Tuesday, March 4, 2014

International Women's Day

This Saturday is International Women's Day so Trevor and I thought we'd put together a playlist made up exclusively of female artists. The only exception was the show's cheeky intro, provided by Flight of the Concords (remember when they were kind of a big deal?). There was some debate about whether the track was appropriate. Eventually we agreed that it was more or less consistent with the show, given the fact that there were no women present in the recording booth; just a lot of self-aware male posturing.

My embarrassment was nearly audible, but it was soon remedied with Brooklyn funk/soul outfit Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings. From there it was smooth sailing: we began with a handful of artists from British Columbia including Kandle and her pal Louise Burns, as well as garage rock duo The Pack A.D. Next, we heard the strange grooves of Argentina's Juana Molina and marked the show's halfway point with Alsara and the Nubatones.

Taking her cue from PJ Harvey and Tori Amos, Natasha Khan (aka Bat for Lashes) gave us an inspiring piano ballad (my "torch song," apparently) about refusing to compromise. We mellowed out with a track from Marissa Nadler's excellent new album, July and revisited a CJSR staple from Edmonton's Jessica Jalbert. St. Vincent's industrial beats provided a good warm-up for an infectious track by Karol Conka, and we closed with a witty number by Vancouver's Hannah Georgas. Finally, with two minutes to go, I was able to sneak in a classic from The Breeder's 1993 album Last Splash.

"Ladies of the World" - Flight of the Concords
"We Get Along" - Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings
"Control Me" - Kandle
"Airborne" - The Pack A.D.
"Emeralds Shatter" - Louise Burns
"Ferocisimo" - Juana Molina
"Habibi Taal" - Alsara and the Nubatones
"Travelling Woman" - Bat for Lashes
"Was it a Dream" - Marissa Nadler
"Lack of a Lake" - Jessica Jalbert
"Every Tear Disappears" - St. Vincent
"Gandaia" - Karol Conka
"Shorty" - Hannah Georgas
"Divine Hammer" - The Breeders

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