Thursday, 29 December 2011

This Week's Playlists..

End of year show-being aired this week

Wild Flag - Romance

Ten Tigers - Any Love is Good Love

MEN-Who Am I To Feel So Free

The Mummers - Call Me A Rainbow

Devilish Presley - Hammer Horror Glamour

Robots In Disguise - I'm Hit

Candy Panic Attack - What's He Got That I Haven't?

Death of the Elephant - 2N2222

Lady Earl and the Greys-- Heathen

We Rock Like Girls Don't – Something out of nothing

Amanda Palmer - Astronaunt

Saint Jude - Garden Of Eden

Ut - Wailhouse

Gaggle - I Hear Flies


Le Monnier - Con Amor Siempre

Fight Like Apes - Jenny Kelly

The Slits - Newtown

PJ Harvey- Let England Shake

X Ray Spex - Oh Bondage Up Yours!

Bleech - Dancing Without You

Sassy!!! - Honey Bee

The Brownies - Cougar

The Fervour- Crazy For The Feeling

Carol Bui- MiraYou're Free With Me

Kate Crash - Generation of the Bored

The Coathangers - Hurricane

Secret Rivals - These Are The Only Obstacles

Riot Grrrl Anti Christmas Special (on Mixcloud for your pleasure)

Bikini Kill - Rebel Girl The Slits - Newtown X Ray Spex - Oh Bondage Up Yours! The Runaways - Cherry Bomb Siouxsie & The Banshees - Spellbound Bikini Kill - New Radio Bratmobile - Girl Germs Heavens To Betsy - Donating My Body To Science Babes In Toyland - Blood Sleater-Kinney - One Beat Bikini Kill - Don'T Need You Le Tigre - Deceptacon Julie Ruin - Radical Or Pro-Parental MEN- Off Our Backs Wild Flag - Romance Daisy Chainsaw - Love Your Money The Coathangers - Hurricane Secret Rivals - These Are The Only Obstacles Death of the Elephant - Locas Candy Panic Attack - What's He Got That I Haven't? Kate Crash - Generation of the Bored Comanechi - Naked Lunachicks - Binge And Purge L7 - Wargasm Hole - Violet The Gossip - Standing In The Way Of Control Jack Off Jill - My Cat Stella Zine - Freak Faggot Pagan Holiday - RIP Baby Need - Dark Sally Scarling - Band Aid Covers The Bullet Hole

Sunday, 25 December 2011

A Riotous Christmas to you!

Imagine this wrapped up in a bow..(maybe black with little skulls on it)! this is my gift to you dear listeners..
Anti Christmas Riot Grrrl Special

Thursday, 22 December 2011

this weeks playlist

Pink - Trouble

Shocking Blue - Gonna Sing Me A Song

Madonna - Secret

Deborah Harry - Deep End

The Long Blondes - Swallow Tattoo

Peaches - Boys Wanna Be Her

Sohodolls - Prince Harry

MEN - Rip Off

Ladytron - The Lovers

Candie Payne - Hey Goodbye

New Young Pony Club - The Get Go

Portishead - Plastic

Sinead O'Connor - Nothing Compares 2 U

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts - Machismo

The Joy Formidable - Greyhounds In The Slips

Chrome Hoof - Symbolic 180

Girlschool - Take It All Away

PJ Harvey - This Wicked Tongue

Damone - On Your Speakers

Heart - Ring Them Bells

Veruca Salt - Seether

Lovely Eggs - Don't Look at me (I Don't Like it)

Art Gruppe - I Will Not Survive

Death of the Elephant - Locas

The Ting Tings - Great DJ

Kate Nash - Pumpkin Soup

Lily Allen - Knock 'Em Out

You Say Party! We Say Die! - Giant Hands

Thee Ultra Bimboos - We're Not Gonna Take It

Sunday, 18 December 2011

My Gift to my listeners

I'll have an extra bonus show for your listening pleasure this year, I'm recording a 2 hour anti christmas riot grrrl special today! The show will be uploaded to mixcloud on Christmas day and will also be broadcast on a few select stations, I'll post the times on here as soon as I have them. You can expect tracks from Bikini Kill, Bratmobile, Sleater Kinney and more, some that you'll know and some maybe you won't know! As well as hearing some influences and learning a bit about how it started and the evolution of the riot grrrl movement.
Remember you can here all of my shows anytime on mixcloud!

Saturday, 17 December 2011

this weeks playlist

Kim Wilde - Kids In America
Sneaker Pimps - 6 Underground (Nellee Hooper Remix)
Goldfrapp - Strict Machine
Le Tigre - The The Empty
Shiny Toy Guns - Le Disko
Patrice Pike - Beautiful Thing
L7 - Diet Pill
Flyleaf - I'm So Sick
Guano Apes - Electric Nights
Scarling. - Crispin Glover
The Cranberries - Linger
Janis Joplin - Kozmic Blues
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Date With The Night
The Dresden Dolls - Night Reconnaissance
Natalie Imbruglia - Glorious
Suzanne Vega - New York Is A Woman
Fleetwood Mac - Little Lies
Within Temptation - What Have You Done (ft. Keith Caputo)
Pat Benatar - Treat Me Right
The Distillers - The Hunger
Le Monnier - Hidden Faces
Earth Prayer - Hallelujah
An Experiment On A Bird In The Air Pump - 100%
The Donnas - I Didn't Like You Anyway
Kittie - Charlotte
Patti Smith - Everybody Wants To Rule The World

Sunday, 11 December 2011

New Discovery: Wild Flag

I realise I might be a bit slow with this one, but I just recently discovered Wild Flag, for some reason I had heard the name but never realised they were a female fronted band or that two members of Sleater Kinney were in the band! It was only when I interviewed We Rock Like Girls Don't and they mentioned them that I decided to look them up and fell in love with their music. They have an awesome debut album out which if you liked Sleater Kinney, you will most certainly enjoy- I've heard good things about them live as well, and I'm going to see them on 1st Feb at the Electric Ballroom so I'll be sure to write a review!
In the meantime here's some of their music:

Thursday, 8 December 2011

this weeks playlist

Toyah - I Want To Be Free

Cyndi Lauper - She Bop

Salt'n Pepa - Push It

Propaganda - The Chase

No Doubt - Hey Baby

Cansei De Ser Sexy - Alala

Imelda May - Eternity

The Creepshow - Creatures Of The Night

Liz Phair - Supernova

Comanechi - Naked

Tori Amos - Upside Down

Hole - Hit So Hard

The Raveonettes - Black Satin

Garbage - You Look So Fine

Pretty Girls Make Graves - The Number

Alisha's Attic - Outta These Clouds

Feist - How My Heart Behaves

Lunachicks - Mr. Lady

Bikini Kill - Feels Blind

Tegan & Sara - Relief Next To Me

Remi Nicole - Right Side Of Me

Obsessive Compulsive - Perfect Wreck

Edge of Paradise - Falling Down


Paramore - Born For This

HARRY - So Real

Wetdog - Zah Und Zaheet

The Pretenders - Thin Line Between Love And Hate

Gossip - Careless Whisper

Sunday, 4 December 2011

A Riot Grrrl Sunday Service

seeing I've recently wrote a piece on the re-emergence of riot grrrl for the f word (which should be up soon so look out for it...) and I'm intending to do an anti christmas riot grrrl special, let us worship at the altar of those inspire us to speak out and rock out...

