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Female appreciation month

I personally prefer to listen to female artists, I think I will be hard pressed to whittle my choices down to just 30 to feature over the next month.

So ... since people seem like they want to share, how 'bout we create a registry here for a swap and share of recs.

Throw some names of female artists/bands to listen to and enjoy - any musical genre!

Hit me!



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Jul. 14th, 2009 03:58 am (UTC)
You know...
That's one of the few good things about the 80s...
80s chicks rocked! and they rocked hard.

You think back to all the truely iconic songs of that decade...
Most of them will be by girls*.

[and this would be a bloody terriffic place to Rick-roll everyone, but my employer's firewall will not let me talk to youtube]

*or guys that sing like girls. (yes I'm looking at you Boy George!)

Edited at 2009-07-14 04:00 am (UTC)
Jul. 14th, 2009 04:02 am (UTC)
So in praising the great female bands of the 80s, you wanna leave a Never Wanna Give You Up, Rick Astley vid?
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Jul. 14th, 2009 04:02 am (UTC)
Missy Higgins! Ella Fitzgerald! Astrud Gilberto! Norah Jones! and loads more, but they are my favs :P

And for a composition, Tracy W Bush creates the music for World of Warcraft....I'm not playing it, I swear! I just really like the music... *innocent*
Jul. 14th, 2009 04:03 am (UTC)
I'm a big fan of Cibo Matto - crazy Japanese female punk-pop. I first discovered them because their song "Birthday Cake" was in the Xbox game Jet Set Radio Future, and I now have all their albums. Sonia hates them. I'm sure lots of people hate them. But I think they're brilliant, and funny.
Jul. 14th, 2009 04:41 am (UTC)
I love Birthday Cake, but was unable to extend the love to Cibo Matto generally, bought album, it just didn't work for me.
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Jul. 14th, 2009 04:08 am (UTC)
A bunch of recs, mostly mixed bands with female singers...
QNTAL & Estampie are both fronted by Sigrid Hausen. Both use late Medieval music as their source - QNTAL hybridizes it with modern dance music, while Estampie plays it close to the originals.

Portishead is lovely trip-hop from England.

Recoil is actually a side project of one of the dudes in Depeche Mode, but some songs are sung/spoken word poetry by some female guests. "Chrome" and "Supreme" are beautifully in your face.

Android Lust is an electronica project that's basically one woman, in her basement, with a shitload of fancy electronics.

Unter Null is the same, but that woman has some anger and rage in her.

Prometheus Burning is harsh industrial noise from Pittsburgh. Their latest, "Plague Called Humanity" is a story album that retells the myth of Pandora's Box, against a modern technological wasteland. It's beautiful and brutal, and I catch them live every single chance I get.

Sensuous Enemy is one of my favorite bands from Madison. Another harder electric act. Think of the Eurythmics with a pleasant twist.

Scream Club is some positively filthy, low-fi lesbian hip-hop.
Jul. 14th, 2009 11:04 am (UTC)
Re: A bunch of recs, mostly mixed bands with female singers...
I'd never got as far as guessing a gender for Unter Null's lead :) Given that I also like Portishead, I think I'd best check out some more of your recs.

(ps, just voted in your poll from April 22nd..)
Jul. 14th, 2009 04:17 am (UTC)
I noticed the other day that last.fm has declared that "(Christopher)'s into electronic, industrial, rock, female vocalists and synthpop,"

Saint Etienne
Kate Miller-Heidke
Max Sharam
Deborah Conway
Beccy Owen
Everything but the Girl
The Sundays
Def FX
Red Delicious,
Merril Bainbridge
Mazzy Star

..among others.

Oh, and Transvision Vamp! I need to re-rip that CD; suspect it left my mp3 collection when I was low on space. And Kylie's later stuff (Impossible Princess was her best album ever - much more depth than earlier work, not that that would be hard).

..and for shouty industrial I wouldn't go past Angelspit.

..and I've only recently started exploring Emilie Autumn's genre defying oeuvre (harpsichord, distorted violin, crooning and screaming), but I'd highly recommend checking out her work.

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Jul. 14th, 2009 04:52 am (UTC)
If anyone likes Evanescence, I strongly urge them to hunt down an Italian band called Lacuna Coil. They employ a very similar sound, have a very similar female singer, and are in every respect to my mind significantly stronger and better. (No disrespect to Evanescence, who do a fine job with what they do - just nowhere near as effectively as Lacuna Coil.)
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Jul. 14th, 2009 04:18 am (UTC)
From a quick survey of my itunes (picking out the ones I actually like):

Regina Spektor
Ani di Franco
Lily Allen
Nancy Sinatra ('these boots are made for walking'!!!)
Amanda Palmer & the Dresden Dolls
Ute Lemper
Kate Miller-Heidke
Jenny Lewis/Rilo Kiley
Grace Jones
Shirley Bassey
Annie Lennox
the Bangles
Ingrid Michaelson
the Bird and the Bee
Cyndi Lauper
Kylie Minogue
the Waifs
Rosemary Clooney
Norah Jones
Judy Garland
Clare Bowditch and the Feeding Set
Little Birdy
Lykke Li
Marlene Dietrich
Liza Minelli in Cabaret
Hello Saferide
Pony Up
the Divinyls
Marianne Faithfull
Joan Jett
No Doubt
the Ting Tings
Angie Hart
Kasey Chambers
Dusty Springfield
Missy Higgins
Tori Amos
Mazzy Star
Pat Benetar

Heh well at least I'm eclectic :D
Jul. 14th, 2009 09:51 am (UTC)
I'm so proud. Which is to say that I have beaten half of these into Tansy's head whether she liked it or not. And the other way around.

