard of her before, but from the second she stepped onstage looking like a young David Johansen in a black dress, I was captivated. Although she doesn’t play my type of music – at least live, the band is far more heavy metal than punk – Paternoster is an amazing guitarist. Her lightning fast shredding blows away the average metal guitarist, although sadly the mix was so poor that her vocals were completely inaudible in all but the quietest songs. Oh, and did I mention that she’s super cute? Maybe, just maybe, my crush-o-meter hit a 10 during her performance. Between Marissa the Guitar Hero and Kathleen the Punk Singer, this night offered a hell of a lot for young rocker grrls to look up to. Can’t wait to see the next generation give it a go!
The Donnas teams up with The Hives for a major tour, per their press release. Their promise of "quality, ass-kicking performances" made me smile... and the two bands would complement each other as their sound are similar.
Jen Smith from Bratmobile inspired the name "riot grrrl". The short-lived band reformed in the 2000 with Ladies, Women and Girls and I finally got to see the band live! When they first started in 1993
I was a little too young to see Bratmobile when they started in the early 90s with Bikini Kill and Team Dresch, but I eventually caught them when they reformed and went out on tour with the Donnas in 2001. And the best part? It was completely free!
Opening up the all-ages show was local Selby Tigers, who had a girl singer. I may have missed the band, on account that they started super early (at 5:30 pm), so I really don't have any memory of seeing the band. The St Paul-based band broke up in 2003, but I did manage to later see one of the band member (Nate Grumdahl) in another band called The Bombay Sweets, some years later. Singer Arzu is currently in Pink Mink.
I was primarily at the Donnas show for Bratmobile. Again, as I have said I was too young to have seen them for the first part of their career, so I was super excited to see them finally. I owned all of Bratmobile's EPs and albums at the time, so I was really ready to see them in Minneapolis. I wish I had taken notes or had access to their setlist, but I'm going to hazard a guess that they played songs from Ladies, Women and Girls, including my favorite "Cheap Trick Record". They sounded just like on their record, so it was just as how I would imagine them live.
As for the Donnas, they already had three other albums, so these girls were already rock n roll professional by the time they turned 21 with The Donnas Turn 21 album that same year. The girls were a lot of fun to watch and I want to say all four of them were on stage.
A few years ago, I thought I read that they broke up, but looking over Wikipedia, that once they fulfill their major label with Bitchin', in 2007, that they've parted ways. Apparently The Donnas is working on an eight studio album.
PS, Bratmobile's singer Allison Wolfe recently (December 2013) appeared on The Fogelnest Files to talk about all-things Bratmobile and Riot Grrrls.
Wolfe is currently in a Washington, DC, band called Partyline.
Apr 01 Flywheel Easthampton, MA
Apr 03 The Sinclair Cambridge, MA
Apr 04 Il Motore Montreal, Canada
Apr 05 Virgin Mobile Mod Club Toronto, Canada
Apr 07 Beachland Ballroom Cleveland, OH
Apr 08 The Loving Touch Ferndale, MI
Apr 09 Lincoln Hall Chicago, IL
Apr 11 Mr. Smalls Theatre Millvale, PA
Apr 12 Asbury Lanes Asbury Park, NJ
Longtime readers will know that I'm actually a pretty big riot grrrl fan, so I'm happy to report that Kathleen Hanna is back with her Julie Ruin project. The new Julie Ruin album, entitled Run Fast, will be out September 3rd…
I misspoke on the show saying that Kill Rock Star was releasing the 20th anniversary single - it is being released by Bikini Kill Records. This is a brand new label that was formed in 2012. …
It's hard to believe it's been 17 years since Kathleen Hanna released her post-Bikini Kill solo album and feminist classic, Julie Ruin. Since that time things went a little off-course. Hanna had planned to put together a band to tour the album, but that band turned into Le Tigre, who released three albums between 1999 and 2004. Le Tigre went on hiatus in 2006 and since that time Hanna has kept a low-profile, due mainly to her debilitating bout with Lyme Disease. However, she is now on the mend and has resurrected her earlier ambitions with The Julie Ruin – a band composed of Hanna's former Bikini Kill bandmate Kathi Wilcox, Kiki and Herb member Kenny Mellman, Carmine Covelli, and Sara Landeau.
