Entries tagged with: Bikini Kill
by Bill Pearis
The Casual Dots were a supergroup of sorts consisting of singer-guitarist Christina Billotte (Slant 6/ Quix*o*tic), guitarist Kathi Wilcox (Bikini Kill) and drummer Steve Dore (Deep Lust). Despite the punk background, The Casual Dots were more early-'80s shambly/twee postpunk in sound, with Billotte's vocals taking on a sweet, winsome quality. They only made one album -- 2004's self-titled for Kill Rock Stars -- and you can stream the whole thing below.
The wheels are turning again in The Casual Dots' camp, and they're playing a few East Coast shows this month, including Brooklyn's Union Pool on January 17 with Molly Schnick and No Motion. Tickets are on sale now. Before that, the'll play Washington, DC and Baltimore. All dates are listed below.
As mentioned, Bikini Kill are reissuing their original 1991 demo cassette, Revolution Girl Style Now, on vinyl for the first time, which comes with three previously unreleased songs. Fugazi's Guy Picciotto mixed and John Golden mastered the reissue, which is out next week. You can stream the whole thing now, however, below.
photo: Kathleen Hanna w/ The Julie Ruin at 2015 P4k Fest (more by James Richards IV)
Bikini Kill already shared one previously unreleased song, "Playground," from their upcoming Revolution Girl Style Now reissue, and here's another. Here's what Kathleen Hanna tells the NY Times about it:
"Ocean Song," too, was directly inspired by the feminist issues with which Hanna was grappling at the time. She had been working at SafePlace, a shelter for survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse in Olympia, Wash., and had begun to feel overwhelmed by the stories she was hearing -- and by how hard it was to make anyone outside the community listen to them. "I felt crazy, I felt like I'd been dropped in the middle of the ocean, and I was screaming, 'Look at all this stuff that's happening,' and was just making dolphin noises, nobody could hear me," she recalls. Two and a half decades (and three bands) later, Hanna's voice regularly reaches tens of thousands of people, but she hasn't abandoned those initial causes: just a few weeks ago, her current band, the Julie Ruin, flew to Olympia to play a gala benefit for SafePlace. "It was so thrilling and kind of full-circle for me to go back there, especially at the same time as the demo tape's coming out," she says. "It just felt really right."Listen below...
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Kathleen Hanna w/ The Julie Ruin at P4k 2015 (more by James Richards IV)
As previously mentioned, Bikini Kill are giving the first-ever vinyl/CD release to their 1991 demo tape, Revolution Girl Style Now, and it comes with three previously unreleased songs. One is the sludgy/grungy "Playground," which you can listen to below. It debuted via Rolling Stone, who also interviewed the band:
I was actually thinking that when I was listening to the new songs -- there's definitely a grungey vibe to them.You can read the rest of the interview here and listen to the song below...
[Kathi] Wilcox: Yeah, "Ocean Song" is kind of dirgey. We were definitely listening to the bands that were happening then. I'm sure we were internalizing that to some degree.
[Kathleen] Hanna: That's why I think it was cool to put those on. For me, the more I listened to it, I started remembering that, like, I was also listening to Tad [laughs].
Wilcox: But, like, the first Nirvana record is pretty dirgey. Bleach is pretty dirgey.
Hanna: Actually, the cassette was recorded primarily... [Nirvana] had all these cassettes, and the record company or whoever was putting it out accidentally put the same songs on both sides, and they couldn't use [the tapes]. And they gave us this bag of used cassettes, so we taped over them, and then we just put a cassette label over it to hide the "Nirvana" bit. If anyone has an original one, they can peel that off and they'll see it. And also you can actually hear, because our music will stop first, and then you can hear the end of "Negative Creep," or whatever.
The original 'Revolution Girl Style Now' cassette insert
Pacific Northwest feminist punks Bikini Kill's first release, a 1991 demo cassette titled Revolution Girl Style Now, is getting its first ever vinyl and CD pressing on September 22 via Bikini Kill Records. In addition to the eight songs that were on the original tape, the reissue comes with three previously unreleased songs -- "Ocean Song", "Just Once", and "Playground" (the latter of which is only partial as the they ran out of tape when recording it). The reissue was mixed by Fugazi's Guy Picciotto and mastered by John Golden.
