Remarkable Womxn Artists who Made Modern Art History – But Do You Know Them?

Image illustrating how womxn artists have had and still have trouble being taken seriously. There is no doubt that Frida Kahlo is nowadays more famous than her husband at the time, Diego Rivera.

Can’t name many womxn artists? You’re not alone. One of the reasons is that female artists have failed to be recognised by the public and critics, often not taken very seriously. Frida Kahlo for example has been painted off as the artist’s wife ’who was ‘gleefully dabbling in art’ as if it were an innocent hobby next to catering to her famous husband.

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Finding Womxn Artists in Modern Art

Unfortunately it can still be hard to find a lot of images on the internet of works by acclaimed womxn artists from Modern Art history. Museums are catching up, often post-humously hosting big shows dedicated to one womxn artist. After a big show there are often many more images of these works available online.

So let’s hope this trend will continue so that many more people will have access to womxn’s art from modern history.

“Abstract art is only important if it is the endless rhythm where the very ancient and the distant future meet.” -Sonia Delaunay

What is interesting to note when looking at womxn’s modern art is, that multidisciplinary art is not a thing only of today. Sonia Delaunay, Sophie Taeuber-Arp and Alexandra Exter were all involved in many different media at once such as textile, painting, print, architecture and costume design.

It is sometimes expected of artists to stick to one recognizable ‘thing’ and medium, but the boundaries are only really present in our minds. Though it might be easy on Instagram, having one repetitive spiel to promote on a daily basis is not a classical way of working per sé.

Womxn can perceive more color than men, this is interesting to keep in mind when coming across womxn’s art.

Check out the contributions of these womxn to modern art.

Dora Maar

Henriette Theodora Markovitch, known as Dora Maar, was a French photographer, painter, and poet. She has been most known for being a muse to Pablo Picasso, but has actually been the one to teach him photography techniques such as the cliché verre technique – a complex method combining photography and printmaking

According to ArtNet, Picasso badly abused Dora Maar both physically and mentally. After this she underwent illegal electroshock therapy with controversial psychiatrist Jacques Lacan.

Now in 2020 there was a chance to catch her work and catalogue in a seemingly grand exhibition at the Tate Modern in London. Her works are surreal and experimental, radically playing with sharp shadows and contrasts. Dora Maar was a true innovator in her days, whose work still looks modern.

Ana Mendieta

Mendieta was born in Cuba and was sent to the USA in exile by her parents at 12 years old. An active artist in the 70s and 80s both in the USA and Cuba. She died an untimely death at 36 years old, falling out of a 34th floor window allegedly pushed by modern artist Carl Andre.

Best known for her earth-body artwork, Mendieta made video-art, performance art, paintings and sculptures, inspired by the nature of her homeland and indigenous cultures and their myths and magic ‘santeria’. 

She was uncomfortable with white middle-class feminism at the time and wanted to be seen as an artist in her own right, also outside of just the Latin Art category. Let’s hope for big Ana Mendieta show in Europe so we can see more.

Sonia Delaunay

Design and art once, also called ‘Simultane’, Sonia Delaunay was very forward-looking in the early 20th century.

“Colour is the skin of the world.” – Sonia Delaunay

Until recently it seems, her famous art husband Robert Delaunay, who was gay, was better known than her. This was not for lack of talent, drive or accomplishments. 

Sonia Delaunay was an extremely prolific artist working in color abstractions with references to Russain folk-craft.

Tamara de Lempicka

Fleeing the Russian revolution with her husband, Tamara de Lempicka lived in 1920s Paris. She was famous for wild parties and charming many men and women, garnering a ‘scandalous’ reputation. Sounds like a fun biography to read!

Shunning impressionism, Lempicka painted art-deco portraits and later many paintings of the rich and famous, including Hollywood stars.

Conclusion

The lives and works of these womxn artists remain forever interesting and sometimes shocking. 

Other historical womxn artists from modern art are Judy Chicago, Georgia O’Keeffe, Louise Bourgeois, Natalia Goncharova, Cindy Sherman, Lee Krasner, Hilma af Klint, Carolee Schneemann, Maya Deren, Berenice Abbott.

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Remarkable Femxle Street Artists You Need to Know

Image/ painting by Reinilde Jonkhout

How many femxle street artists can you name? After reading this article, maybe a few more.

The massive MaestraPeace Mural on the Women’s Building in San Francisco was a collaborative 1994 work between the Bay Area muralists Juana Alicia, Miranda Bergman, Edythe Boone, Susan Kelk Cervantes, Meera Desai, Yvonne Littleton and Irene Perez. With this mural, the community center outwardly reflects the courageous contributions of womxn through time and around the world.

While street art is sensitive to destruction, the MaestraPeace Mural was restored in 2012. The upside is that street art is accessible, both literally and figuratively. It is freely available in public space, and the art of the well-known street artist Banksy is also lauded by people who otherwise might not be attracted or have access to more traditional art forms. Street artist Bambi is compared to Banksy. Hopefully there will be a day when the roles are reversed.

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Talented womxn muralists 

Mural arts may be used for gentrification and raising property prices in certain neighborhoods, and street art has also been co-opted by brands to sell their wares. Besides what it might or might not be good for, does street art have a masculine connotation traditionally? This article shows femxle muralists who often have a strong connection to visual art.

Maya Hayuk

http://www.mayahayuk.com

One of Maya Hayuk’s inspirations are traditional Ukrainian crafts. Her murals often seem to weave together colors organically and she has a recognizable signature style. Aside from street murals and exhibiting in museums she has also created art for musicians suchs as Devandra Banhart, The Beastie Boys and Seun Kuti. In 2015 Maya Hayuk unsuccessfully sued Starbucks for appropriation of her work.

Ashley Joon

http://www.ashleyjoon.com/

The abstract impressionist florals of Denver based artist Ashley Joon are uniquely her own, offering a dreamy and light reprieve from concrete realities. Having left a corporate career far behind her, let’s hope that Ashley Joon adorns the world with many more murals.

Panmela Castro

https://panmelacastro.com/

Brazilian artist Panmela Castro was one of the first women to climb buildings in Brazil and leave her graffiti tags on them. After her dad went bankrupt when she was 15, she lived in a slum and was drawing portraits on the street for cash. Panmela Castro’s work is often personal or advocating for human rights, she started making her murals after having experienced domestic violence. This Miami mural depicting police violence was unfortunately painted over the day after it was painted because officers took offense.

Queen Andrea

https://www.superfreshdesign.com/

Queen Andrea is a graphic designer with a passion for letter design. Her murals are attractive and are often commissioned by cities and corporations.

Swoon

https://swoonstudio.org/

Using the wheat paste technique, Swoon attacked the streets with feminine magical realism paper art works from 1999 on.

