Weekly Music Fix: Bonnaroo Lineup, Nicki Minaj’s Monkey & Riot Grrrl Revolution

Aside for being reminded that kd lang, Leonard Cohen, Nelly Furtado, and Sarah McLachlan are Canadian (thanks, Olympics Opening Ceremony!), it’s been a slow week in music news. On to the Fix!

The 2010 Bonnaroo Lineup has finally been announced. Dave Matthews Band, Jay-Z, Kings of Leon, and Stevie Wonder will headline, but there’s a little something for everyone. Ingrid Michaelson, Local Natives, Deadmau5, Fanfarlo and Medeski, Martin, and Wood are among a diverse list of artists playing the Manchester, TN festival.

Via Racialicious, we were alerted to the VH1 documentary Soul Train: The Hippest Trip In America, which premiered at the end of January. Racialicious notes: “Soul Train was an unapologetically black space within the landscape of television… Don Cornelius used to say that he felt black media (and by extension, Soul Train) should be “ethnic, ethical, and excellent… That small concept was fascinating.”

Though a little unconventional, indie folk singer-songwriter Bonnie “Prince” Billy announced a new album planned for March via lingerie model on Valentines Day. Watch it below:

In a spirit that almost rivals Autostraddle’s affection for its stuffed dog Tinkerbell, fans were relieved to hear that bisexual rapper Nicki Minaj has been reunited with her stuffed pink monkey, Oscar, who disappeared about a week ago as Minaj flew to Miami. Also last week, Minaj recently advised fans on Valentine’s Day gifts, “Don’t expect a gift — you’re not getting one. You don’t deserve one. You don’t need one. It’s all about the girls,” which we think means “I like making out with girls, who wants to make out with me?” to which we volunteer. She can bring the monkey.

Do you remember the hilarious feminist bookstore skits featuring SNL’s Fred Armisen and Sleater-Kinney’s Carrie Brownstein? Well, Women for Women is back — this time as the setting for St. Vincent’s video for “Laughing With A Mouth Full of Blood,” which we featured last week in the Daily Fix. Annie Clark herself requested Armisen and Brownstein for her video, and St. Vincent fans and non-fans alike will appreciate the humor of feminist bookstore hyperbole. Watch it below or read more at Carrie Brownstein’s Monitor Mix blog.

St. Vincent – “Laughing With A Mouth Of Blood”

st. vincent | MySpace Music Videos

Benevolent Google might not be so good after all. This past week, it shut down six popular music blogs without warning in what critics called “musicblogocide 2010.” Copyright law is at the center of this controversy, but bloggers are still showing concern. Read more at The Guardian.

Sara Marcus and Marisa Meltzer have an interesting discussion following the release of Meltzer’s book Girl Power: The Nineties Revolution in music. If you’ve been wondering what happened to all the angry, powerful women in ’90s rock, check out the article at Slate.com. They discuss Bikini Kill to the Spice Girls. Laneia will be doing an interview with Marissa about the book really soon, so let her know if you have any questions you want answered!

We’ve got a pretty hearty roster of Audiostraddle bloggers at this point, many of whom really enjoy sensitive emo indie rock performed by skinny white boys with messy bangs. But although we’re often pulling other Team Autostraddle members to add more hip-hop to the music mix here, and they often volunteer when observing a lack of hip-hop in our grand lists, we’ve come to realize that that just ain’t enough. We need more! And hey, someone even suggested it on twitter, so obvs THE TIME IS NOW.

Audiostraddle is calling for hip-hop/rap/r&b music enthusiasts who would like to help with concert and album reviews, features and artist interviews. Experience isn’t essential – but you will need excellent writing skills, perfect spelling & grammar, spare time, and the confidence to do phone interviews. This isn’t paid work, but you’ll occasionally get free stuff, get to talk to famous people and you’ll have a chance to impose your feelings upon everyone else.

Email Crystal[at]Autostraddle.com with a resumè, a writing sample, and 2-3 story ideas. Let us know what you like about AS and how much time you can devote to the team.

Until then, please enjoy Intern Laura & Katrina Casino’s cover of “Make Love in This Club,” via Autostraddle facebook.

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Jess G.

Jess is a writer/producer with a knack for audio and online production. She grew up in California and now lives in Washington, DC, where she recently graduated from Georgetown University. Jess' jacket collection is obscenely large, and so is her music library. In her spare time, Jess enjoys riding her bike in the city, blogging, writing songs, and eating good food.

Jess has written 44 articles for us.


    • THIS.

      Brandi was my lady crush before I joined the throngs of lesbians obsessed with Tegan and(or) Sara.

    • I think I may be going to this, this year.

      BSS!!!!! (i would die a happy death if i could see amy, leslie, and emily all play together), LCD soundsystem, the xx, mountain goats, camera obscura, a-track…i am drooling with lust.

      We should wear t-shirts that say “i love being straddled” to identify autostraddle readers within the crowds.

    • I will use this venue to express my uninvited Bonnaroo excitement:

      Kings of Leon (++)! Jay-Z! Weezer (irony! nostalgia!)! The Flaming Lips performing Dark Side of the Moon (+++++++)! LCD Soundsystem! The Dead Weather! Phoenix! Tori Amos! The National (++)! The Black Keys! She & Him! The xx! Calexico! OK Go! Tokyo Police Club! Brandi Carlile (gaymazing! +++)!

      • I thought I could die happy when I saw Flaming Lips in Sanfran in October. NOW THEY’RE PLAYING DARK SIDE OF THE MOON AT MY FAVORITE MUSIC FESTIVAL.

  1. we seriously need a hip hop writer because i don’t have a radio and so all my pop music knowledge is from christmas when i went home and drove a car a lot. i can’t jam to j holiday forevs!

  2. You ask for a writer with perfect spelling/grammar, then you put the accent on the wrong way on resumé!

    *bursts into flames in fit of pedantry-induced self-combustion*

  3. I feel like the only job I could have at Autostraddle is “Lez in charge of compiling Tila’s greatest Twitters of the week” or “Domestic Dyke teaches your to fold napkins in fancy ways” or “Jenny shares what you should be drinking when all your lesbian feelings drive you to it.” Until that day, I must sadly leave my cover letter on the shelf.

  4. *ahem* Sooooouuuuulllllllllll Traaaaaaaain!

    Ugh, Nicki Minaj.
    I think she should be stoned.
    And I feel as though she’s taking women back so many steps.

    PPPFFFT. I was almost like “hey! I could be the hip hop writer!” When I realized I barely listen to hip-hop myself. Well, main stream stuff anyway. At most I’ll listen to Andre 3000, Erykah Badu, or Lupe Fiasco. Maybe Kanye. But I’m not hard core, you know? Um, although I would probably have good access to hip hop new. Eh.

  5. I would looove to help with the hip hop/r’n’b pov but I don’t have any time (like at all) *pouts lip*. We need to see more of that perspective on AS.

    P.S. I <3 Nicki Minaj. Sure she can be shallow and materialistic but… who isn't. She's independent and foul-mouthed and HELLA sexy nad the staple of my erotic dreams.

  6. My hip hop knowledge comes from hearing covers by musicians in other genres. SO it’s pretty limited.

    I’ve never been to Bonnaroo but I want to go now, mostly for Julia Nunes and Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros (and a zillion others, really) but I don’t think it’s going to happen.

  7. As this website covers feminism, I wonder how they will react to women models posing for sexy lingerie? I think the articles listed in the site are interesting and thought provoking. I like that videos are also included in the article.

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