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B-Sides: Extra Classic and the Vampire Weekend Theory of Appropriation

So it goes like this: “[your favorite music blogger]: Readers, please check out Band A. Band A hails from Culture A (represent!) but sounds exactly like underrepresented Culture B. Like, can you believe your ears, doesn’t it sound like Band A just sounds like all of these bands from Culture B that work hard and get little recognition in our giant Culture A?” This week it’s time to sit down and talk about Extra Classic, a band from San Francisco, California; their love of Jamaican music; and what I’m going to deem the Vampire Weekend model of cultural appropriation.

Bitch Popaganda: Chicks, Flicks, and Retro Pricks Edition

Welcome back to another episode of Bitch Popaganda! Tune in as Julie, Kjerstin, and Kelsey discuss fall TV’s “season of the vagina,” Mindy Kaling’s “Flick Chicks,” and the retro sexism of Pan Am and the Playboy Club. Links and more after the jump!

B-Sides: Savage Garden

As their biggest hits in the US were love songs, one may forget that much of Savage Garden’s music is decidedly dark, especially on their eponymous debut. Major themes on Savage Garden include depression (“To the Moon and Back,” “Santa Monica”) and troubled or abusive relationships (“Tears of Pearls,” “Break Me Shake Me,” “A Thousand Words”). As might be expected from a group named after an Anne Rice quote—”The mind of each man is a savage garden”—the gothic subculture was a major influence musically and aesthetically; the liner notes featured artwork from Hieronymus Bosch’s The Garden of Earthly Delights. The stunning song “Mine” was axed from the USA release for its reference to “crosses and crucifixes” and replaced by a cute track about how people shouldn’t break promises. Still, there’s no real losing with Savage Garden, because regardless of how bright or dreary each song is, they share an essential quality: terrific, poetic songwriting.

Bitch Radio: Talking with s.e. smith and Anna Pearce of "We're All Mad Here"

Even though “We’re All Mad Here,” the guest blog exploring mental illness in pop culture wrapped up today, we’ve got one more way to savor this excellent series. For this episode of Bitch Radio, I spoke with s.e. and Anna about “We’re All Mad Here,”—what topics they didn’t get a chance to address, tropes of mental illness in politics, and where they see hope for the future of depictions of mental illness. As you already know, Anna and s.e. are whip smart and this is an episode you don’t want to miss! (Transcript of podcast available in .doc format). More after the jump!

B-Sides: Sybris

Sybris is a lady-led melodic rock band from Chicago, the kind of band that pairs well with true grit and imaginings of standing tiptoe on top of the highest summit wearing nothing but goosebumps. But it’s been a few years since their last album, and quite frankly, it’s due time for the next. Sybris, the rock world needs you.

Bitch Popaganda: The Cheesy Beefcake Edition

Welcome back to another episode of Bitch Popaganda! Tune in as Mac, Andi, and Kelsey discuss the male objectification in the media, Fox’s The New Girl, and the obsolescence of Miss Universe (and beauty pageants in general). Plus, Bitch faves! Transcript here.

B-Sides: "Afrodance" by Les Nubians

In Willow’s defense, she tries to be inclusive in “Whip My Hair,” emphasizing that it “don’t matter if it’s long or short” all you have to do is “do it, do it whip your hair.” But the stark truth is, I can’t really whip my hair back and forth; it sort of just goes along with my head which then renders my attempts at hair-whipping mere glorified headbanging. Of course, I am hardly alone in this reality, especially as more and more black women are opting out of the harmful relaxers that have become so normalized in our culture. That’s why I was so happy to come across Les Nubians’ first single “Afrodance” off of their new album Nü Revolution. (Lyrics here)

Bitch Radio: Getting Ready for Geek Girl Con!

For this episode of Bitch Radio, I spoke with Jennifer K. Stuller about the first-ever Geek Girl Con! Jennifer is no stranger to the podcast, she was on Read My Bitch this past February, and you probably remember her great blog series Grrrl on Film! Today we talked about the upcoming conference (Oct. 8-9 in Seattle), what to expect (besides me and Kelsey on a media literacy, criticism, and production panel, along with Maile Martinez and Anita Sarkeesian!), and just how geeky it’ll be (two words: Labyrinth puppetmaster). Stream the audio below, subscribe via iTunes or RSS, or download from archive.org. Transcript available (.doc) Visit Geek Girl Con to get your pass for October or to join their online community!

B-Sides: A Wild Flag "Romance"

The debut album from WILD FLAG (say it with me in a Bill and Ted “Wyld Stallyns!” shout-y voice) drops this month! Finally! Until we get Wild Flag in our hot little hands on September 13, let’s stream it at NPR First Listen and take a look at the oh-so-fun video for the first track, “Romance.”

Bitch Radio: Following Up on <em>Maggie Goes on a Diet</em>

For this week’s episode of Bitch Radio, I spoke with Bitch Media’s Library Director, Ashley McAllister, about her blog post last week on the forthcoming children’s book Maggie Goes on a Diet. Ashley and I discuss fat positive kids’ books, some reactions to the book, and share some recommended reading. You can read Ashley’s From the Library posts every week! Stream the interview above, subscribe to the podcast from iTunes or RSS, or download it from archive.org. Transcript will be up shortly!