Nicole Mueller

https://www.nicolemariemueller.com/

San Francisco visual artist Nicole Mueller doesn’t just bring a little color into the world. Watch the video above to witness the process (and the end, sadly) of her making the mural. It’s great to see her combine techniques, using what seems to be diluted paint in combination with airbrushing. Be sure to check out Nicole Mueller’s paintings and use of collage and transparent colored materials as well.

Abusa Crew

https://abusacrew.tumblr.com/

Anis and Wend are Chilean street artists Abusa Crew. They battle it out against machismo in their vivacious art often depicting feminine figures. 

Clare Rojas 

https://www.streetartsf.com/clare-rojas/

Clare Rojas seems to challenge herself to tell stories via minimal abstraction, and works on canvas a lot, but more wall art would be welcome. How stunning is this mosaic bird?

@clarerojasart on Instagram

What else is there to say?

If art that is considered offensive will be taken off the street, or are not given space in institutions, it understandably leaves womxn artists no other choice than to go about it illegally. Also, it would be better if funding also allowed for more long-lasting outdoor mural projects in the realm of visual art, rather than merely being a temporary pretty band-aid. In any case, I’m looking forward to this documentary about femxle street artists and so should you!

Who are your favourite womxn street artists?

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Loud and Proud: Remarkable Womxn Comedians

Image by 272447 from Pixabay featuring comedienne, singer, theatre and film actress Fanny Brice

Comedians of the world, which came on Netflix early 2019, featured many many femxle comedians. Who were your favorites? And who else is out there?

Being funny in front of an audience is a craft that seems to often be underestimated. What is a fact is that it can be done without punching down. as the following hilarious people prove. This means doing stand-up that doesn’t make jokes at the expense of people in more vulnerable communities or positions in society. It is different to ‘punch up’ and make fun of those in power.

Seeing women act all kinds of ways is liberating, like seeing Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Elaine Benes in Seinfeld with her physical comedy. Or when laughing at Anjelah Johnson’s funny faces when she is reliving her wedding dress diarrhea moments on stage. 

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Nicole Byer

Outrageous, loud and unapologetic Nicole Byer asserts herself in her commanding stage presence. Not very subtle and with a hint of Miss Divine, powerhouse Nicole Byer has her toes dipped many a career pool. 

She famously presents Nailed it! On Netflix and has a podcast called Why Won’t You Date me. In the first episodes, she asks people she dated why they stopped dating, in each episode she talks with different guest each time about sex and relationships.

Hopefully us Europeans will be lucky enough to have her tour in Europe, before her stand-up can be seen on the Netflix stand-up series Comedians of the World.

Tig Notaro

Truly one of the funniest things in the whole entire universe. Friends, I know, shared it a 1000 times already.

Known for her deadpan comedy style, Tig Notaro managed to make her breast cancer and otherwise very difficult year very funny, at stand-up show turned Grammy-nominated comedy album called LIVE. I would recommend checking that out first and then see her fiction TV show One Mississippi, after which watch the documentary TIG. Your heart will be fully warmed, I promise.

Ali Wong

Deliciously raunchy, honest about motherhood, there’s a power in Ali Wong sharing whatever she wants on her terms.

With two Netflix comedy specials, Baby Cobra and Hard Knock Wife, plus two more on the way in 2020 Ali Wong is doing very well.

Next to doing stand-up she was writing for the TV show Fresh off the boat. 

What’s more, she was the lead in the movie Always Be My Maybe directed by Nahnatchka Khan, Ali Wong produced and wrote the movie together with co-star Randall Park. She also voiced the character Bertie in the Netflix animation series Tuca & Bertie.

Wanda Sykes

Wanda Sykes is a comedy veteran with a comedy special on Netflix called Not Normal. She produces, acts and writes and won a Primetime Emmy Award in 1999 for writing on the Chris Rock show. Edgy and sharp, she is famous for bluntly telling it like it is. Sykes named Moms Mabley as one of her inspirations, having watched her on the Ed Sullivan show.

Maria Bamford

New show with Maria Bamford interviewing people about mental health on streaming service Topic

Probably perceived as the looniest of tunes on this list, Maria Bamford will switch in an instant from persona to persona in her stand-up. Her Netflix fiction series was even more absurd and out-there. Maria Bamford’s ingenious comedy also deals with her depression and anxiety which is unique and admirable, but no less funny. Groundbreaking and hilarious.

Soundos El Ahmadi

Featured in Comedians of the world and representing the Netherlands, it was a gift to see Soundos El Ahmadi do stand-up even for Dutch audiences as upcoming comedians get little opportunities on Dutch television. 

She demonstrates the power that lies in vulnerability by sharing personal stories and she speaks up loudly about her experiences with racism and sexism. While some people still seem to retaliate against women with strong opinions, for Soundos El Ahmadi the only way is forward.

Soundos El Ahmadi is also a TV presenter and an actress. She performs her comedy live in the Netherlands, hopefully she will perform in Amsterdam again soon.

Marc Maron

And now for our token bro Marc Maron! Unlike many comedians, Marc Maron doesn’t simply go through a list of jokes on stage. With many decades of experience, he goes on stage without a plan and works on material in front of people and it is a pleasure to witness. 

Marc Maron is well known for his influential podcast WTF with Marc Maron in which he interviews comedians, actors, directors, writers, authors, musicians and folks from all walks of life to his garage for amazingly revealing conversations. Many women in comedy have passed the stage there, that I hadn’t heard of, providing incredible insights and heartfelt moments. For example, take a listen to Maria Bamford as a guest.

In Conclusion

Not only active in stand-up, these established comedians are making their mark on culture in many other ways, also working behind the scenes as writers or producers. An article about womxn who made comedy history is also in the making so stay tuned.

You already know: Amy Schumer, Joan Rivers, Ellen deGeneres, Hannah Gadsby

Who are your favorite Remarkable comedians?

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Remarkable: Goddesses from Mythology that Inspired Midwinter Deity Cindy Claus

My film The Coming of Cindy Claus introduces a new mid-winter tradition, with honouring the new mid winter Goddess Cindy Claus at its center. Who helped inspire her?

First, a little history about Santa Claus, aka Saint Nicholas. Saint Nicholas was the saint of sea-farers. The men of the sea were surrounded by sex-workers when they came back to port, and so Saint Nich was also the saint of the sex-workers. So Saint Nich was surrounded by sex-workers, who he transformed into maidens that could get married again. Because being unmarried in the past, was considered the same as being a sex-worker.

Looking at it from only a slightly different light, perhaps a red-colored light, Saint Nich was a pimp. And so hardly a saint at all, just someone with a clever cover-up backed by the Church. Well now, who are the real heroes?

In The Coming of Cindy Claus, it is instead the womxn that make Saint Nich surrender to a transformative experience, and he chooses a feminized transformation of his appearance.

