backlash: it was inevitable. We here at The Frisky are firmly
in the for-cripes-sakes-they’re-just-love-songs-chill-out-everybody camp and we always will be. But as we’ve already seen, more than a few bloggers
are angrily typing away
, cataloging how Taylor Swift is (and I quote) “a feminist’s worst nightmare.” I’m sorry, but do you people remember
Britney Spears? Keep reading »
With the release of the Coachella lineup, it’s time to start thinking about your festival schedule, and clearly your look for the season. Since Bonnaroo and Coachella are THE places to not only wear Hunters and leather fringe but also to show off your inspiring fashion sense, you’ll need to start planning your outfits, like, now. In addition to the new clothes, another must-have is fashionable digs to pair with your style, so allow Zandra Rhodes to provide the perfect tent. Her teepee is Indian-inspired and colored in hot pink, which will stand out against the dreary black and gray of most tents, making it that much easier to crawl home at night. And since you’ll be sleeping in style, here are some more glamping accessories to pair with your high-fashion tent. [Grazia] Keep reading »
Fleshmap is a series of studies done by artists dedicated to an inquiry into human desire and its expression through touch, feel, and sound. Yep—it’s a little bit of crazy art science for ya. My favorite study on the site is about music genres and body parts. It maps out the body parts invoked most often in songs of different genres. Notice how eyes are number one in all genres—with the exceptions of hip-hop, where it’s all about booty, and gospel and blues, where hands rule. [Fleshmap.com] Keep reading »
Blogger Lauren Leto, whoever you are, I love you. Your snarky list describing different authors and the people who read them made Amelia’s and my morning. Who reads Jodi Picoult? “Your mom when she’s at her time of the month.” Emily Griffin? “Women who give their boyfriend marriage ultimatums.” Sylvia Plath? “Girls who keep journals.” Yes, indeed! In the spirit of your list, I’ve composed my own, based on music … Keep reading »
Sorry I didn’t post this clip earlier of Noteworthy, the UC Berkeley men’s a capella group, singing Lady Gaga
! I was too busy sending it to everybody
and watching it twice.
Even if you don’t know all the words to “Poker Face,” it’s worth watching for the booty-shaking dance moves alone. Please put that lead singer on Broadway? Keep reading »
Let me start off by saying a few things: I’m a feminist; I love Taylor Swift; and I also respect the minds of bloggers Kate Harding of Broadsheet and Amanda Hess of The Sexist.
But I really disagree with both of them, as well as with Sady Doyle on Bitch magazine’s She Pop blog, about Taylor Swift, specifically how detrimental it supposedly is that Swift’s songs “reinforce some not-so-woman-friendly stereotypes in extremely annoying ways,” as Harding wrote.
I know. Heavy stuff for a Monday. Keep reading »
John Mayer doesn’t just open up to the paparazzi about private stuff with Jennifer Aniston—he composes ditties about her, too. Case in point: it doesn’t take Sherlock Holmes to figure out that “Heartbreak Warefare,” the first song on Mayer’s new album, Battle Studies is about Aniston being hung up over Brad Pitt:
“Drop his name, push it in and twist the knife again
Watch my face, as I pretend to feel no pain
Clouds of sulfur in the air, bombs are falling everywhere
It’s heartbreak warfare
Once you want it to begin, no one ever wins at heartbreak warfare
If you want more love, why don’t you say so?”
Considering Mayer has only banged pop/movie stars for the past several years, a little deductive reasoning tells us at least a couple more songs on the new album are about past relationships with Aniston and Jessica Simpson. So we listened to the whole Battle Studies album and have created, after the jump, a purely speculative compilation of John Mayer’s song lyrics about which starlets he’s ben boning: Keep reading »
Music is crucial during a fashion show (or after-party)—it gets the crowd buzzing, the models seriously strutting their stuff and generally sets the mood for a collection. Oh, and it’s pretty hard to miss—especially if it sucks. Thankfully, Elle UK has listed a bunch of songs designers are using in their runway shows and after-parties—great music, mind you—perhaps a few new tunes to add to the old iPod? After the jump, the bitchin’ hot songs on replay this London Fashion Week, who sings them and where they were heard. Keep reading »
Mary Travers of Peter, Paul and Mary passed away from leukemia yesterday at the age of 72 and I teared up several times last night and this morning just thinking about her.
When I was 14 years old, my Girl Scout leader, who also happened to be the editor of our dinky local newspaper, asked if I wanted to become an intern. One of the very first stories she asked me to write was covering a talk at our town’s university by the folk singer and activist Mary Travers. I knew vaguely about Travers’ folk trio—everyone sang “Puff The Magic Dragon” in kindergarten, right?—but I was well past the age of listening to Peter, Paul and Mary. They just sang kids’ music, right? I thought she was like Raffi.
But when Mary Travers spoke and performed that night at Fairfield University—wow! Travers wasn’t a kids’ music singer; she was one of the icons of America of the 1960s. Her music and her activism literally helped change the way we are in America today. Travers was an ally in the Civil Rights Movement, was arrested for protesting apartheid in South Africa, and sang songs about social justice, like “Blowin’ In The Wind,” whose lyrics, I’m sorry to see, are timeless. Here was a woman who was intellectual, creative, passionate, and compassionate who bravely stood up for what she thought was right regardless of its personal consequences to her — and yet still seemed like a happy person!
It truly was a life-changing experience for me, one of the first times I had a template for what kind of person I truly admired. Mary Travers was the first adult woman I looked to and thought, “I want to be you when I grow up.” Keep reading »
Karaoke isn’t normally a classy affair. Dive bars, sloppy slurred words, vodka shots, and embarrassing photos are more like it. Leave it to A.P.C., one of our favorite French clothing labels, to make karaoke cute. Their new DVD offers instrumental versions of the standards: “Like a Virgin,” “Billie Jean,” and other hits by the likes of The Ramones, The Spice Girls, and The Police. Except, instead of the cheesy beach scenes and ’80s montages you normally get on the screen (OK, we do kind of like those), you get nature images filmed from a boat on a polar exploration in icy Greenland. See? Classy. [$35, Apc.fr] Keep reading »