And let’s face it – this world really needs Kathleen Hanna right now. With legislative attacks on women occurring on an almost-daily basis, her fiery feminist perspective has been sorely missed. However, unlike her earlier work, The Julie Ruin’s debut album, Run Fast, is more sad nostalgia than feminist fury. Perhaps it’s the reunion with her old bandmate Kathi Wilcox, her battle with illness, or the donation of her old riot grrl writings and memorabilia to a museum, but many of these songs find Hanna looking back at her Bikini Kill days and trying to put them into perspective. “Drove all night through the dirty melted snow / Didn’t care if we ever got played on the radio / Held ourselves together with tape and twine / Wielded confidence like it was a shiny knife,” sings Hanna nostalgically in “Goodnight Goodbye” before zeroing in on the dilemma of being a middle-aged punk icon: “It happens when you’re not 20 but 41 / And you have to sink in to the you you’ve now become / Will the teenage sneer that you so cultivated / Sneer back at you and make you feel so hated?”
The seriousness of the subject matter is softened by the fun, 60’s pop sound of the band and Kathleen’s energetic singing, as heard in the first single Oh Come On. And as we know from her Le Tigre and Bikini Kill days, Kathleen Hanna’s stage presence is a rare pleasure to behold. After a handful of teaser dates last year, The Julie Ruin is back for a short North American tour in April – and if she comes to your town, I’d highly suggest you go.
Japanese noise artists Melt-Banana's show at the Triple Rock Social Club in Minneapolis was incredibly well-attended for a Wednesday night. I suppose this is no surprise, having built up a hardcore following since their existence …
Here is another flashback article, documenting some old shows I've seen prior to W♥M.
Since I love all-things Riot Grrrls, naturally I wanted to check out Babes in Toyland live. A little trivia, but the legendary Minneapolis band actually fired bassist Courtney Love in 1987. She, of course, went on to forming Hole and marrying Kurt Cobain.
Not listed on the flyer or ticket was The Crush, a local band that broke up in 2004.
Melt Banana at Triple Rock
The other opener was Japan's Melt Banana. We recently covered their live show at Triple Rock (10/23/13), so with that performance still fresh in my mind, I'm going to say that their energetic noise music were probably welcomed by Babes in Toyland fans.
At this point in time, Babes in Toyland were pretty much inactive as far as writing new music. They hadn't release anything, studio-wise, since Nemesisters in 1995. However, there was a resurgence of Babes-related music with a trilogy of compilations by Almafame Records (Lived, Devil, and Viled) and a rarity compilation by Recall Records (Natural Babe Killers), all released in May and July of 2000.
This First Avenue show was thirteen years ago, so I have pretty poor memory of the event. I didn't keep a music journal or took notes, I was just there to enjoy the show as a fan. So apology to any lack of the details.
The historical fact for this cheap show ($8), was that, in fact, it would turn out, Babes in Toyland's very last live show. I was there, I just didn't know that information at that time. I knew it was a reunion show, but I didn't think anyone in the audience knew this was going to be their last show ever.
Minneapolism: Live - The Last Tour (2001)
The official recording of the show would later resurface a year later called Minneapolism: Live - The Last Tour, under Cherry Red Records.
Please note that despite Wikipedia indicating that the record was from "November 21, 2001", this is incorrect. According to legal documents online when First Ave filed for bankruptcy, it lists a Soul Asylum show on that date.
Anyway, Minneapolism: Live - The Last Tour's liner notes indicate two original members, Kat Bjelland and Lori Barbero, but "with thanks to" Jessie Farmer on bass (since Maureen Herman might have left the band at this point).
I wish I had photos from this show, but again, I didn't attend this show to report the event.
Babes in Toyland broke up in 2001, and although singer Kat Bjelland tried to use the name again for a UK tour in 2002, the original drummer Lori Barbero shot down that idea, raising legal issues with this comment, "Peter Murphy is not booked as Bauhaus. Daniel Ash is not booked as Love and Rockets."*
Kat Bjelland's current project is Katastrophy Wife, but the band seem to be inactive at the moment.
Babes in Toyland at First Avenue, Minneapolis (11/25/2000)
* Quote is taken from "Babes In Conflict", by Peter S. Scholtes, City Pages (Mar 20 2002).
It's weird, but lately I've come across articles on Bikini Kill and Riot Grrrl stuff in the strangest places! As we have previously mentioned, Bikini Kill celebrated their 20th anniversary last November with their re-issue of their debut EP. I want the re-release, even though I already own the CD of their first two records, but I actually could not figure out how to order from their website (perhaps it's sold out?).
