1. MARKED MEN - GHOSTS
2. SCREAMING FEMALES - POWER MOVE
3. CANADIAN RIFLE - VISIBILITY ZERO
4. ZOMBIE DOGS - LICK YR BRAINS TAPE + LIVE PERFORMANCE
5. RINGERS - HURRY UP AND WAIT
6. P.S. ELIOT - INTROVERTED ROMANCE IN OUR TROUBLED MINDS
7. TEENAGE COOL KIDS - FOREIGN LANDS
8. JOHN K. SAMSON - CITY ROUTE 85 7"
9. FATAL ERECTION - DEMO TAPE + LIVE PERFORMANCE
10. LAURA STEVENSON & THE CANS - HOLY GHOST EP
Some notable runners up:
FOREIGN OBJECTS - 7"
CLOAK/DAGGER - LOST ART
* I also posted this list over at TAKE IT SERIOUS, a message board for NYC DIY shows and happenings. If you're from the NYC area go sign up and post a top 2009 list or info about whatever shows you're booking!
I will be moderating the riot grrrl panel at Sarah Lawrence College's Twelfth Annual Women's History Month Conference.
Twelfth Annual Women’s History Month Conference
at Sarah Lawrence College
Bronxville, New York
Friday & Saturday, March 5 & 6, 2010
Keynote speaker: Carmen Ashhurst, former president of Def Jam Recordings and Rush Communications, and author of the forthcoming book, Selling My Brothers: The Movement, The Media and Me
Music has long served social movements as a sound track, as a means of communication, and as its own arena for activism. While multiple generations of feminists have used music in these ways, it has played especially vital roles for those born since the 1970s. This conference will explore the ways in which young feminists have defined and expressed politics through music and musical cultures and communities. Among the questions we will ponder are: How does music reflect sites of agreement and conflict among different groups of feminists? How have movements like Riot Grrrl and Hip Hop feminism attracted young women to feminist activism? How do young feminists’ uses of music compare with those of earlier generations?
[Call for Proposals from Sarah Lawrence College]
19th Century Breakdown
The Beatles - Cry Baby Cry
Ben Folds - Golden Slumbers (Beatles cover)
Billy Bragg - The Saturday Boy
The Chieftains ft. Elvis Costello - St. Stephen's Day Murders
David Bowie - Oh! You Pretty Things
The Evens - Shelter Two
George Harrison - Got My Mind Set On You
John K. Samson - Heart of the Continent
Madeline - Dumpster Dive Mother
Paul McCartney & Wings - Live and Let Die
Pixies - Hey
Queen - Somebody to Love
The Replacements - Answering Machine
A new thing: I will be posting mixes along with a drawing every now and then.
I'll try for once a month. Here's number one! Just in time for yr favorite season of lovey-dovey times, snowflakes, presents, and stuffing yrself with food. And hibernating... forever. Or tackling mountains of schoolwork with all of that good stuff nowhere in sight. These songs bring about all those mixed up feelings. Nostalgia and longing, dudes! That's what the winter is about.
* e-mail me for a copy!
courtesy of vinylbob on youtube
New Brunswick, NJ at Pet Cemetery
more here >>
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 28TH, 2009
A Benefit for the Walk for PKD
$6-$10 sliding scale
@ DEATH BY AUDIO
49 S. 2nd Street
Death by Audio/Entertainment4Every1
Rock and the Single Girl
Planet Chocko Zine
Just A Visual / At the Movies
[* 12/6/2009: I'll be adding more as they come up]
As you may know, I am all about women & girls playing music. That's why I've written about Tom Tom Magazine: A Magazine for Female Drummers, and that's why I've written about lots of my girl friends who play music. So, combine the two and you get my dream article.
Debuted this evening in Tom Tom: Angie, my current bandmate (in an of yet unnamed project, and also, Cheeky), interviews Krista, my past bandmate (in Carnal Knowledge)! And Maggie, current drummer of Scantron [who I just saw the other day for the first time and damn! Girl can play the dance beats!] took photos of the whole thing. Angie asks a lot of great questions, and Krista covered so much about the feminist music scene in New York, while also detailing experiences of sexism. It really gives a full picture of what it's like to be a woman playing music and all the things, especially the challenges, that come along with that.
