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My name is Alyx Vesey. I’m a graduate student in Media and Cultural Studies at UW-Madison. My research explores how music functions as a site of labor and how gender, race, and sexuality shapes that work. I’m a contributor to Bitch Magazine and a volunteer for Girls Rock Camp Madison. I’m also the host of “Feminist Music Geek Presents…,” which airs on Fridays from 9-10 p.m. on 91.7 WSUM. You can stream episodes on the station’s site and on my SoundCloud page.

You can also follow me on Twitter (@ms_vz) or join this blog’s Facebook page. If you’d like to submit music for review, please contact me at alyx.vesey@gmail.com.

Thank you for reading. I’m so happy that you’re here. Feel free to comment, though please be respectful.

16 comments

  1. Ajay Miranda

    Funny, I also started my music blog as an outlet after not getting into grad school and not being able to find a regular writing or videography gig with this economy. Keep on bloggin’!

  2. Allie

    Thanks for making this blog! Check out my band, my mostly girl, very feminist punk rock band. We’re The Furiousity and our new album is going to be ready this fall!

    myspace.com/thefuriousity

    • Alyx Vesey

      Mindy — thanks for the snaps! I like your Web site too. I’d love to collaborate on something. Also, there’s always room for guests to post entries on records/musicians/concerts/etc., that made them a feminist.

      Also, you might wanna touch base with Caitlin, who wrote an entry here about female drummers. Her blog is called Dark Room and you can access it from my blogroll.

  3. Kathy

    I am so happy to have found your site. I used to write about music for a women’s website where I had to provide links to other women writing about music. There were so few us then I wish I’d found you sooner.

  4. runrunaway

    Hi Alyx,

    Just stumbled upon your blog after doing a search for PJ Harvey, looking for some info to include on my blog. Looks like you have a wonderful blog here and I am looking forward to exploring it further. Although male, I share your love and respect for female musicians. Over the past few years my tastes have gravitated more and more toward female musicians. Their voices reach me in a way that few male musicians seem to. I wonder if you are aware of a couple of my very favorites… Hannah Fury and Sarah June? Both amazing women and artists. Hannah has her own record label and writes and records all of her own material. Sarah is on an indie label but also writes and records (at home) her own material.

    Best of everything for you and the blog!

    Steve
    http://www.sarahjune.com
    http://www.hannahfury.com

    My Blog (it is new be kind :)
    http://www.runrunaway.wordpress.com

  5. Shelley Seale

    I would really like to include you in a story I’m doing for CultureMap Austin on the top music bloggers in Austin. If you are interested can you please reply or send me your email address? Thank you!

  6. jamiebobamie

    I just read and enjoyed your post about early women’s music. I would’ve replied there but couldn’t figure out how to do it. As someone who enjoyed women’s music of the 70’s and 80’s firsthand, I appreciate your input. A couple of corrections though – The Weavers were not a country group but rather, folk. Also, only the Michigan festival has a woman-born-woman policy. The National festival and many others welcome trans women. If you’d like to read more about early women’s music, I’ve got a couple of entries at my blog. Probably my most popular is http://jamiebobamie.wordpress.com/2011/01/26/seeking-the-fire-early-days-of-womens-music/ Since you mentioned Fanny: http://jamiebobamie.wordpress.com/2011/08/24/when-fanny-rocked/ I was able to find all of the original members and interviewed them. In addition, I’m writing a book about women’s music that’ll be out in the next couple of years.

  7. negress007

    As a die hard riot grrrl fan and lover of all things feminist, I guess I just found my Mecca. (Have you done a Regina Spektor post yet?! PLEASE TELL ME YOU’VE DONE A REGINA POST!) Kudos being able to intertwine gender politics and art so seamlessly. I flicked the “follow” button without a second thought. By the way, i’m new in WordPress Town with a blog that is one parts race politics, one part feminism and a dash of pop cultural sass. Stop by when you get the chance: http://negress.wordpress.com/

  8. Miranda

    So glad I found your blog! I am very much into 70/80s/90s singer songwriter bands and find myself not posting on forums because they are so male dominated. Even my favourite magazine, The Word, is all football football football at the moment. My 2 favourite bands Steely Dan and Prefab Sprout are famous for being male fan dominated and their forums reflect that. So many times I see ‘My girlfriend/wife hates Steely Dan’, ‘My girlfriend/wife doesnt understand Prefab Sprout’. Then a woman does post and then its ‘oooh, are you single???’

