Playlist: Brooklyn-Based Queer Musicians With A Lot Of (Upbeat) Feelings

Brooklyn! Brooklyn is a pretty rad place, I hear. They’ve got that bridge situation going on, Coney Island is in Brooklyn, a bunch of Autostraddle staff members live there, but MOST RELEVANT TO THIS ARTICLE, Brooklyn is becoming a hotspot for queer women who make music, including newly out musician Jenny Owen Youngs and a bunch of her pals! Yeah! So in honor of Jenny Owen Youngs Day, here is a playlist of upbeat songs by queer women who are based out of Brooklyn. Onward, gaywads!

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image via pepperpressny

Brooklyn-Based Queer Musicians With A Lot Of (Upbeat) Feelings


Pirates – Jenny Owen Youngs

Brooklyn – Mal Blum

Didn’t I Tell You – Toshi Reagon

Making It Up – Allison Weiss

Scarface – Hunter Valentine

Give Me What You’ve Got – The Shondes

All That I’ve Got – Mitten

You’ve Changed (feat. Sia) – Lauren Flax

Do You Remember The Morning – Kid in the Attic

Yesterday – Celisse Henderson

Lose Myself (Acoustic) – I Am Lightyear

Feelin’ Good – Meshell Ndegeocello

Get Ready – Lady

Anglerfish – Hailey Wojick

Voice On Tape (feat. Regina Spektor) – Jenny Owen Youngs

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  1. you know how sometimes i say a thing is “everything i never knew i wanted”? WELL, this playlist is everything i definitely knew i wanted! thanks for transcribing my ipod onto autostraddle, grace face! <3

  2. While she’s a very talented singer, I just want to point out Toshi Reagon is performing at this coming MichFest and is one of the performers who haven’t made any statement about the festival’s “womyn-born-womyn” policy (recently Nona Hendryx, JD Samson and God Des & She specifically said they would not play at the festival again until the policy changes). So, yes, that’s everyone’s personal choice as to how they feel about that. Much as I respect Ms. Reagon’s abilities (and her mom) I’m not interested in having any of her music. :(

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