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Feminist Friday Music. Volume 4

In this edition of Feminist Friday Music, there is jazz, metal, R & B and whatever Black Dresses are – punk/Riot Grrrl probably. It doesn’t actually matter I guess. They are pretty cool.

Make the time to listen to all of them. They are all so good.

Celeste



Beneath the Silence

Black Dresses on bandcamp



Sanya Budna

Sleep Deprived Music Review: The Damed

The Damed on bandcamp
The Damed on Soundcloud

The Damed of Los Angeles released their self-titled album within the last month or so. It has Riot Grrrl energy, which I love. In times like these, punk rock and feminism are absolutely necessary.

This album sounds like the band members are concocting a potion . Instead of eye of newt or a wolf’s tooth, they use lyrics and their instruments. If there’s a movie about witches coming out in the near future, then there should be a place for The Damed on the soundtrack. I did read something about “The Craft” getting a remake.

I like to listen to this album while I’m riding my stationary bike. It makes me feel like Miss Gulch in “The Wizard of Oz. The other place that I would like to listen to this album is at a political protest. It would be perfect for protesting.

Feminist Friday Music

The four following people – Frames, Freya Ridings, Hope Tala and Lina Tullgren- have new music that has just been released. There might even be something for everyone to enjoy – unless you are a metal head. Darn it I forgot to include metal again. Next time around maybe.

As usual, there are links and video for you guys to enjoy.

Frames on Instagram
Frames on Spotify
Freya Ridings on Spotify
Hope Tala on Spotify
Lina Tullgren

Single Ladies: #2 Summer Edition

Summertime is just hitting her stride. So are the ladies in this post – Lady Donli, Evie Irie, Ida Divine and Lizzy Hardingham. They all have new music ready for your listening pleasure.

Click on the links with their names to find their music. They all have videos on YouTube that are included for you.

Lady Donli

Evie Irie

Ida Divine on bandcamp
Lizzie Hardingham

Queens of Funk: Brides of Funkenstein

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Today’s history of Funk lesson is about the Brides of Funkenstein – Dawn Silva and Lynn Mabry. Silva and Mabry were backup singers for Sly and the Family Stone before joining the P-Funk family.  George Clinton named the band to go along with his Dr. Funkenstein character. I guess you could say their marriage was drenched in funk.

Brides of Funkenstein were the opening act for P-Funk, as well as the backing vocals for P-Funk. They recorded three albums but only two were released. In the absence of Silva, their second album, Never Buy Texas From a Cowboy, recorded with Sheila Horne and Jeannette McGruder. It was probably their most popular album. It should be – it brings the funk.

 

 

 

Brides of Funkenstein on Spotify

Brides of Funkenstein on Facebook

Queens of Funk: Chaka Khan

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Chaka Khan on Jimmy Kimmel Live. I’m almost 100% sure that the guitarist is Ricky Rouse.

Can you name anyone else in the band Rufus? I’d be willing to bet that people know Chaka Khan and draw a blank when asked who else is in the band. Rufus is a great band but Chaka Khan stole the show.

 

I love Chaka Khan. I love her so much that when I saw in concert, I went as close to the stage as I could get – almost to the fence. Normally, I hang out in the back. Not this time. I was so close that I could see the color of her eyeshadow. Of course, my camera was broken – I didn’t find out until later- so I don’t have pictures. The experience is still mine and no one can take it from me.

Several phones ago, “Tell Me Something Good” was the ringtone that told me that my boyfriend was calling. My co-worker used to laugh and say “Tell- Me -Something -Good is texting you again.”

My friend had a friend named Chaka Khan Jones. I was never brave enough to name my kids Chaka Khan.

Anyway, if you get a chance to see Chaka Khan live and in person, do not hesitate to go. She’s amazing and will probably obliterate your eardrums.

 

 

 

Queens of Funk: Betty Davis

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It’s only been in the last year that I have read about and listened to Betty Davis. She is phenomenal. According to some people, she was Madonna before Madonna. Davis may have even out-Madonnaed Madonna.

Apparently, people weren’t ready for such a free-spirited, independent, sexy lady of Funk. Her concerts were boycotted and picketed. It’s a shame because no one should miss out on Betty Davis because of pettiness. No one probably boycotted any of her male counterparts who were doing the same thing.

In everything that I’ve read about her, three things usually are mentioned 1. She was married to Miles Davis. 2. She introduced Miles Davis to Jimi Hendrix. 3. She wrote her own music.

Betty Davis was a force of nature and a musical genius in her own right.

 

Betty Davis on Spotify

Sleep Deprived Music Review: Saint Cecilia, Entrance

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Saint Cecilia has released a CD called “Entrance.”

What: It is like pop music but better. She plays most of the instruments on the album.

You can find the album here.

Saint Cecilia, Entrance on Bandcamp

Saint Cecilia on Spotify

If you’re searching for Saint Cecilia make sure that it’s not a link to the Foo Fighters. I love the Foo Fighters but their Saint Cecilia is different.

This album is much lighter and happier than what I usually listen to. It’s an alright album. The first few songs sound alike. I thought that it was just one long song. The people on Bandcamp really love this album. I’m not in love with it yet. Maybe I’ll fall in love with it by the second or third date.

My youngest kid would probably like it. She’s into happy, bouncy songs. I can see her painting and singing along to the music.

I love the album cover. She looks like a mermaid with legs.  What do you think?

 

If anyone else listens to Saint Cecilia, let me know your thoughts.

 

 

Who is ready for Female Superhero Action Figures?

It's time to buy some female superhero merch.
It’s time to buy some female superhero merch.

On any given day, there are Batmans, Supermans, Spidermans and several other comic book action figures in the boys aisle of the toy section. Do you know how many female action figures I found a few weeks ago at Wal-Mart? None.

Why aren’t the female superheroes represented at department stores? There are millions of parents who spend billions of dollars at stores like Wal-Mart and Target. With the comic books and movies coming out with female superheroes, you would think that there would be more toys for girls at stores, like Wal-Mart or Target.

My kids, who happen to be girls, love superheroes and villains from comic books. They love to go see movies like “Thor” and “Captain America.” When the “Suicide Squad” comes out next year, I’m going to have a struggle to keep my youngest one from seeing it until she’s older.

So why aren’t there figures of Wonder Woman, Black Widow or Harley Quinn in the store? I looked in every toy aisle.  Even the baby aisle had a fair amount of male superheroes and villains.  I did not find one female action figure – hero or villain.

Do you know who is really easy to find at Wal-Mart? Elsa – that chick is dominating the toy aisle. Kudos to the Disney promotion department.  They have put the “Frozen” characters on just about everything. My personal favorite is the Elsa cape. It’s very superhero-like.

One of my kids has a small obsession with Batman, while the middle daughter loves Thor. Picking out birthday and Christmas presents for them is very easy. Every time I turn around, I see another Batman object that my kid wants.

On the other hand, my youngest daughter is fascinated by Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn. She has also been trying to “borrow” my Wonder Woman print to put on her wall. She would like to trade Elsa for Wonder Woman. I didn’t even have to pay her to choose Wonder Woman over Elsa. It just happened.

FYI:  The dates of the creation of a few comic book characters

Wonder Woman – 1941. Superman- 1933. Batman- 1939. Joker-1940.

Elsa has been around since 2013.