Vu and Emily cover early Riot Grrrl bands. This is by no means some definitive guide to Riot Grrrls..…
Gives new meaning to "girls to the front!"
FRONT MAGAZINE #177 is a men/boy's magazine about topless girls in trainers (sneakers). The magazine is like FHM (before they banned nipples), but not as "classy" as MAXIM. The magazine is more like Ralph (Australia) and Loaded (who is the primary rival in the UK). While most magazines have ceased printed editions, it seems that Front is going strong with its "lads' mags" reputation.
Strangely, they published a full article on the Riot Grrrl bands in last month's issue. The four-page article compiles the best-known Riot bands: Bikini Kill, Heavens to Betsy, Sleater-Kinney, Bratmobile, L7, Babes in Toyland, and, of course, Pussy Riot. Personally, I would have added Le Tigre to the mix, considering they added Heavens to Betsy and L7!
Read the article below:
FRONT #177 Page 94
FRONT #177 Page 95
FRONT #177 Page 96
FRONT #177 Page 97
Meanwhile, a technology news agency called The Verge recently published a Bikini Kill article called Bikini Kill is making things again (published February 1st).
The Verge started when editors at Engadget left because of upper management disputes from AOL. Now they are (bitter?) rivals, but between you and me, I still like Engadget because it's easier to read "blog style". Hey, I just want to load everything in one place without having to click on anything. That's just how I like to read.
Anyway, the Bikini Kill article focused on riot grrrl revolution in the age of Spotify and iTunes, so there is a tech-angle to the whole thing.
The article is best summed up here:
Still, her [Kathleen Hanna] punk rock sensibility doesn’t allow her to write off the open internet: “In one way, I like the idea of everything free and streaming because it seems cooler and more punk rock — but the reality is that then people in bands have to have day jobs to survive, and that might mean they make fewer records or break up altogether.” She also says that she doesn’t know how we could “put the genie back into the bottle,” now that music is simply out there, free to consume.
Photograph: Ebet Roberts/Redferns
THE GUARDIAN This was published last month (January 2013), it's an article from The Guardian reflecting on the riot grrrl movement in Britain. The article is taken from Melody Maker (remember that music weekly paper?)
Vu and Emily cover early Riot Grrrl bands. This is by no means some definitive guide to Riot Grrrls, but we covered the basics: Bikini Kill, Bratmobile, and some later Sleater-Kinney and Pussy Riot action.
For even further riot love, check out our previous articles.
PUSSY RIOT: Feminist punk band that received a three year jail sentence for performing a protest song.
PUSSY RIOT! A Punk Prayer for Freedom is a new e-book, collecting letters from prison, closing courtroom statements by the defense attorneys, and poems in addition to the infamous punk prayer and new translations of the powerful courtroom statements. Also included are tributes from Yoko Ono, Johanna Fateman, Karen Finley, Justin Vivian Bond, Eileen Myles, and JD Samson.
All proceeds from the sale of PUSSY RIOT! A Punk Prayer for Freedom will support the Pussy Riot legal defense team. PUSSY RIOT! A Punk Prayer for Freedom (90 pg) is available now for $2.99. More details at freepussyriot.org.
BRATMOBILE: Jen Smith from Bratmobile inspired the name "riot grrrl". The short-lived band reformed in the 2000 with Ladies, Women and Girls and I finally got to see the band live! When they first started in 1993, I was a little too young to attend their shows.
Although Bratmobile never said they broke up, everyone just assumed so. In fact, they wrote, "We never had a certain incident where anyone said "I quit" or whatever, so it's been vague and drawn out. Sorry if that's been confusing to people."
BIKINI KILL: I misspoke on the show saying that Kill Rock Star was releasing the 20th anniversary single - it is being released by Bikini Kill Records. This is a brand new label that was formed in 2012. Their first release is the re-release of their self-titled 12" EP, available on November 20th, 2012.
The vinyl reissue will include a new fanzine in the form of a 34" x 21" poster. Interviews with Ian MacKaye (Minor Threat, Fugazi) and Molly Neuman (Bratmobile), and liner notes by Layla Gibbon (Skinned Teen, MRR). Plus excerpts from the band's zines (Bikini Kill #1 and #2, Jigsaw #4), and photos from bandmembers' personal archives.
Expect more Bikini Kill music to come out in the near future, including previously unreleased music on vinyl and CD (and of course digital downloads). Check out www.bikinikill.com.