Thursday, 1 December 2011

this weeks playlist

Annie Lennox - Walking On Broken Glass

Morcheeba - Shallow End

Regina Spektor - Edit

Björk - Jóga

Ladyhawke - Back Of The Van

Portishead - The Rip

Soho Dolls - trash the rental

Robots In Disguise - Argument

Sleater-Kinney - The Day I Went Away

Siouxsie & The Banshees - Arabian Knights

PJ Harvey - We Float

The Sounds - Song With A Mission

Evanescence - Like You

Alanis Morissette - Thank You

The Long Blondes - Here Comes The Serious Bit

Lacuna Coil - Daylight Dancer

Be Your Own Pet - Adventure

Thomas Tantrum - Swan Lake

Kate Nash - Merry Happy

Ministry Of Love - Life in Song

Lahannya - Adrenaline


Letters To Cleo - Come On

Blood Red Shoes - Doesn't Matter Much

Heather Nova - Ruby Red

Heart - Rock And Roll (Live)

Friday, 25 November 2011

this weeks playlist

Suzanne Vega - Solitude Standing
Amy MacDonald - A Wish For Something More
Blondie - Just Go Away
Texas - Say What You Want
- Pigtails Girls Rock 2
The Go! Team - Get It Together
Ladytron - Season Of Illusions
Santogold - Lights Out
Le Tigre- TKO
The Chalets - Sexy Mistake
Gaggle - I Hear Flies
Damone - Stabbed In The Heart
Guano Apes - Wash It Down
Queen Adreena - Sleepwalking
Bif Naked - The World Is Over
L7 - Scrap
Kittie - Flower Of Flesh And Blood
Snake River Conspiracy - Casualty
The Cardigans - Higher
Joni Mitchell - Big Yellow Taxi
Melissa Auf Der Maur - Taste You
Daisy Grenades - Dominate (Rob's Mix)
The Wendy Darlings - Enormous Pop
Metric - Handshakes
Horrorpops - Walk Like A Zombie
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Black Tongue
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts - Ridin' With James Dean
You Say Party! We Say Die! - Opportunity
The Donnas - Too Fast For Love

Sunday, 20 November 2011

Fawcett Society- Don't Turn back Time march

Another Saturday in November, and another feminist event was happening- this time organised by The Fawcett Society in light of the impact that the government's cuts have had on women- there are 27 policies that affect women and currently female unemployment is at a 23 year high. Vital services such as abortion advice services and domestic abuse shelters are having their funds cut dramatically- and they were already struggling to survive.

There was a fifties theme- everyone was encouraged to come along in fifties fancy dress of some kind- I didn't on this occasion but many of the women (and men) that were on the march did- some in pretty vintage dresses, many with a head scarf and some with aprons, brooms and rubber gloves to give that real fifties housewife look!

The march met at 12pm outside of Temple tube station and there was apparently up to 2,500 people on the march at it's peak. The march set off around 12.30pm, and I was just behind some UNISON ladies, Million Women Rise and the London Feminist Network. The march went along the Embankment, and past Downing Street before finishing at Kings Charles Street, I felt in solidarity as I marched with the people around me, getting passed a song sheet- and we joined in singing together- one song in the tune of yellow submarine- "We won't take women's services away, services away, services away.." and other songs as well as simpler chants like "They say cutback! We Say fightback!"

The march seemed to be over really quickly as we all piled down Kings Charle's street to hear the rally. The started with Anna Bird and the chief director of the Fawcett Society, who then introduced us to a wide range of people with inspiring speeches. First up was the journalist Tanya Gold, choice quote-" no Mr Cameron. We will not calm down! Equality is a right not a luxury."
next up was Estelle Hart- the NUS Women's Officer, followed by comedian Kate Smurthwaithe who focused on abortion cutbacks, and the fact that Nadine Dorries wants to change sex education to abstinence education- ONLY FOR GIRLS...Heather Wakefield from UNISON was next discussing the strike on the 30th November.

There was Vivienne Hayes, the CEO of the Women's Resource Centre who took a more radical approach to her speech saying that she thought only women should be in government..then comedian Josie Long did an amazing (and funny speech) who spoke about her experiences of sexism as a female comedian and urged all to call out sexism everytime we hear it- to challenge it even if it's your friend's dad! There was also a speech from the Southall Bank Sisters and I think some others but I can't remember who they were!

Afterwards I went away feeling like I had been part of something good, and as I waited for the tube, I spotted Josie Long who then get on the same tube as me, so I worked up the nerve to actually speak to her and tell her how much I enjoyed her speech and she was lovely, she signed an autograph for me and seemed really touched that I had been nice about her speech! She told me about a project she had been doing with UKUncut and even showed me some photos on her phone! I wish I had of said something more to her really (like tell her to check out my radio show)! but you always think of it after don't you..

Friday, 18 November 2011

this weeks playlist

Martha & The Muffins - Echo Beach

Heart - What About Love

Feist - The Park

Suzi Quatro - If You Can't Give Me Love

Shocking Blue - Shocking You

Salt-N-Pepa - Push It

Courtney Love - But Julian, I'm A Little Bit Older Than You

Patrice Pike - Ridiculous Mess

The Raveonettes - Hallucinations

Aretha Franklin - Walk On By

Sheryl Crow - Make It Go Away [Radiation Song]

Liz Phair - Never Said

The Go! Team - Friendship Update

Ut - Griller

Cat Power - Willie

Imelda May - Psycho

Wetdog - Alibi

Flyleaf - All Around Me

Paula Cole - Comin' Down

The Sibleys - I Don't Smile (If I Don't Want To)

Dirty Love - Forgive me

Bunty - Eyeless And Crawling

The Breeders - Divine Hammer

Deborah Harry - Love With A Vengeance

Daisy Chainsaw - Lovely Ugly Brutal World

Elastica - Never Here

Amanda Palmer- Idioteque

Monday, 14 November 2011


I was excited when I heard UK Feminista were holding a feminist conference in London, I made sure I could come by swapping my Saturday at work and bought a ticket as soon as I could.

FEM11 was my first ever feminist conference and certainly won't be my last!
I had to get up really early as I wanted to make sure I got there early to register (which was a good move as the event was sold out and soon after we had arrived there was a massive queue going outside the door)! The registers were set in alphabetical order by first name which caused some confusion for me as I paid with Paypal which is in my husband's name, so I was down with his name instead and for a tiny moment I thought I wouldn't be on the list!

There was a bit of time before the conference so I had a look around the stalls, most of them were charity and organisations so I picked up lots of leaflets including detailed booklets on the work of End Violence Against Women. I also spent lots of money on a stall but I won't say what as the things I got are Xmas presents :)

About 10am we made our way into the big hall which was packed solid with loads of people- of all genders, ages and backgrounds, it took us ages to find a seat! Kat Banyard of UK Feminsta then done a introduction to the event and we heard various speeches including an excellent and humorous one from Sandi Toksving including the epic line "If Rapunzel had hair long enough to let a man climb and rescue her, why didn't she make a rope and climb down herself?"

There was a short break and then it was time for the first seminar of the day. The one I picked for the morning session was a talk from The Fawcett Society about the impacts of the government cuts and promoting their Don't Turn Back time march which is happening next Saturday. It was quite a depressing talk highlighting the need for help for families, low income mothers, victims of violence and older women. The most distressing part was hearing about maternity discrimination in the work place from a speaker from Platform 51 including tales of women who were dismissed shortly after announcing their pregnancy.

Afterwards there was an hour for lunch, the cafe had a huge queue so Cara took me to a place nearby called Planet Organic which had an awesome range of vegan food- so I had a falafel wrap, some organic cola and a vegan muffin :) We also got to try some raw vegan chocolate which tasted AMAZING.

