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B-Sides: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart's New Video is Summery as F*ck

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart released the video today for their single “The Body.” In it, the quotidian tasks of the present-day band members (brushing teeth, making eggs) are juxtaposed with images of their child-selves frolicking on the beach. The beach scenes are so summery that you’ll feel like you’ve been transplanted from your desk to the shore (almost), and the kids look so much like the adult band members that the video is worth watching just for that. Check it out: (Song lyrics here)

Bitch Radio: Women in Open Source, Part 1

I recently attended Open Sourcebridge, a tech conference in Portland Oregon, and got to speak with some really incredible women in the open source world. (Hopefully I’ll be filling the little void left in the hearts of feminerds since Jarrah Hodge’s series ended!) Open Source is a method of development that’s publicly available, collaborative, and peer reviewed. If you read the Bitch website on the reg (which uses Drupal), or browsed the Internet using Mozilla Firefox, or blogged with WordPress, you have used Open Source software! Wikipedia is an example of open source content, where users peer edit the work of others publicly. Like a lot of cool things that should be open to everyone, the open source community can be a bit of a boys’ club. I spoke with Valerie Aurora, programmer, Geek Feminism contributor, and, with Mary Gardiner, co-founder of the Ada Initiative, a “non-profit organization dedicated to increasing the participation of women in open technology and culture.” We spoke about how the Ada Initiative came about, the anti-harassment conference policy she helped put together, and how the tech world can be hostile to women. Stream our interview above, download it from archive.org, or subscribe to Bitch radio via iTunes or RSS! Transcript available here (.doc). Stay tuned next week for Part 2 of women in open source, which will feature Sumana Harihareswara of the Wikimedia Foundation!

B-Sides: The Lovesick Party Jams of Making Friendz

Social Life (Last Bummer Records), Making Friendz’ first album channeling punk, ’80s pop, and R&B through a lo-fi filter, is a great time whether you’re sharing it with your crush de jour or or having a lone sing-along pining sesh in your bedroom. With lyrics like “Don’t want to hurt nobody/just want to touch your body” (“Situation”) and “Don’t make me cry, I just want to be inside you” (“Don’t Make Me Cry”), Tami Hart’s songs are less about love and more about friends with benefits, and her beats are sharp but have a sloppy fuzziness that adds to the party appeal. This isn’t cold, electronic-driven pop, Hart’s inflections (and goofy flourishes from the 80s–cheesy synth takes on a new sincerity when it’s about getting in someone’s pants) give it warmth and personality that brings together dancefloor fun and hardcore longing.

Bitch Popaganda: It's the Finale Countdown!

Welcome back to another episode of Bitch Popaganda! Tune in as Andi, Brian, and Kelsey recap the season finales of AMC’s The Killing and HBO’s Game of Thrones. Also in this episode: Mary McNamara’s recent LA Times article and the burning question, Why do we care about these shows so much? Transcript available here (.doc).

B-Sides: Susan McKeown, "Singing in the Dark"

There is, in my opinion, a right way and a wrong way to advertise Irish singer Susan McKeown’s album Singing in the Dark. Calling it “a work exploring Creativity, Suffering and the Pursuit of Happiness,” as her website does, is the wrong way. The project loses its power in those highfalutin capital letters, veering instead to the inspirational spoken-word side of the record aisle. The right way would be to say something more along the lines of, “If this album had existed six years ago, it could have changed the entire course of my life for the better.”

Bitch Radio: Audrey Bilger on Gay Marriage (from the archive)

With the news in New York that the state Senate is one vote shy of passing same-sex marriage, we thought we’d share an audio segment from the past addressing the issue. Professor, author, and frequent Bitch contributor Audrey Bilger was invited to speak on Seattle-based radio show the Menage, featuring Julie Mains and Jennifer Austin, about her Bitch magazine article “Wife Support” (Issue #45, Winter 2009). In the following interview, Bilger covers gender roles and marriage, life as a lesbian wife, and Roseanne Barr. Also, be sure to read Audrey’s recent update on the Prop 8 trial in California on the Ms. blog! Transcript (PDF)

B-Sides: Wildbirds & Peacedrums

Wildbirds & Peacedrums have been on the road for the last four years, performing, recording, and taking in the sights. The Swedish duo were kind enough to spare me a quick Q&A before their show in Portland on Saturday.

Bitch Radio: Political InQueery on the Air

Catch up with Political InQueery and Grey’s Rounds contributor Everett Maroon as we talk about the Obama Administration’s LGBT initiatives, how GOP candidates are beginning to frame Obama’s presidency thusfar, predictions for summer politics, and yes, Weinergate (with apologies to the Watergate Hotel). Stream the audio above, subscribe via iTunes or RSS, or download from archive.org. Transcription (.doc). Links after the jump!

B-Sides Open Thread: Rihanna's "Man Down"

Pop-star Rihanna’s new single “Man Down,” is making waves and opening up conversations about depictions of sexual assault.

Bitch Popaganda: Those Were the Days Edition

Welcome back to another episode of Bitch Popaganda! Tune in as Julie, Deb, and Kelsey discuss the fall TV lineup, the significance of the prom, and just what’s up with Anthony Weiner. You can listen to the podcast right here, or you can subscribe to Bitch Media on iTunes to download it and listen on the go. (The episode is also available at archive.org. A transcript should be up shortly!)