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B-Sides: Jump-start Queer Record Label Punk Start My Heart!

Punk Start My Heart began as a punk booking agency run by Sheana Corbridge and Marlena Chavez dedicated to promoting musicians of color and queer artists for shows around Portland, Oregon. Inundated with requests from superb bands on the Internet, they came up with a DIY innovation: Not Enough!, a festival designed for queer artists to get together, collaborate, and come up with new art and music projects. Now they’re taking things a step further and starting a record label for some of the acts they’ve booked and worked with in Not Enough!—some bands you’ve even heard on Bitchtapes and B-Sides past. To get their record label off the ground they’ve made a Kickstarter video (Flash video below, download video description in .doc form here):

Bitch Radio from the Archives: Read My Bitch: Brittany Shoot reads "The Ambition Condition"

We’re sharing a piece from the Bitch Radio archives–Read My Bitch featuring Brittany Shoot (who guest-blogged The Biotic Woman on ecofeminism and No Kidding on being childfree) reading Anna Clark’s “The Ambition Condition: Women, Writing, and the Issue of Success,” from Loud (Issue #41). Read My Bitch is the podcast that features Bitch magazine readers reading out loud a meaningful article from the magazine archives and then talking about it. More after the jump, including how you can read your Bitch!

B-Sides: Sacha Sacket

I first heard Sacha Sacket’s exquisite voice in 2004, when he performed on my university campus to promote his then-new album, Shadowed. Mid-walk, I sat down, stunned, until the end of the simple, voice-and-keyboard show… then hastened to introduce myself, gush, and fork over a few dollars for my own Shadowed CD. I fell asleep night after night plugged into “Kite High!”; dorm clamor could not touch me. While I have never considered myself a musically sophisticated person, I knew it was one of the most beautiful sounds I had ever heard. Seven years later, it still is.

Bitch Popaganda: Wise Blood Edition

Welcome back to another episode of Bitch Popaganda! Tune in as Andi, Deb, and Kelsey discuss addiction in the media, Elisabeth Badinter in the New Yorker, and True Blood. Links after the jump!

B-Sides: Bj

Crystalline opens with the tiny chimes of the Gameleste, the uninhibited MIDI-fied xylophone organ box with handmade bronze tonebars, Björk-comissioned. She sing-talks in apotheosis timbre about feet, crystals, nebulas, and anxiety. 

Bitch Radio: An Interview with Autry!

Earlier this week I wrote about Autry!, a Portland-based, goof-punk musician set to release her debut album A.U.T.R.Y.! on July 29th. Autry!’s unique musical style as well as the success of her personal blog Hello, My Poopies has helped her gain an impressive internet following that will no doubt continue to grow. I was lucky enough to sit down with Autry! and interview her about both her music and her growing internet presence. You can find Autry!’s music at Hello, My Poopsies, Myspace, and Youtube.  A.U.T.R.Y.! will be available on iTunes, Amazon, and CD Baby. If you are in the Portland, OR area be sure to check out Autry!’s CD release party on July 29th at In Other Words Bookstore from 5 to 9pm, all ages.

B-Sides: Autry!

If you haven’t heard of Portland, Oregon’s Autry!, be prepared for a pleasantly rude awakening as the goofpunk pioneer and internet darling prepares to release her debut album A.U.T.R.Y.! on July 29th

Bitch Popaganda: Our Humps Edition

It’s time for another episode of Bitch Popaganda! Tune in as Ann, Kjerstin, and Kelsey discuss Erica Jong’s Times op-ed “Is Sex Passé?,” Ann Powers article for NPR “Pop’s Punching Bag: Hating the Black Eyed Peas” (and how we feel about the Peas in general), and the new FX show Wilfred. Transcript on the way soon!

B-Sides: The Warpaint Honeymoon is Over

This week’s B-sides is in the flavor of “sad,” unfortunately, in the way that finding out a band I loved last year has taken some missteps since then. I first wrote about Warpaint last November (see the previous link), where I caught a little flak about thinking they’re pretty (heads up: still do) and also generated a thoughtful conversation about Native appropriation in the band’s name and aesthetic style. That discussion stayed with me, and the video NPR just released for Warpaint’s self-titled new single warrants further critical analysis.

Bitch Radio: Women in Open Source, Part 2

Last week, I spoke with Valerie Aurora of the Ada Initiative about women in open source and how to get more women involved. In Part 2 of women in the open source world, I speak with Sumana Harihareswara (volunteer development coordinator at the Wikimedia Foundation) who I also met at the Open Sourcebridge conference, where she was named on of three Open Source Citizens at the conference (read her recap of the conference here!) In the following interview, Sumana doesn’t just discuss the challenges that open source software and communities face when it comes to women, but open source’s potential for changing the world through diverse voices. It’s not just about getting more women involved–breaking down language, access, and ability barriers from the get-go is also necessary. In the following interview, Sumana talks about initiatives at Wikimedia to reach out since its lack of women contributors made headlines, the potential for open source social justice, and tips for your first go at editing Wikipedia. Also she quotes Mr. Rogers AND the Bible, and explains kyriarchy with a Hyperbole and a Half cartoon, which is awesome. Stream our interview above, download it from archive.org, or subscribe to Bitch radio via iTunes or RSS! Transcript available here (.doc). Thanks, Ann!