The afternoon seminar I picked was from the group Object who campaign against the objectification of women. The seminar was in the big hall again and this was very full up and for the most part I really enjoyed their talk, we got to see some videos of them in action including their Feminist Friday action in Tesco and challenging lad mags on the news. I mostly agreed with what they had to say, but find myself conflicted with their views on sex work. I don't agree with the idea of selling sex, but I do worry if we ban their advertising and so on, that we may make things worse for the women involved, and of course there is the whole issue of choice-if women want to sell their bodies this way- is that okay? I find the sex work issue a somewhat complex issue in regards to my feminist beliefs. I discussed it with Cara who was very much against sex work, and to my dismay this was when she also told me that she was against transgender people, I won't go into details here, but I was shocked and I really can't see her point of view at all, I could only agree to disagree, I thought of many things I could have said later on but it was too late :(

There was another short break and then back in the main hall all together for the final parts of the day "Feminist Question Time" where we had the opportunity to ask some select feminists questions on a variety of topics including politics and porn- there's a good blog about it here
and then the mayor candidate debate, which has also been blogged about better than I could here

Overall the day was very inspiring and gave me plenty of food for thought. It also made me realise more some of the conflicts in the feminism community (like the porn industry, working with men etc) which saddens me a little as even though we may have different views, we need to work together on the things we DO agree on to make a difference. I also thought the question and answer sessions weren't always as well organised as they could have been, but I could understand it must be difficult with a room filled with over a thousand rowdy feminists!

Friday, 11 November 2011

what you can hear this week

Everything But The Girl - I Didn't Know I Was Looking For Love

The Pretenders - I'll Stand By You

The Duke Spirit - Dog Roses

Fleetwood Mac - The Chain

Dido - Don't Think Of Me

The Sundays - Here's Where The Story Ends

Moloko - The Time Is Now

Shiny Toy Guns - Le Disko

Peaches - Hit It Hard

Morcheeba - Love Sweet Love

The Joy Formidable - Austere

The Distillers - Beat Your Heart Out

Alanis Morissette - Straitjacket

The Runaways - Cherry Bomb

PJ Harvey - Fountain

Siouxsie - Here Comes That Day

Tegan & Sara - Knife Going In

The Dollyrots - My Best Friend's Hot

Little Fish - Morning Call (acoustic)

Blood Red Shoes - Try Harder

Wendy Solomon - Happy Hour Final Mix

Bunty - Feel Sicko

Be Your Own Pet - Bicycle, Bicycle, You Are My Bicycle

Bikini Kill - I Hate Danger

The Long Blondes - Big Infatuation

The Sounds - 24 Hours

Nina Hagen - My Way

Saturday, 5 November 2011

this weeks playlist

Cyndi Lauper - Girls Just Want To Have Fun

alannah myles - black velvet

Ladyhawke - Dusk Till Dawn

Chicks On Speed - Shooting From The Hip

Soho Dolls - my vampire

Robots In Disguise - We're In the Music Biz

Le Tigre- New Kicks

Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Maps

Joan Jett - (I'm Gonna) Run Away

Thomas Tantrum - Pshandy

The Donnas - Rock 'n' Roll Machine

The Birthday Massacre - Neverland

Hole - Dying

KT Tunstall - Universe & U (Acoustic Extravaganza Version)

Damone - Out Here All Night

Queen Adreena - Sleepwalking

The Dresden Dolls - Dirty Business

Tori Amos - Dark Side of the Sun

Paramore - For A Pessimist I'm Pretty Optimistic

FireBug - Season For Change

Working Class Heroes - When You Finally Stop Prentending

Bunty - Are We Doomed

Skunk Anansie - Weak

Garbage - Push It

Jyl Millard - Ace Of Spades

Thursday, 27 October 2011

this weeks playlist

Madonna - Lucky Star

Texas - Inner Smile

Natalie Imbruglia - Glorious

Heart - These Dreams

The Go! Team - Bottle Rocket

MEN - Who Am I To Feel So Free

Remi Nicole - Rock N Roll

Scarling. - Alexander The Burn Victim

The Cardigans - Paralyzed

Lauren Harris - Hit Or Miss

The Ting Tings - Great DJ

Blonde Redhead - The Dress

No Doubt - Everything In Time (London)

Ut - Scrape

Cansei De Ser Sexy - Let's Make Love And Listen To Death From Above

Siouxsie & The Banshees - Night Shift

You Say Party! We Say Die! - Five Year Plan

Janis Joplin - Bye Bye Baby

If Not For Dreaming- Joyous Rush

586 - Out Of Control

Bunty - thats why Im crossing my legs

Julie Ruin - Stay Monkey

Kate Bush - Hounds Of Love

Slunt - Not About You

Guano Apes - Quietly

Fight Like Apes - Captain A-Bomb

Lily Allen - Don't Get Me Wrong

Sunday, 23 October 2011

Part 10: 30 Day Song Challenge

Song 28: A Song That Makes Me Feel Gulity
I picked a guilty pleasure for this

Song 29: A Song From My Childhood

Song 30: My Favourite Song Last year
ok this was released in 2009 but was one of my most listened to songs last year

that's the whole list done!
Just for a recap here is what I picked:
Favourite Song: The Runaways- Cherry Bomb
Least Favourite Song: Black Eyed Peas-My Humps
A Song That Makes Me Happy: MEN: Who Am I To Feel So Free
A Song That Makes Me Sad: Madonna-Power of Goodbye
A Song That reminds of friends: Amanda Palmer- Astronaut
A Song That Reminds me of somewhere: Nancy Sinatra- These Boots
A Song That Reminds me of an event: Robots in Disguise- Arguments
A Song I Know all the words to: Joan Jett- I Love Rock N Roll
A Song I can dance to: Goldfrapp- ooh la la
A Song I fall asleep to: Air- All I Need
A Song from my favourite band- Joan Jett and the blackhearts- AC/DC
A Song from a band I hate: Lady Gaga- Just Dance
Guilty Pleasure: Tiffany- I Think We're Alone Now
A Song No One would expect me to like: Dido-Here With Me
A Song that describes me: Tom Tom Club- Wordy Rappinghood
Song you used to love but now hate: Spice Girls- Wannabe
A Song you always hear on the radio: Adele- Rolling in the Deep
a song you wish you heard on the radio: Bikini Kill- Rebel Girl
a song from my favourite album: Robots in Disguise- GIRL
a song I listen to when I'm angry: PJ Harvey-Snake
a song I listen to when I'm happy: Le Tigre- Deceptacon
a song I listen to when I'm sad: Amanda Palmer- Strength through music
a song to play at my wedding: Cyndi Lauper- True Colours
a song to play at my funeral: Patti Smith- People Have the Power
a song that makes me laugh: Fight Like Apes- Hoo Ha Harry
a song I can play on an instrument: These Boots again! but to change it to something already not on the list I can also play The Ting Tings- That's Not My Name
a song I wish I could play: PJ Harvey-Dress
and the rest is above!