Pre-orders are available now and there will also be a limited edition replica version of the demo cassette available by mail order only. They've made a trailer for the album that features footage from Bikini Kill's first-ever show in Olympia, Washington. Watch that below.
Meanwhile, Kathleen Hanna's current band, The Julie Ruin, will play Bard Summmerscape in the Spiegeltent on Saturday (8/1) which is sold out. They're also playing Burger A-Go-Go 2 in Santa Ana, CA in September. All Julie Ruin dates are listed below.
"There was a certain amount of science to it. An entire week of work experience students left the office thinking that cutting-edge music journalism in 2014 mostly involves calculating which bands have been mentioned most in NME in the past two years, then hunting out references to the bands that influenced those acts online and finally adding up the number of times each influence came up. This gave us a rough list which our editorial team - heads swimming with all of the bands that Wolf Alice (or whoever) have raved on about over 4am ciders - then took to the pub, tore into shreds, fought and shouted about and finally reconstructed in the rundown of 100 you see in the mag today. The Beatles didn't make it. Sorry." [NME[NME went ahead and listed who they think the 100 most influential musicians and bands are (their latest cover story). Radiohead topped the list. Read the rest with justifications at NME, or just look at their full list below...
Zola Jesus recently announced that her new album Taiga would be out on October 7 via her new label home of Mute, and she's since scheduled a tour to go down after its release. That tour includes a short US run which culminates in NYC on October 19 at Webster Hall and then heads overseas for several European dates. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Friday (7/18) at 10 AM. All dates are listed below.
In other news, Zola Jesus recently spoke to Vogue about how Bikini Kill helped shape her coming-of-age experience:
I played [my best friend] one of my favorite Bikini Kill songs called "Carnival." As I played it, she laughed awkwardly and became embarrassed and a little shocked. After that day, we never hung out again. All of my friends I had in sixth grade quickly dissipated. I found myself totally isolated and girl-bullied from the kids I used to think were my greatest allies. It was at that moment I felt different. Something about what I liked, or how I thought, was ostracizing me from that insular micro-community of friends I had known up until then.Zola Jesus also revealed the artwork (above) and tracklist (below) for her upcoming LP. List of tour dates, with the single from her new LP, also below...
I don't blame my old best friend for her reaction, or all the alienation that ensued. In fact, I am proud that it made me stronger. I found friends in Bikini Kill, Huggy Bear, Bratmobile, and Tracy + the Plastics. To this day, every time I hear "Carnival" by Bikini Kill, I think of the person it allowed me to become. Bikini Kill made me independent, strong-minded, and self-driven. They made me aware of a greater world outside of my tiny little town in rural Wisconsin. Most importantly, they made me want to create something that empowered girls as much as they empowered me.
by Fred Pessaro
The Julie Ruin, Body/Head @ Saint Vitus, 6/13/2013
Pitchfork's first of two Northside showcases happened last night (6/13) and became perhaps the hottest Northside ticket of the week with the late addition of The Julie Ruin (featuring Kathleen Hanna as well as Bikini Kill bassist Kathi Wilcox), to the already hefty headliner of Kim Gordon's Body/Head. The Julie Ruin, who've existed since 2010, just announced their debut album and this was only their second show ever. Also on the bill: a crooning set from Majical Cloudz and industrial noise from Foreplay (mem Warthog, ex-The Men). Pictures from the show are in this post.
More pictures from Saint Vitus, including The Julie Ruin's setlist, are below
by Andrew Sacher
DOWNLOAD: The Julie Ruin - "Oh Come On" (MP3)
As mentioned, in December 2010 Kathleen Hanna debuted her new band, The Julie Ruin (named after Kathleen's 1997 solo album, Julie Ruin) at the Kathleen Hanna tribute that took place at Knitting Factory Brooklyn. Then, in December 2012, The Julie Ruin revealed their first song, "Girls Like Us," and now they've finally announced that their debut album will come out this year. The album is called Run Fast and it's due out on September 3 via The Julie Ruin's own TJR Records (distributed by Dischord). In addition to Kathleen, the band's lineup includes her Bikini Kill bandmate Kathi Wilcox, Kenny Mellman (of the duo Kiki and Herb with Justin Bond), Carmine Covelli, and Sara Landaeu (who teaches at NYC's Girls Rock Camp). The album artwork is below.
