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When I’m Bangin’ On The Radio

Usually I say that I don’t have much time to post, then I end up writing two or three paragraphs anyway. This week I seriously don’t have time thanks to my generosity in helping my friends move, so I’ll just share a bangin’ summer tune that I can’t seem to get enough of: “Bad Girls,” by M.I.A.

I’ve been a big fan of M.I.A. since I first saw the video for “Galaang” oh so many years ago, but her latest might just be her greatest, in my opinion. Not only does the song have a cool tempo with a world music flair, but the video is just as awesome. I’m not even the type to be impressed by flashy car tricks, but something about this song mixed with these visuals seems to be the epitome of badass. And M.I.A. herself is thirty-seven, can you believe it? Amazing. I hope she keeps cranking out excellent tunes for a million more years to come if they can all be as great as this one.

And that’s it from me for July. See you in August, little earbuds!

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In A Computer Fairyland

Hello once more, little earbuds. This week has been much better than the last. I’m still not 100% well, but I managed to eat my favourite sushi on Tuesday, so that alone equals a win for me. I’ve been thinking lots of big thoughts lately about life and ambition and direction and such, and hopefully I can share more of that later on, or at least the soundtrack to my inner monologue. But for now I bring you a classic 80s synthpop song, though surprisingly, it’s new to me. Or is it?

I was browsing iTunes once again, as I am prone to do when I want to waste time online (or have a gift card to burn) when I found Trans-X on a collection of dance songs. As you probably know by now, I love to dance, and I especially love to dance to 80s music. In fact, I already owned most of the songs in said collection. However, I didn’t have this one, “Living On Video,” but its punchy keyboards and robotic beats hooked me immediately. I not only bought the original album featuring the song, but also an updated re-recording of it, both of which are pretty freakin’ awesome. However, the more that I listen to it, the more I get the feeling that I’ve heard it before, perhaps in a goth club. Maybe it’s the Leæther Strip cover that I actually know, or maybe it just sounds like a track from the movie Party Monster. I can’t exactly recall dancing to it, but there’s something oddly familiar about those synths. However, whether it’s a rediscovered favourite or just new to me, I’m totally into this track. I hope you enjoy this electronic flashback of the week!

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May Is Here, Time For Pie

Hello again, little earbuds. I have a confession today: I stayed up all night editing and re-editing my latest anime entry, and I gave all I had to give to bloggity-blog-blogging to Otaku Haiku. And I don’t have anything left to give, at least as far as today is concerned. So my advice is to head over there and check it out. Yes, even if you don’t care about anime! It’s got tons of preeeeeetty pictures of cutie-patootie animated boys, and who wouldn’t love that? However, if you still need something to listen to (this is a music blog, after all, and I can’t turn any ear in need away) try this on for size:

This vid is one of my favourite Ouran High School Host Club fan-made AMVs (that’s anime music video; don’t worry, I had to look it up the first time, too). The song isn’t particularly original (“Wherever You Are [I Feel Love]” by Laava) and the lyrics are fairly predictable for an early-2000s dance/trance number. But something about hearing it while watching scenes of some of my favourite characters from one of my favourite anime shows kind of melted my heart the first day that I found it. Plus the music pairs so nicely with the images. So today I share it with you. I hope that you enjoy my little slice of otaku pie! And who knows, you might find a flavor that you like in there.

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Dance Music For Activists: In Praise of Beth Ditto

For some people just living without shame is an act of rebellion. Those who refuse to back down in the face of public scrutiny are role models for us all, especially when it comes to women, who to this day are continually judged by how we look instead of what we think, say, or do. We need as many strong women in the media as we can get, women who refuse to be measured by the limiting scope of “the gaze.” One such freedom fighter is the stunning songstress Beth Ditto. She’s risen to fame throughout the past decade as the lead singer of indie punk band Gossip, but she’s been garnering even more infamy as an outspoken feminist* and queer/body activist.

If you thought Eve was so bad, well, how do you like these apples?

I first read about this amazing gal in BUST magazine over five years ago in an article about finding clothes for plus-sized women. She recommended trying maternity clothing, and rallied for having no shame in exploring that section of the store. Since the current prevailing notion is that pregnancy is the only time when it is acceptable to be a fat woman in America (as well as in many other areas of the world), that struck me as a radical idea. I was intrigued, but it took a friend’s mixed CD for me to finally check out her awesome pipes.

It wasn't long until Beth graced the cover of BUST. When this arrived in the mail I was in shock: it could be a picture of me and my grey cat Annabelle Lee!

Lots of people have excellent morals and strong political beliefs, and lots of people have very good singing voices, but combining the two takes not only talent but nerves of steel, especially when your looks may not arrive in the package that the mainstream is automatically attuned to listen to. And as mentioned before, for a woman, looks are still considered the most important part of her character by society at large. Beth Ditto, however, doesn’t give a flying f*** what you think about her looks, she will be heard come hell or high water. And when the songs are this rad, you can’t help but feel good both inside and out when taking a listen.

All of her work with Gossip is beyond exceptional, but her new solo single (from the self-titled album due out March 29th) is a whole other shade of marvelous. Watch the sexy black and white video here. The song is electronic and sharp, with whip-like beats that practically scream for hip-popping and gyrating action. Like Beth herself, this song pays tribute to the badass women who have gone before (namely Madonna) and calls out to the badass women and men of tomorrow. Will you answer the call?

 

 

*I kind of think that it’s ridiculous that I even have to post this disclaimer, but since confusion about this term continues to persist, allow me to define it: when I write the words “feminist” or “feminism” I mean the dictionary definition: The theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes and/or organized activity on behalf of women’s rights and interests. Feminism is the fight for equal human rights, because until we are all free, none of us are.

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