October 25, 2013

Compilation: Sweatin' to the Ladies I & II

What is one way that I can demolish the patriarchy in a tangible way?

This summer, Stephanie Knipe, the woman behind SUNY Purchase's Adult Mom, asked herself an important question: What is one way that I can demolish the patriarchy in a tangible way?

I've thought about this question a lot myself, and in many ways it was a driving force for starting this blog. As women artists and musicans, we must fight to have our voice heard in often male-dominated music scenes and art gallery spaces. Stephanie started new project Boy Tears in an effort to specifically combat sexism and other forms of oppression present in the music industry. Since July, Boy Tears has released two volumes of Sweatin' to the Ladies, both inspiring in their own ways. When Volume I surfaced over the summer, I listened to it religiously on every commute to and from Union Square. While I was already familiar with acts like Whatever, Dad and Frankie Cosmos, Volume I exposed me to many new female-identfied artists that equally evoke warmth and comfort in listeners. Volume II showcases an almost entirely new array of artists and their songs range from Adult Mom's heartwrenching cover of Galaxie 500's "Tugboat" to Poxy's exclusive emo revival track "The Fool." We appreciate both volumes for showcasing great female talent and supporting a cause very near and dear to our hearts.



Listen to Boy Tears' compilations on bandcamp.

Written by Diana Cirullo