It's a good day for women drummers, and especially, yours truly (not a drummer -- yet).
[poster by BLACKANDREDEYE]
My good friend, fellow organizer, and creative partner Lauren Measure designed this rad poster inspired by Annie for Cheeky's last shows. Check out more of Lauren's stuff at Black And Red Eye! Tom, another friend of mine, ridiculous drummer of Slingshot Dakota and mastermind behind Bird Apartment Printing (myspace / facebook), will be screening these as posters to be sold at the shows.
Here's the review I did of Jessica Hopper's Girls' Guide to Rocking for Maximum Rocknroll (issue #318, November 2009).
The Girls’ Guide to Rocking is just that, and that’s what makes it totally radical. The first time I saw Jessica Hopper speak she read an inspiring piece about being a grunge poser in her teens, and it was the greatest thing my ears had ever heard. She ended on the note that Bikini Kill taught her to be herself and that she could do whatever she wanted -- incidentally, this meant playing music and touring and becoming one of the freshest music critics currently writing.
I spotted this today on Bedford Ave. between North 4th & North 5th Streets (in Williamsburg). Whoever's making these totally rules!
[11/07 Note: These folks found me on Flickr, and apparently FEMINISM IS FOR LOVERS is a movement!]
And now for something... not so totally different! I began pursuing my Master's degree in Women's History at Sarah Lawrence College in September. I've been writing weekly papers, but recently, I was assigned a book review for my Visions & Revisions in U.S. Women's History class.
Gender & the Sectional Conflict
The University of North Carolina Press
As you may or may not already know, Cheeky is breaking up. We'll be playing THREE LAST SHOWS:
Fri 10/30 (7pm) at THE KICKSTAND in GAINESVILLE, FL @ THE FEST VIII
Fri 11/27 (6:30pm) at PET CEMETERY in NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ with LIGHTEN UP! and NIGHT BIRDS
[ ask around for address, keep it word of mouth ]
Sat 11/28 (7pm) at DEATH BY AUDIO in BROOKLYN, NY with ZOMBIE DOGS, SLINGSHOT DAKOTA, STUPID PARTY & SHELLSHAG
[ this show is a benefit for the Walk for PKD / please respect the space / no outside booze ]
We're putting out an 8-song 12" with Freedom School Records, which should be available in a limited amount at The Fest and definitely available at the last shows. It's also available for preorder now from Freedom School Records, shipping on 11/4. We'll have other merch at the shows - buttons, a live tape, tee-shirts and 7"s. After the 12", we have a split 7" with Tenement coming out on Rally Records. We apologize if you've asked for stuff through mailorder, we've never been good with that.
So as always, thanks so much to our amazing friends, folks who have booked us shows, put out our records, let us borrow their equipment or vehicles, who drove us around, people who helped book our tours that did or didn't happen, y'all who danced and sang and showed us a good time. And don't worry, we're all already in or starting new projects, so we're sure we'll see you around.
We love you, you fucking twinkies.
Here's the article on punknews.org: http://www.punknews.org/article/35699
NEXT, in related news, some more of my friends re-released a documentary about the Long Island "DIY punk community" called Between Resistance and Community. I was interviewed along with a number of my girlfriends: Cynthia of Jettison Sister & Zombie Dogs; Carly of Slingshot Dakota; Krista of Carnal Knowledge & Zombie Dogs; Tia of Bridge & Tunnel & Fellow Project -- to talk about what it was like to grow up as a girl in that scene. It's a feature on the DVD. Here's the trailer:
Between Resistance & Community: The Long Island DIY Punk Community on Vimeo.
Next up, my review of the comic Jin & Jam #1, from this month's issue of MRR. The Jodi zines have arrived, appropriately in time with the 2 year anniversary of her passing.