Thursday, 20 October 2011

what you can hear this week

The Supremes - Baby Love
The Go-Go's - We Got The Beat (2011 - Remaster)
TLC - Creep
The Pretenders - Don't Get Me Wrong
An Experiment On A Bird In The Air Pump - Saints
Fleetwood Mac - Little Lies
Sneaker Pimps - 6 Underground (Nellee Hooper Remix)
Portishead - Theme From 'To Kill A Dead Man'
Tom Tom Club - Genius Of Love
Björk - Isobel
The Sounds - Tony The Beat
Joan Armatrading - A Woman In Love
Florence + The Machine - Drumming Song
Scarling. - Crispin Glover
Alanis Morissette - You Learn
Anna Calvi - Desire
Veruca Salt - Volcano Girls
Sleater-Kinney - Lora's Song
Elastica - 2:1
We Rock Like Girls Don't Interview Part 1
We Rock Like Girls Don't - Rock 'n' Roll Freak
PJ Harvey - Dress
Shocking Blue - Send Me A Postcard
The Brownies - Means To An End
We Rock Like Girls Don't Interview Part 2
The New Root - Same/Different
Rasputina - Wish You Were Here

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Part 9: 30 Day Song Challenge

Song 25: A Song That Makes Me Laugh

Song 26: A Song I Can Play on an Instrument n(on the uke)

Song 27: A Song I wish I could play

Thursday, 13 October 2011

this weeks playlist

he Go-Go's - Vacation

Ace Of Base - The Sign

New Young Pony Club - Talking, Talking

Chicks On Speed - Sell-Out

Soho Dolls - Trash The Rental

Gossip - Men In Love

Robots in disguise - D-I-Y

The Raveonettes - Aly, Walk With Me

The Donnas - What Do I Have To Do

Alisha's Attic - Going Down

The Dresden Dolls - Missed Me

Kate Crash - Ain't Got Much

Be Your Own Pet - Ouch

KT Tunstall - Under The Weather

Callers - Bloodless Ties

Sophie B. Hawkins - As I Lay Me Down

Joni Mitchell - Big Yellow Taxi

Imani Coppola - I'm A Pocket

Lana - Ruthless

Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Isis

Jaggedy Ann- Tastes Like Gasoline

Alchemy Divine - I Just Can't Stop

We Rock Like Girls Don't - Queen Of Heavy Metal

HorrorPops - You Vs. Me

Hole - Celebrity Skin

The Distillers - Drain The Blood

The Birthday Massacre - Happy Birthday

Heather Nova - I Have The Touch

Sunday, 9 October 2011

Part 8: 30 Day Song Challenge

Song 22: a song I listen to when I'm sad- amazing song but so so sad.

Song 23: A Song to play at my wedding- well as I've had my wedding this was the song we FINALLY chose to have as our first dance (we had a huge list we had to narrow down)! although it started to skip towards the end, so it was this and Ozzy Osbourne's Mama I'm Coming Home :)

Song 24: A Song to play at my funeral
now this is hard, as the song I would like is Feeder: High but I said I would pick all female fronted bands this time round-
so on an optimistic note how about:

Sunday, 2 October 2011

Review: Russian Doll Life/ Le Monnier, release date: October 3rd

Rating: *****

Russian Doll Life is the second album from Hertfordshire female fronted rock band Le Monnier, the follow up to their exciting debut album Cynic Sister which has provided them with many positive reviews and headlining slots at various gigs across the country. Since the previous album, singer Alexandra Le Monnier and guitarist Matt Keill have recruited a new drummer Josh Williams.

In their bio on their official website they claim this album is the best thing they have ever done and they don't disappoint. There is still the trademark powerful vocals and epic guitar riffs but on Russian Doll Life, Le Monnier also experiment with some songs that sound different to anything else they have done, including the epic ballad 'Home' and the unusual but still ultimately satisfying 'The Moth'.

The songs demonstrate further the variety of influences the band have and the flexibility the band have as a whole which surely shows Le Monnier have massive potential ahead of them. Alexandra Le Monnier's voice is stunning and the guitar work, especially on stand out track 'Mediocre Me' are unforgettable.

Russian Doll Life is sure to appeal to a wide range of music fans and if this album is anything to go by, they can only get even better.

Le Monnier's next tour date is on October 14th at Welwyn Garden City in Hertfordshire.

Thursday, 29 September 2011

this weeks playlist

Cyndi Lauper - I Drove All Night

Annie Lennox - No More I Love You's

Fleetwood Mac - Go Your Own Way

Morcheeba - Be Yourself

Ladytron - Predict The Day

Le Tigre - My My Metrocard

Siouxsie - One Mile Below

Sleater-Kinney - Slow Song

Patti Smith - People Have The Power

Florence + The Machine - Between Two Lungs

Echobelly - Great Things

Portishead - Sheared Tmes

kate nash - foundations

Lily Allen - Shame For You

Blood Red Shoes - You Bring Me Down

Ut - Wailhouse

Imelda May - Proud and Humble

You Say Party! - Monster

Pretty Girls Make Graves - Pictures Of A Night Scene

- Flaming June- Nerves Of Steel

- Ideal Zero-Beneath the Sun

We Rock Like Girls Don't - Violence

PJ Harvey - Wang Dang Doodle

Scarling. - Baby Dracula

The Sounds - 24 Hours

Kristy Kruger - Little Pollyanna

Amanda Palmer- Fake Plastic Trees

Sunday, 25 September 2011

Saint Jude @ The Hard Rock Cafe 21st Sept 11

As my husband is a subscriber of Classic Rock magazine, we were lucky enough to win tickets for their first subscriber's only gig in the Hard Rock Cafe basement in London.

As the doors opened very early (6pm) it was a bit of a rush to get the train after I finished work, and as we were on the train there was a fault with the train so it actually stopped at Stratford instead of Liverpool Street, so we were delayed slightly further as we had to wait for another train to take us the last few stops. The tubes were predictably awful at that time of day but we managed to get to the venue before 7pm.

The email we had to take with us and had mentioned there would be free drinks but as it turned out it was merely a voucher to have one complimentary beer(only half a pint) or glass of wine, and I'm not really a drinker of either of those so it was bit rubbish!

Anyway, the venue itself was interesting, the entrance was just around the side of the cafe itself and the room was tiny and filled with some pretty cool music memorabilia like Iggy Pop's and Madonna's jackets and a few guitars including Steve Vai's. We didn't know how many people were able to win tickets but there was quite a few people already there when we arrived- I felt slightly out of place as it was mostly older men!

It wasn't a very aggressive crowd so we managed to find ourselves a nice place right in front of the stage (and there was no barrier so it was very close) There was no support act, so Saint Jude came on around 8pm ish. There were stools on the stage so there were all sitting through the performance and it was semi acoustic. They kicked off with one of my favourite tracks off the album 'Garden of Eden' and proceeded to play for around an hour. They played the majority of their debut album 'Diary of a Soul Fiend' as well as a couple of new songs.

What impresses me the most, and it was much more apparent when seeing them live rather than listening to the CD is just how impressive and powerful singer Lynne's voice. She could scream and hold notes for ages and didn't even lose her breath- it was absolutely stunning. The band itself has quite an unique sound compared to other female fronted rock bands at the moment, Saint Jude play a mix of blues and straight up rock n roll which would appeal to wide audience so I'm sure they will become a force to be reckoned with!

If you want to catch them, they are doing a tour in December.

This video someone posted of the gig can give you an idea of what they're like:

Thursday, 22 September 2011

this weeks playlist

Texas - I Don't Want A Lover

Kim Carnes - Bette Davis Eyes

Kate Bush - Rubberband Girl

Martha & The Muffins - Echo Beach

The Pretenders - I'll Stand By You

Shocking Blue - This America

Propaganda - The Chase

Donna Summer - I Feel Love

The Naked & Famous - Punching In A Dream Single Version

HARRY - I Do What I Do

No Doubt - Hella Good

Robots In Disguise - I'm Hit

Kate Crash - Sawago

The Gossip - Listen Up!

The Dollyrots - Dance With Me

Biork - Earth Intruders

Girlschool - Take It All Away

X Ray Spex - Oh Bondage Up Yours!

