THIS EPISODE IS CURATED BY Elizabeth Cameron of Forget Cassettes.
Chalk it up to years of touring and being nailed to women-only bills, but I have a slight irritation of ‘female centric’ lists, line-ups, bios, and press. However, I do think it’s imperative to point out that the gender gap is no closer to closing in 2015 than it was in 1995. The Guardian recently published this statistic: This year, 89.6% of the acts confirmed for Reading and Leeds are all-male. These are not the only festivals that seem to have a gender bias going on. Some execs have cited oversights, others have said it’s just a matter of availability. With this kind of denial, we shouldn’t be surprised that we’re still dealing with women artists being ‘othered’ and treated as token minorities in mainstream music.
Here’s my short list of some of Nashville’s most talented ladies. I chose to stay in more rock/pop territory because I think Nashville is still pretty under represented when it comes to genres other than country, folk, and americana. In that case, I want to make sure I mention Margo Price, Caitlin Rose, Birdcloud, Those Darlins, Alana Royale, and Thelma and the Sleaze for working their asses off to make this town brim with great music. I’m also looking forward to new music by Adia Victoria, the Dead Deads, and Ariel Bui. Some of the artists I chose for this playlist are great friends, some are acquaintances, and some I barely know – but all I deeply respect for their artistry. Each of these songs are very special to me. When I was growing up here and starting to play music, I was aware of only a teaspoon of female musicians in this town. Today, Nashville has a healthy tablespoon. This progress excites me.
“We keep coming back to the question of representation because identity is always about representation. People forget that when they wanted white women to get into the workforce because of the world war, what did they start doing? They started having a lot of commercials, a lot of movies, a lot of things that were redoing the female image, saying, ‘Hey, you can work for the war, but you can still be feminine.’ So what we see is that the mass media, film, TV, all of these things, are powerful vehicles for maintaining the kinds of systems of domination we live under, imperialism, racism, sexism etc. Often there’s a denial of this and art is presented as politically neutral, as though it is not shaped by a reality of domination.”
- Bully – I Remember
- Churchyard – Staring at the Sun
- Cortney Tidwell – 17 Horses
- Elle Macho – Bombs
- Idle Bloom – Fare Fumo
- Jasmin Kaset – Food
- Natalie Prass – My Baby Don’t Understand Me
- POLY – Shears
- Ponychase – House in the Valley
- Tristen – Winter Night
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yewknee · Monday, May. 18th, 2015 at 9:10am
Volume 66 by Weownthistown on Mixcloud
Another compilation of quality Nashville music that may not be on your radar. Please, put these on your Radar.
- Makeup and Vanity Set – Hand in Hand
- nightblonde – I Belong in Your Arms (demo)
- Gay Vibes – The Stab
- Adam Landry – Fall
- Mystery Twins – TV Talk
- Hurts to Laugh – Killing an Arab
- Joe Pisapia – Burned Out
- Jessie Baylie – To Hell and Back
- Fumble – shadows I
yewknee · Monday, Apr. 20th, 2015 at 1:00pm
After a short hibernation, I’m back to posting semi-regular podcasts. The following is a collection of music unearthed during the quiet interim and more recent additions. Also, a little bookend tribute to the late Dave Cloud – who’s music I was not personally familiar with but certainly feel like diving in now full force.
- Dave Cloud & The Gospel of Power – Guy de Maupassant
- JEFF the Brotherhood – What’s a Creep
- Angela Talley – Grave World
- Sugar Sk*_*lls – Solresol
- Sherbert – Rachel Knows
- Richie – Go Back Home
- Hands Down Eugene – Eva
- Norm – Remember
- All Them Witches – When God Comes Back (Live)
- Dave Cloud & The Gospel of Power – Fever
yewknee · Tuesday, Mar. 24th, 2015 at 9:06am
It’s back! After uploading 63 previous episodes I felt inspired to make another installation. I mean, who ends on 63 iterations of something? It’s insanity. I wouldn’t call this a “Best Of” but it certain culls many of my favorites from the huge gap between episodes. Whatever it is, it’s 40 minutes of enjoyable Nashville music.
- Ben Spinks Supermelt – D
- Tower Defense – The Actor
- Jasmin Kaset – Porno Mtn
- The By Gods – Endless Bummer
- Majestico – Gimme Love
- Codaphonic – Oh Radio!
- Gay Vibes – Cowboys on Ice
- Toadies II – Good Boy
- *repeat repeat – Not the One
- Echo Group – Farewell
- Jordan Lehning – Nobody’s Home
- Steelism – China Plate
- Evan P Donohue – Felix
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yewknee · Thursday, Jan. 8th, 2015 at 10:57am
I’ve been having a look back through the archive at some of the earlier podcasts and guess what? They had one, maybe two, sentence descriptions. This exposition is ridiculous! You know what the podcast is and what it contains!