I like some Swedish artists a lot:

Helen Sjöholm, Lisa Ekdahl, Cajsa-Stina Åkerström, Monica Zetterlund, etc.

They all sing old school folk ballad type songs a lot, or musical numbers. Sometimes jazz.

Other than that I think she got all of mine in!
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Jul. 14th, 2009 04:26 am (UTC)
Mercedes Soza, Alabina, Anjelique Kidjo, Joan Armatrading, Safy Boutella, Natacha Atlas...

Dusty Springfield!
Jul. 14th, 2009 04:26 am (UTC)
So I pulled up the list of 5-starred songs on Media Player (which generally indicate songs that I listen to over and over) and pulled the list of female fronted bands/solo artists: Amanda fuckin' Palmer/The Dresden Dolls, Regina Spektor, Nouvelle Vague, Portishead, The Grates, L7, Hole, The Spazzys, Morcheeba, Cibbo Matto, Amy Mann, Feist, Lady Soverign, Martha Wainwright, Peaches, The Cranes, Concrete Blonde, Neko freakin' Case, PJ Harvey, Jefferson Airplane, Goldfrapp, Sarah Blasco, Ani DiFranco, Tori Amos.

They outnumber the male-fronted bands on the same list by a ratio of about three-to-one.
Jul. 14th, 2009 04:45 am (UTC)
Spook (fronted by Chanel Cole)
The Bangles
Suzanne Vega
Michelle Shocked
Fairport Convention (fronted in its early incarnations by Sandy Denny)
Big Brother and the Holding Company (Janis Joplin!)
Grace Slick (obviously her Jefferson Airplane stuff, but also other projects she was involved in - check out her song 'Silver Spoon' if you can track it down)

And several others that people have already mentioned ...
Jul. 14th, 2009 04:47 am (UTC)
Nina Hagen, Nina Simone, Mia Dyson, The Gossip, Debbie Harry/ Blondie, Origa (Russian artist who does a lot of anime soundtracks), Bjork, Sarah McLachlan, The Greats, Portishead, Lamb, Claire Bowdich. These are the ones I love off the top of my head.
Jul. 14th, 2009 04:57 am (UTC)
I quite like many of the artists already listed and would like to add: Feist, Nightwish (the older stuff, less fond of it since Tarja Turunen left/was kicked out/whatever), Kimya Dawson (who did the soundtrack to Juno)
Jul. 14th, 2009 10:38 am (UTC)
Yeah, Nightwish are awesome.

Also, After Forever.

If you want women that rock, Floor Jansen is pretty amazing.
Jul. 14th, 2009 05:00 am (UTC)
Primary (Connie Mitchell before Sneaky Sound System)

something other than rock:
Kaki King http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oRttF8yL77A
Jul. 14th, 2009 05:02 am (UTC)
I think I'm a bit more mainstream than most :)

Gwen Stefani and No Doubt
The Eurythmics
Abba (really!)
Kate Ceberano
Amanda Palmer (just discovered)
Natalie Imbruglia (really like the first album)

And any 70s Disco Diva, really.

Jul. 14th, 2009 05:06 am (UTC)
Artists other people have mentioned:
Amanda fuckibg Palmer/The Dresden Dolls (my most played artist/s by far)
Lily Allen
Joan Jett
Lady Sovreign
Tori Amos
The Bangles
Ute Lemper
No Doubt
Nancy Sinatra

Artists that haven't been mentioned yet:
Loreena McKinnet
Sarah Maclaughlin
Miranda Lambert (check out Gunpowder 'n' Lead)
Alanis Morisette
Natalie Imbruglia
Jack Off Jill/Scarling
Lesbian Bed Death (not the best lyricists ever, but the song "Goth Girls Are Easy" makes me laugh)
Lacuna Coil
The Birthday Massacre
Kim Wilde
Souxie and the Banshees
Nina Hartley
Carrie Underwood (try Before He Cheats)
Dixie Chicks (they is WONDERFUL)
Sarah Brightman (I Lost My Heart To A Starship Trooper, the original Christine, Repo!'s Blid Mag)
Yeah Yeah Yeah's

.... Too many to list!
Jan. 17th, 2010 02:04 am (UTC)
Lesbian Bed Death (not the best lyricists ever, but the song "Goth Girls Are Easy" makes me laugh)
wait till u hear the nu album - quite a fu tracks on there that will make u laugh
luv Luci4
Jul. 14th, 2009 05:16 am (UTC)
Good god! There are so many great female artists! That was not a hard list to come up with, and I've forgotten people like P!nk and Felicia Day (not an artist, but a singer and writer) and Jewel and Portishead and Bjork and L7...

There are too many to remember them all!

Are you going to do a segment on writers and producers and stuff as well? Female sci-fi, female fantasy, female TV creators... Actually, I'd like to get on board with this. Do you mind if I write my own posts for female appreciation month?
Jul. 14th, 2009 05:18 am (UTC)
As people are posting, I'm realising it would be a good opportunity for me to try some artists who I haven't heard from as well.

Seems like there's a lot of ground to cover! It'd be really cool if you got on board - we can cross post or link etc.
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