Erase Errata - Tax Dollar

Beverly Kills - Need You All The Time

Earth Prayer - I Can See the Second Sun

Decibelles - Sunday Feelings

Tsunami Bomb - Say It If You Mean It

Be Your Own Pet - Bicycle, Bicycle, You Are My Bicycle

Courtney Love - Mono

Saint Jude - Garden Of Eden

Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Cheated Hearts

Lene Lovich - I Think We're Alone Now

Sunday, 18 September 2011

Any Love is Good Love

My friend Emma and the awesome Ste McCabe have been working on an awesome project the last few months and it's now nearing completion.
They have been working on 'Any Love is Good Love' a cd with loads of fantastic bands including Death of the Elephant, The Lovely Eggs and of course, Ten Tigers, to raise awareness of homophobia and transphobia, as well as to raise money for Lesbian and Gay Youth Manchester.
There isn't an official release date yet, but I have heard a promo copy and can confirm that is a great cd. You can keep up to date and become a fan on Facebook

Thursday, 15 September 2011

this weeks playlist

Blondie- Dreaming

Lita Ford- Playin' With Fire

Suzanne Vega- Solitude Standing

Madonna- Secret

New Young Pony Club- The Get Go

Ladyhawke- Magic

Peaches- You Love It

Sneaker Pimps- Six Underground

The Ting Tings- Shut Up and Let Me Go

The Go! Team- Everybody's a VIP To Someone

Little Fish- Hallelujah

The Joy Formidable- Austere

Go Betty Go- It's Too Bad

Bikini Kill- Jigsaw Youth

Alanis Morissette- Head Over Feet

Heart- Barracuda

Lauren Harris- See Through

Garbage- Why Do You Love Me

Dresden Dolls- Girl Anachronism

Lush- Ladykillers

Death of the Elephant- Locas

The Lovely Eggs- Don't Look At Me (I Don't Like It)

Decibelles- Bloody Bloody Whiffy Scuzzy

The Birthday Massacre- Blue

KT Tunstall- Black Horse and the Cherry Tree

Alisha's Attic- Do I Lie?

Heather Nova- Blood Of Me

Joan Jett- Dirty Deeds

Sunday, 11 September 2011

30 Day Song Challenge Part 7

Song 19: A Song From My Favourite Album (hard to choose, so many good albums)!

Song 20: A Song I listen to when I'm Angry

Song 21: A Song I Listen To When I'm Happy

Thursday, 8 September 2011

this weeks playlist

Chicks on Speed- Love Bite

The Cardigans- Marvel Hill

Patti Smith- Privilege (Set Me Free)

Thomas Tantrum- Zig a Zag

Siouxsie- Loveless

Babes in Toyland- Spun

Amanda Palmer- Astronaut

You Say Party- Poison

The Distillers- Drain the Blood

Natalie Imbruglia- Wishing I Was There

Moloko- The Time is Now

Scarling- Can't (Halloween Valentine)

The Donnas- Hyperactive

Joan Armatrading- There Ain't a Girl Alive

Santigold- My Superman

Bif Naked- Let Down

Nightwish- For the Heart I Once Had

The Raveonettes- Dead Sound

Hole – Dying

Imani Coppola- Springtime

Dana Jade- Little Sister

Maria and the Gay- Motherfolkers

Decibelles- Fur Love and Taxidermy

Tori Amos- Cornflake Girl

Chrome Hoof- Circus 9000

Flyleaf- Fully Alive

Nina Hagen- Spirit in the Sky

Sunday, 4 September 2011

Ladygarden @ The Portland Arms, Cambridge 28/08/11

Experimental noise makers Canaveral
Punk Rockers Beverly Kills
retro punk band Chapter 24

rock n rollers We Rock Like Girls Don't
I hadn't heard of the Ladygarden fundraiser before now, and this was their fourth year- this year I was lucky enough to be offered a lift down (as Cambridge is not too close to where I am)! by M of the fantastic band Ten Tigers.

As it wasn't advertised to start until 5.30pm, M came to pick up at about 3pm and we made our way down, getting ourselves in the mood for some female fronted music with a bit of Sneaker Pimps. We managed to find our way to Cambridge, and then got a bit confused where we had to go, but thanks to my recently bought smartphone and it's sat nav type function we managed to find ourselves there. We were still early anyway, so we quickly popped across the road to grab some chips.

When we finished and decided to venture into the venue, we got rather confused, as it was at a pub, that had many doors that seemed to lead to the same place- a room full of men watching football! Was this really the right place? Eventually we found ourselves in the beer garden, and thanks to someone who thought we were in one of the bands (well M could have been if her band was playing to be fair)! we finally realised there was another room, just outside and upstairs, almost like a secret bunker. Only, they were still sound checking at this point, so we decided to get a drink and spot the people that were in the bands- which wasn't hard! Anyone female and dressed vaguely alternative. It was quite an unusual mix of people in this pub- there was the stereotypical pub regulars, alternative crowd, old and young people, and even a couple of leather clad bikers drinking tea!

It took some time, but eventually at about 7pm, the room was finally ready for us. When we went inside, the room was incredibly tiny, and had very fancy looking patterned foam on the wall, which was in fact sound proofing. There wasn't too many of us in the room just yet for the first band, and there was two guys filming, that meant everyone was sort of standing towards the back of the room.

The first band Canaveral (sorry I can't find a link for the right band) weren't actually a female fronted band, although at least 3 of the members were. I wasn't quite sure what to make of this band to be honest, their entire set consisted of one over twenty minute long song- well I say song, it was more like a dark psychedelic experimental noise that consisted of some big drum beats and a guy making random noises into a loop machine, giving it a somewhat eerie effect. To be fair, I'm no expert on experimental music, and it wasn't unbearable, I was just a little dazed by it, which I'm sure is something they are used to!

There was a short break in between acts which gave us time to have a quick glance at the fundraising stall they had set up. It was a bit disappointing as both of us had brought things to donate, but the stall was actually very small and as it was the stuff on it was falling off! It had been advertised as having a BBQ, a record sale/cake stall, and although there was a few cds on the table and definitely some cakes, there was no bbq at all. Saying that, M mentioned there was a message about it on Facebook, which I no longer use so I didn't see it. It was probably a good thing as it was a really weird weather day, when it kept going sunny and raining intermittently.

The second band were a much more interesting prospect. They were called 'Chapter 24' and to begin with, I thought the lead singer kind of looked bored, but as the set went on, she looked more like she was into the spirit of it. Their music is described as 'tropical punk' which seems to fit the bill quite nicely. I would say they have a very retro feel to their music, which had some similarities to The Slits.

The third band on the line up were 'Beverly Kills' who I had heard of before, and I was hugely impressed with their set. They are an all female band with their own unique form of punk rock you can dance to. They actually had extra time on their set as one of the bands had to pull out as they were stuck in traffic and couldn't make it in time (to be honest I was relieved as they were hardcore band and I'm really not into hardcore) and at the end they decided to play a song they played at a friend's wedding, saying that we were all either going to love it or hate it. They then launched into a cover of several Abba songs including 'Gimme Gimme Gimme' and 'Mama Mia' but not at all in a cheesy 80's way, instead making an excellent fast, punky megamix!

The final band were 'We Rock Like Girls Don't' who I have also heard of, and also received music from several years ago. They only consist of two members (both female), a singer/guitarist and a drummer, but the amount of sound the two of them can make is simply immense. Their sound is pure infectious rock n roll, that seemed to spread through the crowd like wildfire, giving this fundraiser an amazing rock star finish.

