Entries tagged with: Bikini Kill
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