    I have a blog and I’ll be writing more about this issue in coming weeks.
    http://www.steamerheaven.wordpress.com

    Keep up the good work

    Miranda

  9. Cassondra Phillipsen

    Hello!

    My name is Cassondra – I am the guitarist of an all-female pop/rock band called The Vandies. We are 5 sassy ladies in our early 20’s who have a huge passion for writing and performing rock music. Here are a couple links of ours:

    http://www.thevandies.com
    http://www.facebook.com/thevandies

    I love the vibe of your blog. I think The Vandies share that down-to-earth, girls kick ass, go out and make s#*% happen kind of attitude. I am wondering if you guys ever interview or highlight bands, or do music/video reviews – we have a new music video coming out this month. If so, we’d love to talk more!

    Looking forward to hearing from you!
    Enjoy that sunshine,

    ~Cassondra
    The Vandies

  10. Kevin

    Hello,

    Hopefully you already know that Lauren Mayberry (front woman of the band Chvches) recently posted an essay as a call to stop the sexually offensive cyber-bullying that she (and I’m sure many other artists) receive, but if not you can read about it here: http://pitchfork.com/news/52483-chvrches-lauren-mayberry-writes-editorial-against-online-sexism/
    I thought you might be interested to know that Digital Music News then wrote this horrible insensitive anti-feminist response: http://www.digitalmusicnews.com/permalink/2013/10/01/chvrches where they blamed her, calling her blissfully ignorant and just in need of thicker skin. And as well their response to being called out on it here is even worse: http://www.digitalmusicnews.com/permalink/2013/10/11/apologize

    I sent an email to all of Digital Music News’s sponsors telling them that I will be boycotting their products and services as long as they support the publication. I don’t have a huge reach though, so if you would maybe write about it and/or pass this info along to any contacts you have who might be able to get a larger group of people to make a stand against them and this behavior that would be awesome.

    Thank you for your writing!

  11. Justine

    Hi! I love this blog!
    I am a fellow music lover and a young college professor born and raised in sunny San Diego, California, home of Ron Burgandy and the California burrito. Although we are not afflicted by winter storms, we are still vulnerable to misogyny.

    Earlier this week a local San Diego band, The Silent Comedy (which unfortunately has 20,000+ likes and has deals with various cable television shows on the History Channel), released a music video that contains explicit depictions of physical abuse and implied rape. You can see so for yourself here: http://diffuser.fm/the-silent-comedy-always-two-exclusive-video-premiere/. I have written them an open letter which you can find here: http://theradicalnotionblog.tumblr.com/post/70379960895/an-open-letter-to-the-silent-comedy-by-justine-marzoni – which the band refused to make public comment on. After I sent my letter to the local San Diego publication, Citybeat, they put out a story about the online discussion around this video (which you can find here: http://www.sdcitybeat.com/sandiego/blog-1455-the-silent-comedy-ignites-controversy.html) and then Josh Zimmerman, bassist and lead singer of the Silent Comedy, wrote a blog post on the band’s official page (which you can find here: http://www.thesilentcomedy.com/joshs-blog/personalthoughts) in which he pretty much accuses the critics of the video of cyber-bullying him. As of yet, the band hasn’t made an official statement and now refuses to engage in a “fruitless social media spat.”

    This conversation is growing and more and more people are coming forward with their uncomfortable impressions of the video. You can see another open letter to the band here: http://normandiewilson.com/blog/2013/12/20/another-open-letter-to-joshua-zimmerman-and-the-silent-comedy, written by a fellow local musician and rape survivor, Normandie Wilson. The story has also taken an interesting turn as it has become more of a case of a band who doesn’t like to take responsibility for their “art” and now feels as though they are victims of an online bullying surrounding their lack of responsibility. Unfortunately The Silent Comedy has removed themselves from the conversation by refusing to make a statement and although many fans have spoken out saying this video challenges their support of the band, many others don’t find issue with it.

    All this to say, I think that the conversation surrounding said issues is just beginning. I would love to hear your thoughts on it!

    P.s. I totally applied to U of W Madison, but got rejected. Cheers to you!

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