Tag: Picks From Planet Venus

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    IWD In Your Ears

    March 8th, 2010     by Anna Leventhal     Comments

    As members of CKUT’s feminist radio collective, my Venus co-hosts and I were asked to program a special set today on the show New Shit for International Women’s Day, on women musicians we love and who’ve inspired us. We ended up having a great time just playing records and chatting about women we admire, so I thought I’d post a link so you can hear the songs and stories we’ve been throwing down. Click here … READ MORE

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    Happy Birthday, Patti Smith!

    December 30th, 2009     by Anna Leventhal     Comments

    Happy New Years, everyone! I’ll never forget seeing the punk legend play at the annual New Year’s 24-hour poetry/performance marathon at a church on the Lower East Side, after taking her acoustic guitar out of the black garbage bag she was carrying it in. … READ MORE

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    Holiday Treat

    December 25th, 2009     by Anna Leventhal     Comments

    Nothing says partytime to me like The Raincoats. Enjoy, everyone! … READ MORE

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    Pop Goes The City

    September 28th, 2009     by Anna Leventhal     Comments

    My hometown is all abuzz with excitement for the upcoming Pop Montreal music festival, and I’m happy to say that with a lineup of some of the most impressive female performers around, it gets the Venus seal of approval. Full schedule is available on the website, but I’m giving some of my top recommendations here - check the website for times and locations. One cool thing is that if you can’t afford the … READ MORE

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    Blonde Redheads Have More Fun

    September 3rd, 2009     by Anna Leventhal     Comments

    I’ve always really liked Blonde Redhead, but after I saw them live a few years ago I stopped trusting them. They’re just way too attractive to be authentic. It’s like I can picture the boardroom meeting that came up with that scenario: “Okay, we need a really hot female singer, and a hot guy backing her up on guitar… no, make that two hot guys… no, wait, let’s make them TWINS! Jackpot!” Anyway, my … READ MORE

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    Greenwich Good Time

    August 27th, 2009     by Anna Leventhal     Comments

    Today’s post is on Ellie Greenwich, the songwriter who was behind some of the biggest girl group hits of the 1960s, including Be My Baby (The Ronettes) and Leader of the Pack (The Shangri-Las). Greenwich passed away yesterday at the age of 68, but she’s left behind a huge legacy of rock solid tunes that have shaped the way pop music is made. She was also a female pioneer, one of the few women to … READ MORE

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    Are We Not MEN?

    June 18th, 2009     by Anna Leventhal     Comments

    Q: When does a feminist blog concern itself with men? A: When we’re talking about New York City’s MEN, a band made of JD Samson (of Le Tigre and moustache fame), Ginger Brooks Takahashi (who’s also appeared in The Ballet and the wonderful Black Mountain Music Project, with Mirah), Michael O’Neill and other special guests. MEN make sounds in the proud queerio dance music tradition of Lesbians on Ecstasy, The Ssion, and Tracy … READ MORE

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    Girls Rock, Better Believe

    June 12th, 2009     by Anna Leventhal     Comments

    Why should Portland have all the fun? This August Montreal is hosting its first ever Rock Camp For Girls, a five-day camp where girls learn to play an instrument, form a band, and finish up by playing a show for their hysterical, screaming, panty-tossing fans. From the organizers: Rock Camp is a space where girls discover and express their talents, and become leaders in creating their own kind of cultural production through music. Female musicians … READ MORE

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    Case In Point

    April 10th, 2009     by Anna Leventhal     Comments

    I am big sucker for animation. And when it comes with Neko Case, well, say no more, I’m sold. Neko is a woman after my own heart - besides being an incredibly talented musician, she is always quick to give props to her influences, especially women who have inspired her. She’s also hil-freakin-larious in interview - I highly suggest checking out some of the archives on her website to hear about how what we call … READ MORE

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    I’m Your (picks from planet) Venus

    March 28th, 2009     by Anna Leventhal     Comments

    Whew! I’m still spent from last week’s rant on community radio. While I gather my energies for the next round, please enjoy this “music video” from Dutch band The Shocking Blue. I really appreciate that period in musical history (the 60s?) when someone had the idea of recording and broadcasting bands, but the whole thing was so new that you mostly just got a lot of awkward standing around in random locales … READ MORE

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    Radio Radio

    March 21st, 2009     by Anna Leventhal     Comments

    I have something a little bit unusual to share this week - instead of a music pick, I am putting forth what some may call A Rant. Nicole’s post about the situation at CKLN has got me thinking about community radio. It’s still not totally clear to me exactly what’s going on at the Ryerson station, but what is obvious not just there but everywhere is that the relevance of community radio … READ MORE

