National Women’s History Month is as old as I am and yet I had no idea it existed until last year. Since more and more music festivals seem to be more and more male-dominated, I thought it would be cool make a playlist of female-fronted bands that I enjoy. Every day on Facebook, I’d post a Youtube clip of the song along with some brief details on what I like about the song, the band, or the singer. So for the premiere of Sticker Fridge’s Featured Playlist, I’ve copied over the posts. Or if you’d prefer to just hear some dope music from dope women, you can just check out the Spotify Playlist below.
Track 1: The Kills – “List of Demands”
Allison Mosshart has become one of my favorite figures in indie rock. While I usually gravitate to her stuff with Discount, this cover of my favorite Saul Williams track is too dope not to share.
Track 2: Alvvays – “Archie, Marry Me”
I got really into Man Seeking Woman a few months ago and this song closes out one of my favorite episodes. Even though I was already into Alvvays, this song made me fall in love with the band.
Track 3: La Sera – “Losing to the Dark”
Katy Goodman has never done anything that I didn’t immediately like. I really dig the Vivian Girls stuff but her side project La Sera is one of my favorite bands to listen to.
Track 4: Metric – “Combat Baby”
Emily Haines is just cool. I got into Metric kinda late. Fortunately, pandora radio made sure to bring them into my life.
Track 5: Plumtree – “Scott Pilgrim”
I’ll be honest, I didn’t know of Plumtree until I saw Scott Pilgrim Vs The World. I missed out on a lot of the mid-90s girl bands because I was listening to king biscuit flower hour. It’s cool to see al the bands that came up now. I also love that this song was the inspiration for the aforementioned character’s name.
Track 6: Slothrust – “7:30 AM”
I got really into the show You’re the Worst and fell in love with the character Gretchen. I binge-watched the series up to the most recent season and equally came to love the theme song “7:30 AM” by Slothrust. There is this 90s alternative sound about it that echoes The Violent Femmes that I love about it.
Track 7: Hop Along – “Powerful Man”
I jumped on the Hop Along bandwagon. Spotify randomly pulled up this song and I was bout it. I love her voice and how it floats from verse to verse.
Track 8: Elastic – “Connection”
Like a lot of bands I was too young to appreciate, I discovered Elastica and this song specifically when Girl Talk sampled it on Night Ripper. I really like this song, especially since it was used effectively on the 90s Netflix show Everything Sucks.
Track 9: MIA – “URAQT”
I know Paper Planes is probably her best song, but U R A Q T is my favorite. From the Sanford and Son theme to her articulation on the sounding out of the title, I love everything about this song. Also “is yo daddy dealing cuz you dope to me” is my favorite bad pickup line.
Track 10: Tricot – “Pool”
My friend Eric told me I better include this band on this list and he’s never steered me wrong before and man I am so glad he showed me them. This band rules.
Track 11: Julien Baker – “Sprained Ankle”
There is something overwhelmingly profound about listening to any Julien Baker song alone in your room. It’s comforting as much as it is sad, but in the best way possible. Her music is simple but so nuanced. This was the first song I ever heard from her and it’s the one that immediately comes to mind when people bring her up.
Track 12: Yeah Yeah Yeahs – “Date with the Night”
Fever to Tell is one of my favorite albums of all time and Karen O is a big reason why. There aren’t many vocalists that can thread the line between spastic and melodious like she does. She’s amazing.
Track 13: Angel Olsen – “Shut Up Kiss Me”
After a year of reading how great Angel Olsen is and countless recommendations on my Spotify suggestions that I begrudgingly skipped over, I finally decided to check her out today and immediately regretted not doing so sooner.
Track 14: Cherry Glazerr – “Had Ten Dollaz”
I got really into Cherry Glazerr after watching Clem and co do a “What’s in Your Bag” and a Nardwuar interview last year. There’s an aspect of psychedelia to their sound but also this bluesy style too. I can’t even think of a favorite song of theirs but is up there.