LE TIGRE: Kathleen Hanna went from Bikini Kill's punk sound to a more dance/eletroclash/art rock band with Le Tigre. Definitely one of Hanna's finer moments.
They signed to Island Records, released one album, and then sort of disappeared. Officially the band is still together, as reported by Emily who said they recorded with Christina Aguilera.
A DVD called Who Took the Bomp?, directed by Kerthy Fix, was released last year. I reported it, saying that it was a tour documentary from the 2004-2005 era, and the DVD was being released by Oscilloscope Laboratories.
SLEATER-KINNEY: A band out of the ashes of Riot Grrrl band Excuse 17 (Carrie Brownstein) and Heavens to Betsy (Corin Tucker). Currently Brownstein is in Portlandia television show, Janet Weis drumming with Pavement/Stephen Malkmus, and Corin Tucker is in Corin Tucker Band.
GIRLS TO THE FRONT:
Billed as "The true story of the Riot Grrrl revolution" this 2010 book, written by Sara Marcus, tells the story of the rise and eventual fall of riot grrrl and riot grrrl fanzines and conventions.
This book is published Harper Perennial, more details at girlstothefront.com.
WOMEN MAKE NOISE: The email I got said this is a new book from Supernova Books, but I checked amazon.com and they are listing it as Aurora Metro Press - to be published December 11, 2012.
Billed as "girl bands from Motown to the Modern" goes beyond riot grrrl, but it certainly covers their share of grrrl bands in their "girl gang bands" section.
The whole thing was edited by Julia Downes.
Full disclosure: I did not read the book. Any opinions I expressed in the show is a first impression. I did flipped through it, most the bands are more obscured from the 50s and 60s and early girl punk bands like The Slits.
Chia Pet, the Sassy band. Those Darlins dirty girls from Tennessee. Plus, Hospitality just played 400 Bar.
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I might have jumped the gun when I mentioned The Corin Tucker Band last June. By now, we have the cover artwork and finalized tour dates.
The new album, Kill My Blues, will be out on September 18th on Kill Rock Stars. Pitchfork has a stream of it for those who need to listen now.
All the critics (Rolling Stones, The Time, etc) agreed that Tucker has indeed return to her punk roots.
Tucker notes, "After the past two years playing together, traveling and making music, I think we're more comfortable. We collaborated on every song on this record and no one was shy about their ideas. I think you can hear that sense of joy and abandon in the songs."
The Corin Tucker Band's tour kicks off in Minneapolis!
09/13 7th Street Entry Minneapolis, MN
09/14 Cactus Club Milwaukee, WI
09/15 Hideout Block Party Chicago, IL
09/18 Johnny Brenda’s Philadelphia, PA
09/19 Strange Matter Richmond, VA
09/21 The EARL Atlanta, GA
09/22 The Bottletree Birmingham, AL
09/23 DeLuna Fest Pensacola, FL
09/25 Local 506 Chapel Hill, NC
09/26 Black Cat Backstage Washington, DC
09/27 Mercury Lounge New York, NY
09/28 TT the Bear’s Cambridge, MA
09/29 The Bell House Brooklyn, NY
10/02 Brillobox Pittsburgh, PA
10/03 The Wexner Center Columbus, OH
10/04 Firebird St. Louis, MO
10/05 Record Bar Kansas City, MO
10/06 Hi Dive Denver, CO
10/07 Urban Lounge Salt Lake City, UT
10/09 The Echo Los Angeles, CA
10/10 Café du Nord San Francisco, CA
10/12 Crocodile Café Seattle, WA
10/13 Bunk Bar Portland, OR
Also coming out September 18th is The Dollyrots' self titled album via Storefront Recordings. The fourth and forthcoming album was made possible by a Kickstarter campaign.
Before the punk band leave for the UK to play with Bowling for Soup, they'll be doing some US dates. All dates with (*) are with Prima Donna.
9/19/12 The Riot Room Kansas City, MO*
9/20/12 The Blue Fugue Columbia, MO*
9/21/12 Bombay Bicycle Club Clive, IA*
9/23/12 The Triple Rock Social Club Minneapolis, MN*
9/24/12 The Crunchy Frog Green Bay, WI*
9/25/12 Township Chicago, IL*
9/26/12 The Crooked I Erie, PA*
9/27/12 31st Street Pub Pittsburgh, PA*
9/28/12 The Comet with Prima Donna Cincinnati, OH*
9/29/12 Buzzbin Canton, OH*
9/30/12 Fed Live Harrisburg, PA*
10/1/12 Kung Fu Necktie Philadelphia, PA*
10/2/12 Knitting Factory Brooklyn Brooklyn, NY*
10/6/12 Chameleon Pittsfield, MA
10/7/12 Roundout Lounge Kingston, NY
JAN's self-titled debut album will be coming out November 13th. Paper Magazine described her music as shoegaze-y but with a touch of riot grrrl.