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    Sisters in the Struggle Part II

    March 11th, 2009     by Anna Leventhal     Comments

    Very pleased that the mighty Sister Suvi will be launching long-awaited full-length album Now I Am Champion at the end of the month. Basically because I think anything Merrill Garbus (aka Tune-Yards, who I profiled waaaaay back when) touches turns to diamonds. But not blood diamonds. Maybe more like crystals - perfectly formed crystals you find in a cave somewhere that seem like they ought to have been manufactured by elves wearing … READ MORE

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    Queer Ass Folk

    February 22nd, 2009     by Anna Leventhal     Comments

    When a bunch of Argentinian and Mexican women from various queercore and feminist punk bands decide to get together to form a supergroup sensation, you know the results will be a force to be reckoned with. What you maybe didn’t see coming were the Madonna covers. But that’s what’s so sweet about the Kumbia Queers - they combine the fearlessness and energy of punk rock with the infectious bubbliciousness of pop music. Oh, and they’re … READ MORE

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    Partridge Poems

    February 13th, 2009     by Anna Leventhal     Comments

    Montreal-based spoken word artist Taqralik Partridge has been keeping busy. This Sunday the 15th she’s going to be featured on CBC Radio 2’s concert series Next!: Canada’s Music Future, so tune in at 8 PM to experience her husky, rhythmic poem-performance. Partridge is a writer and performer of Inuit and Scottish descent. But instead of choosing between differing realities - Indigenous and white, Up North and Down South, big open spaces and cramped bustling skylines … READ MORE

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    Hey yeah, I wanna… study black history?

    February 5th, 2009     by Anna Leventhal     Comments

    So, I don’t know if y’all noticed this or not, but Barack Obama is president of the USA. This, for many reasons, is cause for celebration. But while it is very exciting and thrilling and hopeful to have a person of colour holding the highest office in the United States (some would say the world, but that’s a little America-centric, don’t you think?), there is occasionally a slightly disturbing undertone to all the … READ MORE

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    Prey For Us

    January 24th, 2009     by Anna Leventhal     Comments

    For everyone who occasionally needs to slam their sweaty body into a bunch of other sweaty bodies in order to remind themselves they’re still alive, and then afterwards wants to eat hummous and chips and talk about their favourite Kate Bush song; for every girl who met her best friend at a hardcore show after all her guy friends told her she wouldn’t have a good time; for everyone who doesn’t know the difference between … READ MORE

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    Duchess Say What?

    January 16th, 2009     by Anna Leventhal     Comments

    Duchess Says, whose first full-length album I chose as one of my favourite releases from 2008, have put out an awesome video of their song Tenen Non Neue for Mange Ta Ville, a web-based television show about arts and culture in Montreal (Mange Ta Ville means “eat your city” - it sounds snappier in French. Really). They set up their instruments at the St. Michel flea market in east-end Montreal and quite likely … READ MORE

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    Gold Standard 2009

    January 9th, 2009     by Anna Leventhal     Comments

    Santogold is the nickname of Santi White, a Brooklyn-based singer and songwriter who released her first self-titled album in 2008. For a while she was being hailed as “the new M.I.A.” which I think is now the officially recognized term for “brown girl who isn’t doing rap or R&B”. Okay, she’s a bit like the British musician with Sri Lankan roots and mad style, but she’s even more like, well, Santogold. White herself addresses … READ MORE

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    O Superwoman

    January 3rd, 2009     by Anna Leventhal     Comments

    My New Year’s resolution, I’ve just decided, is to be more like Laurie Anderson. But I’m not sure what I mean by that. Do I mean: 1) Be in complete and total control of my creative output; incorporate everything I know and everything I possess in pursuit of what I want to express? 2) Be innovative to an absurd degree; if what I need doesn’t exist yet, invent it? (Anderson invented at least two unique … READ MORE

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    Venus Picks for 2008

    December 30th, 2008     by Anna Leventhal     Comments

    Tiina, you’ve inspired me. I was going to write something mopey about how this time of year makes me feel like a sailboat caught in the doldrums, no wind in sight (though come to think of it, when is wind ever in sight? Whoaaa), facing the prospect of a long and dreary paddle, and how all I can bear to listen to is stoner drone from Baltimore. But then I read your Top … READ MORE

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