This episode of Loud Sirens marks an important milestone: I talk with someone I've never met IRL! Lauren Oglesby, a singer-songwriter from Seattle and now living in New Orleans, chats with me about songwriting, why it's often easier to write music by yourself (rather than collaborating), her background in contemporary Christian music (and how she left the church), and how finding a new artist/album/etc. is like falling in love.
You can find out more about Lauren here. I suggest you give her music a listen--she's super talented, and she recorded her project in GARAGE BAND (of all programs) and it still sounds fantastic. She'll be launching a kickstarter soon to support recording a new album, in a real studio this time.
Today's guest is Jamie Varriale Velez, musician and historian extraordinaire! Our topic is "not punk enough," which covers a lot of ground in terms of identity, aesthetics, and discourse. Jamie's research on Los Crudos acts as a starting point for our free-ranging discussion of how identity politics works for some people (and not others) in the punk framework.
In this episode, I speak with Alexandra Apolloni about how much the music industry sucks for women. Really, that could be a depressing subtheme of this entire podcast, but despite our depressing theme, this is a fantastic episode. Alexandra (Or Xandra, if you will) first introduces us to her awesome research on British "girl" singers of the 1960s (you know, same era, different side of the pond as the Girl Groups of the US). I finally learned more about Lulu than To Sir, with Love! And then we spring into intersectionality and Miley Cyrus (yes, really). Next, we move into "The Music Industry Sucks for Women," in which we discuss the recent spate of biopics (on Nina Simone and Amy Winehouse) that reveal the truth in that statement. And finally, on a bright note: In the Fandom Five, we gush effusively about the B-52s and Xandra tells us about her love for PP Arnold.
Erica Flores is Program Director of Girls Rock Austin, and has been involved with the Girls Rock Camp movement since 2010, when she helped form the Los Angeles chapter. She's an awesome second guest for the podcast, because she has a ton to say on intersectional feminist projects (like Rock Camp!), being a brown girl into punk rock and the Cure, and playing in bands (and buying musical equipment) as a woman.
Welcome to the inaugural episode of Loud Sirens, a podcast where women talk about music. The first guest is Meg Wilhoite, music theorist, musician, and my good friend. We talk about the sunk costs of leaving academia, composer Morton Feldman, writing (and performing) music as women in our 30s, our shared love for polyphony, and much more.