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B-Sides: News and Notes

After a string of EPs and self-released singles, Brighton’s Peggy Sue finally have an LP out!!….. in the UK. Fossils and Other Phantoms will be released in the US in June, but if you’re in Europe, you can probably see this soul folk wonderfulness live! Multi-instrumentalist original members Rosa Slade and Katy Young have absolutely gorgeous voices, and their live shows are supposed to be amazing. If you’ve never heard Peggy Sue (formerly Peggy Sue and the Pirates), start off with Body Parts & First Aid (two EPs put together on one record). More news after the jump!

Bitch Popaganda: Celebrity Skin Edition

It’s like The View, but Rico Rodriguez never brings us flowers. Welcome back to another episode of Bitch Popaganda! Tune in as Shaamini, Brian, and Kelsey discuss the premiere of HBO’s Treme, whether or not celebrities should use Twitter, and the implications of a Photoshop-free lifestyle. Plus, Bitch faves! 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.)

B-Sides: Is Stairway to Heaven a new mark of divadom?

The laundry machine breaks, your bike gets a flat, you have to cover a shift for your co-worker (who you think is faking being sick since you know her boyfriend is town)…What I’m trying to say is, sometimes you aren’t always able to catch the Oprah Winfrey Show. And if you didn’t catch it yesterday, you missed the one and only Mary J. Blige speaking with the big O about giving back to the women of her Yonkers neighborhood. You know what else happened? She covered Led Zeppelin, and it ruled.

Read My Bitch: A new podcast by Bitch Media

Read My Bitch is a brand-new audio segment that features Bitch Magazine readers and subscribers sharing one of their favorite articles from the archives by reading it aloud and discussing it afterwards. For our first episode, Kristin reads aloud “Harriet and Claudia, where have you gone? Notes on the gender divide in children’s literature,” by Monica T. Nolan, which was printed in Issue 15, Winter 2002. Kristin reads aloud a sizable excerpt from the piece, and, being in the publishing industry herself, discusses how she relates both personally and professionally to the article, which covers how independent, young female protagonists are unfortunately few and far between. You can subscribe to Read My Bitch on our iTunes channel, along with other Bitch audio programs.

B-Sides: Cherie Bomb! The Portland Runaways Premiere

Last night I had the pleasure of not just watching The Runaways, not just supporting my local Rock’n’Roll Camp for Girls, but seeing Cherie Currie, lead singer of the first all-female rock band, field questions after a screening of the movie.

Bitch Popaganda: Effing the F-Word Edition

It’s like The View, but we don’t have free copies of The Blind Side on DVD to give away. And even if we did, we probably wouldn’t distribute them. Welcome back to another episode of <a href=http://bitchmagazine.org/taxonomy/term/3299”>Bitch Popaganda! Tune in as Kjerstin, Shaamini, and Kelsey discuss the ins and outs (zing!) of Fucking While Feminist, the (Re)Birth of Venus Zine, and Liz Lemon vs. Leslie Knope. Plus: Bitch Faves! 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.) Faves and links after the jump!

B-Sides: Oh Dessa!

Can’tstoplisteningtoDessa! The only woman in the highly acclaimed underground hip hop collective, Doomtree, Dessa brings a literary beauty to hypnotic rhythms that left me (re)examining the super old and super problematic feminist consensus that hip hop, even what comes from woman artists, is too caught up with rampant sexism to see outside that bubble. Conscious hip hop, thy name is woman!

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!