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

 

Music x Style: Adia Victoria is Just So Brilliant & Cool

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I was super excited to see Adia Victoria perform at The Cobalt last weekend here in Vancouver.  I’ve been hooked on her music since I heard Stuck In the South. Her debut album, Beyond the Bloodhounds, is easily in my top five albums of 2016 so far.

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Adia Victoria is more than just a very talented musician and performer. She is an activist (check out her Facebook), and dedicated the song in her set “Howlin’ Shame” to the victims of the Orlando shooting.

“You are American, but you are also black and your inner life is not often reflected in society because you’re extremely stereotyped and you’re put in this very small box—especially as a black woman. That’s one of the reasons why I decided to get into music. I remember how important it was for me to see other black woman making art, to know that was a possibility for me. I want to make art so I can potentially reach other black girls who are not Beyoncé, girls who don’t see themselves in Rihanna—not that there’s anything wrong with these women.”

  • Adia Victoria in an interview with Live Nation TV here

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She wore all white, both before she got on stage (she was milling about the crowd) and while performing. I just had to do a take on her outfits. I myself have already purchased a long white shirt/dress like the one she wore during the performance because she looked so cool and amazing.

 

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Slim tee, 320 CAD / H M long jacket, 37 CAD / Dondup white shorts, 160 CAD / Buckle shoes, 39 CAD

 

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Music x Style: Jessica Rylan in Pink Noises

I recently just finished reading Pink Noises: Women on Electronic Music and Sound by Tara Rodgers. I’m not super-into electronic music, but I love reading music writing and journalism by women.

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Above: image found here.

The book was composed of interviews split into six different sections including “Nature and Synthetics” and “Alone/Together”. I thought it was excellent, and though I was not familiar with most of the musicians interviewed, I was fascinated by their creative process and interaction with their craft. Definitely a must-read for any creative.

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Fashion-wise, I was totally inspired by the simple photograph of Jessica Rylan on the cover. Rylan is an artist and performer, and invents her own electronic music instruments–doesn’t get much cooler than that.

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The photograph on the cover is taken from the same performance as the one above, and I just thought she looked so cool. I love what appears to be a super-dark purple tweed flecked with colour, and rose blouse. The silver chain bracelet is simple (no doubt to not interfere with her performance) but just enough to make an impression. Here is a super-simple riff on her outfit below.

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