Ani Difranco Wants Your Videos For Her New Song “Mariachi”

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For those looking for a way to garner lesbian internet fandom only matched by the girl who wrote about Autostraddle with the autoharp, Bust magazine informs us Ani wants your help in making the music video for her song “Mariachi”  from her album Which Side Are You On?  To participate, you can submit Youtube videos of you (or your friend’s) interpretation of this new song, be it singing, dancing or (if we can judge your talents by the A-Camp talent show,) interpretative hula-hooping to a ukulele cover of the song.  Stuff you could win includes a signed vinyl test-pressing and a Righteous Babe Records prize pack in addition to potentially being in her new music video.

Full disclosure: I was underwhelmed by this new song. But it’s Ani! So either go submit a video or maybe let’s just talk about our favorite Ani songs from her arguably more righteous earlier albums and/or favorite concert experiences watching her wail on a guitar before a sea full of lesbians. I know I’ve seen you at Ani Difranco Appreciation Club Meetings before.

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Jamie J. Hagen

Jamie lives in Boston and is currently a PhD student in Global Governance and Human Security at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She is a freelance writer and also a team associate for the Boston chapter of Hollaback!.

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  1. I’m also feeling pretty “meh” about this song. The Living in Clip album will always hold a special place in my heart for being the soundtrack to a month of post-breakup cryrunning in 2008.

      • I can get that. I only listened to it when I first listened through the whole album at once. But Mariachi and J are probably the best songs on the album. The rest has grown on me somewhat, but I’m still pretty underwhelmed by it.

        (And I mean, I’m probably way biased to begin with, I pre-ordered it. On vinyl. I was probably going to like it anyways).

  2. All of her older stuff I still adore, but I felt like around reveling she stopped progressing musically, and artistically. I don’t mean that in a bad way, from what i read in interviews, she seems more content with life and also just writing simple songs which t each their own. I still love her and would go see her, her presence at a live shw is so fierce. But yeah, this song sounds like a million Ani songs, which again, is cool, but I like it when artists keep things new/fresh/exciting.

    In addition, as she has matured and grown as a person — and I guess I’m still very far off from calming/settling down in life, I find a lot less in common with her lyrics, and that’s kinda hard to cope with when you’re talking about “folk” music. idk, I’ll check out her new album anyway :)

  3. wow, i felt this was my one of my favorite tracks on the album next to Promiscuity and of course Amendment. Which Side Are You On? is a “righteous” album. makes me sad y’all don’t like. maybe i should be making this video.

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