Mixtape inspiration: Gender is Over (If You Want It)

I’m stoked to have found this mixtape which includes Shamir, Laura Jane Grace, and Speedy Ortiz. Here’s the background on the project as described on their website:

The “Gender Is Over (If You Want It)” project was inspired by Yoko & John’s “War Is Over! (If You Want It)” campaign, a lifelong frustration with normative binary gender roles and coercive gendering and a belief in self-determination.

We think that society’s emphasis on assigned binary gender roles is harmful, damaging, and often violent, and this is a statement against that. However, by “gender” we don’t mean “gender identities” –– we believe that people’s chosen gender identities/expressions are valid and should be respected! We also don’t intend for this to imply that we currently live in a post-gender world: gendered violence & gender inequality are real and pressing issues that require lots of work to dismantle.

Asian American inspiration: Mitski

Asian American inspiration: Mitski

I’ve been absolutely in love with Mitski. She plays guitar. She sings. She writes snarky, hilarious, and personal tweets. I didn’t think I could like her any more than I already did, but then I followed her on Twitter, and I don’t even know how to express how much I dig her.

Here’s a recent one that’s my absolute fave:

For me, it’s refreshing to see when other Asian Americans poke fun at the racial stereotypes we often face.

And besides, listen to her fucking music. She’s amazing. Musicians like her are the reason I’ve started Grrl on Grrl. And hey, maybe she’ll be a guest one day? *dreamy sigh*

Podcast inspiration: Indie101 Podcast with Seth Eubanks

My friend Seth Eubanks released the first episode of his Indie101 Podcast which I listened to on my walk home last night. I’m always eager to hear what other musicians have to say about the craft and the hustling that’s involved in writing songs and playing gigs. It’s the main reason I’m starting Grrl on Grrl.

In the first episode, Seth chats with Janelle Obert from Los Angeles band No Girlfriends. They touch upon band dynamics, worrying about remembering the lyrics on stage, and other issues–some that made me go, “oh yeah, that’s totally me too!” and others that helped me understand a little bit more about the process.

Seth’s always a great person to hear talk, and I’m excited that he’s expanded his Instagram “indie101 advice” into a podcast.

Give episode 1 of Indie101 Podcast a listen below, and I recommend staying tuned for upcoming episodes!

Inspiration: Anne Brontë

Late night inspiration: “Music on Christmas Morning” by Anne Brontë

“Music on Christmas Morning” by Anne Brontë

Music I love -­ but never strain
Could kindle raptures so divine,
So grief assuage, so conquer pain,
And rouse this pensive heart of mine -­
As that we hear on Christmas morn,
Upon the wintry breezes borne.
Though Darkness still her empire keep,
And hours must pass, ere morning break;
From troubled dreams, or slumbers deep,
That music kindly bids us wake:
It calls us, with an angel’s voice,
To wake, and worship, and rejoice…

[Read the rest here.]