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B-Sides: Chiptunes

I was lucky enough to attend a SXSW screening of Blip Festival: Reformat the Planet, a documentary about chiptunes, an underground music form that uses hardware from old video game consoles, like classic Nintendo Game Boys and NESes, to create new, original music. Most of this music bears little resemblance to 8-bit video game music (except, of course, for the sound quality); it's more like bright, happy amped-up techno, the kind of music that makes you feel like you're going on an adventure. Reformat the Planet tracks the creation of Blip Festival, a four-day chiptune extravaganza that happens in Brooklyn and features artists from all around the world. The movie is just 82 minutes, but is packed with great live footage, interviews and insights into the chiptune-making process. Enter the digital world of chiptunes!

Bitch Popaganda: Bitchin' About TV Edition

It’s like The View, but we won’t judge you for what you wore to the Oscars. Welcome back to another episode of Bitch Popaganda! Lend us your ears as Andi, Shaamini, and Kelsey debate the merits of Kell on Earth, Big Love, The Marriage Ref, Parenthood, and Project Runway. It’s a Popaganda TV-stravaganza! Listen to the embedded audio below, or subscribe to Bitch Radio on iTunes. You can also download the episode from archive.org. Bitch Faves after the jump!

B-Sides: The Latest from Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings

The new record from Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings is less than one month away. I Learned It the Hard Way is their first full-length since the record-breaking (but by no means debut) album 100 Days, 100 Nights which catapulted Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings into indie stardom. And their latest proves their musical momentum is just as strong as ever. Due April 6th (Jones’ birthday), it’s another solid album of songs that sounds decades-old but for some reason feels anything but anachronistic, and is equally fit for a cocktail party as your headphones. Stream the title track, “I Learned It the Hard Way” after the jump!

B-Sides: When Breaking Up is the Best

NPR did a segment on break-up songs. Tigerbeatdown devoted a week on the subject. And Thao Nguyen has written an article breaking-down the break-up song for Bitch. But I got to thinking about the break-up songs are good for you, the ones that are less about the blues and more about kicking-ass.

Bitch Popaganda: Takin' it to the Tucker Max Edition

It’s like The View except we can’t get Snooki to come talk to us. Welcome back to another episode of Bitch Popaganda! Lend your ears as Kjerstin, Shaamini, and Kelsey discuss the ads from Sunday’s Super Bowl, The Weekly Standard’s New Dating Game, and Valentine’s Day (the holiday and the movie that’s overtaking it). Listen to the podcast by clicking the player below, or by subscribing to Bitch on iTunes. You can also download it at archive.org. Links, videos, and faves after the jump! But we couldn’t resist putting this one in the teaser as well:

B-Sides: \m/ \m/

Metal is a misunderstood genre; traditionally the domain of alienated pubescent males, angry dude-bros and broody Lord of the Rings fans, while women were relegated to groupie status only. Fortunately, metal has come a long way since "The Hairy 80s", and there quite a few metal bands around now that feature women in way more face-melting roles.

B-Sides: Tour Guide

One of the best things about live music is being able to hear bands that are so fresh, they don't even have a record out yet. Check out the following bands, support live music and be the edgiest kid on the damn block.

B-Sides: This Week's Music Round-Up!

Pepa of Salt'n'Pepa's Let's Talk about Pep, a new VH1 reality show billed as a "Black Sex & the City," debuted last night. Here's Pepa's take on it, did anyone else catch it? (In way less-glamourous news about hip-hop women being on reality tv, Lady Soveriegn is slated for Celebrity Big Brother. She will be housemates with Sisqo. [Stereogum]). • Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings will have a new album, I Learned it the Hard Way, ready for May. [BeatCrave] • You can watch an entire Thao and the Get Down Stay Down concert at Baeblemusic.com [KRS]. • M.I.A., who's always been outspoken about political unrest in her birthplace of Sri Lanka, has bashed the New York Times on Twitter (screenshot) for listing the country as the #1 "place to go" in 2010. (Pitchfork]. • Solange Knowles, the Dirty-Projectors-covering, safe-sex promoting, little sister of Beyonce is going to be on the upcoming Of Montreal album. [Pitchfork] • And music recs after the jump!

Bitch Popaganda: These Magic Moments Edition

It’s like The View, only they don’t record their show in a bathroom. Welcome back to another episode of Bitch Popaganda! Listen in as Kjerstin and Kelsey review the decade in feminist pop culture. Listen right here or download the episode by subscribing to Bitch Radio on iTunes or visiting our page at archive.org. Leave your feedback and get links to the Bitch faves after the jump!

B-Sides : Carol Kaye

Carol Kaye is one of the most prolific pop music musicians you’ve never heard of. She and her 4-6 strings have backed some of the most popular songs, movies, and television series of the past fifty decades, and can be heard “These Boots Were Made for Walking,” guitar on Lesley Gore’s “It’s My Party” and Richie Valens “La Bamba”…among others!