Maybe y'all have realized, but I have been trying to get back into the personal with this blog a little, of late. I realize the blog has strayed far from merely showcasing my doodles and punk flyers and the like. These days I do a lot of tracking on the girl-punx revival in Brooklyn/on the East Coast as it is near and dear to my heart. Often I write about For the Birds, and maybe that seems self-serving, but as our website has been down I've felt the need to document all the new things that we continue to make happen / that continue to happen to us. Point being, I haven't been getting too personal. I guess now I find it necessary.
My news for the week is as follows: my father has been seriously injured and is stuck in the hospital. The dude does not get a break, and I am in awe of my family's ability to constantly live, survive, get up, brush their shoulders off and move on. Pops can't really get that far yet, we are still in the tough part of the journey, but as always, I have faith in him. It's the little victories.
I leave in about 15 minutes to venture to Westchester Medical Center again. All I ask is if you are down with sending some good folks your good vibes when they need it, my dad-ums is one, and it would be cool if you did so.
MUCH LOVE, KW
Here's a snippet of the article:
me: omg, i wish you could have seen screaming females last night it was SO EPIC.
me: like, so, so so epic
Ali: oh yeaaah
me: they play with these tiny amps but because it was in that place it was all mic'd up and they sounded so fucking heavy
me: it was like the perfect sound for them
me: best i've ever heard them
me: and the applause was insane i was like, holy shit, if people didn't like them before...
me: it was straight up insanity
Ali: that is awesome, how was dinosaur jr?
me: they were good, but seriously it was like, such a hard act to follow! they played for an hour and a half which was soooo excessive
me: and they didnt play "in a jar" which was a total bummer
me: you know, it was total dino jr though, they were tight, super shreddy
me: just... its hard seeing bands like that when what theyre doing is "old" - screaming females are just so relevant, it was hard to juxtapose the two and see dino jr and not just think what theyre doing is kinda self-congratulatory
Ali: yeah that makes sense though it's often weird seeing older bands alone let alone with a super strong opening act
me: yeah, absolutely especially when theyre playing like that, for so long - and how SO many bands from that era are doing this now
me: these reunions and new albums and tours
Ali: totally like sonic youth too they have a new album and touring
me: THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT I COMPARED IT TO haha
Ali: it's good but like i dunno i feel like i need a break from them or something
Ali: i saw them last summer at mccarren and in LA when they did daydream nation
Ali: i just dont need any new music from them
BACK FROM THE DEAD! CARNAL KNOWLEDGE REUNION JUNE 26TH
local all girl hardcore favorites are back! one night only! (http://www.myspace.com/carnalk)
JUNE 26TH - DYKE MARCH BENEFIT SHOW with:
ZOMBIE DOGS (ex carnal knowledge, all-lady thrash)
DEATH FIRST (ex carnal knowledge, female fronted brutality)
THE DIAMOND SEA (on tour from australia, sweet!)
Friday, June 26th @ Silent Barn 915 Wyckoff Ave
L to Halsey or M to Myrtle-Wyckoff
8PM, 5-10 bux sliding scale
Proceeds go benefit the 17th Annual NYC Dyke March:
The NYC Dyke March is a protest march to demonstrate for lesbian rights and visibility within the larger LGBT community. The reason for the creation of the various Dyke Marches was to protest what many women saw as the control of Gay Pride events by white gay men at the expense of lesbians in general and women of color in particular. Many of the organizers were also concerned that New York's Gay Pride March was losing its political edge as it became more accepted by the city and courted by corporations. This illegal protest march steps off on Saturday, June 27th at 5PM sharp at 42nd and Bryant Park, marches down 5th ave and ends at Washington Square Park.
[show curated by Kathi K.]
Resistance Behind Bars: The Struggles of Incarcerated Women
By Victoria Law
Resistance Behind Bars: The Struggles of Incarcerated Women is a premier effort to increase the visibility of women’s prison resistance in the United States. Victoria Law has dedicated much of her life to prisoners’ resistance, honing in on the lack of discussion about the specific plight that women face in prison, and their efforts to challenge the prison system. Law started off self-publishing prisoners’ stories in zines and circulating them in publications like Clamor, Punk Planet, and off our backs. A lot of this work is represented and revisited here, in Law’s first book, Resistance Behind Bars.