Track 15: Thao and the Get Down Stay Down – “Nobody Dies”
One of my favorite parts of doing this the past few years is rediscovering bands I forgot about. I saw Thao and the Get Down Stay Down play Fun Fun Fun a few years ago and enjoyed them but never really got into them. This song came up on Spotify and I decided to give them another shot and I am pleasantly surprised.
Track 16: Ida Maria – “Oh My God”
I rediscovered how much I loved this song when I bought Rock Band 3 last summer. I forgot how obsessed I was with it when it came out and then playing along to the drums only made me love it more.
Track 17: The Cranberries – “Linger”
I didn’t realize how much I liked The Cranberries until I saw Click and as much as I didn’t care too much for the movie I’m thankful it reminded me how much I liked them.
Track 18: Katie Ellen – “TV Dreams”
One of my favorite new bands Chumped broke up shortly after their first LP and I was really bummed. I didn’t find out til earlier this year the lead singer and drummer started this band and I kinda love it.
Track 19: P.S. Eliot – “Incoherent Love Songs”
I’ve never really been a fan of Waxahatchee but the Crutchfield sisters are essentially the Kinsellas of indie rock and their first band, PS Eliot is super catchy especially this song.
Track 20: Dum Dum Girls – “Bedroom Eyes”
I really got into the Dum Dum Girls in college; they were probably the first band I had ever heard that expanded the girl group sound of the 60s into a contemporary era.
Track 21: Be Your Own Pet – “Becky”
I discovered Be Your Own Pet via a rolling stone magazine article in the summer of ‘06. I didn’t actually give them a listen til a year later and I was immediately smitten with their sound. To this day their first album is one of my most listened to albums.
Track 22: Deerhoof – “Fresh Born”
I got into Deerhoof because before they released this song/album they released the sheet music and asked people to submit their interpretations of it. It was a cool idea and I put it in Finale and Tabit and really enjoyed it.
Track 23: Partner – “Everybody Knows”
I heard this song a few months ago and it’s been embedded in my head ever since. It’s so catchy and I have become obsessed with it.
Track 24: Diet Cig – “Maid of the Mist”
I got really into Diet Cig a couple years ago after hearing about them during sxsw. They’ve released a whole new album since then that is super catchy and has an even more evolved sound. I can’t wait to hear more of their stuff.
Track 25: Cat Power – “The Greatest”
I’ve talked about Cat Power countless times and how much I love her. I got really into her in college and this album in particular.
Track 26: The Moldy Peaches – “Anyone Else But You”
Naturally I got into the Moldy Peaches because of Juno even though I had a couple of friends who were into Kimya Dawson previously. I’d be lying if I said this song still doesn’t make me smile.
Track 27: All Girl Summer Fun Band – “Charm Bracelet”
Just like her Thermals bandmate, Hutch Harris, I will give anything that Kathy Foster is involved with a chance and she plays drums for this band and they’re super catchy.
Track 28: Plastiscines – “Loser”
One year for my birthday my friend, Kat, bought me a Nylon magazine because Zooey Deschanel was on the cover. I got really into Nylon because of it. Plastiscines were all over their YouTube channel back then. They were one of the first bands I ever heard with a little bit of 60s girl group sound. Much more garagey though.
Track 29: Rilo Kiley – “Science Vs. Romance”
Jenny Lewis has my heart forever. If you said any one of Rilo Kiley’s first three albums is their best I wouldn’t disagree. This was my first favorite song by them.
Track 30: The Donnas – “Take it Off”
Whatever, I like The Donnas and owned this CD at one point in my life. They did a really dope cover of “Speeding Back to My Baby” by Kiss and are probably an anachronism of 70s cock rock but I enjoyed it. Wanna fight about it?
Track 31: Le Tigre – “Deceptacon”
Last year I ended this Facebook endeavor with Bikini Kill, so I thought it only made sense to end this year’s with something by Le Tigre. I used to think that I wasn’t cool enough to listen to Le Tigre when I was in high school, like they were way ahead of their time. Even now, these songs feel kinda timeless. It’s kinda dope to see Kathleen Hanna still doing her thing in 2018.