Sunday, August 17, 2008

MICROPHONISCOPE: women on "rock radio"




















idolator just ran an article discussing the anomaly of three female solo artists in the "hot modern rock tracks," and what's interesting is that two of the three are pretty familiar to readers of this blog: M.I.A. and santogold. the other is katy perry which i'm less interested in. but its funny that those two tracks are on modern rock radio billboard charts, although idolator probably has a good point in that they "have just enough guitar to comfortably fit in" without necessarily being defined by it. probably because i myself listen to a lot of female artistst, i'm angered by the lack of them in the public sphere (i.e. financial success) whenever i lend braintime to the topic. any thoughts?

(i'm thinking of using "MICROPHONISCOPE" as an opportunity to look at the intersection of music with gender/race/sexuality.... let me know if you like the idea, name, content or all of the above)

3 comments:

  1. The idolator article also mentioned the female led Ting Tings similar to Thunderheist - a current trend which is rather exciting, more than Jack and Meg White ever were. Any artists currently need commercial appeal to get noticed - unfortunately just the way it is. Although, I still believe(am naive) that talent alone will get people where they want to go to, in the end. Amanda Blank,Isis,Yo Majesty, Annie, Lykke Li, to name a few female artists, just need a particular guitar riff for world (uh male) domination.

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  2. i saw that too, i guess its funny to me to compare the ting tings to thunderheist ... i guess because they're somewhat transgenre and fronted by women?

    and i do think that the internet has put forward that "other way" to make it, the entire genre of blog house could maybe be an example. whether recognition would exist in a more commercial structure is i guess the question?

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  3. I was just comparing them with regard to their structure - thunderheist are more edgy (and better).

    Yes, music blogs are pushing music and artists that otherwise may go unnoticed (Lykke Li?) but that is still only for a select few. Dizzee Rascal got to number one with the help of Calvin Harris (would he have got there without that more accessible sound? - there have been articles in papers over here by journalists in their forties not knowing who he is and wondering why he was number one...) Although T2 ft. Jodie Aysha 'Heartbroken' brought niche and speed garage to a much wider audience in the UK with chart success - I do not think this was down to blog house but to yuff culture in the UK.
    Its all up to the young uns I guess.

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