St. Vincent’s “New York” is Everything

St. Vincent (Annie Clark) is amazing. She is smart, funny (just go watch all the promo video clips for MASSEDUCATION on her Instagram), clever, and her video for “New York” is the best. Screen caps below. I can’t wait for her new album to come out.

I saw her live a few years ago in Calgary for Sled Island–hands down one of the best live shows I have ever been to in my life.

Seeing her perform “Cheerleader” live  at Sled Island has become an anthem of sorts for me when I’m just done with the the cheerfulness and from-the-sidelines attitude that the patriarchy so often demands from us.

I feel like St. Vincent, Janelle Monaé, and of course Beyoncé are probably the trifecta of women I would follow into the future.

“New York” is such a brilliant song — it loops perfectly, and next thing you know, I’ve been listening to it for hours…

Playlist: Alternative Twin Peaks

We took a crack at putting together a playlist of songs that could easily fit into the Twin Peaks world.  We’ve got lots of Laura Palmer songs, but ones for Donna, Audrey, Norma and Big Ed, and even Bobby.

“Because when I fall into the abyss, I go straight into it, head down and heels up, and I’m even pleased that I’m falling in just such a humiliating position, and for me I find it beautiful. And so in that very shame I suddenly begin a hymn. Let me be cursed, let me be base and view, but let me also kiss the hem that garment in which my God is clothed; let me be following the devil at the same time, but still I am also your son, Lord, and I love you, and I feel a joy without which the world cannot stand and be.”
– from the Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Alternative Twin Peaks track list:

  1. Life in the Vivid Dream by Grimes
  2. Girls Your Age by Transviolet
  3. Linda by Laser
  4. True Love Waits by Radiohead
  5. God Knows I Tried by Lana del Rey
  6. Your Best American Girl by Mitski
  7. Time to Go Home by Chastity Belt
  8. The Party by St. Vincent
  9. All the Year by Beach House
  10. After you Left by Mirah
  11. Lazy Crossbones by Carla Bozulich
  12. You May Know Him by Cat Power
  13. Shave My P*ssy by Chad VanGaalen
  14. The Birds Outside Sang by Florist
  15. Deep Six Textbook by Let’s Eat Grandma
  16. I Dream In Neon by Dirty Beaches
  17. Babydoll by Cat Power
  18. Little Lover by STRFKR
  19. The Face, Part 2 by Metric
  20. I Don’t Know How To Find My Way Back To You by Dirty Beaches

Playlist: Indie Love Songs Slow Vol. 2

More slow indie love songs. Like how Animal Collective is the best at upbeat love songs, I vote the Yeah Yeah Yeahs for reigning champion of slow love song

 

Indie Love Songs Slow Vol. 2 track list

  1. Collar Bones by North Highlands
  2. Challengers by The New Pornographers
  3. You Make My Dreams Come True (Hall and Oates cover) by Joni Fatora
  4. Modern Romance by Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  5. Diamond by Jay Brown
  6. Tonight by Lykke Li
  7. Unconditional by Typhoon
  8. Now I Love Someone by Holly Thorsby
  9. Just Like Honey/More than This by Bryan Ferry and Jesus and Mary Chain (and a little bit of singing by Bill Murray)
  10. Maps by Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  11. Playground Love by AIR
  12. Little Deschutes by Laura Veirs
  13. I Found a Reason by Cat Power

 

Catch Volume 1 of Slow Indie Love Songs on The Closet Feminist here.

Obscure Feminist Halloween Costumes: So Necessary, So Much Fun

Are you looking for a under-the-radar Halloween costume? C’mon, everyone and their baby is going as Eleven this year.

Maybe you just want to try a new look this Halloween.

Maybe you really want to make minimal effort–add a wig (but no complicated makeup, please)

Maybe you want to wear a slightly-different pair of pants that you wouldn’t normally buy but need an excuse (and Halloween is that excuse).

Never fear, The Closet Feminist has got your back.

GROUP IDEA COSTUME

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One of the girl gangs (Electro Phi Betas, anyone?) from this list of Girl Gang music videos.

Better yet, Clone Club it up with our Orphan Black style guide (Part 1 & Part 2)

WHAT WOULD PRINCESS BUBBLEGUM OR MARCELINE WEAR IRL?

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Add a pink or long black wig to any of these looks and casually mention you’re either Marcy or PB “off duty“.

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Above: Rebecca Taylor Resort 2017

Check out our ultimate style homage to your fave cartoon couple here.

SOPHISTICATED ROCK STAR

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Ditch the cliche leather and bed-head, instead why don’t you emulate one of Santi White‘s polished looks in her “Chasing Shadows” video instead.

MIYAZAKI ANTI-HERO

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Above: Comme des Garcons Spring 2016 

No Face? The Witch of the Waste? Think about it–a lot of the costumes based on Miyazaki characters are actually easy to pull off or at least do an abstract interpretation of.

SOMEWHAT-OBSCURE LITERARY REFERENCE

A lot of books have descriptions of what the characters are wearing, it’s what our Bibliostyle column is all about. Mashup your bookworm tendencies with your amazing wardrobe and dress up as one of your lesser-known literary heroines like:

Miri from White is for Witching by Helen Oyeyemi

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Above: Alexander McQueen Resort 2016

Emma from An Unofficial Rose by Iris Murdoch

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Above: Veronique Branquinho Fall 2015

Offred from The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

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Above: Dice Kayek Couture Spring 2016

Playlist: Indie Love Songs Slow Vol. 1

 

I got to thinking the other day: what are the best indie love songs? I ended up making a big list and had to split it into three playlists. This is the first one, fourteen slow indie love songs. NOT to be confused with makeout jams, dear reader–that’s a different playlist.

Indie Love Songs Slow Vol. 1 track list

  1. Next Train by Miracle Fortress
  2. Take Care by Beach House
  3. Got o Bed by Quiet Countries
  4. Primetime by Janelle Monaé feat. Miguel
  5. Lover’s Spit by Broken Social Scene (this is the Feist version, which I maintain is way better than the Kevin Drew version)
  6. On Longing by Holly Thorsby
  7. Skinny Love by Bon Iver
  8. Sea of Love by Cat Power
  9. Wedding Song (Acoustic) by Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  10. Somebody to Love by Valerie June
  11. Lua by Bright Eyes
  12. Unravel by Björk
  13. Queen Black Acid  by Menomena
  14. Hazards of Love 4 (The Drowned) by The Decemberists

 

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