Tag : Jemima Skala

Making Music Herstory Vol VIII: Meredith Monk

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Meredith Monk will be 76 this year and she’s still going strong. The American composer, vocalist and performer released her last album in 2016, contributing to an impressive discography that’s already the length of a football pitch. To describe Monk as merely a composer, a vocalist or a performer would … Read More

Making Music Herstory Vol VII: Daphne Oram

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I can honestly say I have never enjoyed researching another article more than I enjoyed this one. Daphne Oram is a wonder. A pioneer of ‘music concrete’ and one of the unknown, underappreciated godmothers of electronic music, Oram was the first woman to do many things: manage and direct an … Read More

Making Music Herstory Vol VI: Syd

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Syd, having dropped ‘Tha Kyd’ for her solo venture, is hardly unknown. In fact, she’s been making waves with her music for years. She was the only founding female member of hip hop collective Odd Future, and helped their rise to fame by setting up a fake PR firm to … Read More

Making Music Herstory Vol V: Midori Takada

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One of the many failings of our western media – and there are many – is that it rarely takes the time to look beyond the Western hemisphere for the Next Big Thing. The internet allows us to connect instantly with people across the globe at the touch of a … Read More

Books to Get a Music Lover this Christmas

9 months ago / 0 comments

It’s that time of year again, and you’re struggling to find a gift for that person in your life who lives and breathes all things Music. You got them their favourite band’s tshirt last year, they already own every record they like on vinyl, and it’s far too risky getting … Read More

Making Music Herstory Vol IV: Moe Tucker

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Maureen Ann Tucker, or just plain old Moe, is the former drummer for the Velvet Underground. She began playing drums at 19 without having had any lessons, and she taught herself to play by drumming along to the radio. In a band that was dominated by Lou Reed’s hyper-masculinity, Moe … Read More

Making Music Herstory Vol III: Odetta

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Odetta, born Odetta Holmes, is the greatest folk singer you’ve never heard of. She championed the American folk revival of the 1950s and 60s, influencing all the big names: Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Janis Joplin. Early in her career, she caught Harry Belafonte’s eye and performed the duet ‘There’s A … Read More

Making Music Herstory Vol II: Bonzai

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Bonzai is part of the new generation of women making music herstory today. She takes the lessons learned by her foremothers and crafts them into her weird and wonderful music, creating tracks that are so individually stamped you’ll have a hard time putting her into any box. Bonzai, a.k.a Cassia … Read More

Making Music Herstory Vol I: Sister Rosetta Tharpe

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Welcome to Making Music Herstory, where Jemima Skala will be highlighting and celebrating incredible female musical talent, past and present, that you might have missed. Not through any fault of your own, but our music press seems to favour white guys with acoustic guitars. The first to grace our hall … Read More

MASSEDUCTION by St Vincent

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From start to finish, MASSEDUCTION is an aural treat. It’s one of those rare albums that comes along once every couple of years that makes you stop dead in your tracks, hanging on every note. It’s a reminder that pop music can be intelligent, witty and fucking funny if we … Read More