Last night, I drove into Philly with Andy to see the Afghan Whigs. As I told him excitedly on the way in, this was a concert 18 years in the making: I began listening to them when I was about 15. I used to sit in the basement of my childhood home, lights turned low,… Continue reading love is not my only crime
When I was growing up, the car stereo was controlled by the person driving. My mother favored Whitney Houston and Ronnie Milsap, and my father’s musical taste included a sprinkling of rock from the 1960s and 70s. Both of them, though, delivered a healthy dose Motown. My brother and I considered ourselves lucky to have… Continue reading how a white girl came to love motown (and what that has to do with Patricia Smith’s poetry)
Today I saw a RT on Twitter from What Tami Said, my current favorite blogger for issues of equality. Here it is: I clicked on the link with some skepticism – that tagline is not the most promising, and I was more than a little surprised, since The Root provides a lot of insightful and… Continue reading institutionalized homophobia & how it made me disappointed in Cee Lo
I watched the Grammys on Sunday night, and while I do not intend to offer any sort of in-depth critique or analysis of what I saw, I will tell you that I enjoyed pretty much all of it. It was entertaining, if nothing else. I thought Muse was spectacular, I squealed with joy when Cee… Continue reading post-grammys; post-racial. right?
So I was all prepared to do a post about Jessie J's new video, "Do It Like A Dude." I was stoked to talk about it because of all the genderbending etc. etc. But then I was like No let me check out Autostraddle first because I want to see what they said about it.… Continue reading low like you
I used to listen to NPR and nothing else in the car. But lately, I have been listening to music again, rocking out like I am 17 and the novelty of driving my friends around in my parents' car hasn't worn off yet. These are songs I think you should try listening to in the… Continue reading songs that are good
Dear Rob Dickinson (formerly of the Catherine Wheel): When I was 15, I did something stupid: I went to a show in Philly with a friend, and we threw our bras at you. I didn’t understand then what I know now: that it was a silly, immature thing to do; that, if you and your… Continue reading open letter to a rock god
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Last night, I went to see EvelynEvelyn at the TLA on South Street. The feminist hoopla seems to have died down (although it's perhaps still going - I have mainly stopped reading feminst blogspaces for a number of reasons), and I kept thinking last night how glad I am that Amanda and Jason were able… Continue reading EvelynEvelyn
So if you're not tapped in to the queer community or the Christian community, you might have missed this particular bit of news: If you've been involved in the evangelical Christian community in any way in the last 15 years, the name Jennifer Knapp is probably as familiar to you as Kelly Clarkson. Knapp is… Continue reading a closer walk