- Bully – Bully
- Ultras S/C – 1417 Roberts Ave
- Penicillin Baby – The World’s Not Waiting
- Hotpipes – Magic is Everywhere
- Bad Cop – Mama Said
- NORM – Across the Bow
- blackbear – Stormy Weather
- Los Colognes – 99 Ways
- Blank Range – Same Sun
- Kokopeligroso – Moonshadows
- Coupler – Kitezh
- Hollow Ox – Give me a Light
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yewknee · Wednesday, May. 29th, 2013 at 8:33am
Another quality dispatch (if I may say so myself) from the bottomless well of goodness that is the Nashville rock / electronic / indie scene. There’s probably a better name for that but it’s all I’ve got at the moment. Enjoy.
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yewknee · Friday, Mar. 22nd, 2013 at 9:21am
Now in our sixty first volume, is it safe to say that Nashville can be known for well more than just Music Row Country Crap? As you can hear, we’re chock full of quality indie, rock, garage, post-rock, absurdity and Quality Country. Just listen, you’ll get it.
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yewknee · Tuesday, Feb. 19th, 2013 at 6:00am
Let’s get two things out of the way. First, I realize it’s late into January 2013 and, thus, a compilation regarding music from 2012 seems a bit behind schedule. This is undebatable. Secondly, it’s dishonest, disingenuous and distasteful to call this a ‘Best Of’ as I have in years past. There’s just far too much music coming out of our fair region to be able to put an entire year’s worth of it into a single, listenable, stream. With that in mind, we’re calling this a ‘2012 Retrospective’ – there’s some serious oversights and questionable choices but it represents a portion of the last year. That’s all we’re going for here.
Excuses and preambles aside, I think it’s a fine hour and a half listen. My apologies to all the bands that were left out (JEFF, Reid Magette, Richie, Turbo Fruits, Wild Cub, Umbrella Tree, Ultras S/C, get better, Anchor Thieves, Calicocat, Century Club, Chancellor Warhol, Cherub, Conestyle, Mom&Dad, Shaky Voices, Tower Defense, etc. etc.) but I think you’ll find those that were included to be a fair representation of the diversity of Nashville.
2013 and beyond is only going to get crazier in terms of amount of content. This is a great problem to have.
- Treekeeper – “Treekeeper Tropicale”
- By Lightning – “Take a Rest on Me”
- Mystery Twins – “Lose Control”
- D Watusi – “Brother & Sister”
- All Them Witches – “The Urn”
- Forget Cassettes – “Lady Lazarus”
- Makeup and Vanity Set – “System Override”
- Echo Group – “Supra”
- Truth Clipsy x JOTA ESE – “i’d rather be blind, crippled, and louted”
- Uncle Skeleton – “Sophisticuffs”
- Sharpneck – “Albatross”
- Jessie Baylin – “Love Is Wasted On Lovers”
- Meadownoise – “Little William”
- Coupler – “The Valley of Elders”
- Nahnee Bori – “The Fiery Serf”
- Penicillin Baby – “Jean Jam”
- Majestico – “Love is God”
- PUJOL – “DIY2K”
- Evan P Donohue – “Wish I was 19″
- POLY – “Shears”
- Phantom Farmer – “Resist Not Evil By Force”
- Tropical Punk – “Take Me To The Party, Baby”
- Denney and The Jets – “Fun Girls”
- Scale Model – “Ground”
- Ponychase – “It’s a Curse”
- Little Bandit – “Heaven or Hell”
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yewknee · Wednesday, Jan. 30th, 2013 at 10:36am
What’s that? Another edition of the podcast in less than a week? Well, I couldn’t rightly leave up a Christmas themed edition past Christmas, could I? Plus, there were a few more gems released in December that needed to be put into the WOTT pipeline, proper. New music never stops I suppose!
Enjoy the final 2012 edition of the podcast.
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yewknee · Wednesday, Dec. 26th, 2012 at 6:01am
After immersing myself in that Partytown Hospital record I decided to browse around Bandcamp and find some other eclectic Nashville Christmas music. In doing so, I unearthed the best Christmas present I could possibly bestow to the Nashville music scene – David Argyle Thacker’s The Mouth Trumpet Christmas Album. It is exactly what you’d think it is and it delivers big time.
From there, I decided I might as well just throw together a Christmas themed edition of the podcast because, why not? So, with that in mind, dive into this Merry Christmas compilation! I’ve actually got more Christmas related items to share so come back later if this doesn’t satisfy you.
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yewknee · Friday, Dec. 21st, 2012 at 9:15am