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Upset

Upset

I’ve been getting a feeling lately I haven’t had in ages, that girl-power feeling. Yesterday it was as if a cherry bomb exploded all over LMU, my place of enslaveemployment. Women were running the show at the Queens of Noise Faculty Pub Night, from librarians bringing the noise — not shushing — to the girl DJs of KXLU, “hackers” of the event. And then there was me, spreading the gospel of the Runaways one more time — my last scheduled appearance promoting Queens of Noise. The nine-month tour ended with a shebang, with all-female supergroup Upset performing live on the bluff outside the library, as the sun set behind them. As one of those radio divas, McAllister of the great ginecore show She Rocks, said in a Twitter hashtag: #ladiesrulethistown.

Azalia Snail and Evelyn McDonnell

Azalia Snail and Evelyn McDonnell

The whole amazing night was put together by the library’s Jamie Hazlitt, one of the many super-rad book workers there. LMU’s own blue-haired punk poet Gail Wronsky gave me a lovely introduction. Then,  I said a few words. It was awesome and intimidating to have skin-pounder Patty Schemel in the audience as I talked about Sandy West’s biceps, reassuring to see the friendly faces of loveydoveryrocker Azalia Snail, colleagues, and students. McAllister — who told me Gail had been one of her favorite teachers at LMU — asked me some whip-smart questions. Then, sadly leaving our booze behind, everyone went outside to hear another KXLU queen — Harmony, half of the soon-to-be-superstar band Girlpool and a former student of mine — play some classic girl punk rock tunes.

Dean of the Library Kristine Brancolini made the whole thing possible, as did KXLU’s Lydia Ammasova and Mukta Mohan and the library’s Carol Raby and Ray Andrade.

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Pussymania Hits LA

Pussy pioneers Alice Bag, Allison Wolfe, and Azalia Snail (from left to right)

Pussy pioneers Alice Bag, Allison Wolfe, and Azalia Snail (from left to right)

Pussymania is everywhere. Nadya and Masha were on Charlie Rose last night. They’ll be on Bill Maher Friday. And I saw them again Monday at the Voice Project panel. I wound up writing about their LA debut for Los Angeles magazine’s website. It was a cool night — MC5’s Wayne Kramer kicked out the jams — but I wish the Project had found a better representative of American women than Anne Litt. They could have chosen anyone from my pedigreed punk feminist cohort: I was honored to be hanging out with three pioneering musicians who paved the way for Pussy Riot: Alice Bag, whose 1970s punk band hid their visages with bags, balaclava-style; Allison Wolfe, who, as a OG Riot Grrrl, led the movement that gave Pussy Riot their name; and Azalia Snail, long-time lady of lo-fi. I worry that these Russian heroes are abandoning their girl-power roots for the limelight. But I was also stoked as hell to see their laser-sharp intelligence and cool on stage — and to see them hanging out afterwards. Support girl love!

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Photo by Tyler Curtis for The Voice Project

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