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That Time Of The Month (Mikela)

September 21, 2012

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Alison. Michelle. Gloria. Sara. In addition to being names we’ve all seen plastered across the class rosters over the years, these names are all immortalized in song by the men who loved (or hated) them. The legendary ladies that liner notes are made of.

Heck, even men have gotten a few great homages over the years (I’m looking at you, Dave Coulier). But that’s a playlist for a different time. Among the ditties dedicated to women over the years, there are several that stand out as absolute winners in my book. Some shout out the smiles (Hall and Oates), some the can’t-fight-this-feeling-anymore laments (The Smiths), some the sex (James), and one even details an emergency room trip (Jens Lekman).

In this month’s lady dude playlist, I’m hand-picking some of my favorite emotionally-charged guy on girl action. So crack open some wine coolers and get some tissues ready, because by the end of this mix, you may just be convinced that you’re going to die alone. Don’t blame me. Blame popular music.

:James – Laid:
:Jens Lekman – Your Arms Around Me:
:Hall and Oates – Sara Smile:
:The Smiths – There Is A Light That Never Goes Out:
:Devendra Banhart – Lover:
:Neutral Milk Hotel – Naomi:
:Ryan Adams – Nobody Girl:
:Teenage Fanclub – The Concept:
:The Airborne Toxic Event – The Book Of Love (Live):
:Ben Folds – Emaline:
:Big Star – Thirteen:
:The Beatles – Michelle:
:Elvis Costello – Alison:
:Randy Newman – Love Story (You And Me):
:Donnie and Joe Emerson – Baby:
:Alexi Murdoch – Song For You:
:Elliot Smith – Say Yes:
:Bright Eyes – First Day Of My Life:

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That Time Of The Month (Mikela)

August 17, 2012

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We make less money, we have to wear high heels, and we’re all too familiar with the concepts of “with applicator,” and “without.” So why shouldn’t women get to celebrate some great music created by some of our own? I can almost hear the eyes rolling from here, but bear with me. Of the iconic albums that many laud as the “best of the best,” a scant few feature ladies. Sure, we’ve got Patti Smith, Stevie Nicks, Blondie, Janis, et al. And Joni Mitchell’s Blue is inarguably unforgettable. But let’s be real here – lady music sometimes gets overlooked, and I’m pissed.

So I’ll show up to bring you a monthly “lady dude” playlist – my attempt to highlight the fairer sex, and even the men who love them. This month, I’m bringing you the It Girls – the ladies that I listen to when I want to reinvigorate my feminine spirit. Or something that doesn’t sound like it came from a Tampax commercial.

There are a handful of indie gal standbys (Neko Case, Aimee Mann, Fiona Apple, Cat Power โ€“ all of whom have albums that appear in my top 20); A slew of new staples (Dum Dum Girls, St. Vincent, Sharon Van Etten, La Sera); and even a few of music’s most angst-laden ladies (Sleater-Kinney, Liz Phair, PJ Harvey).

So pour yourself a glass of Chardonnay, start channeling Lena Dunham, and put on your most comfortable yoga pants, because it’s about to get girly, y’all.

:Cat Power – He War:
:Jacqueline Taieb – 7 Heures Du Matin:
:Sleater Kinney – Hot Rock:
:Liz Phair – Fuck And Run:
:PJ Harvey – The Last Living Rose:
:La Sera – It’s Over Now:
:Fiona Apple – On The Bound:
:Santigold – I’m A Lady (Featuring Andrew Trouble):
:Dum Dum Girls – Coming Down:
:St Vincent – Cheerleader:
:Sharon Van Etten – Serpents:
:Aimee Mann – Red Vines:
:Neko Case – I Wish I Was The Moon:

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