I think I'm officially dubbing this GIRL GERMS GIG VOL #1.
Editor's Note (06/2010): Due to the Girl Germs DJ night in the UK run by Tukru, I am actually renaming my curatorial moniker to Girl Gang Gig Vol.
MONDAY, JUNE 15
AT TOMMY'S TAVERN
8PM - SHOW MUST BE OVER BY 12
1041 Manhattan Ave.
G train to Greenpoint Ave.
B61 or B43 bus
[CATCHY JAMS FROM LI, MEMBERS OF LATTERMAN, SMALL ARMS DEALER] http://www.myspace.com/ironchicsmyspace
[ON TOUR FROM CHICAGO, DON'T MISS]
[ON TOUR FROM CHICAGO]
[YR NEW FAVORITE HARDCORE BAND. FROM LONG ISLAND] http://myspace.com/fatalerectionny
[LOCAL BROOKLYN RAGERS]
* * BRING $3-5 FOR TOURING BANDS * *
Laura got a tattoo of my coffee cup cloud! How cool is that?! Tattoo by Noah V.
And last but not least, I think my favorite part. Some multimedia pieces I did of New York scenery and owls. They were set up in a little black room in between the main room and the back/bar area. The image is a little washed out because the light was shining directly on the pieces. I may try to shoot these again for my "professional" site... GASP! Summer project.
These photos are courtesy of Lauren Measure!
Paige & one of my owl prints in the background
Check the official press release:
Featuring Works By
And MUSIC By
@ DEATH BY AUDIO
MAY 15TH, 2009 - 8PM - ALL AGES!
49 S. 2nd ST. BROOKLYN, NY
LEAVE HOME Binds varying linear structures with the sparkling connections between our souls and our soil. Home is dissected. As Brooklyn slowly transgresses into a development landmine, we hold on to the purity of bricks, concrete, our soil, our urban breeding ground, and the spurts of nature which trickle inbetween. Our identities, and our connections to our home, vary as much as our artistic renderings; but in the end converge into a collective act of visual chaos.
Originally from the concrete depths of New Jersey; Lauren Denitzio seems to have spent a lifetime fervently investing her creativity in punk rock. Aside from being the guitarist/vocalist for The Measure [sa] (New Brunswick, NJ), Denitzio has been creating artwork, of varying visual degrees under the moniker Black & Red Eye, using thoughtful linework, an eccentric and beautiful use of patterns, and textures foreign to atypical art supplies.
Through her art and writing, Cristy C. Road blends social principles, sexual deviance, mental inadequacies, and her Cuban, punk, and queer identities. Her preferred medium is Micron Ink pens, Sharpies, and Chartpak markers. Although, coloring techniques range from Markers, Fluid Acrylic, and occasional digital color for most commissioned work. Her obsession with making art accessible began when publishing GREEN’ZINE in 1996. This snowballed into years of illustrating for punk bands, magazines, non-profit organizations, and more. In the last five years Road has released Indestructible, an illustrated novel about adolescence, Distance Makes the Heart Grow Sick , a book of postcards, and Bad Habits, her most recent illustrated novel about healing, self-change, and irresponsibility, and partying hard.
Often blurring feminist theory and art practice, Kate Wadkins is interested in the historical connection between women and birds. When she’s not drawing, Kate plays bass in Cheeky and works with For the Birds, a feminist collective and distro, curating DIY music and art shows and other creative feminist cultural happenings. She also writes for Maximum Rock’n’roll and Feminist Review.
Creating work under the studio heading No Guts No Glory, Tamara Waite-Santibanez is a printmaker and illustrator. Rooted firmly in DIY ethics and aesthetics, her work is created with as little help from computers or electric presses as possible, in an effort to adhere to a traditional printmaking practice and printmaking's history as a democratic art form. When not creating gross-looking flatstock and other ephemera, Tamara spends her time at the Stolen Sleeves Collective and singing for an all-female hardcore band, Zombie Dogs.
Lauren, Cristy, Kate and Tamara all reside in Brooklyn, and tend to run into eachother every weekend.