Overall, this little fundraiser in Cambridge which was raising money for the Cambridge Women's Resource Centre was very good indeed, with a good choice of bands. My main complaint would be the use of the two cameramen in such a tiny room, especially as they tended to get in the way, several times one of them would be right in front of us, blocking the view or stopping us getting any closer to the stage (especially as we kept being told to move forward, it was sometimes near on impossible) but other than that, it was well worth the little road trip! (oh and the deafness the following day :) )

You can check out a few short video clips I took on my youtube page

Thursday, 1 September 2011

this weeks playlist

Cyndi Lauper- All Through the Night

Belinda Carlisle- Leave a Light On

Fleetwood Mac- The Chain

Texas- Halo

The Pretenders- Hymn To Her

Deborah Harry- French Kissin' in the USA

Yeah Yeah Yeahs- Heads Will Roll

Shiny Toy Guns- Le Disko

Portishead- Sour Times

Le Tigre- Les and Ray

Paramore- Emergency

Guano Apes- Cream Over Moon

Kittie- Summer Dies

Skunk Anansie- It Takes Blood and Guts To Be This Cool

Marnie Stern- Every Single Line Means Something

PJ Harvey- Losing Ground

Land of Talk- Speak to Me Bones

Dead Weather- 3 Birds

Rock in Your Pocket- Doubtbox

Lindsay Ullmann- Bloodsucker

Decibelles- The End of a Reign

Sarah Fimm- Yellow

Nina Simone- To Love Somebody

Janis Joplin- Ball and Chain

No Doubt- Beauty Contest

Tegan and Sara- Dark Come Soon

Imelda May- Tainted Love

Sunday, 28 August 2011

Interview: Lindsay Ullmann

I interviewed upcoming artist Lindsay Ullmann, check out her music on her website

How would you describe your music?

I would say it’s full of passion and mainly quite rock felt, some of it is quite feisty, whereas other parts our slightly more vulnerable.

How long have you had an interest in music and when did you start taking it more seriously?

I’ve always been interested in music, ever since I can remember! I even use to sing myself to sleep at night! I started taking it more seriously in 2006 when I started doing a lot of karaoke and open mic nights, people kept telling me that I had a really good voice. I was always a writer so I started to focus more on my singing and writing then.

When did you start writing songs/playing instruments?

I started writing poetry at a very young age and it just developed from there really as I was able to turn my poetry into songs as well. I only just started writing songs on guitar this year after teaching myself the chords. Before I was writing them on keyboard but I’ve always preferred guitar. I’m no good at playing guitar live however, as I’m simply not strong enough in that sense - I merely use the guitar to write songs.

On your website, it suggests there is a spiritual edge to your lyrics, are you religious at all, or spiritually aware? Or is there another reason for this?

No I’m not religious. I feel religion and spirituality are two very different things. I’m spiritual in the sense that I feel in touch with the universe and have a very strong ability to feel, including other peoples’ emotions, which is why I write so much. I also do a lot of spiritual work and channel information so when I write songs this tends to happen in the same way. For example, sometimes I will write a set of lyrics, look back over them the next day and think “Where did that come from?” – It’s almost as if I am tuned into a higher force, and I think a lot of artists work that way, sometimes without even realising.

What inspires you to write?

Everything! I receive a lot of messages on a day to day basis from the outside world and also my inner world. If you are a “feeling person” and a “sensitive” then it’s very easy to express how you feel and also how you feel about the world. All that information received has to be let out in someway, and song writing is the perfect way to do it. I actually see it as a healing process much of the time. A lot of the songs I write are indeed about my feelings, but some of the songs I write are also about other people – sometimes there is no need to step in somebody else ‘s shoes because you are already in them! So again, I’m inspired by what other people go through.

What musicians inspire your music? Any particular idols?

I was hugely inspired by Nirvana as a teenager. I also love Cat Stevens, Billy Joel and a lot of folk music. I’ve also got all the Fall Out Boy albums – they are my favourite! I think Patrick Stump is a very, very talented man.

Tell us about the single 'Bloodsucker', what's it about, when is it released and where can people buy it from?

It’s actually a long story. I was having a bad time after a break up and came to the conclusion that all the bad guys – the ones that drain you emotionally - “Bloodsuckers”as I call them seem to be the only ones that can put real passion into a relationship, but they always seems to lack the emotional commitment, so although you get the passion you also end up feeling rather drained! So I’d been dating a guy you see that was perfectly lovely, but was just “too nice” and I was getting rather bored – so I decided to write the song “Bloodsucker” out of sheer frustration!

Bloodsucker will be available to download from all major download sites on 19th September this year.

Any plans to release an album?

I would absolutely love to release an album! I have lots of material waiting to be recorded!

Where do you hope to be in five years time?

I would certainly like to think that I’d released a few albums!

My radio show focuses on female fronted bands and has a feminist stance, do you consider yourself to be a feminist? Why or why not? Any relevant experiences?
Thanks very much!!

Yes, I am indeed –I’ve always believed in equal rights and have been bought up in a household which is very “equal rights” so absolutely.

Friday, 26 August 2011

this weeks playlist

The Go- Go’s- We Got The Beat
Bow Wow Wow- Go Wild in the Country
Blondie- I’m Gonna Love You Too
Soho Dolls- Bang Bang Bang
Peaches- Downtown
MEN- My Family
The Gossip- Dark Lines
Veruca Salt- Volcano Girls
The Runaways- Wait For Me
Girlschool- Take It All Away
Pat Benatar- Love is a Battlefield
The Creepshow- Candykiss
Evanescence- The Only One
An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump
X Ray Spex- Oh Bondage Up Yours!
Daisy Chainsaw- The Future Free

The Joy Formidable- Greyhounds in the Slips
Blood Red Shoes- Take the Weight
The Long Blondes- Weekend Without Make up
KT Tunstall- Hold On
Tilly and the Wall- Fell Down the Stairs
Le Monnier- Save Yourself
Dirty Love- Instant Gratification
Ten Tigers- 82
Wetdog- Alibi
Misnomer- Turn Away
The Go! Team- Ladyflash
Regina Spektor- Fidelity
Alisha’s Attic- Intense
Girls Girls Girls- Dr.Feelgood

Sunday, 21 August 2011

Part 6: The 30 Day Song Challenge

Song 16: A Song you Used to Love but now hate- was a big fan as a young teen, but wore off...

Song 17: A Song you always hear on the radio- the one Adele song I don't mind

Song 18: A Song you wish you heard on the radio- pretty much everything I listen to, that's why I started my radio show in the first place, but I don't think I've ever heard this on mainstream radio

Monday, 15 August 2011

Interview: Georgia of Bitter Ruin!

I recently had the pleasure of speaking to Georgia, a member of the great band Bitter Ruin. We had a little chat about inspirations, feminism and the new single 'Trust' Here's what she said:
For readers that maybe unfamiliar with your music, how would you describe the sound of Bitter Ruin? 
 Georgia: Elements of rock, musical theatre, classical and flamenco. We have found the best genre description to be 'contemporary expressionism' - meaning that the style, mood, instrumentation etc changes according to the message of the song.    
  Have you had any classical music training or are you self taught?
  G: Both of us have been classically trained in Piano and we have degrees in music. But I always think there's a huge element of self tuition with anything your passionate about.   
   Bitter Ruin are recommended to fans of Dresden Dolls and there are certainly similar elements to your music. What was it like touring with Amanda Palmer? 
 G: Well, I think the core of the music is very different but there are similarities in the noir edge to the lyrics and the passionate delivery. Also, both bands are boy girl duos. Touring with Amanda is great fun, singin Delilah with the Dolls in Boston has to be one of the best moments of our career so far.(note- they are also supporting AFP on her London dates in September) 
 Who are your idols and how have they influenced your life- whether it be by music or another area of your life?  
Georgia and Ben: I (Georgia) Love Fiona Apple and also strong female performers like Beyonce, but I prefer the songwriting of people like Fiona or PJ Harvey. I (Ben) am really into Jeff Buckley and some heavier stuff too as well as the Flamenco greats, however, I have a soft spot for Stevie Wonder! 
 My radio show focuses on female fronted and all female bands, and has a feminist stance. Do you consider yourself to be a feminist? And do you think women in music get the attention they deserve? 
 G: Am I a feminist??? Have you HEARD our album?! Yes, hugely...all men, just kidding! But, I don't think women are treated much differently to men in the industry these days, I know that I pretty much run this band and everything that goes on around it and I have never had to overcome any obstacles because of my sex. However, I purposefully try to look a little messy in videos and photos etc because I do worry that I'll look too glamorous (being young and blond and all) and that people will not take the music seriously. But I could never be bothered with make up anyway!
   What inspires Bitter Ruin's songwriting? Is it an easy process? 
 G: I'd say that it could be easy...but we manage to make it as hard as possible! - The songs always come from real life experiences, I think good songs can ONLY come from real life. They tend to be written by me  and then we'll spend hours and hours on the harmonies and guitar parts...I'd say each song takes 30 hours of arrangement before we're ready to rehearse it!!! 
 Tell us about your new single 'Trust' what's the song about, the story behind the video and when can people buy it? 
 G: HAHA! Yes, well amazingly Stephen Fry just tweeted the video yesterday. It had 7500 views overnight! But the song is essentially an argument. It's a desperate rant and lull between two lovers who are in the turmoil of a vicious break up...screaming and slamming doors and all that drama!  Trust is available for 'official' download on the 3.10.11 - But if you join our twitter/facebook/mailing list at, we'll remind you about that! 
 Any tour dates coming up? 
G: LOADS...we're doing a huge UK tour with the likes of Amanda Palmer and Duke Special, we're bound to be somewhere near you soon, wherever you live. All of the dates are on the website too.  Any bands you would like to recommend to my readers?  If you haven't heard of her, Fiona Apple and also Jack Weissman, he's supporting us on tour! He rocks!  When can fans expect a new album?  CRIKEY! Yes, erm, we have all of the songs ready to go, it's just a case of finding time to record...I hope we'll record in December and maybe have something out by May 2012 - but don't hold me to that!    