In origin stories outside of Christianity, there are often holy people and figures that walk the line of good and bad, and thus have a more human feel. Even Gods and Goddesses have moods. There are also plenty of female figures and Goddesses, some of whom have been transformed into figures in the Bible such as the holy Maria as a fertility symbol in Catholicism.

Hel

Image by www.reinilde.com | Zina Berlin as Cindy Claus

Hel was not a Goddess as such, but in Norse mythology she is the guardian of the underworld. Her appearance is described as half very beautiful woman, and half decaying corpse. So Hel is at the same time intimidating and attractive. The underworld is where people who died of sickness would go, otherwise said, those who didn’t die as heroes. Those who died as heroes in combat would go to Walhalla, waiting for the final battle to be fought. As many other figures in Norse mythology, she isn’t all good or bad. She does the good job of cleaning diseased areas.

Iris

Cindy Claus, played by Zina Berlin. Costumes by Tanya Kuznetsova. Bodypaint by Jess Graham

In Greek mythology, Iris was a messenger Goddess, depicted with rainbows in the sky, or even being the personification of a rainbow. In Spanish, the word for rainbow is ‘arco iris’ or the arch of Iris. 

Freya

Zina Berlin as Cindy Claus. Body paint and costumes by Jess Graham

In Norse mythology, Freya is a goddess of fertility, love and beauty, and she rides through the sky in a carriage pulled by cats. 

It is possible that the day of the week Friday is named after Freya, but it could have been named after the mother Goddess Frigg as well.

Final Notes

While we are not always educated about goddesses and interesting women from mythology, it’s never too late to be inspired.

The Coming of Cindy Claus is slated to be released online on a video-on-demand platform late 2020, during the season of Saint Nich.

Tell us about your favourite Goddesses in the comments.

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Remarkable: Instagram Accounts that Make Fun of Instagram

Instagram is a landmark in today’s pop-culture landscape and like anything popular it too has been satirised. And now that Instagram is getting notorious for helping to turn taste and style into the same boring, uniform thing, some users go about it totally differently.

From AirSpace to Instagram Face

Has everything and everyone started looking the same since Instagram? Trendy cafés look eerily the same across the globe, having earned the name AirSpace. There is even a surprisingly hard quiz on this Dutch news website to test if you can tell where a coffee place is situated. 

Beauty trends existed before Instagram, but with image retouching apps on phones, the desired version of yourself is now just a tap away, turning Instagram into a stage with performances well orchestrated, the most looked for Instagram Face being young and possibly poreless Bella Hadid. 

Instagram has changed its algorithms and annoys its users having become more like Facebook (after Facebook took over). Instagram was a great platform for creatives to share. Now it has tons of terrible advertising and has let go of its quintessential textless square format. Anyone want to create a new creative sharing app that remains among the people?

And is everyone sharing the same type of photos all the time? Shots of cappuccinos, and food that restaurants carefully style to get repped on Instagram, instead of focusing on taste. Check out these accounts for something different.

The Parallel Lives of Barbie on Instagram

Instagram has become a place where accounts with many followers are paid to casually promote merchandise, services or restaurants. These influencers are not necessarily even real, living people anymore. Sometimes they are digitally created and animated with companies making the profit and without having to deal with any controversy over dubious endorsements personally. Whoever was following any of these following Barbie accounts might have seen this development coming though, as a plastic doll is brought to ‘life’ in these various Instagram accounts. 

@barbiestyle is an official Barbie account that puts a lot of care in bringing its doll to life by letting it ‘do’ typical Instagram style things such as wearing a (tiny!) oversized, trendy bomber jacket on top of a roof. If ‘authentic living’ sounds like it fits your millennial needs, check out @socalitybarbie for fun cliché outdoorsy shots. The account @barbiesavior takes it a step further and pokes fun at girls taking selfies with shelter babies during volunteer vacations abroad. 

Celeste Barber

Hot, young models posing very seriously in impossible-to-recreate ways: @CelesteBarber goes ahead and recreates these model shots with hilarious results, and forces us to consider the reality behind these photos that Instagram models put online. Celeste Barber’s account has gotten so popular on Instagram that she ended up on the cover of Vogue magazine and has walked fashion shows. For Celeste Barber content beyond Instagram and YouTube, check out her book or podcast.

Bros Being Basic

On the @brosbeingbasic account there’s photos of guys doing ‘basic’ things that girls normally do on Instagram. Think the fitness model ass pose, chill bathrobe and hair towel shots, sexy beach poses with friends. All the togetherness and guys sharing intimate moments is also heartwarming though, prepare to smile.

BAD LIL BADDIE

Having wrinkles is very much not considered Instagram Face. So anyone who goes against the face of that is a rebel indeed. @Baddiewinkle is an exception as having become a (life)style icon at the age of 85, sporting outfits very different from the formal dressing expected of people of age. People that aren’t young are often rendered invisible in our society, but BAD LIL BADDIE is very much visible. Dressing very colorfully and casually, Instagram fame commenced when her great granddaughter took a picture of Baddiewinkle’s favorite summer outfit: tie-dye rainbow butterfly shirt with jean cut-offs and socks with a weed leaves pattern.

Boyfriends of Insta

So who is taking all those perfect casual shots for the girls posing on the beach? Well, a lot of boyfriends go to great lengths to be at service to their ladies in pursuit of perfect and flattering photos. See for yourself at @boyfriendsofinsta for some hilarious artistry and cameraman fails.

Carrie Dragshaw

When pop-culture is released into the world, it takes on a life of its own with fun and fascinating results. Inspired by the HBO series Sex and the City, @Dan_Clay creatively recreates column writer Carrie Bradshaw outfits as Carrie Dragshaw. 

It all started one Halloween… Not only does he recreate these outfits, he has great writing in the captions inspired by the diary-style musings of Carrie Bradshaw ‘and then I wondered..’.  You can also check out the cute advice column: https://www.carriedragshaw.com/dear-carrie

In Conclusion

Some of these accounts have outgrown Instagram and have burst into the rest of the media landscape. The funny commentary, satire, originality of these accounts is very welcome in what has the danger of becoming a boring, homogenous selfie arena in a virtual world of curated lives styled to perfection. Now let’s see which platform to migrate to as creatives on social media.

How do you find artists online? What are you favorite original, funny or subversive Instagram accounts?

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Remarkable TV: Womxn in Comedy and Comedy-Drama Series

It is my belief that pop culture matters, reality follows fiction. Sometimes it can take a little digging to find TV shows that tell interesting womxn’s stories. But look no further and check out these great comedy and comedy-drama shows.

TV shows from even the not all that distant 90s and early 2000s can feel dated and terrible in their underlying points of view (Friends anyone?). Netflix and Youtube and other streaming platforms have created new opportunities in our age, what does this offer us?