A little about JAN (since it was impossible for me to search for her music on Amazon): JAN is also known as Kim Talon and she used to be in a duo called Eagle and Talon (if you haven't guessed, she's the Talon).
What's exciting is when JAN plays live, she gets help from Chloe Saavedra (from Smoosh, she must be at least 13 years old now! Kidding, I love Chloe's voice from her involvement with God Help the Girl) & Melinda Parks (from Har Mar Superstar).
I covered musician Viet Khang's unfairly jailed for performing two protest songs; the story was largely ignored by mainstream media. A similar story happened with Russian punk group Pussy Riot being jailed for performing "Virgin Mary, Please Drive Putin Away" song in front of a church. A peaceful demonstration, but the Russian courts deemed necessary to sentence three members of the band (Maria Alekhina, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, and Ekaterina Samucevich) in jail for two years.
As you've guessed, the mainstream press and all fellow musicians and activists are extremely upset by the unfairness Pussy Riot suffered at the hands of Vladimir Putin's rule.
Pussy Riot recently shared a new protest song, "Putin Lights Up the Fire," on guardian.co.uk.
Here are the original Russian lyrics:
"Putin Lights Up the Fires"
Государство в тюрьме сильнее времени
Чем больше арестов - тем больше счастья
А каждый арест - с любовью к сексисту
Качнувшему щеки, как грудь и живот
Но нас нельзя закупорить в ящик
Свергай чекистов лучше и чаще
Путин зажигает костры революций
Ему скучно и страшно с людьми в тишине
Что ни казнь у него - то гнилая рябина,
Что ни срок в много лет - то предмет для поллюций
Страна идет, страна идет на улицы с дерзостью
Страна идет, страна идет прощаться с режимом,
Страна идет, страна идет феминистским клином
А Путин идет, Путин идет, прощаться скотом
Арестуй по 6 мая весь город
7 лет нам мало, дай 18
Запрети кричать, клеветать и гулять,
Возьми себе в жены батьку Лукашенка
Yes, of course, I'm pretty upset about this. So is the world. For example, JD Samson (of MEN and Le Tigre), organized a court room statement reading last week. Supporters and readers included Chloë Sevigny, Eileen Myles, Karen Finley, Johanna Fateman, Mx Justin Vivian Bond, and others.
There was also a protest march and rally last Friday. Check out the video march on youtu.be.
Vivian Girls will be playing a benefit show for Pussy Riot at The Smell in Los Angeles on 8/27 (that's this MONDAY.) If you can make it out/if you live in the area, all proceeds from the $10 show will go directly to the Pussy Riot Legal Defense Fund. Joining the all-girls band will be Pangea, Haim and the appropriately-named Kremlin Head.
I don't have any writes based in south California, but I would really love if someone could send me a report and photos of the event.
You and I know who JD Samson is, but if you don't know, she is/was a member of Le Tigre. Since 2007, Samson teamed up with ex-Le Tigre bandmember Johanna Fateman on a project called MEN. Since then, the duo merged Samon's other project, Hirsute, adding in Michael O’Neill, Ginger Brooks Takahashi (displaced by Tami Hart), and artist Emily Roysdon.
TIME EP is the latest release from JD Samson & MEN, the pending release date is May 8th… with these known tour dates:
JD Samson & MEN tour dates (more dates tba):
4/27 – Boulder, CO @ Communikey Festival
5/10 – Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex
5/11 – San Francisco, CA @ The Rickshaw Stop
5/12 – San Diego, CA @ Bar Pink
5/17 – Honolulu, HI @ Next Door (Acoustic)
5/18 – Honolulu, HI @ Soho
If there is anything you should take away from Scott Lucas & the Married Men, is that Scott Lucas is the singer/guitarist from Chicago's Local H.
Their forthcoming album, Blood Half Moon, will be out June 5th via The End Records (I believe this is the same label that released Danzig's last album).
