Monday, February 28, 2011

NPR Women Have A Right To Talk About..Everything

Band of Outsiders Fall 2011 RTW



Finally today, we are on the eve of Women's History Month, and just as we've been observing Black History Month and plan to observe the other heritage months later in the year, throughout the month of March we'll be making a special effort to showcase stories about women, mainly in the U.S. but also around the world, who've broken barriers in their fields of expertise, have had a particular impact, or who we just think people will find interesting.

Now, that won't be controversial to a lot of people, maybe even most, but I guarantee you it will be to some. My evidence, Exhibit A, an email I got from a regular listener of couple of weeks back informing us we should stop covering fashion. Now, this email came in after a show in which we devoted maybe six minutes to a story about the rise of fashion bloggers. The rest of the program was about the kind of the stuff you often see on the front page of a newspaper - analysis of a big presidential speech, an explanation of what India Republic Day is all about, and so on.

But this listener - in a nice way - told me that six minutes was six minutes too long. So I wrote back to say fashion is a big industry and a hobby for many people, men and women. But not to be stereotypical about it, fashion is to a lot of women what sports is to many men. And as I was writing that sentence, another thought occurred to me that I also tossed into the email, which is that we actually talk about sports quite often on this program, and I've never once had a woman write to me to complain about that. Wonder why that is, I wrote. You know what he wrote back to me? Sports is interesting. Fashion isn't.

Well, can I just tell you - some of us beg to differ, which is why we talked about fashion again today. Sorry, friend. But what he was really saying was in it that what he thinks is interesting the world should think is interesting. And to really go there, isn't he saying that what men think is important is important and what women think is important just, well, isn't?

Now, I certainly like and respect men. I'm married to one. I gave birth to someone who's going to be a man some day, and I would not for a minute pretend that the fashion versus sport smackdown is on par with honor killings, bride burning, rape as a tool of war, global sex trafficking, some of which we are going to hear about this month.

Not to mention ongoing issues of wage inequality and the fact that countries like Rwanda have a greater percentage of women in their legislative bodies then we do. All of those are ways that women and girls are deprived of the opportunity to fulfill their destiny as human beings. But what that good-natured but very pointed comment does say, I think, is that too many people, even nice people, really still assume that the kinds of things men do are all that really matter, and they don't think that what women want, like and think about matters very much.

Now, that's not to say that all women agree, because remember, this is the same country that produced both Sarah Palin and Nancy Pelosi, Condoleezza Rice and Maxine Waters, Gloria Steinem and Phyllis Schlafly, to name just a few. Women do not speak with one voice, but we shouldn't have to fight about whether we can talk about what they we - want to talk about and respectfully request that other people listen.

This month we will be speaking with women who have changed and are changing the way we think about poverty, the media, politics, the arts. And who knows, we might throw in a word or two about sports. Stay tuned.

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MARTIN: I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News.

Let's talk more tomorrow.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Virgin Blood

Posted a couple of our songs over on SoundCloud. We have been reworking a lot of our music so I am really excited to play next week.

All My by virginblood

Thursday, February 17, 2011



Gearing up for a LONG weekend of shows and partying. Oh, life is so hard.

If you are around

At 3634 N Albina Ave.

Friday 2/18 No Thoughts Zine Release W/HOT VICTORY, BROTMAN AND SHORT, and PRIMARY COLORS at East End

Saturday 2/19 Heading over to Reed to see FOOTWORK, WEED, TOTAL BROS and IOA

and hopefully doing a double to check out


Phew! Staying Focused.

Monday, February 14, 2011


So, I have been trying to make podcasts every week. But, this time of year is just kind of weird for me. I didn't want to ramble on and on about nothing. Instead, I just made a Valentine's mix! Also, I have the mix I made last year. Double the fun! Enjoy.


VDAY MIX 2011 by blacksummer

How Can I Hide it From My Heart Maxine Darren
Words of Love Buddy Holly
All I Want Is You Roxy Music
My Love for You (Has Turned to Hate) Hank Williams
Ever Fallen in Love? Buzzcocks
True Love Herman Griffin
That's When Your Heartaches Begin James Chance
(Do I Figure) In Your Life The Honeybus
Shoes Bobby Bland
Can't Help Falling In Love Dead Moon
Love Is Here Today And Gone Tomorrow The Mad Lads
I'm Not Angry Elvis Costello
Just Once Too Often The Light Crust Doughboys


VDAY MIX 2010 by blacksummer

Sebastienne Sex Gang Children
Another Song Swell Maps
Dot Dash Wire
Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me The Smiths
Dismembered KUKL
5 Minutes Absolute Body Control
For Ex-Lovers Only Black Tambourine
Angst In My Pants Sparks
Orphans Teenage Jesus & The Jerks
For Whom the Bells Toll Fad Gadget
Still Walking Throbbing Gristle
She's In Parties Bauhaus
I'm Dying Obscure By Degrees
Never Going Back Again Fleetwood Mac

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Juliette Binoche and dreamy music

Blouse // Into Black from Wooden Lens on Vimeo.

Song that's been dreamily on repeat in my mind today. Agreed, it's the gloomy weather. But I can never feel bummed when I am looking at Juliette Binoche (serious babe). The effects on this video are fantastic-amazing, fireworks, duh!

Song of the Day!

I have this song from Peaking Lights new album, 936, on repeat. Maybe it is the gloomy weather? It just fits perfectly.

Peaking Lights/Key Sparrow

Late Night Videos

Alice Bags KILLS it. Probably my favorite Dangerhouse band. But, it definitely depends on what mood I am in. The Dils! The Weirdos! X! So many amazing bands to choose from. I will always have a soft spot for L.A. punk.

The first time I heard her voice I was going on a camping trip, as a kid, with my mom and sister. She sounded so tough. I remember singing Fujiyama Mama in the shower for months. Hey Wanda, thanks for helping me realize how badass I could be!

Nancy, please teach me how to shred.

I could watch this video on repeat. Mona is so intense and her facial expressions are perfect. I wish I could have seen them play because every live video I come across is amazing. Side Note: I wish a warehouse space like that existed!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Inspiration: Andrea Zittel

Andrea Zittel is a mixed media artist dealing in fashion, painting, and oddly, architecture. She makes utilitarian and beautiful pieces that express a want for a stream-lined independence.

                          Single Strand Uniforms, crocheted each season for the following season

Raugh Uniforms, felted for specific activities

"Sprawl" Gouache

"Radiating Arenas of Enhancement" Gouache

"Pocket Property" fully functioning floating island off the coast of Europe

Bantam Breeding Project

                                                        Her website
                                                      Art21 Interview

Inspiration: Rei Kawakubo

Rei Kawakubo studied fine arts and literature in Tokyo and founded her own company, Comme Des Garcons, in 1973. Her views on fashion, business and art are intriguing and refreshing.





“Any person creating something wants to do better and better. I’m never satisfied. There’s no end."

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Inspiration: Yoko Ono

Body Piece
Stand in the evening light until you
become transparent or until you fall

1961 Summer

Will You Touch Me