One Mississippi

Comedian Tig Notaro plays a version of herself as Tig Bavaro in this semi-autobiographical TV show on Amazon from 2015. Bavaro is forced to stay with her family in America’s South when her mother lands into a coma and will be taken off life support. How does she deal, being so close to family after a long time and what is it like to be queer and in the South? You know there will be funny notes because of, well, Tig Notaro but One Mississippi is also a drama and will warm your heart for sure.

After watching One Mississippi, do also watch the documentary Tig and find out what matches up with Notaro’s real life. Best watched in that order!

GLOW

The comedy-drama series GLOW created in 2017 is loosely based on the late 80s competitive female wrestling show the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling. A group of women come to a casting call and expect to be acting but instead have to audition for GLOW without having a background in wrestling. A wildly different group of women get selected, learn to wrestle and end up competing in all sorts of stereotypical alter egos such as Soviet villain Zoya the Destroya competing against America’s sweetheart next door Liberty Belle. Watch this show for the amazing 80s leotards and hideous-fabulous outfits, and heartwarming camaraderie.

Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch are the creators of GLOW, and the show is co-executive produced by Jenji Kohan who created the shows Orange Is the New Black and Weeds. Marc Maron, who plays the director of the show in GLOW has featured many actors and creatives of the series on his podcast. Lynn Shelton, a filmmaker who directed five episodes of GLOW, sadly passed away recently. Shelton and Maron were in a relationship together. Shelton also directed the new series Little Fires Everywhere starring Reese Witherspoon. Which brings us to..

Big Little Lies

Based on the book of the same name by Liane Moriarty, Big Little Lies is a 2017 HBO drama series with comical notes set in the beautiful and wealthy Monterey, California. Reese Witherspoon read the book and decided to turn it into a TV show. She also acts in it, together with stellar performances by Nicole Kidman, Laura Dern and Shailene Woodley.

After a young girl in school says a boy in her class was strangling her, the perfect façades of four women’s lives start falling apart, enemy lines are formed and new friendships are created. Is that the cause of the murder shown in the beginning of Big Little Lies? The book was written as a satire and the series includes the most ridiculous birthday party for a kid to be portrayed on TV. However the show is much more as it shows a convincing multi-faceted story of domestic violence.

A new Liane Moriarty adaption is in the making, based on Nine Perfect Strangers. It sets actors Nicole Kidman and Melissa McCarthy as characters in search for enlightenment at a secluded wellness resort.

Idiot Sitter

Created in 2014 by, and starring Jillian Bell Comedy Central’s Idiot Sitter reflects on modern America as Harvard grad Billie (Charlotte Newhouse) answers a babysitting ad in desperate need for cash. Arriving to a wealthy mansion, Billie soon learns she actually has to train woman-child Gene (Jillian Bell) for a school exam who is under house arrest after misbehaving. If Gene succeeds for the exam, she doesn’t have to go to prison. Gene however has no interest in achieving anything at all and just wants to misbehave some more, dragging Billie into impossible situations. 

The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl

The success and appeal of the Youtube comedy series Awkward Black Girl created in 2011 by Issa Rae was such that Pharell Williams got involved and after season 2 she created the HBO show Insecure. The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl is situated in an office where Issa Rae’s character J has to deal with the strangest (and funniest) of co-workers in awkward situations dealing with life and love. The humor is an out loud laughing-even-by-yourself kind. Awkward Black Girl will not lead to too much procrastination as episodes are a few minutes long. So don’t wait!

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Put off watching this because you’ve been put off by the name? Reconsider! What a unique show Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is, being a musical comedy drama show with original songs! People often name Glee as a TV musical series, but it doesn’t have original songs! Crazy Ex-Girlfriend does! And they are great songs! 

When main character Rebecca Bunch gives up on having romantic relationships, there’s a song where she is planning to get ‘a buttload of cats’.

With the first season starting in 2015, the show was created by and starring Rachel Bloom, who plays Rebecca, a lawyer who moves from New York City to West Covina, California to pursue her high school boyfriend. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is interesting in how it very naturally deals with mental health amongst all other drama subjects such as love and relationships, and so pioneers in that way as well.

Crashing (US)

Created by and starring Pete Holmes, Crashing is the ‘token bro’ pick on this list and first aired on HBO in 2017.

Ever wonder what it’s like to be broke, single and trying to make it in comedy in New York City? Sounds like a series of crazy, tough and hilarious adventures. And that’s exactly what Crashing is. Sleeping in cars and crashing on couches, main character Pete starts off having to hand out flyers to comedy gigs in order to get stage time. 

Aside from that, he is not your average male comedian: he doesn’t use swear words, having had aspirations to be a youth pastor and he looks very clean-cut. This adds a great extra dimension in Peter having to find his way in the business of stand-up.

In Conclusion

Looking at this list, it appears to be that shows that creators also star in yield interesting results. In any case there’s plenty of shows to check out created or about women, and let’s hope for many more. Where possible support favorite web shows with your dollars!

Here’s a random assumption, you probably know these: Fleabag, Killing Eve, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, VEEP, Broad City, Don’t Trust The B**** In Apartment 23, Orange Is the New Black, Weeds.

And if you’re wondering what my issue is with the Friends TV series, conduct yourself a little DuckDuckGo internet search.

Heart-warming comedies are my favorite kind of show, but please suggest womxn TV favorites in the comments.

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Remarkable Womxn: 21st century Artists

Image by David Mark from Pixabay

Can we, in the 21st century, let go of the idea that art that is colourful can’t be serious art? And can we introduce the idea that emotions don’t live only outside of art? With the recent challenge of #5womenartists can we take it a step further and name 5 contemporary womxn artists?

Ayako Rokkaku https://ayakorokkaku.com/

Read more about the use of the word Womxn on my About page.

Nature and the spiritual, the femxle gaze, pop culture inspiration, mesmerizing immersive installations, these are some words that come to mind with the follwing artists. Now that Instagram is hiding posts from artists and has the most obnoxious of advertisements, how to find new artists? Here are a few.

Sarah Cain

Images from http://www.sarahcainstudio.com/

Based in LA, Sarah Cain expands the art of painting beyond the canvas, but also on canvas. While her style remains consistent, she makes bold new moves in different works. 

Hein Koh

Images from http://www.heinkoh.com/

Brooklyn-based artist Hein Koh makes poppy art that has at once a sense of vulnerability and sense of sterility, and a sense of humor. 

Alex Nuñez

Images from www.alexnunez.net

Alex Nuñez is based in Miami and includes all sorts of materials in her dynamic and explosive paintings, whatever she happens to come across in her studio. Her work also often starts from a picture from popular media.

Phaan Howng

Image from https://www.phaan.com/

Phaan Howng combines interesting and overwhelming colorful aesthetics with a strong backstory in installation art. What does it mean to be hysterical?

Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir aka Shoplifter

Shoplifter / Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir

Representing Iceland in the prestigious 2019 Venice Biennale exhibition with Chromo Sapiens, Shoplifter created an immersive and very colorful plush installation with sound. In her work Ghostbeast (in the video above) at the Day for Night visual and music festival in Houston she worked with projection and light, which look amazing to be at.

Andrea Mary Marshall

https://andreamarymarshall.com

Having femxle perspectives in art also means having femxle approaches in art to sexuality and the femxle body. Andrea Mary Marshall often takes selfies for her art and asks what is sexual freedom and when is it an image forced upon women they should comply with. Painting over pop-culture with her ‘Vague’ covers, with images of womxn from art history and more, the work Toxic Women comments with flair and humor on what is expected of womxn.

Jennifer Sullivan

https://www.jennifersullivan.org/

Embracing a naïve painting style, Jennifer Sullivan boldly has entered the art world, often portraying femxle figures.

Sara Cwynar

http://saracwynar.com/

Color, pop-culture, and the over abundance of images and stuff we are faced with today come together in the thoughtful work of multi-media artist Sara Cwynar.

Melanie Bonajo

Melanie Bonajo will be representing the Netherlands at the next Venice Biënnale. Psychedelic, spiritual, curious, performative, colorful: these words only begin to describe her art so go see it. Find more information on YouTube or this gallery website: https://akinci.nl/artists/melanie-bonajo/ 

Mickalene Thomas

‘Mickalene Thomas (lives and works in Brooklyn, NY) makes paintings, collages, photography, video, and installations that draw on art history and popular culture to create a contemporary vision of female sexuality, beauty, and power. Blurring the distinction between object and subject, concrete and abstract, real and imaginary, Thomas constructs complex portraits, landscapes, and interiors in order to examine how identity, gender, and sense-of-self are informed by the ways women (and “feminine” spaces) are represented in art and popular culture.’

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https://www.mickalenethomas.com

Baseera Khan

https://www.baseerakhanstudios.com/

Baseera Khan is based in New York. Her work on the left is an art installation with a rock-climbing wall made from 99 unique poured dyed resin casts of the corners of the artist’s body.

On the right, an art installation featuring a custom lounge unit with eight unique seating panels made from pleather, artist’s underwear, and mass produced prayer rugs lined with LED lighting. Let’s hope Baseera Khan will have shows in Europe.

In Conclusion

These are just a few 21st century femxle artists working professionally, who suit my personal taste in art. Go on your own quest and let me know your favorite womxn artists.

More femxle art contemporaries: Field Kallop, Nina Chanel, Judy Pfaff, Yasmine Diaz art.

Read about Remarkable Womxn Who Made Modern Art History here

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Orchestras of Angels: Remarkable Womxn Musicians of Today

The first time Björk came to my attention was as a teenager in 2001 when she was famously scolded by the fashion police for wearing her swan dress at the Oscars. Little did I know or remember that she was nominated for best original song for Lars von Trier’s Dancer in the Dark film and performed it that night. Who are some other remarkable womxn musicians? Check out the playlist at the end of the article!

Björk was also the lead actor in Dancer in the Dark by Lars von Trier. He is known for being a pain to work with. While not calling him by name, in 2017 Björk shared her experiences of harassment from ‘a Danish director’ while filming ‘a movie’.

Read more about the use of the word Womxn on my About page.

Finding new music in an age concerned with nostalgia

People over the age of 30 are worse at keeping up with new music releases. When it comes to finding music of femxle musicians, well it can be challenging to find cool new music to listen to anyway. But it’s not for a lack of new music releases!

One way to find new music to listen to is through soundtracks of favorite TV shows or films. I’ve listened to the soundtracks of Big Little Lies and One Mississippi a lot. Another great way to find music the low-effort way is to listen to Spotify playlists of music festivals such as SXSW or Le Guess Who and Into The Great Wide Open in the Netherlands. Or to check the playlists of music magazines Pitchfork, Stereogum and Birp.fm.

Keep in mind that your dollars can make the difference in keeping struggling musicians going to make excellent new music. It seems musicians of our current time face the challenge of competing with endless revival concert tours of bands that haven’t made any of their most important work in the 21st century. The audience pays hefty fees for these golden oldies, while some have probably already amassed a fortune. Besides, do you really want to finance someone’s 15th lamborghini? 

Here are some personal favorites, and be sure to check out the Spotify playlist as well which features many more artists.

Lucinda Williams

A life-long Americana, Folk Rock and Alternative Country legend, Lucinda Williams grew up in America’s South. She is the daughter of poet and literature professor Miller Williams and amateur pianist Lucille Fern Day. 

Lucinda Williams has been awarded Grammys in the categories Best Country Song for ‘Can’t let go’, Best Contemporary Folk Album and Best female rock vocal performance. Check out her amazing new album.

Fun fact: The song (title) 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten was graffiti inscripted on a wall Lucinda Williams came across. Check out the song for some truly original songwriting.

Want to get closer to the artist? Lucinda Williams has been interviewed on the WTF with Marc Maron podcast.

Jessica Pratt

The folk musician Jessica Pratt brings a new and unique sound and is often associated with ‘freak folk’. According to Pitchfork ‘Jessica Pratt spins fantasy worlds bound to bewitch, dreamscapes that spiral towards the surreal, psychedelic spirituals that nourish.’ I’ve had the pleasure to see her live in a church in Utrecht at Le Guess Who in 2018.

Hatchie

Keep things a bit light but no less tight with the dreamy pop of the Australian Hatchie, featuring 90s pop culture nostalgia even visualized in their video ‘Sure’.

Hatchie was planning to tour in 2020.

The Internet

Entering The Internet in a Google search bar feels funny, but they do bring a 21st century electronic sound into their R&B soul tracks. The band’s 2015 album Ego Death was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Urban Contemporary Album. In 2017 singer Syd released a solo album ‘Fin’ and different band members have released or are working on solo albums at the moment.

Xenia Rubinos

Coming from a Puerto Rican family with a dad who loves classical music, growing up in Connecticut in the USA, having studied Jazz, it all adds up to the musical style of vocalist and musician Xenia Rubinos that ventures into hip-hop and R&B. But her music is hard to classify.

Just now in November 2019 Xenia Rubinos has released new singles “Diosa” and “Bugeisha” – the latter meaning female warrior in Japanese. In 2019 Xenia Rubinos appeared on a double single by the Battles, “They Played It Twice”

Read More: Battles share double single ft. Xenia Rubinos (listen) |

Eefje de Visser

In the category of dreamy synths comes the music of Eefje de Visser, with vocals in Dutch it actually manages to transcend language barriers and in 2020 her tour includes the countries Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Denmark and Poland. Because of Corona she has been working on a special Video Tour and online release.

Izaline Calister

Secretly attending music school while also studying Economics when she moved to the Netherlands at 18 from Curaçao, Izaline Calister brought us jazzy interpretations of Curaçaoan songs ever since. 

