BitchTapes: Great New Music from 2014


I don't believe in “good” or “bad” years when it comes to feminist music.

Someone, somewhere is always making good, smart, emotive, political music that promotes respect, education, and equality (or the out-and-out misandrist revolution, which is a record I will always, always buy). It's never a bad year to be a feminst. Some years are harder WORK than others, and this year has certainly been THAT, but here we are at the end of it, and I had the easiest time I've ever had putting together this list of great female and/or feminist music from the last 365 days. (And one from the tippy end of 2013, because SOME OF US had already written up our lists by the time it came out, thanks a lot, Beyonce.) There's sex, death, breakups, solidarity, and poetry on here. There's songs that are happy and sad, lustful and rageful, quiet and as loud as it gets. Hope you like it.

Best Jamzz of 2014 from BitchTapes on 8tracks Radio.



1. I Know It's Wrong (But That's Alright) - Hurray for the Riff Raff
2. Rabbit - Lily & Madeleine
3. XO - Beyoncé
4. Cloud 69 - Lowell
5. Fight - Tanya Tagaq
6. Lights On - FKA Twigs
7. Quarterback - Kira Isabella
8. Interference Fits - Perfect Pussy
9. Somos Sur - Ana Tijoux
10. High & Wild - Angel Olsen
11. Done - Frazey Ford
12. Gunshot - Lykke Li
13. Feeling Myself - Nicki Minaj & Beyoncé
Related Listening: Check out our roundups of new feminist music from last month. 


by Katie Presley
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Katie Presley is a writer and editor currently based on the East Coast (help, how did this happen??). She's been with Bitch in one form or another since 2010, when she started as a New Media Intern, and most recently served as Bitch's first and only Music Editor, from 2016-2017. Past resume lines include Assistant Producer for All Songs Considered at NPR Music, panelist on Pop Culture Happy Hour, and bylines at NPR and Ms. Katie is also a doula and herbalist, and writes a blog on herbal medicine, "The Herbal Apprentice." She also co-founded the first full-spectrum doula organization in Texas, The Bridge Collective. She is also a late-comer to being a Dog Person, but currently lives with four cats. 

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2 Comments Have Been Posted


I'll be sure to listen to this music (which in turn will probably answer a lot of my questions, but I'ma ask anyway):
What is feminist music? Does it need to have an overt (or even implied) political/feminist message. Does the woman (or a woman) need to be the writer/performer? Is the very act of getting more female voices out there itself a radical feminist act? Can a female performer write an anti-feminist song (I'm looking at you Minaj)? Are you joking about always buying the misandrist music (as a dude, that's a little off-putting to hear, and seems to play into the whole man hating feminist stereotype) (interesting side-note: apparently my browser dictionary doesn't recognize misandry as a real word)?

I'm surprise Pussy Riot didn't make the list, I'd put them as the top feminist music group of the year, if not for the music itself then definitely for the impact.

I don't mean to harp on this but to the spammer: UGH ENOUGH I'm not buying your damn herbal shit ok?!?

ever listen to tyler, the

ever listen to tyler, the creator?
real talented guy...his music really speaks to your cause.
plus you guys both really like the word "bitch"!

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