In support of the album, here is their upcoming tour dates:
05/26 - Reverb Music Festival - Waterloo, IA
06/06 - The Aquarium - Fargo, ND *
06/07 - First Ave - Minneapolis, MN *
06/08 - Majestic Theater - Madison, WI *
06/09 - Metro - Chicago, IL *
06/10 - Magic Bag - Detroit, MI *
06/12 - O'Brien's Pub - Allston, MA
06/13 - Red Palace - Washington, DC
06/14 - Mercury Lounge - New York, NY
06/16 - North Star Bar - Philadelphia, PA
Lara is covering Gentlemen Hall at 7th Street in Minneapolis today (April 18th). The band was the winner of Billboard's Battle of the Bands competition, and was featured in an online Microsoft commercial for their song "Gravity Will Break Our Bones" (duh).
Their current single is called "All Our Love" and you can watch the music video at youtube.com. If you like what you heard, you can download a free EP, When We All Disappear at gentlemenhall.com
Here is what's left of their tour dates:
April 18 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry
April 19 - Ames, IA - The Maintenance Shop
April 21 - Cincinnati, OH - Bogart's Front Room
You can't have women without 'men'. Ok, technically this doesn't below here, but I love Team Dresch and the Butchies (see Riot Grrrls), that I wanted to include Kaia Wilson.
Her album, Two Adult Women In Love, will be out May 22nd (Morrissey's birthday) via Jealous Butcher Records. She's currently wrapping up her tour with Amy Ray (who I saw in 2008 with Wilson on guitars).
KAIA WILSON TOUR DATES W/AMY RAY (Indigo Girls)
4/18 - Brighton Music Hall - Cambridge, MA
4/20 - The Saint - Asbury Park, NJ
4/21 - The Casbah - Durham, NC
It's not even May, but already the band, The Men, have played nearly sixty shows in 2012. They are a glutton for punishment, because they have announced their West Coast tour for June.
Their latest release will be called, Todo Muere Vol. 2, coming out April 21st via Sacred Bones Records. This is a special sampler for Record Store Day.
You can get a sneak preview of one of their song, "A Minor" via Pitchfork. The song is described as an eight minute "slow-burning jam", however The Men have been known to play anything from hardcore punk to shoegaze to black metal.
Their massive upcoming 2012 tour:
5-16 New York, NY - Webster Hall !
5-30 - Dublin, Ireland @ Whelan's
6-1 - Barcelona, Spain @ Primavera Festival
6-2 - London, UK @ Field Day Festival
6-3 - London, UK @ Shacklewell Arms
6-13 Ottawa, ON - Club Saw
6-14 Toronto, ON - The Garrison ^
6-15 West Toronto, ON - Wrongbar [NXNE] 6-16 Grand Rapids, MI - Pyramid 6-18 Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry
6-19 Fargo, ND - The Aquarium
6-21 Spokane, WA - Mootsy's
6-22 Seattle, WA - Barboza
6-23 Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios $
6-24 San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill
6-25 Santa Cruz, CA - 105 Pioneer St.
6-26 Los Angeles, CA - The Smell
6-28 Phoenix, AZ - Rhythm Room
6-29 El Paso, TX - Lips Lounge
6-30 Austin, TX - Red 7
7-1 Beaumont, TX - Victoria House
7-2 Jackson, MS - Hal & Mals
7-3 Atlanta, GA - 529 %
7-4 Belmont, NC - Haunted Mill
7-5 Washington, DC - DC 9
7-15 Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Festival
! w/ Ty Segall, White Fence, The Strange Boys
^ w/ Black Belles, Mac Demarco & more
$ w/ Hurry Up
% w/ Womyn Pryson
You might remember that I saw Iceland's Of Monsters and Men last month. Well, Universal Republic released their debut album My Head Is An Animal April 3rd in America, with a different US cover artwork.
They are doing some North American dates below:
May 25 - The Gorge, WA @ Sasquatch
July 29 - Newport, RI @ Newport Folk Festival
August 3-5 Montreal, QC @ Osheaga Festival
Brave Chandeliers' video premier for the track "Madmen" is available now via youtube.com. The song is taken from their album, 11 Escapes, which comes out April 24th.
About the video: the band shot the video during Portland's rush hour traffic and later edited the clips into the music video. The song and video is meant to reflect the rat race that the band was stuck in… and they mean to "escape".
Since Select Magazine went away in 2000, Uncut Magazine took over as my favorite music magazine. In their latest issue, which came out in the stores in the UK this week (January 27th), they featured the 30th Anniversary of Meat is Murder with a The Smiths cover.