Her repertoire also includes original Afro-CaribbeanCalypso songs in the Papiamento language. Izaline Calister famously performs barefoot and she has collaborated with many a jazz musician. See her live sometime!

Mayra Andrade

A Cape-Verdian singer living and working in Lisbon, Portugal, Mayra Andrade lends a new interpretation to morna, which is traditional Cape Verdian music. Her first album came out in 2006 and ever since she remains active and up to date with current music. Her latest album is from 2019.

Mayra Andrade was planning to tour Europe early 2020 with many dates in France.

Flor de Toloache

An all femxle Mariachi band, this group has been awarded Grammy 2017 Latin Grammy Winner for Best Ranchero Album, ‘Las Caras Lindas’.

Flor de Toloache was planning to tour the US in 2020 and will hopefully also come to Europe sometime.

More: 

H.E.R., Cowboy Junkies, PJ Harvey, Zoe Kravitz, Janelle Monae, Florence and the machine, Geneva Jacuzzi, Pip Blom, FKA Twigs, 

Check out the Spotify playlist if you haven’t yet, open Spotify to shuffle:



In Conclusion

There is no need to finance the 15th lamborghini of yesteryear’s artists when there are plenty of talented womxn working hard to earn recognition and a living. If these artists are not tuned to your personal tastes, then get out there and find out which current musicians are!

Please comment with your favorite womxn musicians! There will be another article with womxn musicians who made a statement in music history.

Do You Know these Remarkable Podcasts by Womxn?

With no traditional gatekeepers, the podcast medium has opened up many opportunities for womxn. What are some fun podcasts? And how to avoid dropping your phone into the toilet when listening?

Are you on the Podcast bandwagon yet? Once you’re on, you won’t even understand the person your used to be. Listen to podcasts either through a podcast app on a mobile phone, or using Spotify or iTunes on a computer. 

Though preferably I like to walk around with earphones in around the house, from making a cup of tea to painting and back to the kitchen to do some dishes. People don’t drop your phone in the toilet bowl! It won’t be my fault.

Podcasts exist around anyone’s preferred subject, whether it’s economics, popular psychology or dating and heartbreak. Check out the following podcasts by womxn or featuring womxn. Links to favorite episodes are provided so you can start listening right away.

Why Won’t You Date Me?

Comedian Nicole Byer is single and talking about it ever since December 2017. In the first episodes of her podcasts there are guests that she dated in a distant past and asks them why they aren’t dating anymore. Talking dating apps, love, sex and relationships and comedy, hilarious mishaps at the end of the episode she asks each guest ‘would you date me?’. 

Favorite episode: Dating someone with Commitment Issues (with comedian Fortune Feimster): http://tun.in/tjfUpd

Healthcare (w/ Langston Kerman) Why Won't You Date Me? with Nicole Byer

Actor and comedian Langston Kerman (Insecure, The Boys) joins Nicole to discuss her recent broken ankle and awkward brush with healthcare. He also shares the perks of dating long distance, how to attract chucklefuckers, and how he used the '36 Questions That Lead to Love' to open up to his wife.Support Black Lives Matter. For a list of resources and ways to help, check out blacklivesmatters.carrd.co.Follow Nicole Byer:Twitter: @nicolebyerInstagram: @nicolebyerFacebook: www.facebook.com/nicolebyercomedyBuy Merch: https://www.teepublic.com/stores/nicole-byer?ref_id=964Order Nicole's book: www.indiebound.org/book/9781524850746
  1. Healthcare (w/ Langston Kerman)
  2. Serving the Full Fantasy (w/ Creme Fatale)
  3. Grown-Up Breakup (w/ Lucy Stoole)
  4. Fresh Heartbreak (w/ Priyanka)
  5. Trash TV (w/ Patti Harrison)

Terrible, Thanks for Asking

If when answering the question ‘how are you?’ you have ever had a sinking feeling, you might welcome this podcast answers that questions every each with ‘terrible’. Each episode features one person talking about their trials tribulations.

On social media there also seems to be something of a taboo on sharing going through hard times, but it can be helpful to share sometimes so that we don’t feel like we have to market our own lives as some dreamy fantasy. Nora McInerny is the host of “Terrible Thanks for Asking” and while the subjects may be heavy, she saves room for a touch of humor and lightness.

You can also sign up to their Terrible Writing Club.

Favorite episode: 9 Things: http://tun.in/tjH6EV

What's Negative About Positivity? Terrible, Thanks For Asking

Good vibes only? Not on this podcast, and not when Susan David is in the room. For years, Susan has been leading the conversation about the value of *all our feelings* and how no emotion is bad or good. Here is the antidote to Toxic Positivity.This year, we’re bringing our Happyish Holidays episode to you in a new way…a live video stream brought to you by our sponsor Shutterfly. RSVP at HappyishHolidays.comOur twice-monthly newsletter features behind-the-scenes content, previews of upcoming episodes and more. Sign up.When you shop our Bookshop.org store, you support the author, independent bookstores AND our show! Shop here.Shop for your favorite TTFA gear at TTFAmerch.comRead the transcript for this episode here. You can catch up with TTFA on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook using @ttfapodcast. Nora's Instagram is @noraborealis.TTFA is public media. Which means we are supported by you. You can join us with a contribution at ttfa.org/donateGo to HappyishHolidays.com to RSVP to the livestream event! And check out our sponsors this week:Shutterfly: shutterfly.comHelp A Human Out: helpahumanout.coStill Kickin’: stillkickin.co
  1. What's Negative About Positivity?
  2. Happyish Holidays 2020
  3. Sanctuary
  4. Rebecca Black is Back
  5. Deep Dive w/ Kate Kennedy

V Single

Another very funny podcast from LA about the perils of modern dating, Alexandra Tweten (@ByeFelipe) and comic Alison Stevenson ‘first met when a f**ckboy they both dated put them in a group chat together. So, naturally, they started a podcast about it.’ One of those podcasts where you become buddies over radio waves. Alison Stevenson is also part of fat stripping

Favorite episode: Ranch dressing (and the beforemath of that episode): http://tun.in/ti6jj1

Danielle Perez and Madison Shepard of Wow Rude Podcast V Single

Stand-up comedians, "professional fats," and best friends of over fifteen years Danielle and Madison join us to talk about their new podcast, Wow Rude ( https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/wow-rude-podcast/id1520133315 ) ! They talk about pop culture, current events, and social media drama. Follow their show on Instagram ( http://Instagram.com/wowrudepod ) and Twitter ( http://Twitter.com/wowrudepod ) at @WowRudePod, and listen to it wherever ( https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/wow-rude-podcast/id1520133315 ) podcasts ( https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC59KgoyTcq526dnMh2GQPsQ ) are streamed. Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/v-single/donations Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
  1. Danielle Perez and Madison Shepard of Wow Rude Podcast
  2. Catching up, Meditation, and Alison's Audiobook
  3. Trump, Narcissism, and Relationships with psychotherapist Ken Page
  4. Comedian Nick Nemeroff
  5. Musician Meg Toohey

BITCH media: Backtalk & Popaganda

From the feminist magazine about pop culture come two podcasts under the umbrella Bitch media: Backtalk and Popaganda. Listen for a critical eye on goings-on and pop-culture phenomena as well as favorite feminist-approved media. 

