GRRL008: identity, label, and goals featuring multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Lauren DeRose

Grrl on Grrl is back with episode 8, featuring San Diego musician Lauren DeRose. We talk a lot about feminism, identity, and labels, along with the usual music topics about community and different goals for different musicians. Lauren also picked a few great songs for you to listen to, so I hope you enjoy!

Grrl on Grrl will be back on January 10, 2016.

What do you guys think about the size of this and the last episode? I’m trying to tighten up the editing of the interviews so they are more manageable, especially for those of you listening on your commute! Please let me know what you think!

And please, if you liked this episode, rate us on iTunes. And as always, feel free to leave a comment, email me, follow me on Twitter, or like us on Facebook.

Listen Here

Download here. [~38min, 46MB]

Shownotes

  • [1:15] Lauren talks about herself and her solo project, LDR
  • [4:20] Changing musical goals as she grows
    • “You have to be selfish” if you want to get things done in music. Or say fuck it and do it for fun.
  • [8:00] Changes in the San Diego music scene before and after. Lauren’s take? “The community has changed for the better.”
  • [9:45] Sleeping Ghosts – Colors in Eyes
  • [13:45] Being a “lesbian with a guitar” before being just a musician
    • Not allowing others to take your ability to be yourself or create the music you want to
  • [18:30] Gloomsday – Vacation
  • [22:50] Women cutting down other women… don’t do it!
    • Socialized femininity, self-esteem issues, and not being taken seriously for being pretty
  • [24:20] Objectification of women in the media
    • June bitches about Mother Earth Brewing’s advertising
    • We bitch about gendered beer choices
  • [26:04] “When you see injustices, it’s your duty to tell them what’s up.”
    • Combating (white/male/etc) privilege, being viewed as “sensitive”
  • [27:00] Short updates on previous guests: Bakkuda‘s recent show and Fun While You Wait‘s new website
  • [28:00] June’s pet peeve: When people pick apart her ideas and privileges without picking apart their own privilege
    • We’re all learning and none of us are perfect.
  • [30:00] “What’s a good feminist?”
    • Feminism busting down gender expectations for both men and women
    • Hypermasculinity
    • Under-diagnosis of depression and mental illness in men
  • [32:25] MC Flow – Incredible
    • Keep an eye out for her upcoming Hannukah song release!

Other Notes & Thanks!

Thank you to all the artists who gave me permission to play their songs and to Lauren for taking the time to speak with me.

Special thanks to: Sullen Ray who graciously allows me to use their song “Get Up Got It” as the Grrl on Grrl podcast intro and outro–listen to and buy their album Blue Minor on Bandcamp; Greg Guiliano for his financial support; and Gary Hankins for making the episode sound good.

And to all my friends who have been so supportive of this project, I love you!

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Schedule changes

Sorry, I messed up!

Sorry for the wait for episode #8 (featuring Lauren DeRose!)… I lied this past weekend when I said it’d be up on Monday. Oh, life, the curveballs you bring us all.

I’ll be releasing #8 this Sunday. Don’t worry, it’s ready to upload and post! No more unintentional lies, I’m sorry.

In other news…

In light of the holiday season, I’m going to be putting the podcast on hiatus for a month. Expect a brand spanking new episode on January 10, 2016.

CUTTERS new album “both//neither”

During episode 3 featuring Nina, we played New York band CUTTERS song “Young Gods”. WELL, if you liked that song at all, maybe even downloaded the album, you’ll be happy to know that they’re taking pre-orders for their new EP “both//neither”. It’s only $3 for a digital download, plus you get to immediately download and listen to one track!

If you want to support them even more, you can buy their vinyl through Jam Eater Records.

GRRL007: unique art & music in Los Angeles featuring Lauren Davis of Blackberry Tongues

Los Angeles band Blackberry Tongues traveled to San Diego this past summer where they proceeded to blow my mind with their ethereal music. From that night, I kept in contact with Lauren and I finally got the chance to interview her! In this episode, she teaches me what microtonal music is, the supportive and unique art and music scene in Los Angeles, and we play some positively different music than what has been on the podcast before.

We also discuss whether it’s better for a band or artist to play more often or occasionally in their local music scene. What do you think? Do you risk oversaturating or tiring out your fans? Or will they lose interest if you don’t play often? Leave a comment and tell us what you think!

You can buy Blackberry Tongues’ album We Are Open Mouths and follow them on Instagram.

And please, if you liked this episode, rate us on iTunes. And as always, feel free to leave a comment, email me, follow me on Twitter, or like us on Facebook.

Listen Here

Download here. [~41 mins, 50MB]

Shownotes

  • [1:30] Blackberry Tongues “Circular”
  • [10:30] Considering the length of their songs with seemingly different musical “movements”, what is their songwriting process like? How do they create cohesion?
  • [15:15] Lauren talks about another project she’s involved in called Ilevens, which she describes as dancey microtonal music. June also learns what microtonal means.
  • [18:45] Odeya Nini “Tunnels”
  • [24:00] Lauren explaining why she picked Odeya Nini to feature
  • [26:00] Lauren explains Madeline Spooner and appreciating “niche and unusual music” that can still be marketable
    • We digress a bit into Dirty Projectors. “People need to be warmed up.”
  • [29:00] June goes off about pop punk dialects, as described in this article about Blink-182
  • [31:00] Madeline Spooner “Simple as Lavender” (Facebook)
  • [34:00] Recording a demo to send to record labels
  • [36:00] What’s the Los Angeles music scene like?
    • Hopscotch opera: an opera that takes place in CARS. “Shit like THAT is going on LA.”

Other Notes & Thanks!

Thank you to all the artists who gave me permission to play their songs and to Lauren for taking the time to speak with me.

Special thanks to: Sullen Ray who graciously allows me to use their song “Get Up Got It” as the Grrl on Grrl podcast intro and outro–listen to and buy their album Blue Minor on Bandcamp and look out for the upcoming new album Outside the Color Wheel; Greg Guiliano for his financial support; and Gary Hankins for making the episode sound good.

And to all my friends who have been so supportive of this project, I love you!