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The One About How Womyn Rock

On this episode of Best Song Ever, recorded on the day of the worldwide Women’s Marches in protest to Donald Trump’s inauguration, Luke and Brian protest in the form of podcasting (protcast? protestcast?) and dedicate the episode to songs from women/women fronted bands.  They discuss how they’ve hunkered down in the bunker of the Doom Tomb and are stocking provisions to get through the next four years and Luke goes on a bit of a rant, ultimately pointing out how ridiculous Reince Priebus’ name is.  Other topics of conversation include Dr. Robotnik, Band and Boujee and how we really how women don’t spontaneously combust.

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Songs Played on The One About How Womyn Rock

The Courtneys – “Tour” from The Courtneys II out February 17th on Flying Nun Records

The Regrettes – “A Living Human Girl” from their debut album Feel Your Feeling Fool! out now on Warner Bros. Recrods

UV-TV – “Only Matters When” from their debut full length album Glass out March 10th on Deranged Records

Mai Lan – “Vampire” from her upcoming album due in 2017

Allison Crutchfield – “Dean’s Room” from Tourist in This Town out January 27th on Merge Records

Rebel Kind – “Just for Fools” from Just for Fools out now on Urinal Cake Records

Diet Cig – “Tummy Ache” from Swear I’m Good At This out April 7th on Frenchkiss Records

Dude York – “Tonight” from Sincerely out February 24th on Hardly Art Records

Photos: The Wrecking Ball ATL 2016 (Part Two)

The Wrecking Ball ATL took place at the Masquerade in Atlanta, Georgia, this weekend (August 13 and 14). Photographer David Altherr captured some of the action.

Bouncing Souls:








Diet Cig:



Diarrhea Planet:



Drive Like Jehu:



Gorilla Biscuits:



Joy Formidable:


Juliette Lewis and the Licks:



Promise Ring:







Trapped Under Ice:






New Paltz, NY’s lovable punky power-pop duo Diet Cig have released the second song from their double A-side Sleep Talk/Dinner Date 7-inch.

The frosted clear vinyl, available September 18 from Father/Daughter and Art Is Hard, is limited to only 1,000 records.  Diet Cig kick off a substantial US tour in Seattle on September 1.

09/01/15 – Seattle, WA – Barboza

09/02/15 – Portland, OR – Bunk Bar

09/03/15 – Reno, NV – The Holland Project

09/05/15 – San Francisco, CA – Hemlock Tavern

09/06/15 – Los Angeles, CA – Bootleg Theater (Bar Stage)

09/08/15 – San Diego, CA – The Hideout

09/09/15 – Phoenix, AZ – Rebel Lounge

09/11/15 – Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court

09/12/15 – Denver, CO – Lost Lake Lounge

09/14/15 – Kansas City, MO – recordBar

09/15/15 – Dallas, TX – Double Wide

09/16/15 – Austin, TX – The Mohawk (Inside)

09/17/15 – New Orleans, LA – Gasa Gasa

09/18/15 – Tallahassee, FL – Club Underground (w/ Diarrhea Planet)

09/19/15 – Athens, GA – 40 Watt Club

09/20/15 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade – Purgatory

09/21/15 – Memphis, TN – Hi Tone Cafe

09/22/15 – Chicago, IL – Subterranean

09/23/15 – Detroit, MI – UFO Factory

09/24/15 – Grand Rapids, MI – Founders Brewery (w/ Vamos & Ponyshow)

09/25/15 – Cleveland, OH – Mahall’s (w/ Sheer Mag)

09/26/15 – Cincinnati, OH – Midpoint Music Festival

09/27/15 – Pittsburgh, PA – Spirit

09/29/15 – Philadelphia, PA – Ortliebs

09/30/15 – Allston, MA – Great Scott (w/ Ought, LVL UP)

10/01/15 – Providence, RI – Aurora

10/13/15 – Kingston, NY – BSP Kingston (w/ Ezra Furman)

Beginning as a casual project between Alex Luciano (guitar) and Noah Bowman (drums), New Paltz, New York’s Diet Cig have made a big statement out of five highly infectious pop songs. The pair met under rather unusual circumstances: Luciano, desperate for a lighter, interrupted the set of Bowman’s other band, Earl Boykins. No lighter was to be found, but a friendship was sparked and Diet Cig was born. The duo’s February 2015 debut EP, Over Easy, consists of lyrics written by Luciano in her bedroom. While recalling the sound of speedy twee-pop groups like Tiger Trap and All Girl Summer Fun Band, the record explores “the innocence of adolescence and infatuation.” With Bowman’s crashing drum kit offering stationary support, Luciano becomes an onstage tornado as lines between band and audience blur into a massive dance party.

Diet Cig return with their new seven-inch, Sleep Talk / Dinner Date. “Sleep Talk” begins where Over Easy left off, with the candidly self-analytical statement, “I can’t play instruments very well and I’ll eat all of your cereal.” While this line may feel lighthearted, the narrative quickly grows complicated with the gentle admission, “If I told you I loved you I don’t know who it would scare away faster.” “Dinner Date” continues the theme of painful retrospection and vulnerability as Luciano examines familial disappointment. Both songs offer a more complex level of intimacy and prove that Diet Cig are here to stay.

Sleep Talk / Dinner Date is a Father/Daughter and Art Is Hard co-release. The 7-inch is limited to 1000 copies on white frosted clear vinyl. The songs with be available digitally — “Sleep Talk” on July 10 and “Dinner Date” on August 21 — and will be released on vinyl September 18. Like Over Easy, it was recorded with Christopher Daly at Salvation Recording Company in New Paltz, NY and mastered by Jamal Ruhe at West West Side Music.

Catch them live here:

9/01/15 – Seattle, WA – Barboza

9/02/15 – Portland, OR – Bunk Bar

9/03/15 – Reno, NV – Holland Project

9/05/15 – San Francisco, CA – Hemlock Tavern

9/06/15 – Los Angeles, CA – Bootleg

9/08/15 – San Diego, CA – Hideout

9/09/15 – Phoenix, AZ – Rebel Lounge

9/12/15 – Denver, CO – Lost Lake Lounge

9/14/15 – Kansas City, MO – Record Bar

9/15/15 – Dallas, TX – Double Wide

9/16/15 – Austin, TX – Mohawk (inside)

9/17/15 – New Orleans, LA – Gasa Gasa

9/18/15 – Tallahassee, FL – Florida State University (w/ Diarrhea Planet)

9/20/15 – Atlanta, GA – Purgatory (Masquerade)

9/21/15 – Memphis, TN – Hi Tone

9/23/15 – Detroit, MI – UFO

9/24/15 – Grand Rapids, MI – Founders Brewery (w/ Vamos & Ponyshow)

9/25/15 – Cleveland, OH – Mahalls (w/ Sheer Mag)

9/26/15 – Cincinnati, OH – Midpoint Fest

9/27/15 – Pittsburg, PA – Spirit