Sounds interesting: Recasting a Disney princess: http://tun.in/tjbguO

Very Loose Women

A group of friends in their 20s in London started this podcast, and now the hosts are in their 30s, and there’s even an episode about that and quarter life crises.

Starting out as daring private casual group chats made public, later they added special guests on the show; artists, academics, activists, comedians, journalists, and friends.

In the beginning of each episode they each share a funny and relatable gripe or a mini-celebration. You feel like you are their friend and my favorite topics are when they are talking about their own lives. In 2020 they are still going strong. 

Favorite episode: Interactive Show part 1-3, Valentine’s day, What is a date, Worst dates: https://play.acast.com/s/veryloosewomen/5e6f91a8-4669-4190-a370-481923faee7e

14 Years of Very Loose Women Very Loose Women

Very Loose Women started on student radio in 2006. In 2013 it started on Resonance and has since had a growing number of participant producers and has experimented with format too. The original 4 presenters, as well as three of the current producers, share their thoughts on what the show is and has been. Show idea by Anna Rose. Edit and music by Leo.We are so proud of what we've created and thankful to ResonanceFM for welcoming us into their space. We will still be podcasting though more sporadically. Follow us on Twitter @VLWRadio, Instagram VLWRadio and on Facebook.com/VeryLooseWomen.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
  1. 14 Years of Very Loose Women
  2. Coronadiary: Still Ill
  3. In The Time of Foxes, with Jo Lennan
  4. Anti-Psychiatry, with Danielle King
  5. Crushes

Afford Anything

‘You can afford anything, but not everything, what’s it gonna be?’ Improve your finances and life with this podcast by Paula Plant. 

Favorite episode: 26 easy moves to improve your finances in 2020: http://tun.in/tjtSuD

PSA Thursday: To Buy or Not to Buy? Afford Anything

Many people in the personal finance / FIRE community have a complicated relationship with the concept of consumer spending. They may see family, friends and neighbors demonstrate one extreme — they’re profligate spenders who will buy anything — and, in an effort to be nothing like them, they may overcompensate by becoming extreme penny-pinchers. (I see this often at the start of a person’s FIRE journey, when the pendulum is swinging sharply in the other direction). The reality is that neither extreme is healthy. There’s a middle ground between being so gullible that you’ll buy anything vs. being so cynical that you build a wall that shuts real value out of your life and hampers your growth. In recognition of that balanced middle path, today’s PSA Thursday episode focuses on five questions that you should ask yourself before making a purchase. #1: Do I have high-interest debt or an inadequate emergency fund? #2: Is this a purchase or an investment? #3: How long have I been thinking about this? #4: Is this only serving an emotional need, or does it also have greater utility? #5: The five “ity’s” — longevity, durability, applicability, versatility, utility. We elaborate on these five points in today’s PSA Thursday episode. Enjoy! For more information, visit the show notes at https://affordanything.com/psathursday
  1. PSA Thursday: To Buy or Not to Buy?
  2. Put Yourself on the Hook, with Seth Godin
  3. PSA Thursday: How to Slash Your Food Budget, with Rosemary Fotheringham
  4. Ask Paula: How Long Will It Take Me to Become a Millionaire?
  5. Ask Paula: How Can I Pay for Grad School?

My Dad Wrote a Porno

With this podcast I have had to suppress my laughter while on public transport, because it is THAT hilarious.

My Dad Wrote a Porno is a British podcast hosted by Jamie Morton, James Cooper, and Alice Levine. Each episode features Morton reading a new chapter of an amateur erotic novel, titled Belinda Blinked, written by his father under the pen name Rocky Flintstone.

Rocky Flintstone doesn’t seem to understand basic anatomy which makes it all the more funny and quite the opposite of sexy. The My dad wrote a porno podcast has risen to such fame that Flintstone’s books are suddenly bestsellers and special guests such as Elijah Wood have been on.

Tip: Start from the very beginning: http://tun.in/tid9Kw

My Dad Wrote A Christmas Porno 4 My Dad Wrote A Porno

Belinda spends Xmas with Bella's family and gets to know one member particularly well… Come see us on tour on our 2020 World Tour. Tickets available at mydadwroteaporno.com/live  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
  1. My Dad Wrote A Christmas Porno 4
  2. S5E13 – 'Fight or Flight'
  3. Footnotes: Finale Predictions
  4. S5E12 – 'Two Clits In The Clink'
  5. Footnotes: Your Sex Stories

Oprah’s Super Soul Conversations and The Oprah Winfrey Show: The Podcast

The talent and skill that Oprah has in talking to people will never get old. Listen to old TV episodes on The Oprah Winfrey Show: The Podcast.

With Oprah’s Super Soul Conversations, get your spiritual on and life quality improved featuring different guests. Get inspired by Suze Orman’s episode talking about how the time has never been more right for women to take control of their finances. 

Favorite episodes: Brené Brown: http://tun.in/tik33r, RuPaul Charles

How’s Work with Esther Perel

Belgian psychotherapist Esther Perel already has a hit podcast called Where Should We Begin? in which couples were recorded undergoing one relationship therapy session with her and we could guess if the couples were going to work it out or not.

Then she had a new podcast ‘How’s Work’ about the ‘world of emotion at the workplace’, with couples counseling but for pairs of colleagues in the workplace.

Listen to How’s Work: http://tun.in/tjzPEm

Aside from listening to her enthralling voice there also books that can be read of Esther Perel such as The State of Affairs: Rethinking Infidelity.

Check out Esther Perel’s new podcast about couples in times of Corona:

They've been on and off for almost 20 years. While she takes cares of his and their child, she wants to know that he's also there for her. He's been battling depression for years. And the shame that comes with it.
  1. On Again/Off Again
  2. Trapped in Their Own Story
  3. Burdens of the Family
  4. He Loves Her, His Family Rejects Her
  5. When I'm Manic I Cheat

WTF with Marc Maron – Amazing Femxle Guests

The token bro for this list, comedian Marc Maron has interviewed well over a 1000 guests on his podcast, among which many women from comedy, writing, music, TV and film. A unique chance to get to know womxn you may have never heard and how they practice their craft.

Favorite episodes: Maria Bamford, Lucinda Williams

Sadly Marc’s partner Lynn Shelton has passed away. She was a filmmaker, writer, director and producer. She directed TV shows such as GLOW but also created her own films with her own vision like Touchy Feely and Humpday.