Sunday, 14 August 2011

Part 5: the 30 day song challenge

Song 13: A Guilty Pleasure

Song 14: A Song That No One Would Expect Me To Like

Song 15: A Song That Describes Me

Thursday, 11 August 2011

this weeks playlist

Altered Images- I Could Be Happy

The Sundays- Here's Where The Story Ends

Sophie B Hawkins- As I Lay Me Down

Bjork- Earth Intruders

Morcheeba- Fragments of Freedom

Ladytron- CMYK

New Young Pony Club- The Get Go

Tori Amos- Professional Widow (Remix)

Lita Ford- Falling In and Out of Love

Dresden Dolls- The Kill

Damone- On Your Speakers

Snake River Conspiracy- Casualty

The Donnas- What Do I Have To Do

Scarling- Baby Dracula

Nightwish- Nemo

Lahannya- No Way Out

Chrome Hoof- Circus 9000

The Sounds- Much Too Long Now

Sarah Rocks- The Industrial Jist

Leftover Lucy- Sleep Talking

Ten Tigers- Super Lucky

The Cardigans- Nasty Sunny Beam

Girl in a Coma- Their Cell

Bif Naked- Abandoment

Cat Power- Hate

Ann Wilson- Isolation

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Dancing Barefoot

Issue Two of my per-zine 'Dancing Barefoot' is ready!
In this issue, I've wrote about being a loner and organising a Ladyfest!
If you want a copy for £1.75, please leave me a comment with your email address, or email me directly

Sunday, 7 August 2011

30 Day Song Challenge Part 4

Song 10: A Song I Fall Asleep to
Air are not boring, but very relaxing and good to chill out to

Song 11: A Song from my favourite band
well I have more than one favourite band, both I've already included videos by, but here they are again:

Song 12: A Song from a band I hate
well my most hated bands aren't normally female (Oasis, Cradle of Filth, stuff like that) but for this one I choose someone that everyone seems to love, but I just don't "get it"

Thursday, 4 August 2011

this week's playlist

Fleetwood Mac- Little Lies

Tom Tom Club- Genius of Love

Propaganda- Frozen Faces

Salt N Pepa- Let's Talk About Sex

Ladyhawke- Dusk Till Dawn

Goldfrapp- Strict Machine

Chicks on Speed- Glamour Girl

Thomas Tantrum- Pshandy

Little Fish- Disco Feet

Garbage- Cherry Lips

Elastica- Smile

Yeah Yeah Yeahs- Honeybear

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts- Riddles

Hole- Heaven Tonight

Harry- Valley

Paramore- Born For This

Gaggle- I Like Cigarettes

Skunk Anansie- I Can Dream

Lacuna Coil- Humane

PJ Harvey- You Come Through

Sassy!!!- Blink Once

The Sibleys- Blue Eyed Bandit

Ten Tigers- 82

Joan Osborne- One of Us

Metric- Ending Start

Robots in Disguise- DIY

Jyl Millard- Ace of Spades

Sunday, 31 July 2011

30 Day Song Challenge: Part 3

Song 7: A Song That Reminds of an Event- reminds of the Robots gig I went to earlier this year, 4th time I've seen them and by far the best. This was an amazing encore!

Song 8: A Song that I know all the words to
there's many, but here's one

Song 9: A Song I can Dance to
I'll dance to most things if I like it but I love love love this song

Thursday, 28 July 2011

this week's playlist

The Go-Go's- We Got The Beat

Madonna- Into The Groove

Blondie- The Tide Is High

The Pretenders- Don't Get Me Wrong

Shocking Blue- Dream on Dreamer

Gossip- Keeping You Alive

Horrorpops- Who's Leading You Now

Soho Dolls- Weekender

MEN- Who Am I To Feel So Free

CSS- Art Bitch

Crystal Castles- Knights

Imelda May- Mayhem

Pat Benetar- Heartbreaker

Bikini Kill- For Tammy Rae

Evanescence- Lacrymosa

The Distillers- Love is Paranoid

The Birthday Massacre- Pins and Needles

Guano Apes- Innocent Greed

Metalchicks- We Are The Warriors

Babes in Toyland- Magic Flute

The Duel- The Duel

Lucid Nation- The World's Guiltiest Pleasure

Ten Tigers- Superlucky

Heather Nova- Make You Mine

Howling Bells- Low Happening

You Say Party- Monster

Kim Carnes- Bette Davis Eyes

Corinne Bailey Rae- Steady As She Goes

Sunday, 24 July 2011

30 Day Song Challenge: Part 2

4: A Song that Makes You Sad
LinkMadonna- Power of Goodbye (clickable link as not able to embed)

5: A Song That Reminds You of Someone- Amanda Palmer makes me think of a lot of my friends!

6: A Song That Reminds of Somewhere- This makes me think of the best night out I ever had in London

Thursday, 21 July 2011

This Week's Playlist

Siouxie- They Follow You

Peaches- You Love It

Patti Smith- People Have the Power

The Runaways- Dead End Justice

The Dollyrots- Because I'm Awesome

McQueen- Numb

Pretty Girls Make Graves- Domino

Kelly Osbourne- On Your Own

The Long Blondes- Weekend Without Make Up

Dresden Dolls- Modern Moonlight

New Young Pony Club- Jerk Me

Heart- Little Queen

Lita Ford- Playing With Fire

The Donnas- Searching the Streets

Santigold- Creator Vs Switch & Freq Nasty

The Cardigans- Laika

The Raveonettes- Hallucinations

Chrome Hoof- Pronoid

Alchemy Divine- I Just Can't Stop

Lady Earl and the Greys- Smiling Out of Key

Sophe Lux- Target Market

Obessive Compulsive- Perfect Wreck

Sarah Fimm- Soul Let Swim

Cyndi Lauper- Time After Time

Lizzyspit- Little Dan

Florence and the Machine- You've Got The Love

Monday, 18 July 2011

30 day song challenge- part 1

I did this a while ago on Facebook, but as I'm not longer really using it, and not everyone that reads this blog would have seen it, and I'll pick different things this time (and all female fronted this time) so here's part 1

