Trigger warning for discussion of sexual assault. Read More The Runaways’ Complicated Legacy
Sometimes, all you need is to remember how hilarious old videos are. Sometimes, all you need is a cool performance by some rad rocker chicks. Sometimes, you just need to sit down and turn your brain off and let YouTube tell you what to do. Read More Surfing the Tubes: The Best Videos I Saw This Week
It’s Women’s History Month! Yay! It’s also been just a week since the ending of one of the best shows in the last ten years, Parks and Recreation. Boo! I figured what better way to celebrate two of my favorite things than making a playlist for Ms. Leslie Knope? Read More Ten Songs Keeping Me Sane This Week: Leslie Knope Edition
A few weeks ago, I devoted a post to my idol, Joan Jett. In that post, I mentioned that Joan had her own record label, Blackheart Records. This week, meet Girl in a Coma, one of the bands signed to Blackheart. A kickass trio out of San Antonio, Girl in a Coma consists of Phanie Diaz on drums, Jenn Alva on bass, and Phanie’s little sister, Nina Diaz, vocalist and guitarist. GIAC was formed after Phanie and Jenn, friends since junior high, bonded over their love of music. They decided to form a band but they needed a singer, so Phanie’s kid sister joined them when she was just 13. Once Nina joined, GIAC was born. Read More Women Who Rock: Girl in a Coma
With this being my birthday week, I decided to be a little selfish and make this week’s post about my all-time favorite woman who rocks, my idol since I was in the 5th grade, the one and only Joan Jett. Apologies in advance for the excessive displays of fangirl behavior but this one is HUGE for me. Read More Women Who Rock: Joan Jett
1988 has me going a bit oddball in comparison to my usual tastes, but a few All-Time Favorite Songs shuffle into the mix. And once again, I realize that Young Me had some rather telling crushes.
After the smashing amount of great music to choose from in 1983, 1984 was a little easier for me to narrow down to ten picks. Yes, it’s the year that everyone made the same Orwellian joke, and the year that Van Halen made sure to release that so-titled album in January, but my most-loved songs from this time head in a different direction. Once again, I must point out that I am not trying to make a definitive list of the “Greatest” songs from each year, but rather curate an unnumbered collection of personal favorites, while still attempting to be concise.
The Runaways are considered the greatest female rock band of all time, and there are two films that tell their story: Edgeplay, a 2004 documentary, and Floria Sigismondi’s 2010 Runaways biopic. For a 38-year-old man who always revered Jett and the band since adolescence, these documents caused formative crush moments, the impact of music, and hard questions about how the effects of abuse should be reconciled with grand tales of teen girls defiantly rocking out in a man’s world. Read More The Runaways & Edgeplay: When Formative Moments and Rewriting History Collide – Part 1 of 2