Remembering Lynn Shelton episode: https://tunein.com/embed/player/t143935129/

Episode 1180 – John Densmore WTF with Marc Maron Podcast

John Densmore was the drummer for one of the most influential bands of the ‘60s, The Doors, but he’s always been on a quest to find truth through art and creativity. John explains to Marc that his love of jazz inspired a lot of the rock and roll he made and his latest book is an attempt to discover the inspirations of other artists. They also talk about how the drug scene spelled the end of the good times in 1960s Los Angeles, why he went to the mat against his bandmates over licensing The Doors music for commercials, and what Jim Morrison is like these days when he appears in John’s dreams. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
  1. Episode 1180 – John Densmore
  2. Episode 1179 – James Caan
  3. Episode 1178 – Mike Campbell
  4. Episode 1177 – Johnny Flynn
  5. Episode 1176 – Michael J. Fox

In Conclusion

The world of podcasts has opened up a new arena for womxn to produce media in. Sometimes these podcasts function as career launchers, as have said Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams about their extremely funny podcast 2 Dope Queens, they have had episodes on HBO as well.

While I have featured tune-in audio links to al the podcasts here, use the Podcast app if you own an iPhone or if you have another type of smartphone download an app such as Podcast Addict to listen. I promise you, the listening experience will be SO MUCH BETTER.

The sad nature of podcasts is that sometimes episodes stop coming. Check out these discontinued podcasts if you haven’t yet: Sooo Many White Guys, 2 Dope Queens, Bye Felipe, Another Round

Here’s a random assumption, you must already know: The Moth, My Favorite Murder, Unladylike

Podcast making is a lot of work, consider donating to your favourite podcasts so we may all keep listening.

And remember, don’t take your phone into the bathroom! That, my friends, is how you prevent it from falling into the toilet. You’re welcome.

What are your favorite womxn podcasts?

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Remarkable: Alternatieve Nederlandstalige muziekacts die je moet kennen

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De Nederlandse taal is voor veel alternatieve muzikanten niet heel populair geweest. Is dat nu weer aan het veranderen? Hier een aantal muzikanten die de Nederlandse taal inzetten op een originele of artistiek authentieke wijze.

Artiest Fulco

Aan muziek in de Nederlandse taal kleeft vaak het risico erg zwaarmoedig te worden, of quasi diepzinnig. Maar er zijn lui die het anders doen. Wie zijn dit onder andere?

Eefje de Visser

Eefje de Visser maakt luchtige, dromerige nummers waarvan je het niet erg vindt dat ze later nog in je hoofd blijven rondspoken. Haar eerste van vijf albums kwam uit in 2010 en ze won de Grote Prijs van Nederland in 2011. Begin 2020 bracht ze haar nieuwe album Bitterzoet uit. Hoewel ze in het Nederlands zingt, gaat ze in 2020 met een Europese toer haar muziek naar een breder publiek brengen.

Wende

Wende kwam in 2018 op haar album Mens met hoog originele, nuchter melancholische nummers, mooi vastgelegd op Into the Great Wide Open door Vrije Geluiden van de VPRO. Voor dit album is zij de samenwerking aangegaan met diverse schrijvers, o.a. Dimitri Verhulst voor de nummers Vrij Me en Deze Gin. 

Voor Mens had Wende al vanalles gedaan, in 2004 kwam het eerste album van Wende Snijders uit, zij zong toen interpretaties van franse chansons met het Metropool Orkest. In 2009 bracht Wende een album uit in het Engels, en daarna deed ze ook veel met klassieke muziek en orkesten. In 2019 organiseerde ze Wende’s Kaleidoscoop, een avond met haar inspiraties in Carré, van Typhoon tot Willeke Alberti. In 2020 is ze o.a. te zien met Engelse nummers tijdens de operadagen Rotterdam en met ‘Wende en Amsterdam Sinfonietta vieren de liefde’.

Merol

Verveling werd nog nooit zo tastbaar als in de videoclip Kerst met de fam, van Merol. Kerst met de fam, gezellig…

En wie had er ooit gedacht dat half Nederland zou meezingen met de tekst ‘Hou je bek en bef me’?, een lied waarin er ook een hoge mate van verveling lijkt op te treden. Een ongemak wordt blootgelegd, wat is het volgende wat Merol voor ons in petto heeft?

Zwangere Guy

Belgische rapper Zwangere Guy, gee uu ie spreek uit Gie, heeft een geheel eigen stijl. In 2019 bracht Guy zijn tweede album Brutaal uit, samentrekking van Brussel en Taal. Hij rapt over Brussel, zijn moeilijke jeugd, en geeft in het nummer ‘daarom’ antwoord op vragen uit het nummer ‘waarom’, vragen die hij heeft gekregen sinds hij bekend is geworden als rapper. Maar naast heftige statements is er ook genoeg ruimte voor kritische zelfreflectie in zijn teksten. In 2020 is hij op toer dus gaat dat zien.

Stippenlift

Na Merol nog een behandeling van Stippenlift over het kerstthema

Humor en teneergeslagenheid komen samen in ‘depriwave’, de simpele electronische muziek van Stippenlift, met teksten als ‘niemand is veilig, niemand is gezond’. Aangezien het op sociale media als Facebook en Instagram over het algemeen altijd fantastisch gaat met iedereen, is Stippenlift origineler door in te gaan tegen het almaar geforceerd positief doen, maar wel met de geestigheid die we nodig hebben om de dag door te komen.

Fresku

Fresku is een veelzijdig talent, en brak door in 2008 met zijn nummer Brief aan Kees, met teksten gericht aan de eigenaar van het platenlabel Top Notch. Fresku leverde kritiek op bestaande rapmuziek met almaar dezelfde teksten over geld en vrouwen, en toonde in het nummer zijn talent. 

Net als Zwangere Guy laat Fresku de kracht zien die ligt in kwetsbaar durven zijn. Ook Fresku heeft het over moeilijke periodes in zijn leven, waaronder zijn jeugd (die zich deels op Curaçao afspeelt). Maar in diverse nummers komt hier zeker ook humor bij kijken.

Zijn laatste album In Het Diepe kwam uit in 2019 en in 2020 is hij te zien tijdens zijn toer. Naast muziek heeft Fresku ook Youtube sketches gemaakt zoals met zijn typetje Willy Keurig, en hij heeft in 2016 een cabaretvoorstelling gemaakt. 

Conclusie

Of het nou nieuw is of niet, er zijn zeker een aantal interessante artiesten die werk maken in het Nederlands. Het zou fijn als deze talentvolle Nederlandstalige muzikanten vaker op de radio zouden komen.

Wie zijn jouw favoriete alternatieve Nederlandstalige artiesten?

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