"Girls Like Us" will appear on the album, as will the new single, "Oh Come On." "Oh Come On" hearkens more back to Kathleen's Bikini Kill days than her time in the dance-punk group Le Tigre, which is very welcome considering the excitement behind the recent Bikini Kill reissue and just the general obsession with the '90s that's been going on (PS: you can stream most of Bikini Kill's discography at their bandcamp). Kathleen sounds hungry as ever on the track, screaming through a filter of distortion as her bandmates provide not-distorted girl-group-style backing vocals and a killer guitar riff running through the track. Download "Oh Come On" for free above or stream it below.
The Julie Ruin are set to play their second live show ever (following that Knitting Factory show in 2010) at the Pitchfork showcase at this year's Northside Festival which happens at Saint Vitus on Thursday (6/13). They'll join the previously discussed lineup of Majical Cloudz, Body/Head (aka Kim Gordon and Bill Nace), and Foreplay. That show is sold out, but if you get there early, you can still try to get in with your Northside badge. Updated show flyer below.
by Bill Pearis
As previously mentioned, Friday (9/16) at the Warsaw is the first date of a short tour for classic postpunk band The Raincoats who just reissued their seminal 1980 album Oddyshape on vinyl. I wrote this a while back:
With odd instrumentation, unconventional songwriting and a generally itchy, discordant vibe, the London group's three original albums (1979's self-titled debut , 1981's Odyshape, 1984's Moving) were mildly successful on the UK indie charts but proved highly influential. (Their records have aged exceptionally well.) Kurt Cobain was a huge fan, and actually got his label DGC to reissue the Raincoats' albums and convinced the band to reform and open for Nirvana on a 1994 UK tour, though he would die a week before it was to start. But the reformation proved creatively successful, and Raincoats recorded a third album, Looking in the Shadows, in 1996. They've stayed sporadically active ever since.Openers on this tour are San Francisco's Grass Widow who are definitely direct descendants of The Raincoats style and sound. Their new single "Milo Minute" is a little more straightforward than anything we've released in a while, I like it a lot. The video, filmed at Boston's Franklin Park Zoo, is below.
Tobi Vail (Bikini Kill, Frumpies) and Amy Yao (Emily's Sassy Lime) are both also DJing the Brooklyn show. All dates below too...
Kathleen Hanna at Planned Parenthood rally in February (more by Chris La Putt)
Feminist artist and filmmaker Lynn Hershman-Leeson's documentary !Women Art Revolution made its theatrical debut at Manhattan's IFC Center on June 1. The film is still screening every day at 4:25 PM through June 16. The film features a score by Carrie Brownstein (Sleater-Kinney, Wild Flag), an appearance by Yoko Ono and much more. Get your tickets for the remaining days (and go see Wild Flag at Williamsburg Waterfront).
The movie is one example of how "the Riot Grrrl movement still inspires", as NY Times puts it. The article talks about the Kathleen Hanna tribute show that took place at Knitting Factory this past December and discusses the effect the movement has had on today's indie rock scene. Amanda Warner of MNDR said, "I remember it being weird if you saw a girl in a band, and now it's not weird at all, it's just totally normal."
That Knitting Factory show in December not only served as a tribute to Kathleen Hanna, but also the debut of her new band The Julie Ruin. The project formed as a revival of her late '90s solo project Julie Ruin, the moniker under which she recorded one album of the same name in 1998. The new band also features Bikini Kill bandmate Kathi Wilcox and Kenny Mellman, Justin Bond's sidekick in Kiki and Herb. They are currently working on a debut full length. Details on the album are limited but Kathleen posted pictures from an overdub and mixing session for the album back in May.
A Le Tigre documentary titled Who Took the Bomp? Le Tigre on Tour (pictured above) chronicles the band's 2004 tour and is out now. You can purchase it on Amazon. Last week there was a screening at at Maysles Institute in Harlem which was accompanied by a Q&A with director Kerthy Fix and Le Tigre member Johanna Fateman. Joly was there and taped all 45 minutes of it. If you missed it, check out the Punkcast video below. AND, they do it again on June 26th at the Ace Hotel, complete with Johanna Fateman, Kerthy Fix, AND Kathleen Hanna for the Q&A. All screening dates are listed below.
Kathleen Hanna recently spoke to Spinner, to promote the movie and stuff, and they asked her about Odd Future:
Spinner: Have you been paying attention to the controversy with Odd Future and their homophobic, misogynistic lyrics?CNN also recently spoke to Kathleen who discussed Katy Perry in that one.