Day 1: My Favourite Song

Day 2: My Least Favourite Song - words can;t describe how angry this song makes me

Day 3: A Song that Makes Me Happy

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

this weeks playlist

Amanda Palmer- Astronaunt

Goldfrapp- Number 1

Ladytron- Season of Illusions

The Distillers- The Gallows is God

Yeah Yeah Yeahs- Pin

Letters to Cleo- Let's Get High

Ladyhawke- Morning Dreams

Tori Amos- Cornflake Girl

Alisha's Attic- Air and Angels

Aretha Franklin- Walk on By

Lisa Loeb- Stay

No Doubt- Hey Baby

The Go! Team- Ladyflash

Gaggle- I Hear Flies

PJ Harvey- Down By The Water

Jack Off Jill- My Cat

Call the Doctor- Gregory, You're A Star

Garbage- Dumb

The Creepshow- Candykiss

Portishead- Glory Box

Texas- Say What You Want

Julia Free- Boo Hoo

Sassy!!- Keep it Comin'

Sophe Lux- God Doesn't Take American Express

Hole- Miss World

Kate Bush- Cloudbusting

Alanis Morissette- Crazy

Sunday, 10 July 2011

Happiness V Sadness!

Sorry I haven't wrote, I've been on holiday! I came back to this lovely surprise- my signed copy of Robots in Disguise new album Happiness V Sadness!
I've listened to it once so far, it's quite different from their other albums- probably some of it will be a grower, but there is some great rocky tracks on there too. I'll hopefully get to do a proper review of it soon, and I'll link to it if it's elsewhere.

Sunday, 26 June 2011

Review of Ladyfest Essex

Thanks to my lovely friend Rachel, for this great review!

Last Saturday brought Ladyfest Essex, the newest incarnation of the DIY festival celebrating women's creativity, art and music. This Ladyfest was being held in aid of Refuge, the domestic abuse charity, and had a very exciting line-up of local bands. My boyfriend and I took the train down from Cambridge and got to the Railway Hotel for about 4pm, a couple of hours into the all-day schedule.

In the upstairs room of the Railway, decorated with pink balloons and posters, stalls lined the walls. There were ceramics, knitting and zines on sale, as well as a craft table and hand-made upcycled clothing. I picked up a copy of Noisy with a free CD and issue 1 of Ste McCabe's Queers Make Music. The atmosphere was quiet but very friendly. We had arrived just in time to hear a quick talk by a Refuge representative, who told us about the work the charity does and mentioned that the women's sector is very underfunded. Next up were the three female poets of Sundown Arts. Jo Overfield's snappy delivery matched her funny, offbeat poems. Ray Morgan gave us wryly observed tales of commuter life and office temping, and Cherryl Scott recited from memory several moving pieces about surviving domestic abuse.

Things quietened down a little until the music began at 8pm. My boyfriend and I had delicious beanburgers downstairs, enjoying the fact that the Railway Hotel is the only completely vegetarian/vegan pub in Essex, so that we were completely refuelled when Ten Tigers came onstage. Ramshackle, charming and terribly catchy, Ten Tigers are one of my favourite live bands and they didn't disappoint, despite technical issues. They kickstarted the festival with 82, played a metal-sounding version of "our big feminist anthem" Superlucky and debuted a new song with the chorus, "She'll never love you as much as she loves Jesus!"

The next band were Candy Panic Attack, a three-piece who seem to make much more noise than three people should be able to. They rattled through their set of super-short punk-influenced tunes that ordered, not invited, dancing. After them were Calico, were a very different proposition. Playing without their drummer, they delivered a set of tight songs made striking by the almost spooky vocal harmonies of singers Shel and Lauren. They were hypnotic and marvellous.

The Scarlet Echo, next up, were sharp, stylish and electric. They were incredibly energetic onstage, playing ska-tinged rock enhanced by Hannah's unusual voice. Following them were Death of the Elephant, one of the bands I had been most keen to see. Unfortunately, because of the previous technical problems, they had to shorten their set, but what they fit in was fantastic, noisy but melodic riot grrl/garage band songs, including Trypticon, with its memorable intro: "She's got a new toy and she's scared she'll break it..."

The final group of the evening, Le Monnier, had been at the festival for the entire day (I know, because I had been admiring singer/bassist Alexandra's amazing dress for the entire day) and for a short, tense while it looked like the scheduling problems would deprive them of their slot! Luckily this didn't happen and the band rocked the stage with the heaviest sound of the day. The new single, Con Amor Siempre, sounded great: it's from the album Russian Doll Life, out in October, and I can't wait for it. Alexandra dedicated their last song, Kingyo, to the Ladyfest organiser Hayley Foster da Silva.

Ladyfest Essex was a great chance to celebrate both women in art and music, and the diversity of the Essex music scene. It was great fun and I'm really happy I could attend. Hopefully there will be many more in future years!

Thursday, 23 June 2011

this weeks playlist

Cutaways- Milo of Kroton

The Pretenders- My City Was Gone

The Joy Formidable- Greyhounds in the Slips

Within Temptation- All I Need

Metric- Poster of a Girl

Sohodolls- Prince Harry

Kate Nash- Skeleton Song

Kittie- Flower of Flesh and Blood

Elastica- All Nighter

Transvision Vamp- Baby I Don't Care

Lauren Harris- See Through

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts- Change the World

Le Tigre- Tell You Now

Blonde Redhead- Top Ranking

Flyleaf- Sorrow

Madonna- Like A Virgin

Candie Payne- By Tomorrow

Nina Hagen- Iki Maska

CSS- Music is My Hot Hot Sex

Helen's Evil Twin- Stop Talking

The Brownies- Violence

Dirty Love- What Do Ya Want

Guano Apes- Allies

The Ting Tings- Great DJ

Working Class Heroes- The End

Natalie Imbruglia- Big Mistake

Harry- Push It (Real Good)

Sunday, 19 June 2011

New Music Wanted!

Are you in a bloody fantastic female fronted or all female band that I should be listening to?
Then I need you!
I need fresh music to play on my show 'Pigtails and Army Boots'! You will be played on several stations including the fantastic ARFM! If you have music you think could fit in with the likes of Bikini Kill, Joan Jett, Robots in Disguise and others, then send me info on your band and a mp3 or two to

*plus!* If you would like me to review your EP/Album on this blog, and if it really impresses me I may feature you as Artist of the Month, let me know if you would like to do this.
and also if you are able to travel to Southend on Sea, Essex (UK) there are also interview possibilities.

Thursday, 16 June 2011

This Weeks Playlist

The Donnas- Girl Talk

Dead Disco- Automatic

Tsunami Bomb- Say It If You Mean It

The Dresden Dolls- Girl Anachronism

Fleetwood Mac- Landslide

Suzanne Vega- Zephyr and I

Eurythmics- Thorn In My Side

Morcheeba- Shallow End

Wetdog- Jam Dodger B

Lily Allen- Shame For You

The Cardigans- Hanging Around

Gwen Stefani- What You Waiting For

Shonen Knife- I Am A Cat

The Birthday Massacre- The Dream

The Runaways- Is It Day Or Night?

Suzi Quatro- Devil Gate Drive

The Dollyrots- Nobody Else

The Raveonettes- Dead Sound

Siouxsie and The Banshees- Peek A Boo

Bikini Kill- Rebel Girl

Candy Panic Attack- Heartbreaker

Argon 40- Stay

Dirty Love- Trashed

Robots in Disguise- DJ's Got A Gun

Death of the Elephant- 2N222

Le Monnier- Con Amor Siempre

Scarling- Band Aid Covers The Bullet Hole

Florence and the Machine- Drumming Song

Patti Smith- Everybody Wants to Rule The World