For any requests or inquiries, please contact: LEAVEHOMESHOW@gmail.com
Friday, May 8th (tonight!)
Chicago Art Source Gallery
1871 N. Clybourn Ave
Chicago, IL 60614
Tonight is the final exhibition for The Sketchbook Project Volume 3. It is hosted at Chicago Art Source Gallery in Chicago, IL. The opening is from 6:00-9:00pm. The exhibition will be on display through June 20th.
As much as I was pretty removed from this project and its 2,784 other artists, I did get to check out the whole thing at 3rd Ward in Brooklyn and it was a pretty great event. If you're in Chicago, you should definitely check it out!
Another note: my dear friend Aimee Lusty - whom I used to live with and majorly helped smooth out my senior thesis ideas (all while laying down some serious Darger knowledge) - has JUST BEGUN blogging for the Marcel Duchamp World Community online. I think it's pretty rad. Congrats Aimee!
Lauren Denitzio / BLACK AND RED EYE
Cristy C. Road / CROADCORE
Kate Wadkins / WISDOM TOOTH
Tamara Waite-Santibanez / NO GUTS NO GLORY
MAY 15TH at DEATH BY AUDIO
49 S. 2nd Street
[btwn Kent & Wythe]
Notes from Underground: Zines and the Politics of Alternative Culture
By Stephen Duncombe
Notes from Underground: Zines and the Politics of Alternative Culture is not only a history of zines, but an attempt to theorize the existence and meaning of zines throughout this history. Originally released in 1997 by Verso, it has been re-released in a new edition for 2008 by Microcosm Publishing. Stephen Duncombe traces the zine movement back to sci-fi fanzines of the 1930s, and even the early political pamphleteers.
Cross-posted with FOR THE BIRDS:
The Queer Eye for the DIY workshop we did at Visions in Feminism was a major success! There was super-smart audience participation, we received really great feedback, and we even got interviewed by The Nation and the Washington City Paper! We also met a bunch of nice folks and sold lots of stuff at the distro table. Thank you DC, for such an awesome Saturday. Photos from the workshop can be found on For the Birds' flickr, or on the gallery of our website.
Terror in the Heart of Freedom: Citizenship, Sexual Violence, and the Meaning of Race in the Postemancipation South
By Hannah Rosen
University of North Carolina Press
Hannah Rosen's Terror in the Heart of Freedom is an essential historical document. This text is a detailed analysis of the connection between gendered rhetoric, sexual violence, and the oppression and resistance of freed people during the reconstruction era. Rosen demonstrates a thorough understanding of gender, race, and power dynamics and how these issues are employed through politics on different levels.
Read the full review here
FOR THE BIRDS feminist collective + distro will be both tabling and presenting at the upcoming Visions in Feminism conference in Washington, DC on April 4th, 2009. Our workshop, "Queer Eye for the DIY," is in the 2:00PM-3:30PM timeslot.
More info on the conference can be found at: http://vifconference.wordpress.com/
From the website:
Visions in Feminism is a local conference held annually in the DC area since 2001. Originally hosted by the University of Maryland, the conference has been held at American University for the last three years. Each year Visions in Feminism seeks to provide a forum for diverse perspectives on feminist praxis.
Cheeky - In the Studio. from If You Make It on Vimeo.
Dave and Katie did an awesome job with our ridiculous band. Brian Schleyer is (still) my hero.
Feminist record label For the Birds has released a compilation, Gimme Cooties, featuring female bands and musicians, including New York indie-queer group Each Other's Mothers.
London’s Burning: True Adventures on the Frontlines of Punk, 1976-1977
By Dave Thompson
Chicago Review Press
London’s Burning by Dave Thompson is treading ground that has been trod many times before, the birth of punk: 1976-1977. As much as this might seem redundant, and the subtitle “TRUE ADVENTURES ON THE FRONTLINES OF PUNK” might seem a bit overdramatic, it does kind of embody Thompson’s approach to this time period, which is that of the anticipation and excitement of a young kid in a burgeoning new scene.