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B-Sides: The Thermals Get Personal on Personal Life

Do you know what today is? It’s Personal Life release day! If you’re a Thermals fan (and you know I am), you’ve been excited for this day for a while now. And you won’t be disappointed, because Personal Life delivers all of the energy, catchy hooks, and sing-along lyrics you’ve come to expect from these cuties. Check out their latest video if you need proof: Pssst… You can also preview the new album at NPR First Listen, and if you live in PDX you can see The Thermals live this week at MusicFestNW (oh, and you can see us there too!).

B-Sides: Tila Tequila Vs. the World

 Last Friday night, reality TV star/pop singer Tila Tequila was attacked by concertgoers at the 11th annual Gathering of the Juggalos in rural Southern Illinois. But you probably already knew that. It's a story made in gossip blog heaven; a Playboy-model-turned-Myspace-celebrity-turned-reality-TV-star being attacked by the fans of the self-appointed "Most Hated Band in Music." Yet, both Tequila and the Insane Clown Posse are comparatively unpopular and disrespected, so why is it that Tila Tequila is the one getting the bad rap?! 

B-Sides: Surf's Up!

Even though August showed up faster than product placement on Bravo, summer's not over yet, and you can get your sun on with this sampling of bands bringing back garage and surf rock to a town near you....

B-Sides: Music quick hits

  • On PRI’s This is the World, host Marco Werman talks about Indonesian surf band Dara Puspita, who “may be the rockingest garage band you’ve never heard of.” (Audio)
  • Reel Grrls’ latest vlog is on the Gaga-fication of pop music (Video)
  • On CNN, Maragaret Cho talks about her first all-musical comedy album Cho Dependent, and the first track “I’m Sorry”…which is about domestic abuse (Video)
  • The Saturdays cover Justin Bieber’s “Baby” with just guitars and their sweet, sweet harmonies (Seriously, give-you-a-cavity, maybe-a-bit-too-precious, harmonies.) (Video)
  • New music! The Corin Tucker Band (listen to “Doubt” from ex-Sleater Kinney member’s new band)! The Arcade Fire (stream thier new album on NPR)!, Robyn (watch “Dancing on My Own” at a recent show in Williamsburg)! MC Invincible (pre-order the Invincible + Waajeed “Detroit Summer” 7”)!

Bitch Radio: The Action Episode

Another Bitch podcast ready for your aural consumption! Like the Action issue, this podcast speaks broadly to the theme: Annie Leonard on the big deal with cap and trade, what Lady Gaga has to do with labor unions, and one feminist film buff who loves action movies (and thinks that Judi Dench should be in more of them!) Plus, music by Brooklyn duo Buke and Gass, whose debut full-length album Riposte is due out September 14th from Brassland records. Stream it below, subscribe on iTunes or RSS, or download it! Podcast script and links after the jump! Transcript (PDF)

B-Sides: That Dog

Gratuitously girly writing implements, knee-highs paired with chunky Mary Janes, faux Oxford collars, Coolio’s “Rollin’ with My Homies”, and Paul Rudd’s career—Thanks, Clueless! Fifteen years ago, the bubbly feature launched the success of these trends–for better or worse—and a television show with a theme song almost as sticky as Cher’s situation with Christian. But, this post isn’t about the gang. It’s about That Dog, the surprisingly overlooked 90s pop punk quartet who have stolen my heart.

B-Sides: Genya Ravan

On B-Sides last month, Sara Kantner introduced us to the pioneering female rock star Suzie Quatro. But before Suzie and her sister Patti brought girls that rock to the public's (and Joan Jett's!) attention in the 1970's, Genya Ravan founded Goldie & the Gingerbreads, the first all-girl rock band to be signed to a major label. After the band's breakup in 1967, Ravan went on to become one of the first female producers in the music industry and hosts "Chick & Broads" on Sirius Satelitte Radio. She may not get as much credit as Joan Jett, Cherie Curie and the Quatro sisters, but Genya Ravan is an essential trailblazer for women in rock music.

B-Sides: Ladies Rock Camp

Boys aren’t the only ones who play air guitar. Granted, I didn’t pretend I was David Lee Roth, but I’m sure I shamefully mimicked those epic “Free Bird” riffs. If you’re like me and still haven’t grown out of the pantomime instrument routine, you’re in luck.

Read My Bitch: Brittany Shoot reads "The Ambition Condition"

Episode number two of Read My Bitch is ready to be consumed for your listening pleasure. Read My Bitch is the podcast that features Bitch magazine readers reading out loud an article from the Bitch archives and then talking about why it’s meaningful to them. For this episode, Bitch reader and contributor Brittany Shoot reads Anna Clark’s “The Ambition Condition: Women, writing, and the issue of success,” from Issue 41 (Loud) from the Fall of 2008. Stream the article, and our conversation afterwards, below. (Read the article here, interview transcript here.). You can subscribe to all Bitch Media podcasts through our blog RSS or via iTunes, or download the file from archive.org. You can read Brittany’s work in Bitch as well as her own site. Her guest blog, The Biotic Woman ran on the Bitch blogs earlier this year and covered eco-feminism. If you’d like to be featured on Read My Bitch, send me an email at online {at} b-word.org, telling me which article you’d like to read and discuss and why. This podcast may require experience or access to digital recording, but all queries are welcome!

B-Sides: Suzi Quatro

School’s out for summer, and I’m feeling antsy. I want to throw garbage cans at mailboxes, drink warm Budweiser in the back of a pick-up truck, and smoke cigarettes in front of the arcade. I want to drive around the neighborhood with the windows down so everyone can hear the brilliance of Suzi Quatro.