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B-Sides: First Aid Kit, Folk-Music Sister Act

First Aid Kit rose to fame after the sisters sent a demo of their song “Tangerine” to a local radio station in Sweden and were promptly signed by Rabid Records. The band’s 2008 cover of Fleet Foxes’ “Tiger Mountain Peasant Song” went viral on YouTube and even got the attention of the Fleet Foxes themselves, who had First Aid Kit perform the song with them at a concert in the Netherlands. Their album The Big Black & The Blue in 2010 put them on tour and got them more exposure in Canada, the U.S., New Zealand, and Australia.

B-Sides: Naomi Hooley and the Wilderness Inside

I discovered Naomi Hooley’s warm, powerful music a few months ago, when a friend pointed me first to her song “Tornado” and then the album that spawned it, the gorgeous It was a Great October. Her sound is earthy and approachable, and her backstory is the stuff of serendipitous musical legend. My theory is, no matter where you listen to Naomi’s music, you will be reminded of home.

B-Sides: New Music From Angel Haze, Beach House, and Erykah Badu

Time to kick Tuesday into high gear with five spankin’ new songs you need to get to know better. Starting things off, here’s Brooklyn teen band the Skins…Click through for more!

B-Sides: Q&A with Ana

Last month I wrote a review of Anaïs Mitchell’s latest (fabulous) album, Young Man in America. I sent Anaïs a few questions about her work, past and present, and her place in the folk pantheon. Read on for her thorough, thoughtful answers!

B-Sides: Colleen Green

Tip: Find a friend with a convertible, or a friend with one of those bikes with a fat sound system on it, and get Colleen Green’s recently re-released Milo Goes to Compton. Wait for a sunny day, combine said friend’s form of open-air transportation with the album, and cruise around town, maybe with some iced tea. Even if Colleen Green sings about down days (and being really stoned), her music comes purpose-built for forecasts above 75 degrees.

Bitch Radio: The Hunger Games Movie Review!

Did any of you stay up past your bedtimes to see The Hunger Games last night? We did! To hear thoughts on the film from teens dressed up in homemade “Peeta bread” t-shirts, parents accompanying minors, disgruntled fans, and more—and to hear me profess my undying love for Stanley Tucci (the shining star of the film, in my opinion)—tune in to our Bitch Radio review (embedded after the jump). Spoilers ahead, naturally.

B-Sides: Iyadede

Iyadede starts off her album, The Demo, saying, “If you have this record in your hand most likely you are an eclectic individual and I salute you for that.” The word eclectic could not be more appropriate for Iyadede; she has lived all over the world and uses these experiences as fuel for awesome electropop music. 

Bitch Radio: Presenting Shortstacks with Audio Smut! (Plus: Sex Robots!)

I’m happy to introduce a new audio series…Shortstacks! Shortstacks will be a quarterly, short-form audio piece produced by the fabulous folks at Audio Smut, a radio show commandeered by a collective of sex positive activists “committed to finding creative ways of challenging notions of decency.” Major thanks to Kaitlin Prest for wanting to make sweet (and sexy!) feminist podcast music together. Here’s what Kaitlin from Audio Smut has to say about this episode: This winter, Bitch looks at Frontiers. In this audio short we discuss the frontier of sexual technology (sex robots!). The cultural imagination has long been fascinated with machines that have sex, and with advances in technology these fantasies are getting closer to becoming reality. So here we take a critical look at pop cultural representations of sex robots and get a glimpse of what might be in store. Stream below, or click through for more options!

B-Sides: Ana

Does anyone else organize their iTunes by season? Singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell is the artist that got me started doing it, as no single album reminds me more of summer than her 2010 folk opera Hadestown. It’s drenched in sunlight, warm voices, young love, and, as Kristin mentioned in her Preacher’s Daughter series, a feminist perspective on Greek tragedy. Her latest album, Young Man in America, is spring; all births and unfoldings and discoveries, and an occasional dip back into winter dark. Point being, Mitchell is a songwriter for all seasons, one of young American folk music’s best, and she’s getting better and better.

Bitch Popaganda: Featuring Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore

In the latest issue of Bitch, Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore asks, “What if the real problem isn’t flamboyance or cocksucking or limp wrists, but a straight world that rejects gay people and a gay world that seeks legitimacy only for those willing to conform to a straight society?” (“Homo Work,” interview by Jessica Hoffmann). Writer, editor, activist, artist, filmmaker, critic, and troublemaker, Mattilda stopped by the Bitch Media offices this weekend to do a Popaganda session with me, Kelsey, and Andi. In this podcast episode, we’ll talk about her new anthology Why Are Faggots So Afraid of Faggots?, language and reclamation, the recent movie Weekend, and more! If you’re a Portland resident, she’s speaking at the Hawthorne Powell’s tonight at 7:30 along with Why Are Faggots contributors River Willow Fagan and Ezra RedEagle Whitman. For more info on her book tour, visit her events page, and look for Why Are Faggots So Afraid of Faggots? in an independent bookstore near you!