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“Riot Grrrl” as 2011 Musical Genre

Just got a press release for this Durham band being described as “power pop / riot grrrl”: Pink Flag (named after the Wire album). You can listen to some songs here, and here’s an interview with them, in which they talk about Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls, Sleater-Kinney, and the Slits—a ’90s-Woman Q&A trifecta.

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The Auteurs’ “Junk Shop Clothes”

When I was working at SPIN magazine in 1996, I found this tape (yes, a cassette tape) on the free table and listened to it until it wore out. For some reason I didn’t take offense, even though I wore nothing but junk shop clothes.  Continue reading

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The Persecution of Rebecca Black

Rob Sheffield has already said everything funny there is to say about Rebecca Black’s “Friday.” So it’s time to look at this phenomenon from the ’90s Woman perspective, and that is:

WTF is so scary about an ambitious thirteen-year-old girl? Continue reading

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NPR Calls Us Women Music Writers to Read

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Hey Kara, check it out. We are on this fancy list of 10 female music writers to read now! I’m going to go bookmark everyone else on it now…

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    Four More ’90s Albums I Used to Listen To Instead of Ani DiFranco

    We’ve talked some, Kara, about boy vs. girl music in the ’90s. Your Lilith Fair experience got me thinking about how I was mostly oblivious of that whole world, and so don’t have the same womyn-music nostalgia. My zines were feminist, but until I was in my twenties, my cassette mix tapes were all sad boy songs, all the time. I got all nostalgic a while back over Pavement and the Gin Blossoms, and here are some more!

    Eric’s Trip, Love Tara (1993) Continue reading

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    Is the Rihanna-Eminem Video Pre- or Post-’90s Feminist Awakening?

    Feministing is not feeling the Rihanna-Eminem song “Love the Way You Lie,” which is #1 on Billboard right now. Nor is Broadsheet. A tween feminist I’m friends with on Facebook posted about how pissed off she was that Eminem got to sing on the radio about tying a woman to the bed and setting her on fire and I was like, she is totally right.

    Now I don’t know, though. The video is starting to make me think there’s more going on here. Rihanna (post-Chris Brown attack and subsequent awesome interviews about domestic violence) and Eminem (post-songs about throwing the mother of his child into a trunk and subsequent awesome interviews about how gay marriage should be legal) stand outside a burning house contemplating this hot couple (Megan Fox!) trapped in a cycle of violence. Continue reading

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    L7’s Pretend We’re Dead

    Thank you for the Lilith report! I agree that it is not very ’90s to charge for condoms. Neal just sent us this video. He was super into L7 and Seven Year Bitch. Have I mentioned before that my husband was a better 90s Woman than me? Anyway, I probably would have liked them if I had known about them, but I did not because I was too busy chain-smoking and listening to Pavement and reading zines and sleeping around. This video is fun and I especially like that she gets a little naked at the end. End-of-song falling-apart and nudity? ’90s Woman City.

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