Monday, May 31, 2004

Uh Huh Her..

is the title of PJ Harveys sixth album in stores this week. Weekend Australian's Review describes it as "a customary mix of love, yearning, sex and spite set to a soundtrack of guitar-based buzz, shuffle and cut". The video to one of the signature tracks, 'Who the Fuck?' is already done, with PJ bouncing around in her knickers - go Polly go!


Haven't really blogged as much as a blogger should blog lately.. In fact, I shouldn't be blogging at all right now, I should be studying for my photogrphy exam which is in.. exactly 11 hours. Ah well. I'm in the process of reevaluating my essay topic after Wednesday's tute with Sue, I realize I have to stay more focused on a specific subculture. I might use Riot Grrrl, which I did my last assignment on, as a starting point, as their relationship with the media was quite turbulent.

An article by Kristen Schilt in Popular Music and Society, explains how the performance style of many of the Riot Grrrl bands shocked some jouranlists, leading to negative and condescending articles about the movement. Journalists wrote things like:

"They do things like scrawl SLUT and RAPE across their torsos before gigs, produce fanzines with names like Girl Germs and hate the media's guts. They're called Riot Grrrl and they've come for your daughters."

Stories on the movement were often misinformed, antagonistic and banal, they were misrepresented and taken out of context, making them appear immature and ridiculous. In one perticular case, Newsweek purchased a picture of Bikini Kill's Kathleen Hanna and her friends at the beach in bikinis. The photo, according to Schilt, was an effort to discredit their feminism. In another case, the Washington Post ran a store on Bikini Kill without even interviewing the band, and incorrectly reported
that Hanna claimed her father raped her. Hanna had many relatives in Washington, and the article caused her a lot of embarassment and hurt her family.

Kathleen Hanna

All in all, there are many examples of how mainstream media can exploit a 'fresh' new subculture, present it as dangerous and make money out of discrediting it.

To be continued

Wednesday, May 26, 2004

Lick my legs - Polly Jean

Tuesday, May 25, 2004

On grrrls and guitrrrs

Spent a very long and frustrating day trying to find some books to help me develop my topic, - 99 *$@ING per cent of all books on women/gender and rock music are gone! And I thought I was early getting books out... Damn. The only really relevant one I found was 'SEXING the GROOVE' edited by Sheila Whiteley. She writes on women and the electric guitar:

"Where are all the female electric guitarists? Why haven't we had an Erica Clapton or Jenny Hendrix? Ask the average person to think of some famous women guitarists and they will be hard pushed to come up with a single name. In June 1996 Mojo Magazine celebrated 'The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time'. Only three of them were women: Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Joni Mitchell and Bonnie Raitt. The lack of women guitarists in rock's hall of fame is partly a result of the way in which women get written out of history and their contribution undervalued, but mainly a reflection of the fact that so very few women get a foot on even the bottom rung of the rock career ladder. Why do so few women sat out on the career of electric guitarist?"
(Marvis Bayton in Sexing the Groove, p.37)

I like that, Marvis. Dunno if I'm ready to answer that question just yet tho. In a few weeks, hopefully, I will.

Christ, the last month of semester sucks. I want more time. I want be lazy. I want go out. I want get trashed. I want go to movies. I want not be broke.

Got my Sonic Youth tickets in the mail by Mr Tiketek today tho, that cheered me up a bit.

Kim Gordon

Salamikakkel - Ehhrschz!

Monday, May 24, 2004

Happy birthday, Bob!

Today, as you might know or not know, as I didn't know until a few hours ago before my roomate Becky told me, - Bob Dylan, Bob the Man, is 63 years old today. Happy birthday Bobby! We've been celebrating watching 'The Last Waltz'- with The Band, Bobby, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Emilou Harris (she was a babe when she was young, absolutely stunningly beautiful), Van Morrison, Eric Clapton, Neil Diamond ++) and having chocolate cake. Geeks.

After spending about a decade mucking around on my computer I finally figured out how to add links to a linkless template, it's not so easy being computer illiterate! Added some of my favourite bands as well as some mags and journals (nicked some from Jean's suggestions), - hopefully there's more to come.

If someone else is struggeling with the same thing (adding links to a template without a section for links), this help-page explains it.

Anyway, my research hasn't really been up to much since last time I saw it, as I've got two exams and two essays due in the next 6 days.


Friday, May 21, 2004

Any Velvet Underground fans?

Just read in Rave Magazine that the Troubadour is hosting a "very special" Tribute to Velvet Underground Night tomorrow (Sat.) - heaps of tunes and Trash Video screening Andy Warhol flix all night. It doesn't say when and how much, my guess is and $6 entry.

According to my calculus I'll have to post 1.2857143 interesting, entertaining, critical and quality content posts per day until June 2, that shouldn't really be a problem, should it? I guess that's what you get for being lazy.


Thursday, May 20, 2004

And I'm blogging...

Better late than never... After some technical log-in difficulties, and a fair bit of lazyness, I'm finally blogging, and I must say, it feels... Absolutely fantastic. BABOOM! Boobyblog has come alive!

I've had a browse through other students' weblogs, and I have to say I'm really impressed by some of them. Well done creatures of the MSTU2000 universe! As to my assignment, it is still at an early stage of development, -ok, I guess I just printed out the essay topics.

I did my first essay on Riot Grrrl and the positive consequeces the movement had for women in rock. I dunno, I find the topic of women and female sexuality in rock music really interesting. There's this tension between the female artist and the industry, which is, of course, predominantly male. Almost like a relationship perhaps, a struggle of power and control... Wow, that sounds a bit out there. In some cases, anyway, I guess it's hard to say who's exploiting who (even though, in most cases, it's the record companies who are laughing all the way to the bank). Anyway, I've thought about doing something on female instrumentalists in alternative (whatever that means) rock, such as PJ Harvey, Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth, Tori Amos and Melissa Auf der Maur. The only problem then, I guess, is that you can't really call female instrumentalists in alternative rock a subculture. Or can you? Jean? Help! I need to think about this one a bit longer.

Oh, and Jean, sorry, but you spelt my name wrong on the course weblog. My last name is Mokleiv, not Mokliev. For some reason a lot of Australians prefer spelling it Mokliev, which makes it sound kind of Russian. Not that there's anything wrong with being Russian.

Anyway, this is my first post, I'm so proud of myself now. Baboom.

Happy blogging everyone, gros bisous a tous