Kathleen: No, not really. They don't seem that interesting to me.
Spinner: Sara Quin just spoke out against them and it created a bit of a media storm.
Kathleen: I feel like, if you don't want to listen to them, don't listen to them. If you do want to listen to them, do listen to them. I couldn't really comment about on exactly what their lyrics are about, because I haven't gotten that deep into it. But if people are writing lyrics that piss you off, hurt your feelings and make you feel like s---, don't listen to it. I don't think the best idea is to have a boycott. Just don't talk about them and they'll go away. The more you talk about them, the more attention they get. Tegan and Sara fans probably wouldn't even know this band existed if they weren't talking about them. I find the whole conversation kind of boring. There are so many great artists that are doing interesting things, that I don't want to focus on boring people.
Odd Future's lesbian member Syd tha Kyd, who famously responded to criticism that she associates with a sexist group by saying, "That's what I do. I slap bitches", is DJing at PS1 'Warm Up' on July 23. Gang Gang Dance also DJ and Laurel Halo, Miracles Club, and Lunice play live sets on the same date. No word on if any other members of Odd Future will be in town at the time.
Film trailers, dates and a mash-up of Tyler, the Creator's "Yonkers" and Tegan & Sara's "Call It Off" by The Jane Doze, below...
Kathleen Hanna with Bikini Kill in the 90s
Kathleen Hannah will be celebrated on December 11th at Knitting Factory in Brooklyn, as a host of bands she has influenced will team up to perform songs from across her career. The show is a benefit for a forthcoming documentary on the Bikini Kill/Le Tigre member:
Kathleen is currently the subject of a documentary tentatively titled The Kathleen Hanna Project, a.k.a. Who Told You Christmas Wasn't Cool?, directed by Sister Spit alumni, Sini Anderson. ...The documentary explores exactly what makes people react so strongly to Kathleen Hanna's work... her personal motives and perspective on the scene she's been a part of for 20 years, "there's also a lot of context: the history, the musicians, the other people who were part of that movement." The film is also about perseverance in the face of personal attacks, even from those within one's own marginalized community. "Kathleen took an enormous amount of shit. She ate a lot of dirt along the way." And Anderson wants to know, "when people are so busy trying to take you down, how do you keep on creating?" -[The Feminist Guide To Hollywood]Sini Anderson will also be filming the show for the documentary. Tickets are on sale.
Bands playing include Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon, Kaia Wilson, MEN (aka JD Samson of Le Tigre's new band), Bridget Everett, Care Bears on Fire, Hilly Eye, She Murders (featuring Kim Gordon's daughter Coco), Toshi Reagon, Making Friendz, Christy & Emily, and many many others including video performances by Caroline Polachek (Chairlift) and a dance performance by Emily Wexler. Full lineup is below.
Kathleen Hanna DJed the sold-out Raincoats show at MoMa on 11/20. Some videos below...
The documentary film THE GITS has been confirmed for theatrical release on July 7 [today], the 15th memorial anniversary of death of lead singer Mia Zapata. For all you unfamiliar with the band of the same name, this is the story of the Seattle punk band led by lead singer Mia Zapata who was senselessly murdered with the band on the brink of breaking.The movie is playing at Pioneer Theater. This party is happening tonight:
While this is indeed a tragic story, THE GITS is a truly moving and loving documentary that is also uplifting and hopeful even after many years Zapata's death was thought to be unsolvable. This July, THE GITS will receive national theatrical screenings in selected cities throughout the US and Canada along with a DVD release around the same time.
THE GITS MOVIE OFFICIAL NYC PREMIERE PARTYTickets are still on sale. Movie trailers below...
Monday, Jul 07, 2008 9:00 PM EDT (9:00 PM Doors) at The Delancey
THE GITS MOVIE OFFICIAL NYC PREMIERE PARTY AND VIGIL with Special guests KATHLEEN HANNA (Bikini Kill/Le Tigre), ALLISON WOLFE (Bratmobile) and featuring the RRRIOT! Girl Tribute show and Bands : GRRRL FRIEND , SWEAR ON YOUR LIFE , DORMITORY EFFECT , CHERI LOVE AFFAIR and special guest DJ DARIO SPEEDWAGON