Hey Y’all. Here are all of the lyric videos for our album Run Fast!
Here is the first new lyric video. It is for the 3rd song on the album, Just My Kind . We will be putting up a new one every day. This was made by Brendan Kennedy known on tumblr as waywaw.
It’s another #MusicMonday and you know what that means - another free MP3 off of Kathleen’s 1998 Julie Ruin album! Get “My Morning Is Summer” on our website.
Our Music Monday download series is back, and today’s free MP3 is “Apt. #5” from the out-of-print Julie Ruin album that Kathleen released in 1998. Download it now on our website at TheJulieRuin.com.
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It’s the final countdown! Run Fast comes out in just ONE week, but you can listen to the whole album now in the US, Australia & New Zealand on Pandora!
The Julie Ruin returns Kathleen Hanna (of Bikini Kill and Le Tigre) to her rightful place leading a noisy bunch of smart pleasure-seekers. Singing about sickness and recovery, dumb nightlife and life-changing community, Hanna helps listeners better understand punk’s past and future.
Yay! Excited for you all to hear! :)
Gifs! Kathleen & Grimes
Kathleen writes about the wonderful creature on our album cover by the artist Allyson Mitchell. check out her website at allysonmitchell.com
We’ve gotten a lot of tweets and Facebook messages asking us about the artwork for our album. Specifically, people want to know “Who is that scary pink corduroy beauty on the cover?” The simple answer is ‘Mariko’.
Mariko is one small part of a much larger body of work, called “Ladies Sasquatch”, by artist Allyson Mitchell. I’ve pieced together some emails Mitchell wrote me about the installation in hopes that Mariko’s origin will become more apparent.
'The Ladies Sasquatch' project is a large scale installation consisting of six gigantic and 25 smaller she beast sculptures presented on a stage/platform measuring 10 feet x 10 feet. LADIES SASQUATCH includes 6 “life size” lesbian feminist sasquatches and their familiars (Mariko is one of the familiars).
Mariko and the other familiars are meant to represent the opposite end of the spectrum of the kind of femininity that the big sasquatches represent (fat, old, hairy, “ugly”, racialized, smelly, etc.)..the familiars are sweet, pink, “perfect” and “pretty”, but potentially more vicious and certainly more dangerous. We all straddle and occupy many positions on that continuum between pretty/ugly or acceptable/abject. But it is about much more than only beauty and power. The body of work is about imagining utopias or queer/politicized worlds where gender is dreamed about outside of social construction.
The ‘Ladies Sasquatch’ exhibition includes a soundscape consisting of collaged music samples and nature sound effects. The six giantess sculptures represent lesbian feminist sasquatches. The elements of the installation are constructed with applique borg, found textiles and taxidermy supplies and influenced by photographs found in Playboy magazines from the 1970’s and the bodies of real fat activists.
Buried in the memory banks of collective popular culture is the mythical creature called Sasquatch. Aboriginal folklore about the Sasquatch, ‘Wild Man of the Forest’ or Big Foot (as he is referred to in the US) has been appropriated by the white Canadian mainstream settler culture, arguably as an expression of the racist fears around the “otherness” of native culture and nature in general. In traditional Western thought, the female body has been associated with similar phenomena: nature, chaos and irrationality and the male with order and rationality. Ladies Sasquatch is meant to work as a point of departure to think about decolonized, queer, political bodies, sexuality and communities. In an attempt to imagine different sexual currencies Ladies Sasquatch valorizes cellulite, dirty fingernails, tattoos, big butts, fangs, collectivity and collaboration. The creatures in Ladies Sasquatch marry popular culture and radical dyke culture to create a kind of queer utopian dream world.